Community Lenten Services:
Sunday, February 18th The Gathering UMC 31 S. Clinton St. Middletown
Sunday, February 25th Germantown UMC 525 Farmersville Pk. Germantown
Sunday, March 4th Union Chapel UMC 8284 Keister Rd. Middletown
Sunday, March 11th Pleasant Ridge UMC 1052 ST. RT. 122 Middletown
Sunday, March 18th State Road UMC 15020 ST. RT. 725 Germantown
Sunday, March 25th To Be Determined
Hospitality Help Needed: As noted above, on Sunday, February 25th GUMC will host a Community Lenten Worship Service. We will be providing refreshments for everyone attending following the service. Please help us by providing a savory or sweet item. A sign-up sheet will be at the Welcome Center which will include suggestions as what to bring. We also need a few volunteers willing to coordinate, organize and clean-up.
Easter Lily Orders: It’s time to place orders for your Easter Lily. The cost is $9.00 each for a single stem with 5-7 blooms. Plants may be taken home on Easter morning. Please see the order form at the Welcome Center.
Elder-Beerman Community Days: The Good Spirit Sunday School Class is selling Community Day Booklets for $5.00 each for the upcoming sale on March 1st through March 3rd. Inside you will find a $10.00 savings coupon, a 30% off savings pass and over $500.00 in coupons. The proceeds from the sale of these booklets will be used for services and programs of GUMC. A payment envelope is provided in the booklet. Please drop it off in the office or the Sunday offering plate. Thank you for your support!
Day of Caring Pancake Brunch: Will be held here at GUMC NEXT SUNDAY from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Many volunteers are needed to make this a success as we will be welcoming everyone in the community on this day. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center if you can help. We are one of 40 locations in Montgomery County chosen to hold this event which benefits the food bank. We are accepting donations of hygiene supplies. Please see the display in the Narthex. Watch your bulletin for additional information in coming weeks.
Tortured for Christ Movie: The By-Jo will be showing the movie “Tortured for Christ” on Monday, March 5th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission price is $12.50 and has been set by the production company. You may purchase tickets in advance at https://www.tugg.com/events/tortured-for-christ-puip. Additional information can be found at the Welcome Center.
Do you like to do puzzles? A fellow church member has a supply of puzzle books free to anyone who would like one, two or more. These are gently used with plenty of puzzles left. Please let Melody know if you are interested.
Hospitality Stewards: We are in need of volunteers for weekly preparation of coffee, tea, etc. This group of volunteers prepares the beverages each Sunday morning, setting-up downstairs and brings a cart with beverages and supplies to the Welcome Center. Following worship services, the volunteers clean up the coffee urns and put everything away. Ideally we like to have enough volunteers that you are only needed one Sunday each month. Please contact Janet Withrow or Marie McKay if you are willing to help.
NEW WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY “JONAH” BY PRISCILLA SHIRER!
It’s time for our next women’s evening bible study! We are going to do a 7-week bible study by Priscilla Shirer entitled “Jonah.”
What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.
– When: 2-27-18 to 4-10-18 – Tuesdays
– Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
– Cost: $15.00 for member book
Sign up by calling or texting Myra Wheeler at 937-204-5368. There is also a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Desk.
St. Paul UMC Steak Dinner: Mark your calendars for the semi-annual St. Paul UMC steak dinner on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 4:30-7:00 pm. Adult tickets are $10.00, children 11 and under are $5.00. The menu is cubed steak with mushroom gravy, baked potato, green beans, tossed salad or applesauce, dinner roll, homemade dessert and beverage.
Save the date: The annual Musician’s Concert of Praise will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. We will have lots of local talent as well as a group that has performed at the Fraze. This year’s concert will be dedicated to Martha Mae Storer. Mark your calendars now so that you won’t miss this special event.
Church World Service Blanket Month: February is “Blanket Month”. A $10.00 donation will provide a blanket for someone in need whether from a natural disaster or homelessness. You may place your donation in an offering envelope marked “Blankets”. Donations will be accepted through March 18th.
Canned Soup Donations Needed: GUMC will be collecting cans of soup for C.A.M.P. until the end of February. Please see the display in the Narthex. Any brand and variety is accepted. C.A.M.P. serves families in Germantown, Farmersville and New Lebanon.
Hygiene Supplies Needed: Please donate hygiene supplies for the homeless and needy. There is a display in the Narthex with additional information. This is in conjunction with Day of Caring organization and the annual Pancake Brunch. Hygiene supplies will be accepted through February 25th.
February Mission: Thank you to the congregation, and anyone else, for your wonderful donations for Church Women United/Middletown. February’s mission is The Valley View Community Clothes Closet. This mission accepts all types of clothing and household items. Please mark your donations, MISSIONS and place in the right hand closet as you come in the front door of the church. Please do not throw items away that someone less fortunate can use. You are most welcome to place clothing, etc. on our covered patio, at 228 N. Plum St., whether we are home or away. Our phone is 937-855-3687. Thank you again. Charlotte Genslinger
Reminders: We are collecting the “Box Tops for Education” coupons that are found on many grocery/food items. These box tops are given to Valley View Schools which are redeemed for school supplies.
We also accept the pull tabs from aluminum cans for Ronald McDonald House Charities. There are containers for each of these items outside the kitchen in fellowship hall.
C.A.M.P. We accept donations of food pantry items which are delivered to C.A.M.P. in Farmersville on a monthly basis. In addition, paper products such as toilet tissue are always appreciated as well. There is a basket inside the front doors for your food donations.
Sonshine In A Bag: There are now 177 children receiving food assistance through Sonshine In A Bag at Valley View Schools! That is an increase of 99 children. Sonshine In A Bag is accepting donations of 18 oz. jars of peanut butter & 19 oz. squeeze bottles of jelly. We have been asked to concentrate on these two items which are given out each week. They are also in need of plastic grocery bags. If you can put them into double bag sets it will be very helpful. Supplies go out as quickly as they come in. This program serves children in the Valley View School District. More information can be found in the literature rack by the office.