News and Events


Words cannot describe my heartfelt thanks for the beautiful quilt made for my dear friend Sandy Vancleave. We both cried when it was delivered and know the love and all the prayers will give comfort in the upcoming weeks and months of treatment. Mindy Villano


Special Music Guest: Rick Gibbs is an accomplished musician and recording artist. He began singing as a young boy in church with his family and has continued for over 50 years. He has recorded 4 CDs (Gospel, Patriotic, Classics and Christmas). Rick is the owner of a local business, Majestic Window Cleaning & More. He has many residential and business customers in the Germantown area. His CDs will be available in the Narthex after church for $10.00.

New Member Class: Our next new member class will be held TODAY! from 3:30-7:00 PM in Fellowship Hall at the church. The class will look at what the Church is about, who Jesus is, who we are as United Methodists, and what it means to be a member. Dinner will be provided. If you are interested, contact the church office at 937-855-2102 or email Gary at

Volunteers Needed: We are in need of Liturgists through the end of the year. Please consider helping Pastor Gary with the worship service. Liturgists lead the opening words, opening prayer as written in the bulletin and pass the microphone for prayer requests. Please see the notebook at the Welcome Center to choose a date(s). Thank you!

Choir News: MUSIC is love in search of a word! MUSIC is the strongest form of magic! MUSIC  is the prayer the heart sings! JOIN US for practice on Wednesday, August 29th at 7:30 p.m. Contact Carolyn Holland at (937) 416-3587 with questions.

SCRIP: Are you planning a trip this summer? If so, don’t forget to pick-up gas cards and restaurant cards to use while traveling. SCRIP cards spend just like cash and are safer than using your credit/debit card. There are hundreds of retailers from which to choose. We are happy to order what you need!  We just need about a week to receive the cards once the order is placed. We receive a small percentage from the sale of SCRIP cards. We apply that amount to the principle on the mortgage. Every little bit helps!

Area Golf Tournament: The Valley View Community Drug-Free Coalition is sponsoring the third annual golf tournament in memory of Andy Genslinger and Daniel Weidle.  The tournament is Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Pipestone Golf Course.  Registration will begin at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00.  The cost is $75 per person and $300 per foursome. Checks should be made payable to the Valley View Community Drug-Free Coalition.  The price includes green fees, cart, dinner, 2 drink tickets, proximity prizes, one entry to a putting contest, and door prizes. Prize categories include men, women, and seniors (65+). Contact Beth at 937-238-0744 for more information.  The tournament is reserved for the first 30 foursomes signed-up and paid.

Tinkerbell’s Closet:  Tinkerbell’s Closet will open for the homecoming season on Sunday, August 19th, 2018. Please visit our Facebook page at for our full schedule. Donations of dresses, dress shoes, costume jewelry, clutches, and scarves/shoulder covers can be left in the closet to the north of the front doors. We are most in need of dresses, size 14 & up, and shoes, sizes 8 & up. If you are interested in volunteering this fall, please contact Kathy Kitchel at 937-684-1446, or We would love to have you!




It’s time for our next women’s evening bible study!  We are going to do a 10-week Beth Moore bible study entitled “Believing God.”

The bride of Jesus Christ in our generation is nearly paralyzed by unbelief.  God is calling his bride to a fresh and lavish anointing of faith.

God is so much more than we have yet acknowledged and experienced.  He is capable of tremendously more than we have witnessed.  Beth states that she is utterly convinced that we see so little primarily because we believed Him for so little. Here is the great news:  God wants to change all that!

This in-depth study examines the lives of Abraham, Moses, and others as examples of persons who believed God.

When: 9-11-18 to 11-20-18 – Tuesdays     Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall

Cost: $16.00 for member book.  Sign up by calling or texting Myra Wheeler at 937-204-5368 or by e-mailing her at  There is also a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center.


Mission: In August, donated items will be delivered to Church Women United, Middletown. This mission accepts clothing & household items. Please place items in the right hand closet as you enter the church. Be sure that you have them marked “Missions” to avoid any confusion.

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. C.A.M.P. serves families in the Farmersville, Germantown and New Lebanon communities. There is a basket inside the front door for your food donations.

Sonshine In A Bag:**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.

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.



The Second Annual GUMC Community Day will be held on Saturday, September 8th.

We will host a car show and quilt display. Event Chair, Cathy Butler will be holding organizational meetings and welcomes all volunteers willing to help.

Below you will find needed items. There are lists in the Narthex for you to sign-up if you wish to provide an item(s) and opportunities to volunteer to help out during the event. We need a lot of help to pull this off!  Please purchase food & beverage items closer to the event  so that items are fresh and we don’t run into storage issues here at the church. Please label items as “Community Day” to avoid confusion.

  • 20-25 cases of bottled water (please wait to purchase due to storage limitations)
  • Chocolate OREO Cookies (10 packages) Sam’s Club & GFS have best deals. Please do not purchase until just before event.
  • Vanilla OREO Cookies (10 packages) Sam’s Club & GFS have best deals. Please do not purchase until just before event.
  • Monetary donations to cover the cost of hotdogs and buns (may be placed in an offering envelope but be certain to mark it “Community Day”)

*Items we need to borrow for the event*

Please have your name on loaned items to assure that they are returned to the proper owners.

5 pop up canopies                                  2 100 foot heavy duty extension cords

3 CLEAN 5-gallon buckets                       1 baby swimming pool

4 large water squirt toys that produce enough force to knock an item over

6 orange parking cones



Union Chapel United Methodist

Germantown United Methodist


Where:       Veteran’s Park               When:         Saturday, September 22th

Germantown                                Sunday,   September 23th


It’s time to dust off those bread pans and start baking bread again!  As before, each church needs to commit to 200 loaves.  We want to keep our loyal repeat customers happy by having a large variety of homemade breads.

**Please bring your bread to the booth (same location) on Saturday by 9:00 AM.  You will be permitted to drop your bread off but you must remove your car as soon as possible per Festival Committee.

**Please use 9×5 or 8×4 size loaf pans or larger, but no mini loaves.  This helps keep our price of $4.25 per loaf consistent.

**All types of bread are welcomed.  When labeling your bread remember to note the addition of nuts, fruit, chocolate chips, etc.

**We cannot sell store bought bread.  We advertise and sell only homemade.

**Make sure all bread is wrapped in plastic wrap or plastic bag and labeledPlease do not wrap in foil.  Do not bring bread straight from freezer or refrigerator because it will sweat in the heat and become wet.

The contact person for Union Chapel is Mary Brown (937-855-3572) and Karen Lurker (937-855-3841) is the contact person for Germantown UMC.   You may call either of us if you need further information. This is a church wide project.  If you are able to work a two-hour shift at the booth, please let your contact person know that you are available.  This festival endeavor is an equally shared event.  Each church contributes and shares responsibilities and profits.  Last year, we sold approximately 541 loaves, which netted $1,964 profit.

Let’s have fun sharing our bread and we hope to see you there!