News and Events


New Sunday School Class Offering: The Good News Class and the Living Grace Class will team up to study “The Walk Through The Bible” starting with the Old Testament on April 28th. Everyone is welcome to join the class.

Mother/Child Banquet: This year, we are having our banquet on Sunday, May 5. Dinner will be from 5:30-6:30, so plan to arrive a little before dinner time so you can set up. For our program this year, we will have a picnic theme including a tractor to have your picture taken on, hayrides (weather permitting), photo backdrop for pictures, and line dancing lessons.  Come and enjoy all of the activities or just come and eat and socialize!  Activities will begin at 6:30 and end around 7:30-7:45. So, everyone will have plenty of time to get home and get the kids to bed for school the next day. Wear your comfy clothes (jeans, t-shirts, cowboy boots, etc.) The UMW will provide pulled pork, drinks, and all table service.  We ask that others attending provide a side dish, salad or dessert to complete the meal. Hope to see you there.

Church Camp: Summer Church Camp is one of the best experiences a child or teen could have as they grow in their faith, and we have wonderful camps in our West Ohio Conference, from Toledo to Bellefontaine to Logan. As campers experience the beauty of God’s creation through nature, our camps provide a recreational, relational and spiritual environment in which everyone can hear God’s voice calling in new ways on the journey of faith in Christ. The 2019 camp theme is “RELENTLESS!” (which Pastor Gary wrote). Our church provides camp scholarships of 50% for all who are interested. For more information, see Pastor Gary or go to If you would like to help a child or teen go to camp, you can give to our Camp Scholarship Fund; simply designate your offering to that fund.


Open Registration for Summer Mission Trip to Good Works – Athens, OH The youth will be traveling to Athens, OH, again this summer to serve with Good-Works. The dates of the trip are June 23rd-29th. To travel with the group, you must be at least 12 years of age at the time of the trip; children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent. Adults are welcome! Space is limited. If you are interested, a deposit of $50 is needed ASAP to hold your spot. Informational packets are available from Kathy or the church office. For more information, please contact Kathy Kitchel at 937-684-1446.


Silent Auction Donations – Fundraiser for Summer Missions

The youth will be holding their annual meatloaf fundraiser and silent auction again this year to raise money for our summer mission trip. The auction will begin on Mother’s Day weekend, May 12th, and end at 12:30pm on May 19th. (You do NOT have to be present to win.) Last year’s donations for our silent auction were amazing! Please think about what you would like to donate this year. Some suggestions are tickets to an event, gift cards, hand-made items, services, antiques, a steak dinner for two, etc. Be Creative! Items for the silent auction can be left in Kathy’s Sunday school room at any time. (Room 11)


Mother’s Day Meatloaf – Fundraiser for Summer Missions

We are now taking orders for hand-made meatloaves! There is a sign-up sheet on the welcome counter. You may order your loaf by the pound – 1, 2, or 3lbs. The cost is $10lb. Buy one to eat immediately and one to freeze! Please plan to pick up your order between 9:30-11:30, on Saturday, May 11th. (Orders may also be picked up during church on Sunday if necessary.)


Valley View School Levy Informational Meeting: GUMC will be hosting a community informational meeting on Wednesday, April 24th from 6:30—7:30 p.m. regarding the upcoming school levy.

Please join members of the Valley View Community:

  1. to better understand what expenses will be covered by the levy.
  2. to meet Valley View superintendent, Ben Richards.
  3. to ask questions and gain an understanding about school funding in general.

Sponsored by the Valley View Community, Unity, Opportunity Levy Committee.




Mission of the Month: During April, we will be taking mission donations to Valley View Community Clothes Closet. This mission accepts all sizes and types of clothing, shoes, and outerwear. They DO NOT accept household items. Household items must be bagged separately and labeled as such so that those types of items can be delivered elsewhere. Please leave mission items in the coat closet near the media booth and have them clearly labeled “missions” to avoid any confusion. Thank you for helping those who are less fortunate. We thank Dale White for delivering mission items for GUMC!

Tinkerbell’s Closet Donations: Tinkerbell’s is always in need of special occasion dresses, undergarments, wraps, shoes, handbags and jewelry. We especially need plus size dresses. If you aren’t a shopper, you can make a monetary donation to Tink’s and we’ll do the shopping for you. Your support of this mission is greatly appreciated.

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. plastic squeeze bottles of jelly. We have been asked to concentrate on these two items which are given out each week. Please add these items to your weekly grocery list. Supplies go out as quickly as they come in. This program serves 127 Pre-K-6th grade children in the Valley View School District. Grades 7-12 are provided food by C.A.M.P. in Farmersville. 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.