News and Events


Thank you to our members and friends who have signed-up with Kroger Community Rewards. We received a check in the amount of $197.40 which will be applied to the mortgage. If you haven’t signed-up for this program, please do so.


Surviving the Holidays: When you are grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. Our Surviving the Holidays seminar helps participants prepare for the holidays and even discover hope for the future. The next session will be held TODAY at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Poinsettia Orders: If you ordered a Poinsettia but haven’t paid for it yet, please do so as soon as possible. Melody will be picking them up on Friday. Thank you!

SCRIP ORDERS: ATTENTION: I will be placing an additional SCRIP order on Wednesday December 13th. If you would like to have SCRIP cards for Christmas gifts get your order to me by 9:00 a.m. on WEDNESDAY! A list of hundreds of cards is available at the Welcome Center. Thank you! Melody

2018 Giving Envelopes: May be picked-up in the Narthex today. Please begin using these envelopes on the 7th of January.  The reason for the “initial offering” envelope found inside your box is to help cover the cost of the envelopes. If you don’t find a box with your name, but would like to have envelopes, contact the church office.

Visitation Stewards: Will be visiting our shut-in members and friends on Tuesday, December 12th from 2:00—4:00 p.m. They will begin at Astoria Health & Rehab Center. If you are available during this time please join them for this outreach.

Let’s Go Caroling! Everyone is invited to go caroling on Tuesday, December 19th. We would love to have a huge group! Meet at the church at 6:00 p.m. and  dress for the weather. We will be going to the homes of our shut-in members and friends.

Helpers Needed: We are in need of a few volunteers to assist with the lighting of the luminaria along the driveway and in front of the church for Christmas Eve services. We need to have folks to light them around 6:30 p.m. and also to extinguish them after the 11:00 service. You can sign-up to only light them or only extinguish them OR both. Thank you for volunteering to help on this very special evening.

New Year’s Eve Party: A party will be held in Fellowship Hall for all GUMC members and friends. The festivities will begin at 7:00 p.m. You are asked to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and a snack or appetizer to share. You are also encouraged to bring any board games or card games that would be appropriate for all ages. An optional $10.00 “gag gift” exchange will take place for anyone wishing to participate. Come enjoy a time of fellowship and welcome in 2018!

Winter Camp at Camp Wesley: Experience God’s Backyard in a Winter Wonderland of faith, fellowship and adventure! Thursday, December 28—Saturday, December 30th. Cost: students $89.00 ages 7-17, adults with a group $45.00. For more information call



C.A.M.P. Christmas Meal Baskets: We are very happy to report that we are able to provide corn and green beans for this worthwhile endeavor. As of 12/4/17 we collected 206 cans of corn and 246 cans of green beans. Thank you for your generosity.

Otterbein Red Stocking Gift: For more than 100 years, congregations have been supporting Otterbein’s mission to care for elderly residents. The red stocking campaign provides funding for benevolent care ensuring a home for life, and peace of mind to elders whose funds have become depleted. This includes shelter, care, food, clothing and medical supplies. Otterbein sends their gratitude and a message of love, peace and good tidings to you and yours during this holiday season. Donation envelopes can be found at the Welcome Center and may be dropped in the offering plate.

December Mission:  Thank you to the congregation, and anyone else, for your kind donations for missions in 2017.  I want you to know that many people at the missions say we bring such nice clothing, etc. for them to give to the needy. THANK YOU!  December’s mission is St. Paul UMC/Dayton.  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 help a lot. Supplies go out as quickly as they come in. This program serves children in the Valley View School District. Thank you for your continued support of this much needed mission. More information can be found in the literature rack by the office.


Germantown United Methodist Church



A Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 17, 2017

6:30 p.m.


There will be music, drama, and inspiration. Everyone is welcome!