News and Events

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Volunteers Needed Today: We are prepping the luncheon food for St. Paul UMC today beginning at 12:30 p.m. We are preparing food for over 200 folks. We need many helpers to accomplish this task. We will be serving the luncheon on Tuesday, December 11th departing GUMC at 9:00 a.m. We would love to have you go along. This is an awesome opportunity to reach out into the community and put your hands, feet and hearts to work.

Hot Chocolate Needed: We are short 14 boxes of Hot Chocolate for the C.A.M.P. Christmas Baskets. Please donate if you are able. C.A.M.P. serves families in Farmersville, Germantown and New Lebanon. Please place your donation on the shelf in the coat closet.

Hats/Gloves/Mittens/: Our annual collection of new hats/gloves/mittens is underway. All sizes for men, women and children are needed. These items are provided to less fortunate students and families in the Valley View and New Lebanon school districts. Please donate to help keep everyone warm this winter.

Otterbein Red Stocking Campaign: For more than 100 years, congregations have been supporting this mission to care for the elders residing at Otterbein. The Benevolent Care Fund continues to be a pillar of this ministry. It allows Otterbein to provide lifelong care for all who qualify for assistance and helps to supply the needs of daily living. Please consider a charitable donation this holiday season. You can find additional information and giving envelopes at the Welcome Center. Donations should be placed in one of the envelopes provided and dropped in the offering plate.

Festival of Choirs: TODAY! Sunday, December 9th at 6:30pm, First Church of God will host the annual Germantown Historical Society Festival of Choirs. Our Chancel Choir will be sharing a few selections and will join the other choirs in singing the “Halleluiah Chorus”. Don’t miss this wonderful Christmas tradition in our community!

Holy Land 2019 Trip: Gary and Myra Wheeler will be your hosts on this incredible spiritual pilgrimage to walk in the footsteps of Christ and the saints. There is something wonderfully special and meaningful about being in the places Jesus walked and talked. It’s not sightseeing – it truly is a spiritual experience. Brochures are available in the Narthex or contact Gary at 937-204-4400.

Liturgists Needed: Please see the notebook at the Welcome Center. The calendar for 2019 is open for sign-ups. Thank you for serving.

Walk-In-Place Fitness: All adults are encouraged to take part in a fun and easy, free fitness class held in the Narthex at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evenings. Anyone at any level of fitness can participate. If you need a break, take a seat! No judgement here. We use a DVD that is set to music so it is a lively hour of exercise walking-in-place. Come join us!

Mark Your Calendar: Christmas Eve Worship Services, December 24, 7:30 and 11:00 PM Candlelight services.

 

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

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. 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.