News and Events

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nativity Sponsorships Available: GUMC will once again display nativities from the University of Dayton during the holiday season. Only ten sponsorships are available. You may provide sponsorship in memory or in honor of someone or “just because”. The cost is $50.00 each. Please see the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center. You may place payment for a sponsorship in the offering but please mark the envelope “nativity sponsorship” to avoid any confusion.

Pastor Appreciation Month: October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

Trunk or Treat: We need more participation from our membership. Please plan to attend this fun event for the children in our community on Saturday, October 27th from 5-7 p.m. We pass out treats from our cars here at the GUMC parking lot which provides a safe environment for the children. You can come as you are or may dress in costume and decorate your vehicles. Refreshments will be served. Last year we even had hayrides!

Trinity Church Bazaar (Miamisburg): Thursday, Friday & Saturday October 18, 19 & 20 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. See the bulletin board in the Narthex for more information.

Slifers Annual Turkey Supper/Bazaar: Saturday, October 20, 2018 4:30-7:30 P.M.

See the bulletin board in the Narthex for additional information.

Germantown Firefighters Association Spaghetti Dinner: Held at Germantown Senior Center Saturday, October 27th from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Meal catered by Fazoli’s will include: Spaghetti, Salad, Breadsticks, Dessert & Drink. Presale Tickets: Adults $10, Child $6; at the door tickets Adult $12, Child $8.

Annual GUMC Christmas Cupboard: Mark your calendars for the annual GUMC Christmas Cupboard which will be held on Saturday, November 10th.  There will be lots of vendors with wonderful items. Lunch will be served as well. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to start your Christmas shopping and avoid the crowds at the mall.

Liturgists Needed: We are in need of Liturgists for 11/11, 12/9 and 12/16. Please see the notebook at the Welcome Center. The calendar for 2019 is also open for sign-ups.

Valley View Dinner Theater: Tickets are on sale in the church office for the dinner theater which will be held on Tuesday, November 20th. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with dinner and show starting at 6:15 p.m. This year’s theme is “Lady in Red” featuring scenes from “Into the Woods”, “Gypsy” and “Carmen”.

Empty Icing Tubs Needed: William Heistand is in need of 50 containers with lids for his science class. He is looking for the plastic containers/lids that are sold with cake icing in them. He needs them EMPTY & CLEAN. You may leave them at the Welcome Center.

Sunday Evening Grief Share Class: Our 13-week Grief Share class is held from 6:30-8:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The class features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” and “Guilt and Anger.” The group is for anyone who has had a loved one pass away no matter how long ago. You may join at any time.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party: A packing party will be held on Sunday, November 4th from 3-5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome. Please consider purchasing some supplies that will be placed in the shoeboxes. A list will be at the Welcome Center. See Theresa Fiessinger, Erin Develbiss or Kathy Kitchel if you have questions.

Narcan Training: There will be Narcan training on October 30 at 7 p.m. at Germantown First Church of God. Participants will be trained in use of Narcan as well as receive a Narcan kit. In addition, if you have expired Narcan, you can trade yours in for new. Registration is required. Contact Marie Klotz at 855-2005 or marieklotz1@gmail.com.

Holy Land 2019 Trip: If you are thinking about going on the Holy Land trip in 2019, register by November 29 and get your best discount possible: $150 off your trip. You may still register after November 29th but your discount will be less. 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.

 GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

Mission: In October, donated items will be delivered to Valley View Community Clothes Closet. This mission only accepts clothing & shoes. 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. If you have large quantities please contact Dale or Robin White before delivering to the church.

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. 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 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.