Announcements - Week of September 8, 2019

 

Concerns

Jean Taylor, Cheryl Roberts, Joyce Roberts’ son, Simeon Wait (Dennis and Dale’s great nephew), Ed Roberts, Jim Gray, Ted Hughes (Liz Turner’s great Uncle) with brain cancer, Claude Cheely, Nik, Teddy Sears, Joyce Forcke, Frankie Irons, Shirley Overstreet, Judy Wilkinson, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Isabelle Brown, Barbara Jessup, Bishop Lewis, Richard (Ruth Plott’s brother-in-law).

 

Our Stewardship last week:

Worship Attendance: 86

General Fund Giving: $1,762.50

Weekly Budget Need: $4,722.00

 Crucifer: Jacob Durrett | Acolyte: Eli Durrett

 

UMW

United Methodist Women will meet on Thursday, September 12th at 12 p.m. in the Social Hall. Please bring a sandwich. Desserts and drinks will be provided by the UMW. We will elect UMW Officers and decide upon future goals. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

CRUCIFER AND ACOLYTES

We have a couple of vacancies in our crucifer and acolyte program for the traditional service. Acolytes are usually children and teens who are tall enough to reach the candles on the altar. Crucifers are usually teens and adults who can carry the processional cross. If you have any interest in participating in this program, please contact Horace Ford or call the church office at 262-8651.

CLOTHES CLOSET

At present our Clothes Closet at Ginter Park UMC is only open for two hours between 10 am and 12 noon on Wednesdays at the same time as the Food Pantry. We have a lot of clothes that should be distributed so we are considering opening for an extra day on a Thursday each week between 10 am and 12 noon. Are you willing to volunteer your services to assist with sorting and distributing clothes on this day? Please let Pastor Dennis or the Church Office staff know if you are willing to help.

FOOD PANTRY

Thank you for your support of our Food Pantry. We are now serving approximately 60 to 70 families each week. The federal/state program, under which we operate, allows us to serve each family only once each month. For the past few months, we have been receiving large deliveries of USDA food. We continue to need paper grocery bags with handles and plastic bags. We also need canned tuna, soap bars and baby/toddler diapers. Donations may be left outside of the Food Pantry door (Burchette Room) on the first floor as you come in from the parking lot. Volunteers are, of course, always welcome. Come and see what we are doing. The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet are open each Wednesday from 10 AM until Noon. The Food Pantry is grateful to Bert Terranova for the donation of a new upright freezer and to Sam Wilkinson for locating a used freezer. These acquisitions greatly expand the amount of frozen USDA food we can accept.

UPDATE on Zahra and Mahdi

Through our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, we are supporting Zahra with a six credit ESL class on writing and grammar. This cost almost $1,000.00. If you would like to contribute towards this mission effort, please make checks out to “Ginter Park UMC” and mark them “Pastor’s Discretionary Fund”. You may either mail them to us or place them in the offering plate on a Sunday. I am hopeful that we might continue with such sponsorship as Zahra undertakes further English courses. Recently we completed a fund raiser to replace Zahra’s original vehicle which had to be scrapped. Thank you for your wonderful generosity!

GEMS

On September 19th, Patti Dean from Life Net Health will speak with us about organ donation. This is a very important subject for everyone. Please make every effort to attend and bring a friend. Your decision could save someone’s life. On October 17, GEMS regular program will feature a presentation by staff and The Beechwell Adult Day program. The center provides help for caregivers so they can get breaks for running errands or just to get a break. Please spread the word and bring your friends. Everyone is invited to join us for any of our programs. It is helpful to have an idea of how many plan to attend so we have enough food. You can make a reservation by calling Beth or Roy Quist at (804)266-3164 or the Church Office at (804)262-8651.

Many thanks for the generous donations of school supplies for the teachers at Ginter Park Elementary School. They were delivered on Thursday and the teachers were very grateful.