Announcements - Week of January 20, 2019


As I see it, our most pressing need is for at least early evening hosts each evening to help serve dinner and mingle with guests. I understand that the guests will be served at the tables rather than come into the kitchen cafeteria style. We also need breakfast foods for 5 days, bag lunches for 4 days and various supply items (see attached list). Help unloading mats on Saturday, January 30 and loading mats on Saturday, February 2 is greatly needed. All evening meals and overnight host slots seem to be covered. Hopefully, between Willie, Charlie and me, we can cover the lead hosts.

  • Early Evening Host: Saturday, Jan. 26th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. & Friday, February 1st from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Supply needs: 500 bowls, 250 bottled waters, lemonade mix and 50 snacks.
  • Cot unloading personnel needed on Saturday, January 26th (time to be announced)
  • Cot load in on Saturday, February 2nd (time to be announced)

CARITAS will be at GPUMC during the week of January 26 through February 2, 2019

Our church will be housing and feeding approximately 34 women from CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter) who are without housing. These women will arrive each evening of the week of January 26 through February 1 at approximately 7 PM. We will provide a hot meal, showers and laundry facilities and they will sleep on mats in our Social Hall. We will also provide breakfast each morning and a bag lunch and bottled water that they will take with them when they depart around 7 AM each day. This is an important ministry of our church and one that requires many volunteers. There is a sign-up sheet located next to the Burchette Room (Food Pantry) as you come in from our parking lot. Please sign up to help us with this project. At present, we need the following:

Early Evening Hosts – We need at least 6 to 8 volunteers each evening from about 6:30 to 9:00 to help serve dinner and assist guest with their needs.
Lead Host(s) – The purpose of this position is to oversee the evening's activities to help ensure that the evening goes smoothly.
Breakfast – Provide breakfast food each morning, Sunday through Saturday. This food should be something that can be prepared quickly such as cold food (bagels, hard boiled eggs, cereal) or a casserole that can be quickly heated.
Lunches – Bag lunches are needed to be ready each morning, Sunday through Saturday. These must be delivered the day prior and should include a sandwich, fruit, snack and dessert.
Dinner – Hot dinners are needed for Sunday through Friday evenings. Please indicate menu on sign-up sheet.
Supplies – Supplies are needed. Please sign up for any or part of the following:

  • Paper Plates – 850
  • Plastic Forks and Spoons – 850 of each
  • Toilet Tissue – 50 rolls
  • Bottled Water – 300 bottles
  • Juice & lemonade– 10 cartons
  • Snacks – 50 boxes
  • Coffee – 10 pounds
  • Tea – 200 bags
  • Paper towels – 15 rolls

Other – Various services, such as sewing, dental checks, etc., have been provided in the past and are welcome. Also, good used women’s clothing and other personal items are appreciated. If you wish, you may also donate money to be used to purchase milk and orange juice as well as any supplies that may not be donated. Checks may be made payable to the church and designated for “CARITAS”. We also need people to help unload the sleeping mats and linens on Saturday, January 26 and load them back onto the CARITAS truck on Saturday, February 2. Please contact the church office, Charlie Lindsey, Willie Herbert or Horace Ford if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.




Your Food Pantry and Clothes Closet continues to serve those in need in our community. We are in need of Paper Grocery Bags with handles, food, and Winter Coats –All donations may be left outside of the Burchette Room on the first floor of the Educational Building. Thank you for your support of these mission opportunities.


United Methodist Day at General Assembly Thursday, January 31. Contact Sarah Lynn Croll if interested.
Richmond District UMW DAY APART at Richmond Hill on Saturday, January 26, 9am to 3pm. Program: Paths to Prayer. Contact Sarah Lynn Croll if interested.
Tuesday, January 29, 10:00am. UMW will pack lunches to be given out on Wednesday to CARITAS guests. UMW will also provide breakfast and dinner one day.
Tuesday, February 5, 10:00am meeting followed by program. Bring sandwich. Dessert and drink provided.
Saturday, February 9, Hearts for Justice Tea at Welborne UMC. Registration and refreshments 9:30-10:15am. Program 10:15-11:30am "Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies. Why the Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes?"


Our condolences go out to Roy and Beth Quist whose son, Michael, passed away in Texas after a short illness, and to the family of Jerry Yates who passed away on Christmas Eve. Please keep them in your prayers.


Confirmation Classes will begin on Sunday February 3 during the 11 a.m. service and will take place for 10 weeks. Please contact Anne Durrett for more information.


The children are collecting shampoo, conditioner, combs, deodorant, hand sanitizer, and soap so they will be able to make welcome bags for our CARITAS guests. All donations can be left in the main Church office.

Joys & Concerns

>Roy and Beth Quist whose son, Michael, passed away in Texas after a short illness and Roy recovering from knee surgery, the family of Jerry Yates who passed away on Christmas Eve, Claude Cheely, Harriet Cogle, Mrs. Jackson (mother of Don Turners co-worker), Nik, Teddy Sears, Joyce Forcke, Frankie Irons, Shirley Overstreet, Judy Wilkinson, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Isabelle Brown.