Announcements - Week of March 10, 2019

Spring Forward

Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour!


Food Pantry and Clothing Closet

Your Food Pantry and Clothes Closet continues to serve those in need in our community.

Paper Grocery Bags with handles – We can always use paper bags with handles. If you will bring your grocery bags to church (and collect them from friends and neighbors), it will help us to meet our needs without having to purchase them at a cost of 15-1/2 cents each.

Food – We appreciate your donations of nonperishable food items; however, please make sure the expiration dates are current. We especially need peanut butter, tuna and other canned vegetables.

Invitation to attend Church Council

An open invitation is extended to the congregation to attend the Ginter Park UMC Church Council scheduled for 7 pm in the Scott Walford Room on Wednesday, March 13th. Apart from the normal business, time will be set aside to discuss the recent decision from the special General Conference held last month and how it will affect us. Comment will be invited from those present to express their opinions.


Tuesday April 2, 10:00am meeting followed by program TBA. Bring sandwich. Dessert and drink provided. Saturday April 6, District Prayer Breakfast Shady Grove UMC, Mechanicsville. Registration 8:30am. Breakfast and Worship 9:00-11:00am. Shalom Farms Auxiliary sponsoring Geranium Sale to benefit Shalom Farms. $4.50 each(4 1/2 inch pot). The Geraniums come in red, salmon, coral, hot pink and white. We will take orders for specific colors but cannot guarantee. Make checks payable to UMUMR. Deadline for ordering Sunday, April 4. Contact Sarah Lynn Croll or Laura Roberts if interested in ordering.

Softball Team

Time to gear up for Spring Training and the Prodigals Softball season! We are looking for men, 16 and older, to play on the church’s softball team, the GPUMC Prodigals. Please check with us for requirements if you would like to play. All skill levels welcomed! Come on out and have a ball playing other church teams in the league! You don’t have to be a church member, and you can help us by recruiting your friends, family or co-workers, too. Contact Don Turner, Prodigals Manager, at 517-7435, for more details! Play Ball!!

Please keep Bishop Lewis in your prayers

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis announced on Mar. 4, during the “State of the Church” address that focused on General Conference 2019, that she will be on medical leave for six months. In late December 2018, Bishop Lewis underwent a hip surgery and then had an additional surgery in January. This made her unable to attend General Conference in St. Louis from Feb. 23-26. Lewis shared she will have to undergo two additional surgeries due to ongoing complications related to her original hip surgery; the first is scheduled for this Thursday. The medical leave is at the strong recommendation of her doctors. “To take six months off will be hard, but I have got to get well,” Lewis said.

In Lewis’ absence, an interim bishop will be assigned to oversee the Virginia Annual Conference. The process to find this interim bishop has already started. The Rev. Tom Berlin and Mrs. Martha Stokes, chairs of the Committee on Episcopacy, shared more about this process and how Bishop David Graves, College of Bishops President of the Southeastern Jurisdiction, is overseeing this process.

Society of St. Andrew Lenten Devotion

Today’s culture is continuously in flux! Transitions are difficult. In today’s devotional A Time to Weep, you will see how the goal is not to get stuck, but to move ahead toward the goal of the transition. Continue your Lenten time of daily reading, reflection, prayer, and giving, using Seasons of Joy and Gladness, the devotional booklet prepared for your use by the Society of St. Andrew (located outside the Church Office).

Joys & Concerns

Barbara Bernardo, The family and friends of Verna Raup who passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Barbara “Shirly” Gelston (Liz Turner’s great Aunt) for heart issues, flu and pneumonia, Ted Hughes (Liz Turner’s great Uncle) with brain cancer, Claude Cheely, Harriet Cogle, Nik, Teddy Sears, Joyce Forcke, Frankie Irons, Shirley Overstreet, Judy Wilkinson, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Isabelle Brown, William Becker, those affected by the recent tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia.