Society of St. Andrew Lenten Devotion
Seasons of Joy and Gladness, today’s devotion shows the consequences of health scares. Discipline Through Love and a Stroke shows us how God helps us through a traumatic health event, and all the consequences, to a life of a new normal. The Society of St. Andrew, challenges us to remember our desperate 42 million children and adults here in the United States who suffer the trauma of hunger and struggle to put enough food on the table each day. Does your daily spiritual focus this season include giving? Every $3.00 you set aside for Society of St. Andrew will put 20 meals of healthy food on the plates of those who need it most, giving both you and them, a blessing.
Volunteers are needed on April 6th to help with the Yard Sale at GPUMC. Help is especially needed at the beginning and ending of the Yard Sale 7:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Any time that you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Mary Swing if you are interested.
The Church Council at its meeting on March 13th, 2019 recommended consideration of the following draft statement for regular inclusion in our weekly Church Bulletins and on our web page: -“Ginter Park United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia, celebrates that all persons are created in God’s image and are of sacred worth. We extend hospitality and encourage full participation of all, regardless of age, race or ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic status, educational background, and physical or mental ability. We invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.”
Your written comments on this statement are invited. Please email them to Brian Durrett at email@example.com or Dennis Lipke at Dlipke@ginterparkumc.org. You may also send them to the Church Office. This matter will be discussed once more at the next Church Council meeting on April 10th, 2019.
CARITAS Director Needed
Ginter Park UMC needs a volunteer to be our local Director/Leader to take charge of overseeing details for our CARITAS hosting week for about 32 females currently scheduled from February 1st to 8th, 2020. We have people willing to assist in many ways with some of the tasks but for us to continue this mission, we require one person to take the lead. If you are interested in being this person, please contact Pastor Dennis. Any questions you might have may also be directed to him. If we are unable to secure a volunteer Director/Leader for CARITAS next year, we will need to cancel our proposed hosting week.
GEMS schedule is a little different this Spring. Please note the dates and more details will come closer to events.
- Our regular 3rd Thursday meeting in March will be this Thursday, March 21. We will meet at noon for a free lunch followed by a program by our pastor, Dennis Lipke sharing about his recent travels.
- In April our meeting is on Holy Thursday and Beth and Roy may be out of town, so we will discuss that meeting in March.
- Then in May we will meet on Wednesday, May 29, departing from the church by 10:30 A.M. The group will travel to the Washington National Cathedral for a tour. Following the tour we will head up the tower where we will enjoy a wonderful view overlooking Washington and we will also be served Tea and other goodies while in the tower. This will be a really great day!
- Then in June, we will meet on Sunday evening for a light dinner followed by a trip to hear the Richmond Pops which everyone enjoyed last year. That will be on June 23rd.
Everyone is invited to join us in any of these events. It is helpful if you call to let us know you are coming but if you forget to call please join us anyway. For the May and June events you must call since they are ticketed events. Please call Beth and Roy at (804)266-3164. We look forward to your joining us.
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 1/2inch 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.
Joys & Concerns
Barbara Bennardo, needs a liver transplant, Xander Perkinson, 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.