Announcements - Week of April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

Joys & Concerns

Barbara Bennardo, needs a liver transplant, Xander Perkinson, 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.

Society of St. Andrew Lenten Devotion

A Happy Ending, when the plans all come to fruition! Through the seasons from loss, keeping the memories, sharing the past with others, we walk the path toward “a happy ending”. Jesus is alive! Among the first events following our Lord’s resurrection was a time of eating fish with his disciples! Regular meals, for many, are normal. But for our hungry neighbors, ‘regular meals’ is not something they can count on. You can step into the gap and help them by your generous donations that put real food on real plates, and fill real stomachs! Please help make this a true Happy Ending for others.

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

The group is planning a trip to the Washington National Cathedral on May 29th 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 the Church Office at (804)262-8651 or Beth and Roy at (804)266-3164. We look forward to your joining us.

UMW NEWS

Tuesday, May 7, 10am meeting followed by program. Bring sandwich. Dessert and drink provided.
Thursday, May 9, On The Road Again in Mission Express to Portsmouth. Cost $70 includes transportation, lunch and dinner and our UMW spirit! Arrive 10:45am, Hands-on projects. Leave 3:15pm. Contact Sara Lynn Croll if interested in participating.

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS

Your food pantry's supply of paper grocery bags with handles is extremely low. Most Kroger stores are not using paper bags with handles at this time. Hopefully, this is a temporary situation. Lidl stores, however, are selling paper bags with handles at 7 cents each. If you shop at Lidl, please consider buying extra bags and donating them to the food pantry. Should we need to purchase these bags from a restaurant supplier, the cost is 15-1/2 cents each. We can also use canned goods such as corn, tuna and peanut butter. Donations may be left outside of the food pantry (Burchette Room) door on the first floor as you come in from the parking lot. We are currently serving approximately 60 needy families per week from our food pantry and clothes closet. Your support is greatly appreciated.

GRADUATES

Please inform the church office of any graduates within our church family. We will celebrate all graduates on Sunday, June 11th during both worship services.

Day at the Farm - May 5th, 2019

On Sunday, May 5th, our Ginter Park UMC 9:30 am Contemporary Worship Service will relocate to John Thompson’s Farm in Prince George County for Worship and Holy Communion. The Worship Service is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am. Lunch that day will be meat grilled outside (provided by GPUMC) along with side dishes brought by each of you attending, please. There will be no 9:30 am worship service in the Social Hall on Sunday, May 5th.All are welcome, but this outing is particularly geared as an outreach for young families with children attending either of our two worship services. There will be a hayride, hiking, ballgames and even fishing. We would also encourage you to extend a special invitation to your friends and neighbors to attend. Please call (804) 262-8651 right away and let us know how many adults and children will attend in your group.  Driving directions to the farm will be provided nearer the time.

GPUMC SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

Please come out and support our Church Softball team! All games are located at Henderson Middle School (4319 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227) and played on Tuesday evenings. The schedule is as follows:

4/23 - 7pm, against St. Michael's

4/30 - 7pm, against New Life

5/7 - 7pm, against St. Paul's

5/14 - 8:40, Stony Point

5/21 - 8:40, St. Paul's Catholic

6/4 - 8:40, Grace Covenant

June 11, 18, 25, and July 9: Play offs. Depends on who wins what.