Announcements for Sunday, December 4, 2022!
In-Person Worship begins at 9:30am (Contemporary Service) and 11am (Traditional Service)
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE
For Sunday, December 4, 2022 will be available on Sunday at Ginter Park United Methodist’s Facebook page and on the YouTube channel.
This week's sermon is "Give Thanks to God"
CHRISTMAS EVE at 5:00 p.m. in the Social Hall for a festive Christmas Eve Service!
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE, December 25th will be online and can be found on Facebook or YouTube.
NEW YEAR’S DAY, there will be one Worship Service January 1, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Clarence Woodson (son of Callie Robinson), the family and friends of David Desormeaux (father of Marlene Otto), the Kehoe family (Conway, Mary Liz, Mary, and Christy), families who lost their loved ones from the recent mass shootings, Michael Rew (son of Judy Rew), Frankie Irons, Helena and Daniel Burns (parents of Robert Burns), Bob Dickerson, Warren Huddleston (bad car accident, friend of the Lipke family), The family and friends of Lara Curry (co-worker of Brian Durrett), Edith Bassett, The family of Klara Creamer (Mother-in-law of Mary Swing’s brother), Victoria Kinney, Laura Norman’s family, Marylin Miles, David Charles Vance, Ruth Blevins, Betty Ford, Ukraine, our Afghan evacuees, Carolyse Walters, Julie Duke, Cindy Jones, Louise Wood, Robert Jones, Daisy Sanders, Jean Taylor, Beverly Samford, Cora Matthews, Anne E., Horace and Barbara Ford’s daughter-in-law/Jennifer’s father, Bill Fulcrod, Shirley Overstreet, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Isabelle Brown, Barbara Jessup, for people who love and care for people with COVID, Pastor MiRhang (ordination papers)
ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING:
Pastor MiRhang needs five families or individuals who will light the Advent candles for the Side Door Service: Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18 and December 24. Please let the church office know if you or your family would like to participate.
DOMINION CHRISTMAS PARADE:
December 3: Richmond’s Dominion Energy Christmas Parade! Join your church family and bring your friends to the biggest holiday parade on the east coast outside of Macy’s! Parade officially starts at 10am, but arrive early so you can find the best parking with the least walking. “Our Spot” is on the sidewalk in front of the Lowe’s parking lot, nearest to the BP gas station on the corner. Dress for the weather; if it’s cold, bring a blanket! And a folding chair. Don & Liz will have hot drinks if it’s cold and cold drinks if it’s hot, and snacks! See you there!
December 19th: Christmas Caroling, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Chamberlayne and Laburnum. Following Christmas caroling we will go to the lights show at Richmond International Raceway. Hand warmers will be provided.
Our church maintains an extensive clothes closet which is often made available on Wednesday mornings to clients of our food pantry. The clothes closet is managed by our church sexton, Bonnie Evans. A volunteer is needed who can be available on most Tuesday mornings between 9 and 11 to work with Bonnie to help sort and label the various articles of clothing. If you can help with this, please contact Bonnie or the Church Office.
THE CHURCH CALENDAR FOR THIS UPCOMING WEEK
- Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Side Door Service
- 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service
- Wednesday: 10 a.m. Food Pantry
- Thursday: THANKSGIVING
AFGHAN REFUGEES IN NEED:
Our Afghan refugees will be moving to a different location at the end of this month. Any monetary donations will be greatly appreciated.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO SUPPORT UKRAINE
Our prayers are constant and urgent for the Ukrainian people. Many of you have asked about the ways to help the people of Ukraine and to support our United Methodist witness in Ukraine. Bishop Khegay in Eurasia said that the best way to provide financial support is to contribute through the Global Ministries Advance for Eurasia and designate your gift for Ukrainian Assistance. Following is a link to the Eurasia Advance information: https://advance.umcmission.org/p-191-eurasia-in-mission-together-russia-and-belarus.aspx. Please put “Ukrainian Assistance” on your check or envelope when you make offerings. We will send the fund to Eurasia Advance. As of June 30, $1575 has been sent to the conference for Ukraine.
FOOD PANTRY REPORT:
We serve on average 155 households per week (440 individuals). We continue to need donations of soft toothbrushes, canned fruit, vegetables and tuna. We also need plastic bags and paper bags with handles. Volunteers are always welcome.
There are devotionals available that are supplied at no cost by the Society of Saint Andrew. These are wonderful devotionals provided to guide our personal time with God during Advent.
Poinsettia Order forms are now available in the Church Office, in the bulletin or you can request a poinsettia by calling the church office (804)262-8651 for the Christmas season. Request deadline is December 11, 2022 and the cost per poinsettia is $15.
ADDRESS UPDATES NEEDED:
We are trying to update our contact information to make certain we can get things like the newsletter and giving statements to each of you. Please take a moment to make sure we have up to date email and snail mail addresses.