Announcements - December 5, 2021

Christmas events

Announcements for this Sunday, December 5, 2021! 

ADVENT 2

In-Person Combined Worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

 

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE

for Sunday, December 5, 2021 will be available on Sunday at Ginter Park United Methodist’s Facebook page and on the YouTube channel

PRAYER CONCERNS

Carolyse Walters, Floyd Davis, Roy & Beth Quist, Chris Otto, Julie Duke, Ed Walton, Rev. Wendy Rhodhamel (friend of Roy Quist), Wilber Newland (St. Marys, Roy and Beth’s neighbor), Richard Fournier, Barbara Ford, Cindy Jones, Louise Wood, Robert Jones, Judy Watkins (back surgery), Daisy Sanders, Judy Bennett, Victoria Kinney, Betty (Horace Ford’s sister), Dev Renn, Jean Taylor, Beverly Samford, Cora Matthews, Anne E., Horace and Barbara Ford’s daughter-in-law/Jennifer’s father, Bill Fulcrod, Frankie Irons, Shirley Overstreet, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Isabelle Brown, Barbara Jessup, Adelaide Winston

GPUMC COVID-19 RESPONSE

As COVID-19 cases surge due to the Delta variant, Ginter Park United Methodist Church is now requiring everyone over two years of age whether fully vaccinated or not to wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose in the church building. Disposable masks will be available to anyone that needs one. We will continue to do what is necessary to protect everyone’s health. Thank you for your cooperation!

FOOD PANTRY:

Your food pantry served an average of 125 households (372 individuals) each week in October. 

FOOD PANTRY NEED:

The Food Pantry will need at least four strong persons to help move a commercial size refrigerator. Please contact Horace Ford at 804-387-6021 or horaceford2@gmail.com if interested. DATE/TIME has not been set.

NEEDED:

Crew length warm socks, gloves and stocking caps for both men and women. The Dollar Tree has great ones in stock right now. Please drop off your donations to the Church Office.

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS:

There are devotionals available which 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. They are available in the narthex and on the table by the door at the front of the Sanctuary leading to the Parlor.

December 5: How are you doing with your Advent spiritual discipline? Are you using the daily readings, reflections, and prayers in Signs of the Sacred (Devotional Book)? This week, focus on making Jesus known through your words and actions - in your school, neighborhood, or community. Look in the faces of those you encounter this week, knowing that so many of our brothers and sisters face difficult circumstances and troubles beyond our understanding. As people of faith, we cannot solve every problem, but we can always act with compassion. Please remember to give, as you are able, using the Society of St. Andrew offers envelopes in the devotional booklet. We will receive those gifts on Epiphany Sunday, January 2.

URGENT NEED:

The Food Pantry urgently needs paper bags with handles. Please drop them off outside the Food Pantry door.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

The Food Pantry needs additional volunteers to input client data from a a list of names, addresses, etc. into a database on Wednesday mornings. This volunteer would work in the Choir Room and would not need to be in direct contact with clients. An hour or two of time between 10 a.m. and Noon would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Horace Ford at 804-387-6021 or horaceford2@gmail.com if interested.

EMAIL ADDRESSES NEEDED

If you are not receiving any emails from Ginter Park UMC and would like to please fill out the attendance pad and include your email address and name and we will add you to our list!

RECYCLE BINS

Recycle bins are available in the Narthex. If you do not need your bulletin do not throw it away but please place it in the recycle bins. Thank you!

UMW

The United Methodist Women will be ordering pecans again this year freshly harvested from Georgia. You may purchase a bag for $11.00. Please see or call Beth Quist for your order (804-266-3164). These are large, fresh and very good!

Finance/Church Council

Will meet next Wednesday, December 8 beginning with Finance at 6:30 p.m. followed by Council at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING:

Pastor MiRhang needs four families or individuals who will light the Advent candles for four Sundays - Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, and Dec. 19. Please let the church office know if you or your family would like to participate.

HANGING OF THE GREENS:

Please plan on staying after Church today to help with the HANGING OF THE GREENS in preparation for Advent.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE:

Please make our food pantry part of your Thanksgiving plans. The pantry needs canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal and paper grocery bags with handles. You may place your food donations in the box that will be available in the narthex. Thank you for your support.

RUSH HOUR CAROLING:

On Friday, December 17, 2021 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. all are welcome to sing Christmas carols at the corner of Laburnum and Chamberlayne Aves. Lights tour after! Please contact Liz Turner for more information.

CHRISTMAS PARADE GATHERING

Please join us Saturday, December 4, 2021 in front of the Lowe’s on Broad Street for our annual gathering to watch the parade! Contact Liz Turner for more information.

CHILDREN’S NATIVITY:

All children are invited to participate in the Christmas Eve Live Nativity during the 5 p.m. worship service. Please contact Anne Durrett if you are interested in joining in the fun!

GOOD NEWS!

Our church hosted a very successful two hour COVID vaccination clinic on Wednesday, November 24. Over 40 shots were administered by employees of the Virginia Department of Health. They also conducted many COVID tests during that time. We were pleased to be able to be a partner in helping to combat the COVID virus.

HELP NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to deliver our traditional Christmas Gift Bags by December 15. Just drop them off at the front doors of our beloved Shut-in members in our Church Family. Please contact Mary Swing. (Due to Covid we need only to deliver).