Announcements for Sunday, June 26, 2022!
Third Sunday after Pentecost
In-Person Worship begins at 9:30am (Contemporary Service) and 11am (Traditional Service)
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE
for Sunday, June 26, 2022 will be available on Sunday at Ginter Park United Methodist’s Facebook page and on the YouTube channel
To My Church Family,
Please accept my request to retire on June 30, 2022. In this rather lengthy letter, I would like to share some background as well as reflections on my ministry these last three plus years.
In 2006 I retired from full time ministry after 38 wonderful years in the local church and in camp and retreat ministries. In 2007 I began a new career spanning 10 ½ years driving a charter bus and covering at least 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces. There were continued opportunities for hospitality ministry and occasionally for more direct Christian ministry including counseling, witness, and on 2 occasions I had the opportunity to lead a combined Maundy Thursday/Good Friday service for a group of college softball players and coaches while we were on the road. In 2008 I served for a year as part-time interim pastor of a small Presbyterian church just outside Front Royal after preaching there once a month for 6 months (all while also driving).
Late in my driving career, a fellow driver and wonderful mentor died suddenly of a heart attack. I then decided it was time for me to retire, again. I wanted for Beth and me to have time to enjoy our retirement together and not have one of us facing regrets if I had still been working to the end.
In 2017 we sold our two-story house and moved to a one-story house here in Richmond. This was intentional, partly to lower our mortgage but just as importantly to plan for the future when we might not be able to navigate the stairs. When we moved to Richmond, we visited several UMCs over a month and a half or so and we fell in love with Ginter Park UMC for many reasons including the minister, the Choir Director/Organist and choir, the people, and the ministries of the church. This will continue to be our church home because our love of this church has done nothing but grow in the last five years. As we returned home in early 2019 from my son’s death and funeral, Natalia left her position as Minister of Pastoral Care at GPUMC. Dennis approached me about taking on a part-time position as what became Minister of Visitation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Minister of Visitation. Some days I had to push myself to get out but as soon as I began driving to my first visit, I was overwhelmed with Shalom! In fact, it was not unusual at the end of the day, to want to squeeze in just one or two more visits (even though a few times I probably visited just a little later in the afternoon than I should have). I have felt a real connection to our “home bound” members. They really appreciate the fact that the church cares about them and as a church, we need to figure out how we will continue this ministry. MiRhang, Jeff, and I have had some conversation around this need. I have also felt a real connection to the staff with whom I have been in shared ministry these last three years, and I have kind of enjoyed my “home” in the church which has been my office. I will treasure these relationships for the rest of my life!
A big part of my reason for requesting retirement is recent health concerns for both Beth and me. While at this time there are no life-threatening issues, thank God, we need to clear our lives a little and get back to enjoying our time together in our on again, off again, retirement.
So, with all of this, the decision to retire (a third time) has not been an easy one for me. But the time has come for me to move on and to pass this area of my ministry on to others. As I have been the face of the church for many over the last three + years, I will gratefully help, as asked and able, to develop a plan for this continued and vital ministry of GPUMC and Beth and I will continue to be loyal members of the church. As I mentioned, MiRhang, Jeff and I have had some conversation about how to move forward. You all continue in my prayers as you move to continue this important ministry to our “home-bound’ members.
Carefully and Prayerfully Considered,
Rev. Roy W. Quist,
Minister of Visitation, GPUMC
Ruth Blevins, the family of Sally Anderson (former member whopassed on June 13, 2022), Christy (daughter of Conway and Mary Liz Kehoe), Beth Quist, Ukraine, Betty Ford (two eye surgeries), Cheryl Roberts, Roy Quist, Our Afghan evacuees, Edith Bassett, Carolyse Walters, Julie Duke, Rev. Wendy Rhodhamel (friend of Roy Quist), Richard Fournier, 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, Frankie Irons, Shirley Overstreet, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Isabelle Brown, Barbara Jessup, for people who love and care for people with COVID.
REV. ROY QUIST RETIREMENT:
Join us this Sunday as we celebrate and say goodbye to Roy and Beth Quist. Roy is retiring as our Minister of Visitation. Roy and Beth will still be a part of our congregation, however, we want to recognize his many years of service to us. The reception will be held outside the Church Office between the two worship services.
GIFT FOR ROY:
The Church would like to present Roy with a monetary gift to thank him for his years of service to Ginter Park UMC. If you would like to contribute please make checks payable to GPUMC with a notation noted as GIFT FOR ROY. Please place any cash in an envelope and mark it GIFT FOR ROY.
This summer we will celebrate VBS during our Sunday School hour each week!
Anne and Grace Durrett will be the VBS leaders so be prepared for whacky music/dance and super fun games and thoughtful Bible lessons!
Our theme this year is ROCKY RAILWAY!
Rocky Railway doesn’t rely on more traditional teaching methods (like fill in the blank puzzles or word searches), kids EXPERIENCE Bible stories in powerful, life changing ways!
VBS begins Sunday, June 26th at 9:30 a.m.
Meet at the Side Door Service and following the Children’s Message we will hop on the train for a summer of FUN!
LAY VISITATION TEAM
Ginter Park UMC
To continue visitation of our Home-Bound members and friends, we are gathering a team of church members who will visit since Roy is retiring. MiRhang and Roy will provide training or orientation to help our members be a little more effective. We invite you to share your interest by letting the office know what areas you are interested in from the form below.
___I would be available for training during the daytime.
___I would be available for training during the evening.
___I would like to make visitation phone calls.
___I would like to write visitation notes.
___I would like to make personal visits.
___I would like to make personal visits but I do not drive.
LECTORS, CRUCIFERS, ACOLYTES NEEDED:
If you would like to volunteer to read the scripture or serve as crucifers or acolytes during the 11:00 a.m. worship service please put your name on the calendar located outside the Church Office. We kindly ask you to sign up no more than once a month so that we have diverse voices and presence in worship.
AFGHAN REFUGEE IN NEED:
Laundry Detergent, Toilet Papers, Napkins, Toiletries, Diapers (size 5), Girls’ Shoes (size 6), Girls’ Shoes (size 7), Boys’ Shoes (size 7), Gift cards – Visa, Food Lion, Target, Walmart, Uber, Lyft. Donations are welcome. Please put “Refugee Fund” on your check or envelope when you make offerings.
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.
CHILDREN’S BAKE SALE:
Sunday, July 10th there will be baked goods for sale at the Church during both worship services! Be sure to get here early in order to get some of the best treats. Donations can be dropped off in the Church Kitchen Sunday morning July 10th.
Bakers and planners needed to head up and work with the children in having a bake sale at the church where the proceeds go to Ukraine.
FOOD PANTRY REPORT:
Your food pantry served an average of 100+ households each week. As always, volunteers are welcome. Paper grocery bags with handles are needed as are donations of dry cereal.
FINANCES FOR MAY
- $17,383.20 income for May
- Expenses $18,734.00
- $-3,160.00 for the year
SOCIAL HALL WORK DAY
Will be this Sunday, June 26, 2022 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Please come help complete this project!
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS:
The office will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The phones will be monitored throughout the week.
HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT?
Please submit any announcements concerning Church activities to the church office by Tuesday mornings of each week! Thanks so much!