Announcements - March 21, 2021

Ginter Park United Methodist Church Announcements 

for March 21, 2021 

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE

for Sunday, March 21, 2021 will be available on Sunday at Ginter Park United Methodist’s Facebook page and on the Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqzmlpYKx3vaXvAjBPpbKhw beginning at 9 a.m. Please share this video with your friends and family. Donations kindly accepted at www.GPUMC.square.site/donate

EASTER LILY ORDERS

You can place your order by phone (804)262-8651 or mail by March 21st.  Each lily can be purchased for $15.00 in honor and/or memoriam of a special loved one.

UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to people within the United States. When disaster strikes, it is local churches that provide the first response to their communities. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—forms the foundation for UMCOR’s U.S. disaster training and response.  You may send a check to the Virginia Conference (PO Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058) earmarked Advance #901670 to assist people in Texas and other states. Or you may make an online donation at https://advance.umcor.org/p-620-umcor-us-disaster-response-and-recovery.aspx Specific questions about this Advance project may be directed to Lara S. Martin at lmartin@umcor.org You may also send a check to the church made out to Ginter Park UMC and marked “TEXAS”.

GRATEFUL AT GPUMC ONLINE COURSE

Faithlead.org             

ID: Ginterparkumc@ginterparkumc.org  Password:  GPUMC1010   Unit 4: Me and Practicing Gratitude. 

"Gratitude is good and good for us; yet, it is also an emotion that arises in relationship to gifts, often random and unplanned. This presents a problem: How can we actually live gratefully on in a deeper, more sustained way? This lesson opens up the ideas of cue, habit, and practice -- how we can develop a disposition of thanks through attentiveness and appreciation."

Do you have ways of reminding yourself to be grateful? What kind of practices do you try to maintain? How do you lean into a spirit of gratitude?

PRAYER CONCERNS

Matthew and Sam Wilkinson, Alice Gray (Back Issues), Betty (Horace Ford’s sister), The family of Shannon and Josh O’Connell on the passing of Helen O’Connell, Chris Bennardo, Dev Renn,  Jim Gray, Jean Taylor, Theo Brown (Isabelle Brown’s Brother), Bev Samford, Cora Matthews, Anne E.,  Horace and Barbara Ford’s daughter-in-law / Jennifer’s father, Bill Fulcrod,  Eleanor Kensinger (sister of Alice Gray), Jakob Fedele (Liz’s nephew), Claude Cheeley, Joyce Forcke, Frankie Irons, Shirley Oversreet, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Isabelle Brown, Barbara Jessup, Richard (Ruth Plott’s brother-in-law)

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

2nd Cup of Coffee, meets at 10 a.m. in the Scott Walford Room.  We will be studying Lecture 17 which will focus on Jeremiah, the Persecuted Prophet.

SOCKS NEEDED

Our food pantry is in need of men’s socks to distribute to our clients.  These should be new crew type in white or a light color.  Please drop these off at the side door of our church any week day prior to 1 PM or bring them to church on Sunday.  Thank you.

LENTEN MISSION OPPORTUNITY

Our church has an opportunity to participate in a Lenten mission opportunity with River Road United Methodist Church (RRUMC). RRUMC has been a major supporter of our food pantry by supplying food, money and volunteers. They have now teamed up with a local non-profit called Little Hands Virginia to collect diapers and baby wipes for babies in need in and around Richmond. This non-profit will deliver them to parents and babies in critical need at local agencies, shelters, and other non-profits in the Richmond area. Unfortunately diapers and wipes are not available through government benefits so there is a big need. One in 3 children are economically disadvantaged in the Richmond region, according to Voices for Virginia's Children, and almost 40 percent of children in the city of Richmond live below poverty thresholds based on data from United Way. Please consider helping these children by donating new disposable diapers, size New Born to 5T, or new baby wipes. Please drop them off at the Side Door of our church any week day prior to 1 PM during Lent. They will be collected and taken to RRUMC for distribution to Little Hands Virginia.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

As we continue to grow, there are still some outstanding projects, upgrades and repairs that we envisage. Here is a list of some of them: Install Side Door Accessibility/Handicap ramp, Install outside electronic LED sign, All our facility fluorescent lights need replacing with LED, Power Wash Bell Tower, Bell Tower lights and time clock need to be repaired, Beautify hallway from Side Door entrance to steps leading to Office, Social Hall needs painting, Memorial Garden Fountain pump and leak to be repaired, Sanctuary front doors need panic bars, Pointing outside sanctuary front doors needs redoing, Lights inside sanctuary to illuminate Rose Window need attention, Rose Window and stained-glass windows below it need protection, Only one bathroom complies with accessibility needs. All others need attention.As we have not ended our Anniversary Capital Campaign, I would like to encourage you to consider donating towards this campaign once again to help raise money for these projects. Please make checks out to “Ginter Park UMC” and write “Capital Campaign” in the memo section.  

 

Financial Report from February 2021

General Fund:  $27,725      Expenses:  $13,556              YTD:  $20,435

 

SCRIPTURE READING THIS WEEK

John 12:20-33

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.27 “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.