Announcements for Sunday, May 8, 2022!
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
In-Person Worship begins at 9:30am (Contemporary Service) and 11am (Traditional Service)
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE
for Sunday, May 8, 2022 will be available on Sunday at Ginter Park United Methodist’s Facebook page and on the YouTube channel
The family of Dee Harney who passed away on April 23, Christy (daughter of Conway and Mary Liz Kehoe), The family of Rose Ogburn who passed away on April 10, James Michael Vance, 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, Judy Watkins (back surgery), 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
GINTER PARK ELEMENTARY
Ginter Park Elementary School has requested some help for some of their upcoming activities. They are as follows: Snacks (no nuts) for students taking SOLs as well as bottled water and snacks for Field Day. Help on Field Day, May 20th, with course set up, volunteers to face paint and help at the stations. Monetary donations for the Moving On ceremony. Bottled water and snack donations need to be received by May 18th and placed at the food pantry door or in the office area. Monetary donations by check can be marked Ginter Park Elementary and need to be received by June 8th. Thanks for helping with this project.
In the Summer of 1995, during Dennis Lipke's first pastorate at GPUMC, our church participated in the Virginia Conference's Russian Initiative during which we hosted 12 Russian children and their two interpreters for three weeks. These boys and girls were from areas of Russia that were experiencing extreme air polution. Our church participated in this program for several Summers. Two of the children in this program, Ioulia (Yulia) Dagaeva and Ivan Stoliarov, were from Ekaterinburg in the Ural Mountain area of Siberia. Yulia stayed with Terry and Tom Howard and Ivan stayed with Barbara and Horace Ford. Both returned for several Summers and became like adopted children to their host families. The Fords have not heard from Ivan, who is married with two sons, since the beginning of the Ukraine invasion. Yulia married an American, Sam Naylor, from California and they have three children. They are both part of a ministry called Peter's Work that works with orphanages in Russia. At the time of the invasion, they were living in St. Petersburg, Russia and, because Sam is an American, they had to leave Russia with just a few hours notice. Since then, their ministry has expanded to provide food, fuel and other humanitarian aid as well as evacuation assistance to Ukrainians. They ask for prayers for the people of Ukraine and also for the people of Russia because they feel that Russia is a “lost” nation at this time. During these very dangerous and uncertain times, we remember and hold close these Russians who were a part of our church for several years.
Once again we are going to 3 Lakes Park where we go each year. Everyone come join us for fellowship, food, and fun at our BBQ Picnic on Sunday, May 22, the meal will be served from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M., located at 3 Lakes Park, Shelter #2, 400 Sausiluta Drive, Henrico, VA 23227. We have the shelter all day and it ends at 8:00 P.M. Enjoy a BBQ Picnic with our Church providing hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, sodas and water. If your name begins with: A-M Please bring a dessert N-Z Please bring a side-dish Please sign up if you are going to come so we can prepare the proper amount of food! The sign-up sheet will be available outside the Church Office.
As the COVID situation appears to be improving, the Church Council decided to lift our churchwide mask mandate on April 3rd while still encouraging anyone entering the building to wear a mask if they feel it is necessary for their health and safety. We also encourage members and visitors to continue the practice of safe social distancing. The church will provide K95 masks upon request. We will continue to monitor the situation and revise this decision if it is necessary.
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.
SOFTBALL PLAYERS NEEDED:
Interested in playing Church Softball? Anyone age 18+ is invited to join our team! The season begins the 2nd week of April. Games are typically Monday nights at the Quiaccosin fields. Please contact Chris Otto if you are interested (804) 564-7853
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.
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.
HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT?
Please submit any announcements concerning Church activities to the church office by Tuesday mornings of each week! Thanks so much!