Announcements - September 17, 2023

Announcements for Sunday, September 17, 2023! 

In-Person Worship begins at 9:30am (Contemporary Service) and 11am (Traditional Service)

Keep up to date with what is happening in our UMC district by accessing their website at



For Sunday, September 17, 2023 will be available on Sunday at Ginter Park United Methodist’s Facebook page and on the YouTube channel. This week's sermon is "Imperfect Hearts, Perfect Love" 


CHURCH COUNCIL/FINANCE MEETING: This committee will meet via Zoom on Monday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m.  Zoom instructions will be emailed to all members.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING: This committee will meet on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. with a hybrid meeting (online and in the Parlor).


Our Lady of Hope
13700 Gayton Road
Room 212, Shirley Overstreet
Richmond, VA 23233

Shirley Overstreet recently fell and broke her leg. Her memory is deteriorating these days, and she cannot read sermons or long letters. However, she takes pleasure in opening cards sent by people. Pam is kindly requesting our church members to send cards to her as she undergoes recovery at a new facility, where she is experiencing feelings of loneliness.

Charllot Perry
4205 Snithdeal Ave
Richmond, VA 23225

Charllot Perry, Ruth Plott’s mother, was admitted to St. Francis Hospital on Monday due to an infection.

Horace Ford
7290 Hill View Drive
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Horace Ford has been transferred to the Progressive Care Unit last Friday and is at Regional Memorial.

Laura Roberts
5412 Mantilo Creek Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Laura Roberts was admitted to Regional Memorial on Tuesday for numbness.


Joyce Forcke, Laura Roberts, Charllot Perry (Ruth Plott's Mother), Horace Ford, Tammy Ford, the family of Thelma O'Quinn (Dorothy O’Quinn’s mother-in-law), the victims of the Maui wildfires, the Kehoe family, Shirley Overstreet, Family of Adelaide Simpson (Dennis Winstons’ wife), Harry James Jonas, Beverly Samford, Julie Duke, Suzie Clarke, Louise Wood, Zoe Doughty, Kate Bradford, Michael Rew, Frankie Irons, Marylin Miles, Carolyse Walters, Cindy Jones & Robert Jones, Daisy Sanders, Cora Matthews, Anne E., Bill & Linda Fulcrod, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Barbara Jessup, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, & Ecuador (earthquakes), Ukraine, our Afghan evacuees, all victims of gun violence.


Sunday Breakfast at 9a.m. are starting up again! Beginning September 24, and continuing once a month until June, breakfast will be served in the Social Hall downstairs. Our kick-off breakfast will be pumpkin themed, as they arrive the following Saturday!  ALL ARE WELCOME, so bring your weekend company, friends, neighbors and join us! It's free!


Our Missions Chair, Gary Taylor, will be collecting donations to go towards providing gift bags to the bus drivers at Ginter Park Elementary School.  The bags will include bottled water, snacks and candy.  If you would like to donate to this cause please see Gary Taylor or leave your donation in the offering plate with a notation “Ginter Park Elementary Bus Drivers”.


The pumpkin truck arrives on Saturday, September 30th! We don't have a time of day yet but once we do we will be sure to let you know. ONE FREE PUMPKIN to everyone who volunteers to unload the truck, plus lunch! What a deal! We also need volunteers to sign up and help at the sales table, and especially patch maintenance. Except for the maintenance jobs, you do not have to lift any pumpkins for sales or leave the shelter at all. Sales is just measuring, add up the totals and take the payments. If you're a first timer, you will get all the training you need and then some. Sales shifts are in 2 hour segments. Ask Liz, Ruth or Earl Ford for tips! Please bring yourself, friends, relatives to help unload.  1 free pumpkin to all volunteers plus lunch!

Pumpkin Hours:
Monday - Friday 12 noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon - 5 p.m.


FRIDAYS: Storytime Fridays @4 with the Richmond Fire Department! Snacks and juice boxes provided as we sit in the middle of the pumpkins and enjoy an after school story and snacks!

SATURDAY, October 7:  Indigenous People's Day Celebration! 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Liz is gathering maps, literature, researching and interviews to have onsite to honor the indigenous people who lived on the grounds where our church sits presently! If you can help put this project together, please see Liz as soon as possible. Wado!

SATURDAY, October 14:  Fun & Games Day! 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Yard games, arts and crafts, face painting, concession stand and fun for the whole family! 

SATURDAY, October 21:  Campfire & Movie Night! 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Big pots of chili with all the toppings (meat and vegetarian). The chili is not made with any spice and if you want it spiced up, there will be toppings for that. For dessert, we have s'mores kits. We will also be showing It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Free & open to everyone!

SATURDAY, October 28:  Harvest Market Day! 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. A wide assortment of vendors, just in time to do a little holiday shopping! Vendor spot rental is just $10 if you would like to participate

TUESDAY, October 31st:  Pumpkin Patch Closing Party! 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. We have candy for the kids, hot or cold apple cider for the grown ups, Charlie Brown on the screen, music and surprises! Two blocks of Seminary Ave. are blocked off for total pedestrian safety. You may park in the church parking lot!


September 23, 2023 from 12 noon - 8 p.m.
Ginter Park UMC shows up for RVA PrideFest 2023!

The event is held on Brown's Island, from noon to 8 on September 23! If you want to participate, we can get a t-shirt made for you, and instructions on how to register (it's free!). You don't want to drive & find parking, we will meet in the church parking lot at 11:30 a.m. on the 23rd and take the church van to the site. Don will drop us off at the entrance. He will return at the designated time to bring us back! We stay several hours, but not until closing. Let's get GPUMC involved in our RVA community!


On Sunday, October 12th, please bring your donated items for the Veteran's Day Event! the goal of LVS is to get homeless veterans looked after medically, vocational training, getting them in the system for help, and housing. they stick with their clients for at least a year to make sure they are still on the right track. donations of items from the list below (only), goes a very long way to getting new residences furnished with the simple basics. Please donate whatever you are able!

Kitchen Items:  Sets of 4 plates, drinking glasses, eating/cooking utensils, pots/pans, kitchen trash cans/bags, dish towels & clothes, dish detergents, dish drainer sets, brooms and dustpans, first aid kits.

Bathroom Items:  Shower curtains/liners with rings, bath towels & washcloths (sets of 2), waste baskets, bar soaps, razors/shaving cream, bottles of mouthwash, toothbrushes and toothpastes, toilet paper.

Bedroom:  Sets of twin & double bed sheets with pillow cases, bed pillows, curtain sets (valances, curtains, curtain rods & hardware), blankets, comforters and bedspread, coat hangers, small table lamps, alarm clocks.

Living Room:  Curtain sets/drapery sets, floor lamps, table lamps, clocks with batteries. (Furniture comes from CARITAS)

Cleaning Supplies:  Buckets, mops, all purpose cleaners, window cleaners, cleaning gloves, scrub sponges, paper towels, air fresheners, toilet brushes, plungers.

Miscellaneous: Flashlights with batteries, grocery gift cards for food.


Please donate any appropriate children’s books to our Food Pantry.  They are available to our clients during the summer months and we are running critically low.  Donations can be left outside the food pantry.


The food distribution continues to grow. We have served over 200 families in recent weeks.  Our needs are also increasing.  Some ways that you can help out are with foods that serve as meal-stretchers:  oatmeal packets, cereal, 4 pack servings of fruits, spaghetti and pasta, canned tuna and chicken.  We also appreciate the paper bags with handles and the plastic bags that have been coming in.  Please also consider giving an hour of your time some Wednesday between 9 a.m. - 12 noon.  A variety of “jobs” are available.  Experience on the computer to register our clients is another way you can help your food pantry.  Thank you, too, for your financial support.


Please join UMCOR in prayer for the many people affected by these devastating earthquakes, including the rescue crews seeking survivors and those caring for the injured and displaced. Support relief and recovery efforts for this and other international disasters by donating to Advance # 982450. Please put “SYRIA/TURKEY” on your check or envelope when making offerings. Further information can be found at


Our Afghan refugees have moved and any monetary donations will be greatly appreciated.


Our prayers are constant and urgent for the Ukrainian people. The best way to provide financial support is to contribute through the Global Ministries Advance for Eurasia and designate your gift for Ukrainian Assistance. Please put “Ukrainian Assistance” on your check or envelope when you make offerings.   So far we have donated $1,575!  Let’s keep it up!


Thomas Taylor is looking for any Handyman work in the area.  Please contact him at (804) 304-7233.


If you shop at Kroger and you sign up through a digital account and mark Ginter Park United Methodist Church as your non profit organization we will receive a percentage of your total bill. Every little bit counts!

Stay Connected! 

Looking for content to listen to as you drive home, work out, or cook dinner? The Connectional Ministries office has several podcasts including the Audio Advocate that shares news and ministries. Listen on "The VAUMC Connection" now on Apple, Spotify or the conference website.


We get our first check the first week of July!

Our goal is 500 pairs, and we have turned in our first 100 over 2 separate shipments.  The next check should be here in August!  Keep digging around for those sneakers!  Tell all your friends!