Announcements - Week of September 1, 2019

Humble Yourself


Michelle Debardelen, Jean Taylor, Cheryl Roberts, Joyce Roberts’ son, Simeon Wait (Dennis and Dale’s great nephew), Ed Roberts, Jim Gray,  Londyn, Ted Hughes (Liz Turner’s great Uncle) with brain cancer, Claude Cheely, Nik, Teddy Sears, Joyce Forcke, Frankie Irons, Shirley Overstreet, Judy Wilkinson, Jane Whitlow, Cindy White, Jennifer Maitland, Isabelle Brown, Barbara Jessup, Bishop Lewis, Richard (Ruth Plott’s brother-in-law).


We are now providing ride assistance for both worship services. Please contact the church office for more information (804) 262-8651.


We have a couple of vacancies in our crucifer and acolyte program for the traditional service. Acolytes are usually children and teens who are tall enough to reach the candles on the altar. Crucifers are usually teens and adults who can carry the processional cross. If you have any interest in participating in this program, please contact Horace Ford or call the church office at 262-8651.


On Saturday, September 7th from 8 A.M. – 1 P.M., we are hosting our Community Yard Sale in our parking lot (NO RAIN DATES). Volunteers are needed, so please consider joining us to help make it another successful season. Vendors please call 262-8651. Only $10 to rent each “Selling Spot” to sell your tems.


At present our Clothes Closet at Ginter Park UMC is only open for two hours between 10 am and 12 noon on Wednesdays at the same time as the Food Pantry. We have a lot of clothes that should be distributed so we are considering opening for an extra day on a Thursday each week between 10 am and 12 noon. Are you willing to volunteer your services to assist with sorting and distributing clothes on this day? Please let Pastor Dennis or the Church Office staff know if you are willing to help.


Thank you for your support of our Food Pantry. We are now serving approximately 60 to 70 families each week. The federal/state program, under which we operate, allows us to serve each family only once each month. For the past few months, we have been receiving large deliveries of USDA food. We continue to need paper grocery bags with handles and plastic bags. We also need canned tuna, soap bars and baby/toddler diapers. Donations may be left outside of the Food Pantry door (Burchette Room) on the first floor as you come in from the parking lot. We are also collecting new underwear and socks for children aged 5 and up to begin the new school year. These donations may be placed in the Children Supplies box outside of the Church Office. Volunteers are, of course, always welcome. Come and see what we are doing. The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet are open each Wednesday from 10 AM until Noon. The Food Pantry is grateful to Bert Terranova for the donation of a new upright freezer and to Sam Wilkinson for locating a used freezer. These acquisitions greatly expand the amount of frozen USDA food we can accept.

UPDATE on Zahra and Mahdi

About two years ago Ginter Park UMC began helping the refugee brother and sister, Zahra (23 years) and Mahdi (16 years) Hussain Ali, settle down into their new country and home. We bought Zahra a car so that she could work and earn money to support herself and her brother and provide other assistance. Zahra would like to improve her English so that she may earn a degree one day. She wrote an entrance exam at Reynolds Community College and qualified at the Intermediary level. Through our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, we are supporting Zahra with a six credit ESL class on writing and grammar. This cost almost $1,000.00. If you would like to contribute towards this mission effort, please make checks out to “Ginter Park UMC” and mark them “Pastor’s Discretionary Fund”. You may either mail them to us or place them in the offering plate on a Sunday. I am hopeful that we might continue with such sponsorship as Zahra undertakes further English courses. I have helped Zahra by completing FAFSA forms on her behalf so that once she has her green card she will qualify for student aid. Recently we completed a fund raiser to replace Zahra’s original vehicle which had to be scrapped. Thank you for your wonderful generosity!


On September 19th, Patti Dean from Life Net Health will speak with us about organ donation. This is a very important subject for everyone. On October 17, GEMS regular program will feature a presentation by staff and The Beechwell Adult Day program. The center provides help for caregivers so they can get breaks for running errands or just to get a break. Please spread the word and bring your friends. Everyone is invited to join us for any of our programs. It is helpful to have an idea of how many plan to attend so we have enough food. You can make a reservation by calling Beth or Roy Quist at (804)266-3164 or the Church Office at (804)262-8651.