Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This Sunday we will begin a new series on the Methodist Way. Several years ago we spent time seeking to understand how these practices were calling us to live out our faith. This time around we are going to focus on how we have been living out these practices in our lives over the last several years. This Sunday our emphasis will be on the practice of Radical Hospitality. I encourage you to invite a friend and come and see how God has been working in our congregation!

2. YMCA Appreciation Sunday - August 18th we will take time to honor and recognize the campers and counselors from the YMCA Summer Day Camp during worship. This year has been the highest attended camp since they have started meeting here, averaging 150-160 children each day! The care and dedication these counselors show the children is a wonderful thing to witness. I hope you will make plans to be here that week so we can all show our love and admiration to these special people. We are also inviting them to our Fellowship Lunch, so would you please consider bringing a dish to share so we have plenty to go around.

3. Apportionments - If you have been affiliated with the United Methodist Church for any amount of time, you may have heard this word. Basically apportionments are the share each annual conference and local church pay to support international, national, and regional missions. Our giving when combined with other churches, allow the United Methodist Church to accomplish something bigger than ourselves. We have 14 funds that we support with our apportionments and we have paid 100% of our obligations since 2003. Currently, we have paid 49.75% of our $16,262 obligation for 2013. If you would like to know more about apportionments, like the missions that are supported, please click here. It will take you to a document entitled, "A Guide to Apportionments". Here you can read more about this vital outreach ministry of our denomination.

4. Nursery Help - We are looking for people to help us staff our nursery on Sunday mornings. The number of young people we have in the nursery is growing and needless to say, that is a good thing! If you are interested in helping Ms. Joy, care for and teach our kids during worship, please let the church office know. You can email by clicking here, or call 629-5688. Remember the old adage, many hands make light work. I hope you will consider volunteering to help support this ministry.

5. Advent Conspiracy - This year we have set a goal to raise $5,000, by Christmas Eve, as a response to God's blessings in our lives. This gift, which is above and beyond our regular giving, will be split between Heifer International and Stop Hunger Now. If you would like to donate to this challenge, please mark your check or envelope "Heifer Fund" and place it in the offering plate or drop it by the church office. Thank you so much for your consideration in meeting this goal.

Have a great weekend and I will see you Sunday!

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