UM4GI This Week – 2/10/15

UM4GI This Week – 2/10/15

Here’s a quick look at UM4GI events this week for February 10th – February 17th, as well as this weekend’s preaching schedule!

This Week’s Events/Announcements

  • Refresh! Free, quality childcare will be available at First-Faith UMC on Wednesday, February 11th from 9:00 – 11:30 am so that Moms can run errands or take a break to relax! Call Sharon Sorensen at 382-7543 for more information.
  • First-Faith Lunch Bunch! Come share in a noon potluck meal with games to follow on Wednesday, February 11th at First-Faith UMC.
  • First-Faith UMC is starting a “Children’s Night Out” the second Friday of every month, starting on Friday, February 13th. It will be held from 7:00 -8:30 pm at First-Faith UMC. There will be kids worship, bible lessons, snacks, and fun and games! Call 308-850-5786 for more information!
  • Trinity’s Children Choir practice will be starting up again on Sunday, February 15th at 10:30 am in Room 8. The children will be working with our very own Dane Christensen who was just named “Outstanding Young Director of the Year for 2014” by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association! The children will be singing in church on Palm Sunday, March 29th. There will not be any Sunday School on Easter Sunday and children are invited to join their families for worship on April 5th.
  • Pastor Matt’s Sunday Night Small Group will NOT meet on Sunday, February 15th, due to the First-Faith Valentine’s Dinner. Plan to attend this fun event instead, taking place at First-Faith UMC on Sunday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m. It is a family-friendly evening of food and entertainment!
  • Prime Timers! Come share in games and dinner on Tuesday, February 17th at 10:00 am in Trinity’s Miller Hall. Cost is $5, please sign up by February 13th.
  • Trinity’s Worship Committee is sponsoring a workshop on Tuesday, February 17th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary at Trinity UMC. This will introduce interested people to reading and serving as a liturgist, and to strengthen the skills of all who have been readers in worship. The workshop will be taught by Pastor Theresa Mason, Alex Hull, Tim Victor and Liz Hodtwalker.
  • Trinity UMC is ordering name tags! The Evangelism Committee is encouraging everyone to order their own name tag. It will help everyone feel more comfortable calling our fellow attendees by name, and our ministers can get to know our names as well. This will especially be helpful as we get new pastors! Trinity would like each congregation member, children included, to have a name tag. Trinity will be providing them at no cost to you for the first one, you can choose magnetic or pin back and a place will be provided at the church to store your name tag if you wish. You can print off a form here or email your choice of magnetic back or pin back, and how you would like your name to read on your name tag to Make sure to include all family members!
  • UM4GI’s Prayers Shawl ministry continues. If you would like to learn how to make a prayer shawl or make them with others, come to Trinity UMC Gathering Place on Thursday Nights at 6:30 pm. Contact Linda Harris at 227-1286 for more information.
  • Register to participate in First-Faith UMC‘s Dinner for Fun events to be held throughout 2015. Dinner for Fun 2015 is coming! Dinner 4 Fun is people sharing a meal, making new friends, renewing old friendships, and getting to know one another. It is for singles, couples and families. Do you like to cook? OK! If you don’t like to cook, deli food or take-out works also! If you can’t host or be a leader, there are other ways to share in the fun. The hope is that each group will meet together 4 times. Each group will have a leader to organize the group and keep it going, you meet when it works for your group. Your group can plan an after meal activity, such as games, visiting, watching sports, or playing cards, it is up to your group to decide. You can register at either church office or email Joyce McKinny at with the information. Questions? Please call Joyce at 308-382-4709.
  • Regular Wednesday Evening programming at Trinity UMC and First-Faith UMC (including youth groups, studies, musical groups, & more). See below for more detail!

Upcoming Events/Announcements and Other Opportunities

  • Ash Wednesday worship services have been announced! There will be two services on Wednesday, February 18th. At 12:00 pm in Trinity’s Gollaher Chapel with Pastor Theresa and 7:00 pm service at First-Faith UMC led by Pastor Matt. Please plan to join us for one of the services to kick off the Lenten Season.
  • Lenten study groups have been finalized! Plan on joining one of these engaging small group studies:
    • Rev. Del Roper will be leading a Lenten Bible Study over Renegade Gospel by Mike Slaughter at Alice Kistler’s house at 523 W. 9th. It begins Monday, February 16th at 9 am. Coffee and rolls will be served. Please contact Alice at 382-5031.
    • Pastor Karla will be leading 24 Hours That Changed the World by Adam Hamilton. In this Lenten journey, it guides students through the last twenty-four hours of Jesus’ life. Each chapter is designed to help the reader experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Whether readers are long-time Christians or simply curious about the story of Christ’s crucifixion, they are invited to join! It will run Tuesdays, Feb. 24-Mar. 31 from 1:00-2:15 pm in Trinity’s Youth Room.
    • Pastor Theresa will be leading a lenten biblical study on Give it Up! by Dottie Escobedo-Frank. This Lenten study reflects on all the things that hold the attention, occupy the mind and time yet still isolate us from God and the world around us. Things like social media, phones, the noise of life, and focus on the external. Imagine taking on the challenge of giving up each of these for a week. Escobedo-Frank takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery, where he or she learns that the power of release brings great gain. The biggest gain is a stronger relationship with Christ. In the release, each person is freed to “give it up” in applause and praise for a life deeply lived in Christ. It is held Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am in the Trinity Youth Room. The study begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. The group welcomes new participants.
    • Pastor Darren will be leading Adam Hamilton’s The Way, a Lenten study using historical information, archaeological data, and stories of the faith. Hamilton follows in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the people he loved, the parables he taught, the enemies he made, and the healing he brought. This 40-day focus will help you and your group grow deeper in their faith, learn more about the life of Christ, spend time daily reading and reflecting upon the Scriptures, and invite families, through the children’s and youth studies, to grow together in their faith starting Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room at First-Faith UMC.
    • Pastor Matt will be finishing up Confronting the Controversies by Adam Hamilton at the Beckmans’ on Sundays at 6:30 pm. If there is interest, Pastor Matt will lead another session of this study during Lent (contact him directly).
  • Publications is currently updating addresses for those who live in skilled care or a nursing home. If you or a loved one lives in skilled care or a nursing home, please notify either UM4GI office of any address updates or changes.
  • Trinity UMW and First-Faith UMC are collecting “Box Tops for Education” and Campbell’s Labels. These labels are used to purchase educational items to support Epworth Village in York. These labels can be dropped off in the black box on the lower shelf of the UMW library corner in Trinity‘s parlor or in the green totes outside the sanctuary main doors at First-Faith UMC. If you are not sure which part of the label to save, drop off the entire label and it will be cut down appropriately. Thank You!
  • Get involved in worship services with UM4GI!
  • UM4GI shirts are available in a variety of sizes and also in polo styles!
  • Donations are welcomed for Epworth Village’s Kruse House.

Studies & Groups – Join one Today!

  • Women of Faith Study: “The Other 12 Disciples”, a study of 12 women in the Bible on Mondays at 5:30 pm at Sharon Sorensen’s House (1717 W. Charles) or call Sharon at 382-7543.
  • Step Group: Mondays at 7:00 pm at First-Faith UMC. This is a closed group; please contact Pastor Matt if you are interested in this type of group.
  • First-Faith Quilters and Sewers: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at First-Faith UMC at 9:00 am.
  • Lectionary Psalms Study: Wednesdays at 9:30 am in Trinity’s Youth Room with Pastor Theresa.
  • Women’s Study: Wednesdays at 1:30 pm at First-Faith UMC‘s Fireside Room.
  • Strong Women: Wednesdays at 3:30 pm at First-Faith UMC.
  • Hand Bell Choir: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary at First-Faith UMC.
  • Mom’s Group: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Trinity UMC in the Parlor outside Gollaher Chapel.
  • Zone: This fellowship group for all UM4GI children, grades 1st-5th, meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm at Trinity UMC in Room 7 and 8.  The program includes large group time, dramas, praise and worship, and rotational activities such as snack and game stations each week.
  • Middle School Youth Group: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in Trinity UMC‘s Youth Room led by Pastor Matt.
  • High School Group: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in Trinity UMC’s Tower Room led by Brittany Hesman and Nicole Lucas.
  • ReCHARGE: Wednesday evenings in Trinity UMC‘s Conference Room at 6:30 pm. A group of young adults (18-40ish), meets for fellowship and discussion.
  • Chancel Choir at First-Faith UMC on Wednesdays at 7 pm at First-Faith UMC.
  • Chancel Choir at Trinity UMC on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the Choir Room (downstairs).
  • Handbell Choir at Trinity UMC on Wednesdays at 8 pm (downstairs next to the Choir Room).
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry at Trinity UMC on Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Place. Led by Linda Harris.
  • Restorative Justice: Thursdays, first meeting on February 26th, at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room at Trinity UMC. Led by Pastor Darren.
  • Men’s Study on Fridays at 7:00 am at Tommy’s Restaurant.
  • Adult Sunday School on Sundays with Larry or Duane Coates (English) and Pastor Julio Venegas (Spanish). Contact the First-Faith church office with questions.
  • Middle School Sunday School on Sundays at First-Faith UMC at 10:45 am led by Pastor Matt.
  • Sunday School Youth Ministry on Sundays at Trinity UMC from 1:00-2:00 pm led by Pastor Theresa.
  • Open Hearts Ministry: 2nd Sunday of the months of March, May, September and November), at 3:00 pm in the Youth Room at Trinity UMC.
  • Footprints: Middle and High School Youth at First-Faith UMC from 5:45 -7:30 pm led by Daryl and Annette Glos (390-3224). Supper is included!
  • Sunday Night Small Group: Sundays at Dale and Karleen Beckman’s at 2816 S. Blaine St (no food will be provided) from 6:30–8:00 pm. We will be studying Adam Hamilton’s Confronting the Controversies, a DVD-based study with optional books. Sessions will include: 1 – The Separation of Church and State, 2 – Creation and Evolution in the Public Schools, 3 – The Death Penalty, 4 – Euthanasia, 5 – Prayer in Public Schools, 6 – Abortion and 7 – Homosexuality. Contact Pastor Matt or either church office to reserve a book.
  • Stephen Ministries contact Kathryn Kluska at 384-8286 at anytime.
  • Youth Group information can be found here.
  • Check out UM4GI’s Confirmation Preparation options for the year.


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