UM4GI This Week – 2/24/15

UM4GI This Week – 2/24/15

Here’s a quick look at UM4GI events this week for February 24th – March 3rd, 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 25th 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.
  • Boy Scout Troop 114 is conducting a book drive to benefit the nurseries at Trinity UMC, First-Faith UMC and Hope Harbor. Please donate gently used children’s and young adult books to help promote “Read Across America Day” on March 1st. Donations will be accepted until February 27th. Share your love of reading with a child today! Drop off boxes are located at both churches. Thank you!
  • Donations are needed for UMCOR Mission Fun Night! UM4GI Missions Task Force is requesting donations of items for UMCOR School Kits. Kits will be assembled at the Mission Fun Night on March 28 in Trinity’s Miller Hall. Please look for displays at Trinity and First-Faith UMC. Take a card for the items you plan to donate and place the items in the container at the display. The items needed for one School Kit are: 1 pair blunt scissors, 3 pads of paper -spiral or top-bound, 1 hand-held pencil sharpener, 1 30-centimeter ruler, 6 unsharpened pencils (no advertising, picture or design), 1 2-inch or larger eraser, 1 24-count box of crayons, 1 14”x16” cloth bag (heavy-duty fabric only, no advertising, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols. Closures optional, must be button, snap or Velcro in middle of opening, if used). Donations are needed by Sunday, March 22nd. Monetary donations will be accepted for shipping and to purchase additional items. Please bring to either church office or designate in offering. Thank you for your assistance UM4GI Missions Task Force! Let’s show the mission spirit working through our UM4GI churches. Help donate items, then come join us on Mission Fun Night, March 28th!
  • Lenten study groups are starting! 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 takes place  Mondays 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 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 Wednesdays at 9:30 am in the Trinity Youth Room. The group welcomes new participants.
    • ReCharge Young Adult group will be studying “Final Words From the Cross” by Adam Hamilton on Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. in Trinity‘s Conference Room. In this study, Hamilton explores Jesus’ final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. Each chapter begins with a biblical account followed by a first-person story as might have been told from the viewpoint of one of the characters at the cross. Then the chapter explores the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today.
    • 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).
  • Trinity’s Children Choir practice meets on Sundays 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.
  • 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 angie@um4gi.org. 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 jrmck1@charter.net 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

  • Church Women United World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, March 6th at 9:30 a.m. at First-Faith UMC. Everyone is invited to attend! Paper products are collected for Hope Harbor at each celebration.
  • Ministerio de Fe Concert – Christian Soto LIVE! Everyone is invited to this exciting night of worship – entrance is FREE and there will be FREE food! It will be held on Friday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. at First-Faith UMC. For more information, contact Priscilla at (308) 379-2259.
  • 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.
  • Lenten 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 books. 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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