UM4GI This Week – 3/24/15

UM4GI This Week – 3/24/15

Here’s a quick look at UM4GI events this week for March 24th – March 31st, as well as this weekend’s preaching schedule!

This Week’s Events/Announcements

  • Refresh Childcare is Wednesday, March 25th from 9:00 – 11:30 am at First-Faith UMC. This is an opportunity for Mom’s to run errands or take a break and relax! Contact Sharon Sorensen with any questions at (308) 382-7543.
  • Mission Fun Night – A Miller Hall Mission Trip! UM4GI Missions Task Force invites you to Mission Fun Night on Wednesday, March 25th in Trinity‘s Miller Hall. The evening starts off with a freewill donation meal served by the VIM Mission Team from 5:30-6:30 pm, then you pick up your passport and get it stamped at each station as you participate in mission outreach! Come out and participate in this fun evening for the whole family!
  • Trinity UMC Palm Sunday Events on March 28th and 29th, at all 3 services, a Reader’s Choir will be telling the Passion Story from the Gospel According to Mark. On March 29th, Trinity’s Children Choir will perform at both the 9:30 am and 11:00 am services. On March 29th, from 9:50 am – 10:50 am, families are invited to attend Easter Extravaganza in Miller Hall. On March 29th, the Wood River Cantata will perform in Gollaher Chapel at 7:00 p.m.
  • The United Methodist Men will be having their annual dinner meeting and program on Monday, March 30th at 6:30 p.m. in Trinity UMC‘s Miller Hall. The cost is $8.00 and includes the dinner of salad, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, peas, bread and chocolate cake. The speaker of the evening is Barry Carlson, who will give the message “The Sixth Sense: The Sense of Humor”. Please contact Ed Felske at (308) 382-3111 by Wednesday, March 25th to reserve your place!
  • The 2015 UM4GI grant application is now available for High School seniors and Post High School students! Criteria considered as the grants are awarded include: Membership at Trinity or First-Faith (required), academic promise and financial need. You may download the application here and send it in electronically to, or deliver to your church office by April 6th, 2015.
  • 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

  • Save the date! U2charist will once again take place on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd. Join us for worship at the Grand Theater at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique worship and communion service that pushes the boundaries of our perceptions of spirituality and holiness. Invite family, friends, neighbors, anyone that would enjoy an evening of worship with the music of U2!
  • Good Friday Service – on Friday, April 3rd, join us at Trinity UMC at 7:00 p.m. for a service of light and darkness commemorating Jesus’ death – the time when the light of the world was extinguished.
  • Easter Services and Events
    • Easter Eve Service on April 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC.
    • Easter Sunday Service on April 5th at 9:30 a.m. at First-Faith UMC and Trinity UMC and 11:00 am at Trinity UMC.
    • Easter Egg Hunt for the children and their families on April 5th following 9:30 service at First-Faith UMC.
    • Pastor Matt will start his Easter Season Series “God on the Radio” at First-Faith UMC.
    • Pastor Theresa will start her Easter Season Series “Joy” at Trinity UMC.
    • There will not be any Sunday School at Trinity UMC on Easter Sunday and children are invited to join their families for worship on April 5th.
  • Scott Taylor and friends are back! Scott has outdone himself in arranging a great slate of musicians for our Annual HIV AIDS Benefit Concert. If you have never before attend, this would be the year to start! Join us on Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:00 pm, at Trinity UMC. If you would like to bring cookies to share during intermission, that would be great. A freewill offering will be taken with all proceeds going to UM4GI Emergency HIV AIDS Fund. Learn more about the Nebraska AIDS Project and how our emergency mission helps others right here in Central Nebraska. Music and Mission, Food and Fellowship–Great combinations!
  • Join us on Saturday, April 11th for the 5th Annual Race for GRACE to support the GRACE (Grand Island Area Cancer Endowment) Foundation! UM4GI volunteers will be lining a one mile section of the course and providing traffic controls for the runners. Please join us for a fun morning cheering on the runners and supporting a good cause. Call or email Susan Albers if you are interested in volunteering – 308.380.3167 or
  • Save the date for the Trinity UMW Spring Rummage Sale! Donations will be accepted April 13th – 15th from 8am—5pm. Please use the NE doors to Miller Hall. The sale will begin on April 16th from 4pm-7:30 pm, April 17th 9am – 6pm, and April 18th from 8am – 2pm. On April 18th, the 1/2 price bag sale will be back! Mark your calendars to grab some bargains – and thank you for your support of Trinity’s United Methodist Women!
  • Mission Trip – Spring 2015 has been set! A mission trip to Colorado is planned for April 18th – 25th. We will be working in the area of the 2014 flood, Weld County/Greeley area, Larimer County/Fort Collins area, and Boulder County/Boulder area. There is still space available if you are interested in going. Cost will be $200 – $225 per person. Scholarships are available. Please contact Carla Maurer at or 308-383-2553.
  • 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 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!
  • 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!

Studies & Groups – Join one Today!

  • Looking for a Small Group experience? Pastor Matt is looking for people that would like to get involved in a small group experience, not necessarily a study, but the opportunity to get together as a group and have great conversation. Contact Pastor Matt at First-Faith UMC (308) 384-5620 if this sounds like something that interests you!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Next meeting May 10th 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!
  • 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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