UM4GI This Week – 7/22/14

UM4GI This Week – 7/22/14

Here’s a quick look at UM4GI events this week for July 22nd-July 29th, as well as this weekend’s preaching schedule!

This Week’s Events/Announcements

  • First-Faith UMC is pleased to announce that Randi Pennell has accepted the position as choir director! Randi has a Bachelor of Music and Education from UNK, Kearney.  She is currently an elementary music teacher at Shoemaker Elementary School. Randi is very involved with the education program at First-Faith and has been involved in church music programs for 20 years.  Randi and her husband, Warren, have three children and are active in the community as well as church life.  Welcome, Randi!
  • Plan to attend First-Faith UMC this weekend, as Darren Guthridge will lead worship services!
  • REFRESH – free, quality childcare will be available at First-Faith UMC on July 23rd from 9:00 am – noon, so that moms can run errands or take a break to relax! Contact Sharon Sorensen 382-7543.
  • First-Faith Sewers and Quilters will not be meeting on July 22nd and August 12th. They will meet again on August 26th.
  • First-Faith UMC would like to invite anyone who would like to join in cards and conversation to come to First-Faith UMC on July 28th at 7:00 p.m.!
  • All middle/high school youth who are interested in playing basketball indoors are welcome to use Miller Hall at Trinity UMC during open gym time, on Sundays from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Noah’s Ark is in need of Kleenexes. If you would like to donate some, please bring them to Trinity UMC.
  • 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!
  • Hall County Residents! What is important to you and your family? What is needed? What ought to be? Please take a few minutes to complete the 21 question, online Grander Vision survey at Complete before the end of July. You may also keep checking the project website at for the latest information on the project!
  • 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 p.m. Contact Linda Harris at 227-1286 for more information.
  • Register to participate in First-Faith’s Dinner for Fun events to be held throughout 2014.
  • 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

  • Food Pantry Blitz coming in August! UM4GI plans to help replenish the Food Pantry shelves throughout the month of August. Each week we are asking the UM4GI congregations to contribute a different type of food or household item (including baby items) based on the following schedule: August 2-3 – canned fruits and vegetables, August 9-10 – protein items such as canned meats, beans and peanut butter, August 16-17 – grains such as rice, pasta, oatmeal, and breakfast cereal, August 23-24 – diapers and paper goods such as paper towels, toilet paper and facial tissue. Please look for the food pantry boxes at First-Faith UMC and Trinity UMC and help us restock the shelves! If you have questions, call LeEllen Haynes or any UM4GI church office.
  • Funeral Lunch Dishes – If you have brought a dessert or salad for a funeral lunch, please come pick up your dishes in Trinity’s kitchen by the Gathering Place. Thank you!
  • UM4GI Build Day with Habitat for Humanity will be August 2nd. Kent Sorensen of First-Faith will be coordinating our day of service. We will be hanging windows and doors. Please contact Kent at 381-7297 or your local church office to sign up to help!
  • United Methodist Response to Pilger. Please keep the people of Pilger, NE and Stanton County in your prayers. If you would like to volunteer, please email Individual volunteers not participating in the training should report to the Wisner, NE high school for intake information and work assignment. Groups interested in long-term recovery should contact TruDee Little at or Donations can be made to your church, with a note on the envelope or check Pilger Disaster Relief.
  • 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 is 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. 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

  • Women of Faith Study: Overcoming Worry (Finding Peace in the Midst of Uncertainty) by Margaret Feinberg on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Sharon Sorensen’s House (1717 W. Charles) or call Sharon at 382-7543.
  • Women’s Study on Wednesdays at 1:30pm at First-Faith UMC‘s Fireside Room.
  • Strong Women Study on Wednesdays at 3:30pm at First-Faith UMC.
  • Chancel Choir at First-Faith UMC on Wednesdays at 7pm at First-Faith UMC.
  • Men’s Study on Fridays at 7:00am at Tommy’s Restaurant.

Groups on summer break until the fall:

  • Upper Room Study Group with Pastor Matt on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Trinity UMC Parlor.
  • Series on the Psalms Study:  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Trinity’s Youth Room with Pastor Theresa.
  • Mom’s Group meets on 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 p.m. at Trinity UMC.  The program includes large group time, dramas, praise and worship, and rotational activities such as snack and game stations each week.
  • ReCHARGE:  A group of young adults (18-40ish), meets for fellowship and discussion on Wednesday evenings in Trinity UMC‘s Conference Room at 6:30 p.m.
  • Chancel Choir at Trinity UMC on Wednesdays at 7pm in the Choir Room (downstairs).
  • Handbell Choir at Trinity UMC on Wednesdays at 8pm (downstairs next to the Choir Room).
  • F7:  F-7 will be on summer break. Be looking for information this fall!
  • Youth Group information can be found here.
  • Check out UM4GI’s Confirmation Preparation options for the year.


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