UM4GI This Week – 8/9/16

Here’s a quick look at UM4GI events this week for August 9th – August 16th as well as this weekend’s preaching schedule!


  • First-Faith UMC  – August 14 concludes The Outsiders Series as we encounter “The Neighbor.” Who is our neighbor? The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that the outsider is our neighbor, perhaps even more than the so-called “insiders” across the street. Who are the neighbors in your life and how are you called to be a neighbor, inviting and welcoming in spite of perceived differences and disagreements?
  • Trinity UMC – Saturday August 13th & Sunday August 14th Rev. Russell Anderson will be preaching.

Back to School Blessing Sunday, August 21st All Students and Education staff are invited to bring their backpacks, briefcases, or tote bags to worship for a special blessing to begin the new school year surrounded in prayer.


  • Here is the latest newsletter for the month of July/August.

 Bible Studies and Small Groups:

  • Tuesday Mathètè’s – They are studying “Half Truths” by Adam Hamilton. Join Pastor Russ in a search for the whole truth by comparing some common Christian sayings with the wisdom found in the Scripture. Tuesdays at 1:00 pm in the Youth Room. Anyone is welcome to join.
  • First-Faith Adult Sunday School class will meet Sundays at 10:45 am in the Fireside Room. They started a new study on July 3rd. It is entitled “The Miracle of Mercy” and was written by Rick Warren. It is a six session spiritual growth study about God’s number one characteristic. It will help us cultivate a heart of mercy as we learn to;
    – Forgive others unreservedly
    – Help those who are hurting
    – Be patient with those who are difficult
    – Show kindness to enemies
    – Care for those who are lost
  • The Young Adults at First-Faith UMC will resume in the fall.
  • Women of Faith resumes Monday September 12th. It is held at Sharon Sorensen’s home at 5:30 pm. The name of the study is  “Trusting in Christ” written by Karen Lee-Thorp.
  • Wednesday afternoon Book Study at 1:30pm  in the Fireside Room at First Faith they will be studying Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them  by Liz Curtis Higgs.
  • ReCharge young adult group will resume in the fall on September 13th! They will be switching to Tuesday evenings at 6:30. Location to be determined.
  • Mom’s Group is starting again on September 14th!

Youth Activities at UM4GI

  • Footprints Youth: Save the date for Sunday September 11th! See you soon!
  • United Methodist Youth Fellowship: is starting back up September 14th! Can’t wait to see everybody again!!
  • Zone: begins again on September 14th! Enjoy the last of your summer!
  • Sudanese Youth: continues to meet Sundays at Trinity at 1 pm in the Gathering Place.

This Week’s Announcements

  • Peggy Helms is  leading a craft making group every third Tuesday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at First-Faith UMC. Bring your own crafts to work on or Peggy will have some projects available. The group is getting a head start on making items for the November craft fair. Their next meeting is August 16th.
  • Refresh! Free, quality childcare is available at First-Faith UMC every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 am – 11:30 am so that moms can run errands or take a break and relax!  The next Refresh! will be Wednesday, August 10th. Contact Sharon Sorensen at 382-7543 with any questions.
  • Lunch Bunch is Wednesday August 10th 12:00 pm at First-Faith UMC. Come join us for this fun potluck!

Upcoming Events/Announcements and Other Opportunities

  • Get to Know Pastor Kelly Join us for coffee, cookies, & conversation as we get to know Pastor Kelly. The times, dates and locations for the first four are listed below. To enable more time for conversation, we are asking that you attend the scheduled group with the first letter of your last name. However, if your scheduled time isn’t convenient, please feel free to attend at a more convenient time.  HIJ—Monday Aug 29th 7:00 pm—The Gathering Place KL—Wednesday, Sept 7th 2:00 pm—The Gathering Place MNO—Saturday, Sept 10th 7:00 pm—The Gathering Place PQR—Sunday Sept 11th 4:00 pm—The Gathering Place ST—Thursday, Sept 15th 7:00 pm—Miller Hall U-Z—Wednesday Sept 21st 7:00 pm—The Gathering Place
  • There will be a Holy Land Exploration Tour Informational Meeting at First-Faith on Wednesday August 24th @ 7:00 pm. Have you considered traveling to the Holy Land? Pastors Russ and Trudy invite you to join them on a 10-day journey throughout the Holy Land, March 20-29, 2017. We will follow in the footsteps of Jesus as we explore places such as the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. The Holy Land is claimed to be the “Fifth Gospel” as it brings to life all you have ever read. If you are interested, please, visit with Pastor Russ or Pastor Trudy, or pick up a brochure. Come, experience this once in a life time, life changing, journey as we see the Bible come to life! Find out more information here!
  • NAMI Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Trinity House.

Job Openings

  • Noah’s Ark is looking for fun, caring and responsible individuals to fill afternoon openings with our child care center. Hours range from 11:30-6; 12-6 and 1-6. Please pick up an application in the director’s office or on here.

    Trinity United Methodist Church is now accepting applications for the weekend janitor position. Duties include janitorial service and lock up and building security, including lock up and service for weddings and special events. The position is four hours per week minimum. Additional pay for special events. A complete job description is available here. Application is available here. Position is posted until filled.


Outreach Opportunities

  • Help us care for Grand Island by  re-stocking the shelves of the food pantry in the month of August.
    • Aug 13-14: Canned fruits & canned vegetables
    • Aug 20-21: Pastas, cereals, grains
    • Aug 27-28: Toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, Clorox wipes
  • On the first Sunday of the month it is “Food Pantry Sunday” at First-Faith and Trinity! At First-Faith donations can be placed in the “Food Pantry Grocery Cart” in Fellowship Hall at any time. At Trinity donations can be placed in the tote in the UMW Library in the Parlor anytime.
  • The First-Faith sewing group is asking for donations of gently used or new baby items to be given to our local WIC office. Items needed include: booties, bibs, blankets, hats, and burp cloths. Please deposit donations in the bin located in the Narthex.
  • First-Faith is beginning an educational partnership with Engleman Elementary. We are taking the first steps by supporting new teachers by helping them build their classroom libraries and supply of board games to be used for indoor recess. Gently used children’s books and board games for elementary age children can be donated. Please bring them to First-Faith.
  • Noah’s Ark Wish List: Mulch for the playground! Contact April at Noah’s Ark. Thank you all for your continued support!
  • Prayer Shawls are available at both First-Faith and Trinity to anyone in need. If you would like to become a part of the UM4GI Prayer Shawl ministry, join them in the Trinity UMC Gathering Place on Thursday nights at 6:30pm. (They will even teach you how to make them!) Contact Linda Harris at 227-1286 for more information.

Online Giving Options

  • Follow this link to contribute to Trinity financially.
  • Follow this link to contribute to First-Faith financially.
  • Mobile giving is live at First-Faith! Text FFUMC to 77977 and follow the link or download the First-Faith app in the Apple or Google Play store.  When you send “FFUMC” to 77977 you will receive a one-time reply containing a link to give to First-Faith UMC (1msg/request). Please be aware that msg & data rates may apply. For full terms & conditions please visit For the privacy policy please visit For help reply HELP or STOP to cancel



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