TOM’S CREEK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Volume 1, Issue 8 OCTOBER 2008
“Then the Lord gave this message to Solomon: “Concerning this
Temple you are building, if you keep all my laws and regulations
and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I
Our Mission made to your father, David. I will live among the people of Israel
and never forsake my people. So Solomon finished building the
Our mission is to share the Temple….. 1 Kings 6:11-14
love of Jesus Christ with
our church family, our It has been some time since the Building Committee has reported
community, and our on the progress of the new addition. At our last meeting,
world. September 16th, we reviewed the architect’s drawing and fine tuned
some features. We are hopeful to have a completed drawing in the
INSIDE THIS ISSUE near future for the congregation to view. We are also awaiting the
completion of the site engineer’s evaluation. In the meantime, we
2 Meeting/Committee Updates are moving along with planning for fundraising activities and
looking at a variety of options for financing.
3 Church News & Upcoming
Events While it seems to be taking forever, the project is actually moving
along pretty well and in consideration of the requirements of
4 October Birthdays & Frederick County and the Conference guidelines. It took many
Anniversaries years for Solomon’s temple to be built, and as told in the rest of the
chapter of Kings 6, great detail and planning went into the effort.
5-6 Member In The Spotlight And so it is with our building project. Not only are their great
details to attend to, but before anything we need to keep our hearts
7 Two Months At A Glance and and minds open to God, to his power, presence and plans for us.
Editor’s Corner This new building is to acknowledge our honor and respect for
God and that we might continue to demonstrate the care and
8 October Calendar concern for God’s people as we are led by Him.
We still have a lot of work to do before the first hammer is lifted,
Visit us on the web @ but our first goal is obedience to God through prayer, patience and
www.emmitsburg.net/tcumc perseverance and the recognition that God never leaves us to our
own devices….He will always be wherever we are.
Also, you can now obtain the
newsletter from this site! If you no Thanks be to God,
longer need a paper copy, please
email Bev Hood firstname.lastname@example.org. Pastor Judy
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MEETING/COMMITTEE UPDATES AND MINUTES
The Ad Council met on September 8th at 7pm.
Pastor Judy reported that the Youth Group “Lock-In” turned out great. There were 11 participants. She also
reported that we have six individuals that are planning to go on the Mission’s trip to Mississippi in November.
Dottie Davis reported that the Trustees were painting lines on the side parking lot.
David Glass reported that for the Emmitsburg Council of Churches. There are ten individuals planning to go to
Kenya for missions work. Please support any fundraisers for this cause.
The next meeting will be October 6th.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The UMW will be having their annual Prayer Partner Evening on Monday, October 20th beginning at 6:30pm. A
light supper will be provided. If you were a prayer partner this past year, please bring a card to reveal your name to
your partner. If you aren’t currently a prayer partner but would like to be a prayer partner for 2009, please join us
for dinner! Also, all ladies who want to be a 2009 prayer partner, please write your name and birth date on a piece
of paper and give to Virginia Wantz by October 12th. During the year, we ask that you pray daily for your prayer
partner, and send them cards throughout the year, but keep your name a secret.
Hope to see you in prayer and action!
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
We’d like to encourage everyone to take a moment
sometime during this month to show Pastor Judy how much
we appreciate her service to the Lord and to Tom’s Creek.
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CHURCH NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Start packing up the attic!!!
Our next Yard Sale/Flea Market dates are right around the corner – the dates are
Oct. 10th & 11th
Oct. 24th & 25th
8 AM to 4 PM Rain or Shine
Don’t forget to reserve your space by talking with Jocelyn Wivell or Linda Kraft today!
The current selection for our Christian Book Club is “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue monk Kidd. The
discussion night for this book October 17th. We will meet at FEMA for dinner at 6:00pm and the discussion
will begin around 7:00 pm. Please let Pat Baughman know if you plan to attend!
The Harvest of Talents will be Sunday, October 19th at 6pm. Please call Linda Fogle and tell her what you
will be sharing with your church family! It could be music, art, comedy poems – anything you enjoy doing.
The Emmitsburg Food Bank is always in need of food donations and toilet tissue. Please
consider donating to this ministry. Place your donations in the basket located in the Parlor.
WANTED! A few good male or female cooks
Plans are under way to hold Cooking Classes for the community as a Fundraiser for our Building Fund. If
you enjoy cooking and would like to help with this event, contact Jocelyn Wivell. Volunteers will choose a
recipe they’d like to make, and when and where they’d like to share their talent. We’re looking for eight
chefs. Bon Appetite!
Tired of coming up with dinner ideas? Well, we’ve got an idea for you! Plan to eat at Hoss’s Restaurant
in Gettysburg on Wednesday, October 22nd anytime from 12 noon – 8pm. This is how it works – each
party will need a ticket. Hoss’s will donate 20% of each check to go towards our Building Fund. Please get
some extra tickets and pass out to your family, friends and co-workers. See Kathy or Mark Imirie for tickets
from now until October 19th!
Don’t forget our ongoing fundraiser called “The Scrip Program”. This is not a fundraiser that you have to
“sell” things, but instead, it’s a way of changing the way we purchase things. To participate, you purchase
gift certificates or gift cards that are good at stores or businesses of your choice. These are places that you
are already shopping from. Scrip will donate a certain percentage back to Tom’s Creek (depending on the
vendor) which we in turn will be putting towards our Building Project. Order forms for Scrip are located in
the Parlor and are due the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month to Kathy Imirie. Thank you so much for trying
something new to help a worthwhile cause!
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The Pumpkin Prayer
1 Haley Hebenton Dear God,
5 Karlie Hood As I carve my pumpkin help me to say this
7 Jessica Andrew prayer:
9 Anita Hill
11 Amber Price Open my mind so I can learn about You;
Colby Wagerman (Cut the top of the pumpkin)
13 George Lloyd
20 Jodi Fox Take away all my sin and forgive me for the
21 Holly Schaffer wrong things I do.
22 Jakob Wivell (Clean out the inside)
23 Dale Sillyman
Ana Schaffer Open my eyes so your love I will see;
25 Donald Moser – 89th! (Cut eyes shaped like hearts)
27 Courtney Myers
28 Tom Hood
29 Jennifer Jackson I’m sorry for turning up my nose to all You’ve
(Cut a nose in the shape of the cross)
Open my ears so your word I will hear;
(Cut ears shaped like the Bible)
OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES Open my mouth so I can tell others You’re
2 Stanley & Rose Weimer, 61st!
7 Kenny and Tammy Keeney (Cut the mouth in the shape of a fish)
12 Bo & Robin LaGrave
15 Kim and Doug Wivell Let Your light shine in all I say and do!
17 Donnie & Linda Myers Amen.
20 Allen, Sr. & Barb Phelps (Place a candle inside and light it)
29 John & Donna Rafferty
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Member in the SPOTLIGHT
Q: What first brought you to Tom’s Creek? A: Molly Wilhide invited my parents and me to Tom’s
Q: How long have you been attending Tom’s Creek? A: Since October 1986
Q: What do you like most about Tom’s Creek? A: The way everyone makes you feel welcome, a very
Q: What committees are you currently serving on? A: Staff Parish Relations Team, Christian
Education Committee and Trustees.
Q: What’s your favorite childhood memory? A: Going places with my grandparents and staying over
at their house. Also, Christmas with mom and dad.
Q: Where were you born and raised? A: I was born in Waynesboro, PA. I lived in Thurmont until I
was 5 years old, then we moved to Graceham.
Q: What was your first vehicle that you ever owned? A: 1960 Chevy Belair
Q: If you’re married, how did you and your spouse meet? A: Rev. Jim Farmer’s wife, Vicki, introduced
me to Freda at church. Our first date was April 3, 1987. We were married April 30, 1988.
Q: Tell us about your family and children. A: Freda and I have been married for 20 years. Our
daughter, Jessica, is 16 and a junior at CHS. She works at Shamrock Restaurant. Andrew is
14 and is a freshman at CHS. Benjamin is 11 and is in 6th grade at Thurmont Middle. Both
boys enjoy playing baseball.
Q: If you could meet anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? A: My grandfather on my dad’s
side. He died when I was 5 years old. I didn’t get to know him.
Q: When you meet God, what is your first question going to be? A: How did you create the universe?
Q: What is your favorite season and/or time of year? A: Fall
Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. A: I was Gunners Mate 2nd Class in
the U.S. Navy.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests? A: Coaching my sons’ baseball teams.
Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? A: Hawaii
Q: What’s your favorite scripture? A: Romans 8:2 – There is therefore no condemnation to those who
are in Christ Jesus.
Q: Tell us about your most rewarding experience. A: Marrying Freda and watching our children grow
Q: Tell us about your occupation A: Maintenance Electrician at the National Emergency Training
Center in Emmitsburg.
Q: What’s your favorite radio station? A: 98.5 The Peak
Q: What’s the cheapest price you can remember ever paying for one gallon of gas? A: I remember
paying 50 cents a gallon.
Q: What’s your favorite dessert? A: Red Velvet Cake
Q: How do you hope that people will remember you? A: As someone who was kind to others and a
good husband and father to my family.
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Member in the SPOTLIGHT
Q: What first brought you to Tom’s Creek? A: We were looking for a church home.
Q: How long have you been attending Tom’s Creek? A: 5 ½ years
Q: What do you like most about Tom’s Creek? A: The friendly atmosphere.
Q: What committees are you currently serving on? A: Trustees and Building committee.
Q: What’s your favorite childhood memory? A: Growing up on a farm with all of my siblings.
Worked hard and played hard.
Q: Where were you born and raised? A: Emmitsburg, Maryland
Q: What was your first vehicle that you ever owned? A: 1964 Chevy Impala
Q: If you’re married, how did you and your spouse meet? A: Blind date
Q: Tell us about your family, children and grandchildren. A: I’m 19 of 20 children, I have a
daughter who teaches Kindergarten and a son who is a firefighter.
Q: If you could meet anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? A: George Strait or Sarah
Evans – I love country music.
Q: When you meet God, what is your first question going to be? A: Thank you Lord, I made it!
(Where’s the food?)
Q: What is your favorite season and/or time of the year? A: Fall
Q: What are your hobbies and interests? A: When and if I ever have time, I like to golf and throw
Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? A: Tour the U.S.
Q: What’s your favorite scripture? A: Psalm 27:11 – Teach me thy way, O Lord.
Q: Tell us about your occupation. A: General Contractor and woodcrafter.
Q: What’s your favorite radio station? A: Sunday morning 107.7 (Gospel Bluegrass)
Q: What’s the cheapest price you can remember ever paying for one gallon of gas? A. 24.9 cents
Q: What’s the last book that you read? A: What You Don’t Know About Turning Sixty by P. D.
Q: What’s your favorite dessert? A: Coconut Cake and Coconut Cream Pie
Q: How do you hope that people will remember you? A: As the man who could always get the job
THE MESSENGER 6
Next Two Months At a Glance
November 1 Church Supper @ noon – 5:00 pm
November 8 Trash Pickup along Route 140
November 8-15 Mission Trip to Mississippi
November 9 Hands of a Child Project @ Elias Lutheran from 2 – 4 pm
November 17 Men’s Night Out @ 6:30 pm
November 23 Family Game Night @ 4:00 pm
November 26 Thanksgiving Service @ Trinity UMC @ 7pm
December 6 Christmas Fun Day @ 12 noon – 4:00 pm
December 13 Live Nativity
December 14 Christmas Caroling to Shut Ins following 2nd service
December 28 Family Game Night @ 4:00 pm
The Editor’s Corner
The following have appeared in church bulletins:
The Fasting and Prayer Conference does include meals.
The Low Self-Esteem Group will meet on Thursday evening at 7pm. Please use the back door.
The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water’. The sermon title tonight: ‘Searching For Jesus’.
Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around
the house. Bring your husbands.
The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love.
Say “hell” to someone who doesn’t care much about you.
For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the Choir. They need all the help they can get.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck Supper Sunday at 5:00pm – prayer and medication to follow.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: ‘I upped my
pledge, up yours’.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What is Hell?’ Come early and listen to the
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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 6:45 pm PB&J 2 3 4
7:30pm Choir 6:00 – 11: 00
5 6 7 8 6:45 pm PB&J 9 10 11
Scrip Orders due 6:30 pm 7:00 pm VIM to 7:00pm Yard Sale Yard Sale
to Kathy Imirie Nominating Mississippi. Ecumenical
Team 7:00 pm Doctrinal 8am – 4pm 8am – 4pm
7:00 pm Ad Educational Discussion
@ Trinity UMC
Council Ministry Team
7:00pm Staff Parish
12 13 14 15 6:45 pm PB&J 16 17 18
7:30pm Choir 12 noon Oldies & 6pm Christian
Practice Goodies Book Club meets
7:00 pm Worship
7:00pm Ecumenical @ FEMA
Team Doctrinal Discussion
@ St Anthony’s 6:30pm Sunday
School Fall Party
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Scrip Orders due Hoss’s Yard Sale Yard Sale
to Kathy Imirie 6:30 pm UMW Restaurant
8am – 4pm 8am – 4pm
Fundraiser 3pm Charge
6:00 pm Harvest Dinner noon – 8pm Conference @
of Talents 6:45 pm PB&J Trinity in Frederick
26 Newsletter 27 28 29 30 31
deadline 7:30 pm Trustees
4:00 pm Family
5:00 pm Youth
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