July 19, 2011 Published by St. John’s UMC Richland at Newberry, Aiken, SC 29801 Volume 11, Issue 28
Soon there’ll be a new member here at St. John’s (pictured, with Ryan Uhle) who will be
joining Ryan and his family.
There are some simple “Guide Dog Etiquette” facts for us to note*:
When Ryan’s guide dog is on harness, you must leave them alone.
When you meet a visually impaired individual, introduce
yourself by name. After that, you can say, “Hi, Ryan. It’s George.”
We will not be given the dog’s name for a while, so we are not temped to call out while they
are learning to be together.
*Of course, you can talk to Ryan. Just resist the temptation of wanting to pet his dog or call
his dog by name. This dog is WORKING, and must not be distracted.
Ryan, an acolyte and popular member of our Youth ministry, has shared his thoughts, slightly abbreviated herein,
from just before he was given his particular guide dog, on the website of Mira USA:
Next year I will be a freshman at Aiken High School. I am 14 years old and a big sports fan. My favorite
sports are hockey, football, and baseball. Swimming and riding my bike are my favorite ways to get exer-
cise. I like hanging out with my friends and playing with my dog Beau (the family dog of Uhle family). I have
played the cello for 3 years in the String Program at my school. At church this year I began serving an as
acolyte, which gets me involved in the church service. I enjoy geography and reading Braille and textile
maps. I have been on the A/B Honor Roll every grading period, and also won the SC Braille Challenge, a
Braille reading competition, for my age group for the past two years.
I am looking forward to getting a guide dog because I will be able to get around quicker and easier without
running into things. I also love dogs and am looking forward to having a new companion, and will move
around more independently (might even help pick up more chicks!).
After 3 weeks in Canada, Ryan and his mother Keisha are returning home to their family. Their adventure is a won-
derful story. The full account, beautifully told, is available at http://www.ryansdog.blogspot.com/ and can also be
found by going to St. John’s Facebook Group, searching out Keisha Uhle, and seeing the blog entitled “Ryan’s
Dog”. It is such a great story about this popular St. John’s family, and their latest adventure. Ryan, in typical high-
achiever fashion, is very young to be selected for a guide dog. To read more about the MIRA Foundation USA, go
July 24, 2011 Do you have fifteen minutes, one
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Sunday a month, to give to the church?
Polly Goldston needs someone to do
8:30am Traditional Worship - Sanctuary coffee house cleanup at 10:45.
Message by Rev. Jim Bennett
It’s quick and it’s easy, so call her at
9:02am Contemporary Worship - Gym 803-278-3818 and volunteer your time.
11:00 Traditional Service
Message by Rev. George Howle
St. John's Visitor
NEWS OF THE FAMILY
Meetings to Note
Thursday, July 21
10:30am Acolyte Training
1:30pm Joseph’s Coat Congratulations to Catherine Corey Wallace and Gonzalo Daniel
7:00pm Overeaters Anonymous Escobar who were married in Chicago, IL on July 10.
Friday, July 22
5:30pm Parents Night Out Congratulations to Cecil Bischof who celebrates her 90th birthday on
Saturday, July 23 July 25.
8:00am Grace Kitchen
Sunday, July 24 Congratulations to Sue Ann & Pat Walke who have a new grandson,
8:15am Coffee House Kyle Issei Walke, born June 1 in Peach Tree City, GA. The proud par-
ents are David & Rieko Walke.
9:02am Contemporary Worship
9:45am Sunday School Receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday, June 17, was
11:00am Worship Hudson Lee Padgett, son of Kristin & Russ Padgett.
4:30 pm Prayer Shawl
6:00pm Foundation Youth Dear St. John's Family,
Monday, July 25 Please allow me to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all of you
10:00am Exercise who have prayed, sent cards and expressed concern for me during my recent
Tuesday, July 26 back surgery. God was continually present in guiding the hands of my surgeon,
10:30am Acolyte Training Dr. Ty Carter as he was able to correct the problems that have been causing
Wednesday, July 27 me constant pain. Dr. Vaughn Massie was also in surgical attendance and has
8:30am Quilting Fellowship provided me with excellent medical care. George and Keith's visits were uplift-
5:00pm Foundation Band ing, helpful and comforting. God is ever faithful when we put things in His
hands. I look forward to returning to my usher responsibilities in the near fu-
6:00pm Griefshare at Eejay’s
ture. Thanks also, for the prayerful support for my wonderful "nurse/spouse"
7:00pm 9:02 Band Rehearsal Jewell. Our family is most grateful. Jim Eanes
7:00pm Covenant Prayer Group
Serving This Week *******************************************************************************************
Crucifer - Alan Kelly
The Methodist Men will meet July 28, beginning at 6:30 PM with
Acolytes - Mitchell Matthews, a covered dish supper. A program, “ Hitchcock Woods Update”,
Claire Turner will be presented by Dr. Ken Perrine.
Altar Guild (July) - Pat Dickey,
Jewel Burckhalter, Jenny Johnson
July 24 will be New Member Sunday. We will receive new members at
Crib Rm - Paid staff all services. Please contact Nancy Reed or Anne Hawkins if you wish to
2-3 Yr Nursery - Paid staff join our church family.
3-4 Yr Nursery - Paid staff
Sunday AM Host (July 24) SAVE THE DATE!
Michael Rollins A wonderful movie has been selected for another Fam‐
Evening Hosts ily Life event. COURAGEOUS, from the creators of FIRE‐
Sunday-(July 24) Matt Beckum PROOF, will be shown September 30th, with alternate
Monday - Jim Wert options October 1 and 2. Read more at
Tuesday - Tom Brown www.courageousthemovie.com.
Wednesday - Bob Kosky
Thursday - Marc Nadeau
Friday - Jeff Ray
Saturday - John Geiger Financials (two weeks)
Budget funds received $ 62,938.58
Attendance - July 10, 2011 Budget needs $ 69,342.50
Budget Funds rec’d to date $ 903,599.52
8:30 AM 112 Expenses to date $ 905,209.99
9:02 AM 157 are in recess
11:00 AM 346 Faith Promise (two weeks) for the summer!
SS 250 Faith Promise $ 164,208.68
Rec’d to date $ 68,230.88
St. John's Visitor
C H I L D R E N ’S C O R N E R
Friday, July 22 ‐ Pizza Joint SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011
Sunday, July 24 ‐ Regular Youth
Wednesday, July 27—Pool Party at the GOD PROTECTS DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN
Downs 6‐8 PM DANIEL 6:1-23
GOD DESERVES OUR LOYALTY
DID YOU KNOW?
Our Joseph’s Coat Ministry recently celebrated PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
their second anniversary. Founded as an outreach minis- on Friday, July 22nd from
try to our community, Joseph’s Coat has grown from a
5:30-8:00! Dinner and a
membership of five to over 20 dedicated crocheters, knit-
ters and stitchers. Initially serving the local hospices, they
movie for the kids...Time
now serve two dozen agencies. Sandy Dunn (the minis- alone for you. It’s FREE,
try’s contact person) states, “From the onset, we have so reserve your child’s
prayed for God’s guidance and our faith has grown as God space now.
has grown this ministry. He has enabled us to create
nearly 1,600 items for people in our community in need of Register online at www.stjohns-umc.org.
God’s love and care.”
Joseph’s Coat meets every Thursday in the church
parlor from 1:30 to 3:00. The ministry is supported by gifts
of money and yarn and both are greatly appreciated.
Please bring new school supplies of all
First Presbyterian is sponsoring a golf tournament to kinds to the boxes located by the gym
benefit ACTS, August 22, at The Reserve Club (Woodside
Plantation) with a 9 AM shotgun start. The entry fee in- and outside of Allison’s office by 8/14.
cludes cart, lunch, range balls and prizes. You may register These will be donated to local charities
online at aikenpresbyterian.org or in person at the church
Aiken Train Depot Tour
Wednesday, August 3 at 10:30 AM
ACTS COLLECTION IN JULY - Pasta Sauce Meet at the Depot
No charge, but reservations are needed.
Call the church office (648-6891) to reserve your place.
Great news from Kenya! Frances Osteen provided the
following update on the efforts to drill a well in Kenya. “Once
again, God has provided abundantly! We prayed for two Saturdays - Grace Kitchen opens at 8am
wells and He has provided for three. The first well, on the Aug 14 - Promotion Sunday/Blessing of Backpacks
church grounds in Wachara, provided water for over 100 peo- Aug 21 - Third Grade Bible Presentation
ple even before the pump test was complete. The well drilling Sep 15 - Sunny Monday day trip to Beaufort
team has begun drilling at the school, which has 738 students and Nov 5 - Apple Fest
no source of water. We also plan to re-drill a well on the Agwanda Nov 6 - All Saints Sunday
compound. There is a pump to be installed on the first well, but Nov 17 - Turkey Dinner
pumps are needed for the other two, so additional funds will be Dec 4 - Children’s Musical Presentation
needed. Please pray that we receive those funds.” John Osteen, Dec 18 - Christmas Cantata
Charlotte Holly, Jim Heffner and Carolyn Heffner are cur- Dec 25 - Single Service
rently in Kenya helping with the well effort and Life For Chil- Jan 1 - Single Service
dren’s Ministry. Look for additional updates as we receive them. Jan 20-22 - Mission Impact Celebration 2012
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