A QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER FOR Fall 2008 UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS Tower Bells Super S u n d a y. . . . . . . . 2 New staff members...2 Wesley Foundation..5 EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH New Power Zone learning style links Bible study to Popular program to activities for children & youth start September 10th STUDYING VAN GOGH. After a successful ﬁrst-run last year, PLAYING THE GIGGLE GAME. UUM-C-U on Wednesday is back and will MAKING FRUIT SALAD AND TORTILLAS. begin on September 10th. These don’t sound like typical church school experiences and that’s exactly Faith and community are the themes for the point of the “Power Zone,” a new curriculum being introduced this fall 2008-09, and along with a weekly meal, during UUMC’s 9:15 Sunday School hour. The debut will coincide with opportunities will include educational UUMC’s Fall Kick-Off on September 7th. programs and activities for all ages. Dinner Power Zone: The Power Zone is designed to bring Bible stories is served at 5:30 pm, with classes starting 9:15: Sunday school to life and engage toddlers through senior high at 6:30. Childcare is available. You can join for toddlers through school students as well as adult volunteers in areas both the dinner and classes, or either one. high school that include art, cooking, music, drama and games. The ﬁrst Wednesday will present all of 10:30: Worship The 9:15 Sunday School hour will feature sessions the classes along with a performance by for four separate age groups. At 10:30, toddlers UUMC’s puppet troupe. Classes will of- activities for toddlers through ﬁfth graders will have an additional ﬁcially begin on September 17th and are through ﬁfth grade opportunity to enjoy this interactive curriculum. presented in sessions with this ﬁrst one “This is a refreshing new way for children as well concluding on October 22nd. as adults to explore the Bible and make it one with their lives,” says Childrens’ A highlight of the ﬁrst UUM-C-U on Ministries Coordinator Krista Rowe. Wednesday will be the serving of tradition- A unique facet to Power Hour is “Power Xpress!,” a curriculum for al Pakistani tea by Lenora Jadun, clad in kindergarteners through ﬁfth graders. Separated into four separate grade traditional dress. The tea will call attention groups, children will learn through a four-stage rotational approach. In the ﬁrst to a class this fall that will discuss the read- week, for instance, children might engage in music, whereas in subsequent ing of the book, Three Cups of Tea. weeks the group would partake in cooking, art or drama. More on page 7 Continued on page 3 8:30 Sunday worship service added Sunday worship Worshippers will have an additional Sunday service option, as UUMC will options this fall will add an 8:30 service starting on September 7th. The service will be informal, include an 8:30 interactive and last for 45 minutes. service in addition “There will be plenty of singing, a chance to drink your morning coffee and eat goodies as you worship, and to speak aloud your joys and concerns,” says Pastor John Ross Thomp- to our 9:15 Sunday son. School and regular This new service is for those who prefer an earlier hour and who want a complete family experience 10:30 service -- parts of the worship service will be geared toward children and youth. At the same time, child care is available up to age 4. The service will ﬂow into the 9:15 Sunday School hour. Families can make this a complete worship experience by attending church from 8:30 to 10:15 and then depart for other activities of the day. From 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. there will be a “Meet and Greet” time as people leave from the worship service and others gather for Sunday School. Tower Bells News & Super Sunday at UUMC, Sept. 28th Notes Forty volunteers needed to support event Christian leaders and those seeking the Pew to the Marketplace: How Do We inspiration will meet at UUMC on September Change Our Community?” 28th from 2:30 to 5:00 pm for workshops and Seventeen workshops led by churches presentations and other organizations will cover topics on energizing ranging from labor issues, communication, their service for social principles, mission trips, enhancing Christ. UUMC worship and meetings, and conservation. members are Forty volunteers are needed to play roles as Uumc invited to join the hundreds expected at the event. UUMC hosts this event. Contact John Ross Thompson to play a role in this important by the Keynote speaker David McKnight of the event in the life of UUMC and in the lives numb3rs McKnight Leadership Academy in St. Paul, MN, will give the opening address, “From of individual leaders.The event is free. 1,200 ...is the number Dean and Heather join UUMC staff of visitors to the UUMC and enjoys music. He is also from a big Website every month. The family. We are pleased that you can join most visited pages are ours, Dean! Dean will be at UUMC Monday Prayer Requests, Pastors through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and also on Sundays. Heather Hoshal has been attending 11 / 15 & 16 are UUMC for many years, and may be most the dates of the United recognizable to UUMC members through Methodist Women’s book her involvement in music programs. She has sale. Donations of books, worked behind the scenes in music as well videocassettes and DVDs UUMC is pleased to announce the addition as performed at the front of the Sanctuary. are needed. Proﬁts go of two new staff members. Dean Myer joins Heather has also been involved in youth to mission causes such the church as its custodian and Heather fellowship, our 50th anniversary celebration as Eve’s Place and the Hoshal will serve as the assistant childrens in 2007, UUMC softball and many other Southside Kitchen. choir director. activities. Heather is a student at Lansing Myer joins the church having worked for Community College. 22 years for the Felpausch supermarket Children are urged to join Heather and 7 home football games chain. For 15 of those years, Meyer worked choir director Kristin Zaryski for choir will be played this fall in custodial services. He has also worked practice from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, at Spartan Stadium. Up for the Michigan State Government. From between the 5:30 p.m. dinner and the 6:30 to 15 volunteers are Leslie, Meyer is an amateur photographer p.m. children’s programs. needed to staff the UUMC concession booth in Lunch Buddies ministry starting support of youth summer Pay attention: God may be calling you to ren and show caring and friendship. camp scholarships and be a Lunch Buddy! Lunch Buddy mentors will go to Red UUMC athletic teams. As part of its Christian outreach to our Cedar once per week to have lunch with Contact Pete Marvin (622- community, UUMC will partner with Big their child. The school is next to UUMC at 5008) to help out. Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Re- the back of the parking lot. gion to start the Lunch Buddies ministry After eating, they will spend the rest after Labor Day at Red Cedar School. of the lunch hour with activities such as A Lunch Buddy is an adult paired with shooting hoops on the playground, playing an elementary student. The purpose is to computer games, or reading in the school make a difference in the lives of child- Continued on page 6 Is God calling you to Power Zone Stephen Ministry? curriculum, from page 1 Loss and change is a natural process of Children will be exposed to the same Biblical lesson or theme life. Stephen Ministers work with Pastors over those four weeks, going from one activity area to the next, John Ross and Kennetha to provide caring allowing for reinforcement of the message. support to those grieving, or in crisis, or Adult volunteers with special interest or skills in these areas to their caregivers. are needed to teach a class. Teachers have a much smaller time UUMC needs more Stephen Ministers commitment, however, versus the traditional weekly approach. and will offer a new training class this In the new format, a volunteer who specializes in art, for fall. The following questions about Ste- example, would teach an art lesson once in the fall over four phen Ministry can help you ask yourself, “Is God calling me to weeks for the four respective age groups. this important caring ministry?” “We see this multi-disciplinary approach as a way to get the kids excited about learning, get adults excited to teach, and What does a Stephen Minister do? provide many different ways to explore Bible lessons,” says A Stephen Minister provides one-on-one care for healthy Rowe. people experiencing a difﬁcult time in their lives, including Adults interested in leading a subject area and consequently hospitalization, divorce, dying, job loss, ﬁnancial hardship, teaching four times during the fall and / or four times during single parenting, child birth, retirement, relocation and many the spring should contact Krista. Teacher training packets and other challenges. Stephen Ministers listen carefully, help ex- teacher development materials are available. plore feelings, plant the seeds of hope and healing and provide an extremely caring, safe and conﬁdential setting. Classes for 2008-09: How do you become a Stephen Minister? 9:15 POWER HOUR Sunday School A Stephen Leader will help you evaluate if this is the right 1. Toddlers (12 – 36 mo.) Seasons of the Spirit - Nurturing calling and commitment for you. After completing an applica- faith and the spirit through the senses. tion, each candidate participates in an interview to discuss your 2. Preschool (3’s – 4’s) Live B.I.G., as in Belief in God, will interest and special gifts. During the program, each trainee help children see, hear and live their beliefs. receives 50 hours of training to equip you on topics such as 3. K – 5th grade – Power Xpress! will teach children via a empathy, listening, providing spiritual care and caring for rotational approach, reinforcing a lesson via varied activities. those who are grieving. You learn how to handle every situa- 4. Junior / Senior High – Seasons of the Spirit will allow tion. Commissioned Stephen Ministers serve two years and are youth to explore meaning and mystery in the Bible. required to attend one supervision meeting per month. 10:30 Worship What qualiﬁcations do I need to have? 1. Toddlers and Two’s – Diverse play and activity centers for You need to be a caring person who is willing to learn, grow small groups will establish a sense of relationship with the and serve. You must be willing and able to maintain conﬁden- church family. tiality. You must make a commitment to training, ministry, and 2. Preschool - K – 5 – Rock Solid is a theologically sound supervision. If you meet these qualiﬁcations, your Stephen experience, encouraging personal spiritual growth through Leaders can equip you with everything else you need: training, crafts, activities, games and stories. support, prayer, and encouragement. They will make sure you 3. 1st – 3rd – Hands-On Bible creates ways for kids to become will succeed as a Stephen Minister. immersed in Bible truths through discovery and recognition of the convergence of Biblical teachings with current-world Why should I become a Stephen Minister? phenomena. God needs you to help care for others. Doing so requires 4. 4th – 5th – Grapple relates Bible truths with real-life a high commitment, but there is an even greater reward in preteen questions and issues. A bonus is the availability of a becoming a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers experience safe and secure online community just for preteens to connect personal growth through training and experience, with the with each other. added beneﬁt of enhanced relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Most importantly, you receive an increased faith in God and enjoyment in your religious life. www.uumc-msu.org Fall 2008 3 “Out of Love” Youth Group to start up on Sept. 7 “Out of Love” Minis- tries, UUMC’s youth group for junior high and high school students, will begin on September 7th in conjunction with UUMC’s Fall Kick- off. From 12:15 to 1:30 pm, students will meet in The Sanctum following brunch. Family members are invited to the opening session for a program introduc- tion and some fun activities and games. The entire Fall schedule will be made available that day. Highlights for the upcoming semester include a lock-in, bowling, a cider mill trip, the Crop Walk, a haunted house and the Christmas Pagaent. Students are also urged to join the UUM-C-U on Wednesday session featuring a DVD-based Bible study and testimonials from popular Christian mu- sic artists such as GRITS, SonicFlood Lock-ins are a big component of faith and BarlowGirl. The Wednesday night growth, fellowship and fun in Out of sessions will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 Love Ministries. It is also a way to reach pm in the Sanctum. youth who may have never attended our During the Spring, students participat- church. ed in a mission trip to Smithers, Virgin- Above, the girls’ team shows off its ia. Nine from UUMC joined 400 youth “castle” during the castle building com- from around the U.S. to serve the people petition held at a “Fairy Tale” themed of Smithers. Sixty-four different homes lock-in in early Spring. received fresh paint and repairs. Lock-ins also involve food. At right, “It was a week of blessings and growth two UUMC youth enjoy nachos and for us all,” says Out of Love Director settle in for a movie. Chris Darling. “Thank you for your con- Out of Love Ministries, coordinated by tinued support. It would not have been Chris Darling, meets in the basement of possible without you!” UUMC in “The Sanctum.” Youth Ministries needs you! A female volunteer is needed on a regular basis to assist with the junior high youth in leading discussions and games. The group meets Sunday afternoons from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Contact Chris Darling at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church of- ﬁce to share your interest. 4 Fall 2008 www.uumc-msu.org The students are back! Busy year ahead for Wesley Foundation Students have returned, MSU and tion will have a fall retreat. The annual Thanks to a very generous donor, the LCC are in full session, and the Wesley trip to Cass Community in Detroit is Copper Chimney Lounge will undergo a Foundation is looking forward to a busy planned for the end of October. ﬁrst phase of repairs. Donors are needed 2008 - 2009. Plans for this semester include great for a second round of improvements. This is an exciting time of year for stu- new partnerships with other MSU cam- Thanks to many alumni and parents, dents, many of whom will call UUMC pus ministries. Partnerships with the Hil- the Wesley Foundation and UUMC have their church home for at least four years. lel Jewish Student Center and St. John started out the new semester ready to The Wesley Fall Program has begun. Student Parish will create opportunities welcome UUMC members and friends, On August 24th, students were wel- for service and reﬂection for students. ESL program participants and the Wes- comed back and on August 27th, Wesley Students are being welcomed back to ley students for another year of ministry Foundation began its Wednesday Night new building improvements and repairs. and programs. Live Worship program with dinner and a The hallways have a fresh coat of paint. The Wesley Foundation is led by Rev. meeting to preview study groups. There are also new lounge areas for stu- Tim Tuthill. At the end of September, the Founda- dents to study, chat and simply get away. New year starting for UUMC Childrens Choir amongst the adults! from classical to contemporary, songs The children of UUMC have much from around the world to songs from our to offer, and Children’s Choir direc- own hymnal. The choir will also work tor Kristin Zaryski wants to ﬁnd out on musical understanding and reading. just how much. With the Children’s The Children’s Choir sings in church Choir moving to a new rehearsal night every second Sunday of the month and this year - Wednesdays from 6:00-6:40 is a full-(school)-year commitment. If - Zaryski hopes to see an increase in you are interested in joining the UUMC membership, especially from the enthu- Children’s Choir, come to the ﬁrst If you were able to see the Vacation siastic VBS participants! UUMC-U-On-Wednesday on September Bible School End-of-the-Week program Zaryski, along with Assistant Director 10th for more details. The choir’s ﬁrst this summer, you witnessed something Heather Hoshal, are inviting children rehearsal will be on September 17th. not often seen at UUMC - nearly 60 kids in 2nd-5th grade to join the UUMC You may also contact Kristin Zaryski singing together! There is a lot of musi- Children’s Choir. This year, the choir at email@example.com for more details. cal talent at UUMC, and not just will sing a variety of music ranging UUMC says “Thank you!” to our ‘07- ‘08 acolytes The Worship Work Area would like Couraud, Margot Couraud, Katie Doyal, Rotman, Erin Scott, Aric Velbel, Paul Vel- to congratulate the following children Julianne Efaw, Maria Forrest, Emma bel, Jesse Wade, Catherine Webb, Claire and youth who served as Acolytes and Hickman, Lynnea Jackson, Nicholas Webb, Alex Wheaton, Scott Wheaton, Cross Bearers this past year, beginning Kilpatrick, Jordan Lulloff, Aguil Ma- and A. J. Wilk. in September, 2007. Their efforts are very yan, Angeth Mayan, Aziu Mayan, Lara much appreciated: Caroline Alchin, Philip McLaughlin, Liam Musson, Trevor Mus- Batterson, Sophia Bauer, Emma Berg, son, Ian Patterson, Katherine Patterson, Katherine Boyse, Caitlin Brown, Hadley Andrea Ramhoff, Reed Ramhoff, Mika www.uumc-msu.org Fall 2008 5 UUMC softball season Our newest UUMC members This summer, UUMC ends with second place welcomed new members. At right, Gloriane Peck and ﬁnish in league tournament Jeremy Schmidt. Below, Lou and Bill Mumford. Bot- tom right, Melissa Hogan and Francesca. Lunch Buddies, from page 2 library. While lunch is only 40 minutes long, Lunch Buddies A one-run loss in the championship game of the Lan- have been effective in Lansing and East Lansing and have sing United Methodist Softball League was all that kept made a difference in children’s lives. UUMC’s co-ed softball team from taking top honors this Representing UUMC and its intergenerational ministries, season. Lunch Buddy mentors cannot proselytize, but can witness to Losing out to Holt UMC in extra innings in the ﬁnal God’s love by caring for and aiding children. game of a double-elimination tournament, August 1 and 2, Big Brothers Big Sisters will work with UUMC at no cost UUMC ﬁnished second in the season-ending tournament. to start and administer the program. It includes identifying the UUMC competed in weekly doubleheader games against children; training mentors; screening them and conducting seven other churches from early May until early August. criminal background checks; matching mentors with children; Overall, the team had a winning record or tied every providing supervision; and evaluating the results. other team in the league, ﬁnishing at 19 wins and ﬁve Those interested in being a Lunch Buddy must join a three- losses, good for second place in the league. In the tourna- part orientation session led by Big Brothers Big Sisters that ment in August, the UUMC team won its ﬁrst two games will consist of an info session, a personal interview, and a visit on Friday night and its ﬁrst game on Saturday morning, to the school to meet the staff and the child. For more informa- before losing to Holt. tion, contact David Dekker (324-4968), Debby Steele (349- The team was anchored by Jim Firos and Shawn Paige 2997) or Gordon Schleicher (833-4988). at pitcher, Connie Gamage and Roger Luedeman at ﬁrst base, Rob Wirtz and Mike Helmic at second base, Alan Wilk and Dave Mohr at shortstop, Andrew Highland and Support Patti Oates-Ulrich on Phil Batterson at third base, Laurel Doherty at catcher, and 3-day Breast Cancer Walk Heather Hoshal, Amy Barden, Chris Thompson, Don Jost, Matt Hoshal, Nate Jost and J.J. Burchman in the outﬁeld. On September 26 - 28, Patti Oates-Ulrich will participate in Mike Scholes was also able to play a few games. New the 60-mile Breast Cancer 3-day Walk in Michigan. The funds players included Andrew Highland, Amy Barden, Chris raised support research, education, screening and treatment. Thompson and Heather Hoshal. More than 200,000 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast The team enjoyed UUMC fan support and fellowship cancer this year. Forty-thousand will die from breast cancer. with other area churches. Please consider donating. You can donate online at: http//: www.the3day.org by clicking on “Donate Now” and searching for Patti’s personal fund-raising page. You can also donate by 6 Fall 2008 www.uumc-msu.org calling 1-800-966-3DAY to donate by phone. Inside the University United Methodist Church 1120 S. Harrison Road UUM-C-U on Wednesdays East Lansing, MI 48823 Tel: 517.351.7030 classes and activities, from page 1 Fax: 517.853.1308 firstname.lastname@example.org Organized by those in military service. www.uumc-msu.org our Church and • Bell Choir – Members will meet at 6:00 A diverse community of people seeking Society group, the • Chancel Choir – Choir will begin at 7:30 to do God’s will, empowered by the Holy book describes • Wesley Foundation – Fellowship will Spirit and our faith in Jesus Christ efforts to promote begin at 8:30 pm Co-Pastors peace through the For children: Rev. John Ross Thompson email@example.com construction of 6:00 pm: schools in Pakistan • Childrens’ Choir – Lead by Choir Director Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai firstname.lastname@example.org and Afghanistan. Kristin Zaryski and Assistant Choir The book study Director Heather Hoshal Wesley Foundation/ Adult bell choir is is a new offering • Storytime – Children not in choir can Student Center one of the many this fall and joins six join a Bible story session lead by 1118 S. Harrison Road groups available other new sessions. Karsha Sathianathan East Lansing, MI 48823 on Wednesdays at Descriptions of all of Tel: 517.332.0861 6:40 pm: www.msu.edu/~wesleyf UUMC. the classes are below. Director • NEW - Companions in Christ / The Way Rev. Tim Tuthill Adult and youth offerings for Session 1: of the Child - Ages 6 – 11 - This class will email@example.com • NEW - “Three Cups of Tea” book provide a nurturing approach to providing study – Reading and discussion of Greg resources that teach about the Bible and Tower Bells Mortenson’s book basics of faith. Layout & writer: Trent Wakenight • NEW - Balance: Living with Life’s • NEW - Puppet Ministry – Children and firstname.lastname@example.org Demands – This spiritual growth study youth can join the puppet team, with Tel: 351-4148 lead by Pastor Kennetha Bigham-Tsai practices on Wednesdays and Sunday University United Methodist explores the search for balance and mornings. Church is a Stephen Ministry wholeness in the midst of our busy lives • Scouts: God and Country – Children congregation. • NEW - The President’s Cabinet – A pre- interested in Scouting can earn merit election conversation on national issues, badges in four different classes based on The next Tower Bells will be published in December 2008. The lead by Bill Donohue and Peter Berg. age level following a Bible-based, action- deadline for the submission of ar- Donohue, as the “Secretary of State,” and based curriculum. ticles or information is November Berg, as the “Secretary of Labor,” will • Power Xpress! – All children can learn 15th, 2008. Please contact Trent Wakenight (wakenight@hotmail. pose as cabinet ofﬁcials to address foreign about the Bible through art and movement com), or place information in policy, the economy, and other issues. • Preschoolers – Activities will include art, Trent’s mailbox at UUMC. • NEW - Meditation and prayer – Tennant music, story-telling and movement Chapel will be open and available Looking ahead: www.UUMC-msu.org features past • NEW - Music and the message for youth issues of the Tower Bells news- – Grades 6 – 12 will join Youth Director • Session 2 of programs will run from letter. The site also features the Chris Darling for Bible study that ties November 15 through December 17th. weekly worship bulletin and weekly announcements. popular music to biblical themes An addition for youth will be “Tween • Games group – Adults and youth can join Time.” This class for 4th and 5th graders The Tower Alert is a weekly in games, enjoying Scrabble, Euchre, is a small group Bible study taught via newsletter distributed by e-mail Dominoes or other games video by Christian Contemporary artists. or postal mail listing events in the life of the church for that week. • Creative Crafters – All ages can join in Chris Darling will lead the ﬁrst session, Contact our church ofﬁce if you are creative expression through knitting, September through October, with the not receiving Tower Alert, or would beading, crocheting, scrapbooking or youth. Then, the youth will lead it for 4th like to switch the way in which you receive it. whatever you would like to bring. An and 5th graders for the second session activity for Session 1 is making cards for starting in November. NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID LANSING, MI PERMIT NO. 423 University United Methodist Church 1120 S. Harrison Road East Lansing, MI 48823 A diverse community of people seeking to do God’s will, empowered by the Holy Spirit and our faith in Jesus Christ Address Service Requested New bench given to recognize Isabelle and Joan In May 2007 we celebrated the leader- ship of Isabelle Payne and Joan Kelsey for their incredible dedication in founding and nurturing the Stephen Ministry program over the past 15 years. Through thousands of hours of work they plant- ed the seed of a ministry in our church that has blossomed into the com- missioning of more than 50 Stephen Ministers and Leaders and the care of countless members of our congregation. On Sunday, June 22nd, a garden bench was dedi- Presenters at the bench dedication were: Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders cated in honor of Isabelle Kathryn Kilpatrick, Mark Doyal, Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, John Ross Thompson and Joan. A bench was and Barb Doyal. Seated are Isabelle Payne and Joan Kelsey. selected to symbolize the Stephen Ministry relationship, where care receiver friendly commercial grade bench. and care-giver might sit and share time together to Many thanks also go to the Garden Committee who talk and listen. The Stephen Ministry logo and scrip- provided the beautiful design and relandscaping of ture are engraved on the bench. The outdoor seating the entrance area to the church in time for the bench unit is made of beautiful shorea wood and is an eco- dedication.