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March 2010 | Volume 21, Issue 03 Working For Jesus We as Christians at Grace United Methodist Church come dedicated to Church each Sunday to worship our Lord. We are a friendly congregation to all visitors. We as a congregation sit and wait for visitors. Is this 9:45-10:45 Sunday School what Jesus wanted his followers to do, sit and wait? No he said “Go and Make Disciples”. 11:00-12:00 Morning Worship This means, we must do something other than wait for people to show up. We must actively invite and bring people to Christ. Our church is actively beginning a “Work for Jesus” mission. We are asking that each person, make at least one call or contact a week to invite people to come to our church. We may invite a friend or family member that is not actively involved in a church or call from the phone listing that will be given. We would like to continually make these calls or invitations for three months, March, April and May. Of course if you feel this is a good evangelism for you, please continue for the year. We as Christians at Grace United Methodist Church need to work for Jesus. Jesus says in Matthew 28:18-20, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations’.” Information available in the entrance. Grace United Methodist Church 846 Faith Rd. Salisbury, NC 28146 Phone 704 637-7343 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.graceumc- salisbury.org/ Pastor Paul Burke Revburke13@bellsouth.net Pastor’s office 704-642-1455 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday -- 1 2 3 4 5 6 Crochet class Mission/Evangelism 6 PM Trustee mtg Meeting 6:30 PM 7:00 PM Choir rehearsal Happy Birthday Beth Moore Bible 7PM Happy Birthday Mike Rummage Study 7:00 PM Frank Evers 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Youth Group Crochet class Methodist men & Grace Kidz Bowling meeting 5:30-7:30 6 PM women mtg Open Kitchen 10 AM-12 noon Beth Moore Bible 6:30 PM Choir rehearsal Pinto Bean Supper Woodleaf Lanes Happy Birthday Study 7:00 PM 7PM 5:30 PM Will Douglas Disciple 1 (visitors welcome) 7:00 PM 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Daylight Saving Crochet class Time Begins 6 PM Finance & Council St. Patricks Day Beth Moore Bible 6 & 7 PM Hand chimes 5:30- Study 7:00 PM 6:15 Happy Birthday Happy Birthday First Day of Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Doug Rice Spring Youth Praise Band Chuck Dionne Frances Weant 6:45- 7:30 Dwight Gorrell Disciple 1 Choir rehearsal Happy Anniversary 7:00 PM Harkey—Klingler 7PM 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Youth Group Crochet class meeting 5:30-7:30 6 PM Disciple 1 Worship Choir rehearsal 7:00 PM Committee 7 PM 7PM Beth Moore Bible Study 7:00 PM 28 Palm Sunday 29 30 31 Happy Birthday Crochet class * Crochet class Howard Douglas 6 PM 6 PM meets at the Hand chimes Beth Moore Bible home of Betty Ross Choir rehearsal 5:30-6:15 Study 7:00 PM on Monday evenings Passover 7PM Youth Praise Disciple 1 Band 6:45-7:30 7:00 PM March 14, don’t forget to set your clock 1 hour ahead…..spring forward! SHORT TERM BIBLE STUDIES THESE DISCIPLE COURSES ARE ONLY 11 WEEKS IN LENGTH. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN A STUDY COURSE THIS FALL INTERESTED? ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS MAKE A CHECK MARK BESIDE THE STUDY. THIS IS A SURVEY TO DETERMINE INTEREST, DATE AND TIME TO BE SET LATER. QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS – CALL PENNY GODFREY AT 704-279-6991 OR EMAIL email@example.com Invitation to Romans Invitation to John COST OF EACH BOOK IS $12.00 Invitation to Psalms Invitation to the Old Testament Invitation to the New Testament --------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Mission/Evangelism Committee is continuing its collection of clothes and shoes for the clothing closet at Rowan Helping Ministries. The collection box has been moved to the room beside the Sunshine classroom where we will gladly take your donations of clothes and shoes. The collection basket for the used cell phones remains on the table in the narthex. Thanks for your help in supporting the Battered Women's Shelter and RHM. The Mission/Evangelism Committee's Port-a-Pit BBQ Chicken fundraiser has been postponed for the time being RHM product of the month for March is Breakfast items. Second Mile Giving for March (Our church has elected to be a part of the 2nd Mile Giving campaign encouraged by the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. This campaign will involve our church focusing on a different mission opportunity now through the end of the year. These ADVANCED MISSION SPECIALS are endorsed by the United Methodist Church with 100% of monies donated going to the cause or person for whom the gift is given. Through the ADVANCE, we become partners in mission with persons in other countries, throughout our nation, and here in our conference.) For more information visit visiting www.gbgm-umc.org or www.wnccumc.org Our March project is: Randy Hildebrant, Youth Ministry, Jubilee Project Jubilee Project was begun by United Methodists in 1991, and it has expanded to include many others, joining together to help people in the name of Jesus Christ, by helping them meet their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs. Jubilee Project's Vision is "to assist in the empowerment of people in Hancock County Tennessee, (especially those with the greatest needs), through enhancement of self-worth, abilities and opportunities. We do this as an inclusive, community-based organization initiated and guided by Christian values and relationships."* Jubilee Project is open to everyone, regardless of religion, faith, creed, gender or race. Visit the "Information for Farmers" page to learn more about what Jubilee Project has been doing to help farmers in East Tennessee. Jubilee Project is thankful to have so many dedicated mission partners, without whom our work could not continue. Like many non-profits, we are experiencing some financial hardships. Please prayerfully consider becoming one of Jubilee's mission partners, or renewing your commitment to our work in East Tennessee. Visit the new Mission Staff Page to learn about more of the people behind Jubilee Project! Visit the new Mission Letter page to see what Steve and Diantha Hodges have been doing recently! To get more information on these programs and the other mission work of Jubilee Project, contact us at 423-733-4195 or check out their website at www.jubileeproject.holston.org PINTO BEAN SUPPER AND MORE For the next several months the Mission/Evangelism Committee will be sponsoring a meal on the second Thursday night of each month in the hopes of generating interest in the ministries of our church in the surrounding community. We believe that there are folks within a mile radius of and beyond our church that might be interested in finding a church home and we would like to invite them to visit with us. Our first "Open Kitchen” will be Thursday, March 11th, from 5:30 until 7:00 pm. The menu will consist of pinto beans, slaw, cornbread, brownies, and beverages. We encourage all members of Grace to come and enjoy this free meal and help us show off the wonderful things that are happening here at Grace. You can help by inviting anyone that might be looking for a church home. After the meal, the Praise Band will be upstairs practicing and anyone who would like is invited to go upstairs to watch, listen, and/or sing along. Many thanks for helping make this a successful project! Sit down, fasten your safety belt, and hang on for the ride of your life. The Grace United Methodist Youth program is alive, enthusiastic, and vibrant! They are celebrating God's love and salvation through doing the works Jesus Christ. Grace youth and a few adults enjoyed a Super Bowl party at the Hedspeth's on Feb 7th. Congrats to Alex Weant for winning the Super Bowl XLIV Trivia Challenge! Unfortunately our concert plans were snowed out on Feb 13th. We are excited about the new schedule that includes opportunities for the youth of Grace church to participate in service, fellowship, and study opportunities as well as express their creativity and talents musically. Snack is served at all Sunday youth meetings at 6:15pm. Please consider signing up to help provide and serve the youth snack. There is a sign-up sheet on the table. Youth schedule for March: March 7: Youth Group meeting 5:30-7:30 March 14: Hand chimes 5:30-6:15 Youth Praise Band 6:45- 7:30 March 21: Youth Group meeting 5:30-7:30 March 28: Hand chimes 5:30-6:15 Youth Praise Band 6:45-7:30 We are finalizing our summer Mission trip plans. All youth interested in attending this trip, June 27- July 3 should let Robin Hedspeth know ASAP. A $69 deposit is due March 14th. This summer Grace Youth will travel to Gatlinburg, TN for a Teameffort Mission Camp. We will leave the morning of June 27 and return on July 3. In the coming months Robin and Frances will highlight some of the aspects of this trip. This month will be “Why travel outside of Rowan County?” The mission camp provided by Teameffort serves as both a “mission trip” and a youth “church camp”. The youth work on homes in the area and are ministered to by youth counselors in the evening with chapel time and bible study. Part of the spiritual growth that occurs is a direct result of being away from home. The fellowship and bonding that occurs between our kids is amazing. There is just something about a “road trip” that creates a special type of togetherness. Visit the team effort mission camp at http://www.teameffort.org/ Grace Preschool is now accepting applications for the 2010/2011 school year. If you know of any parents with children in the 2— 4 year old ranges who would be interested, please have them contact Debbie Watts at 980-621-4447. Easter is coming, and the choir needs extra voices for our Easter morning anthem. We invite all who are interested in singing the Easter anthem with us to our rehearsals on Wed., March 17 and 31 at 7:00 PM. There will also be an opportunity to join our golden voiced choir on March 21 2-4PM, Join us in celebrating the physical Resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ! For more information contact Laurie Klaus at church or by phone, 704-636-5966. The Youth Music Ensembles are now meeting the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings of each month. Handchime Ensemble meets from 5:30 – 6:15, while the Praise Band meets from 6:45-7:30. A snack is provided between rehearsals. Thanks to all the generous people who are feeding our teens Hospitality/Food Group Members of the UMW are planning to organize several hospitality/food groups from volunteers in the church congregation. These food groups will be responsible for preparing and serving a meal for members of our church family in the event of a death, hospitalization, etc. The responsibility for preparing the meal would rotate among the different groups so you could possibly be asked to help only a minimal number of times each year. Volunteers who have jobs or other responsibilities could help out by donating money for food or just sending their food for the meal. If you have an interest in being placed in a group, please sign your name and phone number on the sheet on the office window. Groups will be formed and further information will be given to you. Thank you for agreeing to take part so that we can help our fellow church members in times of need. If you have questions, please contact Sandy Brinkley or Becky Brown. 1 Begins on March 08th, 7 - 9, Monday night Led by Tony Peeler Cost $35 Scholarships available DISCIPLE assumes that the bible is the key to renewal in the church. It recognizes the human-divine nature of the Bible: The actual texts of Scripture were written by human beings like ourselves in their cultural settings, under the divine inspiration of God. BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY gives equal time to both the Old and New Testament, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as the revelation of God. DISCIPLE aims at transformation, not just information, and calls on people to submit themselves to examination by Scripture, to put themselves under the power of God’s Word, and to be changed by God’s Word. DISCIPLE invites people to bring their experiences and struggles to the Scripture. All people know something is missing from their existence and yearn for a Word from God. BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY uses biblical language and images and draws upon the work of scholars to aid understanding of the Bible. This study requires reading large portions of Scripture each week and is based on careful study and preparation. During the course of thirty-four weeks, groups will move through the biblical stories of Creation to the New Jerusalem. The titles of the sessions along with theme words; theme verses; and major persons, events, and topics set the sequence of the biblical story in the minds of the participants. The principal Scripture for each session follows the chronological movement of the biblical story. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- NAME: _________________________________________________ TELEPHONE NO: ________________________________________ EMAIL ADDRESS: ________________________________________ (return to Penny Godfrey) Special note!!!!! The class will be on hiatus for the summer and resume on September 13th 2010. If you are reading electronic version of newsletter hold down the Ctrl key and press the “P” key. Select print current page. If you are reading the printed copy, you may cut on the dotted line. Grace Kidz traded their bowling day in February for an opportunity to play in the snow. The bowling date has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 13th at Woodleaf Lanes 10 AM- 12 noon. For complete details contact Whitney Lannon. Coming next month…..April 3rd!!!! GUMC annual Easter Egg Hunt!!! Be a part of the fun and festivities! If you would like to participate, and/or donate money, candy, or prizes, see Ms. Eunice. Some statistics, courtesy of Penny Godfrey How to stay safe in the World today! Where IS the Safest Place? 1. Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents. 2. Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents occur in the home. 3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians. 4. Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation. 5. Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in Hospitals. So, above all else, avoid hospitals. But………… You will be pleased to learn that only ..001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at church! And . . . Bible study is safe too! The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less. So, Attend church, and read your Bible IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE! Don’t forget our PINTO BEAN SUPPER AND MORE on Thursday, March 11th, from 5:30 until 7:00 pm. There is NO CHARGE and everyone is welcome!!!!!
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