October 14, 2009
FLU SHOTS ($30)
PNEUMONIA SHOTS ($45)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18
In the Gym
Bring your insurance card.
(It might cover the cost.)
PRAY FOR OUR MISSION TEAM IN CHILE
Our International Volunteers in Mission Team departed on Friday, October 9 for Dallas—then a 9 1/2 hour flight to Santiago,
Chile—then another flight to Temuco, Chile—and then a bus ride to the city of Angol, where they will work with missionary
John Elmore at the El Vergel Methodist School. This is in the southern part of Chile. Remember that it’s early Spring in
South America! The team will leave on Monday, October 19, for the long trip home. Pray for them as they travel and serve.
Through our support of the Easter Love Gift for Missions, all of us are a part of this venture. Pray for John Elmore and his
ministry and for all those served by the school. Every child is infinitely important, wherever they live and whatever language
they speak. Our church at Bluff Park is glad to be a part of this great work.
COLUMBARIUM PLANS MOVE FORWARD
A Columbarium Committee has been established to develop specific plans for building a columbarium here at our church.
Andy King has agreed to serve as chair. The committee will explore a number of issues and questions that have to be settled
as we proceed. There seems to be a lot of interest in the project. The facility would be located off the rear section of the new
parking lot near where the Pit Crew barbecues. Anyone interested can see a similar facility to what we envision at St. Peter’s
Catholic Church on Patton Chapel Road. While a definite price has not yet been established, we anticipate that a niche would
cost around $2,000. Each niche could contain two urns. More information will be announced as plans develop.
YARD SALE A BIG SUCCESS!!!!!
Many, many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the Yard Sale successful—to everyone who donated merchan-
dise—to everyone who shopped and bought. Profits exceeded $10,000. A special word of appreciation goes to Barbara Mor-
gan and Julie White, who headed up the project….Also, we want to thank our Pit Crew for the Whole Boston Butt BBQ Sale.
They added to the profits….Part of the proceeds will go to our Youth Ministry; part will be used to place carpeting in the hall-
way outside the parlor. Two people fell there on the tile floor recently and sustained injuries, and we want to eliminate a
Sympathy of the congregation is extended to Helen Stewart in the death of her husband, John D. on Monday, October 12.
He was a member of the Friendship Class….also to Jon Rhodes in the death of his mother, Evelyn Rhodes of the Rock Creek
Community in Jefferson County, on October 7. Our prayers are with these families in their time of sorrow.
New Members: Willie and Margaret Creswell live at 504 Founders Park Lane and come to us by transfer from Asbury
UMC. They are retired.
Needed: We need three servers to serve Wednesday night dinner. Please see Betty.
It is time for the Cub Scout Popcorn Sale. Cub Pack 321 will be at the church selling popcorn on Wednesday, Oct. 21 dur-
ing the dinner hour and again on Sunday, Oct. 25 before and after each service. We have popcorn in all flavors, popped and
unpopped; it makes great gifts for the holidays and for family gatherings or you can donate a gift of popcorn to those serving
our country. Thank you for supporting scouting in your community.
Parents' Night Out - Friday, Dec 4. Parents, drop off your K-5th grade children and for a small donation enjoy a evening out
courtesy of our youth (and supervising adults.) The youth will provide child care at a reasonable cost. The money they
raise will be their contribution to the Building Expansion Campaign. More details to follow in coming weeks!
Hospitals: Brookwood Terry Haltiwanger Lakeshore Mildred Higdon Shirley Smith
Midweek: We will have our regular Midweek Ministries schedule on Wednesday, October 21. Supper will be served con-
tinuously from 5:00-6:30 with takeouts available. We will interrupt the regular schedule on October 28 for the annual Hal-
loween Carnival….For the Cooking Class on October 21 at 6:00 in the Fireside Room, there will be a special presentation by
a group of teachers from the Little Imaginations Preschool.
FESTIVAL OF THREE KINGS: The Festival of Three Kings is an annual opportunity for us to help others experience the
joy of Christmas. The Festival of Three Kings helps to supply gifts to children who otherwise would most likely not receive
any Christmas gifts. This year's Festival will be held at the Birmingham Fairgrounds on Saturday, December 12th. Please join
us by sponsoring a child. You will receive a "wishlist" along with clothing sizes to assist you in shopping. You may sponsor a
child individually, or as a Sunday School class, family, civic group, etc. Each sponsor is asked to spend no more than $100
per child. You also may choose to sponsor a child with a contribution. You can bring a check marked Festival of Three Kings
to Elizabeth at the church and leave the shopping to us. (We do prefer that you do your own shopping if possible.) The gifts
will be due back to Bluff Park UMC no later than Sunday, December 6. Sign up lists will be in each Sunday School Class and
at the Narthex Welcome Center this Sunday. Wish lists will be available in early November. Please call Debi Whitcomb
(979-7626) if you have any questions.
Board: The Board of Stewards will meet on Sunday afternoon, October 25, at 5:00 in the Opportunity classroom There will
be updates on a number of things happening in the church: Stewardship Campaign, Building Program, UMRA House,
Columbarium, 2010 Church Operating Budget, Implementation of Planning Committee recommendations, Program Plans for
November-December, and other important matters. All Board members are encouraged to attend. The nursery will be open
for small children.
Pantry: The Bluff Park United Methodist Food Pantry is open on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Thanks to
the classes, groups, and individuals who provide canned goods and other items for distribution to those in need. Leave dona-
tions in the entrance area of the education building.
VIM to Mississippi November 8-14 – Our VIM team will be working on the Mississippi Gulf Coast doing post-Katrina re-
covery work in early November. We’ll be working out of Camp Coast Care (the organization with which we’ve worked for
the past few trips). We have fifteen spots reserved for the week. Please contact Lawton Higgs or John Irwin if you’re inter-
ested in participating.
Adult Sunday School Schedule Note – There will be no Connection Class meeting on November 29 due to that day being
the first Sunday of Advent. Please schedule a teacher for your classes.
Attention Cake Bakers!!! About 27 children participate in Urban Kids, the after-school program and summer program lo-
cated at Urban Ministries. One way that Bluff Park helps out is to bake birthday cakes for the children. Please call Lois
Truss (823-3742) if you would like to bake a cake. You can bring your cake to the church office and Lois will pick it up and
take it to Urban Ministries.
UMW: Does anyone have any pertinent material from 1980 to current about UMW? Contact Sylvia at 824-9902.
Bring your projects for a night of creating and fellowship on Saturday, October 24, 6:30 - 9:30 in the Seekers Classroom.
All projects are welcome - scrapbooking, crafts, card making, whatever kind of craft you enjoy. This is a great opportunity to
work on some of those unfinished projects. For more information contact Susan Clowdus at 329-3272 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by Compassion Circle.
ALPHA COURSE: Meet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 18, at 1:00 p.m.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 21 will be taking orders for Christmas Wreaths after both services each Sunday during the month
of October as part of their annual Christmas tree sales fund raiser.
Sumatanga: We raised $2,773 for Camp Sumatanga in the special offering! After the matching funds, this totals over $5500!
A huge thanks to all who contributed. Please continue to keep Sumatanga in mind for your group's events!
Church Cookbooks make great Christmas gifts. The price is $20 and you can pick one up in the church office.
Veterans: We are attempting to compile a complete a list of all World War II veterans in our congregation. We plan a spe-
cial day to honor them on Sunday, November 8. The names now on the list include:
Jack Atchison Carroll Duncan Marvet Hartley Jim Northington
Bob Bellows Fred Elder Virginia Jones Jack Pearson
Bill Best Jack Ferrell Robert King Reid Rodgers
Bob Cahoon Durwood Freeman Bill Lawyer Rudy Schaefer
Jack Cole Claude Glenn Jack McCann Faye Sims
Jake Cooper Jack Gray John McCrary Howard Sisson
Marcel Crain Rudy Graves Fred McCool John D. Stewart
Corky Creel Gordon Hallmark Albert Mixon Buford Tucker
Willie Creswell Earnie Hardin Dan Morgan Bill Walker
Please notify us of any others. We don’t want to leave anybody out!
Men’s Freeplay Basketball The BPUMC Women's Book Club will be dis- VALET PARKING
In the Gym cussing the novel, "The Secret Life of Bees" by Every Sunday morning; Drive to the cov-
Sunday & Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Sue Monk Kidd on Tues. Nov. 3 at 7 pm in the ered entrance near the nursery and fellow-
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. church parlor. Please join us for refreshments and ship hall.
(Community) discussion. For more information, contact Susan
Vogt (978-5562). Midweek Meal, October 20
Pork cutlets, mashed potatoes/gravy, and limas,
HALLOWEEN or baked chicken, baked potato bar, bread.
Wednesday October 28 SONRISE
6:00-8:00 MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST
(Dinner begins at 5:30) Monday, 6:30-7:00 a.m.;
Fun for the Whole Family! Arby’s on Montgomery Highway
Counseling: “Reconciliation” is a great biblical word. It means “to reconnect a broken relationship” or “to bring together
again.” Sometimes we need reconciliation with God—sometimes we need reconciliation with another person or with other
people. Sometimes we need both. Steve Sweatt is available to help us find the path to reconciliation—or to help us deal
with reality when reconciliation isn’t possible. He is an ordained minister, licensed counselor, and certified marriage and
family therapist who comes to the church for personal, marriage, and family counseling. Call 213-0227 or 824-8320 for an
appointment. It’s confidential and affordable.
HELP! We are still in need! The 3rd graders need 2 adults to lead a 6 week class on how to use their new Bibles and how
to be an acolyte. The class is Oct. 7- Nov. 18 (with time out for the Halloween Carnival and Thanksgiving.) The class will
meet during Wednesday midweek time at 6:30-7:15p.m. Please let Mrs. Leigh know if you can help! 822-0910.
Lakepoint State Park
With Betty and Reid
This picturesque 1,220 acre park is located on the banks of 45,000 acre Lake Eufaula,
otherwise known as the “Bass Capital of The World”. The park has a lodge, convention
center, modern campground, vacation cabins and lakeside cottages, picnic areas, 18-hole golf course and a marina complete
with launch facilities and boat slips. After being closed since August 2007, Lakepoint State Park Resort Lodge and Conven-
tion Center reopened on August 3, 2009. The lodge has been totally renovated from top to bottom and is ready to serve our
Plus—Quick Tour of Union Springs
(Red Door Theatre, Bird Dog Field Trial Monument, Blues Grocery, Pauly Jail Museum, First UMC)
Approx. $125 per person (Double Occupancy)
4th5th GRADERS are going bowling on Sunday Oct 18. Meet at 3p.m.in the church parking lot. We’ll be back for snack
supper and programming. We’ll be done at 7p.m. Let Andrew or Mrs. Leigh know if your child will be there!
THE HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL is Wednesday Oct. 28. 6-8p.m. Come dressed in costume. All ages are invited. Dinner
will be served at 5:30p.m.
The annual Halloween Carnival is coming up. I am going to need some adult help on Wednesday Oct. 21. We
will be setting up for the Haunted House. This is a great church event to get involved in. If you think you
might be able to help please email Michael at email@example.com. Don't forget about Holy Ground on
Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 and Small Groups on Sunday nights from 6:15-7:15. Michael
SENIOR ADULT MINISTRIES
HAVE YOU PURCHASED YOUR BPUMC CAR TAG? They are on sale each week in the Narthex for $10.00. All
proceeds go to Reid’s Discretionary Fund. The Holiday season is approaching. We need your help to help others.
REMEMBER your Care n’ Contact person this week. Send a card of good cheer, make a phone call, visit if you can
Shepherd’s Center each Thursday: - Earlybird Fellowship at 9:30am. Special programs and guest at 10:00. Bridge for
beginners and advanced, E-Z Exercise, Knitting, Rummiekue, Funny Stories, This/That at 11:00 - everyone welcome.
Sunday October 18: FLU/PNEUMONIA SHOTS 8:30am - 12:00pm in the Gym. Medicare Part B, Viva, Health Spring,
Golden Choice, Blue Advantage Flu/Pneumonia Shots FREE. Bring your cards with you. IF you do not have the above in-
surance you may still receive a Flu Shot for $30.00. Pneumonia $45.00.
Wednesday October 21: COOKING CLASS with our Pre-School Teachers 6:00-7:00pm in the Fireside Room.
Friday Oct 30-Sunday Nov 1: SAUSAGE FESTIVAL - GULF SHORES. Cost $125.00 per person double- one room
available. Call Betty.
Tuesday Nov 3 - Wednesday Nov 4: LAKEPOINT STATE PARK, Eufaula, AL with Reid and Betty. Cost: $125.00 pp
double. Call Betty.
**VOLUNTEERS to address Greeting Cards to church members - Monday October 19 - 10:00-11:00am. Call Betty.
**A church member needs a ride each week to Sunday School and Church. If you can help please call Betty.
Sunday, October 18
This Week’s Calendar
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Flu Shots Sermons, October 18, 2009
8:45 a.m. Morning Worship 8:45 and 11:00 a.m.
9:45 a.m. Sunday School Morning Worship
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship “Doing What We Can With What We Have”
1:00 p.m. ALPHA Retreat (Matthew 25:14-30)
4:00 p.m. Nominating Committee Reid Crotty
6:00 p.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Evening Worship
Monday, October 19 ”Music and Memories”
8:30 p.m. Staff Meeting (Psalm 137:1-9)
6:00—8:00 p.m. Capital Stewardship Campaign Meetings Tom Roberts
Tuesday, October 20
9:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Bible Study THE FUTURE IS NOW
Wednesday, October 21 June 1, 2009 - Dec. 31, 2009
4:30 p.m. Young Ringers Handbells (3rd-5th graders) Amount Pledged $211,323.00
4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Pastor’s Bible Study Received Last Week $ 2,785.00
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Midweek Meal Received to Date $125,339.33
5:45 p.m. Adult Handbells
5:50-6:30 p.m. Children’s Choir
6:00 p.m. Cooking Class Last Week’s Record
6:00 p.m. Susan Truss Bible Study October 11, 2009
6:00 p.m. The Alpha Course Sunday School 449
6:30 p.m. Holy Ground Service Morning Worship 548
6:30 p.m. Coffee and Conversation Weekly Operating Needs $27,295.38
6:30 p.m. M & M Kids
6:40-8:15p.m. Adult Choirs Operating Receipts $ 24,690.05
Thursday, October 22 2009 Operating Budget $1,419,360.00
10:00 a.m. Shepherd Center Program Needed to Date $1,119,110.76
Friday, October 23 Received to Date $1,079,304.51
7:00 p.m. Fishermen Class Building Fund Receipts $ 3,560.00
Building Fund in 2009 $278,462.74
New Members in 2009 60
Thursday, October 15 6:30 Building Committee October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 18 4:00 Committee on Nominations Greeters: October 25—New Light
Sunday, October 25 3:30 Music Committee Ushers: 8:45 - White; 11:00 –Davis—G
Sunday, October 25 4:00 Worship Committee Acolytes: 8:45-Corey Ferguson; 11:00– TBA
Sunday, October 25 4:00 Pastor-Parish Relations Cross: 8:45-Joeoy St. Cyr; 11:00– Emma Howell
Sunday, October 25 5:00 Board of Stewards Children’s Church: 8:45– Little 11:00—Lunsford, and Keadle
Meals on Wheels: October 21: David and Laura Fugit
Thursday, October 29 7:00 Finance Committee Food Pantry: October 21: Betsy Britain
Bluff Park United Methodist Church NON-PROFIT ORG.
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Pastors, Reid (ext.104) Lawton (ext. 105)
Reid A. Crotty, firstname.lastname@example.org
R. Lawton Higgs, Jr., email@example.com
Dir. of Seniors, ext. 103
Betty Hottenstein, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dir. of Student Ministries, ext. 118
Michael Pugh, email@example.com
Dir. of Children, ext. 107
Leigh Delashaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrator, ext. 101
Elizabeth Sheetz, email@example.com
Financial Manager, ext. 117
Janie Briggs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary, ext. 119
Cindy Myers, email@example.com
Dir. of Music, Diana Mayhall, ext. 114
Assistant Music Director, Lonnie Parsons
Organist, Jamie Davis