News and Announcements for the Week of January 18

Human Relations Sunday is one of six Special Sundays celebrated by The United Methodist Church that includes a missional emphasis and an offering for specific purposes approved by General Conference. The emphasis on this day is community development, youth development, and restorative justice; and the special offering collected supports church- and community-based ministries that engage such purposes. The proximity to the Martin Luther King, Jr.,  holiday is intentional — to help communities live out the dream that all people of every race and nation may embrace and be judged not on “the color of their skin, but the content of their character.”  To contribute to these justice and mercy ministries, place a check in the offering plate with “Human Relations Sunday” marked on the memo line or place cash in an envelope marked “Human Relations Sunday.”

Leadership Training, TODAY, Jan. 18, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  All ministry team leaders and committee chairs are asked to be present for this once-a-year training.  We will cover some basics of leadership, leading a meeting, setting goals, working with the budget, communications, and our church organization.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are:  Day Gray (Chair), Mike Miller, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Beverly Smith, Lydia Thompson, Alicia Ronquillo, Jin Lane, Samantha Gray, Kim Lundin, Dan Perry, Tony Lundin , Jack Hurlbert, and Bobby Thompson.

Our youth group will attend the Resurrection Youth Retreat in Gatlinburg from January 23-25.  Please pray for our young people, their leaders, and the experience they will have.  As we offer financial assistance to youth in need for this event and others, we invite you to give a special offering to support our youth ministries.  Please make a check payable to the church and write “Youth Ministries” in the memo line..

Thank You to all who have given their Church Ministry Budget Pledge Cards for 2015!  Thank you for prayerfully considering what offering you will make to God through our church. Your gifts are an act of worship and a participation in the ministries of God through us. Our prayer is that you will find greater contentment and simplicity in your life as you put God first in your giving and your living. May we all experience the joy that comes from knowing that our gifts honor God and change lives!  If you have not turned in your pledge, please turn it in to the church office.

The District Strategic Planning Team is planning a series of events designed around the feedback provided to them during the recent Charge Conference gatherings.  The first event (Event I) will be held Sunday, February 8 from 2:00—3:00 pm at Wesley Memorial UMC.  More information will follow.

Soup Kitchen Informational Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall.  In Matthew 25, Jesus commands us to feed the hungry.  We are planning on offering 50 cups of soup once a week to people in need in our community.  Come if you are interested in learning more about this new ministry, have ideas to share, or would like to help with it.

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