THE MISSION The Newsletter of Saint Marys United Methodist Church

The Newsletter of
Saint Marys United Methodist Church
October 15, 2014
Laity Sunday celebrates the people in the pews.
Methodism has a long history of celebrating and recognizing the ministry
of the laity.
In the early days of American Methodism, the laity served and maintained
congregations between visits of the circuit riders. Today, lay people are
the front line of daily ministry at the workplace, in the home and within
the community. The laity is always involved in the functions of the church,
from teaching Sunday school to preparing a fellowship gathering.
This Sunday we will celebrate the ministry of lay Christians whose lives
are empowered for ministry by the Holy Spirit. Laity Sunday is a time to
recognize the work and mission of all laity – not only within the walls of
the church but in everyday lives. Laity Sunday also offers a moment for lay
people of all ages to pause and consider again their own unique call to
spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It recognizes the servant hood of all
believers, a concept that was modeled perfectly by Jesus when he washed
the dust from his disciples’ feet.
Our worship service will look a little differently this week. Our Pastor will
join you in the pews while we, the laity, plan and lead the worship service.
Come join us as we celebrate the gifts of our laity and hear from many
different voices in our St. Marys United Methodist Church family!
See you Sunday!
Cindy Fitzgerald
Lay Leader
106 East Conyers Street, St. Marys, GA 31558
(912) 882-5505
Opportunities for the Week
Sunday, October 19th
8:30 A.M. Traditional Worship
UMW Bake/Craft Sale (Bailey Hall)
9:45 A.M. Sunday School
11:00 A.M. Praise & Worship
UMW Bake/Craft Sale (Bailey Hall)
4:00 P.M. Youth Choir Practice
5:30 P.M. Youth (5pm for dinner)
Monday, October 20th
6:30 P.M. UMM Meeting (Bailey Hall)
Tuesday, October 21st
7:00 A.M. High School Breakfast Club
6:30 P.M. Rock Bible Study (WECC)
Wednesday, October 22nd
6:45 A.M. Middle School Breakfast Club
5:00 P.M. Wednesday Supper
5:15 P.M. Hand Bell Choir Practice
5:30 P.M. Children’s Choir Practice
6:15 P.M. Playhouse Kids & Clues Club
6:30 P.M. Chancel Choir Practice
Money Matters
YTD Budget Income $327,870.05
YTD Budget Expenses $330,397.49
( $2,526.65 )
19th in Bailey Hall after each service. Be sure to stop in & see
what goodies they have for us to enjoy! Contact Audrey Clark
at 882-2125 for more info.
THE UMM WILL MEET on Monday, October 20th in Bailey Hall at
6:30pm. All men of the church are invited to attend. Contact
Pat Winn at 674-5449 for more info.
Shut-In/Homebound Ministry Team: A ministry team of caring individuals is
being organized to help reach out to those in our congregation who are shut-in
or homebound. Each team member will be assigned one person to care for
over the next year. The ministry will require the team member to make one
visit per month and maintain weekly contact with the shut-in or homebound
individual. A training session for the team will be scheduled for the first part of
November. Bea Couse will be the team leader. If you are interested in participating in this ministry or have any questions please contact the Church office.
Stewardship of Presence
September 28
8:30 am
11:00 am
Worship Total
Sunday School
October 5
October 12
Please continue to pray for …
Kathy & John Wyler & Family, Arlene Norris & Family, Jim & Tammy Lomis & Family, Helen DeVries, Dottie West,
Betty Hart, Tommy Bean, Lynn Goff, Carolyn Long, Eloise Thompson, George Turner, Pat Williams, Faye Howard,
Bob Manley, Richard Pippin, Ivan Stratton
Extended Family and Friends
Sandra & Joe Craig (Sandra is Choir Director at1st African Baptist); Cormack McGarvey, Ricky Westberry (friends of Barbara
Smith); Nicky Faccento (Tina Bense’s sister); Allie & Buddy Grobe; Gene Simpson (Amos & Dottie Simpson’s son); Lois Mary
Carrig (Mary Sue Michael’s mother); Vickie Bielling (Nancy Boone’s friend); Lois Hall (Barbara Hall’s mother); Ann & Jim Buskirk
(former member); Winifred Boykin, Yolanda Mirarchi, Keith Smith, Myra Howard (relatives & friends of Dale & Karen Hoylman)
Coastal Assisted Living Residents
Bettye Howard
Senior Care Center Residents (St. Marys)
Betty Hart
Magnolia Manor Residents
Margaret Eddinger (SM), Wylidean Wynne (SSI)
Deployed & Injured Military Family & Friends
Joanna Bailey, Kyle Carpenter, Justin Tomlinson, Brandi Bryant
Bold indicates a new addition**
Names will be removed after two weeks unless otherwise requested.
Please call the Church Office at 882-5505 ext. 0 for any Pastoral concerns or needs. We also have a Pastoral concern line for after hours &
weekend emergencies. Call 882-5505 ext. 8, leave a message & your call will be returned as quickly as possible
To our SMUMC Family,
Howard and I would like to express our gratitude for the wonderful outpouring of love to the newest
addition to our family, Allie! To the choir, thank you for the beautiful baby shower! It was so nice of you
all to give your time to welcome our baby girl. To the congregation, your gifts and kind words have been
overwhelming! Thank you so much for thinking of our family. We love our SMUMC family!
In grateful appreciation,
Dara, Howard, Hall, Ella, and Allie Davis
Children’s News
8:30 Children’s Church 9:45 Sunday School 11:00 Children’s Church
Trunk-or-Treat- Please join us on the October 29th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to minister
to the community. Decorate your trunk, hand out candy, play games, and have fun with your church family.
Donations of candy are now being accepted. Bags of candy may be left in the Narthex on Sunday or dropped
off at the Church Office during regular hours. Contact Amber Wills at (912) 576-4690 for more info.
As always if you have any questions or concerns please contact me at [email protected] or 912-674-8839.
In Him -
Youth Corner
Thank you all so much for your continued support in the youth program!
Special thanks to the youth in attendance for this past Service Saturday at Salvation Army!
Turkey shoots are going very well but we are still in need of volunteers to fill out the next several weekends. Please
contact myself or Dara to get on the list.
Our new Bible study on the Gospel of John will begin November 5. Until then please join us on Wednesday nights
as we spruce up the church and Trunk or Treat on 10/29. Youth, I need your help in getting the garage organized
as we continue to possibly open up that space for us. Come on out and make it your own.
We are still in need of sign ups for the November 8th Mini Golf Tournament. Teams of 4 are encouraged, however
we can double the scores of teams of 2. Your $30 registration gets you one park pass and 18 holes for everyone on
your team. Please contact me for sign ups.
Join us this Sunday as we continue the Names of God with God as Refiner.
Contact me any time with questions, comments, prayer concerns, etc. at [email protected] or 912-227-0976.
In His Peace - Jeremy
Looking Ahead
THE GOOD TIMERS COMMITTEE WILL MEET on Monday, October 27th at 6:30pm in the church parlor. Contact Carol Moore at 888-4905
for more info.
THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE WILL MEET on Tuesday, October 28th, at 6:00pm in the church parlor. Contact Carol Willis at 882-1183 for
more info.
THE STAFF-PARISH RELATIONS COMMITTEE WILL MEET on Tuesday, October 28th, at 7:00pm in the conference room. Contact Donna
O’Banion at 882-3922 or [email protected] for more info.
WOMEN’S RETREAT: FEBRUARY 6-8, 2015 AT EPWORTH BY THE SEA, ST. SIMONS ISLAND Women of all ages are invited to join us for a
special weekend retreat. This will be an awesome opportunity to grow in your own faith and to fellowship with our sisters in Christ.
The cost is only $85 and will include all meals and accommodations, and financial aid is available for those in need. Contact Stacy
Kiernan at 882-7508 or [email protected] if you are interested in attending so we can work on a preliminary head count. We
will start collecting money and reservations in December, so please make a note on your calendars now!
Congratulations to Jon Paul Lentz and Blake Blansett for completing a St. Marys UMC sweep in the First Annual Kayak and Paddleboard
Race held on Saturday, October 11th. Jon Paul won in the Kayak Division and Blake won in the Paddleboard Division.
Join the Missions Planning Team - A new Missions Planning Team is being organized to help plan and coordinate the mission ministries of
our church. Jesus’ last words to his apostles in Acts 1:8 were, “…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and
to the ends of the earth.” We want to expand our already outstanding mission ministries to include service beyond our local community. Our
goal is to plan at least one or two domestic mission trips for 2015 and by 2016 to have at least one international mission trip planned. If you
have a passion for missions and want to be a part of the group that helps organize new opportunities for our church to serve, then please
contact Dave Peterson at [email protected] or Tom Jones at [email protected]
Read Through the Bible in a Year - I want to invite you to join with me in 2015 as we read through the Bible in a year. The Bible we will
read together is a Chronological Bible in the New International Version. Scholars have worked to organize this version of the Bible based on
the order the events actually happened providing a unique approach to reading and understanding the scriptures. The daily readings can be
completed in 15 minutes. The Bibles will be available in the church office the first week in December. The cost will be between $10 to $12
per Bible. If you are interested in ordering a large print version please contact the church office as soon as possible. The cost of the large
print version will be between $15 to $17 per Bible. My prayer is that every adult and youth in our church will accept this invitation and make it
our priority as a church family to spend time daily in God’s Word. Watch the bulletin, newsletter, and website for further updates and details
about getting your Bible.
Wednesday Night Suppers
Tom Jones
Senior Pastor
[email protected]
The serving line will be open from 5:00pm to 6:15pm. The cost of the meals will be $5 per person
with a $20 maximum per family. This Wednesday’s menu (Oct. 15th) is: Baked Ziti, French Bread,
Salad, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, Tea & Lemonade.
Tina Bense
Director of Children’s Ministries
[email protected]
Also make plans to join us for Wednesday Night Supper on October 22nd. Please let us know by
Friday, October 17th if you plan to attend on the 1st. See the form below for the info we need &
contact Tricia in the church office at 882-5505 ext. 0 or [email protected]
Jeremy Cole
Director of Youth Ministries
[email protected]
Wednesday Supper Sign-up Form
October 22nd
Menu: Chicken Alfredo Bake, Broccoli, Rolls, Dessert, Tea & Lemonade
Tricia Perrine
Church Secretary
[email protected]
Total number of Adults & Children ($5.00 each)
Family Maximum (Immediate Family Members) is $20.00
Sandra Nihiser
Financial Secretary
[email protected]
Please give us your information by Noon on Friday, October 17th.
The office gives a “head count” to our cook on Friday in order to purchase enough food for the dinner.
Dara Davis
Director of Music Ministries
[email protected] – Our New and Improved Website!
Ginna E. Stein
Director Happy Apple Academy
[email protected]
Church Office Hours:
Mon., Wed., & Thur. = 8:00am-3:00pm
Tue. = 8:00am-2:30pm
Fri. = 8:00am-Noon
Helping Hands Ministry/Food Pantry :
Mon. thru Thurs. = 9:00am - Noon
Fri. = Closed
The newly designed website for our church is up and running!
You are encouraged to visit the website and explore the number of
ways it can benefit you. From general information about the
church to online giving and registration, the website has been designed to be user friendly for our members as well as those who
are looking for a church home. A special “thank you” to Shawn
Kiernan for his hours of work in reconstructing the website and
for his continued efforts to add and update information. One of
the additions he currently has in the works is an audio section for
archived sermons and special musical programs. Great job,
If you have information that you would like in the next newsletter, please send it to [email protected]
no later than Noon on Monday, October 27th.
St. Marys United Methodist Church
106 East Conyers Street
St. Marys, Georgia 31558
Non-Profit Organization
U.S. Postage Paid
St. Marys, GA
Lord, you have been our help, generation after generation. Before the mountains were born, before you birthed
the earth and the inhabited world - from forever in the past to forever in the future, you are God.
Psalm 90:1-2 (UM809)
Those Who Serve in Special Ways
October 19 , 2014
Altar Flowers:
Roy & Yamy Bauers
Children’s Church:
Tina Bense
8:30 Acolytes:
Kayleigh Brandon
11:00 Acolytes:
Kaitlyn & Mikayla Boyd
8:30 Greeters:
Tom & Sheila Headlee
11:00 Greeters:
Ben & Joan Seal
Head Offering Counter: Tim Fitzgerald
Offering Counter:
Donna Franklin
Sound System:
Roy Bauers
8:30 Head Usher:
Cal Lang, Jr.
8:30 Usher:
Jim Lomis
11:00 Head Usher:
David Shoemaker
11:00 Usher:
Chip Hollis
October 26, 2014
Altar Flowers:
Ben & Joan Seal
Children’s Church:
Tina Bense
8:30 Acolytes:
Ayden Wills
11:00 Acolytes:
Mary Grace & Elsie Kinney
8:30 Greeters:
Jack & Audrey Cosper
11:00 Greeters:
Bonnie Taylor & Carol Willis
Head Offering Counter: Tim Fitzgerald
Offering Counter:
Cindy Fitzgerald
Sound System:
Roy Bauers
8:30 Head Usher:
Cal Lang, Jr.
8:30 Usher:
Charlie Smith, Jr.
11:00 Head Usher:
David Shoemaker
11:00 Usher:
Bill Mossburg
The following people are listed as members of St. Marys United Methodist Church, but we have no way to
contact them. If you have any contact information (address, phone number, email) for any of these people,
please let us know. We also would need to know if anyone listed has passed away. You may call the
Church Office and talk to Tricia or Sandra, or just leave a message. This is the first step for us to be able to
perform a membership audit. Thanks for any information!
Mr. David Warren Adams
Mr. Chad Alan Bailey
Mrs. Tammy Lynn (Day) Bailey
Miss Kelly Renee Baker
Miss Stephanie Michelle Baker
Ms. Christina (Christy) Bazemore
Mr. David William Berry
Mr. James Tyler (Tyler) Bond
Mrs. Pamela D. (Pam) Bond
Mrs. Karen Brady
Mr. Luther Branch
John & Jena Brown
Anthony Scott (Tony) Bunten
Mr. Russell Steven (Russ) Bunten
Mr. Donald Carney
Miss Brittany Elaine Chittendon
Bruce Wayne Chittendon & Kathy Elaine (Ridenour) Chittendon
Mr. F.H. Clark & Mrs. Ethel B. Clark
Andrew James Clink
Daniel Patrick Clink
Ms. Jane Williams (Vincent) Cornell
Mr. Steven Webster Crader
Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Thomas Wells Darrow
Mrs. Cammie Lynn (Deyeer) Davidson
Mr. Rodney Michael Davidson
Mr. Ralph Raymond (Ray) Davison & Mrs. Beverly Carol (Ferris) (Bev) Davison
Greg & Lauren Deveau
Miss Amber Nicole Disotell
Mr. Robert Neal Fitzpatrick & Mrs. Tammy Jo Fitzpatrick
Mr. Gene Fullwood
Mrs. Susan Elizabeth (Grice) Fulmer
Mr. James Edward (Eddie) Funston
Miss Jessica Hope Funston
Mr. Thomas Rey (Tommy) Funston
Mr. Matthew James Genova
Ms. Frances S. (Conner) Gunzenhauser
Mr. Phil Harris
Mr. Michael Scott Haymaker
Mrs. Brenda Gay (Brenda) Henderson
Mrs. Rose Ann (Arnold) Hunter
Mr. Alan Michael Huppman
Mrs. Nancy Elisabeth (Cairns) Jackson
Mr. Troy Scott Jackson
Mr. Roland Arthur Johns & Mrs. Karen Lucille Johns
Mrs. Jean Johnson
Mr. Walter Seymour (Seymour) Langshaw
Mr. & Mrs. Jesse H. Leary
Mrs. Kathy Lee
Ms. Barbara Faulkner Lentz Rucker
Mrs. Lidwin (Herous) (Liddy) Lewis
Mr. Ralph Livingston & Mrs. Carol Livingston
Ms. Susan (Lewis) MacDonnell
Miss Ashley Shane Manley
Miss Mary Alisa (Lisa) Manley
Mr. Andrew James (Andy) McKay & Mrs. Jeanette Ilene McKay
Mr. Andrew James (Andy) McKay, Jr.
Mr. Michael Patrick McKay
Mr. Thomas William (Tommy) McKay
Mr. David Melendez
Mr. Fernando Mercado
& Mrs. Jacquelyn Sue (Hupp) (Jackie) Mercado
Mr. Robert Marsh (Bob) Michael
Mr. Scott Lee Miller & Mrs. Stacey Lynn (Burkhart) Miller
Mr. Mandal McLeod (Mac) Mixson & Mrs. Staci Kim (Kolgaklis) Mixson
Mr. David Christopher (Dave) Moore & Mrs. Amy Melissa (Ramsay) Moore
Mrs. Juanita Moore
Miss Marion Moore
Mr. Ray Moore
Mr. Lonny Edward Osborne
James & Valerie Owen
Mr. Alan Ray Oyer & Mrs. Anna Maria Oyer
Mrs. Lynn Marie (Durick) Palmer
Mr. Carlton Parker & Mrs. Gloria Parker
Miss Ella Parker
Mrs. Ann Parrish
Adam & Debbie Pappas
Mr. Hampton Webb Parrish & Mrs. Nancy Ann (Fethke) Parrish
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Polmanteer
Mr. Randall C. (Randy) Prescott & Mrs. Lora Ellen (Johnson) Prescott
Mr. Craig Andrew (Andrew) Preston, Jr.& Mrs. Lisa Michele (Valenti) Preston
Mr. William C. (Bill) Richards & Mrs. Robert V. (Pellegrino) Richards
Ms. Margaret Kathryn Schmidt
Miss Shelby Ann Scott
Mr. Joel Patrick Scully
Mr. & Mrs. Jake Smith
Ms. Eleanor Claire (Conlin) Smith
Ms. Doris St. Clair
Mrs. Carol Stallings
Mrs. Kelley W. Thompson Vay
Miss Jill Britton Vincent
Mr. Eric Welle
Dr. & Mrs. Charles Williams
Mr. Donald Kirk (Kirk) Wilson & Mrs. Nancy June Wilson
John & Kathy Wilson
Mr. Michael Wisecarver
Mr. David Jay Wright & Mrs. Kathleen Ann (Lipski) Wright
Mr. Jeffrey Keith Joyce
Mr. Richard Caleb Joyce