Assisting During Worship Today 8:30 AM Service 9:50 AM Service Karen Chapell 11:15 AM Service Darcy Campbell Greeters Rosemary Schuett Kathy Gephart Bill & Carol Bryant Brad Jones Bill Wade Velma Markins Ushers Jon Ryburg Carole Ryburg Marcia Dresch Ralph Dresch Jack Donaldson Sharon Gauthier Kris Donaldson Mark Roberts Cameron Lauseng Scott Keefer Steve Lynch OPEN Shuttle Drivers Logan Astrike Beth Snyder Welcome Center Kathryn Bradbury Coffee Hours Chuck & Diane Donahey (All are welcome to fellowship in the Atrium between services.) Dexter UMC Birthdays this week: Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Nov. 11 Nov. 12 Nov. 13 Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Not listed? We may not have you in our records. Caryl Burke Carl Espy Alison Parachek Clayton Parsons Hunter Bisson Bill Knight Dee Wensel Beth Allen Teri Anderson Bonnie Schramm Gary Siebert Angela Knight Maggie Maiville Eden West Kurt Kilian Emma Vantine Caron Wiesner-Wainwright Betsy Grannis Stephanie Lim Kim Corcoran Bradley Eisele Denise Kasischke Carol Miller Mary Ann Moore McKenna Wondrash Whitney Prince Anne Socks Lori Rademaker Bill Wade Conny Melchi Ellie Hershner Kevin Novak Dexter UMC – Weekly Reader Today – • Visit the Atrium, get a cup of coffee & donut hole, and then take a stroll to see the many opportunities available to you! Sunday School for preschool thru adults • Open Prayer Time in the Chapel during 2nd service, all are welcome This Week – • Sat. Nov. 15th – Sat. Nov. 22nd – Belize Medical Mission Trip Planning Ahead – • Thurs. Nov. 20th – Thursday Night Dinner, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in the Atrium • Thurs. Nov. 20th – Annual Church Conference, 7 PM in the Atrium • Thurs. Nov. 27th & Fri. Nov. 28th – Dexter UMC Office closed for Thanksgiving • Sun. Nov. 30th – Hanging of the Greens, 12:30 PM in the Atrium & Sanctuary • Mon. Dec. 1st & Tues. Dec. 2nd – Advent by Candlelight, registration begins Nov. 9th at 8 PM online. See next week’s bulletin insert for details. November 9, 2014 22 n d Sunday after Pentecost DEXTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 7643 Huron River Drive, Dexter, MI 48130 Office: 734.426.8480; [email protected] Visit our website at www.dexterumc.org Church Office Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 9 AM – 4 PM (Friday, Pastors day off) Fri. 9 AM – 1 PM Blessed Binds Bookstore: Open Sundays 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM For special orders or more information: [email protected] Prayer is to your soul as blood is to your heart! Our Chapel, located in the Ed. Bldg., is available most weekday mornings to all in need of a quiet & lovely place for prayer. O u r M i s s i o n : “ L o v e Go d , L o ve P e o p l e , S e rve t h e W o r l d , fo r J e s u s C h r i s t . ” 8:30AM Order of Worship “We have come to worship him” – Matthew 2:2 Please silence your cell phones & pagers. Gathering Music * Hymn of Praise “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” #133 v. 1, 2, 3 Call To Worship Leader: The Spirit of God calls to us. People: With sighs too deep for words. Leader: The Spirit of God calls to us, People: Claiming us, converging upon us, Leader: Summoning us to become more than we now are. ALL: Calling us by name. In Christ, we are God’s children. Amen! “Gloria Patri” # 70 Congregational Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer words on front screen Children’s Moment Pastor Denise Kasischke Ministry Moment Stephen Ministry A Time of Giving Offertory “Navy Hymn” Nancy Van Blaricum Offertory Response “My Tribute” v. 1 A Time of Proclamation Rev. Tom Snyder Ezekiel 36:16-30, Leviticus 4 “Holding Life in Tension” Hymn of Commitment “I Know Whom I Have Believed” Benediction & Postlude * #714 v. 1, 2, 3, 4 OUR NURSERY is available for infants up thru preschool. Rocking chairs & our CRY ROOM are located in the rear of the Sanctuary. Liturgists: 8:30 9:50 11:15 Pastor Denise Kasischke Pastor Steve Bringardner Louis Smith Worship Choir Director: Marlene Inman Musicians (8:30): Elsi Sly, Gordon Darr Worship Leader (2nd & 3rd): Louis Smith O u r M i s s i o n : L o v e Go d , L o v e P e o p l e , S e r v e t h e W o r l d , f o r J e s u s C h r i s t . 9:50 AM & 11:15 AM Worship Praise Band A Time of Worship & Prayer * “Build Your Kingdom Here”, “Forever Reign”, “Holy, Holy, Holy” Baptism (11:15) Lucas Trevellyan Hough son of Shannon & Trevor Response: With God’s help we will so order our lives after the example of Christ, that Lucas Trevellyan surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal. Ministry Moment A Time of Giving Offertory Stephen Ministry “Navy Hymn” A Time of Proclamation “Holding Life in Tension” Rev. Tom Snyder Ezekiel 36:16-30, Leviticus 4 Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer A Time of Response Nancy Van Blaricum “Let the Church Rise” words on front screen Praise Band OUR NURSERY is available during worship services for infants thru 3 years. ROCKING CHAIRS & CRY ROOM are located in the rear of the Sanctuary. * 9:50 AM – Sunday School, 3-years – 5th grade, start in the education wing 11:15 AM – Kids (4-years thru 10 years), meet the W3 leader in the back. Adults, pick up your children in The Loft, upper level education wing after the service. Sermon Notes: ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Our Fall Stewardship Emphasis, Convergence, means moving toward unity. It even describes how our eyes work together to see a single image rather than two. Spiritually, God seeks for us to converge on His mission – the advancing Kingdom of Christ. It is a dramatic description of our opportunity to focus in, to come together, to find unity in Christ. It may mean realignment, refined focus, or reconnecting with God in a whole new way. Convergence means being intentional with our time, our money, and our passions. What are our 2014 annual budgeted operating expenses? $1,138,734. How much is underwritten by gifts & pledges? $1,089,584. The balance of the money comes from loose offerings, prior year pledge payments, coffee donations, interest, building use fees, rental property, & nonpledged envelope giving. Do we “pledge” to meet a “budget?” No. We give because God has invited us to. To be a whole person in the image of God, you have a spiritual need to give. As we converge our lives with God’s purposes, our giving makes a real difference in the world. Dollars we commit translate into ministry. It’s not so much giving “to” the church, as giving “through” the church. What is “stewardship?” Biblically, a steward is one who cares for another’s property, finances, or household (Matthew 25:14-30). God has called us to manage His work through this church. This involves stewarding the preaching of the Gospel (Col. 1:24-28), supporting the church financially (Acts 4:32-37), and ministering to the sick and needy (1 Cor. 9:17). It’s more like giving “through” the church, rather than just “to” the church. What is a “tithe?” A tithe is 1/10th of your income or property given as an offering to God (Lev. 27:30-32, Num. 18:21-32, Deut. 12:5-7). The tithe was an expression of gratitude toward God, realizing God’s ownership of everything in the earth. (Mal.3:8-12), often called “First Fruits.” In the New Testament, believers are encouraged to be generous in giving, not limited to a tithe of their incomes (Rom. 14:12, 1 Cor. 9:314, 16:1-3, 2 Cor. 8-9). It’s a scary time for us right now. I’m not sure we can commit. What should we do? First, pray. Of course no one can predict the future. Yet God is still inviting us to TRUST and lean on Him and His grace as we go. We are never more like God than when we are being generous. I feel guilty coming to worship when we’re not giving as we should, like sneaking into a movie without paying; what can you say that will help? Guilt is the way the devil works. God is not a God of condemnation. Regardless of your situation, Jesus came for you to experience abundant life and freedom. The Truth will set you free. We don’t come here for condemnation, but for liberation and healing. Many of us have found that giving simply follows, as a result. Okay. I’ll pray about it. But what do I do about tithing when I’m “spiritually single” in my marriage? A marriage is a partnership. If each spouse does not have control over a certain amount of money, there is something wrong. So, if your spouse has a problem with you tithing the money you make, that’s not win-win. If you tithe your spouse’s income and they’re not here, that’s not win-win either. But, as every financial planner will tell you, giving is a part of every healthy portfolio. Does God expect a new believer to give 10%? Get this: It’s not about “expectations.” It’s about centering our lives on Christ, in response to the great love and salvation He gives us. God doesn’t love us more or less, based on our giving. What we need is a plan to get to where God invites us to be. God may be inviting you to move toward a tithe, rather than forcing anything on you. Calculate your giving. Is it a percentage of your income? Consider stepping up a percentage or more, and see what God does. Isn’t it great to be under grace and have time to figure out a plan? What will happen on Ingathering Sunday, Nov. 23rd? We will worship with great music, worship, and preaching. Like last year, people will bring their commitment cards to the altar during the offering. We will celebrate the truth, that in Jesus, we are given to opportunity to converge our lives with the living God and His purposes. WHAT IS ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT? WHAT IS ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT? Advent by candlelight is an evening of fellowship for adult women, with dessert, carols and a very special program to prepare your heart and mind for the Christmas season. Advent by candlelight is an evening of fellowship for adult women, with dessert, carols and a very special program to prepare your heart and mind for the Christmas season. Because of limited space, this special event is taking place on two separate evenings, Monday evening, December 1st and Tuesday evening, December 2nd, beginning at 6:45 PM. Advent by candlelight is for adult women from Dexter UMC, as well as the community at large. There will be no childcare available the night of the event. Because of limited space, this special event is taking place on two separate evenings, Monday evening, December 1st and Tuesday evening, December 2nd, beginning at 6:45 PM. Advent by candlelight is for adult women from Dexter UMC, as well as the community at large. There will be no childcare available the night of the event. YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF TWO WAYS: YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF TWO WAYS: HOSTING A TABLE: Responsibilities include: Inviting 5 guests (add yourself to make 6) who could benefit from a worshipful program, decorating a table for 8 (including place settings), and providing dessert for your table. Please note that we can add attendees to your table to make 8 total. HOSTING A TABLE: Responsibilities include: Inviting 5 guests (add yourself to make 6) who could benefit from a worshipful program, decorating a table for 8 (including place settings), and providing dessert for your table. Please note that we can add attendees to your table to make 8 total. OR OR SIMPLY ATTENDING THE DESSERT AND PROGRAM: Several spaces will be reserved strictly for attendees at the tables. Your table will have a hostess and you will be her guest for the evening. SIMPLY ATTENDING THE DESSERT AND PROGRAM: Several spaces will be reserved strictly for attendees at the tables. Your table will have a hostess and you will be her guest for the evening. REGISTRATION begins Sunday Nov. 9th @ 8 PM online (http://dexterumc.org/ABCReservations.html). REGISTRATION begins Sunday Nov. 9th @ 8 PM online (http://dexterumc.org/ABCReservations.html). Dexter UMC Pastoral & Ministry Staff Dr. Matt Hook, senior pastor, [email protected] Rev. Steve Bringardner, pastor of discipleship & care; [email protected] Tom Snyder, pastor of missions & small group life; [email protected] Denise Kasischke, pastor of children & family ministries; [email protected] Jeremy Hannich, HS youth & college ministries; [email protected] Sheralyn Sherrill, MS youth ministries; [email protected] The flowers on the altar today are given to the glory of God and in honor of Michael & Caryl Burke’s birthdays. Prayers & Concerns Phyl & Kelly Christman ♥Sue Shay ♥ Bridget Star ♥ Dean Birk ♥ Mike McCalla ♥Bob Knickerbocker ♥ Fred Model ♥ Susan Featheringill ♥ Mazie Bell ♥ Mary Ann Moore ♥ Dee & Paul Wensel ♥ Ermil Jones ♥ Brett Talbott ♥ Jan Alford ♥ Dave Kieft ♥ Linda Thiel ♥ Kim Lomax ♥ Anne Kapela ♥ Rena Girbach ♥ Dana Zahn ♥ Diane Schumann ♥ Pi Yau Lin ♥ Doug Sexton ♥ Catlin Yeasting ♥ Baby Noah LaRosa ♥ Christian Russell ♥ Judy McIntosh ♥ Meg & Elka ♥ Recently experienced the loss of a loved one Linda (& Gary) Vander Haagen in the death of her father (Bob Cooper) on Oct. 22nd. Carla (& Keith) Ostlund in the death of her mother (Loretta Criss) on Oct. 21st. Tim & Morgan Marsh in the death of his wife and her mother Jenni on Oct. 8th. Jennie had been a member of Dexter UMC since 2011. * Names remain on our Prayer Requests & Concerns list for 4 weeks. To return someone’s name for an additional 4 weeks, contact Cathy ([email protected]) in the office. ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:50 AM – A new Bible study primarily for singles starts today in Rm 206, 2nd floor Ed. Bldg., watching Ray VanderLaan’s six week series on discipleship entitled With All Your Heart. This week’s lesson is “Making Space for God” 9:50 AM – Big God Story for Grown-Ups meets in Rm 207 during the 2nd worship hour. 9:50 AM – Church & Society – What does it mean to say the Bible is inspired by God? This is among the topics we’ll discuss during 2nd service today in Rm. 203-204. Sue Ivey will lead the discussion based on Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, a book and video by United Methodist pastor and best-selling author Adam Hamilton. All are welcome! 9:50 AM – Explorer’s Bible Study “Making Sure of the Truth” in the Conference Room, 1st floor Ed. Bldg. during the 2nd service; led by Leigh Hook. 11:15 AM – Deep Foundations—Exploring Theology for Life, this study aims to dig deep into scripture and in a systematic way tie together the Biblical text, Christian teachings, and our purpose and meaning as Christians. The study, while deep in nature, will always be rooted with a focus on application to life, faith, and calling. Aimed at 30-40 something men interested in wrestling through their faith; led by Matthew Niermann. Class meets in Rm 205, 2nd floor Ed. Bldg. during the 3rd service. 11:15 AM – Catching Fire, Becoming Flame, adult study on Spiritual Formation based on the book written by Fr. Albert Haase; led by Crystal Niermann. Class meets in Rm 207, 2nd floor Ed. Bldg. during the 3rd service. All are welcome to join the study at any time. Belize Medical Mission Trip (Nov. 15th-22nd) – We need your HELP to collect small bottles of aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, artificial tears; antifungal, hydrocortisone, diaper rash and antibiotic creams for the families we will serve. TODAY IS YOUR LAST opportunity to bring a bottle of one or more of the above to the Dexter UMC Atrium, placing it in the BELIZE box please. Announcements & Prayer Requests Sunday, Sunday, November June 22, 2014 9, 2014 O u r M i s s i o n : “Love God, Love People, Serve the Wor ld, for Jesus Christ” Our Welcome Center is located in the Atrium. If you are new to this congregation, stop by for a welcome bag filled with goodies and more information about Dexter UMC. For Our Children Pastor Denise, [email protected] 9:50 AM – Sunday School (3-years thru 5th grade) in the Ed. Bldg. 11:30 AM –Worship, Wonder and the Word “W3” (4 thru 10 years) in The Loft, upper level of the Ed. Bldg. Kid’s Choir (3rd thru 5th), 10:50 – 11:30 AM with Marlene Inman For Our Youth Jeremy Hannich, [email protected] (9th – 12th) Sheralyn Sherrill, [email protected] (6th – 8th) 9:50 AM – MS & HS Sunday School (6th thru 12th) in The Edge, Middle Schoolers meet in the lower level, High Schoolers meet on the main floor. The Edge Youth Groups – (most Sundays) for Middle School and High School youth from 5 PM – 7:30 PM in The Edge. (For updates, visit http://www.edgelive.org/) We are looking for PAID NURSERY WORKERS to join our Nursery staff, which can include Thursday, Saturday & Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings. This position may expand as our programming and childcare needs continue to grow. If you want to be part of changing a young person’s life, contact Pastor Denise Kasischke ([email protected]). Fair Trade Coffee Sunday TODAY – in the Atrium between services. New products available for the holiday season for baking, gifts and snacking. We have added baking cocoa and chocolate chips, olive oil, almonds, cashews, apricots, and jam, marmalade and honey to our regular selection of delicious coffee, tea and chocolate bars. Support small farmers, Heifer International and UMCOR. Good Things to Know at Dexter UMC… • Advent by Candlelight, an evening of fellowship for adult women, will be Mon. Dec. 1st and Tues. Dec. 2nd. Registration begins TODAY at 8 PM online. See bulletin insert for more details. • We were created for relationships and Christian community. It takes commitment, intentionality, grace, and love. To join a home group, visit the connections table or contact Tom Snyder ([email protected]) or Tami Rummel ([email protected]). • Our church now has a hearing assist system. You can pick up a self-adjusting headset in the Narthex. • Enjoy our door to door shuttle service, from 7:45 AM to 12:30 PM between the Dexter Mill and church. Drivers are needed for: 1st Sunday (10-12:30), 3rd Sunday (7:30-10:30) and 5th Sunday (10:3012:30). Contact Linda Dobry (734.834.9626 or [email protected]) to volunteer your time. Prayers for our Men & Women Serving in the Military ♦ Andre Roman Marshall ♦ Cole Hatch ♦ Dave Imber ♦ Garrett Schmäler ♦Jacob Reisinger ♦ Joe Keene ♦ John Maybon ♦ Julie Wiles & Lynette Wiles ♦ Keith Black ♦ Matt Hattie ♦ Ryan Fike ♦ STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE 2014 Offering Summary – thru September 2014 ‘14 Year to Date ‘14 Need to Date ‘13 Actual Income $786,960 $773,552 $704,083 Average Attendance in October was 475, on Nov. 2nd attendance was 549 (171, 289, 89). I know the value of listening, sending cards and giving hugs to those experiencing loss – having been on the receiving end of these blessings, since my Dad died, has been an enormous help – thank you. ~ Linda Vander Haagen Take a bite out of malaria — Pick up a mosquito or sticker at the Imagine No More Malaria information table in the Atrium between services. Thank you to all who have contributed. We’re grateful for the enthusiastic response as we continue to work to reach Dexter UMC’s $10,000 goal. Every $10 donation saves a life. Want to learn more? Visit www.imaginenomalaria.org. Brought to you by Church & Society. Faith in Action Food Pantry Needs – As you enter the church please notice the food hampers for the collection of groceries that are donated weekly to our local food pantry run by Faith in Action. The needs of the pantry change weekly and the volume of those who need assistance continues to grow. Currently the greatest needs include: cocoa, coffee, brownie mix, frosting, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, less than 5 pound bags of flour, sugar, canned chili, sloppy joe mix, canned fruit of all kinds, Chef Boyardee cans, pizza crust mix and sauce, pasta sauce, liquid soap and body cleaning lotion. Please consider contributing to this local need. Volunteer and Other Opportunities THURSDAY NIGHT DINNERS – If our mission to “Love People by Feeding Them” sounds like a great ministry with a terrific group, you couldn't be more right! No special skills or experience needed. Volunteer commitments range from 1.5 - 5 hours, twice a month, or as volunteers are available. Daytime or evening hours. Contact Darcy Campbell (734.646.2899 or [email protected]) to learn about options to best suit your interests & availability. See you in the kitchen! Drivers with Commercial Licenses (P Endorsement) are needed for our new bus. The bus will be used for youth events like retreats, camping, lake days, and SOS or adult events such as Red Bird mission trips or CASS Corridor in Detroit. We are looking for volunteers to support the NEW BABIES MINISTRY by providing meals to families adjusting to life with newborns (very occasional involvement). To help with this ministry, please contact Jen Miceli ([email protected]). COFFEE FELLOWSHIP – If you love the smell of fresh-brewed coffee in the morning, please consider joining the coffee hour ministry team. We could use 3-4 additional two-person teams to host the coffee hours between Sunday-morning services. It’s a great way to meet people and provides a great opportunity for fellowship. Contact Rick Fitzgerald (734.355.1329 or [email protected]). Angel Tree Prison Fellowship Program – The time is quickly approaching where we are looking for Angels in the congregation to help with the Angel Tree Prison Fellowship Mission Project! This project helps provide for children in Washtenaw County who have a parent in prison and may otherwise not have a Christmas with their parent not around for the holidays. You will have the opportunity to shop for a child and provide a toy or article of clothing for a child. The gifts will also be delivered by members of the Congregation. Please pick up your Angel Tag on Sunday, November 16th. If you can help, please contact Terry Walters (734.426.4983). Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week times are: Mon, Nov. 17th 4 PM - 6 PM; Tues, Nov. 18th 9 AM - 11 AM; Wed, Nov. 19th 4 PM - 6 PM; Thurs, Nov. 20th 9 AM - 11 AM; Fri, Nov. 21st 4 PM. - 6 PM; Sat, Nov. 22nd 9 AM - 11 AM; Sun, Nov. 23rd 8:30 AM - 2 PM; Mon, Nov. 24th 9 AM - 11 AM. ATTENTION All Supporters of our Veterans and Soldiers – Please recognize the Veterans around us by thanking them individually for helping to keep our country strong and safe! We will again be collecting clothing for our homeless vets during the month of November. The clothing drive will run from Sunday, Nov. 9th through Friday, Nov. 28th. Please bring any of the following items for our Clothing Drive: * New or gently used coats, blue jeans, shoes, belts, shirts (large to 2X sizes). * New only: T-shirts or undershirts, (both in sizes large to 2X), socks and shorts Collection tubs can be found on the east side entrance to our Narthex. Please contact Jean Klark ([email protected], 426.8598) if you have questions. Thanks for your continued support of those who have given much to protect our country and our freedoms. Adult Studies Fresh Start, the Women's Storying Group: Come join us as we look at Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. We meet Wednesdays, 7PM – 8:30PM, in Rm 207 of the Ed. Bldg. Come visit! Call Carol White for details (734.433.1920). Men’s Storytelling Bible Study – Learn how to lead others to Jesus by sharing stories from the Bible. Wednesdays at 7 PM in Rm 203/204 – Ed. Bldg. Contact Eric Knisely (475.2161) or Mike McCalla (255.8860) or just come for a visit. DivorceCare, an ongoing 13-week seminar and support group (thru 12/17) for those experiencing divorce and separation can be joined at any point. We meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM in the Atrium. You will be welcomed and helped to traverse the difficult journey of separation/divorce. For more information, contact Linda Vander Haagen (734.741.8583). Did You Know… • We now have healthier snack alternatives available at the coffee hour? If you have a passion for healthier food options, please consider providing for a Sunday, call Cathy Fitzgerald (734.255.9392). Cost per week is around $20. • Kim Lim is our new volunteer Financial Secretary? If you have questions, contact her at [email protected] • The Dexter UMC Pastor’s Benevolence Fund is used to assist people in our church & community who have immediate need? This fund is used often, so any gifts to support this ministry are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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