This Week’s Prayers: (Please submit to Church office or write on sheet in Narthex.)
For Hope and Healing: Pastor Jane for a quick recovery; Doris Lewis (friend Ron passed away on 10/7); Ildee Scarborough (CT Scan); The family of Jennifer Thornton.
Special Thanks to the Congregation:
“I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be starting a new job on Wednesday, October 3rd, working as a Communications Specialist with Comcast. I’m so grateful for your support and prayers! Thank you all! – Kim Schwalje”
From Pastor Jane: “On Monday, October 15th I had bowel resection surgery. Following the surgery, I will be on medical leave from work for 4-6 weeks. I would greatly value your care and support, including specifically: your prayers and cards sent to our home address. I will not be receiving visitors other than staff members and may not be returning phone calls. It is essential that I obtain proper rest and recovery so that I can fully re-engage in the Lord’s service at the end of medical leave. Thank you for your continued support and kindnesses.”
Sunshine Member: Pastor Jane McCarthy, 1718 Ridgeway Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090. A card is in the Narthex for all to sign.
Monday, October 22nd 9:30 am Keeping Your Balance 6:30 pm Girl Scouts Wednesday, October 24th 3:00 pm Sung Kwang Pres. Church 6:30 pm Crossroads Rehearsal 7:00 pm Aldersgate Board Meeting Thursday, October 25th 6:30 pm Bells of Praise 7:00 pm Naranon & Narateen Meetings 7:30 pm Chancel Choir Saturday, October 27th 8:00 am Crossroads Rehearsal Sunday, October 28th 9am-1pm “Bucket List” Interactive Art Installation (Narthex) 9:15 am Sunday School 10:00 am Coffee Cart & Singing and Ringing 10:30 am Worship 1:00 pm Sung Kwang Pres. Church
Announcements & Save the Dates!
Friendship Mealis Sunday, October 21st at 5 pm. Never been? Join us as we feature harvest foods (pumpkin, apples, etc.). New volunteers are needed and always welcome. Assistance with setup, breakdown, and bringing potluck-style dishes to share.
Our annual WGUMC Charge Conference will take place on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 am and will be held at Christ UMC, Lansdale. This is the third year that Charge Conferences on the East District are being held in a cluster-type format, with other churches. (Last year WGUMC served as host). Those interested in attending, but desiring to carpool should contact the church office or Shirley Liddle (Council Chair) to arrange a ride. In community, we look forward to celebrating the accomplishments and moments of grace at WGUMC, as well as our challenges and hope for the future.
Harvest Home Food Collection will be held on Sundays, October 28, November 4 and 11. The food will be sent to Devereux United Methodist Church in Philadelphia. Devereux will be making Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. Food items needed: soups, rice, peanut butter, jelly pasta, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti sauce, tuna fish, canned meats & stews, oatmeal, canned fruit and fruit juice. Dented cans and open packages cannot be accepted. The food can be placed on the Harvest table near the front door. Devereux will not be collecting toys in December this year.
All Saints Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, November 4, with Holy Communion. Candles will be lit in memory of deceased church members and friends, who have passed away in this last year (since Nov 2017). Please submit names to the church office by Tuesday, October 30 to ensure that their names are included in the bulletin.
Trustees Fall Work Day: The Trustees will be having a Work Day, with the focus on painting Fellowship Hall, on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 am. We are looking for willing volunteers to help with the painting. Please contact John McCarthy or Bob Mathers.
A BIG THANK YOU to the Shoe Crew for making it to the finish line on October 6, 2018, and delivering 138 bags—or 3,450 pairs of shoes—to our fund-raising partner. Although we started slow, with your help, we surpassed all goals and expectations. At the end, we were short five pairs of shoes to complete a bag, so Lydie Adjovi drove across town to pick up shoes so we could throw that last bag into the waiting truck! TEAM WORK at its finest! Introducing the Shoe Crew (those that sorted, bundled and hauled!): Terri, Joe and Jacob Soltis Kim, Teagan and Kasey Schwalje Lorelei, Steve, Will and Emma Toombs Carolyn and Niasha Gwin Karen and Ray Werthmann Danny and Emily Dufala Jenny Hyde Lydie, Bethsey and Rodley Adjovi Steve, Noah and Aaron Krall Abby Weller Joey Kane Bob Mathers Craig Weller Marilu Skilton
The TOTAL Class has reorganized. We will be meeting to study God’s Word one Monday evening each month at the home of Hank & Laura Daugherty, 1646 Hatboro Avenue, Hatboro between 7:30 and 8:30 pm. All are welcome. The next meeting is November 19th and we will meet again on and December 10th. Please let Laura know if you plan to attend (610-389-8358), so she will be able to reach you should the class need to be canceled.
Saturday, November 3rd 10:30 am – WGUMC Charge Conference
Wednesday, November 7th 7:00 pm – Church Council Mtg.
Thursday, November 8th 11:00 am – Doers (Lounge)
UMC “Commission on a Way Forward”: Enclosed in the bulletin is a brief information card on the “Commission on a Way Forward” and the specially called General Conference (February 2019) to consider options to our address our current UMC impasse over homosexuality. On September 24th, Bishop Peggy Johnson held a Town Hall meeting on the East District, one of several conference-wide, to share the latest information regarding the proposals being presented, as well as general information about the General Conference. A document with the complete content of her PowerPoint slideshow (8 pages) is available in the Narthex. Additional information is available on the Eastern PA conference website at: https://www.epaumc.org/. Questions regarding this topic should be directed to Pastor Lorelei, Pastor Jane, and/or members of the Church Council.
In the Community & UMC Connexion!
On Nov. 10th (8:30am-3:00pm) Hopewell UMC in Downingtown will host the 6th Annual Faith-Sharing Seminar entitled “Sharing Faith with New People and Younger People in Today’s Context”. The event will feature Rev. Jasmine Rose Smothers, co-author of the best Selling book, Not Safe For Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations. See bulletin board for more information.
Cheltenham Area Multi-Faith Council is having a Fall 2018 Community Forum entitled, “Immigration and Its Challenges: Our Responses as Communities of Faith” on Sunday, November 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1224 Melrose Ave, Elkins Park, PA 19027. See bulletin board for more information.
Carson Simpson Farm Christian Day Camp is having a Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser. Orders are due by November 1 and the forms can be found on the bulletin board.
Youth Worker Training: Anyone who works with youth in the church is invited to attend free training events for youth ministry workers at three Eastern PA Conference churches in November. See bulletin board for more information.
A MILE OF PENNIES WITH LOVE
Could it be a single penny with little worth to our eyes, When placed in the hands of Jesus would be greatly multiplied? For if Jesus could take the gift of a small boy’s lunch, And feed 5,000 people, which is really quite a bunch! Just think what Jesus could do with the offering of a penny. He would take and increase it, so God’s love could be felt by many!
The Kindergarten-Elementary Sunday School Class is trying to collect a MILE OF PENNIES to send love and purchase an animal through Heifer International.
Please join with us and share your pennies. A container for pennies will be in the Narthex starting on Sunday, October 14 through November.
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