This Week’s Prayers: (Please submit to Church office or write on sheet in Narthex.)
For Hope and Healing: Hank Daugherty (cancer); Mike Holmes (neighbor, stroke 2/5); Tim Kistner (hospitalized with appendicitis, greetings to: 29 Hall Ave. Somerville, MA 02144) Jennifer Thornton’s family; Brian Finney (grandson of Naomi Finney); Charlotte Benning (now at Powerback rehab, recovering from surgery, 1/29); Ildee Scarborough (health issues); Alberto Santos (relative of Ildee, has stomach cancer); Aida Acuna (friend of Ildee, thyroid surgery).
For Comfort in a Time of Loss:
Marilu Skilton and Jean Pugh on the loss of their brother, Dick Davis on 2/12/19. Condolences can be sent to Marilu at 1918 Lycoming Ave., Abington, PA 19001 and Jean at 422 Silver Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090.
The Sharman Family on the loss of their daughter-in-law Ann Sharman on 2/9/19.
Birthday Wishes: William Creswick, Sr. will celebrate his 92nd birthday on February 23rd. There is a card in the Narthex.
Sunshine Member: Ginny Binns, 3505 Moreland Road, Apt. J214, Willow Grove, PA 19090. A card is in the Narthex for all to sign.
PRAYERS for the specially called UMC General Conference 2019, our Council of Bishops, Clergy and Lay Delegates – as they meet in St. Louis, MO from Saturday, February 23 – Tuesday, February 26.
The 2019 General Conference’s purpose is to receive and act on the report from the “Commission on a Way Forward” – which specifically considers our beliefs, ministries, and future as a denomination, in light of our previous division and impasses as it relates to issues of human sexuality and especially ministry to, with and including the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference Delegates Clergy:Laity: Rev. Dawn Taylor Storm Judy Ehninger Rev. Dr. Jeff Raffauf Clarita Krall Rev. Lydia Munoz Krystl Johnson Rev. Joe DiPaolo Jane Bonner Alternate: Rev. Bob Wilt Alternate: Lenora Thompson
This Week Monday, February 18th 9:30 am Keeping Your Balance 6:30 pm Girl Scouts Tuesday, February 19th 7:00 pm New Initiatives Mtg (rescheduled from 2/10) Wednesday, February 20th 3:00 pm Sung Kwang Pres. Church 6:30 pm Crossroads Rehearsal Thursday, February 21st 6:30 pm Bells of Praise 7:00 pm Naranon/Teen Mtgs. 7:30 pm Chancel Choir Saturday, February 23rd 8:00 am Crossroads Rehearsal Sunday, February 24th 9:15 am Sunday School 10:00 am Coffee Cart (NO Singing and Ringing) 10:30 am Worship 1:00 pm Sung Kwang Pres. Church
Announcements & Save the Dates
Rescheduled New Initiatives Committee Meeting – come join us this coming Tuesday, February 19th at 7:00pm for our rescheduled meeting following last week’s snow. We have had a wonderful 2018 and and looking forward to 2019. Our planning will include: April 6 - Easter Bunny Breakfast May 4 - The Spring Tea - ***NEW*** TBD - Bus trip to Sight and Sound to see Jesus - ***NEW***
Ash Wednesday Service: To mark the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent, we will have a midday Ash Wednesday service, with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion on Wednesday, March 6th at 12:00 noon in the Chapel.
SAVE THE DATE Sunday, April 7th: Final details are being worked out on the text, needed volunteers, and expected rehearsal schedule for a during-worshipEaster Skit/Drama. Additional details will soon follow. Interested persons should contact Jenny Hyde and Rick Sivers or the Worship Committee.
ASP Mission Team - We need to hear from you! Our date is set (July 13-20, 2019), online registration has opened, and we are excited that members of Glenside UCC will be joining us. Now it is time to “get down to business”, fundraising and spreading the good news of the work that ASP does to make homes “safer, warmer and drier” all throughout Appalachia. Upcoming activities that are in the works include:
Saturday, March 30th - Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, May 11th, 9AM, CarWash (before Mother's Day)
Friday-Sun, May 17th -19th Philomusica Concert set up and teardown
Saturday, June 15th, 9AM, CarWash (before Father's Day)
TBD Hoagie Sale
TBD (early May?) Mulching of member’s yards
Contact Sue Mathers at 215-872-0312, firstname.lastname@example.org, or thru our ASP facebook page with questions. Online registration should be completed at: https://www.servicenetwork.com/reg/APPSERV/Join.asp?Group=8055
2018 Year-End Finance Update: The Finance Committee is pleased to report that WGUMC finished 2018 with a small $2000 surplus in the General Fund (total income of $252,797 vs. total expenses of $250,773). This positive news is the result of your generous giving, increased income (in the form of a new Aldersgate lease and gifts to the Revive our Church campaign), and decreased expenses during 2018. In addition, near year-end, the church was blessed with a large one-time anonymous donation of $50,000, given with the hope and intention to be “Impactful”. This gift is not included in the year-end summary of General Fund discussed above, but is being managed separately for now. The gift was given with little restriction but with the hope to revive our faith, inspire generous giving in others (at whatever level able), and grow our church. Church Council is now working to determine how best to utilize this gift, add new ministries and plan for our future. We do know that a major challenge facing us in 2019 will be financing the repair or replacement of our boilers, which will be very expensive. The Committee will seek creative ways to finance this needed capital expense, while reserving the large donation for its intended purpose of “Impact”. The Committee thanks the congregation for its continuing support and generosity. Please contact chair Dave Kistner with any questions.
Upcoming Administrative Meetings:
Wednesday, February 27th – Church Council, 7pm in Lounge
Wednesday, March 13th – Trustees, 6:45pm in Lounge
Wednesday, March 13th – Finance, 7:30pm in Lounge
Saturday, March 30th – Spring Clean-Up /Work & Repair Day (Trustees sponsored)
Across the Eastern PA UMC Connexion
Saturday, February 23rd9:00am thru 3:00pm – A Day of Prayer and Fasting: Huntingdon Valley UMC (3470 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley) will host a day of prayer and fasting for the Special General Conference. Please call/email for more info. Thank you! - Pat McCollum, Admin Assistant, 215-947-7961, email@example.com
East District Tools for Ministry Training Event – come join members and leaders from other local churches across the district on Saturday, March 2nd from 8:00am to 1:00pm for time of collective learning. The event will take place at Bensalem UMC, 4300 Hulmeville Rd, and will cover 12 different relevant topics of programmatic and administrative importance including: HOPE for small congregations, Prayer-Powered Addiction Recovery, Online Communications, Evangelism & Community Building, and reconsidering the work of SPR, Trustees, Finance and Nominations. A small $10-15 registration fee is asked. See more information on bulletin board, or online at: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/tfm19east.
2019 Special General Conference follow up events: Bishop Peggy Johnson will report on the outcome of the February 23-26 UMC General Conference five (5) times across the Annual Conference at events throughout all of Eastern PA. Those events closest and most accessible to WGUMC include:
Saturday, March 16th from 10am-12pm at West Lawn UMC, 15 Woodside Ave, Reading
Monday, March 25th from 6:30-8:30pm at the East District Spring Town Hall Meeting at Doylestown UMC, 320 E Swamp Road, Doylestown
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