This Week’s Prayers: (Please submit to Church office or write on sheet in Narthex.)
For Hope and Healing: Bonnie Keckler (dear friend of Barb and Chuck Staley); Dustin U. (Pastor Lorelei’s 6-year-old friend as he transitions from special needs to general education); Ildee Scarborough (health and new independent consulting venture); Charles Sievers (recently moved on 9/20 to Brookside Rehab in Roslyn); Karen Werthmann.
For Comfort in a Time of Loss:
The family of Dolores (“Dee”) Johns, former WGUMC member, who passed on 10/14, and whose service will be held here on 10/18/19. Condolences can be directed to her children Robert M. John (Michele) and Diana LaRosa via the Bryers Funeral Home of Willow Grove.
The family of Rock Hoffmann (close friend of Mike & Kim Schwalje) on his passing 10/11, and whose service will be held on 10/19/19.
The family of Terrence Lyons (father-in-law of Bradley Cooper’s brother) on his passing, 9/30.
Sunshine Member: Ann Boyer, 314 Harrington Way, Souderton, PA 18964. A card is in the Narthex for all to sign.
Monday, October 21st 9:30 am Keeping Your Balance 6:30 pm Girl Scouts Wednesday, October 23rd 3:00 pm Sung Kwang Pres. Church 6:30 pm Crossroads Rehearsal 7:00 pm Aldersgate Board Meeting 7:00 pm Church Council Meeting Thursday, October 24th 6:30 pm Bells of Praise 7:00 pm Naranon/Teen Mtgs. 7:30 pm Chancel Choir Saturday, October 26th 8:00 am Crossroads Rehearsal 12:00 pm Halloween Party
Our next Friendship Meal is Sunday, October 20th at 5pm featuring “Harvest Foods: pumpkins, apples, fruits, ground beef.” Never been? New volunteers are needed and always welcome. Bring a dish to share or help with setup or cleanup. See Narthex sign-up sheets.
(Not-so-Scary) Halloween Party! The New Initiatives Task Force is opening the doors to the community by hosting a (not-so-scary) Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26, from noon to 2 pm. Children are invited to attend in costume*. We’ll serve a hot dog lunch and have fun activities for kids, include face painting, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade outside (weather permitting). Suggested Donation: $7.00/person; $5.00/kids under 7. Invite your neighbors or come help! We are in need of volunteers to greet, take money, serve food, read stories and decoration stations, set/clean up. If you feel like donating something we could use small pumpkins, paper lunch bags and craft supplies for decorating. We would love to have you for as much time as you can give. Please contact Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org (215) 657-5198 or Kim at (267) 939-5933 email@example.com. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you. *To help ensure this is a not-so-scary event, costumes may not include weapons of any kind (real or toy) and may not be bloody or gory, and given that it’s a church event, nothing inappropriate. Adults can come in costume too, but no face masks please.*
All Saints Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, November 3, 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 2018). Please submit names to the church office by Tuesday, October 29 to ensure that their names are included in the bulletin. Chancel Choir and Bells of Praise Rehearsal is canceled for Thursday, October 31st.
Harvest Home Food Collection will be held on Sundays, November 3, 10 and 17. 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.
S.W.O.T. Project: As announced on Sunday, September 29th, the Church Council is undertaking a collection of thoughts and perspectives from congregants and attendees on the strengths (S) and weaknesses (W) of the Church, as well as perceived opportunities (O) and threats (T). Individuals will be contacted by a member of Church Council and asked for feedback. Feedback can be offered in conversation or by filling out a short form – and can be attributed (with a name) or anonymous. If you are not contacted in the next couple of weeks, feel free to pick up a form at the office or contact Shirley Liddle or Pastor. Thank you in advance for your thoughts. We hope this feedback will facilitate additional meaningful conversation and planning.
Community Concert HERE at WGUMC on Sat, November 2nd at 7:30 PM: The WGUMC Bells of Praise handbell choir will perform with Philomusica Chorale in an encore presentation of Gayle's newest piece, "With Every Breath", a concert length cantata for Tenor, Narrator, Chorus, Handchimes, Percussion and Piano. Held at 7:30pm the Saturday of All Saint's weekend (11/2), the concert will feature the "Bucket List Song" created with words from the bucket list wall/blackboard that lived here for a few weeks and on which we wrote some of our own dreams. Also woven into the fabric of the piece are insights from Willow Grove's own Cheryl Del Sordo about being a hospice nurse. WGUMC's own Don Knauss co-commissioned the piece in honor of his mom, Dot, and his sister, Linda. Cheryl was one of Dot's hospice nurses and an early collaborator for the cantata. Let's have a strong showing at the concert from WGUMC congregation! The concert may be filmed as part of a documentary. Volunteers are needed to help with riser setup and take down for the concert and ushers, greeters. Please contact Gayle Wieand or members of the choir (Rich Carley, Don Knauss, Janet Davidson, or Bell Choir members) for tickets ($20 for WGUMC members and friends. Ticket prices reflect a $10 discount for WGUMC members and friends from the regular $30 at door price.)
Save the date Saturday, Nov. 9 (8am-12noon): to assist with our All-Church Fall Cleanup Day. Many hands make light work! Expected activities include small repairs, light cleaning, general care and maintenance items. Hosted by the Trustees, those willing to give of their time, should contact Kim Hunt or Bob Mathers.
2nd Tuesdays Faith and Art Study Groups: The next session will be on Tuesday, November 12th at 10am and 7pm. The theme for this month’s discussion will be “The Peaceable Kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9)”. The assignment for that session is to take up to five photos with your phone of where you see the Peaceable Kingdom in your life. Take them around your home, your neighborhood, etc., but don’t stage anything and don’t take pictures off of the internet. Send the photos to Rick Sivers, Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 4th, to be made into a power point presentation for this session.
In The Community
Carson Simpson Farm Pie Fundraiser – All pies are $15.00 and orders are due by November 1st for pick up on November 26, 1 to 6 pm. Order forms are in the church office or for more information call 215 659-0232.
Leadership, Law Enforcement, and Love: Attacking Anti-Semitism and Racism in the Commonwealth. Monday, November 4th from 7 – 8:30 pm at Salem Baptist Church, 2741 Woodland Rd, Abington. An Evening discussion with Josh Shapiro, PA Attorney General and Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, Executive Director, PA Human Relations Commission.
Senior Seminar sponsored by Oak Street Health and the Hope and Help Network – Tuesday, November 20th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Carriage House at Abington Baptist Church, 1501 Huntingdon Rd, Abington. See bulletin board for more information.