CarePartners is a ministry that provides care to those who are hurting, feel lonely and discouraged, who need prayer, a listening ear or an encouraging word. A CarePartner is a spiritual friend who visits, sends a card or calls to keep in touch with that person. A 6-week CarePartner training is offered to those interested in becoming a CarePartner on Monday evenings from September 23-October 28 from 6:30-8:00pm. If interested, please sign up online at grandlakechurch.org/groups or call the church office at 419-586-6621. If you have questions, you may also call/text Pastor Dean at 740-746-9151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been having an amazing time with the Mobile Ministry! Our last scheduled event is:
- October 24 for the Head Start Fall Carnival from 5:30-7:30pm at the Ed Complex in Celina
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped spread the love of Jesus through the Mobile Ministry this year!
The community is joining together to pray for healing, restoration of families, victory over addiction, and for our children and youth. We will pray daily and fast at least once a week from October 27-November 17. We will break the fast with a community-wide carry-in Thanksgiving meal and worship service at the Fairgrounds on November 17. There are t-shirts for sale for $10.00 - there will be people in the Library/Commons to help you order one - for each one you buy, a youth will get one free!
On Wednesday October 30, we are going to transform the church into a family friendly Halloween party to reach out to our community with Jesus’ love in a very unique and fun way! You will not want to miss our yummy Halloween dinner, the many games, stations, and candy that will be around the church. Dinner will be served from 4:45-6:00pm. The Halloween party will be open for children with special needs from 5:30-6:00pm and to everyone from 6:00-7:30pm. Adults are encouraged to come in costumes and have a ton of fun as well! Would you be willing to help us stockpile some Halloween candy? If so, please drop off a bag(s) of individually-wrapped candy at the church office or put it in the Cauldron in the Library at St. Paul’s and in the Commons at Montezuma. Thank you for helping to make this a screaming good time for our kids!
Carolyn Leffler is our head chef for the annual Election Day Dinner on Tuesday, November 5. The traditional dinner of baked chicken, ham loaf, and all the trimmings will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm. We will be calling you soon for donations of cooked, boned chicken and broth (separated), homemade pies, cakes and salads. Servers in the dining room and willing hands in the kitchen are always appreciated. The Country Store will be from 8:00am-2:00pm on Tuesday. Bring your craft items, baked goods and produce! Proceeds benefit the United Methodist Women’s mission work. For more information on the Country Store, contact Catherine Peters at email@example.com or 419-586-3561.
Please join the United Methodist Women on Thursday, October 10 at 1:00pm in St. Paul’s Lounge. The topic is “Sisterhood for Human Flourishing.” The Bible study is from Exodus 2: 10. This is the story of Moses' birth and the women who defied the Pharaoh's order to kill all newborn Hebrew male babies. These women were the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Pauh, who told the Pharaoh that the Hebrew women delivered so fast they could not be at the delivery. Come and hear the rest of the story. All are welcome.
There is a Grief Seminar planned for Saturday, October 5 in St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall from 1:00-4:00pm with a time of greeting at 12:30pm. Rev. Elaine Sturtz will lead the seminar. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. This seminar is sponsored by the CarePartners.
CONNECT is a 4-week session to prepare you for membership at Grand Lake UMC. The classes are on Sundays, from September 15-October 6 from 12:00-2:00pm in St. Paul's Room 201. A free lunch and children's activities are provided. You may sign up by signing up online at grandlakechurch.org/groups or by calling the church office at 419-586-6621. If you are interested in becoming a member of Grand Lake UMC, this experience is just for you!
Point Fest at Cedar Point is a great opportunity to gather as a youth group. Join us for a day of thrilling rides and uplifting music. The lineup this year includes: Zach Williams, Toby Mac, Mr. Talkbox, John Christ, Micah Tyler, Egypt Speaks and Elevation Worship. Tickets are $48. Scholarships for Youth are available. Contact Liz Trigg at 419-615-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more information.
Join us on Wednesday, September 4 for the Amazing Chemistry Show! From 5:30-7:30pm, there will be over 150 hands-on science experiments for you and your family to check out in St. Paul's Fellowship Hall. Then at 7:30pm, we will join in the Sanctuary for some exploding, color changing, and oozy, gooey fun! Mark your calendars now!!
A 2nd shift blood drive is coming up at St. Paul's for those who work during the day. It will run from 3:30-7:30pm on Tuesday, September 3. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS with code “grandumc” to set up your appointment. Alison Sorenson will also be in the Library between the two worship services at St. Paul’s this Sunday. She would like some persons to bring 1 lb of ground beef to the church to be used to make tacos for that day. She will also need some volunteers to help with set up/tear down and check-in and hospitality. You may contact Alison at 419-942-0688, 260-519-0688 or at email@example.com or call the church office at 419-586-6621.
Women Attending "On Golden Pond" on Friday, August 23 - Register with Payment by July 21
The Women are planning an event for Friday, August 23. They will be heading to La Comedia in Springboro for the Dinner Theatre "On Golden Pond," leaving the church around 4:00pm. (There is an away football game that night.) Tickets are $64 unless we get a group of at least 20 people to go, and then each ticket is only $44. RSVPs along with $44 are due by July 21. We will only be able to order a ticket if it has been paid for by that date. There will be ladies in the Library on Sunday, and you may stop and reserve your spot! Or you may mark the GPS stub on Sunday, and put your payment in an envelope marked Dinner Theatre along with your name and phone number. You are welcome to bring friends!
This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Join us this Summer for an amazing time to learn that no matter what, God is Good! Roar VBS is July 14 - 18 from 6:00-8:30pm at Celina First Church of God. Roar VBS is in partnership with Bethany UMC, Grace Missionary Church, Celina First Church of God, and The Lord’s Abounding Grace. Registration is now open! Register online here or fill out the form found at the Connection Center.
Senior High Appalachia Service Project will be headed to the hills of Kentucky from July 14-20. This is open to all Youth who have completed 8th-12th Grade. They are encouraged to bring friends. The week will be spent making homes warmer, safer and drier for impoverished families living in Central Appalachia. The cost is $175 for members of Grand Lake and $325 for non-members. We have full and partial scholarships available. If you would like to participate this year, please sign your name on the sign-up sheet across from the Lounge on 2nd Floor of St. Paul’s or contact Jerry and Tammy Barger at 419-305-5238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a blood drive at Grand Lake in St. Paul's Fellowship Hall on Monday, July 1 from 11:30am-5:30pm. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code "grandumc" to schedule your blood donation appointment. You will receive a t-shirt, and a ticket to a Cedar Fair theme park of your choice, while supplies last!
The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is opening the Summer ministry to those who have finished 6th-8th Grade. Grand Lake Church is taking a team from June 30-July 6. We need youth and adults; each team is five youth and two adults. If interested, please call the church office at 419-586-6621 or contact Mark Armstrong at email@example.com or Jerry Barger at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $175.00 per person ($325.00 for non-members) and we will have fundraisers to help with the cost if needed.
There is a Women's Ministry Craft Night on Friday, June 21 at 6:30pm in St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5.00. There will be finger foods and we will make patriotic crafts! We are in need of scrap wood and fabric in shades of red, patriotic, lace or burlap. You may drop these off in the church office. Please RSVP by next Friday so that we can be sure to have enough materials. You may call the church office or mark the GPS stub on Sunday to register.
What: Original Musical Production “Chains” performed by Bethel Int’l UMC High School students
When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
Where: Grand Lake UMC, St. Paul’s Sanctuary
Chains explores the early life of the Apostle Paul as told in flashback from a jail cell in Rome. Scenes include the trial of Peter and John, the stoning of Stephen, and, finally, Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. We watch as God works in the life of this angry young man in preparation for his future ministry as an apostle. Costumes, props, lighting, and an exciting contemporary musical score help bring this ancient story to life.
*There is no charge for this event, but we will take a “love offering” to help defer their costs.
Mark your calendar for our 2nd annual GIC. This is a great opportunity for everyone at Grand Lake UMC to interact and partner with our local, regional and international missionaries. On Saturday, April 27, visit the missionaries at their booths from 4:00-5:00pm. Then, attend the International Banquet at 5:00pm and participate in a Q&A session with our missionaries from 6:00-8:30pm. On Sunday, April 28, there will be performances by our children and youth as well as Guest Speaker Max Wilkins, and you may visit missionaries at their booths until noon.
Palm Sunday is April 14! We read in Matthew 21:8 about the large crowd that welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem. In remembrance of this, we would like the children to carry palm branches in and sing at Sunday morning worship at St. Paul’s. We will meet in the Library ten minutes before each service to pass out palms. Children will carry palms into the Sanctuary, sing and then return to their class or their parents. Regular worship times: Traditional 9:00am and Contemporary 10:30am
Are you in need of a day at the beach? A day to slow down, wiggle your toes in the sand, and just bask in the warmth of the sun? Every woman longs for a day like this - even those who live hundreds of miles from the nearest coastline! SeaSide Escape is a retreat where women slow down and enjoy time with other women and with God. It is an in-depth Bible study, an unforgettable worship experience, and an open invitation for women to draw closer together, to be still in God's presence, and to sun themselves in His love.
This day away is on Saturday, March 23 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Camp Wesley in Bellefontaine. The cost is $25.00. Scholarships are available upon request. Please contact Beth Overman at email@example.com with any questions. Carpooling will be available. Turn in registration and the $25 payment today. Click here to register online.
Getting ready to do some spring cleaning? If so, don’t throw out those old shoes! Grand Lake UMC is partnering with St. John Lutheran Church in a program called “WaterStep” in which we donate our old, but preferably “gently used” shoes (even mismatches!) to a group who sells the shoes and uses the profits to build wells for people in developing countries. Donations will be collected until April 15. Please attach matching shoes by tying laces or rubber-banding them together. Bring your shoes to the Commons at Montezuma and to the Lobby at St. Paul's. Thank you!
The next Spiritual Fitness class that will be taught at the YMCA is ALPHA. The class will take place on Wednesdays, March 6-May 29 from 11:30am-1:00pm. Needed are volunteers to help facilitate as an ALPHA discussion leader and also needed are volunteers to provide and serve food for the ALPHA small group at the YMCA. Please call the church office at 419-586-6621 if you are interested in helping in either of these ways. There are also sign-up sheets in the Lobby at St. Paul's.