What child is this? Certainly we know the answer posed in this wonderful hymn. But we also know that many people in Jesus' time had no idea who He was at his birth. Some didn't even recognize Him throughout his life, despite his many miracles. We live in a world where, once again, many people literally do not know who Jesus is. They may have heard his name, they may even come to church now and then, but they don't know Him. You probably have family, friends, co-workers and classmates who fall into this category. If so, invite them to our upcoming sermon series, "Who is Jesus?". We will be looking at the "I Am" statements of Jesus, in which He tells us beyond a shadow of a doubt, who He is and why we need Him. The series begins January 20 and will run for seven weeks. Invite everyone you know, especially those who don't really know Jesus. It might just change their lives...and yours as well.
The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is opening the Summer ministry to those who have finished 6th-9th Grade. Grand Lake Church will be taking a team(s) in June or July (TBD) for a Sunday morning-Saturday afternoon. We need youth and adults; each team is five youth and two adults. If interested, please sign up on the bulletin board across from the Lounge on the 2nd floor of St. Paul’s, call the church office at 419-586-6621 or contact Mark Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jerry Barger at email@example.com. The cost is $175.00 per person and we will have fundraisers to help with the cost if needed.
Make plans to join us at Grand Lake UMC on Christmas Eve! We are offering five worship experiences to help you celebrate Christ this Christmas. The nursery is available at St. Paul’s services. We are hosting a free dinner in St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall from 5:30-7:00pm, where you may come enjoy a warm meal and good company on Christmas Eve. We hope you can join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus!
Colossal Light Display at Montezuma with a Live Nativity and Santa's Workshop on Friday-Saturday, December 14-15
There is a live nativity at Montezuma’s campus, 40 S. High St. along with a colossal light display on Friday-Saturday, December 14 & 15 from 6:00-8:00pm. There will also be Santa’s workshop, crafts and cookies! Bring your friends and family to share the Light of Christ!
The Pajama Drive is back for another year! We have collected thousands of items for children in foster care and hope to do it again this year. The Pajama Drive will run until December 10. We will collect new pajamas of all sizes, socks, underwear, diapers and wipes. All donations may be dropped off in the Lobby at St. Paul’s and in the Commons at Montezuma. Thank you for your support of this ministry!
Grand Lake UMC will be showing the movie, The Incredibles 2, next Sunday, November 25 at 6:00pm in St. Paul’s Sanctuary, complete with popcorn and water, and it’s free! All are welcome to come enjoy this event as we prepare to begin the Incredible Advent Series as a church.
Grand Lake UMC is serving as a Relay Site for Operation Christmas Child the week of November 12-19. We will collect from 5:30-7:30pm Monday through Friday, November 12-16, 11:00am-1:00pm on Saturday, November 17, from 12:00-3:00pm on Sunday, November 18 and from 8:00-11:00am on Monday, November 19. See the table in the Lobby at St. Paul’s and the back table at Montezuma for ways to participate, for what to pack in the boxes. Sign up for a shift of greeting or packing boxes in the Library/Commons. Please remember, there is to be NO toothpaste or candy packed in the boxes. Thank you! Contact person: Robyn Armstrong at 419-586-7044.
Bishop Palmer is going to speak at seven sites to share the key proposals to the February 23-26, 2019 Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church from the Commission on a Way Forward. The first date, and closest site is on Sunday, November 11, 4:00-5:30pm at First UMC, Troy. You are asked to register for the meeting in advance, and may do so by going to westohioumc.org/WayForwardGatherings. You will also see the other six dates/locations and may click on a site to learn more about the human sexuality proposals ahead of time from that site.
On Wednesday October 31, 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 (word on the street is that Mark will be hitting up the bait shops for our main course!), 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 for everyone from 6:00-8:00pm. Adults are encouraged to come in costumes and have a ton of fun as well! Would you be willing to help us stock pile some Halloween candy? Please drop off candy at the church office or put it in the box in the Library. Thank you for helping to make this a screaming good time for our kids!
OUR Home Family Resource in cooperation with Celina Kiwanis Club is sponsoring Winter Warmth Day to provide winter coats, hats and mittens to children and adults in need. Coat, hat and glove donations are accepted until October 22, 2018. Please drop off items at St. Paul's Fellowship Hall or the Commons at Montezuma. If you live in Mercer County and need a winter coat, hat or mittens, come to 1107 N Main St., Celina OH in the Chief Shopping Center next to F45 Fitness on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:00-11:00am. If you would like to help on Winter Warmth Day, please call OUR Home at 419-586-4663.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for some supplies to help with their Lunch Buddies and Afterschool Program. There are supply cards at the Connection Center of St. Paul's and the back table at Montezuma with their requests. If you would be willing to help us support Big Brothers Big Sisters, please grab a card and bring back your gift by Sunday, October 14. If you have any questions, please see Pastor Matt or Pastor Mick.
New Life Christian Center, 7015 Havemann Rd, Celina, is hosting a speaker, Brother Yun, on Friday, October 5 at 7:00pm. He is the author of The Heavenly Man and will share his personal testimony and tell of the missionary vision of the Chinese underground church. All are welcome!
The next Good Works Mission Trip is forming. We would love to have you be part of this 32-hour mission. We leave Friday, September 14 at noon and return Saturday evening, September 15. We serve a Friday evening meal to approximately 120 people and are assigned to a service project in Athens on Saturday. Sign up to be part of this Community of Hope in Athens, Ohio by calling the church office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration ($50.00) and volunteer release form, which may be picked up in the church office, are due by August 10, 2018.
The West Ohio Conference holds their Festival of Sharing event on Saturday, September 15th. The support of the Church World Service Kit Program makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and around the world. Wanted are:
· Hygiene Kits
· School Kits
· Emergency Cleanup Buckets
If you wish to prepare a kit, please click here for a list of the items needed. Please bring the completed kits back by Sunday, September 9.
Join us on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00pm in St. Paul's Sanctuary as we preview the movie, "I Can Only Imagine" together. Then plan to join a Community Group that is participating in the 4-week study afterwards so that you can experience for yourself God's redemptive and transforming power as you invite Him to reveal your own beautiful and enduring purpose. This also corresponds with the church-wide sermon series starting September 9, 2018. Pastor Mick is leading a study on Wednesdays at 6:00pm in St. Paul's Room 201 beginning Wednesday, September 12 through Wednesday, October 3. The GROW magazine will be coming out on August 26, and you will be able to pick a group that fits into your schedule. Pastor Mick says, "I can only imagine the impact it will have on each of us individually and collectively as a church."
We are super excited to announce that we are doing a new church directory! It has been five years since our previous directory and we have lots of new faces. You may sign up online starting today and get just the right time for you and your family. Click here access the photography dates available. Beginning dates that are open are: August 27-30 (M-Th), September 4-8 (T-Sat) and September 21 & 22 (F & S). You will get one free family 8x10 as well as a free directory. If you don't wish to sign up online, that is okay too. We will have sign-up tables between services on July 22. We would like everyone to be included!
Thanks so much for your participation!
The Newsboys are giving a concert at the Mercer County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 11 at 7:00pm. Purchase tickets online at www.mercercountyohiofair.com or call the office at 419-586-3239. Ticket Prices: Grandstand or Handicap Seats - $30, Grandstand Wings - $25 or Track & Box - $40. Grandstand wing tickets are available in the church office for purchase for $25.00 each.
Help support local kids by donating school supplies to OUR Home, a local non-profit family resource center that helps connect local families in need with crucial resources and services. Every year OUR Home assists local families who struggle to provide adequate school supplies for their children.
The most needed school supplies are:
Solid color pocket folders
Glue bottles or sticks
Zipper school pouches
Wooden #2 pencils
Dry erase markers
Wide-ruled filler paper
*Monetary Donations are also welcome
Please return all school supplies to the Library
at St. Paul’s or the Commons at Montezuma by August 5.
IF YOU NEED HELP WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES, you can apply at OUR Home, located at 117 W. Fayette St. in Celina. OUR Home will be accepting applications thru August 2, Monday thru Thursday from 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:30pm. The supplies will be available for pick up the week before school begins.
Get ready for an adventure to an uncharted island where kids are rescued by Jesus! At Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School we will experience that kids are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life's storms. Join us this Summer for an amazing time to learn that we are created in the image of God! VBS will be offered at Bethany UMC, 416 E Wayne St., Celinaon July 15-19 from 6:00-8:30pm. Visit www.grandlakechurch.org/kids to register.
Praise through the Pain is a group that is meeting monthly to encourage individuals living with chronic illness, auto-immune diseases, anxiety, depression, infertility, miscarriages, etc. Many people look healthy on the outside, but have invisible illnesses that they battle every single day. The next meeting is Sunday, July 1, from 6:00-7:30pm at Burger King. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Mindy Sudhoff at email@example.com or Tiffany Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.