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NOAH lunch packing

GPUMC will be packing lunches for the NOAH project after church on Sunday, July 25.

We are creating 300 lunches for men and women served by the NOAH project at Central United Methodist Church. Their need is endless and the NOAH Project relies on the generosity of churches, synagogues, and organizations to help them execute their mission to serve the homeless and hungry. NOAH stands for Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless.

We need a crew of four to six people in the kitchen to make sandwiches and another dozen in Fellowship Hall to fill lunch bags. No experience necessary!

The whole effort takes about 30 minutes depending on how many hands join in the work.

Questions? Contact Chuck Day or Rob Watt.

Greenwell memorial service

A joint memorial service for Cleopatra (Patti) Greenwell and Charles Greenwell will be at 4:30 pm Saturday, July 31 in the church sanctuary. A brief ceremony in the Memorial Garden will follow that service.

Patti, who was the choir director at GPUMC, died unexpectedly on June 30. Charles preceded her in death in July 2020.

Rummage sale returns!!!!

If the summer floods inspired you to clean out your basement, consider donating those used items to the UMW Rummage Sale, which will return in October.

(Can we hear a churchwide “Amen!” to that?)

UMW will have its first rummage sale in more than two years on Friday, Oct 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2.

You will be able to deliver your rummage to the church on Saturday, Sept. 25.

It is not too early to decide how you want to support this event. UMW will be seeking help with set-up and tear-down, sorting and pricing items, cashiering, and feeding the crew of workers.  

The rummage sale team is Tamara Baubie, Diane Martin, Nancy Grose, Diane Martin, Bertie See, Pris vanHorne, and Lynn Van de Putte.

New office hours

Our office administrator, Kristyn Walker, is back in the office for several days each week after working remotely for more than a year. Kristyn will be in the office from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week. She will continue to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays.

Nametags have returned!

Our church nametags are back on the board in the narthex so be sure to stop by and pick up yours when you arrive at church on Sunday morning.

Methodist scholarships

Six of our college students have been named William K. Quick Centennial Scholars by Metropolitan United Methodist Church. This year’s scholarship recipients are Josh Dixon, Mairin Heimbuch, Zach Heimbuch, Emily McCloskey, Lauren Sicklesteel, and Julia Stein.

The scholarship is named after William K. Quick who was Metropolitan’s senior pastor from 1974 through 1998. Each scholarship is valued at $1,700 this year.

GPUMC loosens mask requirement

“As followers of Jesus, we should act in ways that promote public health, foster the common good, and care for the well-being of others. “

  • Bishop David Bard

At its meeting last week, GPUMC’s Church Council agreed that individuals who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer need to wear a mask during worship services, beginning Sunday, June 6.

“All of the benchmarks suggest that we can open safely with some limitations. But, if you are not fully vaccinated, we want you to wear a mask for your own safety,” said Cathy Lorenz, president of the church council. Children should follow whatever rules their parents establish.

Beginning Sunday, GPUMC will also increase the number of persons able to attend Sunday morning worship services in the sanctuary to 100, up from 60. Registration will still be required and churchgoers should follow the guidance of ushers for seating as we will still be following social distancing recommendations. We will discontinue taking temperatures before Sunday morning worship.

These decisions follows new guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and supported by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, and recommended by our own bishop, David Bard.

The church council decision also appears to be in line with the sense of the congregation. Fifty church members responded to last week’s survey about changing the masking requirement. Only one of those 50 respondents had not been vaccinated. Of the respondents, 74% supported removing the masking requirement, and 79% supported having a face-to-face coffee hour.

Because we are likely to have a blend of people wearing masks and not wearing masks, Lorenz encourages everyone to be patient and respectful of each person and each family’s decisions. Some individuals may be wearing masks because they are unable to be vaccinated or simply because they feel more comfortable wearing a mask, she said. “It is not our business to judge other people. Let’s not make assumptions about why someone else is wearing a mask. Let’s trust and respect each other,” she said.

The church council also agreed that we are not yet ready to return to congregational singing or to having a face-to-face coffee hour. But we will revisit both of these as restrictions continue to ease and benchmarks improve.

If you have questions about any of these decisions, please contact Cathy Lorenz or Rev. Ray McGee.

Get musical during worship  

We’ve all been missing the choir during the past year, but we’ve also heard some new voices and experienced new opportunities to hear music virtually.

Let’s keep that going!

Charlie van Becelaere is ready to sign up more singers and instrumentalists to bring the joy of music into the worship service. Charlie is happy to help folks explore what they might be able to do to help us praise God together.

Interested? You can sign up online or you can call (313-343-0760) or email Charlie van Becelaere — or even try to catch him at church.