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It’s rummage sale season!

As surely as the leaves change colors in autumn, it’s time for the 2021 Fall UMW Rummage Sale!

The United Methodist Women have not had a rummage sale since (WHEN) so we have collected a lot of items that are ready for sale. Items that have already been donated are being stored at Frisbie Moving & Storage and will be delivered in time for the sale.

Very important: The rummage sale raises thousands of dollars each year that are used to support numerous missions in the church, the community, and beyond. In the past, UMW  has provided funds for upgrades to the parlor, furnishing the chapel, supporting the annual work camp, seed money to start a local Days for Girls chapter, supporting the prayer quilt ministry, scholarships for graduating high school seniors, and more. Still to come: UMW is committed to upgrading the “pink kitchen” on the first floor of the church

Learn more about the key dates for the rummage sale and how you can support this important church effort.

Sock-it-to-me September

With summer almost behind us, the Outreach Committee is ready to prepare for the cold winter ahead.

So, welcome to Sock-it-to-Me September when Outreach hopes to collect hundreds of pairs of warm socks plus t-shirts and underwear for the men served by the NOAH Project of Detroit.

The most requested item from the men during the winter is a pair of warm socks. They also need men’s size large and extra-large black T-shirts, and dark colored underwear.

Outreach will set up a collection area in the narthex from Sept. 12 through Oct. 3.

If you want to learn more about NOAH, you can visit its web page or its Facebook page. 

Keeping in touch with college students  

Ray is planning to text a scripture and brief devotion to our college students each week, beginning this fall. Any student (or the parent of a student) who wants to be included, should send their text contact info to Kristyn.

GPUMC’s musical future

The church is facing many decisions regarding the future of the music program, following the unexpected death of Patti Greenwell last month.

Ben Ford, who chairs the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, advised the church council at its last meeting that SPRC is seeking an interim choir director to serve until a permanent director. SPRC hopes to have that position filled by the end of August, Ben said.

“It is possible that the interim director of music may serve in the role for a couple of months. While we’re moving quickly to fill a critical position in the church, we want to make a good decision and not a rushed one.  We will keep the church informed of our progress in filling the role on an interim and permanent basis,” Ben said.

In the meantime, the Chancel Choir will resume its weekly rehearsals on Thursday, Sept. 16. Charlie Van Becelaere said he hopes the choir will sing twice a month, likely presenting pieces that it has done frequently and will require less preparation than newer pieces of music. The five-person bell choir will continue to perform once a month, he said.

This means Charlie will still be seeking individuals who can sing or play an instrument for the spare Sunday each month. Anyone interested in providing this ministry should contact Charlie.

Pub theology

Join Rev. Ray McGee on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at WaterMark Pub and Grille on East Jefferson in St. Clair Shores when he leads Pub Theology. You can arrive at 6 pm for dinner on your own or come just for the discussion, which will begin at 7 pm. The discussion will last about one hour.

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.

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.