On Sunday November 19th, after church in the Fellowship Hall, we will be packing our shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child (click here for complete info). What to bring you say? Well start here:
What Goes in My Shoebox?
Start with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, or clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. See our gift suggestions according to age and gender listed below for other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to fill the shoebox.
Plans on joining us! (Sunday November 19th after church!)
Saturday, November 11 Traverse Bay UMC 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM $10 per person (includes lunch)
“Storytelling – Make Plain the Vision” Keynote Speaker: Ray Buckley, author The Main Event features author Ray Buckley. Ray is joining us from Alaska to talk about “Storytelling – Make Plain the Vision.”
Included in the morning program will be mission grant highlights and business of the district. After lunch, five exciting workshop opportunities will be presented: Ray Buckley, Native Storyteller & Author Ray Buckley – storytelling for pastors and worship leaders. He will help us tell our stories in regard to sharing the Vision or the Passion that we feel for our churches and for Jesus Christ. What are our core values and aspirational values – and how do we shorten the gap between who we are and who we believe God is calling us to be?
Charles Boayue – The Bible: The Story of Call This workshop will present a unique way to understanding Holy Spirit as God’s Call on us. The presenter will share his call story and examine how the Holy Bible is God’s call on us through story-telling. Come, relax, and see how God invites us to enter the story before it is over.
Jan Huffman – Intergenerational Story Telling Stories shape our identity and help us connect across the generations. Stories also nurture faith. They bless and strengthen the Body of Christ. We will, together, start with our stories and continue finding more opportunities and resources for next steps.
Frankfort UMC – The Art of Listening “Know this, my dear brothers and sisters; everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak.” James 1:19a. This workshop will offer practical ways to improve your listening skills as well as stressing the importance of being a good listener. Learn how to effectively use listening skills to help explore content, feelings, and spiritual concerns.
Melanie Young – Archiving Church Stories – What Do We Keep? Pastor Melanie is the chairperson of the Conference Commission on Archives and History. Does your church struggle with what to do with those files that keep piling up? Are you running out of space? Do you know what to do with old pictures or newsletters? Come and get your questions answered. 2:30 PM – Closing Worship with Holy Communion served If you plan to attend, please contact Pastor Russell.
Help support our community ministry and missions while enjoying a (locally sourced!) Grilled Steak, Red Skin Potatoes, Sweet Corn Dessert & Beverage. Bring your friends and enjoy a great community event! The hours are from 1:00 to 4:00PM.
Freewill Offering Proceeds to support Church Ministries
Empire United Methodist Church 10050 Michigan St.
Quilt Show at the the church this Saturday (July 15), stop in while you’re enjoying Anchor Day in Empire and view the work of local artisans!
Empire United Methodist Church, at 10050 Michigan Street, is planning an Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, May 20. Many artisans from the Empire area will be presenting their wares for sale, 10 AM to 4 PM, in Fellowship Hall and outside on the church grounds. Arts and crafts of all types, including jewelry, rock art, paintings, scented candles, and woodworking to name a few, will be displayed! The United Methodist Women will serve a light lunch menu and a silent auction will be held. Proceeds will go to support church ministries. Visit us early and then check out the Asparagus Festival, Saturday, May 20, in Empire.
Please join us for a variety of delicious home cooked soups, breads, and desserts, made by the ladies of the Arcadia & Bear Lake UMC.
This event will be on FRIDAY March 17, 5:00-7:00 PM
Pleasant Valley Community Center
3586 Glovers lake Rd, Arcadia
A free will offering with proceeds to benefit Rev. Jane Logston and help with expenses incurred by her recent cancer surgery and hospitalization.
Once again a family of our community is in need of our help in dealing with a serious medical issue and the associated expenses. Please join us in the church fellowship hall for a Spaghetti “Bolognese” dinner.
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We are organizing a support groups for anyone currently caring for a family member or friend.
This support group will provide an encouraging and nonjudgmental atmosphere in which group
members can freely share their experiences, concerns and solutions; learn new information
and skills , while finding friendship, empathetic listening, humor and examples of grace under pressure,
Meetings will begin Thursday, At 10 AM September 15th at Empire UMC, and continue
September 22 and 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27.
This Caregivers Group will be facilitated by Barb Foged and Kay Coombs
To join simply email the church and request to be put on our “Connections Ministry” list. This list is for friends of the Empire United Methodist Church who typically visit within our area and attend at least one worship service a year. If you live in the area and our interested in our church, we are always ready to answer questions about becoming a church member, or you may ask to be put on our constituency roll.
As a part of our “Connections Ministry” you will receive:
- Our monthly newsletter.
- A special summer events letter keeping you up to date on the activities in and around our church and village.
- Occasional emails about the ministry of our church.
- An invitation for free access to “RightNow Media.” This is like a Christian version of Netflix with a great deal of content for children, and Christian Bible Studies and teachings.
- A Christmas card and small gift from our church to you.
- Prayer Support. If you have a prayer concern e-mail it to our Connections Ministry address, and we will share your concern during our Sunday morning worship and keep your concern in our prayers.
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We just want to thank the community here in Empire for your overwhelming support of our members Bob & Carol Manning. Nearly two hundred of Bob & Carol’s friends showed up Thursday night to show there support and help raise funds that can help defer some of the many non-insurance covered expenses involved in medical regimen that Bob is currently going through. Unfortunately, Bob and Carol weren’t able to attend as Bob was just returning from a hospital visit.
Many visitor’s left cards of support and prayers for the Manning’s, if you’d like to do so, drop them off at the church office or mail them to the church and we’ll make sure that they get them!
Thanks again Empire!
Come Join Us This Easter Morning and hear the Breaking News..
Jerusalem’s own WJRU News Team investigates the mysterious disappearance of the body of Jesus.
Hear EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS from:
- Jesus’s own followers
- Pontius Pilot
Also an explosive interview from a Roma Guard who claims it was all a cover-up!
And what happened to the body of Jesus? Come and decide for yourself!
The word “Tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial. This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus’ tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.
All are welcome!
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