• Governance Board meeting tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:00 PM – Potluck Dinner; year-end projects and planning; all are welcome to participate.
• Sign-up sheet on table (next to kitchen) for the Egeler Benefit Dinner on Fri., Dec. 7 – 5-7 PM. Need volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up. Your help would be appreciated.
• Now that most of the snowbirds have left for warmer climates, we need volunteers to USHER. Please let Pete know as soon as possible!
• The Giving Tree is up! Mittens requests are for: Walmart, Target and Meijer “gift cards,” and Meijer and EZ Mart “gas cards.” These will be distributed to local families. Your donations will be appreciated. Deadline for giving: Dec. 16
Get ready for an action-packed 5-day super hero training camp where kids discover their strength in God! Hero Central VBS prepares kids to Do good! Seek peace and go after it! Ps. 31:14B (CEB). Kids at VBS Hero Central learn that God’s heroes have:
- Heart (Samuel Anoints David)
- Courage (Abigail)
- Wisdom (Jesus Goes to the Temple)
- Hope (Beatitudes)
- Power (Pentecost)
Grab your cape and get ready to fly with epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories!
VBS will be open at Empire United Methodist Church, 10500 Michigan St, Empire at 9:00 AM to Noon every day, June 25 – 29.
Empire United Methodist Church, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and Glen Lake Community Reformed Church are sponsoring this community VBS event.
Contact Laurie Taghon at email@example.com – Empire United Methodist Church; or call Tina Dunphey – St. Philip Neri at 835-0518; Gretchen Schwaiger – Glen Lake Community Reform Church at 334-4537 to register your child.
Mini-Retreat scheduled for May 8
Everyone is cordially invited to attend a mini-retreat day on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:00 AM, for a time of prayer, a program, a craft and fellowship. Darlene Logston Bonner will present a program on the US2 Missionary work she has done. She also has become active as an Origami Owl jewelry designer and will offer a “jewelry bar,” splitting the profits to raise funds for the UMW.
After Darlene’s presentation, Kay Coombs will lead a craft project – painting pine cones for table decorations.
Please bring prepped pine cones to the meeting.
To prepare pine cones:
• Fill a 5-gallon bucket 1/2 full of water, add 1 cup vinegar for each gallon of water (kills bugs, etc.)
• Soak pine cones 30 to 45 min. stirring every 5 to 10 minutes.
• Remove pine cones, place on towel to dry for 2-3 days or dry in a 200 Degree oven for 30 minutes.
• Spray with acrylic Mod Podge, keeps pine cones from becoming brittle. • Bring paint brush and pine cones to meeting. Kay Coombs will provide paint
Sunday – February 11 – after worship – PASTA POTLUCK – Come, join the fun and fellowship – Bring favorite pasta dish or tossed salad w/dressing or dessert or rolls/bread.
Here it is! The December Empire UMC “Beacon” Newsletter!
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.
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