Operation Christmas Child

November 9, 2017

Operation Christmas Child

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!)

October 30, 2017

Grand Traverse District Conference Saturday, November 11 Traverse Bay UMC 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

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.

October 30, 2017

It’s Shoebox Time again (Nov 19) … Please start collecting items!

START COLLECTING ITEMS NOW!

Buy items from list (on Fellowship Hall table) Bring them to church. Donate toward shipping costs $9/box suggested)
SHOEBOX PACKING SUNDAY, NOV. 19 after worship

October 30, 2017

Your November newsletter is now available!

October 4, 2017

October’s Newsletter “The Beacon” is now up and available!

August 10, 2017

Mmmm, Mmmmm Good – Come to our Steak Fry Sunday Aug 20th, 1-4 PM

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.

July 13, 2017

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!

May 3, 2017

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.

March 29, 2017

March Newsletter is now available on the Newsletter page!

Hi All, here’s the March 2017 edition of “The Beacon” for reading pleasure! (Click on “The Beacon” to go to the newsletter page!

March 15, 2017

St. Patty’s Day Soup Supper to Benefit Rev. Jane Logston

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.

March 9, 2017

Join Our Lenten Bible Study!

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM!

Come for Soup, Sandwiches and the Study!

This Lenten season we are dwelling upon the book of Jonah; using worship and Bible study materials from Dr. Reed Lessing.

Jonah … for Lent? Sounds fishy, but it’s a natural fit. When the Jews asked Jesus for
a sign, he said, “I will give you only the sign of Jonah.” After three days in the belly of
the earth, Jesus rose with news of God’s prodigal grace. This series of special services
explores the meaning of “The Sign of Jonah” as we follow Jonah on his journey … and
Jesus on his way to the cross. Written by seminary professor Dr. Reed Lessing.

Come and share with us!  I think you will find our Lenten study thoughtful and interesting.  There is something more to this story than what we might realize.

November 17, 2016

Join our Advent Study–”The Greatest Gift”

Come experience a Christmas like never before —
Come experience a Christmas like you’ve always dreamed of…

So come Christmas morning, you haven’t missed Him.
So come Christmas morning — you’ve unwrapped the greatest gift you’ve always yearned for —
more of Him.

This Advent we are sharing in the devotional readings of Ann Voskamp and her book “The Greatest Gift.”

Our Advent Study will begin Tuesday, November 22 at 9:30 AM.  Everyone is invited to attend.  We will be using a 4 part video that goes along with the book.  You may wish to purchase the book “The Greatest Gift,” from Amazon.com (CLICK HERE.)

We will meet through out Advent November 22 through December 20; skipping December 6th.  We will not meet on the 6th.

Hope to see you there!

November 16, 2016

The Treasure Principle

Randy Alcorn describes the Treasure Principle as being,

“You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.”

There are six keys to this principle:

• God owns everything, and I am His money-manager.

• My heart always goes where I put God’s money.

• Heaven—not earth—is my true home.

• I should live, not for the dot, but for the line.

• Giving is the only antidote to materialism.

• God prospers me, not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.

Look under our worship tab to access the sermons dealing with the Treasure Principle!  Or ask us for an invitation to RightNow Media to view the teaching videos by the author, Randy Alcorn!  Learn how God wants you to be rich in the right way.

 

November 10, 2016

Benefit Dinner For Koren Egeler – Fri Nov 18th 6:00PM

September 28, 2016

October Newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure!

September 23, 2016

The Spiritual Gifts

Recently we are talking about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and the significance of Spiritual gifts.  This Sunday I will be speaking about the Spiritual Gifts that direct a Christian’s life outwardly to others in acts of compassion and service.  I have post this coming Sunday’s Sermon online.  Also if you are interested in learning more I am leading our Tuesday Morning Bible Study, using video lessons titled, “Your Divine Design.”   This study is to help us to discern what our spiritual gifts are and how to use them. 

I am hoping that our members will take the time to work through the joys and questions of knowing their spiritual gifts and share this information with me as we are looking toward filling our leadership roster for the coming year.

I have also emailed a short survey and spiritual assessment form out to people to help us with this work.   If you would like a copy of this email sent to please let me know by contacting me at pastor_empireumc@centurytel.net

Knowing where we stand before God and how God has blessed us is one of the avenues for becoming who God wants us to be.  Your Spiritual Gifts are part of the answer in making our church a growing and living body.

God Bless you well, and remember you are a spiritually blessed person!

September 1, 2016

September Newsletter is now ready for your viewing pleasure and general edification!

August 30, 2016

New Ministry – Caregiver Support Group

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

August 28, 2016

“Connections Ministry” for Friends

 

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:

  1. Our monthly newsletter.
  2. A special summer events letter keeping you up to date on the activities in and around our church and village.
  3. Occasional emails about the ministry of our church.
  4. 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.
  5. A Christmas card and small gift from our church to you.
  6. 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.

July 15, 2016

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