The UnFaded Flame Update
The Olive Branch - September 2018
A Publication of the PARKER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH since 1993
Jack Stanley, Pastor
A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
everyone! I hope you enjoy enjoyed our casual Campmeeting Sundays. This past Sunday, certified lay speaker John Fuller, came over from Lynn Haven UMC to preach, Bernie Shotts brought an inspiring Lay Witness, and Rich Musgrave led some rousing southern gospel singing. Our choir has stayed busy all summer while many take it off, so great appreciation goes to them.
If you missed the service, you can catch most of it here:
If you don’t collect the newspaper, my Saturday column shared a Glory
Sighting the preacher swap we did as part of Campmeeting Sundays. You
can read it here:
This Sunday we kick-off our Fall Sermon series a bit early, with an Introduction to Creed
I Believe in God
. If you know someone struggling with their faith, wanting to believe and experience God but just can’t grasp, may be confused, or wants to just hear more, considering inviting them and asking them to give this series a change.
To prepare yourself for this opening sermon, consider reading and praying through 2 Samuel 7:22-29; 1 Corinthians 8:1-6
2 September – “Back to School” Youth & Children special service, introducing our Fall Series, “Creed” “I believe in God”
9 September -- Fall Series “Creed” part one: “What about God?”
16 September -- Fall Series, “Creed” part two: “What abo
23 Sept – Fall Series, “Creed” part three: “More about Jesus”
Ministry Positions Needed
Where and how is God calling you to serve and witness in 2019? In addition to all the other ministries and committees here is a first look at the positions we need to fill (:
- Children’s Ministry Coordinator (and member of Christian Education Committee)
- Youth Ministry Coordinator (and member of Christian Education Committee)
- Young Adult Ministry Coordinator (and member of Christian Education Committee)
- Older Adult Ministry Coordinator (and member of Christian Education Committee)
- Hospitality Ministry Coordinator (and member of Worship & Congregational Care Committees)
- Chair, Nurture & Congregational Care Committee Chair (Director of InReach Ministries and member of the Administrative Council)
- Chair, Finance Committee (and member of the Administrative Council)
- Chair, Christian Education Committee (and member of Ad Council)
- Member, Finance Committee
- Member, SPR Committee
- Member, Long Range Planning Committee
Member, Trustees Committee
- Lay Leader, member of Ad Council, and ex-officio to most committees and assist the pastor in all ministries)
1.“What we have done”: During the 3rd Quarter so far we accomplished the outside trim and cross painting. We finished the carpet installation in the Fellowship Hall. We cleaned the carpets in the entire Sunday school area, the children’s Church room, and the Prayer room. We have had repairs performed on the A/C and to several plumbing issues including the replacement of the sink and faucet in the men’s bathroom beside the choir room and the repair of the Fellowship hall handwashing sink. Brother John Briggs has stripped, waxed and repaired flooring in the Fellowship Hall and bathrooms, the choir room and the adult Sunday School classroom. We have installed a new light for the basketball court for the Ignite program. The front projector in the Sanctuary has been realigned and centered on the projection screen. The annual parsonage inspection has been completed. The required county annual backflow inspection has been completed and recorded.
2.“What we are doing”: We are currently finishing up creating the process for taking donations for the Sanctuary Carpet replacement This effort will be accomplished through donations only. We aretaking bids for the repair of the ceiling in the southeast section of the sanctuary but bids only as funds are currently unavailable for the repair. We are replacing the ceiling tile in the Prayer room and may proceed with sheet rocking the three paneled walls depending upon available materials. Funds for the ceiling tiles were donated by the Men’s Group. We thank the greatly for their consideration. We are in the process of determining what type of flooring will be placed in the parsonage and will make such decisions on the next trustee meeting. We are having an additional night light installed near the Fellowship Hall in order to significantly increase night time lighting as the two that we currently have are too inefficient for safety and security.
3. What we are going to be doing: The parsonage flooring will be replaced as soon as possible with whatever product is chosen by the committee. Most of what we will be doing in the rest of this quarter will be driven by two factors, funds and manpower. We hope torepair the Sanctuary ceiling and finish stripping and waxing theremainder of the tile floors in the church. We also hope to replace the hallway exterior door to the parking lot as it is rotting at the bottom. Projects that require hired manpower will not be accomplished without additional funding. We are at the point where all of the repairs and maintenance work are being accomplished by two or three members. We all have abilities and talents that may help in the efforts to renew our facilities. Any small amount of help is greatly appreciated. I still encourage any and all to attend our meetings in order to
fully understand what the trustees face in accomplishing our responsibilities. All
meetings and times are posted in the monthly bulletin.
To partner in ministry with any of our projects, call BruceStrampeat819-6506. Many hands make for less sore backs.
wishes to help in any of these projects either with labor or donations, please
contact Mat Dawson or Bruce Strampe.
Get ready to get
IGNITE Children’s Ministry-ages K-5
grade will begin the
Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30PM
5:45-Sign-in and new registration 6:00-Meal 7:30-Pick-up
*We are in desperate need of 1 more teacher and 2 assistant teachers for this ministry.
IGNITE Children''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s Ministry-Back to School Party was a great success! Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies!
15 children attended the party and had a wonderful time with water balloon games, relays and pizza, and the children went home with a bag full of school supplies
Blessings, Eddie & Karen Williams and Katie Hunley
… Give them New Life
Do you have
some Bibles laying around that are collecting dust? How about we given them
away? If you have some Bi-bles that could live again, please bring them by the
church and leave them in the clothes closet room. Next time we go out into the
community, such as Feed the Hungry, we will offer Bibles to anyone who
The office is looking to update the recommended resources on the bulletin board near the welcome center. Electricians,
Air conditioning maintenance & repair, Plumbers, Home repair/updating,
All-purpose Handyman, Auto Mechanics,
Auto tire, many of those recommended in the past have
either retired or moved. The resources have been very helpful to our seniors and single ladies of the congregation.
If you can recommend people you have used and trust, please let us know in the office.
Call 871-4747 or Email ParkerUMC@comcast.net
Food Pantry Ministry
In August 4 PUMC helpers gave out 11 bags of food to 11_families Involving 9_adults & 3_children. We had _3_New families.
The Food Pantry is open the 2
Weds of the month from 10-12noon. The Food Pantry Ministry is
for ministry partners, if you have a little extra time and would like to be a part of a much needed ministry please call the office.
USHER MINISTRY NEWS
We are still in need of ushers.
Being an usher is easy, and you are already in church for our Sunday Service.
Linda Fors at 740-1115.
STUDENT MINISTRY UPDATES
Prepare to participate in Trunk Treats Wednesday October 31
in the church parking lot. Start collecting your goodie
Save your shoe boxes, for Pack The Box Party.
Teachers & helpers needed for all children’s programs
Contact Karen Williams or Caroline Meadows
Youth will be visiting the Humane Society in the future, we will need permission slips, filled out and returned to Caroline Meadows or Kathy Schmidt.
Youth and Shoe Box Ministry
Anyone interested in being a project leader for
"Operation Christmas Child"
the shoe box ministry please contact Caroline, 850.628.0542.
Ignite students will pack the shoe boxes at Packing Party.
If you can''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''t lead,—Donate items or monies for shipping expense.
50% of all children receiving boxes come to accept Christ.
If we ship 100 boxes we contribute to leading 50 to Christ.
That is exciting!
We are currently doing background checks for our Ministry
partners. If you have not already, signed up to be a "Rock Star” it’s not too late, we are a equal opportunity church, and
gentlemen are welcome to apply.
If there are children you know that need a home visit from our ministry team, please contact Caroline 850-628-0542.
Martha Circle News
The Book Sale raised $135 for church projects. Since the highest priced book was $1 with most books 25 cents, this was no small project. With a donation from Sherri Mark, over 40 books are going to Emerald Shores Nursing Home. Many thanks to the book donors, those who helped organize, sell, and pack up as well as the many people who told us to “Keep the change.”
God’s blessings to all. Clara Smith
With the remodeling of the Prayer Room, the Prayer book shelf will be moved to the library and the books integrated into various library sections. We are processing several DVD donations and new “to us” books including some appropriated from the book sale. Please stop in to see the changes.
If you are looking for something in particular, I am available during the Sunday School hour to help or answer questions.
Clara Smith, Librarian
Feed the Hungry Outreach Update
On Thursday September 20th there will be another opportunity to help those in need! There are many ways to help.
We are a
Blessed people. You can contact Kathy & Schmitty Schmidt / Missions & Outreach
Anyone interested in joining
the 2018 Hospitality Ministry Team, just let me know! We welcome all to SS
& Worship, give out New comer packets and follow up. We would be so happy
to share this Blessed time with you.
Anderson at 624-6770
Children’s Church is Pre-K to 5Th
9:00 Intercessory Prayer in thePrayer Room
10:00 Ladies Bible Study
6:00 Choir Practice
6:15 Cub Scouts
Ignite Family Nite
5:30 Game Time
6:30—7:30 Children , Youth & Adult Programs
The church office is open
Mon. thru Thurs. from
9:00 till 4:00
September Newsletter Articles
Due Tuesday September 26 th.
Monday September 3:
Labor Day Office Closed
Saturday September 8:
8:00 am Men’s Ministry Breakfast
Monday September 10:
1:30pm Staff Meeting
Tuesday September 11:
6:30 Student Ministry Teacher & Staff Mtg
Wednesday September 12
10:00—12:00 Food Pantry
5:45p Registration “
” Children''''''''''''''''s Ignite
6:30 Children, Youth & Adult Programs
Friday September 14:
5:00-9:00pm Lay Speaker Training
Saturday September 15:
8:00am-4:30pm Lay Speaker Training
Tuesday September 18:
10-12:noon Mary Martha Circle
Thursday September 20:
Feed the Hungry
many ways to help
Wednesday September 26
10:00—12:00 Food Pantry
Sunday September 30:
10:30 5th Sunday Gospel Group-Four Calvary
& Pot Luck Lunch
Just a reminder – if you are
travelling and visit other churches (any denomination), please write the names
of all those attending on the visited churches bulletin and leave it either in
the Library mailbox or the basket in the
books being returned. Thanks, Clara Smith Librarian
If you have
any small items that you’re growing tired of dusting and you would like to
donate them to a “good cause”, please consider giving them to be used for bingo
prizes at Emerald Shores Nursing facility. A collection box will be provided in
the library for this purpose. Thanks for your help in meeting this mission