Announcements for June 16, 2013

posted Jun 13, 2013, 5:34 AM by Susan Granski

Season of Growth

Each week during Pentecost there will be Season of Growth word announced during worship on Sunday. These words are a way to consider where God is calling you to grow. Unlike our physical growth which ends early in our lives, our spiritual growth is ongoing. But while we do not cause our own growth when we are children, there are things we can do to create an environment for our spiritual development. Each of the words is an ingredient for growth; a way that we can prepare the ground of our lives for God to work in and through us. The words we have considered so far this Pentecost are: repentance, forgiveness, and trust.

As part of our Season of Growth initiative, a SUMMER IS ON! calendar was distributed at the Strawberry Festival. you did not get your bright green copy, look for one after worship today. information will soon be posted to the FUMC website as well. Please check it out and join in!

Planning for next year is upon us! the Fellowship Room are idea charts for various congregational and small group activities. you want to plant a seed and watch it grow? your idea up and run with it or sign on to help with a listed activity which inspires you. dates and confirmation of activities will take place in late August in order to prepare an Activity Calendar for the next cycle.

The Hope Circle Family Cookout will be next Sunday, June 23 at 4pm at Sarah Ashworth's home-159 Sandford Ave, North Plainfield. The Hope Circle is a group of women who meet once a month to support each other in spiritual growth. We invite any woman who would like to be a part of Hope Circle to join us, along with her family. Please RSVP to Sarah at

Blood Drive - Scholarship Blood Drive for Mary Barber will take place on June 24, 2013 from 2 PM – 8:30 PM at the Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Avenue. Sign-up in the Narthex (see Randy or Cindy Howell) or contact Mary Barber via Facebook!

Movie Night at FUMC - Join us on Friday, June 28 for the movie Soul Surfer, the inspiring story of teen surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack. by friends, family and her faith she overcame all odds to become a champion again. movie is rated PG mainly for the scenes related to the attack. Gather to set up at 6:30 for a 7PM show start, running time 106 min. more information, contact Marcee Rogers (

Join us for a Somerset Patriots baseball game on Saturday, July 6, fireworks after the game! Meet at 6:30 PM at TD Bank Ball Park in Bridgewater. Tickets are $9.50-$13.50. To arrange tickets with the group, please contact Sarah Ashworth by June 27 or earlier

The Family Caregiver's Group continues to meet twice monthly at FUMC on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30. We gather to share experiences, exchange information and to care for and encourage each other. Our upcoming meeting dates are June 23 and July 7. Facilitator is Sue Bottorff.

Summer Camp Brochures and Registration Forms for Aldersgate Center and Pinelands Center at Mt. Misery are now available on the GNJ Conference website at (Brochures are also available in the church office.) Scholarships are available for families in need through the conference office.

Meal and a Mission

Be a part of Meal and a Mission: Dinner, a show, prayer and a mission on Thursday July 18 at 6 pm. It doesn’t get better than this! This is a time for fellowship to benefit UMCOR Relief. You can have fun and help in so many ways –

Join the dinner team and use your talents to feed the dinner attendees –

  • We need people to supply the following:
      • Salad
      • Bread
      • Casserole
      • Desserts
  • Help serve the meal
  • Come and eat with us and work on the mission activity
  • Donate items for the Relief Kits

There will be sign ups available before and after church or simply contact Traci Basaman

Please contact Traci Basaman  or Marcee Rogers with any questions.