Announcements for June 23, 2013

posted Jun 20, 2013, 11:23 AM by Susan Granski

Season of Growth

The period of time in the church year after the day of Pentecost reminds us of the Holy Spirit worked in and through the early Christians to build the Church. This season is a time for us to trust that the Spirit is still at work in each of us here at FUMC.  Each following Pentecost a 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. Season of Growth words: repentance, forgiveness, trust, and obey

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.

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 (

Still looking to be Safe Sanctuary Certified? The next training sessions are Saturday, June 29. session times are available: 9:30AM and 2PM; the training lasts about two hours. will meet in room 105. confirm your attendance with Marcee Rogers via email (

VBS volunteer staff will meet on Sunday, June 30 at 9AM in the Fellowship Room for training and program information. is for the adults, but youth volunteers are welcome to attend. The nursery will be staffed for those with childcare needs. Marcee Rogers for more information.

Need an opportunity to unleash your artistic side? Volunteers are needed to help with the creation and implementation of decorations for Vacation Bible School. Contact Marcee Rogers for more details and the work schedule.

Craft/Social Group, Wednesdays in July and August. Please join us in the Fellowship Room on Wednesdays in July and August (beginning July 3rd) from 1—3 PM. Bring your knitting, sewing and crafts or just join us for social time! We also have some fun projects that you can work on. Hope to see you whenever you can make it!

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.

One Adult Sweatshirt, Size Small. One zipped white sweatshirt with the First United Methodist logo is left from our sale (in size adult small)! It is available in the church office for $40. 908-233-4211.

Meal and a Mission. Be a part of Meal and a Mission: Dinner, a show, prayer and a mission on Thursday July 18th at 6 pm. This is a time for fellowship to benefit UMCOR Relief. You can have fun and help in so many ways – 1. Join the dinner team - we need people to supply Salads, Breads, Casseroles, and Desserts. 2. Help serve the meal. 3. Come and eat with us and work on the mission activity. 4. Donate items for the Relief Kits. There will be sign ups available before and after church or simply contact Traci Basaman

Christ Care Gatherings. Join others to learn and talk about how we each can make a difference in the lives of others. Three Christ Care gatherings are scheduled – Sunday July 7th and July 14th from 11:30 – 12:30 PM and Monday July 15 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, all in room 105. Opportunities to care for and be in ministry with others will include ministries that nurture our church family, and mission opportunities in Union County and beyond. Questions?? Contact Su Iliff at

Monday Evening Bible Study in July. Rev. Mertz will offer a Monday evening Bible study on the passage(s) he will preach on the following Sunday. Scheduled evenings are July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 6:30 PM.