Good Morning Church:
Last Sunday we started this year’s confirmation class. The class will meet most Sundays form 3-5pm for the next 13 or so weeks. During that time we will learn what it means to be a follower of Christ in the Methodist tradition. We cover topics such as creation, sin, redemption, who is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the importance of worship and the sacraments, living a holy life and others. We pray that it will be a great learning experience for the class as well as the leaders and we covert your prayers during the process. This year’s confirmands are: Alexis Welborn, Josh Fein, Jackson Burch, Reagan Bunch, Charlie Gottlieb, Maryanne Gottlieb, and Duncan Manser.
Here is some other important info:
If you are planning to attend the informational session of Human Trafficking at Oak Forest UMC, we have arranged for the bus to Oak Forest Thursday, January 29 for the program on human trafficking. Terrence Powell will be our driver. Gather at 6:00pm at the church. We’ll leave by 6:10, arriving at Oak Forrest about 6:20 with plenty of time to get settled in time for the program. The van seats 14 so, please call the church office for reservations.
The Ladies Sunday School Bookclub Class, which meets in the chapel at 9:45am, is beginning a new book entitled "Holy Fire" on Sunday, February 8. Come join the class as it delves into the study of the third person of the Trinity. Books may be ordered through Teresa in the office.
The trustees are moving ahead with the renovation work in the Chapel. Storefront windows have already been installed on the outside to protect the stained glass windows and to help seal the leaks we have in the window frames. Additional work will be to finish the hardwood floors, patch and paint the walls and windows and some other things. The goal is to make the chapel more usable for the mission of the church. The trustees will need some help with the preliminary work of moving pews, taking things off the walls, and getting the chapel ready to be painted. If you can help, please show up in the chapel on January 31 at 9am. If you have any questions contact Henry Prine.
Remember to bring in your canned goods for the youth collection for "Souper" Bowl Sunday. Each year millions of people indulge themselves with food and drink while others don't know where their next meal will come from. For the past several years our youth group have participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring. Non-perishable food items are collected and we will make Green Soup from your dollar donations. If you would like to support the youth in their efforts you may do so by bringing in your food items and placing them in the basket in the glass hallway outside the sanctuary and start saving your dollars (or other green denominations) for our Green soup on February 1st!
Our annual Trinity Soup Kitchen trip will be Sunday, February 8th. We will travel to Atlanta to feed 200 + folks a hot lunch. Donations of vegetable/vegetable beef soup are needed as well as sliced lunch meat, peanut butter and jelly. PB & J may be brought in now and placed in the basket in the kitchen. Please freeze soup in gallon zip-loc bags and bring it in the week of February 1st, lunch meat may also be brought in the same week. Join us on Saturday, February 7th for our SANDWICH MAKING EXTRAVAGANZA beginning at 9:00am. We will gather for fun and fellowship as we prepare the sandwiches to take to the soup kitchen.
Men's clothing items are being collected for the folks who come to the soup kitchen. The following items are needed and can be brought and placed in the basket in the glass hallway. MEN'S athletic shoes, socks & underwear, scarves, gloves and hats as well as blankets. All items can be new or used in good condition, (new underwear please). At this time, only the items listed are needed.
The youth auction is right around the corner! Remember to contact Myra with items you would like to donate. All monies raised will benefit Youth Summer Missions.
That is all for now. Be the face of Christ.