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September 18, 2013 Arts & Crafts Bazaar...page 3 Stewardship..................page 4 For Parents/Kids..........page 6 Health Ministries..........page 8 Education....................page 10 Adult Singles................page 12 Book Club/Bunco.......page 13 Trustee Overview.......page 15
Living Generously Stewardship Campaign Epworth’s annual Stewardship Campaign kicks-off with gusto shortly. For some persons, this season is a time of spiritual anticipation. For others, it strikes a jarring chord in their psyche: “Here we go again, asking for money. Four months of nagging to meet the church budget.” Yeah, I know, sometimes I have felt the same way. Before you quit reading this, let’s take a moment to examine this view.
Jesus reduced the complex Old Testament Mosaic Law into two obligations: Love your neighbor as yourself and Love the One God with all your heart (Mark 12:30-31). If you accept Christ as your Savior, and follow these two principles, the promise of God’s grace is yours. Here’s the rub: To love your neighbor as much as you love yourself, you are your brothers’ keeper. Jesus offered no weasel words (e.g., maybe,
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Epworth United Methodist Women’s Annual
ARTS & CRAFTS
and Silent Auction
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Church Office Hours 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Our Condolences Fred Mikesell and family on the passing of Fred’s mother, Kathryn Mikesell, on August 7.
Epworth Electronic Mail You can now sign up to receive electronic mail from Epworth. An email newsletter is sent on a weekly basis that is user friendly. Just go to the subject you are interested in and click. This newsletter also gives you a link to the most current Tower. Get on this list today and keep current with all the Epworth activities!
George Mugford and family on the passing of George’s sister, Nancy Mugford, on August 8. Alta Richter and family on the passing of Alta’s father on August 30.
Linda Wheeler and family on the passing of her mother on September 12.
To sign up, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “Epworth Electronic E-mail List” in the subject line. To sign up for any obituary notifications, please e-mail with “Obituary Notifications E-mail List” in the subject line.
The Epworth Furniture Ministry THE GOOD NEWS: The Furniture Ministry is serving more clients and receiving more donations than last year!
Copy of the Monthly Calendar
If you would like a hard copy of the monthly calendar, you can pick one up from the kiosk in the Narthex on Sundays or in the Church office during the week.
THE NOT SO GOOD NEWS: The Furniture Ministry does not have enough “Free Loaders” (men and women who pick up donated furniture) to handle the increased donation volume.
We need “Free Loaders” who can give about 4 hours per month on a Saturday or mid-week day. You’ll even get the famous ORANGE FREE LOADER HAT and the joy and blessing of helping our neighbors in need!
The calendar is always available on www. epworth.com.
For more information contact Ed Bardi at 419.536.1867 or email@example.com. You may also sign up on the Opportunities Page. Donations needed: bath towels & pots and pans
September Pickups: 19, 28 October Pickups: 5, 12, 17, 26 Client Selections: September 21 and October 19 Arrange a Donation Pickup: Call 567.694.3710
Epworth United Methodist Women’s
Arts & Crafts Bazaar News Silent Auction “Buy It Now” Opportunity! You will have an opportunity to buy select Silent Auction items for a set price starting October 14. Go to www.epworth.com and click on the “Silent Auction” button. Items such as gift certificates, gourmet dinners, trips, etc. will be there for purchase prior to the Arts & Crafts Bazaar on November 2. All proceeds from this event are donated to local missions for charitable programs. Help others through our Silent Auction “Buy It Now” program. Mark your calendar and check the website starting October 14!
A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to everyone who donated food, drinks, money, or their time to the HABITAT HOUSE rebuild that Epworth was involved with this summer! Due to scheduling and volunteer changes through Habitat, some of Epworth’s designated days were cancelled, so the food was put to good use in other ways. Thanks again for your support and your generosity! Karen Knight, Service Coordinator EHDOC Teamsters Residences
I want to thank all the musicians of Epworth who used their musical gifts for the Lord in worship this summer:
Donate to the Silent Auction! Donate a service or item (new or unused) for the Silent Auction. Be creative! Items like vacation cottages, babysitting, gourmet meals, boat rides, tickets, restaurant gift certificates, etc. are perfect! Contact Val Hendricks at vbhendricks@ bex.net or 419.882.8971 or Anna Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.882.1547.
Pete Vavrinek, Alta Richter, Robin Campos, Carmela Sidell, VBS Children, Joanne Kennedy, Diane Baughman, John Farley, Timothy Brakel, Liz Lehto, Darlene Boze, Jeff Boze, Alan Baker, Lauri Jones-Shepler, Kyle Folger, Pet Folger, Nate Watt, Hannah Watt, Kurt Vetter, Grant Sattler, Judy Kean, Gloria Heacock, and Barbara Craig
Donate to the PANTRY We need baked goods, candy, or bread for the pantry. Contact Lisa Keaffaber at email@example.com or 419.536.2600 or Sue Cafferty at 419.824.5288.
It is a blessing to be a part of a church with an abundance of gifts and people willing to use them for God’s glory.
VOLUNTEER Your Time Are you willing to donate your time? It takes more than 100 people to run the event. Contact Polly Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.882.7494 or Marsha Palmer at mlpalmer2@ frontier.com or 419.882.5827. Sign-up sheets will be posted in the cloister in September.
Cecil Baughman, Director of Music
Revving up for the Amazing Grace Race!
Save the Date for Sunday, October 13 One car, three teammates, a video camera, and an eye for GRACE. That’s all you need to participate in the Amazing Grace Race. Teams of four adults will leave from Epworth on an adventurous video scavenger hunt. Events include viewing the videos, a potluck dinner, and prizes for winning teams. Registration for the AMAZING GRACE RACE is coming soon! Watch future editions of the Tower and Sunday bulletins for more information.
Card and Game Party Gather your friends for an afternoon or morning of cards or board games on November 2. Contact Bobbie Raeder at email@example.com or 419.867.6825 or Martha Kreuz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.843.3818 for tickets. See the sign up sheet insert in this issue of the Tower for all volunteer opportunities. 3
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The theme for this year’s Stewardship Campaign is “Living Generously.” It is an appropriate title because the members of Epworth have continuously stepped up to the plate and given of their time, talents, and resources, whenever the need has arisen.
sometimes, if I like them) to avoid this obligation. As Christians, we are to give generously and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7) of our God given resources (money, time, talent). Our gifts assist those who are hurting financially, psychologically, or spiritually. Isn’t this Epworth’s mission? It is clearly part of our personal Christian responsibility.
We have a wonderful program implemented by a thoughtful and caring staff to show for our generosity. As we have been truly blessed, so should be spread that blessing to others through Christian education, outreach, and ministry.
Every man, woman, and child member has a role to play in this campaign. It isn’t just a matter of raising money to meet the budget; it’s taking on the personal responsibility to see that we not only reach but exceed it.
Note the programs and services our Epworth offers to members and the community at large. Review the Tower’s list of meetings, events, and programs in this issue. Wow!!
By “Living Generously,” we can expand the Church’s programs, its outreach, and its ministry of service to others.
Your giving is the only way Epworth can support these activities. Without your generous and cheerful giving, we fall short of Jesus’ commandant, and we deny our faith.
For the next five Sundays, ending with Commitment Sunday on November 10, you will hear stories of how living generously can enhance your life, the Church’s life, and the lives of all those around you.
This year, commit to Living Generously and giving generously. Believe me, the four months of “asking for money” will transform into months of joyful participation in doing your part as our brothers’ keepers. Jerry Smolen
Like our individual families, only on a much larger scale, Epworth has to be able to manage its finances, and it requires a budget to do so.
Prayerfully consider how you can help Epworth, as the “hands and feet” of Christ, reach its budgetary goals for the coming fiscal year.
Why Should You Know Your Spiritual Gifts?
Means to Me
Morning and Evening Classes Available
Epworth has been a wonderful Methodist home to raise our family, build strong friendships, celebrate the baptisms of our children and friends’ children, applaud the weddings of loved ones, gather together to honor the departed dear to us, participate in Sunday School, enjoy the church Bazaar, reunite at the Mother/Daughter Banquets, learn the Bible stories, understand the Scriptures, as well as, participate in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus.
You are gifted! The Holy Spirit gives to every believer special gifts for the purpose of sharing God’s love and meeting the needs of God’s people. How does it help you to know what yours are? Since all of us are limited in time and energy, when we choose to take on responsibilities in the church or the community to make a difference in the lives of people, doing those things that use our gifts make us more effective.
Our Epworth family allows for a fullness, a renewal, and an abundance of life. It is a place where we can give and receive, laugh and cry, rejoice and express sorrow, heal and grow. Epworth is our Hearth where all that has meaning takes place and enables the tabernacle within each of us to flourish.
My husband, Pete, has shown me that yearly giving is a big part of the spiritual process that enables us to become more than we could have imagined if we tried to do all things on our own. A big part of life’s success is letting go and trusting God’s Grace to magnify and glorify.
Knowing what your gifts are makes it clear when you should say, “No.” if asked to serve in a way that needs gifts you do not have. Knowing your gifts also makes it clear why you enjoy taking on some tasks much more than others and love saying, “Yes!” to those. If you can choose to do those things that match your spiritual gifts, you will find yourself more enthusiastic about serving, and it will seem easy! God hasn’t given to any one of us all the gifts, but to all of us as Christ’s body, the Church, God has distributed every gift so that all God wants done on earth can happen.
Hope you enjoy this season of giving. Sincerely,
It’s exciting to know how God has gifted you and can use you. Find your gifts at the next series of 3 classes. Choose the time best for you:
Friends in Faith and Living Generously Beginning Sunday, October 6, Friends in Faith will be focusing on the “Living Generously” curriculum each Sunday through November 10. Friends in Faith meets in Room 213 at 9:45 AM. Anyone may join this session to spend some more time thinking about what “Living Generously” means in daily living.
Evenings: Wednesdays, October 2, 9, and 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Mornings: Thursdays, October 3, 10, and 17 from 10:00 AM to Noon
The cost for your book is $10.00. Register by calling Nancy at the Church office or by e-mailing Pastor Marilynn at email@example.com.
Who’s In Charge at Your House? Tuesdays Starting October 1 6:30 to 7:30PM It isn’t easy being a parent. 1-2-3 Magic addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight, and proven experience. This timetested program provides easy-to-follow steps for disciplining children ages 2-12 without yelling, arguing, or spanking like:
Are you looking for a fun way to connect with other members of Epworth? Do you have younger children, infants through grade school? Then we have just the group for you!
• How to get your kids to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do (arguing, whining, tantrums, sibling rivalry, etc.)
The Parent Connection Committee has simple objectives: To help parents make time for themselves and to expand their friendships at Epworth. We even provide free babysitting and fun activities for the kiddos during most of our events! It’s a chance to get out and mingle with other adults – and maybe even re-energize your own relationship.
• How to encourage your kids to START doing what you want them to do (cleaning rooms, going to bed, homework, etc.) • How to avoid the TALK-Persuade-ArgueYell-Hit Syndrome • How to handle misbehavior in public
• How to deal with the Six Kinds of Testing and Manipulation
Save the dates below and look for more events and details in the Tower, Bulletins, and E-mails!
• Ten steps for building self-esteem
Bonfire Night at the Roesti’s Friday, October 18
These classes will be led by Julie Paulenich who has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood PK-3 and a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision. There will be an optional discussion time from 7:30 to 8:00 PM.
Game Night with the Haas’ Saturday, November 9
If you have any questions, would like more information, or if you would like to be added to the e-mailing list, please contact Cindy Franklin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.215.8029).
Sign up on the Opportunities Page, e-mail email@example.com, or call the Church office at 419.531.4236. Childcare will be provided if requested in advance.
Parents’ Social Hour
Sundays Starting September 22 Between 10:30 and 11:30 AM Are you looking for some time to connect with other young families with children from birth to not yet in Kindergarten? We have a fun new way for you to connect with each other while we take care of your little ones! Drop your children off in childcare or Sunday School, then join us each Sunday in Room 101 for some tasty treats and fellowship.
This parent hour overlaps between the 9:45 and 11:00 AM services, so that you might visit with and/or meet other young parents even, if you do not attend the same service. If you attend the 9:45 service, drop in after service, or if you attend the 11:00 service, come a little early and enjoy a few minutes of kids-free fellowship. 6
More Family Fun! Epworth ECEC Updates & Fundraiser The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) preschool is off to a good start. The classrooms and the hallway to ECEC are covered with decorations to welcome children. Kevin Baughman, son of Cecil and Diane, made the playground ready for the children. Kevin spread mulch, cleaned the play scape and pulled weeds. We are ready for some outside play!
Epworth’s Annual Trunk or Treat and Dinner Sunday, October 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
A few openings remain in the afternoon. Please contact ECEC if you know of someone interested in attending preschool. Children need to be three years old by September 30, 2013 and potty trained. Call the preschool at 419.531.7632 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trunk-or-Treat will be from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in the back parking lot and, as always, will be FREE!
If you cannot provide a trunk, the Education department will gladly accept candy donations for the Senior High Youth and college students’ trunks.
FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY! Are you looking for an opportunity to eat at a restaurant where a portion of your bill benefits ECEC? Look no more! On Monday, September 23, you may dine in or take out at Shorty’s BBQ on Monroe Street. The preschool will earn a percentage of each meal purchased that day when you turn in your coupon (available on Sunday, September 22). Nick Mancy, Owner of Shorty’s, has been very generous to ECEC and the Toledo Community, so let’s give him and ECEC our support!
New this year, Epworth SWAT will host a Haunted Truck, games, and food!
Dinner will be offered from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. You will have 2 dinner choices:
• Holy Smoke BBQ meal for $10 featuring Epworth Grillmasters with their special sauces for smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. (Tickets go on sale October 6 and must be purchased in advance.) • Hamburger or Hotdog meal for $6. (Tickets go on sale October 6 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.)
Epworth Fall Family Fun - Save the Date!! We will start the fun by meeting Saturday, October 19 at 4:30 PM by the Central Avenue doors. From there, Ed Danziger will lead us across the street for a walk at Wildwood Park. After working up an appetite, we will come back to the Church and gather around the campfire to grill hotdogs! We will provide the hot dogs and S’mores, but please bring a side dish to share. A family friendly movie will be shown in the Family Life Center, and then we will end the evening with fellowship around the campfire.
Both meals will include sides, beverages, and dessert. Proceeds from the meals will be donated to Toledo Campus Ministries, one of Epworth’s ministry partners.
If you would like to come, but can’t make the walk, the cookout and campfire will start at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP on the Opportunities Page or email karenknight60@ aol.com. Hope to see you there!
Mosquitos Can Still Get Under Your Skin It’s September, so mosquito season is over, right? Not necessarily! Mosquitos function best when the outdoor temperature is around 80 degrees. They become lethargic around 60 degrees, and can’t function at all once the temperature drops to 50. Most experts and resources say mosquito season isn’t “over” until temperatures remain consistently around 50 degrees. Given how temperatures and other factors like rainfall have swung from one extreme to the other all summer, chances are we could have a few more weeks to deal with the biting and itching, and potential exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus.
The good news is that there have been many fewer cases of West Nile Virus reported in 2013 in Ohio and Michigan. In Michigan, the Department of Agriculture reported its first cases of West Nile in horses in early September. One human case was reported in July. In 2012, there were 202 human cases of West Nile and 17 fatalities. The Ohio Department of Health reported its first case of West Nile Virus in August. In 2012, there were 121 cases of West Nile Virus and 7 deaths. Most people infected with the virus experience fever, headache, fatigue and body aches. More serious cases develop into diseases like encephalitis and meningitis, with symptoms including high fever, convulsions and paralysis.
While it appears there is a downward trend in cases of West Nile Virus, there’s no doubt mosquitos can still make a walk in the woods or evening conversation in your own backyard quite uncomfortable! Help control mosquito populations by eliminating areas of standing water in your yard where mosquito larvae develop. Encourage beneficial insects who feed on mosquitos, like dragonflies, damselflies, and spiders. If you’re outside at dusk or dawn – when mosquitos are their most active – wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes, and apply mosquito repellant. Mosquitos DO hibernate in animal burrows, hollow logs, and even basements! Perform a thorough fall cleanup – indoors and out – to reduce the mosquito population around your home in the spring.
The Macular Degeneration Support Group meets at 2:00 PM on the second Monday of every month. Anyone with macular degeneration is invited to attend, as well as friends and family. The next meeting is scheduled for October 14. Please contact Beth Irwin, Director of Health Ministries and Parish Visitor at 419.531.4236 or beth@ epworth.com if you plan to attend.
Whether you want to learn CPR for the first time or need to renew your certification, the upcoming CPR/AED training class meets your needs. The class will be held October 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The cost is $45.00 for Adult/Child CPR training and AED (defibrillator) training. For an additional $5.00, participants can also learn Infant CPR. A minimum of 6 participants is needed, and class size is capped at 20. The class fee can be paid the night of the class. To register for CPR/AED certification and/or renewal, please contact Beth Irwin at 419.531.4236 or beth@ epworth.com.
Volunteer drivers are also appreciated! If you can drive for those who would like to attend, please contact Beth as soon as possible. The Macular Degeneration Support Group meets monthly through May.
Future Care Planning
Healing and Wholeness
Facing end of life for someone you love can be eased by knowing what to expect and by knowing what questions to ask. Medical, legal, and spiritual professionals will guide this interactive approach to learning, based on research in each field. Practical aspects will include guided completion of essential forms at the last session plus handouts for additional guidance. Though each class will be a discreet unit, regular participants will gain a sense of preparedness for what is to come to all mortals - the loss of someone dear to us - perhaps even one’s self.
Epworth’s next Healing and Wholeness Service will be Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel. The service is open to the entire community.
October 2 - Maintaining Independence and Choices, Debbie Keller, LSW Advanced Directives October 9 - Medical Considerations, Katheryn Smolen, M.D. (Hospice/Palliative Medicine Certified)
October 16 - Conversations Before the Crisis, Pastor Bob Thomas, and Rites of the Church and Funeral Planning, Walker Funeral Home October 23 - What Happens to Your “Stuff” When You Can’t Decide Anymore, Tom Christensen, JD, LLM October 30 - Grieving as We Age: Seasons of Hope, Barbara Kopp Miller, PhD
November 6 - Completing Essential Documents, (A notary, witnesses, and trained guides will help you complete the forms we all need to have in place.), Pastor Keith Luke, Debbie Keller, LSW , Tom Christensen, JD, LLM
All classes begin at 7:00 PM. For additional details, see the postcards in the Narthex. To join just one or all of the classes, e-mail email@example.com or sign up on the Opportunities Page. Childcare will be provided if requested in advance.
Our speaker is Sandra Tebbe, a counselor with Renewed Hope Christian Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Counselor, L i c e n s e d Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, and Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association). Sandra will share her experience of helping individuals find healing and wholeness through riding and caring for horses. Sandra will be bringing one of her therapy horses, Hope, for a meet and greet before the service. (Meet and greet starts at 6:30 PM in the parking lot.) The service will include healing prayers with anointing with oil and the Sacrament of Holy Communion led by Pastor Schroeder. The Healing and Wholeness team participating in the service will be: Beth Irwin, B.J. Brengartner, Dolli Darah, and Penny McCartney. Cecil Baughman will accompany the service.
A free-will offering will be received. Please invite a family member, friend or neighbor who needs God’s healing touch.
Caring for the Caregiver Hospice of Northwest Ohio, in partnership with the Area Office on Aging and Epworth United Methodist Church, present Caring for the Caregiver, a three-session workshop coming in October. Participants in the class will learn to cope with changes, losses and life transitions, say what is important to friends and family, talk about end-of-life care and making important decisions, and plan for their future. Caring for the Caregiver takes place on three consecutive Tuesdays (October 15, 22, and 29) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call the Church office to make your reservation at 419.531.4236 or sign up on the Opportunities Page. To learn more about class activities, contact Patty Koury, Caregiver Educator, at 419.661.4001. 9
Epworth Sunday Morning Education Program
NURSERY/TODDLER - Childcare is available at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 in the nursery. Sing-n-Worship at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 in Room 110 - Our toddlers learn from lessons geared to two year olds which, let them know how much we love them and how much God loves them.
PRE-SCHOOL - Play-N-Worship at 9:45 and 11:00 in Rooms 112 & 114 - Preschool children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten) are invited to join us Sunday morning in rooms 112 & 114 for Play-N-Worship. Each month the children will explore a new Bible Point through stories, songs, and play. The children will also memorize a Bible verse, learn an action prayer, and collect a Pennies for Jesus offering to buy children’s Bibles to send with our mission teams. ELEMENTARY - Children, Grades K-5 at 9:45 in Room 205, “The Oasis” - Meet your shepherd for a new year as we gather in our Oasis room. We will be exploring the Bible Virtues in large and small groups through drama, music, Bible storytellers, and DVDs on our new big screen.
This month we are headed to Base Camp as we discover what God is doing in you to change the world around you. We will stick to three basic truths: WISDOM: I need to make the wise choice. FAITH: I can trust God no matter what. FRIENDSHIP: I should treat others the way I want to be treated. Then we move to the Kingdom room each week in small groups for more activities surrounding our basic truths and Bible stories. NEW STORIES EACH WEEK! Our Learn to Serve Mission Project: Please bring gently used books and small toys for the Furniture Ministry. Sixth Grade S.L.A.M. at 9:45 in Room 206 (on the second floor in the Kingdom hallway)
Youth Donuts and the Bible at 9:45 - Junior High in room 003 at the far end of the Family Life Center; Senior High in Room 215 Children, Grades K-3 at 11:00 WOW (Worship Our Way) in Room 205 - This class meets in Bible Time Players (Room 205) directly following the Pastor’s Children’s Moment. Each week the children will learn about God’s love through age-appropriate lessons packed with hands-on learning through praise, worship, and prer. ADULT -Coffee and Conversation Class at 9:45 in Room 020 - The Coffee and Conversation class will be reading and discussing the book, Now That They Are Grown: Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children by Ronald J. Greer. Copies of the book will be provided. Please feel free to join us.
Adult Bible Study at 9:45 in Room 214 - We are doing an overview of the TV series “The Bible.” We will view the entire series, dividing it into roughly 20 minute segments. It will take many weeks to view the entire series. Our overview will consider whether the series is faithful to our understanding of the Scriptures, does it enhance our understanding of historical events portrayed in Scripture, would it be useful with new Christians, and how would it be viewed by unbelievers. Join us any Sunday for what usually turns out to be an active discussion.
Friends in Faith at 9:45 in Room 213 - NOTE: We moved to a new room! - Join us for Sunday School in Room 213. We meet every Sunday morning in Room 213 at 9:45. Check the Sunday Morning Education Section for information about our current study. New members or visitors are welcome at any time.
New Class at 9:45 in the Library (on the lower level by Central Avenue door) Courageous Bible Study - This study is based on the movie Courageous. Join us as we learn to live more courageously in four areas: Responsibility: serving, protecting, and casting a vision for our family; Priorities: focusing on eternal things rather than what is temporary; Legacy: recognizing a father’s potential impact as a godly role model; Faith: strengthening our identities in Christ, increasing in wisdom All are welcome! Sermon Notes at 11:00 in Room 214 - The topic for discussion will relate to the sermon of the day, guided by the weekly sermon notes. Feel free to drop in any time. The discussion is always interesting. 10
Volunteer on Sunday Mornings
Fourth Grade Bibles and Milestone ~ Bible Mania ~ Sunday, September 29 On Sunday, September 29, fourth graders will receive Bibles at the beginning of our 9:45 service. They will then leave with their parents to attend their Milestone, BIBLE MANIA in the Family Life Center, where they will learn more about their Bible and what it can say to them through games, crafts, and wacky activities. Plan now to attend this special milestone in the faith life of your child. Call the Education office or sign up on the Opportunities Page today so we can send you a letter if you did not already receive one. We want to be sure every child receives a Bible who would like one!
Love Our Lambs
The Preschool Wing needs loving arms and warm hearts to care for our 3, 4, and 5 year olds at 9:45 and 11:00. You can help with snack, read bible stories, play games, and share your love of God. Please consider helping in this area. The hands on materials are all ready and waiting for you. All we need is you!
If you would like to be a part of this event as a helper to Epworth’s children, please call the Education office or sign up on the Opportunities Page. All we ask is that you come on Sunday, September 29 to Room 205 from 10:00 to 10:50 to assist parents and their children at different activities around the room.
Call Mary in the Education office or sign up on the Opportunities Page.
You Can Change a Child’s Life
Sign up to serve in the Education Ministry for a week, a month, or the whole school year. We have many ways to help. You can lead a class, serve as a shepherd, read a story, prepare supplies, play a game, or pray with the children. The possibilities are endless! The point is that the children need to know Jesus and need to know YOU! Call the Education office or sign up on the Opportunities Page or on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
Calling All Kids!!
Begins Wednesday, September 25 from 5:15 to 6:15 PM. All children age 4 to grade 6 are invited to join.
We are especially looking for 11:00 leaders in preschool and W.O.W. If your children are being cared for and nurtured spiritually while you are in worship or Sunday school at 9:45, won’t you consider staying an extra hour to be with those children whose parents taught your children and are worshipping at 11:00?
Children’s Hand Bells
Begins Wednesday, September 25 from 6:15 to 6:45 PM following the Children’s Choir. Children grades 4 to 6 are invited to join.
If you have any questions, please call Cecil Baughman at 419.531.4236.
Epworth [adult Singles ] Adult singles ages 30+ are invited to participate. You do not have to be a member of Epworth to join in the Christian Fellowship, meet new friends, and enrich your Christian journey while helping those in need through our outreach projects. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY at THE REP Friday, September 20 at 8:00 PM Those attending, meet at Linda Coon’s house (3221 Woodley Road at 7:00 PM) to carpool. COOKING FOR ONE Friday, September 27 at 6:00 PM For all singles (men AND women) in the Epworth Kitchen. Cost is $15/person plus a list of grocery items (to be e-mailed to you). You will be making 5 freezer meals to take home. Vegetarian meals are available. RSVP to Linda Coon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nancy in the Church office (nancy@ epworth.com or 419.531.4236) with your NAME, PHONE # and E-MAIL and if you would prefer a vegetarian grocery list.
This will be a lot of fun and also a valuable lesson on preparing healthy meals for one (or two). Bring your friends, as well, but please be sure to RSVP so we will be prepared for everyone. COFFEE & SUCH Tuesdays, October 1 and 29 at 5:30 PM Barry Bagels (on Sylvania Avenue and Holland Sylvania Road, behind Handel’s).
We had a record attendance on Tuesday, September 1 with 13 people attending! For the time being, we will meet at Barry Bagles at the table in the back corner to accomodate everyone a little better. 12
LUNCH BUNCH Tuesday, October 15 at 12:00 PM Rick’s Diner on Monroe Street. SINGLES REGULAR MEETING Friday, October 18 at 6:30 PM We are planning a soup and salad supper. Location TBA. COMING UP Road Trip to Lima The trip to Lima to visit Justin Reynolds is on hold until he is able to receive visitors. Road Trip to Shipshewana Tentative plans are still set for Tuesday, October 8. Details TBA.
For more information, contact Linda Coon (email@example.com or 419.292.0162) or Miss Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.517.3925). You may also sign up for any of our activities on the Opportunities Page inside your weekly Reminders Bulletin. *Don’t forget to bring items for the Furniture Ministry - you may bring them to any of our events. Especially needed are bath towels, sheets, blankets, pots and pans, and other kitchen items.
Friends in Faith Sunday School Join us for Sunday School in Room 213. We meet every Sunday morning in Room 213 at 9:45. Check the Sunday Morning Education Section for information about our current study. New members or visitors are welcome at any time.
Once every month the Friends in Faith women gather at one of our homes for an evening of fellowship, food and Bunco. The hostess of the month provides the main course and everyone else is asked to bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert to share. We start at 6:30 PM. The next opportunities to join us are: • October 15 at Karen Knight’s house (7107 Whispering Oak Drive, Sylvania). RSVP to Karen at 567.455.6861 or email@example.com. • November 20 at Linda Coon’s house (3221 Woodley Road, Toledo). RSVP to Linda at 419.292.0162 or coonlinda1@ gmail.com. • December 11 at Karen Wykoff’s house (1959 Pinedale Drive, Toledo). RSVP to Karen at 956.457.5239.
Friends in Faith Book Club
Everyone is welcome to join us for the Book Club. We serve up lively discussion and dessert with every meeting beginning at 7:00 PM! The next opportunities to join us are: • October 29 - We will discuss Defending Jacob, by William Landay and will meet at Linda Coon’s house (3221 Woodley Road, Toledo). • December 3 - We will discuss Inferno, by Dan Brown and will meet at Linda Coon’s house (3221 Woodley Road, Toledo).
Northwest Ohio Christian Writers Present Fall Writing Seminar
The Northwest Ohio Christian Writers present their 25th annual Fall Seminar on Saturday, October 19 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Holland Free United Methodist Church (6605 Angola Road). This year’s speaker is freelance writer and editor, Linda Karen Taylor. Linda has written and edited for the Evangelical Teacher Training Association and Youth for Christ. At the NWOCW seminar, topics include “Creating a Concept that Connects”, “Secrets to Successful Freelancing”, “Writing Short,” and “Grammar and Punctuation Changes in the Industry.” Registration before October 7 is $45.00 for members and $55.00 for non-members. After October 7, registration is $65.00 for all attendees. For details, go to NWOCW.org.
Scripture by Heart - Saturday Classes!
“Scripture by Heart? How do you do that? I could never learn to do that!”
Sure you can! There are many ways to learn to tell the stories of the Bible, but the main avenue is through your heart. Let the Spirit in and everything comes together!
Scripture by Heart training classes are taking place Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Attend one session or both! Bring an open heart, a willing spirit, and a sense of adventure! Sign up on the Opportunities Page, or contact Beth Irwin at 419.531.4236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonderful Wednesday OCTOBER LUNCHEON
Epworth member and University of Toledo Professor of Geology, Dr. Tim Fisher, will be the guest speaker at our October 2 Wonderful Wednesday Luncheon. Dr. Fisher will be speaking about The Black Swamp and other geological origins of the landscape of Northwest Ohio.
Epworth 2013 Christmas Card Everyone is invited to sign up to be listed on Epworth’s 4th Annual Christmas Card. Proceeds from the $10 sign up donation will go to our sister church, The University Church. Your name/family name will be typeset on the inside of the card as you instruct.
Chef Les will be preparing a special Oktoberfest luncheon, so please join us! Invite your friends and neighbors! Cost for lunch is $6.00. Contact Nancy at 419.531.4236 or email@example.com to make your reservation by Monday, September 30.
The cover of the Epworth Christmas Card will be designed by a church member (see below). The card will be mailed from the church to the Epworth mailing list (over 800) in early December.
You may sign up to be listed on the card in the cloister at the Christmas Card table, OR, send a check for $10 to the church office specifying how you want your name/ family listed in the card by Monday, November 11.
Fall Vesper Service “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me…” What says autumn splendor more clearly than camp songs, prayers, Bible stories, and testimonies around the camp fire? That’s just what’s planned for Sunday evening, October 6 beginning at 7:00 PM at the home of Doug and Merilee Jahnke (7915 West Bancroft Street, Toledo).
There are just three Sundays available to sign up: October 20, October 27, and November 3. Don’t procrastinate and be left off the card!
It’s an easy way for you to wish your entire Epworth family a very Merry Christmas and support the University Church at the same time!
The setting is a lovely wooded lawn with a paved fire pit for the service. Our Scripture by Heart Team will be the featured biblical story tellers for the evening with music, prayers, and the Lord’s Supper. There will be light refreshments (including S’mores). This event is open to the whole church and entire community.
Any Epworth member is encouraged to submit original artwork to be considered for the front of the Epworth Christmas card by Sunday, October 27. Please use festive holiday colors on a 6” x 9” paper (vertical or horizontal).
Yes, this will be a kid-friendly event with children’s moments, so bring the whole family!
Entries may be turned in to Nancy in the Church office. Questions? Contact Laura Ingersoll at 419.385.3891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come one, come all to SWAT’s Annual Italian Nite. Sofo’s sauce and meatballs, fresh Italian bread and butter, salad, dessert - all you care to eat. Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in Epworth’s Italian Eatery (aka Family Life Center). All proceeds go to SWAT Student Ministry Missions.
Adult meals are $7.00, children ages 5-12 are just $4.00, and ages 4 and under are FREE, or ask for the Special Family Rate of $20.00. Take out orders or table reservations for groups are available. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and business associates. We hope to see YOU! Thanks for supporting Epworth SWAT Student Missions!
An Overview of 2013 Trustee Activity The Epworth Trustees (working with the Staff, the Administrative Council, the Finance Committee and the Foundation) each year manage $250,000 to maintain assets with a value of $12,000,000. Capital spending, to repair and/or replace assets, comes from a pool of 1) Prior-year carry-forward values, 2) Current year Epworth Foundation grants and, 3) Other sources recommended by the Epworth Treasurer and approved by our Finance Committee and the Administrative Council. Highlights of significant 2013 Epworth activity are summarized below. Thirty-six piers have been installed to reinforce and raise our Family Life Center foundation. At this time, only a limited number of clean-up tasks need to be finished. A reserve fund, used for unexpected future needs, is paying for the $60,000 cost of this project. Annually, 10% of the Trustee budget ($25,000) is assigned to this reserve fund. The replacement of dated and inefficient Epworth boilers is nearing completion. The combined annual savings from using 40% less natural gas use and eliminating required boiler rebuild costs are expected to cover the financing cost for this $70,000 Project. As described in the Epworth “YOUR HOUSE – OUR HOUSE” campaign, a project to install a new ValleyView walking surface and to provide a handicapped doorway will begin on Monday, October 7th. During construction, our ValleyView entrance will be closed for a week or two – or perhaps a bit longer should unexpected problems be encountered. Proceeds from the “YOUR HOUSE - OUR HOUSE” campaign will pay the estimated $35,000 cost of this project.
Other completed capital projects, funded from within the $28,000 Grant from the Epworth Foundation, include: 1) Increasing the number of handicapped and van-accessible parking spaces and the upgrading of our parking signs, 2) Installing a new audio-visual projection system in the Christian Education Department, 3) Purchasing a new “state-of-the-art” keyboard for use in our Contemporary Worship Service and 4) A variety of landscape activities related to our spring clean-up project.
We currently plan for two other 2013 projects, including: 1) Repairs to our trim - the surface below the edge of our roof, and 2) An examination of Epworth security alternatives, with emphasis on our worship and education areas. The Epworth Trustees focus on using available resources to address a range of priorities and look to the Administrative Council and the Congregation for direction and financial support. John Ingersoll - 2013 Trustee Chairman
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Epworth Student Ministries www.EpworthSWAT.com Sunday, September 22
Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29
7:00 PM - Confirmation 2014 Retreat A Friday Begins 12:30 PM - Confirmation 2014 Retreat A Friday Ends 9:45 AM - Junior & Senior Sunday Morning Donuts & The Bible 6:00 PM - Junior SWAT 7:30 PM - Senior SWAT
Sunday, October 6
Saturday, October 12 to Sunday, October 13
9:45 AM - Junior & Senior Sunday Morning Donuts & The Bible 6:00 PM - Junior SWAT 7:30 PM - Senior SWAT
9:45 AM - Junior & Senior Sunday Morning Donuts & The Bible 6:00 PM - Junior SWAT 7:30 PM - Senior SWAT
7th Grade Fall Retreat Camp Willson Begins 7th Grade Fall Retreat Camp Willson Ends 9:45 AM - Junior & Senior Sunday Morning Donuts & The Bible 6:00 PM - Junior SWAT 7:30 PM - Senior SWAT
Questions about Epworth Student Ministries? Contact Bob Knowles at email@example.com or 419.509.2353 or Chuck Campos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.902.2263. 16