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Epworth Tower Epworth United Methodist Church July 17, 2013 Website: www.epworth.com

Church Phone: 419-531-4236 Fax: 419-531-7487

EPWORTH SUMMER Fun for the Entire Family! Sunday, July 21 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the Wesley Grounds 2 hours of fun! - Bring yourself and bring your friend(s) and bring your family - Bring your lawn chair or a blanket! (laughter provided) - Plan on music & laughter, plan on action or laid back fun

2 hours of fun!

- Plan on it!

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- Summer fun games for all ages – oh yeah! - Water games for kids! (kids may want to bring swim suits)

2 hours of fun! - It’s Cake Walk time!

It’s time to celebrate SUMMER!

It’s time for a Block Party!

Energize our Missions Outreach and maybe win a cake too!


PERSONALS

Church Office Summer Hours

Congratulations

Steve and Lisa Potter on the birth of their new son, Emmett Douglas Potter, born on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Summer hours are: Now through August 30 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Joshua and Tracey Colvin on the birth of their son, Lincoln Robert Colvin, on July 2, 2013. The proud siblings are Lily and Liam.

If you’ve lost something, stop by the office and look through many items that have been found in the building over the last year.

Eric and Andrea Swindel on the birth of their daughter, Elise Claire, on July 11, 2013. The proud grandparents are Chuck and Robin Campos.

Our Condolences

All unclaimed items will be donated to the Friendly Center garage sale in August.

Doug and Ruth Ann Horlick and family on the passing of Ruth Ann’s brother on June 7, 2013.

Cakes for Block Party

Barb and Wendy Lawrence and family on the passing of Barb’s mother, Alice Sammons, on June 17, 2013.

Sunday, July 21

We need cakes for our cake walk. If you can donate a cake(s), please bring them to the kitchen before Sunday, marked “Cake Walk.”

Neil and Lynne Saunders and family on the passing of Lynne’s mother on June 18, 2013.

Patricia Miller and family on the passing of her mother, Martha Gilliland, June 19, 2013.

Allen Gutchess and Holly and Brian Bolenbaugh and family on the passing of Allen’s brother-inlaw, John Theodore “Ted” Luros, on June 26.

Emmett and Sylvia Beavers on the passing of Emmett’s mother, Jean on June 30, 2013. Janice Harris and family on the passing of Janice’s husband, David Harris, on July 3, 2013.

S4 starts August 24

Kathleen Brunt and family on the passing of Kathleen’s mother, Ruth Ermish, on July 4, 2013.

Check the weekly bulletin or stop in the Church office for more information for more information and signup sheets. 2


THANKS AND APPRECIATION With Heartfelt Thanks

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Many Thanks to Epworth from The Beavers Family! Emmett and Sylvia wish to extend heartfelt thanks to Epworth for enabling the Beavers family to have a funeral service and luncheon at our church for Jean Beavers (Emmett’s mother) on Saturday, July 7, 2013. Emmett’s dad, Emmett, Sr., especially wanted to extend his appreciation for everythingthat was done for his beloved Jean. They had just celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. Our thanks to Pastor Keith, too, for his assistance in the funeral service.

How can I ever thank you for all you have given me? For nearly all of my adult life, you have taught me, celebrated with me in happy times, supported me when life was difficult, and encouraged me as I have journeyed on my path into ministry. You will continue to be present with me as I use your “sending gifts” of the Bible, baptismal cruet and bowl, Communion chalice and paten, and very generous love gift.

As I leave Epworth to begin my ministry in Woodville, the best thank you I can think of is to promise that I will share the many gifts you have given me with others as together we strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Grace and Peace always, Pastor Carol

New Publications Secretary is on Board Caryn McDermott is Epworth’s new Publications Secretary. Caryn is a 1998 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Visual Communication Technology and has been designing print media including wedding invitations, holiday cards, and business marketing for nearly 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors (biking, running, kayaking) and spending time with her friends and family.

Thank You for 16 Wonderful Years Words cannot express my gratitude to my Epworth family for the generous love gift. I was so surprised to receive such a special gift.

It has been a blessing and honor to work for Epworth these past 16 years. Working with the Epworth Staff (now my friends) and the wonderful volunteers (now my friends) has been my biggest joy!

She is very excited to take over the realm for the wonderful Renee Wuokko, as well, to meet with and work with all of our fabulous members and volunteers. We welcome Caryn to the Epworth staff!

I’m glad I am a member here and will continue seeing all your smiling faces. Thanks again and may God bless you. Renee Wuokko

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS Men of Epworth Backyard BBQ

Attention Babyboomers

Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 16

Friday, August 16

All Men of Epworth are invited to a backyard BBQ Friday, July 19, at 6:30 PM, at the home of Jeff Roesti, or Friday, August 16, at 6:30 PM, at the home of Bob Knowles for food (brats, hamburgers, potato salad, etc.), fellowship, and informal discussions of what a men’s ministry at Epworth would include.

A summer picnic sounds nice, but it is difficult to plan with the weather we’ve been having. Even if it didn’t rain you would still have to contend with the bugs. Then there’s always the issue of “What do I have to bring?” So let’s make it easy! We will enjoy a meal and time together at a restaurant! Why don’t you invite someone new to join us?

Let’s plan to get together on Friday, August 16, at 6:00 PM at Eddie Lee’s on Nantuckett Drive near Monroe Street. Please RSVP to Janet Foster.

To make your reservation, call Nancy Fernandez at the Church office 419.531.4236.

The Friendly Center School Supplies Sunday, August 4

We are once again collecting school supplies for The Friendly Center to distribute to the children in their community. Please bring the following items by Sunday, August 4, and place them on the table that is marked in the Cloister hallway.

Special JULY 31 Wonderful Wednesday On Wednesday, July 31, from noon until 1:30 p.m., Joshua Minor from the TOLEDO ZOO will be our guest speaker for a SUMMER Wonderful Wednesday Luncheon and Program. Josh will be sharing an educational and FUN program (with some FRIENDS from the zoo) about all the great things that are happening at our Zoo. Chef Les will be cooking a Special Menu SUMMER PICNIC.

• Crayons

• Markers • Pencils

• Pens (black or blue) • Folders

• Spiral notebooks • Glue sticks

Since this luncheon/program is before school starts, this invitation is OPEN to EVERYONEseniors, kids, families, singles, zoo lovers, food lovers-everyone! Cost for lunch: $6/person. For reservations call Nancy at the Church office 419.531.4236 or email her at nancy@epworth.com.

• Hand sanitizers, bottles • Disinfectant wipes • Dry erase markers (for use on smart boards) 4

• Colored pencils • Backpacks

• Pencil cases/ pouches


MARK YOUR CALENDARS Getting Ready for Fall

Revving up for the Amazing Grace Race!

Save the Date - Sunday, August 25

One car, three teammates, a video camera, and an eye for GRACE. That’s all you need to participate in the Amazing Grace Race.

Are you planning to lead our children this fall in Sunday school? If you have never helped in education before, would you like to learn more about it?

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 11. 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.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 25 and plan to attend at 9:45 or 11:00. The Education Staff will be ready to equip you with everything you will need to know to give our children the best year ever! And of course there will be food!

Registration for the AMAZING GRACE RACE is coming soon! Watch future editions of the Tower and Sunday bulletins for more information.

Call the Education office now to tell us how you would like to serve.

Epworth’s Adult Mission Team needs your helping hands to touch the lives of vulnerable, often voiceless, people in Appalachia. October 7-12, 2013

Celebration Sunday Phone-Vitations Volunteers Needed

Thursday, August 29 and Thursday, September 5

An adult work team is being formed to assist Good Works, Inc., an excellent Christian organization bringing dignity, hope and community to those struggling with issues of poverty and homelessness in rural Athens, Ohio.

We would like to make sure every Epworth family receives a personal “phone-vitation” to Celebration Sunday and the kick-off of a new year of programs in September. Will you help make those phone calls?

You will connect with nice folks as you work together on various projects involving home maintenance, or more advanced work depending on team skills. A variety of skilled and unskilled talents are needed. Your smile, interaction, and helping hands are the primary gifts needed. At the end of the week, the Epworth team will provide and serve a public meal to about 150 persons from this community. For details, please contact Bob and Marilyn Town.

These brief calls can be made at your convenience any time between August 29 and September 5. We will provide you with a list of homes to call and points to mention. If you can join in, please call Tami Norris or call the Church office.

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A Mission Opportunity

Telling the Greatest Story Scripture by Heart

As part of our recent Saturday of Service, 11 members worked at one of Sunshine of NW Ohio's group homes. The home is located very close to our church. The goal was to meet the house manager and the ladies who live there and help out with some chores, inside and outside. We shared a pizza lunch.

The Scripture by Heart Biblical Storytelling Team brings the Word of God to life at Easter, Christmas, on the 4th Sunday of every month, and for special events. It’s not about memorizing verses word-forword. It’s about capturing the spirit of the story and letting the Holy Spirit work through you to share the lessons and stories of the Bible. Those who hear Scripture by Heart say it has helped deepen their faith and renewed their spirits. Those who present Scripture by Heart have said the same things. Our presenters often feel and understand even the most familiar parables and psalms on new levels after learning to tell the stories.

The ultimate goal is to develop a relationship with Sunshine and the seven ladies who live there—a reaching out to our neighbors.

We are looking for folks who might be interested in this mission. Sunshine will offer some training and the time schedules can be flexible. We are thinking 2-3 people for 1 hour on a regular basis (every other week to start). Call the church to sign up.

We are always seeking to add to our Scripture by Heart Biblical Storytelling Team. There are many ways to learn to tell The Story…one or more of them are yours! Scripture by Heart training classes are coming this fall. For more information, contact Beth Irwin at beth@epworth.com.

Any questions, call Mary Alice Shirk.

Charge Conference Announced Saturday, October 5

Epworth’s Annual Charge Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 AM to noon, at the Maumee United Methodist Church, as a part of a series of joint charge conferences across the district. A special feature of each charge conference will be a teaching experience. The Reverend Mr. Bill Lyle will lead an exciting seminar entitled Leadership Development. Superintendent Marla Brown reminds us that Leadership is key to everything in the church. Every ministry, every activity, and every opportunity is impacted by the level of leadership brought to the table.

Learn how to identify, recruit, train, and supervise the most important asset you have in your church. There is no greater investment than developing a church full of servant leaders who are mature and growing! Charge Conference is open to all members of the church. Members of the Administrative Council have full voice and vote. Please save the date, Saturday, October 5, for Epworth’s Charge Conference and an informative learning experience. 6


Children’s Day Out This state-licensed weekday program is for two and three year olds. It is a chance for them to experience time away from Mom and Dad, gain a little independence and social skills, and make some new friends along the way. Children may come one day per week. We have openings on most days, however, please call the Education office for availability.

It’s Time to Volunteer for Habitat Build

Pick up a form from the information desk in the narthex. It gives you instructions on how to sign up and gives you a list of all the different opportunities there are.

We will begin on September 3, so register now! There is a one-time $30 registration fee and a $50/month tuition fee.

Habitat Build Food Donations Would you like to help with the Habitat Build, but can’t really do any of the physical work? How about helping out with food donations instead! Epworth is providing meals for certain days of several different weeks during the home restoration, with the first one being the last week of July. If you are willing to make or donate some of the food needed, we are asking that you simply bring it to Epworth’s kitchen. From there, we will make sure it is delivered to the home site at the proper time.

Love Our Lambs

There is a sign-up sheet in the church cloister. You can also sign up on the Opportunites Page. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Karen Knight at 567.455.6861. Please also keep in mind any businesses (or your own place of employment) that may be interested in donating food OR the funds to purchase the food.

Preschool needs loving arms and warm hearts to care for our 3, 4, and 5 year olds at 9:45 and 11:00 on Sundays. Please consider helping in this area.

The materials are all ready and waiting for you. All we need is you! Call Mary in the Education Office or email mary@ epworth.com.

We would appreciate any help you could give!

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Health Ministries Health Ministries – What We Do and How You Can Serve Beth Irwin, Director of Health Ministries/Parish Visitor

• Home Communion: once a month, we deliver Communion to the homes of Epworth members who are unable to attend services. There are kits and guides in the Health Ministries office.

I’ve been the Director of Health Ministries a little over a month and am amazed at the number of events the office and the Health Ministries Committee coordinate month-tomonth and year-to-year. I am also humbled and inspired by the level of dedication our volunteers show in serving the homebound members of our Epworth family and to the community at large.

• Events: The Health Ministries Committee coordinates annual and semi-annual events such as the Health Fair, Blood Drives, Flu Shots, Heart Day, and more. Extra hands for setting up and taking down are always welcome.

Your time, gifts, and talents are always welcome in Health Ministries. Here are a few ways you can volunteer:

• Meals: Through the “Take them a Meal” website, we will coordinate volunteers to take meals to those recovering from surgery or illness, or perhaps who have welcomed a new baby and don’t have the time or energy to cook.

• Caring Hearts: for those who can’t get to the church, a Caring Heart takes the love of Christ into the homes of others. A Caring Heart is partnered with one member of our congregation for conversation, compassion, and fellowship through home visits. Many of our Caring Hearts have developed deep friendships with the family they visit.

If there is anything the Office of Health Ministries can do for you or a loved one, please let me know. Call the Church office or e-mail me at beth@epworth.com.

Healing and Wholeness Service

Macular Degeneration Support Group

August 13 at 7:00 PM

Facilitators Needed

Tom Amstutz, former University of Toledo Head Football Coach will offer his testimony at the Healing and Wholeness Service on Tuesday, August 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. This quiet meditative service is a respite for reflection, prayer and communion. Come to the service to pray for others, to have the community pray for your special needs, and to pray for the hurt and brokenness in the world.

Pastor Keith Luke will lead the healing prayers and preside at the service of Holy Communion. Team Members Beth Irwin, BJ Brengartner, Dolli Darah, and Penny McCartney will participate in the service.

For nearly 15 years, Epworth has been home to a Macular Degeneration Support Group, providing education, support, and fellowship for its members from the church and the community. The group meets on the second Monday of every month from September through May. The Macular Degeneration Support Group needs facilitators beginning in September. If you are available in the mid-afternoon once a month, and are interested helping this well-loved ministry continue, contact Beth Irwin at 419.531.4236, or beth@epworth.com. 8


DID YOU KNOW? Wednesday, September 18

And You Were There

The American Red Cross needs to collect approximately 300 pints of blood per day to supply area hospitals. The Red Cross is their only blood supplier.

Back by popular demand, the first person sermons for summer will take you back to the life and times of Noah, the neighbor of the woman who lost the coin, Nicodemus the night visitor, and one of the disciples in the boat when Jesus calmed the storm. Pastor Bob and Pastor Keith will offer sermons that will give you a first-hand introduction to some famous and important Bible characters to help reveal timeless Bible truths. This sermon series will continue through August 11.

Blood has a finite shelf life. Plasma, which is used to treat burn patients and those with bleeding disorders, makes up about 55% of total blood volume and can be kept the longest. It can be frozen for up to a year. However, platelets, which are used to treat cancer patients or organ recipients, have a shelf life of only 5 days. Red blood cells are used in trauma and surgery patients, and have a shelf life of 42 days. Whole blood contains all of these components, as well as white cells, and that’s what’s collected when you donate a pint of blood during an American Red Cross blood drive. Among all blood donations, a small percentage remain whole blood donations and those are used for newborns and open heart surgery patients. Other pints are run through a centrifuge and separated into red cells, platelets, and plasma.

The Epworth Furniture Ministry We are always in need of items to gift to the families we serve. Instead of giving you a long list of those needs, we're going to make this list short and sweet. "THINK SLEEP!" We are in critical need of beds of any size, sheets and blankets. So, as you're cleaning out your closets, visiting with friends or out at garage sales, "THINK SLEEP!"

Think about it: your single pint donation could help three people!

Furniture Ministry

The next American Red Cross blood drive at Epworth United Methodist Church is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th from 3 to 8pm in the Family Life Center. Look for sign up information in August, and if you have any questions, call Beth Irwin, Director of Health Ministries, at 419.531.4236.

Next pickup dates: July 27, August 10, 24 Client selection dates: July 20, August 17, September 21 Arrange a donation pickup: Call 567.694.3710

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Epworth Sunday Morning Education Program Nursery, Toddler, and Pre-school Nursery and Toddler childcare meet at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 in the pre-school wing. Our Toddlers learn from Play-n-Worship lessons geared to two year olds which let them know how much we love them, and how much God loves them.

Pre-school Education Preschool children ages 3 to 5 years-old not yet in kindergarten are invited to join us Sunday morning in rooms 112 and 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 Pennies for Jesus offering to buy Children’s Bibles to send with our mission teams. This exciting new approach to preschool education will have your child singing, praying, and worshiping all week long! Elementary (Kindergarten through Fifth Grade) at 9:45 In The Kingdom This Summer This summer our Kingdom will be transformed into the city of Athens. Last year during VBS we visited Babylon. This year during summer Kingdom classes for our elementary children, we will be in Athens to learn about Paul’s dangerous journeys to share the truth about Jesus. If you would like to help for one week or two, or the whole summer, we have many ways you can help. You can be a shopkeeper, a tribe leader, a music leader, or Paul himself! All of the lessons are planned for you, and all of the materials are ready for you. The children would love to get to know you! Please sign up by calling the Education office. Even if you aren’t able to volunteer to help in Athens this summer, stop in to see what the children are experiencing. There is always room for visitors in Athens! Elementary (Kindergarten through Third Grade) at 11:00 WOW (Worship Our Way) 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 prayer. Sixth Grade SLAM class at 9:45 This summer those who have finished sixth grade are invited to join the Junior High Donuts and the Bible class or assist in the elementary Kingdom class. Donuts and the Bible Junior High - Room 003 off the FLC Senior High - Room 215

Adult Education at 9:45 Adult Bible Study, 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. 10


Epworth Sunday Morning Education Program (continued) Coffee and Conversation Class, Room 020 (Volunteer Office) The miniseries “The Bible” shown on the History Channel offered adaptations of the best-known stories in the Bible. From Noah’s Ark and Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, this series took a walk through God’s story and the people in it. We are viewing clips from the series and discussing how stories of the Bible pertain to us today. We love new faces. We even have our own coffee pot! Friends in Faith, Room 101 Join us for conversation around Favorite Bible Passages: Lessons from 26 Familiar Texts. We meet every Sunday morning in room 101 at 9:45 am. New members or visitors are welcome at any time. Adult Education at 11:00 a.m. Sermon Notes Discussion, Room 214 The topic for discussion each week relates to the sermon of the day, guided by the weekly sermon notes. Feel free to drop in any time. The discussion is always interesting.

Friends in Faith Sunday School Join us for conversation around Favorite Bible Passages: Lessons from 26 Familiar Texts. We meet every Sunday morning in room 101 at 9:45 AM. New members or visitors are welcome at any time.

BUNCO

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: • July 24, at Linda Coon’s house. RSVP to Linda. • August 14, at Martha Kreuz’s house. RSVP to Martha. • September 17, at Lin Bingham’s house. RSVP to Lin.

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! The next opportunities to join us are: • On August 6 we will be discussing Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn at Linda Coon’s house at 7:00 PM. • September 24, we will discuss Cold Mountain, by Charles Fraizer. We will meet at Patty Keller’s house at 7:00 PM.

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Welcome Epworth’s Newest Members Julie Cook

Laura Gray

Julie is an RN and has a son named Cameron.

Laura is Laura Craig’s daughter.

Laura Craig

Mary Figgins

Laura is retired from Director of Food Service for Parkview Hospital.

Mary worked for 35 years at Washington Local Schools and 10 years at Owens. She is now retired.

New Stephen Ministers Commission Stephen Ministry provides a well-trained (50 hours of intense training), supervised lay person to provide personal ministry support for individuals experiencing any form of loss, life change or difficulty. Epworth now has 7 new Stephen Ministers.

Carelton and Doris Averill

Newly commissioned Stephen Ministers are: • • • • • • •

Joel and Lesley Herald Joel is a Structural Engineer for SSOE, and Lesley is a Store Team Leader for Target. They have two children, Ellie and Brooke.

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Michelle Edwards George Latshaw June Latshaw Janet McPherson Ruth Rittichier Dianne Smolen Paul Wannemacher


Friendly Center Garage Sale at Epworth - August 8-10

Mark your calendars and start collecting the items you don’t need, use or wear any more and bring them to Epworth August 6 and 7. We will not be accepting computers or televisions. The Friendly Center Garage Sale schedule is: Monday and Tuesday, August 5 and 6

Sale items are received

Thursday, August 8

Sale begins, 9:00AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, August 10

Bag Day! 9:00 AM to noon

Wednesday, August 7 Friday, August 9

Items will be arranged and priced

Sale 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Volunteer sign-ups begin now! We need YOU to volunteer for a few hours of help to make the sale a great success. If you have any questions, contact Jean Smith (419.862.3007) or Avis Snyder (419.666.2460). Collect the items you don’t need, use or wear anymore, and bring them to Epworth August 5 or 6. We want items such as: glassware cookware clothing household items baskets knick-knacks small appliances

pictures tins lamps Christmas items plastic ware books CDs

furniture toys puzzles bikes jewelry NO computers please NO TVs please

We need your items for the sale, and we need YOU to volunteer a few hours to help to make the sale a great success. To volunteer or if you have any questions, call Jean Smith (419.862.3007) or Avis Snyder (419.666.2490). All proceeds from the sale go to support the programs at Friendly Center. You can also sign up on the Opportunities Page in Sunday’s bulletin.

The Doug Horlick Weekly Golf Outing

Friendly Center Golf Outing

Join us every Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. for the Doug Horlick Weekly Golf Outing. If you enjoy a stroll or a ride in a pleasant park and golf course, join us at Ottawa Park in a non-competitive game where the scores are destroyed after each Friday! Any questions, call Dick Baker or Wendy Lawrence. See you there!

• Featuring Golf PLUS a Celebration & Auction, door prizes, range balls, goodie bags, music, meals beverages and fun! • $75 per golfer for 18 holes, cart, dinner meal ticket and 2 beverage tickets. • Contact Gus Grinstead to register!!

Friday Mornings

September 13 at Noon

Proceeds benefit The Friendly Center

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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. LUNCH BUNCH Tuesday, July 23 Burger Bar 419 5215 Monroe Street (behind Beverly Hills Plaza)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS September 20 Tentative - Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits! A satirical musical revue, created and written by Gerard Alessandrini.

COFFEE and SUCH Tuesday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m. Barry Bagels (on Sylvania Avenue and Holland Sylvania Road, behind Handel’s). Join us for a coffee or bagel and enjoy the conversation! Table topic – What was your favorite vacation?

ROAD TRIP Date/Time TBA Lima, Ohio to visit Justin Reynolds, a Purple Heart recipient and a patient in a nursing home.

Tuesday, August 20 BRAVO! Cucina Italiana (at Franklin Park Mall)

Tickets are $20. Seniors - $18. If we get 10 or more - $17. Gather for dessert after the show at Linda Coon’s house (3221 Woodley Road).

We are still collecting items for the Blessings Department that is part of our Furniture Ministry – kitchen items, sheets and blankets and bath towel sets are in great need.

OUR REGULAR FRIDAY MEETING July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Pat Miller’s house 1737 Atwood, Toledo (go south on Talmadge, turn right on Bancroft and left on Atwood). Specific info to be announced.

For more information, contact Linda Coon or Miss Kate. You may also sign up on the Opportunities Page.

LOOKING AHEAD August 23 at 6:30 p.m. Picnic on the Wesley Grounds Weather permitting, we will have outdoor games (i.e. croquet, badminton, corn toss). If you have an outdoor game, please bring it. Also, this will be a potluck, so bring a dish to pass and a lawn chair. Table service and beverages will be provided. 14


Copy of the Monthly Calendar

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!

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 calendar is always available and updated on our website, as well, at www. epworth.com.

To sign up just email caryn@epworth.com and put “Epworth Electronic Mail” in the subject line. If you have been getting this mail already and want to continue, there is no need to sign up again.

Treasurer’s Report - July 2013

2nd Quarter 2013 Financial Results Show Favorable Variance Epworth’s income over expense for the first six months of 2013 was $11,922 (136.0%) better than budgeted. Receipts from pledges, contributions and offerings was $3,747 (0.6%) better than budget and expenses were $8,175 (1.2%) lower than budget as shown in the table below. JANUARY - JUNE 2013 BUDGET ACTUAL VARIANCE VARIANCE +/(-) % RECEIPTS $680,788 $684,535 $3747 0.60% *(Pledges, Contributions, Offerings, etc.) EXPENSES $689,552 $681,377 $8175 1.20% *(Operating, Appointments, Benevolences, etc.) NET INCOME OVER EXPENSE

$(8764)

$3158

$11,922

136.00%

*Receipts from pledges, contributions and offerings, which represent 96% of budgeted income, are not received equally each month, with larger amounts received at the beginning, as well as toward the end of the year, while operating, personnel, and other expenses are more equally spread throughout the year. These factors can cause large variances on a month-to-month basis. Nevertheless, through the first 6 month of 2013, we continue to sustain a pace that is ahead of budget.

Total receipts from our Your House…Our House Campaign equaled $79,510 versus our goal of $75,000! Thank you once again for the tremendous generosity of our Epworth family! Results of our financial performance for the nine months of the year will be published in the October Tower. As always, please contact Treasurer, Peter Machin, if you have any questions. 15


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Sun Aug 11 Wed Aug 14 Thurs Aug 15

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9:45 am Donuts & The Bible in both Junior & Senior High rooms 11:00 am Lexington Mission Team attend Worship 4 - 6 pm SWAT Families at Epworth Block Party

SWAT at Cedar Point day -- includes friends of course!

8:30 am Confirmation 2013 Final Retreat through Sunday July 28 9:45 am Donuts & The Bible in both Junior & Senior High rooms 9:45 am Donuts & The Bible in both Junior & Senior High rooms 9:45 am Donuts & The Bible in both Junior & Senior High rooms 6:00 pm Confirmation 2014 Welcoming Dinner with Parents

6:00 pm Incoming 7th Graders Welcoming Dinner with Parents

9:45 am Donuts & The Bible in both Junior & Senior High rooms

6:00 pm Junior SWAT (7th & 8th Grades) Kickoff at Sportway Fun Center 7:30 pm Senior SWAT (9-12 grades) Kickoff at Sportway Fun Center

Questions about Epworth Student Ministries? Call Bob Knowles 419.509.2353 or Chuck Campos 419.902.2263 16


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