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August 21, 2013

the Visitor a publication of Flushing United Methodist Church

Our Vision Statement Preparing servants who make a difference in their community and the world by knowing Christ, sharing Christ and emulating Christ.

Church Staff Pastor

Jeff Jaggers Spiritual Formation

Lore Dearing Congregational Care

Jeanne Wisenbaugh Office Staff

Marty Cheely Pat Helmer


‌those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40

Sunday Worship 8:45 am Traditional 10:00 am Sunday School 11:15 am Contemporary

Music Coordinator

Christie Dover Choir Director

Published the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays (810)659-5172 Editor: Marty Cheely

Youth Ministries

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Matt Packer Joy Lewis

I hope that you were blessed through the 30-Day Church Challenge. The word I have received over and over again by those who participated in the Challenge Groups was very positive. People had a lot of fun and great conversation. Thank you to all of our Challenge group leaders! On the last week of the Challenge Group to which I belong, we got talking about the challenges of outreach – specifically that attending worship or aligning themselves with a church is not even a consideration for a large percentage of the American population. The church is perceived as irrelevant, judgmental, boring and simply meaningless. The bad news is that the church will never be able to change that perception. Reread that last sentence. Let that sink in a minute. No matter how loving, how relevant a congregation may be or become, there will always be the congregations who protest at soldiers’ funerals; there will always be the pastors who spew vitriolic rhetoric to stir up one group or another. And, humanity will always see the worst before they see the best. So, the church will not be able to change our society’s perception. The good news is that you and I can – one person at a time. That’s not just good news – it is an imperative. If you don’t mind me saying, it’s right up there with the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. We MUST change people’s perception of the church because the church is God’s vehicle for making disciples of Jesus Christ. Last Sunday, Jeanne Wisenbaugh told a story about Dr. Tony Campolo throwing a birthday party for a prostitute he didn’t even know to show her how much God loved her. The owner of the diner where he threw the party was incredulous that Dr. Campolo was “the church who throws birthday parties for prostitutes,” because that’s how much God loves her. Can we be that kind of church? Can you and I be that kind of people? I hope so – because I think that reflects the love of God more vividly than I have ever done before. I don’t know what people might think if we started throwing birthday parties for prostitutes. But, if we are doing it to make God’s love real in someone’s life…who cares? God, I suspect. With you on the journey,

NEW! Sanctuary Chairs The Worship Commi ee and the Board of Trustees are excited to announce that we intend to purchase new chairs for the Sanctuary. The chairs are walnut-framed with 4-inch padded seats and a contoured back for lumbar support. Each chair costs $76. We want to encourage our church family to prayerfully consider purchasing a chair plus one. The plus one is for the person who is not currently a ending a church and whom you intend to invite to be your guest here at FUMC. If you wish to purchase a chair in memory of a loved one, that memorial will be documented by a leaf on our Memorial Tree in the Narthex area. NEW! SANCTUARY CHAIRS Name: ________________________________________ Number of Chairs: ______ x $76 / chair = ____________ (In Memory Of): ________________________________ ______________________________________________ Total cost (Number of chairs x $76) _____________________ Please make check payable to “Flushing UMC” and note New Chairs in the memo line. Please complete this por6on, and place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office by October 1.

Christmas in the Summertime Each year, many individuals fill a shoebox with items to be given as Christmas gifts in other countries through Operation Christmas Child of Samaritan's Purse. School supplies, artistic materials, summer clothes, notebooks, etc. are on school sales now. It is a good time to stock up on these items. Shoeboxes and suggested items are on the mission collection station in Fellowship Hall. operation-christmas-child.

Social Action Project As part of our focus on the activities of the United Methodist Women, our unit is asking for donations to help with the Health Kits and School Kits that we send to UMCOR for use in emergency relief situations. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global developmental work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives. If you want to help with this project—please sign up on the sheets in the lobby. Our committee will assemble the kits after we receive the items listed on the sign-up sheets. (this is different from previous years.) Please be sure to follow the guidelines listed by each item. Donations can be put in the UMW tub by the mission station in Fellowship Hall by Sept 18. Thank you. Ruth Brown, Social Action Chair, 659-0705.

6th Annual Buffalo Dinner & 4th Annual Tractor Show Sat Aug 24, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Durand, MI. $12 per adult, $6 per child, children 5 & under are free. UMW Reading Program Deadline I hope you ladies have been enjoying some summer reading. Your UMW Reading Program lists need to be turned in on or before Aug 25, so that I can get them to the District Secretary before Labor Day. Thanks to all of you who are participating. Chris Osterman, Secretary, Program Resources, 810-629-7920. 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser Walk for Family Promise at Genesys Health Parks’ walking trail on Sept 7 at 10:00 am. $25, under 10 free. For more information log onto

Men’s Picnic Sat, Sept 14 The New Commandment Men's Ministry is having a picnic Sat, Sept 14 at the home of Mel Weeden. We will begin grilling around noon and we may have some entertainment in the afternoon. We are inviting all men from the church to come out, have a burger or a dog, and learn about what the NCMM is doing. See if you would like to become a part of this important church outreach! We are teams of men serving the needs of members of our congregation. We invite you to join us! For information contact Jim Thomas, 686-3615. Calling All Ladies Be part of a group of women that will sing at our worship services, one day only, on Sunday, Sept 22. There will be 2 rehearsals, Sept 8 and Sept 15, between services. You don’t have to be a good singer, just enthusiastic! The ladies will perform at both services on Sept 22 celebrating women in mission.

2013 Fall Sunday Morning


Adult Sign-up and Student Lift-Off Event Sunday, September 8 at 10:00 A.M. Elementary Sunday School - PreK thru 4th Grade SOARING HIGHER WITH GOD Children will ignite their biblical imagination and get to know Jesus by watching an animated Bible story, digging deeper into the meaning of the story and doing a fun activity! Children's classes are located in the lower level of the church. Sunday Mornings 10 to 11 A.M. starting September 8 Classes for PreK-Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade, 3rd & 4th Grade Teachers: Chrissy Latstetter, Laurel Allyn, Jessica Rowley, Mary Ellen Zeller, Lori Dorman and Beth Ward

Tween Sunday School - 5th thru 7th Grade SOARING HIGHER WITH GOD Tweens will experience engaging Bible study, quirky videos, and hands-on activities. Sunday morning tween classes are located in the lower level of the church. Sunday Mornings 10 to 11 A.M. starting September 8 Teachers: Kevin & Wendy Meredith

Youth Sunday School - 8th thru 12th Grade GOOD GOD THEATER Youth gather in the UnderGround (found in the church's lower level) to view familiar (and not-so-familiar) Bible stories through the eyes of the people whom the scriptures are about. Ted & Company (the drama producers) have a unique take on biblical matters such as Cain and Abel's sibling rivalry, Jonah's frustration with life as a prophet, and the early church's deliberations about whether Gentiles should follow Jewish law. In addition to highlighting individual Scriptures, these vignettes work together to tell the bigger story of God's love for all creation. Sunday Mornings 10 to 11 A.M. starting September 8 Teachers: Sid & Connie Roman

Adults College and Beyond Psalms: A life-changing encounter with God's Word While reading the Book of Psalms you’ll experience feelings of joy, fear, shame, sadness, and at times inconsolable rage. You’ll broaden and deepen your understanding and experience of prayer by looking at the prayers of some of our spiritual ancestors: David, Moses, Asaph, and others. Their prayers will give you

countless examples of how you are to pray and what you are to pray for— examples God expects you to follow and emulate. This NavPress Study of Psalms will help you gain a firm understand of this book’s historical context, purpose, structure and meaning, apply it’s powerful and relevant wisdom to your life, acquire personal study skills and a thirst to return to the book to go deeper into its life-transforming truths while growing in Christlikeness through a lifechanging encounter with God’s Word. Study Guide Cost - $10. This 11-week class starts September 15 at 10 A.M. Facilitator: Paul Blanchard

The New Testament DVD Study by Professor Bart D. Ehrman, from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This study is a historical introduction to the 27 books of the New Testament. The study will try to address such significant questions as who wrote the books, under what circumstances, and for what audience; we will consider what the books of the New Testament say, what they mean, and their historical accuracy. Our ultimate goal is to have a fuller appreciation and understanding of these books that have made such an enormous impact on the history of western civilization and that continue to play such an important role for people today. This year-long class starts September 15 and can be a long term commitment or week-by-week drop in. Facilitator: Carl Kinney - facilitator

The Sunday School Greeter welcomes students in the lower level to help locate classrooms and meet teachers.

2013 Fall

Beyond Sunday School Kids Church Keeping in Step: Finding God’s Way by Knowing God’s Word Kid’s Church happens during the 11:15 A.M. contemporary worship service on the 2nd thru 5th Sundays. Before the message the pastor will invite children age 4 to10 to follow the Kid’s Church leaders out of the sanctuary to Kid’s Church (Room #2 in the church’s lower level). In Kid’s Church children will hear a Bible story and do an activity related to the story. Children will return to the worship service during the closing song. Kid’s Church gives children a chance to hear the Bible story on their age level and provides parents with the opportunity to fully focus on the sermon message. On the 1st Sunday of the month children remain in the sanctuary to experience worship and communion with their church family. Teachers: Barb Ackerman, Lorie Goodale, Natalie Napier, Beth Ward

Small Group Community - Servanthood Explore how serving: honors God, reflects Jesus Christ, blesses others, matures believers, evangelizes and disciples. Six weeks starting Monday, September 16 at 7:00 P.M. Facilitator: Keri Jaggers

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Tuesday, Sept 17 4:00 pm ‘til food is gone Many volunteers needed! Workers arrive at 3:00 pm No Experience Required to begin prepping bags. Supervised Youngsters and Teens Welcome Plenty of Work for Everyone

Rummage Sale Friday, Sept 27 9:30 AM—4 PM

Saturday, Sept 28 9:30 AM—12 PM Your gently used treasures will be accepted beginning Monday, Sept 16. 16 No exercise equipment, computers or encyclopedias, please.

Earnings go to the United Methodist Women missions! Unclaimed dishes and lost & found items will be donated to the Rummage Sale.

Our Church Family Aware of a concern or joy in our family? Please notify the church, so we can share them with you. Only first names will be published in prayer concerns.

Please remember in your hearts and prayers:

✝ Dean’s mom Trudy transitioning to more care ✝ Allen recovering from surgery ✝ Dave who lost his wife recently ✝ Man with possible throat cancer

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Mike needing a room to stay in Extended family with problems Our service men and women Bill recovering from surgery Wally having a heart cath

Thank You Dear Flushing United Methodist Church, Thank you for an amazing week at VBS. I had a great time. I got a chance to make new friends, to help feed cats & dogs, and I got to learn about Jesus & God in a very fun play. I can’t wait to help next year! Love, Julia Pattee

I would like to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers, cards and well wishes during my recent illness. A special thank you to Jeff & Keri who visited me. It is very gratifying to belong to such a caring church community. Thank you again, and I’ll see you in church. Valerie Sherwood Job Opportunities The Detroit Conference of The United Methodist Church has 2 parttime positions available in the Flint area offices - Ad Assistant (3 days) and Office receptionist (2 days). FCOC Needs Flushing Christian Outreach Center clients are in need of: toothpaste, peanut butter, laundry detergent, wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, and men's jeans, especially small and very large sizes. Also needed are your prayers to make sure we're following God's plan for this center.

Fresh Vegetables The gardens are ripening! If you have an overabundance you may place it on our Blessing Table in the lobby. Please take what you can use. Donations will go to missions.

Church Calendar Sunday, August 25 Monday, September 2 10:00 am SundaySchool Teachers Church Office Closed Monday, August 26 Tuesday, September 3 7:00 pm Administrative Council 7:00 pm Trustees Committee Wednesday, August 28 Wednesday, September 4 6:30 pm Zumba Newsletter Published 7:00 pm Lay Leadership 7:00 pm Praise Band Thursday, September 5 6:00 pm Handbells 6:30 pm Zumba 7:30 pm Centrum Choir Worship Helpers Sunday, August 25 Sunday, September 1 Scripture Reader Scripture Reader Sue Durling Carolyn Malaski Greeters Greeters 8:45 am Jim & Velma Graham 8:45 am Donna Essy 11:15 am Carl & Sue King 11:15 am Jamie & Sandy Kitts Coffee Hosts Coffee Hosts 8:45 am Judy Martz, Rusty Eavy 8:45 am Dan & Pat Helmer 11:15 am John & Diane Roberts 11:15 am Mike & Amy Ford Ushers Ushers 8:45 am Harry & Ellen Hulet, 8:45 am Dave & Sue Lewis John & Marcia Henson Jim & Laragene Triplett 11:15 am John & Diane Roberts 11:15 am Laurie Pitkin Communion Servers Kids’ Church Beth Ward, 8:45 am Laragene Triplett, Hannah Nettleton Carol Dick 11:15 am Laurel Allyn, Denise Charles

Recycle Small Electronics We collect small electronic devices such as: Inkjet cartridges, Cell phones, Pagers, iPods, MP3 Players, Calculators...

Place items in the mission station basket in Fellowship Hall. Please note that we no longer collect batteries.

Newsletter Helpers Wednesday, September 4 Wally & Marion Jurvelin, Valerie Sherwood

Worship Attendance Aug 11 — 214 Aug 18 — 214 8:45 am— 99 8:45 am— 98 11:15 am— 105 11:15 am— 116



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