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Join Us for Vacation Bible School June 24 - 27, 2013
PASTORAL STAFF Rev. Emily Sanford, Pastor to Students
SENIOR PASTOR’S REFLECTIONS
Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton JShelton@gallowayumc.org 601‐326‐3455
Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton, Senior Pastor
STAFF Shanita Allen, Nursery Staff John Badley, Duke Youth Summer Intern Leslie Bingham, Missions & Outreach Director Edward Blanchard, Grace Place Host Johnnye Catherine Bradford, Crafts Al Brennan, Broadcast Media Director Willie Buckner, Facility Services Jimmy Carr, Legacy Fund Development Director Hazel Coleman, Nursery Staff Shuronda Common, Nursery Coordinator Kathy Evans, Sr. Pastors and Missions & Outreach Don Fortenberry, Visitation Ministry Lori Galambos, Children & Family Director Cansandra Gray, Nursery Staff Haile Harris, Food Services Allen Horn, Food Services Helen Ingram, Congregational Life & Care Director Linda Johnson, Nursery Staff Janet Jones, Student & Congregational Care Bob Knupp, Organist Maria Marcela Lopez, Spanish Translator Reagan Lord, Music & Arts Worship Director Jane Magee, Receptionist Samuel Magee, Security Ben Nicholson, Facility Services Sharon Patterson, Child Development Ctr. Director Patrick Payton, Grace Place Host/Facility Services Cardella Rankins, Nursery Staff Edward Ransburgh, Facility Services Ken Roberts, Visitation Ministry Sherry Russum, Finance/Administrator Catherine Schully, Nursery Staff Jenny Slack, Print & Web Communications Director Lee Smith, Facility Services, Director Angela Thomas, Finance Audra Riggs Turner, Children and Worship Arts April Vestal, Receptionist/Publications Keri‐Elizabeth Waites, Nursery Staff Joe Woolsey, Minister to Students
GALLOWAY MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 305 North Congress Street, Jackson, MS 39201 P O Box 1092, Jackson, MS 39215 MAIN: 601‐353‐9691 FAX: 601‐352‐5333
...[God] is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine... Ephesians 3:20
During this summer of transition, it is awe‐ inspiring to contemplate the many ways God has blessed the church called Galloway and the people called Methodists. Might we pray together in joy‐filled anticipation as we look forward to our next best steps? I believe they will point us to see God at work in kingdom‐building places that are greater than we can even imagine. I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me and Connie to serve side by side these past five and one half years. She is God's gift to us all and I reluctantly know that it is time to intentionally share her gifts with the entire Annual Conference of Mississippi. I am grateful that you have embraced my return as Senior Pastor. Connie's departure necessitates some staff restructuring which holds exciting opportunities. More news in this regard will come in the near future. God has already blessed our transition with the gift of Joe Woolsey. Joe will serve as Galloway's Minister to Students. He joined our staff on May 28. As the summer unfolds, you will learn more about Joe, his terrific wife, Dylan, and their passion for Christ. God is able indeed! Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton
ransition. Our life together is shifting. While I will still be present, my presence will be different. June 2nd will be my last Sunday to preach as
your pastor. I will soon begin my new role as Director of Communications and Connectional Ministries with the Mississippi Annual Conference. Your faithful discipleship has transformed my life. I can hardly believe we've been together for 5
1/2 years. Your generosity of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness has shown me how to follow Jesus. Each of you has given me a distinct gift for the journey. Galloway's cup runs over with strength and integrity. The Lay Leadership serves with courage, clarity, humor, and selflessness. The retired clergy persons whisper the needed word on any given challenging day. The staff is family. Imagining life without their daily presence gives rise to grief. Accept my profound gratitude for taking the risk of receiving a clergy couple. We are stronger because of the gift of serving among you. I especially want to thank my precious husband, Joey, for the treasure of serving alongside him. He is the real deal. The loving, thoughtful, tender, silly, faithful man you see in the public square is the gem of a husband and daddy we enjoy each day. I celebrate the gift
Farewell Reception for Connie Shelton
that Joey will continue to lead as I transition into a different role.
This shift will require all of us to live a bit differently. The
June 2, 2013 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
friendships will remain intact but the pastoral responsibilities will be stewarded by Joey Shelton and Emily Sanford. This transition will require intentionality for all of us. Know that I will be slipping in on the pew, enjoying sitting with Bailey and Jessica, preaching on occasion, and serving God in new ways that will undoubtedly stretch me. For the extravagant love of Christ that you have embodied, accept my deep and humble gratitude.
Rev. Dr. Connie Mitchell Shelton
Connie’s last Sunday as one of Galloway’s senior pastors is June 2, and we want to say a proper goodbye! We will greet Connie at a going‐away reception from 9:30 – 10:45 Sunday morning in the Parlor. And we will celebrate her new appointment as Director of Communications and Connectional Ministries with the Mississippi Annual Conference with notes of good wishes, with fond remembrances and lots of hugs! Remember, no gifts – just notes filled with all our love as she moves into a new phase of her ministry.
CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRY Lori Galambos, Director LGalambos@gallowayumc.org 601‐326‐3449
JUNE’S SUNDAY SCHOOL VERSE: You, Lord, are all I want! You are my choice. Psalm 16:5, CEV
JUNE VOLUNTEERS If you cannot make your assigned Sunday, please switch with someone else on the calendar.
SUNDAY June 2 June 9 June 16 June 23 June 30
CHILDREN’S CHURCH Jessie and Jerrod Partridge Anna and Justin Peterson Tatum and Ryan Smith Macaria and Josefino Luna Joanna and Corey Hinshaw
SUNDAY NIGHT JAM Rising 4th to 6th graders 5:00 p.m.‐ 7:00 p.m. Sunday evenings June 9 through July
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - Sunday Night Jam Bring your friends and your Bible for A MISSION
IMPOSSIBLE themed summer at Sunday Night Jam. June 9th we are kicking off our theme and getting the challenge for the summer. Look for your secret agent pass in the mail and pick one up for your friends in the Gathering Area. With God the impossible becomes possible. (Mark 10:27)
Family Picnic at Laurel Park June 30 and July 14 Bring a lunch and come over to Laurel Park after the 11:00 service! Enjoy old friends and meet some new ones! We are family, so whether you’re 8 or 88, have kids or not, married, single, or somewhere in between, you’re invited. There’s a playground and a great field for ultimate frisbee or kickball for any interested parties. Rain location: Galloway gym
CONFIRMATION RETREAT AT BEAR SPRINGS IN MAGEE, MAY 4, 2013
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 24‐27, 2013 9:00 a.m.‐ 12:00 p.m.
(ages 4 to entering 6th grade)
Meet neighbors from the Bible and around the world as we learn how to be the kind of neighbor God calls us to be. Bring your neighbors and friends for this fun For extra fun, wear time of growing closer to the color of the day God! Registration forms for both children and volunteers are available in the each day of VBS! Gathering Area, or online at 2013.cokesburyvbs.com/gallowayumc, or on Monday‐ Orange Galloway’s website. VBS CDs will be given to families who register early while Tuesday‐ Red our supplies last. (Available for $4 each online at cokesbury.com when we run Wednesday‐ Purple out.) Thursday‐ Green welcoming
To conclude Vacation Bible School we will have a Friendship Celebration at Mayes Lake Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Let’s celebrate the community God has given us!
WAYS YOU CAN HELP BLESS CHILDREN AT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:
PRAY Pray for the leaders as they prepare to teach the children the Word of God through crafts, music, games, story and service. Pray for the children to receive the Word and to apply it to their lives as they grow in their love and understanding of God. Pray for visitors who may need a church family.
GIVE Donate snacks (see Gathering Area bulletin board)
VOLUNTEER Set Up: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 we will be blowing up balloons and hanging streamers! Crew Leaders: Take children from station to station at Vacation Bible School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Monday to Thursday the week of VBS. Registration Leaders and Greeters: Monday morning of VBS we need some cheerful faces to check children in, give them their t‐shirts and show them to their groups. Clean Up: Thursday after Vacation Bible School many hands make for a quick clean up! Contact Lori to volunteer or for more information.
We invite you to come join the Fun!
MISSIONS & OUTREACH MINISTRY Leslie Bingham, Director LBingham@gallowayumc.org 601‐326‐3443
ALL HANDS ON DECK!
“Summer time and the livin’ is easy” goes the song… but not the pace, in Missions & Outreach!
Mission Fest June 2‐6 Stewpot Food Pantry June 3‐7 GP Cook Day June 15 VBS June 24‐27
Grace Place is graced with Keller Williams—RED Day
With all that summer holds‐ (including our summer vacations)
all volunteers are greatly needed. If you have spare time, especially mornings, please call the M&O office to see when and where you can pitch in! Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ!
See by the faces, how much fun you can have while volunteering with Grace Place! What is Red Day? RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year‐round commitment to improving our local communities. Each year, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve. Under the leadership of a very familiar face to Grace Place, Pam Meek led this merry band of volunteers in serving our morning meal, purchasing and packing snack bags and miraculously transforming the clothes closet into an organized, stacked, labeled and sorted‐by‐size masterpiece…at least until next Clothes Closet Day! It was a great blessing to have fresh, energetic new faces serving the Grace Place guests. All volunteers left at the end of the morning with new perspectives, the awareness of and desire to see needs be met and the hopes of returning again to volunteer.
FROM ALL THE GRACE PLACE GANG, AND ESPECIALLY ME, TO ALL THE KELLER WILLIAMS AGENTS WE SAY A GREAT BIG “THANK YOU!!!” I hope this group will serve as an inspiration to other office groups, corporations and outside organizations! We welcome the help of any group, any size, anytime! Just call the M&O office to schedule your group’s time to visit! Just think of the ripple effect if every business represented by our GUMC membership picked just one day a year to come volunteer! That would be a witness of “heaven on earth” for sure!
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV) We hear a lot about Grace Place at Galloway. If you spend much time talking with me, you hear a lot about Grace Place from me. Perhaps if you’ve never been a part of Grace Place you wonder , “What’s all the talk about?” I share with you this picture, taken by the gifted Mark Wall, faithful Grace Place volunteer. He is more than that actually. He and his wife Kathy along with Bill Underwood (and others too) faithfully, as in almost daily, assist with Grace Place. Often helping way beyond the hours or walls of Grace Place, they don’t just serve a meal, they mentor a friend. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and a lot of effort. Mark took this picture on the side of a country road in the mountains. The moment I happened to catch a glimpse of it as he was scrolling one day through pictures on his camera, it caught my eye. I knew at that moment it told the Grace Place story. In case you can’t tell, it’s an abandoned Rolls Royce. A quick internet search told me a new one goes for $500,000. Here it sits, rusted out, abandoned, and perhaps forgotten. How could someone forget they have a $500,000 car in a field? Maybe the owner died and no one knew it was there. The picture has become to me a symbol of Grace Place. The people we serve at Grace Place are a lot like this car. This car didn’t come off the assembly line looking like this. It took a long time to look this worn. The people of Grace Place weren’t born looking like they do now either. Some, not all, with decayed teeth, calloused hands , crippled feet. No, they weren’t born that way. They had soft tiny pink feet, pretty teeth as they came in, smooth soft skin. Time, neglect and I admit for some, bad choices on their part (they admit it too!) brought them to where they are. No one at Grace Place or anywhere for that matter, ever woke up and aspired to be homeless, to be unemployed, or to be hungry. No, that was never their goal in life. But yet, they find themselves in that state, perhaps as forgotten as this car. But, the good news is: GOD IS IN THE RESTORATION BUSINESS. That is why I can’t wait to come to Grace Place every day. God shows up and bit by bit, day by day, often in ways we cannot see, He restores. A smile can restore sadness, a conversation can restore hope. A served meal and set table can restore dignity. Will you come be a part of this ministry? It yearns to be so much to so many ‐ ‐ that is why I talk so much about it ‐ ‐ it needs you! Please come by, please visit with some of the many volunteers who partake in this ministry. There are many and to these many we are so thankful for the love and support they share!
PLEASE JOIN US FOR GRACE PLACE CHAPEL WITH COMMUNION EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 8:30 A.M. You never know what may happen at Grace Place! Pictured is our Sr. Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton, as he shares the message and communion at Grace Place Chapel. Each Wednesday Galloway has this communion service for the Grace Place participants, where all are invited and everyone is welcome. What a great addition to your summer activities when things have slowed down and have a change of pace. With no Wednesday night activities, add a Wednesday morning blessing to your summer days! It is always a blessing as it was on this day when the sermon was based on the song Lord of the Dance. Complete
with Grace Place volunteer Samuel Thomas who quickly responded to the invitation to dance! Will you do the same?
WORSHIP ARTS MINISTRY Reagan Lord, Director RLord@gallowayumc.org 601‐326‐3451
ANNUAL CONFERENCE WORSHIP Please join the Chancel Choirs of Galloway and Crossgates UMC as they lead worship for the Annual Conference Ordination Service on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 in the Jackson convention center.
Saturday June 1, 9:00 a.m. ‐ 12:00 noon. Combined Annual Conference rehearsal at Crossgates UMC in Brandon.
Thursday June 8, 6:00 p.m. Orchestra rehearsal for Annual Conference Ordination Service, Jackson Convention Center.
GUEST YOUTH CHOIR TO ASSIST WITH 11:00 WORSHIP ON JUNE 16TH Join us in worship on Sunday, June 16, as the youth choirs from First UMC Dallas, Texas provide music for our 11:00 a.m. worship service. First Church Dallas has a strong, traditional youth music ministry that shares its gifts in congregations across the country each summer. Make plans to join us in worship on Sunday, June 16, and plan now to bring a friend with you!
GODSPELL—JUNE 20 The music group Elation of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Mesquite, Texas will present the musical Godspell in the Galloway Family Life Center on Thursday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Elation is composed of 33 youth ranging in age from 12 to 18. The group was formed in August 1999 and has shared Godspell with over 140 congregations in 32 states and Canada throughout the past 13 years.
These young people will be beginning their tour here at Galloway, and we will want to share that famous Mississippi Southern hospitality with them. If you have a spare room, we need to house these young people after the show on Thursday. Please call Audra Turner, 601‐326‐3450, in the Worship Arts office by Monday June 17.
GALLOWAY FAMILY RETR RETREAT EAT April 27, 2013
A wonderful day of fun and relaxation.
Galloway’s Kitchen Menu Board Sunday, June 2 Southern Favorite: Salad Bar, Fried or Baked Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Turnip Greens, Lemon Pie Protein: Grilled Chicken
Sunday, June 9
Southern Favorite: Salad Bar, Turkey Pot Roast, Smashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Cheesecake Protein: Diced Turkey
Sunday, June 16
Southern Favorite: Salad Bar, Brisket, Macaroni & Cheese,
Steamed Broccoli, Apple Cobbler Protein: Grilled Chicken
Sunday, June 23 Southern Favorite: Salad Bar, Fried Catfish, Roasted Potatoes, Turnip Greens, Lemon Icebox Pie Protein: Baked Catfish
Sunday, June 30 Southern Favorite: Salad Bar, Chicken Spaghetti, Roasted Squash, Black-eyed Peas, Peach Cobbler Protein: Grilled Chicken
Kid Friendly Menu Options: Chicken Tenders, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Fresh Fruit
$7.00 Southern Favorites
...Love the family of believers… 1 Peter 2:17
$6.00 Protein & Salad
Children 11 and under EAT FREE SUNDAYS!
STUDENT MINISTRY Emily Sanford, Pastor to Students ESanford@gallowayumc.org 601‐326‐3448 Please extend hospitality and a warm Galloway welcome to Joe Woolsey, our new Minister to Students, and his wife, Dylan. Joe's first day with us was May 28, and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601‐326‐3453.
UMYF SCHEDULE June 2, No UMYF ‐ MissionFest registration will begin at the New South Lobby at Millsaps College at 3:00 p.m. June 9, Game Night at Galloway ‐ Meet in the Youth Suite at 5:00 p.m. for an incredible night of fun and fellowship. Please feel free to bring your favorite games (just make sure your name is on them). June 16, Scavenger Hunt at Galloway ‐ Meet in the Youth Suite at 5:00 p.m. and wear comfortable shoes to be able to explore downtown Jackson together! June 23, Picnic on the Rez ‐ Bring a lawn chair, soccer ball, Frisbee, football, or other sports equipment and meet at Galloway’s lower parking lot at 4:30 p.m. to carpool or at Old Trace Park at 5:00 p.m. June 30, No UMYF – Please pray for the youth attending Lake Junaluska Young People in Mission.
YOUTH SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
PILGRIMAGE Join us this summer for a pilgrimage to the heart of Scripture, led by our Duke intern, John Badley. We will explore well known and less well known journeys among stories of the Bible and find ways to live our lives always on a journey toward God. We will rotate our meeting location each month, and during June we will meet with the youth from Wells UMC as we prepare to travel to Lake Junaluska together. Those who wish to carpool need to meet in Galloway’s lower parking lot at 6:15 p.m. Supper will be provided at Wells UMC at 6:30 p.m. for $4 a plate. Bible Study will meet from 7‐8 p.m. and we will return to Galloway by 8:15 p.m.
MISSIONFEST 2013 June 2 ‐ 6, 2013 Youth serve at work‐sites throughout the Metro area during the day and enjoy worship and fellowship in the evenings with other churches. Youth who are not participating in MissionFest can contact Emily if they would like to attend worship. We need lots of support from our entire Galloway Family, so please contact Kay French at email@example.com to volunteer.
GOING TO CAMP THIS SUMMER We’d love to send you a postcard or letter at camp. Please e‐mail or call Emily Sanford with the dates and address: ESanford@gallowayumc.org, 601‐353‐9691.
WELCOME JOHN BADLEY
We are excited to welcome John Badley as our Duke intern this summer. John will be assisting with worship services, UMYF, MissionFest, VBS, and Lake Junaluska, leading our summer youth Bible study on Wednesday nights, preaching at St. Catherine’s on June 17, and sharing our Grace Place devotion on June 12, July 17, and July 24. He is also available to teach adult Sunday School classes over the summer. We are grateful to Kay and Charles Mortimer for hosting John in their home and hope that you will all take the opportunity to get to know John and invite him to share a meal with you. To connect with him, please call 601‐326‐3445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. WE CELEBRATE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT AND WISH YOU WELL FOR YOUR FUTURE.
GALLOWAY UMC YOUTH Summer Lunch Bunch Schedule
May 30 June 6 June 13 June 20 June 27 July 4 July 11 July 18 July 25 Aug 1 Aug 8
Café Ole (Fondren) No lunch bunch (MissionFest) Chick Chick--fil fil--A (Madison) Cici’s (Lakeland) Basil’s (downtown Jackson after VBS) No lunch bunch (Lake Junaluska) Cane’s (County Line) Beagle Bagel (Madison) The Cotton Kitchen (Ridgeland) Back Yard Burger (Madison) Five Guys (Renaissance)
Join our Galloway youth for lunch this summer on Thursdays at 11:45 am! Contact Rev. Emily Sanford at (601) 353-9691 or (601) 376-9658 for more information or to arrange for carpool from Galloway.
If you are a COLLEGE STUDENT COMING HOME for the summer, Emily would LOVE to catch up with you and talk about possible summer ministry opportunities for college and graduate students.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE & CARE MINISTRY Let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
Helen Ingram, Director HIngram@gallowayumc.org 601‐326‐3446
GALLOWAY PRAYER MINISTRIES
For many of us, the desire of our hearts may be “Lord, teach us to pray.” Because we can feel unsure of our ability to pray, we may not open ourselves to the communication and relationship with our Lord that is available. Prayer is a source of strength for our lives – and for the lives of those we know. We are called to prayer – for those we love – for those in our faith community – for our country – and for the suffering in our world. Galloway, our faith community, offers several opportunities to become aware of the needs among us and encourages our response by lifting these up to our God. The Galloway Connects Sheets are revised three times a week and are posted on bulletin boards, and the tables at meals, as links on the web site, and as a list available for pickup at the Gathering Area desk. Please become aware of the names and pray for them, especially those that the Lord quickens in your spirit. There is a prayer line, sent through e‐mails, which usually originates with the church. These requests are then sent by e‐mail to those who agree to pray for several weeks on their behalf. If you would like to receive these, please let Helen Ingram or Barbara Ashcraft know. Barbara’s e‐mail is: email@example.com. Always be assured this is confidential information. If you have a prayer request, please call Janet Jones and she will send it on, if you wish her to do so. During the 11:00 worship service, there is a prayer line open to receive requests from the TV viewing congregation. Volunteers are needed to answer and respond to these calls. Volunteers watch the worship service from the library, where the phone is located. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with those who call, and to offer prayers as requested. Training is available. As we go forward with the Lord on our Journey of Faith, may we all be open to the necessity of a growing and vibrant prayer life.
LADIES WHO LOVE TO SEW….. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Once again we are sewing for the children of Honduras. We want to make as many dresses and shorts as possible. If you are experienced in sewing, we need your help.
We have several sewing machines in the craft room if you don’t have a machine to bring with you. These are simple patterns that aren’t hard to make! If you prefer to sew at home, we have kits with instructions and supplies for you to pick up.
SCHEDULED SEWING SESSIONS: Monday, June 10th 6:00 ‐ 8:00 p.m. in room 338 Thursday, June 13th 9:45 a.m. ‐ 3:30 p.m. in room 350 Thursday, June 20th 9:45 a.m. ‐ 3:30 p.m. in room 350 Monday, June 24th 6:00 ‐ 8:00 p.m. in room 350
If you need a nursery so you can help sew, please call 601‐942‐9747.
Beginning sewing lessons will be offered at a later date if enough people are interested. If you would like to learn one Monday night, please call Johnnye Catherine Bradford, 601‐898‐4303. We plan to resume knitting sessions in the fall!
"THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE, BY OUR LOVE..." As a church community, there are many ways we show the love of Christ to each other. One very special and rewarding way is to serve with The Mary and Martha Guild. Our ministry is simple and straightforward. We offer a meal for the family and close friends of the deceased on the day of the funeral or memorial service, served either at a home or at the church. If you feel called to join us and would like to serve on one of our four teams, please let us know by contacting Pat Ammons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601‐856‐5410 or Pat Cothren at Pat.email@example.com or 601‐366‐3309.
WHAT IS NEW IN THE HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY? Do you know your numbers? Not the 1, 2, 3’s, but your cholesterol, glucose, and BP numbers. The Health and Wellness Ministry is interested in Healthy Living. Click on Health and Wellness under Congregational Life and Care and you will find a link to Southern Remedy’s Healthy Living program. This ministry will provide our homebound members with a medicine card in order for them to have a quick reference to their medicines that they currently take. Plans are underway for a short informative program during Sunday lunch and Wednesday night in the fall. This will be a surprise! The Health and Wellness Ministry also maintains a Healthy 2013 bulletin board on the fourth floor at the top of the middlestair case (topics change monthly). Look around the Gathering Area and you will find several brochures on health promotion topics. Check it all out and begin a plan for a healthier you.
DO YOU LIKE TO COOK? Caring Cooks of Galloway prepares, freezes, and Dale Hunt delivers frozen casseroles to church members who are sick, have illness of a close family member, or have experienced a death of a loved one. Carmon Vestal maintains the list of volunteers and contacts volunteers when the supply of casseroles is low. The volunteer chooses his/her own recipe. The casseroles are delivered to the church and placed in the Print Room freezer until they are needed.
This is a very simple ministry that does not take a lot of anyone’s time but it means much to those who receive a casserole. This is a wonderful way to say to Galloway families that Galloway cares. More volunteers are needed. The more volunteers we have, the less often one is called on to prepare a casserole. You can add your name to the volunteer list by calling Carmon Vestal, 601 366‐7187. Carmon will fill you in on details. Aluminum pans and instructions are kept in the Gathering Area for easy access. Look for a sign ‐up sheet on the Congregational Care bulletin board.
GALLOWAY’S ORAL HISTORY Project Carol Andersen, a member of Galloway and Asst. Director for Programs for the MS Humanities Council, approached the Congregational Life and Care about an Oral History Project for Galloway. Oral histories collect and record memories and personal insights of events of historical significance. Helen Ingram has held several informational meetings, and the consensus of each group was to proceed with the project. The Finance Committee has granted approval to request $2500 from the Mississippi Humanities Council to initiate an Oral History program. Why is an oral history important? Galloway has so many stories to tell. Galloway is the oldest Christian congregation in Jackson and in 2016 Galloway will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of our present Sanctuary. How many stories have been lost these past 100 years? How often have you heard someone tell of sitting in church that Sunday Dr. Selah stepped down from the pulpit? Or did you know the third floor once held a bowling alley the youth of the church enjoyed? It is important to capture the memories of some of our members who have played a vital role in the history of Galloway. Suggested themes around which sets of interviews can be conducted include civil rights, mission programs, the development of the building, drama and music programs, and the influence of the United Methodist Women, to name a few. Harriet Kuykendall and Mary Alice White have agreed to co‐chair an Oral History Committee with the help of Don Fortenberry. Louis Kyriakoudes, Director, Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, USM, will provide expertise and guidance to the committee. On June 12th from 5:00—7:30 p.m., Linda VanZandt from USM will lead a training session at Galloway for those who want to assist on this project as interviewers. If you are interested in being trained to be an interviewer or have suggestions, please contact Mary Alice White (601 366‐8034) or Harriet Kuykendall (601‐982‐2434 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
ANNUAL CONFERENCE MISSION OFFERING The Power of We Creating New Leadership to Create New Places For New People You are invited to offer your gifts toward the 2013‐ 2014 Mississippi Annual Conference Mission Offering. This offering will be received through Wednesday, June 5, and presented during the evening worship at Annual Conference, on Friday, June 7. Please indicate “Annual Conference” on the memo line of your check. This year’s offering provides an opportunity to support three new endeavors: Discipleship Formation for Laity, Creating New Places for New People and Partnering with Eurasia UMC, Moscow, Russia.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION MINISTRY Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Joey Shelton, Senior Pastor JShelton@gallowayumc.org 601‐326‐4455
LIFE AS INVITATION: PART 3
Chuck Sampson, Chair — Adult Spiritual Formation Team And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… (John 1: 14)
A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me about a recent encounter he had with a homeless man. It is one of many stories I’ve heard these past several weeks that strikes me as an example of creative evangelism – of simple, imaginative ways of making a disciple of Jesus Christ.
My friend is an accomplished artist and he was preparing to take his brushes, paints, and canvas downtown to spend the day painting. On his way, he recognized this man from his volunteer work at the day shelter where he occasionally gave art lessons. He had gotten to know him over several months and it turns out that the man was quite talented; he had even managed to accumulate a few art supplies of his own. So my friend asked the man if he would like to join him. The man was reluctant at first, but then decided to accept my friend’s invitation. He followed my friend to a spot outside a museum where they set up their gear and spent the remainder of the day together painting.
I’m told that the Greek word for “dwelt” in John’s familiar passage translates as “to pitch one’s tent”. If that is true, then “God became one of us and pitched his tent right alongside ours.” In the same way, my friend “pitched” his easel and canvas alongside a homeless person and participated in a holy rhythm of conversation and silence, noticing and creating. More than that, though, is the inestimable richness it brought to both their souls. It all began with a moment of noticing (Nota bene!, St. Ignatius used to tell those he directed in The Spiritual Exercises: Note well!). If there is a formula for evangelism, it looks a lot like the one modeled by my friend: notice the other; meet them where they are, listen, and offer myself in the healthiest way possible.
Perhaps what makes the Great Commission great (Matthew 28:19‐20) is the way it awakens the souls of both message bearer and recipient, host and guest. Here, both recognize the little, intractable piece of God that is placed within all of us – something that Thomas Merton said “now sleeps in your paper flesh like dynamite!”
This I believe: our faith, our church, and our soul will remain healthy and vibrant as long as we remain invitational toward others. All others.
Keep the stories coming. We’re just getting started. Galloway GEMS IS NOT meeting in June. Our next planned GEMS Luncheon and Program will be July 11 starting at 11:30 a.m. Please watch for details in July’s Spotlight, in the weekly E‐Newsletter and bulletin announcement sheets for details.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO REAGAN LORD AND LYNNE PICKETT for their amazing Sentimental Journey Program in May!
Welcome Our New Members
Rachel Hughes 150 Park Circle Dr., #F64 Flowood MS 39232 Rachel Hughes is originally from Pass Christian, Mississippi. She attended Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. (In her free time she enjoys cooking, painting, antiquing, and spending time with her husband Callender, infant son Jack, and their dog Ziggy.) She just recently began working for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Rachel’s in‐laws are Tish and Haden Hughes.
Martha and Edd Cain 2043 Tidewater Lane Madison, MS 39110 Martha and Edd Cain are native Jacksonians, with Martha growing up a member of Galloway, and Edd belonging to First Presbyterian. They were married at Galloway, and have two daughters and sons‐in‐law, and three very young grandchildren. Edd is the owner of Southern Windows and Doors, a building materials supply store, Martha is a licensed psychologist in independent practice. When they aren’t visiting their grandchildren Edd enjoys saltwater fishing , and Martha likes to play in her garden.
CONFIRMATION CLASS 2013
We celebrated with our confirmation class on May 19th as they made public professions of their faith! Those who had not already been baptized were baptized as a symbol of their commitment to Christ and the others remembered their baptism through the confirmation service. They are an energetic, thoughtful, and spiritual group of students who are looking forward to joining the youth group this summer. When you see them around, take time to get to know them and their families! You’ll be glad you did!
Grant Arrington (Madison) Raven Bolden (Bailey/APAC) ‐ not pictured Lucy Clement (Jackson Academy) Matt Coleman (St. Andrew’s) Collins Cooke (St. Andrew’s) Camille Couey (Jackson Academy) Reese Overstreet (Bailey/APAC) Paige Sullivan (Richland) Holland Townes (St. Andrew’s) Catherine Watson (Jackson Prep) Hunter Wilkirson (Jackson Academy)
If you are interested in joining Galloway, please contact Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton, Senior Pastor, JShelton@gallowayumc.org; 601-353-9691.
COMMUNITY LIFE GALLOWAY CONNECTS As we connect with God through prayer, Galloway publishes a prayer list known to us a ‘Galloway Connects’. This prayer list includes those in the hospital, names of members and friends who need your prayers, Galloway families who are expecting, those in our church family who are getting married, friends and family members in the military and missionaries who Galloway sponsors.
“Connects” is available on the Galloway web site and is updated each Thursday. Copies are posted in the building and are also available in the Gathering Area and on the tables at Sunday lunch. If you have a prayer request, you can call the church or go to ‘Contact Us’ on the web site to add your prayer request.
HOSPITAL Pat Boswell, Mary Cox, David Gant, Ann Mabry Hendrix, Ralph Higginbotham, Michael Hughes, Alice Swittenberg, and Brenda Wood
To the family of Dr. William Warner, Sr. on his death.
To Maudelle Martin and family on the death of her mother, Lillian Meacham.
To Lynn Clark and family on the death of her sister, Susan McEwen Clark.
BAPTISM Jackson Callender Hughes son of Rachel & Callender Hughes was baptized Sunday, April 28, 2013.
GALLOWAY’S MINISTRY TEAM JUNE EMPLOYMENT ANNIVERSARIES Sherry Brewer - Children’s Center employment date - 6/28/2010
Helen Ingram - Congregational Life & Care employment date - 6/1/2008
Edward Ransburgh - Facility Services employment date - 6/19/2009
Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church
305 North Congress Street Jackson, MS 39201
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Summer Fun in June! June 1
— Super Secret Safari, 9:00 am
— Ceramics Room, 9:45 am - 1:00 pm
— Craft Night, 6:00 pm
— Ceramics Room, 9:45 am - 1:00 pm
— Grace Place Cook Day, 9:00 am
— Ceramics Room, 9:45 am - 1:00 pm — Godspell, 7:00 pm
June 24 - 27
— VBS, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
— Craft Night, 6:00 pm
— Ceramics Room, 9:45 am - 1:00 pm
— Parent’s Night Out, 6:00 pm
June 29 - July 4 July 4
— Youth Lake Junaluska Trip — Independence Day, Galloway Building/Offices Closed