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FOCUS Lord’s Acre 2013 - Make, Share and Learn October 5th marks the 34th annual Lord’s Acre at Saginaw UMC, which will be held from 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. The tradition of Lord’s Acre here at SUMC is a wonderful tradition of people offering up their time, talents and service to raise funds for SUMC capital improvements. If you have never experienced Lord’s Acre or if you have never missed a Lord’s Acre, we look forward to celebrating with you at this year’s Lord’s Acre. Here are some details on how you might give your support. How to donate items: The curriculum room in the south end of the Fellowship Hall serves as the Lord’s Acre collection room. Drop off your donation items in that room and when you do so, please fill out the paper inside with your name, contact number and estimated value of your item, which will greatly assist the volunteers who are organizing items in the auctions. How to invite neighbors: To make inviting people to Lord’s Acre easier there are business card sized flyers in the Fellowship Hall with the vital information about Lord’s Acre. Take a handful of these flyers and give them to friends and neighbors. If you have adopted-a-street in prayer, you may consider putting a flyer in the door of your street residents one day this week. How to reserve a “Maker Booth”: If you would like to share your talents by hosting a Maker Booth, sign up on the large Lord’s Acre display in the Fellowship Hall. To date we have seven Maker Booths ranging from “Duck Tape Divas” to “Sewing” to “Pen Rolling”. If you have a skill or talent you would like to share with others, reserve your Maker Booth and share the gifts God has give you. Electricity can be provided if requested. New payment option: At the Lord’s Acre, items will be available for purchase at the Country

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Rev. Jason Valendy Store, Country Kitchen, Silent Auction and the Live Auction. Your contribution will go toward the capital improvement of the church campus and facilities. This year we have the ability to accept credit and debit cards at the Lord’s Acre. When you sign up for a number to use in the auction, you can fill out a quick form which allows us to keep your card on file for the event. When the day is over, you will be free to leave the Lord’s Acre with your items and skip the long checkout line! The ability of accepting credit and debit allows SUMC to encourage a “cash and carry” policy. Please plan accordingly so that you are able to seamlessly contribute to Lord’s Acre and support SUMC. Kid friendly options: We encourage kids who attend Lord’s Acre to participate at the Maker Booths, check out the silent auction with a responsible adult, and even host a Maker Booth if they are interested. Children in attendance during the live auction will be able to help assemble 1,000 hygiene kits. These hygiene kits will be split between the Church on the Slab and Community Link Mission. It is our hope that our children will not only witness the generosity of the adults at Lord’s Acre but also be able to practice generosity themselves. We are all looking forward to the Lord’s Acre this year and are praying that you can find your way to contribute to this great tradition and a great celebration!

News Women’s Shelter The women's shelter is in need of full size shampoo, conditioner and body wash. There is a box in the Fellowship Hall marked Women's Shelter. These donations are for their Christmas bags. Monetary donations are also accepted. If your donation is by check please note in the memo “women’s shelter bags.” Any questions please contact Teresa Weaver 817-995-1124.

Ladies Night Out All nocturnal ladies are invited to our spooky LNO meeting, Thursday, October 10th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a "ghoulish" snack if you are able to escape with it. Nursery will be provided if you provide your little ones. You may dress in costume or not, arrive on your broomstick or not just don't be afraid when you hear cackling around you in the dark....

Membership Audit Contained in this newsletter and printed in the Fellowship Hall and the Narthex of the Sanctuary is a list of names of inactive members of SUMC, people who were formerly active at our church but whom we have not seen for some time. We also do not have correct contact information to reach these individuals. We ask everyone to look over this list and let the church office know if you have contact information for an individual listed. If we are able to reach these people we will send them a letter and invite them to reengage as active members at SUMC, to

transfer their membership to another congregation if they have moved, or to let us know if they would still desire to be a member on our rolls. Thank you for your help in helping us re-engage with all our members. This membership audit is being done for a few reasons. First, we want to ensure that the records we have are an accurate reflection of SUMC’s true membership. We have just under 900 people listed as members, but last month we had an average worship attendance of 310. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to engage the 600 members we may not see but once a year. Secondly, SUMC is one of the first churches in the entire conference to take up our Bishop’s invitation to reconnect with our inactive members and clean up our membership rolls. Finally, the Discernment Team (which is responsible for the membership audit) wants to do everything we can to be the best stewards of the resources we have, and getting accurate membership numbers is vital to responsible stewardship. Again, thank you for your efforts in helping SUMC re-engage and to be good stewards to all our members. See list on the insert page. Do you have the contact information of the following families? If so please email with their information.

Membership Audit Eric Acevedo Patty and Grace Bandy Chris Barberena Terry Barkley Kyle Beavers Greg Blackstone Todd, Tracy, Taylor and Ty Boyer Mike and Sally Brown Savanna Cantrell Lance Carter David and Cathy Chalk Simeon Choi Robert, Sarah and Chloe Connor Monica Craft-Marks Robert Cummings Jane Daniels Peggy Davidson Robert, Kelly and Kassy Dickerson Philip and Pamela Dickson Joy Dill Mike and Kathy Eidsvoog Jim, Tanya and Megan Evans Michael Evans Paige Fockler E. Carlton Gardner Steven, Teresa, Alyssa, Brooke, Scott and Tyler Gibson Ruby Grauer Christopher and Kerri Gulick Lane Hafley Scott Haltom Jerry Hampton Kristina, Amanda, Cory, Garrett and Kyle Henry Omega, Derek, Dustin and Jennifer Hess Ruth Higgs Tim Hofmann Reba Holland Kim Hornung Ruthanne (Joy) Hunt-Clark Bobbie Jackson Beau Jacobson James and Janice Jine Cyril Johnson James, Tammy, Haylee and Savannah Knott Wanda Laape Ryan, Amy, Jacob, Katelyn and Ryan Lann Tiffany and Kerstyn Little Shannah Lockhart Carol Lowery James, Annette and Taylor McDonald

Andrea McMurry-Raney Brian Meeker Marie Michaelson Larry Moore Ben Moore Dwayne, Jessica, Kinsey and Wyatt (Noble) Morris Jeremy, Alicia and Stacey Mullins Loree Nix Dee and Kirby Morris Marsha and Heather Ogura Richard Oliver Megan Olson Allison and Holly Painter Steve and Karen Pankey Christopher Parham Boyd and Misty Patterson Julius, Sue, Deron and Kim Peters Mike and Priscilla Peters Jeffrey, Abbie, Franchessca, Gavin and Jeffery Porter Terry Randolph Joe and Stephanie Reiter Teresa Renfro Macy Rhoades Chris, Stacy and Logan Robinson Clay Roszell Kim Sabarese Edward Shelby Taylor Simmons Belinda, Blake and Chase Smith Pamela Smith Robby Smith J. C. and Jared Spindor Greg, Heather, Ariel, Brook, Christian, David, Hayden and Madelin Spitzer Joseph, Teresa, Matthew and Paul Steinhibel Dorothy Tatum Robert Thompson Charles Thorp Don Traylor Amy Truitt Erica Weaver Carroll Webb David W., Shana, David A., Amber and Staci Weihausen Ferol Whaley Robert, Maggie and Johnathon Whatley Jay Williams Joy Woods Candance Wooten Renee Worden

Memorials and Honorariums In Memory of Bud Anderson Given by Glen & Judy Baker In Memory of Harriett Haas Given by Jerry & Paula Brussow Budget In Memory of Harriett Haas Given by Tim & Jane Ann Kret In Honor of Rosa Jordan - for all that she does for others Given by Bobby & Sherri Rann In Honor of Ray & Juanita Jordan’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Given by Ray & Juanita Jordan Technology Campaign In Memory of James Treadway Given by Frances Treadway In Honor of Ray & Juanita Jordan’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Given by Bill & Lois Horton, Joyce Spindor In Honor of Bill & Yvonne Flippo Given by Edna Anderson In Memory of Pat Stevenson Given by Pat & Jean James, Larry Stevenson In Memory of Harriett Haas Given by Pat & Jean James Memorial Garden In Memory of Bud Anderson Given by Bill & Yvonne Flippo, Claire Watson, Bill Anderson In Memory of Harriett Haas Given by Claire Watson

In Honor of Ray & Juanita Jordan’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Given by Claire Watson, Ray & Juanita Jordan

In Memory of Pat Stevenson Given by Bill Anderson, George & Linda Allison In Memory of Karen Reed Oney Given by Bill Anderson Glass Front Door Fund In Memory of Pat Stevenson Given by Art & Jane Crawford In Memory of Harriett Haas Given by Linda Brown Music Ministry In Memory of Harriett Haas Given by Bill & Lois Horton Community Link Mission In Honor of Ray & Juanita Jordan’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Given by Tom & Karen Jumes In Memory of Pat Stevenson Given by Tom & Karen Jumes In Memory of Harriett Haas Given by Tom & Karen Jumes

Lords Acre In Honor of Pam Phinney Given by Edna Anderson

Our Thoughts and Prayers Shirley Robertson Sydnie Reedy Phil Ray Drew Timms Catharine Wakefield

Bill Flippo Dana Boyd Mark Prayers for Saginaw Luis Beltran

Sympathies to Sandy Cox and family on the death of Sharla Cox Sympathies to Gregg Dickey on the death of his brother E-mail to add people to the prayer list.

New Members

David and Erin Riggall, Elise and Emma Joined on September 15

Worship Assistant Schedule September 29 Sound System: David Wilson and David Ranney Ushers: John Mackey, Michael Powers and Charles & Shirley Stephens, Rosa Jordan, Bobby Rann, David Collins, Jerry Avery Doorstep Visitation: Diane Weaver Acolytes: Audio Visual: Chuck Wheeler

October 6 Sound System Operators: Ralph Fockler and Chuck Wheeler Ushers: John Mackey, Reid Marley and Charles & Shirley Stephens, Rosa Jordan, Keith & Linda Carter, Bobby Rann Greeters: Candy Avena, Karen Sutton, Donna Webb Doorstep Visitation: Ed & Pam Reedy Acolytes: Audio Visual: Adrian Cardenas and Cori Weaver

Michael, Benjamin & Matthew Graham joined on September 22.

Little Blessings Preschool School is in full swing and so are the kiddos at Little Blessings, which is the thriving weekday preschool ministry of SUMC. We are ministering to 35 children and their families this year.

Combined Sunday School Sept. 29 Children will join together for a Sunday School lesson about Stewardship this Sunday, September 29. Parents, please drop off and pick up your children in their usual classrooms. After everyone has arrived, we will join in the Sanctuary to learn about our role as stewards of God’s creation. We will also dedicate our offerings for the month using food donated through the food drive, benefitting Community Link Mission. Food drive items are welcomed in Sunday School classrooms this Sunday: Canned soups, vegetables, fruit, ramen, sugar, tea, dried beans


Trunk or Treat Mark your calendars! Trunk or Treat is coming to the SUMC parking lot on October 31 at 6:00 p.m. More information to come!

Wee Worship Volunteers Wee Worship is the worship service alternative for children ages 3 years to 5 years old during the 11:00 worship service. Due to our increase of young children, we are in need of volunteers to assist Shelley Collins with Wee Worship. Volunteers are needed on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Sundays of every month. If you are interested in helping once a month please contact Shelley at 817-2324380 or

One of our goals for this school year is to get the church more involved in this ministry. In relation to this goal, the staff of Little Blessings asks for the support of SUMC members in three ways: 1. Please pray for the children, their families, and teachers of Little Blessings 2. Square 1 Art Fundraiser – an opportunity for your child to create a drawing that will be printed on items like iphone cases, coasters, mouse pads and more. This Sunday, September 29 after the 11:00 a.m. worship service there will be a table set up in the Fellowship Hall with supplies for your child to color, draw, or paint a piece of special paper. You’ll have an opportunity to order items with your child’s drawing. Questions or for more information please email Shelley Collins at or call 817-232-4380. 3. Taco Tuesday Fundraiser—a program featuring Little Blessings students, followed by a taco dinner in the Fellowship Hall on October 22 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, October 6 and conclude October 20. Tickets will not be sold at the door. We also could use volunteers to serve the food, and volunteers to help clean up. If you or your Sunday school class would like to make this your service project, please let Shelley Collins know. Spread the good news that your church supports a ministry for young families!

invite all church members to join in the connection-making that the Pumpkin Patch has helped us to do. We invite you to volunteer your time - whether it is an hour or a day - to make connections at the Patch. Of course, there are other ways you can help, too. We believe in the power of The Patch so much that our marketing for it is going grassroots! We are asking folks to share the The Patch’s Facebook page, rent car magnets or yard signs, and tell their friends and family about the Patch.

Pumpkin Patch It’s fall again, and even the weather is in agreement that change is on the horizon! I write this as I stare out windows wishing I could put on my rubber boots and play in the rain like a child rather than crunch numbers and organize events like an adult. I think it’s that ability to play outside with my kiddos and with visitors to the Pumpkin Patch that made me enjoy it so much last year. There is something about field of orange scented like hay bales that just makes me relax and enjoy life with whomever might be around me at the moment. The Pumpkin Patch helped me do that last fall as it did for most everyone who volunteered time there. It also connected us with our community. We met neighbors in our immediate community and beyond it who came to enjoy the field with us, take pictures and buy a pumpkin. And, many of our neighbors were drawn back to SUMC after their visit to the Pumpkin Patch. They came back to the Fall Harvest Craft Sale, to Trunk or Treat, to church services where they heard the Word of God spoken into their lives and, prayerfully, left exemplifying the love of God to their other neighbors. And so, in one brief year, I have come to regard the Pumpkin Patch as less of a fundraiser and more of a connection-maker. This year the youth team at SUMC would like

That’s a lot of ways you can help! Let’s recap this, you can: 

Tell your friends and family

Share our Facebook (

Rent Car Magnets ($5)

Rent a Yard Sign ($10)

Sign up to Volunteer time with us! go/70A0F4CAAAA2EA31-pumpkin


Along with all of this, we ask your continued prayers even now. Let the Patch be a visible and tangible reminder to our church family to pray for our youth and the work they will be doing on mission trip this year as this year’s mission trip takes a different turn and includes elements of construction mission with social justice mission in Louisiana where they are still working to get people back in homes even after all this time since Hurricane Katrina. But, more to come on that later…

Blessed to be serving with you, Kristin Warthen Co-Youth Director

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The FOCUS newsletter is published every other week and we accept newsletter article submissions to the Friday prior. Article deadlines are listed on the church calendar at Sunday Morning Worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.


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