Your Place in Ministry for September 18th

If you attend church services in the Sanctuary you probably noticed a change this past Sunday with children’s church. Children’s church is now for kids 3 years old through 2nd grade. After much discussion and thought, SHiNE has gone on hiatus. SHiNE has become more like an extended Sunday school rather than the youth led high energy service as intended. To engage our older children remaining in the service a “Worship Notes” guide made especially for them will be available from the ushers. Kids will be able to listen for key words, write down sermon points, and more.

Fall & Winter Children’s Consignment Sale is here! Public sale dates are Fri., 9/23 from 8am-7pm AND Sat., 9/24 from 8am-2pm. Church members get to shop early on Thu., 9/22, starting at 6:30 pm. Reminder that on Thu., 9/22: NO CHILDREN or STROLLERS are allowed. We have serious shoppers and for the safety of all children we ask that they stay at home. By working only 2 hours, you can shop on Wed., 9/21. Please call Beth at 655-3259 to learn how you can shop a day early. For more information on our sale go to:

Calling all 5th Graders! We are starting a new small group just for YOU one Wed. evening a month. Our first gathering will be on 9/28 at 6:15 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Youth/Children’s Building.
If you are interested in becoming a secret pal, please contact Stephanie Fulton at or via text at (205)305-6809 as soon as possible. Your job consists of praying for your senior, and sending cards and goodies to them throughout the school year. On Senior Sunday, a breakfast honoring the Class of 2017 is given and YOU will be there to reveal yourself to your senior. If you’ve never been a secret pal, it is tons of fun. Some secret pals even team up with a friend to support their pal. It’s a great experience and we’d love to see some new faces. If you have a high school senior and have not received any information, send me a text or an email (info above) and I’ll get it to you as soon as possible.

If you are planning or thinking about a mission trip for 2017, please contact a member of the Missions Committee as soon as possible. We will need this information prior to our budget planning meeting Oct. 10th.
Nominations Committee Meetings on Tue., 9/27 and Mon. 10/10 at 6:30 pm-UMM Room.

Our United Methodist Women and Women’s Ministry Team are reaching out to the 400 Loveladies who live at the Lovelady Center in east B’ham, a faith-based transitional program to restore broken lives. Join us! PLEASE READ the fascinating, powerful book Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn to learn how the Lovelady Center began when the Lord called Miss Brenda to provide her home for 7 women released from prison, and how the Lord has impacted hundreds of women since then. You may purchase the paperback or Kindle book online at or, or contact Joan Bynum at to order a book. Let’s read this UMW book selection by
mid-October to prepare our hearts to reach out to the Loveladies! Each purchase benefits the Lovelady Center.

Let’s Hear a Lovelady Woman’s Testimony and Donate Well-Loved Bibles! On Sun., 10/16 at 4 pm, all women are invited to meet in the Fellowship Hall to hear the testimony of a Lovelady woman, then have refreshments and fellowship. Invite your friends, sisters, moms, and daughters to attend! Please bring an old Bible to donate at the meeting on 10/16! Well-loved Bibles may also be placed in the box outside the Fellowship Hall now through October 16th. You may place a note inside your Bible or highlight favorite passages. They especially need Study Bibles. Let’s fill that donation box up with Bibles for the Lovelady women!


~~“The Armor of God” – Priscilla Shirer. Meeting in the Women’s Study Room. Tuesdays 9:15 to 10:15 am beginning 9/6 through 10/18/16. Facilitator – Suzy Usry – – 205-317-5188.
~~“The Armor of God” – Priscilla Shirer. Meeting in the Women’s Study Room. Tuesdays 4:45 to 5:45 pm beginning 9/13 through 10/25/16. Facilitator – Barber Clark – – 205-441-5273.
~~“Discerning the Voice of God” – Priscilla Shirer. Meeting in the Women’s Study Room. Thursdays 9:15 to 11:15 am beginning 9/8 through 10/20/16. Facilitator – Freda Shirah – – 205-515-7518.
~~”To be Decided.” Meeting in the Women’s Study Room. Sunday 5:15 to 6:30 pm beginning 9/18/16. Facilitator: Kathy Roskam –

~~“Raising a Princess” by John Croyle. Meeting in the Seekers Classroom at 6:15 pm, beginning 9/7. Books may be purchased at Lifeway; moms and dads are welcome. Facilitators – Hal and Joy Riddle –
~~“Deeper Connections” – Journey through the Bible with Brother Bill at 4:00 pm (Character Builders Classroom) and repeated at 6:15 pm (Pioneer Classroom) beg. 9/7. Everyone is invited. We will meet on each Wed. that we have Soul Café. On those Wed. nights that we do not have Soul Café we will not meet. Bring your Bible. Facilitator – Dr. Bill Etheridge –

-Wk. of 9/18 Children’s Consignment Sale – Church-wide
-Sat., 9/24 Confirmation Class Day Retreat to Sumatanga
-Tues. 9/27 Leisure Group-Trip to Golden Flake-Marie Gospodareck
-Sun., 10/23 Ecuador Mission Fundraiser Lunch-details to follow
-Sun., 11/6 Veterans’ Day Celebration Service – spread the word to all Veterans