January 30-Byron & Wanda Garmon
Not only is Feb. 3rd Youth Sunday at PGUMC, it is also Souper Bowl Sunday.
After the youth service, the youth will be collecting food donations in the narthex to bring to The Place.
Please remember to bring in cans or non-perishable food items to donate on Feb. 3rd.
Mark your calendars for our next event. Saturday, February 23rd. 5pm.
Spaghetti dinner and bingo night. Stay tuned for more info!
Thank you to all of our volunteers that made our last host week for the year a HUGE success! All 4 families felt welcome here at our church. This outreach is a success because of all that you do whether it’s cooking food, buying food, spending the night, playing games with the kids or doing the laundry at the end of the week.
This outreach not only gives to the families and helps them be able to get back on their feet, it also provides a learning experience for each of the volunteers. Being able to meet these different families and hear some of their stories puts life in perspective in so many ways. They are always so loving and grateful for what they are being provided. For example, if you have not heard, they had a little mishap with their “rooms” falling down before bedtime one of the nights while they were at our church. When I arrived back at the church to see what we could do, instead of them all being upset and complaining, they were all laughing and saying they could just have one BIG sleepover! Crisis was averted as we got their “rooms” put back together with a little teamwork and all was good. Later in the week, I was reminded by a couple of the moms that they will always have that story to tell and laugh about as part of their journey. Finding the good in a bad situation is a lesson that we all could use from time to time.
If you have not seen the new Day Center located at 3335 Hutchinson Road, Suite D, you should stop by some time and see it. They have transformed the warehouse into their office along with “living” space for the families including a bathroom with a shower, a laundry room, a living room, a dining area and a “quiet” space for when you need some down time. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held earlier this month to officially open it. Also, the Mayor declared October 21-17th Family Promise week as part of the celebrations.
Dates for next year’s host weeks will be out soon.
If you are interested in volunteering and need training, please contact Wanda Garmon for those dates at firstname.lastname@example.org
The families that are currently in the program could use some assistance with transportation if you are available. Please contact Tina Huck email@example.com and have an MVR ran if you are interested in volunteering for this.
As always, if you would like to make monetary donations, they are tax deductible and can be made on the Family Promise website https://www.fpforsyth.org/
Here is a list of items that can also be donated for the families:
laundry detergent fabric softener
hand soap liquid body soap
shaving cream male/female razors
1 and 2 inch binders printer paper
working laptops gas gift cards
grocery gift cards oil change gift cards.
These items can either be taken to the place and dropped off or I can collect them and take them.
Come join us in the narthex for a little coffee and conversation.
Anyone interested in volunteering to prepare the coffee can click the Sign Up Genius link below.
Coffee preparation instructions can be found in the Fellowship Hall kitchen.
The Pleasant Grove United Methodist Prayer Shawl group meets in the club house on the first and third Monday of the month from 1-2:30pm. Any donations of yarn would be much appreciated. A great time of fellowship and knitting and crocheting shawls for those who are going through tough times.
Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study will start meeting at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 11. We will meet in the room across the hall from Pastor Dana’s office. Our study will be “A Life Beyond Amazing – 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life” by Dr. David Jeremiah. To sign up contact Barbara McNutt through the church office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-844-7095.
Prayer Networking/Caring Ministry
“The revised prayer chain has been automated”.
If you have a need for special prayer, please call Jennifer Wisnewski at 404-226-0023 or 678-513-8116.
If you would like to be part of this “CHAIN” call one of the coordinators or the Church Office at 770-844-7095 and your name will be added to the list.
The Pleasant Grove UMC Altar Guild is a Service Ministry. The Guild works closely with the Pastor and the Worship Committee to provide visual elements which connect the sermon or special activity and reflects the liturgical season. We appreciate all of you who have helped with the very special Altars for this season of Advent and Christmas.
It is with a grateful heart that we welcome Pat Bradley and Amy Faulkenberry as new members of the Guild. The Altar Guild appreciates Linda Walraven and Beth Blalock for their service in December. The Guild members for January service are Anne Newton and Darlene Delaney.
The space to the right of the Altar Table is designated as a place of honor and is important to us. If you would like to help us celebrate and remember or honor someone or an event, we welcome your contribution. Give Diane, our church secretary, a call at the church office. She keeps the church calendar and you can call for a Sunday in advance. A reminder is that flowers must be fresh however they do not have to be from a florist.
Beth Blalock and Mary Stark, co-chairs