Ashley's Words

The ministries happening here at GUMC are incredible, and I am lucky to be a minor part in some of them.  I pray that my weekly blogs/letters help to let you know what is happening here and how you might join in with our ministries.  Blessings to you!

ACES Teacher Letter

March 15, 2020

Good Morning Teachers,

I wanted to start off this letter with an acknowledgement that we in the office are both aware and taking precautions.  Please wash hands; please use the hand sanitizers (we are getting more).  Please use good judgement if you are feeling ill to stay home.  We are continuing to have conversations in the office and as a larger Church Council on the steps to take.  We are continuing to pay attention to state and national health recommendations.

 

TODAY—Intergenerational!

9:15-9:30:  Children’s Choir will first go to music in their lower level music room; all other ages (including puppets) will meet upstairs in the Friendship Center as we begin the Intergenerational lesson.

9:30:  The children’s choir will come upstairs to join us for the Intergenerational lesson in the Friendship Center

 

Confirmation Goodie Bags

Our Confirmation Retreat is coming up on Friday, March 27th-Saturday, March 28th.  We ask for all of your thoughts and prayers for these youth, Faith Friends, and teachers.  Also, if you would like to help fill our special goodie bags for each Confirmand, you can bring your items to Ashley's office.  These can be notes, cards, bookmarks, treats, favorite Bible passages, or small fun items.  Our youth are:  Joel Dressler, Makaela Lloyd, Alyssa Rubendall, & Trenton Turba.  We invite you to think about bringing enough items for each youth so each back is full of tangible items showing our congregational support!  Thank you!

 

Lent Schedule

Wed., March 18th:  12:10pm Lenten Service, no lunch @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church w/ Father Ross Epping

Wed., March 25th:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ St. John’s Lutheran Church w/ Rev. Wendy Abrahamson

Wed., April 1st:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ United Church of Christ Congregational w/ Rev. Harley Schull

 

Holy Week & Easter Worship @ GUMC

Sun., April 5th:  Palm/Passion Sunday 8 & 10:30am

Thurs., April 8th:  Maundy Thursday Worship in the Overflow 7pm

Fri., April 10th:  12:10pm Lenten Service, no lunch @ United Methodist Church w/ Rev. Dave Crow

Fri., April 10th:  Good Friday Tenebrae in the Chapel 7pm

Sun., April 12th:  Sunrise Worship 6:15am

                            Sonrise Breakfast 7am

                            8am Worship

    ACES & Easter Egg Hunt 9:15am

    10:30am Worship   

 

This week I will be with the Confirmation class for Faith friend/Parent Sunday.  If you need anything, catch me before or after the ACES hour or email me before Sunday.

 

In faith and love,

Ashley

ACES Teacher Letter

March 8, 2020

Good Morning Teachers,

 

Finally we’ve got ourselves some great weather!  I hope you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy some of it recently.  Hopefully your Lenten season is going well and allowing you some time for reflection as well.

 

TODAY—Pay It Forward!

9:15-9:30:  Children’s Choir will first go to music in their lower level music room; all other ages (including puppets) can help us get started on the Pay It Forward Projects.

9:30:  The children’s choir will come upstairs to join us for the Pay It Forward stations in the Friendship Center.

9:30-10:15:  We’ll have our stations and snack

 

Confirmation Goodie Bags

Our Confirmation Retreat is coming up on Friday, March 27th-Saturday, March 28th.  We ask for all of your thoughts and prayers for these youth, Faith Friends, and teachers.  Also, if you would like to help fill our special goodie bags for each Confirmand, you can bring your items to Ashley's office.  These can be notes, cards, bookmarks, treats, favorite Bible passages, or small fun items.  Our youth are:  Joel Dressler, Makaela Lloyd, Alyssa Rubendall, & Trenton Turba.  We invite you to think about bringing enough items for each youth so each back is full of tangible items showing our congregational support!  Thank you!

 

Lent Schedule

Wed., March 18th:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church w/ Father Ross Epping

Wed., March 25th:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ St. John’s Lutheran Church w/ Rev. Wendy Abrahamson

Wed., April 1st:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ United Church of Christ Congregational w/ Rev. Harley Schull

Fri., April 10th:  12:10pm Lenten Service, no lunch @ United Methodist Church w/ Rev. Dave Crow

 

Curriculum

Teachers, I emailed the new set of curriculum to you this past week, and I put the hard-copies in your room.  Hopefully I’ve included everything for you.  If I’m missing something, please let me know!  It’s been a crazy time of the year, so it is definitely possible something fell off my radar!

 

This week I will be upstairs with the group for Pay It Forward if you need anything.  I will be sneaking in and out to join the praise team as the Confirmation class joins them in rehearsing a song for Confirmation Sunday, but I’m looking forward to all of the wonderful ideas you planned for service projects!

 

In faith and love,

Ashley

ACES Teacher Letter

March 1, 2020

Good Morning Teachers,

 

This week, I had a book report due for class, and I settled on reading and reporting on a book called Discerning God’s Will Together by Danny E. Morris and Charles M. Olsen.  It was a fantastic book, not only on how a group might work through a discernment process, but how to create a culture of discernment in a church.  One of the great highlights for me reading in the process is a step called “shedding.”  During this step, the people involved in the process are asked to put aside all their preconceived notions or ideas about what the best course of action is, and determine to commit to God’s will…whatever that might be…wherever that might lead.  When the guide, or leader of the group, feels like it might be time to move onto the next step of the process, he/she will ask, “_______, are you ready to follow God’s will and not your own?”  Each person around the group will answer this question honestly.  The hope is that, eventually, all parties present will eventually answer, “yes,” so the group can move to the next step in the process.

 

I had numerous questions throughout the book…so I won’t go into all of them, but my questions here are these:  What would happen if we all asked ourselves, are we ready to follow God’s will today?  What would our answers be?  What would it take to move ourselves to yes?  How might our lives be impacted—spiritual, physical, emotional, etc.?  What holds us back?  What about the church…are we ready…listening…fulfilling the call?

 

Lent Schedule

Wed., March 4th:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ St. Mary’s Catholic Church w/ Rev. Catherine Burroughs

Wed., March 18th:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church w/ Father Ross Epping

Wed., March 25th:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ St. John’s Lutheran Church w/ Rev. Wendy Abrahamson

Wed., April 1st:  12:10pm Lenten Lunch @ United Church of Christ Congregational w/ Rev. Harley                  Schull

Fri., April 10th:  12:10pm Lenten Service, no lunch @ United Methodist Church w/ Rev. Dave Crow

 

Next week—Pay It Forward

I heard that you all came up with some great things for Pay It Forward next week!  Great job!  We already have things rolling for card-making and some sort of goodie-making in the kitchen.  We are also working on somehow combining the Bible-verses and a craft for Blessed Community together…more on that for next week!  It would be a great day to invite a friend to hang out with us next week and enjoy a morning of hands-on fun!

 

This week I’ll be with the Confirmation class.  If you need anything, Dime Dude is available.

 

In faith and love,

Ashley

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