Announcements from the weekly bulletin of December 1:
PRAYER REQUESTS: First United Methodist Church; the congregation of Concha del Oro; the Epworth Project; Missionary: Gaston Ntambo; Karen Bell; Barbara Brandeberry; Emily Buckman; Betty Byrom; Vern Hansen; Ron Hartley; Mary Etta Hemmerly; Ginny Hillard; Mark Hogan; Donelda Huffman; Steve Libby; Coquette Neifer; Connie Segna; Lisa Sipes; Ted Sipes; Vicki Venn; *Jason Hill; *Mark Istre; *Chad Rogers; and *Andy Ruehl. (*presently deployed)
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The annual Bazaar will be held December 12-14 in conjunction with Black Swamp Players’ production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Baked goods, Christmas items, gently used books, and handmade items will be accepted. We will need baked goods and homemade snacks every night. Please contact Judy Willbarger, Bess Moyer, or Donna Schmidt if you would like to contribute items and or if you would like to work the bazaar.
CROP WALK RESULTS: This year’s CROP walk raised $5,064.48 to date. Jo Vernon, for FUMC, took in $801.06 from personal donations and Noisy Offering. Many thanks for all who donated and for Jo’s successful efforts. ~ Judy Wilbarger, Treasurer.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON: The UMW will meet for their Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 5th at 11:30 a.m. in the Narthex. Please remember to bring the following:
Dish to pass
Donation for the World Thank Offering
A wrapped gift for a child ages 3-13 (with age and sex marked)
Two dozen cookies for The Friendly Center Christmas Party
Two dozen cookies for the FUMC Special Care Individuals
The TrebleMakers present:
“Follow the Star”
Sunday, December 8, 2013
More commonly referred to as the “three wise men” or “three kings”, the journey of the Magi is an amazing story of obedience, faith, and worship!
Join the TrebleMakers Sunday, December 8th at both services as they follow the fantastic story of these three companions. Listen to the words and song of the kings and their caravan as they set their sights on a bright star in the heavens that would ultimately lead them to the Christ-child, the King of all kings!
HOW WAS YOUR THANKSGIVING? Did you have enough to eat? Many families in the Bowling Green area can’t answer “Yes”. Helpers are needed on Thursday, December 5th at 90:00 a.m. to help unload trucks & setup for Food Giveaway, and Friday, December 6th at 9:00 a.m. to bag and distribute groceries. Please con-sider giving a couple hours of your time each month to this wonderful ministry. For in-formation about serving, please contact Bob or Connie Segna at 419-353-0873. If you wish to give a monetary donation be sure to note "Food Distribution" in the memo field of the check so that the funds are credited to this effort. The Food Pantry is constantly running low on all types of non-perishable food & clean plastic/brown grocery bags. So, PLEASE keep bringing in your donations.
“I was hungry, you gave me food. I was thirsy, you gave me drink.” ~ Matthew 25:35
COME TO THE STABLE: BG Alliance Church invites you to this unique indoor walk-through holiday event featuring hundreds of Nativity scenes large and small. Come to the Stable will be open Thursday, December 5th from 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Friday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; and Sun-day, December 8th from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be taken for the BG Food Pantry. BG Alliance Church is located at 1161 Napoleon Rd.
BLUES CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The 3rd Floor Band will use Blues, Classic Rock, and Folk Music to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. The concert will take place on Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 p.m. at the Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St. Tickets are $5.00 each. Proceeds will benefit the Concha Del Oro Methodist mission in Mexico and the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter. For more information call 419-469-8824 or visit www.villageohio.org/blues-christmas.
HEARTH & CHAPEL: The next meeting of Hearth & Chapel will be Thursday, December 12th at 5:30 p.m. We will meet at Dyer’s Restaurant, 200 Campbell Hill Road for dinner before attending the Black Swamp production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The charge for the buffet dinner is $10.99 plus beverage with a 10 percent discount for seniors. They plan to seat us all together in the atrium. Tickets for the play will be on sale at Grounds for Thought. It is recommended you get your tickets early because the performances are just one weekend and you won’t want to miss out. Please contact Joyce Gordon at 330-256-4595 or email
with questions and reservations.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN FUND: Each month, First United Methodist Church gives a set amount of money to the Bowling Green-based Wood County Area Ministries (WAM) network. They distribute funds to our neighbors in need of assistance to pay their rent so they are able to stay in their homes, or help to pay a portion of their electric and other utility bills. The money FUM contributes comes from the donations given in the envelopes found in your bulletin. Please empty your pockets or purse of coins (or dollars) and put them in the brown envelope, then put it in the offering plate. Your change CAN change a life! Thank You!!
DECK THE HALLS SALE: Trinity United Methodist Church, 200 N. Summit St., BG is hosting a Christmas sale on December 6th & 7th from 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. The sale includes new and used holiday decorations, lights, ornaments, gift items, craft kits, holiday clothing, gently used toys and games, and a bake sale. Lunch of soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts will be available from 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. both days. Proceeds will be used to prepare Holiday Food baskets for families in the Bowling Green area.
2014 ALTAR FLOWER SIGN-UP: It is time to sign up to provide the altar flowers that beautify our sanctuary and honor a loved one or a special occasion. Please stop at the Share and Serve table in the Narthex on Sunday mornings to pick your date(s) and fill out the requested information.
When the office orders, we use McKenzie’s Flower Basket in BG and the cost is $25. Checks should be made payable to FUMC with “Altar Flowers” in the memo line, preferably turned in the week before your chosen Sunday. Should you choose to order the flowers on your own, you are free to get them anywhere, as long as you have them at the church by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning (please do not bill the church). Thank You!
PRIDE OF TOLEDO SINGS AGAIN! The Pride of Toledo Sweet Adelines will present their annual show on Sunday, December 8th. “O Holy Night” is the theme this year, and will take place at Living Hope Church, 4620 Glendale Ave. in Toledo. There will be two shows, one at 3:00 p.m. and one at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be available only at the door. Refreshments will be provided. Come and enjoy the Christmas music presented by Sweet Adelines.
2014 UPWARD BASKETBALL and CHEERLEADING: It is time to register your child for the 2014 Upward season. It is open to anyone K-8th grade. Register online at www.bgupward.org. Registration fee is $95.00. Evaluation dates will be held at BG Nazarene Church on Friday, December 6th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For more information contact Stanley Riggs at 419-353-0667. More information is available on the flyers found at the Welcome Center or in the church office.