Announcements from the weekly bulletin of May 4:
PRAYER REQUESTS: First United Methodist Church; the congregation of Concha del Oro; the Epworth Project, Imagine No Malaria; Missionary Gaston Ntambo; Karen Bell; Barbara Brandeberry; Emily Buckman; Ryan Davis; Raymond Fahle; Vern Hansen; Judy Hartley; Ron Hartley; Mary Etta Hemmerly; Mark Hogan; Bobbie Lane; Maxine Miller; Coquette Neifer; Ann Ruehl; Roger Schupp; *Joe Crider; *Jason Hill; *Mark Istre; *Cole Jennings (*presently deployed)
SPRING CLEAN-UP: The Trustees will be hosting a spring clean-up on Saturday, May 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Grab your shovel, broom, weed tool, edger, and gloves and come out for a good old-fashioned clean up. Use your own imagination to find and tackle a small project around the church grounds. Hope you can join us.
CHURCH LOAN UPDATE: FUM has refinanced the building loan closing on April 24, 2014. The new loan is provided by First Federal Bank in Bowling Green. The loan principle amount is for $1,469,079.53 amortized over 20 years with a five year adjustable rate mortgage. For the first sixty months of the loan, the rate will be 4.920%. Our monthly payment will be $9,422.16. This represents a reduction in what we were paying on the previous loan by approximately $1,500 monthly. We would like to thank Tim Harris, Dean King and Tom LaPolt for assisting in the process of closing the loan. The Trustees and Finance Committee hope to apply addition-al funds when available to the principle to accelerate paying off the debt.
EQUAL EXCHANGE FAIR TRADE COFFEE ORDERS: Did you know that by enjoying Equal Exchange products you join a movement to support small-scale farmers around the world? Did you know that Equal Exchange also sells fair trade tea and chocolate? Orders for Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee and other products will be collected TODAY and Sunday, May 11th. Mark & Emily Shook will be in the Narthex at 10:45-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-12:15 p.m. to answer your questions and take your orders scheduled for delivery in late May. Checks can be made payable to First United Methodist Church with “Fair Trade Coffee” in the memo line. You may also order by calling the Shooks at 419-807-8610 or email
. The deadline to order is May 11th.
DESSERT SILENT AUCTION - On Sunday, May 11th the FUM Relay for Life Team will be holding a dessert silent auction. There will be a number of yummy desserts available to be bid on. If you have the highest bid at the end of second service, you win the dessert. You do not need to be present at the end; we will deliver. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Bowling Green High School. You can join the team or make a donation by seeing Beth Ash or visiting the team’s website at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/fumc
DO YOU HAVE A COLLEGE STUDENT? If so, then we want to hear from you! The Membership Committee is looking for the addresses of church member college students. Please email your college student’s address to Melissa Coe
or call 419-637-7020. If you are aware of their finals weeks, provide that information as well. Addresses should be sent to Melissa as soon as possible.
FUM BLOODMOBILE MAY 5th: The American Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive here at the church on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: 1STUMCBG.
SPECIAL SUNDAY CHURCH-WIDE OFFERING: Native American Ministries Sunday on May 4th is one of the six church-wide Special Sunday offerings of The United Methodist Church. Native American Ministries Sunday reminds United Methodists of the contributions made by Native Americans to our society. The special offering benefits Native American outreach within annual conferences and across the United States and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: You are invited to participate in a day of service on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (or whenever the work is finished). We will gather at church and then go into the neighborhood to serve and work on projects for our neighbors we love! No special skills needed. Families are encouraged to sign up to serve together. We look forward to a great day of fun, fellowship and service. There will be a sign up sheet available in narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Paquette, Eric Ramlow, or Peg Brown.
STAMP OUT HUNGER: The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding their 22nd Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Simply leave your non-perishable food items in a bag near your mailboxes on this date, and your letter carrier will pick up your donations.
RUMMAGE SALE—Are you doing some spring cleaning? Save some treasures for our annual August Rummage Sale. The tentative dates are August 21, 22, & 23. Watch future bulletins and news-letters for specific details.
OTTERBEIN PORTAGE VALLEY EVENTS: Please stop by the welcome center and pick up your copy of the “The Spirit of Otterbein” flyer. The flyer lists all events in May for which you can register as well as information on Older Americans Month.
FLOWER BASKET SALE: Trinity United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Flower Basket Sale on Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 a.m.—1:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. The church is located at 200 N. Summit, Bowling Green.