September 28, 2017
Come Sunday and Bring a Friend!
Join us at 9AM and 11AM as Pastor Baker resumes our Reconcile series with a message: "When Conflict Burns."
Prayer for World Communion Sunday, Oct. 1st, from Bishop Ward

Eternal God, we give thanks for your creative and generous love. You created and called the universe and all people good.

On this World Communion Sunday, we pray for all of our sisters and brothers around the world. Help us to see the image of God in each and every person so that we do not ignore the needs of any. Bind us together as a human family, offering honor and dignity to   every soul, even those we have called our enemies, even when it is hard to love.

We pray for those facing difficulty and uncertainty: for those suffering from floods and wind and fire, for those facing separation or deportation from loved ones, and for those who live without loving companionship or the sense of being loved by you.

 Use us, as United Methodists, to be the embodiment of inclusive love, with Jesus as our example. Use us to share sacrificial mercy and grace to the whole world through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In unity, compassion and hope, we pray. Amen.
Want to go deeper during Pastor Kevin's Sermon Series that will resume on Oct. 1?
Pick up a copy of John Paul Lederach's book, Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians in the coffee shop or the sanctuary breezeway for a reduced cost of $10. Click here to find out more about the book.
Our Faithfulness Sunday, September 24:  235/   Live Streaming:  16
Connecting for Growth and Friendship
LIFE Groups are
relaunching in September. Click on the tab to find out more. Check out Traci Tekely's testimony below.
Monday Soup with the Bakers!
Join Pastor Kevin and Denise at their loft (112 N. Main St., Suite 301) any Monday from Sept. 25-Oct. 30. Drop in any time from 5:30-7pm for soup and fellowship. Bring a side dish, crackers, or dessert. All are welcome! Contact Denise (919/724-8327) for more information.
Young In Heart
Tuesday, October 3
T. J. Whitehead classroom (Rm. 132)

Wednesday, October 11
Stafford Hall (Rm. 125)
Bring a friend and your favorite snack
Connecting with Children & Their Families
Sun, Oct 1
3:30-5pm in Stafford Hall
  Family Dodgeball & More
Moms, dads and kids from Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited for an afternoon of dodgeball (friends are invited!). We will also have other games available for kids who do not want to play dodgeball. The event will conclude with family prayer time.  

Connecting with Youth
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Join the REFUGE family, & don't forget to send in your child's updated RELEASE FORM for 2018!
Sun., Oct. 5 5-6:30pm Regular Meeting Youth Commons (Rm. 206)
Sun., Oct. 12 $75 due--first payment for Pilgrimage 2017!
Sun., Oct. 29 5pm REFUGE Youth helping with Trunk-or-Treat at church
Sat., Nov. 4 10am Potato scrubbing Church kitchen (Rm. 124)
Sun., Nov. 5 10am Baked Potato & Salad Fundraiser for Pilgrimage

Keep checking this space for more information on upcoming events!
Pilgrimage 2017
Nov. 10-12 | Crown Center in Fayetteville, NC
Contact Paul to reserve your child's spot today!
"Imagine what your church would be like and the impact you'd have on your community if every small group served and loved the city?" - from the "Externally Focused Quest"

Many have asked about how FUMC Graham can help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Here is some info from our NC Annual Conference.
Can you write? You can help!
Words can help and heal ..
Do you feel called to bring light and hope to prisoners, but don’t know how to get started? Letters and greeting cards are like Gold to prisoners. Let us help you get started.
Contact Jean Boren
Serving at South Graham Elementary/C4C
Off to a Great Start
FUMCG helped South Graham Elementary teachers get off to a great start this school year with a "Start Right Kit" for every classroom. Our Vacation Bible School children raised money to donate snacks and classroom supplies for these Start Right Kits. Then, our Praise Kids packed plastic tote boxes with tissues, paper towels, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, glue sticks, Ziplock bags, and snacks and delivered the kits to each classroom, creating a wonderful surprise for teachers on their first day back at school.

The C4C Team has been hearing from teachers all over the school, each expressing appreciation for all that FUMCG is doing at SGE. From the hands and hearts of our FUMCG children to the hard work of our faithful adult volunteers, we are helping teachers and students get the school year started right!

Click here to read a true story about the Start Right Kits ( fourth in a series).
C4C.FUMCG@South Graham--making a difference for the kids of our community!
""You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.”
                                                 - Amy Carmichael
Crayons Needed
Our C4C School--South Graham Elementary--needs donations of 24-packs of Crayola Crayons. (See illustration.)
Donations should be left in the South Graham bins located in the coffeeshop and in the sanctuary breezeway. Thank you!
Brunswick Stew Sale
  • Sign up now on posters throughout the church building.
  • Pick-up your stew on Friday, October 13, from 4-6pm.
  • $7 per quart
Proceeds are used for Gordon Painter Sunday School missions and projects.
UMW Mission Focus for September

NC Diaper Bank
  1. Children's diapers, sizes 5 and 6
  2. Pull-Ups (assorted sizes)
  3. Baby wipes
  4. Feminine Products
 "We give, not because the church needs it and not because it pays the bills, though both may be true. We give to become more like the giving God who created us in his own image."
Our Faithfulness Sunday, September 24-- Tithes and Offerings : $6,141