Below is the current edition of the Gathering & Scattering newsletter. If you have any questions about any of the articles or need more information, please visit our website
or contact the church office by calling (225) 344-0343. We hope to see you in worship this Sunday!
|New Sermon Series |
In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes specific statements regarding his identity. These are referred to as the "I Am" sayings. In each of these sayings, Jesus describes himself using rich metaphors full of meaning and application for our lives. Beginning on April 29, 2012 and concluding on Pentecost Sunday, May 29, 2012, Dr. Van Stinson will explore these unique sayings of Jesus in John and the rich metaphors that they contain, such as light, bread, gate, good shepherd, resurrection, way, truth, life and vine. This series of five sermons will explore these important "I Am" sayings and offer practical application for our daily lives as we seek to be faithful followers of Christ.
|Please join us... |
Some things never grow old and never go out of fashion -- some things remain "cool" forever. Bible stories are timeless, and the tale of a Godly guy named Daniel, his three side-kicks and a fiery furnace is about as cool as it gets. So too is the classic children's musical that recounts this captivating tale of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrack, Meshach & Abednego with humor, action, and spiritual heart.
Please join the Asbury and Wesley Choirs as they present It's Cool in the Furnace at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary on Sunday, May 6th! The kids have been working very hard and showing your support by attending their performance is greatly appreciated! Join us afterwards for an ice cream social in the Fellowship Hall!
|Crunch time for college finals...
Any college students getting ready for Final Exams are invited to come study late at University United Methodist Church - Sunday, May 6th - 8 PM - 2 AM - FREE Coffee, FREE Snacks, FREE Wifi, Big tables, Bright lights, Room for Groups - Just Drop in! Share this event with your friends and classmates!
|A Journey to the Holy Land |
Have You Always Wanted To Walk Where Jesus Walked? A study tour of Israel and Jordan is organized for January 29-February 9, 2013 featuring Dr. Sam Morris (from the Jerusalem Institute of Biblical Exploration) as the teacher and Dr. Van Stinson as the Spiritual Guide. We hope that you will prayerfully consider joining us on this great excursion.
Read over the linked brochure (download by clicking here) and make plans to join us for the trip of a lifetime. You will be glad you did!
Spaces are limited and people are are already signing up - so don't lose the chance to save your place and take the trip of a lifetime! To put your name on the list, please contact Rev. Lee McKinzie by calling the church office or emailing email@example.com.
|Preschool Family Fun Day|
and Silent Auction - April 28th
|Kids Hope News |
It doesn't seem possible that the end of the school year is already here. What a great year it has been for Kids Hope because of YOU! Your faithfulness to this life-changing program is truly awe-inspiring and I can never thank you enough for honoring the commitment to making a difference in a deserving child's life. As Van so eloquently reminded us in last Sunday's sermon, you are the hands of Christ in action. Your pats on your child's back, your high fives, your hugs.. those loving touches bring hope to their lives in ways we'll never truly comprehend.
There will be no mentoring next week, instead I hope to see all of you at our End of the Year Celebration on Friday, May 4th from 1:45 -
3:00 pm in the cafeteria at University Terrace. We'll have some entertainment, awards, and goodies for the children to take home. This will be the last time we will be with our children this year, so please take a few minutes to bring closure for them and remind them of your plans for next year.
Thank you for touching the lives of the children at University Terrace with the love of Christ!
- 4/23 - 4/27 - Last week of mentoring
- Thursday 4/26 - 8:30 am - 1:30 pm - 5th Grade Field Trip to Burden Trees and Trails (any volunteers welcome to help chaperone)
- Tuesday, 5/1 - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Garden Team hosts Wizard of Oz Garden Party for all 3rd graders (all volunteers welcome, especially mentors of 3rd graders)
- Friday 5/4 - 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Kids Hope End of the Year Celebration @ UT
- Friday 5/11 - Kids Hope hosts End of Year Luncheon for UT Teachers
- Friday 5/18 - 9:30am - 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony at University United Methodist Church (all mentors of 5th graders welcome)
Shirley Flake, Kids Hope Director
|Good News! |
I love bringing you good news. As you can see from the numbers for the year to date ending March 31 (seen below), we are doing well financially. Preschool and After School have done better than budgeted and their enrollment for the fall is looking good. Our expenses are also better than budgeted due to conscientious spending of the staff and department heads. And, there are good timing differences such as advanced payment of football parking and receipts of First Gifts. But none of this would be possible with out you, the congregation and donors. Thank you for being good, faithful stewards and allowing me to be able to bring you good news this quarter. Let's keep it up! If you have any questions, please contact Ruthie Fahey or myself.
Martha Stuckey, Financial Chair
UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3350 Dalrymple Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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| Youth Girls Lock In |
The Youth Girls Lock-In will be held tomorrow, Friday night, April 27th, from 6:00PM-8:00AM Saturday morning. We'll play games, eat lots of food, and have great fellowship time together. We will also discuss 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, which will be our theme for the evening! Please contact our youth intern, Jessica Lowe, with any questions, by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Youth Sunday |
We will be celebrating Youth Sunday in both worship services this Sunday. The youth will be leading many parts of the service, so please come out and show your support for them! We will also be recognizing all of our high school seniors who will be graduating this May, and several will be giving testimonials about their experience at University UMC.
|NEEDS & OPPORTUNITIES:|
U.T. Teachers Luncheon food needed - Salads and deserts are needed for the End of the Year Teacher's Luncheon hosted by Kids Hope at University Terrace on Friday, May 11th. If you'd like to help us show the teachers how much we appreciate all they do, please contact Shirley Flake at email@example.com.
Save your two litter bottles for VBS -If you drink from 2 litter bottles, please save them and drop them off washed out, with or without their tops, to the church office. We will be using these for a craft for VBS and need around 120!
Hold this date for the next Daytimers Trip - Thurs., May 31, 2012. The trip will be to UMCOR Sagar Brown and Shadows on the Teche. Most details to come later._____________________
How about serving as an usher? Our Usher team is expanding to accommodate the growth of the church. Would you enjoy serving in this way? Training is provided. Contact Michael Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-413-3313.
Calling all soon to be college graduates! If you will be graduating this semester, please contact the church office and let us know so that we can congratulate you in our weekly JOYS listed in this newsletter!
Crucifers Will Soon Include Youth and Adults! Beginning in June the role of Worship Crucifer will be shared among all people of the congregation. Would you enjoy leading others this way in worship? Please contact the church office (344-0343) if the answer is "yes" and specify 8:30 service or 11:00 service. Training is provided.
Is "Your Thing" Leading The Affirmation of Faith? Each Sunday during the Service of Worship someone leads the Affirmation of Faith (usually the Apostles Creed). Would like to take a turn? Contact Lee McKinzie, 344-0343 or email@example.com,
and let us know.
Are You In A Sunday School Class for Adults? Several great classes meet at 9:45 on Sunday mornings (at the same time as Sunday School for children and youth). A mixture of lecture and discussion, fellowship and study, service and enrichment, these classes all enjoy the company of others and all provide lots of opportunity for fun.
Contact Lee McKinzie, firstname.lastname@example.org or 344-0343.
Vacation Bible School is Coming! Would Like To Help? The dates are June 25-29. The theme is "Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God."
Our facilities will be transformed into a vast ocean of learning about the love of God. Are you an adult who would like to help? Give Cindy Hall a call, 769-2445.
|LSU GAME DAY PARKING SEASON PASSES NOW ON SALE!|
Parking spaces are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Parking is open to all, not just UUMC Members. Please pass on this information to anyone who you think may be interested!
SUNDAY EDUCATION CLASSES FOR SUNDAY, April 29:
- Contemporary Christian Concerns - Louisiana Political Issues Leading into the Next Election. Beth Courtney.
- College Group - Group Discussion
- Genesis Class - Rob Bell, Love Wins.
- Foundations Class - "Taking Care of Business, Finding God at Work" by Andy Stanley.
- Inter-Generational Bible Study - The Acts of the Apostles
- J.O.Y. Class - Bob Sanders will lead our class.
- Open Door - We have our annual crawfish boil at the home of Jim & Kyle Wooldridge on Saturday afternoon, April 28th at 4:30pm. On Sunday, We continue our video study, "Quench Your Thirst for Life."
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| WITHIN THE CHURCH FAMILY:
- Congratulations to Lee and Penny Ketelsen Kelly on the birth of their son, Graham Logan Kelly. Proud grandparents are Pat and Coach Ketelsen.
- Happy Birthday to Phyllis Darvill.
- Condolences go out to the family of Brenda Hadsky, who passed away on Wednesday, April 18th.
- Condolences go out to the family of David Bahlinger, who passed away last week.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
Valerie Achee, Freda Anderson, Beckie Larguier Armstrong, the family of David Bahlinger, Andy Brewer, Marie Bruns, Katie Cangelosi, Irma Cassel, Doris Coats, Doris Dobson, Melva Field, Zoe Frake, Barney Garner, Sandy Godail, Kathy Grenfell, the family of Brenda Hadsky, Rosemarie Hall, Nathalie Henderson, Bill Hoover, Richard Horton, Fran Gilson Hughes, Joy Johnson, Bob Moles, Mark Moore, Walter Pierron, Jim Richardson, Mary Lou Riche, Pat Rives, Juliana Roberts, Carmel Roux, Leslie Salter, Magdi Selim, Bessie Schumaker, Gayle Strickland, Matthew Taranto, Katherine Watts.