E-News, October 6th, 2017
With a toddler around the house, I often find it helpful to get out of the house when I need to work on my sermon at night. This was certainly the case last week having just returned from vacation. As I was sitting in my office, I heard the cleaning crew come into the Partin Center. After their surprise to see someone in the building, I began a conversation with one of the workers named Charles.
When he learned that I was a pastor he shared that he was also an evangelist who goes around the community preaching and encouraging various groups in the faith. Before he left, Charles came back up to my office and asked if he could pray for me and my sermon. Together we joined in prayer, two new friends in the faith. This experience was such a powerful reminder that we are not alone and the powerful effect of lifting each other up in prayer.
After all of the prayer calls last month, so many people are praying for our Forward, Faithfully campaign to eliminate the construction debt and free our church up for all that God has in store for us in the future. Additionally, so many people are praying, “Lord, what do you want to do through me.”
Charles never would have thought when he went to work Friday night that he would have the opportunity to bless me in the way that he did that evening through our conversation and his willingness to pray for me and my ministry. By praying for our church and this campaign, there is no telling what God will do through each one of us, and through this church, in future.
Thank you all for your prayers and commitment to this church and its ministry.
 
Praying together,
Pastor Drew
This Sunday at Memorial....
October 8th
this week at memorial....
SUNDAY: SWEL (Single Women Enjoying Lunch):  Single women, or ladies who attend church alone, are invited to join SWEL for lunch Sunday after 11:00AM Worship. This month, the ladies will be lunching at Horizons. Please RSVP weekly to Marilyn Perkins.

SUNDAY: The Next Concert with a Cause The Jacksonville Harmony Chorus will bring their a cappella harmonies to Maxwell Hall on October 8 th at 7:00PM for our next Concert with a Cause. This women’s chorus has been singing in the Jacksonville area for over 50 years and in 2014 was ranked 4th in the world for mid-size a cappella choruses. Come hear them sing traditional favorites and some patriotic tunes. You won’t want to miss them! A love offering will be collected for Trees for America’s Troops, a local organization which sends small trees and Christmas gifts to our troops serving overseas during the holidays.

MONDAY - The Monday Memorial Singers (M/M Singers) The M/M Singers will sing at Quality Health Monday at 10:00AM. All are invited to join this group who visit a different assisted living facility each week to sing favorite hymns to the residents. Click HERE for the schedule!

WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Dinner and Classes Continue Join us at 5:00PM for dinner. Country Fried Chicken is on the menu! Classes start at 6:00PM.

Interested in getting text reminders about Wednesday Dinner and the weekly menu? Text "@weddinner" to 81010.

Welcome to our New Members
Welcome to our newest members Matthew and Pam Fiddler and their baby girl, Bradley.
Both Bradley and Matthew were also baptized when they joined the church.
Welcome to the family!
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worship arts announcements...
 

Two Volunteers Needed by the Worship Committee
The Worship Committee is currently in need to two people to perform the following tasks:
  • Coordinate the change of paraments (altar cloths) with the liturgical seasons and for funerals in Maxwell Hall and the Sanctuary. A calendar with the dates and colors will be provided.
  • Change oil in sanctuary candles and candle-lighters when needed in the Sanctuary.
  • Have paraments dry-cleaned when needed.
  • Help prepare Christmas Eve Candles (can be done before 12/24).
  • Attend a quarterly worship meeting, Thursday nights at 6:00pm. The next meeting is November 9th.

Contact joan@mumconline.com if you would like to serve in this important worship position.

New Fall Study for the Whole Congregation Getting a Handle on Handel: Exploring the Scriptural and Musical Beauty of Messiah    Anyone interested in digging deeper into the Christmas portion of Messiah (which the Chancel Choir is performing in December) is invited to attend a new study beginning October 17th, from 3:00PM - 4:30PM in the new music room. This is not designed for musicians, but for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of this well-known work and how Handel used scripture and music to create it. RSVP to joan@mumconline.com to reserve a study book.
snapshots of grace...
Last Sunday was the 5th Anniversary of Memorial's Taize Worship at Trinity. Our own Ingrida Barrow provided special piano music for this service. Thank you to all who have helped make this service a success for five years!

Some of this week's headlines from around the state, country, and world in the United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. is a Heritage Landmark and the only non-governmental building on Capitol Hill. For almost 100 years, this has been a space for the denomination to advocate for the values of United Methodists. That commitment continues today through the work of the Board of Church and Society.
The sign in front of the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. bears a strong witness in a prime location, next door to the Supreme Court and steps from the U.S. Capitol. This beacon on the Hill shines a light on the beliefs of a church grounded in peace and justice .....continue reading.
By Heather Hahn
Oct. 2, 2017 | UMNS
Leaders of Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Las Vegas still were waiting Oct. 2 to know if any congregation members were among the city’s injured or dead.
But, even as they held their breath, church leaders were holding out a helping hand.
“We are making ourselves a partner to the greater community’s response,” said the Rev. David Devereaux, the congregation’s senior pastor. “We can provide housing; we can provide food; we can provide water; we can provide baby supplies.”
After fleeing from what’s being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, many survivors were left stranded with no way of getting back to their locked-down hotel rooms . Even as the hotel lockdowns lifted, Desert Spring was gearing up to help people facing scrambled flights and much more long-term trauma. The church also was preparing an evening prayer servic e ....continue reading.

October 05, 2017
By The Florida Conference Cabinet, The United Methodist Church | FLUMC

(English Version, Leer Versión en Español )
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
until the destroying storms pass by.
Psalms 57:1
As both of our Conferences recover from the devastations of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, we, in Florida, offer our solidarity and love to our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico. While 46% of people in the United States are unaware of the fact that people in Puerto Rico are US Citizens,* we know that 100% of United Methodists affirm that we are all sisters and brothers in Chris
As we in Florida are organizing our hurricane relief efforts across our peninsula, we urge the US Government to do all in its power to provide humanitarian relief to our fellow citizens in this island nation.
We are grateful for the leadership of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico in directing the work of our Church's response and pledge to send resources and volunteers in the recovery phase of rebuilding .....continue reading.
For more news from around the United Methodist Church, visit:
United Methodist News Service or follow them on
Find news from the Florida Conference at flumc.org 
or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/FloridaUMC .
The Community Fall Festival is in Three Weeks  
Our gift to the community, the Fall Festival, is just around the corner. This volunteer-run event needs people to help with face painting, food service, welcome booths, games, and more.
To volunteer, email Donna Feith below.
If you don’t have a Fall Festival T-shirt from previous years, please let her know what size you need.
  announcements...
MUMC Men's Breakfast, October 14th
 All MUMC Men are invited to join us at 8:00AM on  October 14th in Maxwell Hall  for  our next Men's breakfast.  This month's  guest speaker will be Charles Sandusky, Director of Youth Ministries at MUMC, who joined our staff in September. Charles desires to see our community grow in the knowledge of God, worship freely in spirit and in truth, and then walk with God in a powerful, contagious way. Great food and fellowship await. No reservations necessary.
 
Donating to Hurricane Harvery, Irma, and Maria relief through UMCOR  To send a monetary donation to Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims through UMCOR, where 100% of your money will go directly to victims, please designate “Hurricane Relief” on your check. Our Florida Conference also has established a similar fund specifically aimed to repair local, Florida churches in the Conference and rebuild the communities that surround them. To donate to this fund, designate “Florida Irma Fund” on your check.
 
Memorial's Holy Land Tour in 2018,
Register by November 29th to get the Discount   The last day to take advantage of the discounted price is November 29th.
     You can register by mail, phone, or online per the instructions provided in the brochure. If you have questions about anything in the brochure, call Mr. Jim Rosenburg, the Director of Travel Ministries at 239-503-5152 or email   jim@therosenburgs.com.

Looking for a Sunday School Class?  Connections Sunday School Class is a group of adults who read scripture and connect the Old Testament and the New Testament. Taught by Jim Kaminski, they are a fun group who love to learn and engage in social outings. Join them Sunday mornings at 9:30AM in Partin Center! Questions? Contact Pastor Carrie .

Sanctuary Building Consecration Service rescheduled for Sunday, November 19 th Please join us at 3:00PM as we consecrate our renovated Sanctuary building.

Become a Stephen Minister: An Opportunity to Learn, Serve and Grow  Stephen Ministers are members of MUMC who go through care-giving training to work alongside our pastors in providing emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness or loneliness. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, there will be 50-hours of training in 2 hour increments on Monday evenings, beginning January, 8th, at 6pm through June 4, 2018. To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Pastor Drew, Carol Dunnagan, Larry Wood or Steven Feith. To get a Stephen Minister Training Application, contact Steven Feith via email sjfeith@gmail.com  or call 904.225.2140
 
 

mark your calendars...
   Oct. 8 th – Concert with a Cause, 7:00PM,  Jacksonville Harmony
Chorus, in Maxwell Hall  

Oct. 14th - Men's Breakfast, Maxwell Hall, 8:00AM
       
   Oct. 17 th - Getting a Handle on Handel Class 3:00PM – 4:30PM, the
Music Suite

      Oct. 21 st Forward, Faithfully Prayer Event, 11:00AM, in the
Sanctuary
 
    Oct. 22 nd  – Commitment Sunday

    Oct. 28 th – Fall Festival
 
     Nov. 19 th – Rescheduled Consecration  Service, 3:00PM