Church News 7.19.23

*Prayers & Concerns: Adam Casteel, Floyd Wiggins, Jean McClure, Ken Kearney (friend of Shawnna Smith-Parker), Kimberly McClure, Mary Felton, Richard and Patsy Goodwin, Rebecca Hurley, Cindy Wilbur, Tom LaMotta, Tammy Warren (friend of BC & Margaret Raynor) Jock Barnes, Carole Sanders, Jared Sanders, Joan Long, Charlotte Heonis, Maryn O'Neill, Jo Brooks, Mitchell Bennett, Dana Engelhart, Effie Hamilton, George Ellis, Jack Montgomery, Annie Ford (Gayle Hines' mom) and Caregivers.   

A team of GUMC youth and adult leaders will be leaving on Sunday, July 23 to work in West Virginia with Appalachia Service Project. They will need to purchase snacks, Gatorade, etc. once they arrive in WV. Would you be willing to donate a Walmart gift card or monetary gift to help them? Donations are needed by July 20 and may be given to Shawnna Smith-Parker or Annette Locklear. Thank you for your support!

The Tuesday night women's Bible study will not meet July 25. Details about our next meeting coming soon!

Come join Chef Rick and Liz Newlin for cooking classes each Tuesday in August! The children’s classes (ages 5-14) will be August 8 & August 22 beginning at 6:15pm. The adult classes (ages 15 and up) will be August 15 ($5.00 fee) & August 29 ($7.00 fee) beginning at 6:00pm.

The adult classes will be learning knife skills and will be making homemade mac and cheese, vegetable soup, stir fry, mashed potatoes, broccoli soup, and corn flake crusted chicken tenders.


The children’s classes will be making homemade chocolate cupcakes and homemade individual pizzas.


These classes will be good for adults who want to hone their cooking skills as well as beginners that want to learn the basics of cooking. Please contact Shawnna Smith-Parker ( to sign up for the children's classes and Chef Rick ( to sign up for the adult classes.

With just a few weeks until the Back to School Bash on August 12, we currently have 543 students registered! Last year, we served more than 600 students and we are well on the way to exceeding that number. To serve everyone, we need supplies and volunteers.  Please plan to help!


Volunteers: We appreciate those who have signed up but need more helpers! We have close to 50 signed up and last year we had 140! Volunteer slots are 7:30-9:00 am, 8:45 am-12:15 pm and 12:00-1:30 pm. Sign up here or fill out the form available in the Gathering Area. There are jobs for all abilities! If you know of others who might like to volunteer at this community event, please encourage them to sign up!


School Supplies:  Please bring items to the Gathering Area. List of needed items: If you would like to make a monetary donation and let the Missions team do the shopping, be sure to indicate "B2SB" in the memo line.


Cookies Needed!  Small (2 inch) sugar and chocolate chip cookies are needed for the Back to School Bash! They may be store bought or homemade, but no nuts please! If possible, please put 2 cookies to a bag prior to bringing them to the church. Bring cookies to the church Monday, August 7- Friday, August 11 prior to the event. Please sign up at the Back to School Bash table in the Gathering Area so we know how many cookies we will have!


Pray: Please continue to pray for this event, the students, families and volunteers!


If you have questions, please contact:

Tony Lucas

Lee Ellen Coffey

Our first Coffeehouse for special needs adults will be on Friday, August 18. This event will offer social interaction for people with all abilities in our community. From 7:00- 8:30 pm, the Christian Life Center will be transformed into a "coffeehouse" with refreshments, music and fellowship in a safe and inclusive environment. This will be an ongoing event held on the 3rd Friday of the month, so we will continue to need volunteers and resources. Would you be willing to donate food, paper products or flowers for the tables? If you are interested in learning more about this outreach ministry or providing for some of our needs, please contact one of the coordinators, Katie Cardenas (919-219-1613) or Tracey Singleton (919-880-3167). All are invited to attend and witness firsthand the joy this event brings to our guests!


With the summer heat, our guests at HOPE are thirsty! Please help by bringing supplies:

cases of bottled water

2 liter drinks (any/all flavors, but need to include diet drinks too)

Donations may be brought to the bins by the elevator, or left in the Fellowship Hall kitchen clearly marked for HOPE.

Our HOPE guest appreciates you!!!

If you would like to place flowers on the altar in honor or memory of someone, please contact the church office.

Tithes may be submitted in the following manner:


1. Online: (Click A New way to give).


2. By mail:  

GUMC, PO Box 2179, Garner, NC 27529 

July 23          

Eliza Darnell


July 25                   

John LaFabregue               

Tim Montgomery


July 26

Mary Powell            

Katie Wicker


July 28                   

Carlene Lucas

If your name is not listed, we do not have your date of birth on file.  Please contact the church office.

July 23, Sunday

Youth, Appalachia Service Project

West Virginia


July 24, Monday

Youth, Appalachia Service Project

West Virginia


Boy Scouts, 2nd Floor


Cub Scouts, 1st Floor


July 25, Tuesday

Youth, Appalachia Service Project

West Virginia


July 26, Wednesday 

Youth, Appalachia Service Project

West Virginia


Men of Faith Bible Study, Library 



Design for Living (AA), Fellowship Hall


JOG Practice, CLC


July 27, Thursday      

Youth, Appalachia Service Project

West Virginia


July 28, Friday           

Youth, Appalachia Service Project

West Virginia


July 29, Saturday        

Youth, Appalachia Service Project

West Virginia


HOPE Ministries

Please remember to check our website to stay current on things happening at Garner United Methodist Church.

1 Thessalonians 5:25

Brothers and sisters, pray for us.


Barbara Barmes

Mrs. Jane Benfield

Carolyn Brown

Betty Burns

Charlotte Heonis

Vearl Johnson

Jane Lands

Annaionette Lilly

Joan Long

 Mac Mackintosh

Janie Sutton

Mildred West

 Bessie Williams


There are bins next to the elevator for the following items:

POP TABS will be taken to Ronald McDonald House in Durham

EYE GLASSES will be donated to the Garner Lion's Club

Acts 1:8 (MISSIONS)

Supported through Faith Promise



men's boxers (all sizes)

men's jeans

men's socks


spray deodorant

cases of bottled water

2 liter drinks (any/all flavors, but need to include diet drinks too)



Regular Size not Large Economy Size

peanut butter, jelly, boxed meals,

canned pasta,

canned tomatoes, canned meats.


cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items

household items

paper goods, toilet paper

used/reusable shopping bags,

gift cards & financial aide

 Additional information: Call 919-233-8010 

Hours: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. 

Closed Thursday & Sunday

Garner United Methodist Church

Phone: (919) 772-2042