August 4, 2022
Pastor Gresh Harbuck

As part of discerning our way forward in the Wesleyan tradition, we have invited Pastor Gresh Harbuck from ONEeighty Church, an independent Wesleyan church in Birmingham, AL. He will speak and share with us about the independent option on Sunday, August 7th at 5:00 p.m. in the Worship Center.

We have an information page on our website with recent presentations (Free Methodist Church, Global Methodist Church, the Wesleyan Covenant Assoc. (WCA), and more).
 We've provided the link below.
August 7, 2022 | Communion Sunday

Traditional Service:
8:45 & 11:00 am Pastor Ricky Smith
Series: Foundations
Sermon: "Heaven”
Sermon Scripture: Philippians 3:5-21 NLT

8:45 am Contemporary Service:
8:45 am Pastor Michael Wilder
Series: Foundations
Sermon: "Heaven”
Sermon Scripture: Philippians 3:7-21 NLT
*To view FB Live-Stream you must have a Facebook account. 
August 8, 2022 | Moe's BBQ

Are you new to GFUMC? Have you been here a while but haven't connected yet? All women of any age or stage of life are invited to join Sisters in Christ. They meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at different restaurants for lunch, to share their joys and concerns, a short devotional, and usually a lot of laughter! August's meeting will be at Moe's BBQ restaurant in Guntersville. Please join them!

Contact Sarah Ostermiller for more info at
August 8 | 6:30 PM | Sanctuary

Please make plans to attend the August 8th Administrative Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
August 10, 2022

Let's Go, GFUMC!
The Feed My Sheep global meal project is on! We are going to pack THOUSANDS of meals in the name of Jesus! We need around 150+ servants/volunteers to make this mission project a success. So mark your calendar for August 10, 2022, and get ready to serve. The registration link and event details are below.

  • Adults, Youth (6th grade & up must serve w/ their family) at the Worship Center
  • Kids K-5th grade packing classroom snack packs
  • Birth-Pre K packing for Civitan Park outreach
  • Hair nets or hats are required
  • Cleanup: We need volunteers with shop vacs to aid in the cleanup, please!

"After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep, ”Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep." John 21:15-17

Questions? Contact
Heather Epperson, Missions Director
Postponed until October

Thank you to everyone who signed up to serve with this event; however it has been postponed until October. The date will be announced at a later time.

Heather Epperson,
Director of Missions
256.582.2001, ext. 243
Connect with God and Others

PEOPLE TO BE LOVED: Why Homosexuality is Not Just an issue
A study by Preston Sprinkle
Begins Tuesday, August 16 at 9:30 a.m., Room 202
Led by Ricky Smith

Christians who are confused by the homosexuality debate raging in the US and in our churches are looking for resources that are based solidly on a deep study of what Scripture says about the issue. In this study participants are encouraged, on all sides of the debate, to consider what the Bible says and how we should approach the topic of homosexuality in light of it as we struggle to reconcile the Bible’s prohibition of same-sex attraction with the message of radical, unconditional grace. 
THE ALPHA COURSE by Nicky Gumble
Begins Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m., Room 205
Registration Requested (Registration Button Below)
Led by: Jim & Barbara Harris

  • Is there more to life than this?
  • Why and how do I pray?
  • Does God heal today?

Alpha looks at these and other questions, during a series of interactive sessions. Explore the meaning of life and discover that Christianity can be every bit as relevant to life today as it was 2,000 years ago. 
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage
Study by Craig & Amy Groeschel
Begins Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m., Room 211
Led by: Ricky & Nona Smith

The choices you make each and every day determine not only your relationship with God but also the quality of your marriage. Discover a richer, deeper, more authentic relationship, and a more rewarding, more passionate love life. This study looks at five commitments to fail-proof your marriage.

TWELVE WOMEN OF THE BIBLE, Study by Lysa Terkeurst
A Lunch Break Zoom class,
Registration Required (Registration Button Below)
Begins Thursday, August 18 at 12:15 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. sharp
Led by: Ann Lee

This study is designed with the working woman in mind and for groups who might want to gather on their lunch break in the office or at home.
To participate in this study registration is required so that the Zoom link can be sent to you each week. TO REGISTER: email and send your name, a cell phone number, and email address or go to and click on the classes tab.

Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians (with possibly Philemon as a bonus)
Begins Wednesday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m., Room 202
Led by Rev. Terry Bentley

During Paul’s time of house arrest in Rome, he welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ."
While in Rome, A.D. 60 – 62, Paul writes three epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians) and a personal letter (to Philemon). Often called Paul’s “Prison Epistles,” Paul’s epistles are enormously rich, and his personal letter to Philemon is a masterpiece of appeal and persuasion.  

THE MAN CHURCH-Disciple Men, Change Everything
Three Class Options to choose from-

  • Begins Wednesday (nights), August 17, 6:30 p.m.
  • Led by Steve Varnell, Room 310

  • Begins Thursday (nights) - August 25, 6:30 p.m.
  • Led by David Kutner, Room 310

  • Begins Thursday (mornings) - September 8, 6:30 a.m.
  • Led by Matt Arnold, the House/529 Blount Ave.

Man Church is a discipleship opportunity created specifically for men. The program includes planned worship events and small group discipleship opportunities through the year. Visit to better understand the Man Church discipleship program. 
STEP CLASS (Membership Class)
Begins Sunday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Led by: Ann Lee, Michael Wilder, & Ricky Smith
Room 203

This class is designed with those seeking a church home, new members, and those wishing to teach in mind, but is open to all who want to know more about the core beliefs of Methodists, what is currently happening in the United Methodist Church, the structure of the church, how GFUMC operates, and where you fit in. Based on the vows we take when we join the church. Discover what the people called “METHODIST” believe. CLASS REQUIRED FOR ALL WANTING TO TEACH IN THE CHURCH. 

Ministry Opportunity/Handbells
Begins Wednesday, August 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Led by Ann Lee, Choir Room/2nd-floor of Main Bldg.

Openings are available for those who read music to come join the fun and community in Handbell Choir. If you enjoy and read music, and haven't quite found your niche at GFUMC, the Handbell Choir may just be the perfect place. t

For questions, contact
Ann Lee,
Director of Discipleship
Parent Orientation Meeting
August 14 | 4 PM | FLC

Parents! Our Children's Ministry at GFUMC is GROWING! We are full of excitement and praising God for this! We also have a new vision for this ministry in which we want you to be informed and involved! All these things are going to help our Children's Ministry continue to bear new fruit! In order to serve our kiddos and our Jesus with excellence, we urge you to attend the Parent Orientation Meeting on August 14th at 4:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center/3rd-floor gym. Please make this meeting a priority in your schedule, if you are unable to attend contact Charlotte Watts below.

Contact Charlotte Watts,
Director of Children's Ministries
August 31, 2022

The Marshall Co. Adult Respite Program will have volunteer training on Wednesday, August 31st, in room 310/Main Bldg. from 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m./noon. This training is for new and existing Respite Volunteers.

For more information and questions, contact
Rev. Lula Dobbs,
Director of Adult Respite Programs
256.302.2001, ext. 244
English Second Language (ESL) Ministry

The English Second Language (ESL) Ministry will be starting classes in late August. We need facilitators and tutors for this wonderful ministry. You do not have to speak a foreign language to facilitate, however it does require a 2-hour commitment each week. Facilitator training and class start dates will be announced soon. For more information and to serve contact, Barbara Harris.

Barbara Harris
(256) 582-7661
Director of Traditional Worship

We are currently accepting resumes from qualified and interested applicants for the position of Director of Traditional Worship. Please send your resume to the following A job description is attached for your convenience, click on the button below.
Summer Newsletter

Momentum Youth students and parents! Check out the upcoming events in the Momentum Newsletter. (Click on the button below)

Michael Wilder,
Director of Student Ministries
(256) 582-2001, ext. 214
August 4, 2022

Giving Made Easy
-Mail to 539 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL 35976
-Online Giving at
-Text 2 Give: Text the dollar amount you give to
1(256) 448-3225, follow the (one-time) prompts.

Finance Office (located on the 3rd floor/main bldg.)
Jerilee Gillen, Church Treasurer
(256) 582-2001, ext. 212

Karla Terrell, Financial Secretary
(256) 582-2001,ext. 233

In-house and online

Sunday 07/31/22
668 (286 online + 382 In-house)

In-house Worship
8:45 Traditional - 116
8:45 Contemporary - 196    
11:00 Traditional - 70 
Total:  382

Online Worship
FB: 201(8:45C/80 8:45T/31;11T/90)
Website: 70 (8:45C/49; 8:45T/4; 11T/17)
YouTube: 15 (8:45C/8; 8;45T/4; 11T/3)
Total: 286
August 2022

Our GFUMC family is special! We want to celebrate each one of you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made! Happy Birthday!!
August 4-7, 2022

Prayer is part of our spiritual DNA at GFUMC, and we are honored to lift God's people up in prayer. If you or someone you know needs prayer please contact us!

For all prayer requests and updates contact
256.582.2001, ext. 210 or ext. 234
August 4-7, 2022


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