November 2018


North Judson United Methodist Church

210 W. Central Ave.

North Judson, IN 46366

(574) 896-5927

Hello from the online newsletter from North Judson United Methodist Church!!!  If you are new... welcome! We also welcome any comments or suggestions.  If you have any problems viewing or printing your newsletter, please call the church office at 574-896-5927.  Hope you find the November newsletter interesting and informative.


Church Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

2:00-5:00 p.m.





NEXT STEPS                   
In our Christian walk there are always next steps.  The only question is in what direction those next steps will be?  During my many hikes on the Appalachian Trail one of the lessons I learned was that when you get exhausted, when you think that you can't go on, sometimes the best you can do is just keep putting one foot in front of the other.  That is always better than standing still and being stagnant in your faith.
To read more  click here


    Head Usher: 9:00 a.m. Rick Ward

                                          11:00 a.m. Matt & Mary Topelian   

                            9:00 Scripture Readers                              11:00 Scripture Readers

                    November 4      Don Gehrke                                                Brantley Purcell
                                       November 11     Bob McKee                                                 Carol Grubbs  
                                       November 18     Kelsie Purcell                                              Sandi  Harlamert


                                       November 25     Wanda Smolek                                            Mary Topelian
             Communion Servers (November 4):    9:00 - Janet Begley, Rick & Kathy Ward and Pastor Kevin
                                                                           11:00 - Deb Marquez and Pastor Kevin


Sunday Worship Services:


 9:00 a.m.

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Contemporary 11:00 a.m.

To view and/or print out the November calendar please click here 

(when you get to the calendar, click on the arrows to move to the correct month)



November Mission of the Month - 

World Hunger


In the month of November, 100% of your donations will be used to help fight World Hunger.


Date of Special Offering:

 November 4, 2018






Our meeting this month will be on Tuesday, November 13th at 1:30 p.m. in the Church Lounge.  All women are invited! Carola Forsythe will be the leader.  Sanctuary clean-up for November is Nancy Patrick. 





Our Kid's Closet Ministry has finished moving in to their spacious new home.  If you haven't heard, the church is renting a building at 4735 W. Hwy. 10 (a block or so west of Liberty school).  There is still some work that needs to be done before the facility is completely up and running. All of the additional space will help significantly with storing and sorting.  Three washers and three dryers were donated to help with laundering the items.  Our Food Pantry will soon be at the location.  A lot of reconstruction has to be done to that portion of the building before the Food Pantry can move.  The needed renovations include removing a garage door and installing a window and door as well as doing some drywall work and putting up shelves.  If you're interested in helping with Kid's Closet or Food Pantry please call the church office at 574-896-5927.  Clothing and food donations still need to be dropped off at the church until the donation building is moved and the space for the pantry is ready.




   "God has been good to me".  What a great
Thanksgiving verse from Genesis!  Why do
you celebrate Thanksgiving - to give thanks
to God for all He has done for you?  Do you
have a home, a family, food to eat, a job,
freedom to attend church, and a great
country in which to live?  God has given all
of these things to you!
  Pilgrims were thankful for God's goodness to them.  From stories about these people our preschoolers will see that Thanksgiving is a great time to thank God for all the goodness and love that He has shown them.
  We will celebrate this special time by 
learning about the first Thanksgiving and
creating colorful turkeys.  We will continue our unit on colors; working on pink & white  We will start working on shapes  I thank God for all of my Little Lights
and their parents!  God surely has been
good to me!
Children/Youth Ministries

Once again I am reaching out to you, the congregation of the North Judson United Methodist Church.  Many of you have stated that having children and youth in our church is a high-priority to you.  We cannot expect parents to bring their children to a church that doesn't offer programs for their children when they show up.  The church needs more than just your words to help fill these positions!  It needs YOU!  If you are a screened volunteer or would like to be one, here are some positions we need filled now.  They would require you to do it once every month:

9:00 Service (Children's Church P-5th Grades)  The 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month

10:00 Sunday School Hour (P-5th Grades)  The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Sunday of each month

11:00 Service (Children's Church 1st-5th Grades)  The 3rd, 4th, & 5th Sunday of each month

We also need subs for both times of  Children's Church and subs for Sunday School and the nursery.   

Please contact Kathy Vorm for more information!!


Thank you for your contribution of $111.00 to Operation Classroom.  2018 promises to be an exciting year for Operation Classroom with new leadership, new supporters, and new ways of relating and engaging with our mission partners in West Africa.

Thank you,

(If you would like to read the full thank you  letter please see the bulletin board in the Narthex.)



                              REC'D IN SEPT.        REC'D TO DATE
OFFERING             $20,921.25                   $135,765.97
OTHER INCOME       $834.95                       $8,036.76
TOTAL                    $21,756.20                   $143,802.73

MISSION OF THE MONTH          $86.00
DISCRETIONARY FUND              $68.15
9:00 A.M.                       62     
11:00 A.M.                     36      
AVG. COMBINED       98                                  106
SUNDAY SCHOOL     36                                    40

*A hard copy of the 2018 budget is available upon request in the office.

NOVEMBER 18, 2018

The Stewardship Team is continuing our year-round education program as we move into the time of year we traditionally celebrate stewardship and make our commitments to God and our church. You recently received a letter from the Stewardship Team talking about our focus of "Graceful Generosity".  The team will be delivering a different message concerning the giving of our time, talent and treasure each Sunday as we lead up to Stewardship Sunday on November 18th.  Please take the time to review the Graceful Generosity chart and Commitment Form included with the letter, and pray about how you and your family can open up your hearts to hear your calling from Jesus Christ.  Please bring your Commitment Form to church on Sunday, November 18th as we celebrate.  (You are also welcome to hand in your form through the mail or on another Sunday if you are unable to make it on Stewardship Sunday.)  We would like to thank you for your generous giving of your time, talent and treasure to NJUMC!!!


  FROM THE FOOD PANTRY ... Matthew 25: 37 & 40; (37) ..."Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you...?" (40)..."I tell you the truth, whatever you did, for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 17th to volunteer! The NJUMC Food Pantry will have it's 7th Annual Community Food Drive. Volunteers will be needed for (2) hour shifts at Heartland Market, Dollar Store and Save-A-Lot to hand out fliers to shoppers as they enter the store listing the food items needed. The shoppers have an opportunity to purchase an item(s) from the list and deposit it in a shopping cart when they exit the store. Please fill out your volunteer slip below and bring it to church and put it in the offering plate. Thank You!
Yes, I/we will volunteer for a (2) hour shift on Saturday, November 17th !!
Telephone No. ____________________________________________
E-Mail Address ___________________________________________
Desired Shift Times ________________________________________
We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the Henny Penny Chicken Dinner this year!! Whether you worked, baked a cake, or came to eat chicken, you are all very much appreciated!!! Also thanks to Cathy Wrigley for organizing the event, and Phil Brown for organizing ticket sales. 
$1,640.30 was raised and sent to our missionaries, Lowell & Claudia Wertz, in Africa.
It's that time of year again when we decorate the sanctuary with beautiful flowers! We will be accepting donations in any monetary amount to be applied toward the purchase of poinsettias.  With an arrangement with the florist, we will be purchasing the poinsettias for the sanctuary.  Please fill out a form if you wish to have it in memory or honor of a loved one.  Forms can be found in the narthex.  Forms and donations may be turned in to Amy in the church office or given to Lynette Altman or Cheryl Orkis by December 9th.       
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