September 20, 2018

Volume 47 Issue 10

This Sunday!  Come to Feeding the Flock!

Stewardship 2019 Kicks off at Noel

Dear Noel Family Members,
Do you know your place in the story of Noel? Some of us have been a part of this wonderful church for decades. Three new members joined Noel on September 16th!   In Jesus' 'Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard', likely written during the first decades of the Early Church, some were already boasting about their long-time membership status! Matthew reminded them that it really doesn't matter when we began working in the Lord's vineyard, just that we started! If you are a member of Noel, then you are already 'rooted and grounded' here, and no doubt have found Christ's love to be deep and fulfilling.
Over the next few weeks, we will be invited to consider again how much this great Church Family means to us. We have been grafted into the Family Tree that is Noel Memorial. Ephesians 1:5 says it this way: "God was kind and decided that Christ would choose us to be God's own adopted children."
In grateful response to God's goodness and generosity toward us, we have the privilege of sharing a portion of our material gifts in Christ's mission today. A mailing has gone out this week inviting you and your household to determine what you will give to advance Noel's mission for 2019.
You can certainly turn in your pledge card in advance of Generosity Sunday, which is October 14th . But we have some fun things planned for all three Sundays that you'll not want to miss.
Our Stewardship Team is praying and planning for these three weeks to be a time to showcase the deep roots and many connections that make up the Noel Family Tree. Come and share your place in the story with your sisters and brothers in Christ!  

Noel's "Tree" on the Gallery Wall
Tree Design by Brenda St. Andre.

Add Your Place in the Story to Noel's Tree
A 'leaf' was included in this week's letter, and more are available around the church. The 'leaf' will be a part of a visual on the Gallery Wall, that will be on display throughout this Stewardship focus.
We are asking each person to write their name and the date they became a part of the Noel Story on a leaf and attach it to the tree. The vision of a full tree will remind us all of the richness of Noel's entire story!
From September 30 through October 14, you will be invited to celebrate with your fellow Noel friends both the deep roots and 'green shoots' of growth God has provided.

Mission Saturday -- Opportunities for Families to Serve

Volunteer for Mission Saturday, Se ptember 29!
Food Pantry Mural Painting, 10am -12pm. This will be a family-friendly and creative service opportunity for those interested in coming out for a couple of hours to paint the newly designed food pantry logo onto one of the pantry walls. We'd love to have your help!
Food Pantry, 10am -12pm, stock, bag, sort, or clean. Please let us know you are coming.
Souper Saturday 9:30am-12pm Help bag and/or deliver meals. You can also bring un-iced cakes, cornbread muffins and soup (any kind, any amount-they'll be frozen until needed).

Short Stories by Jesus -- Led by Rev. Dick Humphries

Short Stories by Jesus: A 6-week Bible Study-Sunday Evenings 5-6:30pm, September 30-November 4, and Wednesday Mornings, 10-11:30am, October 3-November 7, both in The Upper Room. Join us for this series based on the book by Amy-Jill Levine. Led by Rev. Dick Humphries. $10. Register by September 24.

Adult VBS (50+) -- Hosted by Noel and Broadmoor UMC

Vacation Bible School for Adults 50+, The Word Made Flesh, led by singer, storyteller, and folk-theologian, Ed Kilbourne: Beginning Sunday, September 30, with a Sunday Concert at 4pm, followed by the study, Monday-Wednesday, October 1-3, 9:30 - noon in Anderson Gym, Broadmoor UMC, 3715 Youree Dr. Cost is $45 (Includes 3 lunches). The study begins with a social time followed by gospel storytelling using music, humor and imagination to experience the stories of Jesus and our own lives in very new and different ways. We will conclude with a light lunch.

Grief Support Group -- Led by Rev. Mimi McDowell

Grief Support Group Wednesdays, October 10 - November 14 at 10am in the Library. Led by Rev. Mimi McDowell. A place for those who have experienced the death of someone they love. Whether the loss is recent or not, there are often unresolved feelings of pain, anger, guilt, confusion, etc. This six-week group is a safe place to share with others who share some of the same issues and understand the variety of emotions resulting from such a loss.

Church Council Pre-Charge Conference Meeting

Church Council Pre-Charge Conference Meeting, Tuesday, October 9, 6pm, Worship Center.
Business will include:    
Electing Noel's 2019 Slate of Officers
Setting Noel's 2019 Pastors' Salaries and Compensation           
Voting on removal of names on the Third Year Report of the Charge Conference        Roster from Noel's membership
Voting on continuing Noel's recommendation and support for our current  Candidate for Ministry-Megan Stuermann

Our Life in Christ

Condolences: to Leah Miller and Becky Waller upon the death of their niece, Leslie Clark, on September 14; and to Danny and Dottie Garland upon the death of Danny's brother, O. A. Garland, on September 17.
Hospital: Kathy Kamm
Concerns: Sondra Alexander, Shirley Anderson, Bobby Ballard, Kari Chambliss, John Clary, Claire Carter Delaup, Davi Harper Delaup, Addie Dickson Hinze, Amy Eskew,   Larry Goins, Jane Hanson, Nancy Holland, Jan Knighton, Larry Knighton, Staci LaBrue, Dot Miller, Dexteny Moody, Howard & Clarice Moore, Mary Reagan, Daisy Snelling, Paula Sour, Caitlin Wheeler, Dawn Whittington, and Cynthia Williams, along with Noel's homebound   members and those in the Military.

Giving Information at Noel

For all of your giving opportunities, 
including your 2019 Pledge Card,
follow the link below.
Q uestions? 
Email  Melissa Sloan  or call 221-5207

Noel Neighborhood Ministry News

Farewell Reception for Susan Foster

Sunday, October 7, 10-10:45am, Noel Café
The Staff Parish Relations Committee invites you to come bid farewell to our Noel Neighborhood Ministries Food Pantry Director, Susan Foster, who is retiring this October. It's the perfect Sunday to bring your purple bag and wear purple to show your love and support for Susan's years of service and devotion to Noel.
Purple Bag Ministry

Grab a purple bag in worship (or any bag) or shop online . For October: canned green beans and fruit 14-16oz., creamy peanut butter, 16oz, and corn bread mix 6-8.5oz. Bring to the Church office during the week or Sunday mornings.

Come Help Us Paint our New Logo

September 29 10am, Noel's Food Pantry
Noel Community Arts Program, which sponsored the new Noel Food Pantry Logo Contest, is happy to announce that they have picked a winner! And you can help paint it! That's right, YOU! Come to this month's Mission Saturday at Noel on September 29, and be a part of   history! Anyone can join in!

Policy Change

Due to national policy changes of the American Red Cross, Noel's Food Pantry will no longer provide startup kits to fire victims in Northwest Louisiana.
Thank you to so many Noel members who have provided cleaning supplies, personal items, linens, towels, and various kitchen items. All of those items helped so many hurting families in their time of need.

Contact Information


Noel Memorial United

Methodist Church

 520 Herndon St., Shreveport, LA 71101 

318-221-5207  Fax: 318-425-7643


Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Closed daily during lunch 12:00-1:00 p.m.  



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