Announcements

 

General Announcements

» Rev. Laurie's Summer Schedule

Rev. Laurie will be away August 4-7. In addition she will be off on the Monday afternoons of August 14, 21 and 28. In the event of a pastoral need or emergency, please call the church office (301-843-6797). Rev. Sandy Taylor will be covering needs that arise.

» Carol Wunderlich's Schedule

Carol will be on Vacation from August 4 - 19. She will return Sunday, August 20th.

» Sunday School Leaders

Teachers and Classroom Aides are needed for our school-year Sunday School ministry. Teachers are in the classroom one calendar month per quarter (total of 3 months) and aides serve once each quarter from the middle of one month through the middle of the following month. Schedules are worked out among teaching teams and can be flexible. Teachers are needed for both our preschool and early elementary classes. Aides are need for all three classes: Preschool, early elementary and older elementary. Please be in touch with Carol Wunderlich (wunderlich.ca@hotmail.com) or Amy Warren (hpwarren@aol.com) if you are able to share God's Word and love with our precious children.

» Dr. Brown School Supply Drive

Please help support Dr. Brown, our adopted neighborhood elementary school, as we provide supplies for the students and teachers. The need is greater than ever. I have received over 25 teachers' requests. PLEASE stop by the table in the foyer or check the bulletin board to pick up you supply "APPLES". All items should be returned by Sunday, August 28th. If you want us to do the shopping, monetary donations are most welcome for all those special requests. If you have any questions, please contact Dottie DiPoli, 301-645-7304 or ddipoli@comcast.net.

» Your Help Wanted! Opportunities to Serve

Two very valuable ministries at GSUMC are Angel Tree and Safe Nights. Angel Tree serves families with an incarcerated loved one whose children need gifts at Christmas time. Our congregation has collected many, many wonderful items to make a difference for these children. Safe Nights is a multi-church effort in our county to provide temporary shelter to the unhoused in cold months. Our church hosts this program during the last week in April but also provides support throughout the season. Both of these ministries have been led well by members of our church (Angel Tree-Nancy Cain and Safe Nights-Judy Lindley) but we need new people to step up and to learn how to lead these ministries. Is God calling you to serve in this way? Nancy Cain is willing to work with you the next two years to teach you how to lead this pro-gram. Judy Lindley would like an assistant as well in the coming year. Please pray about joining the lead-ership of these ministries. Contact Rev. Laurie if you are interested (revlaurie@aol.com).

» Our Place Volunteers

Our Place Waldorf is looking for volunteers to help us serve the needy this summer. Many of our staff and sponsors go on vacation in the summer, but we are still feeding the hungry two days a week and can really use your help. We are especially in need of volunteers on Jul 17, 24, 31 and Aug 3, 10, 14, 21. We have several different shifts from 3pm to 6:45pm on Mondays and Thurs-days. We need people to set up, help cook, serve, and clean-up. Someone from our staff will al-ways be there to help guide you. You can sign up on our sign up genius on our web site at ourplacewaldorf.com or just show up to help. Thank you for any help you can give.

» Meals On Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program is currently seeking volunteers for the Waldorf/St.Charles route who can donate 2 hours of their time, one day a month. If you are interested in working with this special organization that helps those in need/homebound, please contact Kathy at (301)-843-8295.

» Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found items in the church office to see if you may recognize any of the items. Within the next couple of weeks, whatever is not claimed will be donated.

» Amazon Smile

For those who have not already registered wit Amazon Smile, Amazon will ask you if you would like to sup-port a charity when placing an order. Agree to that and choose Good Shepherd United Methodist of St. Charles City. After this initial sign up, when you shop with Amazon, rather than going directly to Amazon, go to Smile.Amazon.com to place your order and a percentage will automatically be contributed to Good Shepherd.

» Pastoral Care and Appointments!

Rev. Laurie is available for pastoral care needs or for appointments each week simply by calling her at 443-831-1469 or e-mailing her at revlaurie@aol.com. Our Church Administrator typically is aware of Rev. Laurie's schedule during the week as well and can help you make contact. Friday is Rev. Laurie's Sabbath Day. If you need to get a message to Rev. Laurie, please do so on the number above via voice or text.

» Interested in Lay Reading?

Interested in reading scripture on Sunday Mornings? Please contact Rev. Laurie (revlaurie@aol.com) or Somer Crout (gsadmin@gsumc.com).

» Fellowship Hour Support

In order to keep our Fellowship Hour between services available, we require the help of our Congregation for two Sundays a month. The other Sundays have been faithfully covered by the United Methodist Men and the Saturday Night Live group. We need your help. The sign-up sheet is the Fellowship Hall every Sunday and in the church office during the week. If you have any questions or require help with regard to the process, please contact Cathy Lavoie at 301.645.2717 or email at lavoie20602@aol.com.

» Prayer Ministry

If you wish to receive prayer concerns or to submit a prayer concern, email our coordinator, Dan Sansbury (danclaudias@gmail.com). Be sure to request permission to post personal information about others on this prayer chain. To have a joy or concern lifted in prayer during Sunday worship, please write your re-quest in the Prayer Book located on the counter on the back wall of the narthex before worship. If you would like to be a part of a weekly prayer group, to pray for the needs of our church, please contact Rev. Laurie at revlaurie@aol.com.

» When Parking At Church

Please make sure your cars are LOCKED, WINDOWS UP and SUNROOFS CLOSED. Leave no valuables within sight, i.e. on the seat or floor of your car. Place them in your trunk or completely out of sight.

» Free Wi-Fi

We would like to invite our members and guests to use our guest access network. Network Name: GSUMC-Guest Password: TheFlock! (case sensitive)

» New Texting System at Good Shepherd

We are starting a new texting system at Good Shepherd that will be one of several tools that we use to contact people with updates and important information. We are asking you to participate. In order to start receiving texts you need to send a text that will register you with the system.

We would like all members to register by texting the word Member to (301) 685-1283. You will receive a text and be prompted to fill in your information. Once you have submitted your information, you will be able to receive text messages aimed at the whole congregation.

We truly appreciate you being willing to be a part of this important communication tool. I would also ask that you encourage others who might be tentative about newer technology to try this system. Literally all they have to do is send the initial text and the rest will come from us.
Rev. Laurie

» Altar Flowers

To donate altar flowers for the week, please call Anne at Creative Expressions Florist. The number is 301.645.8755. We have used her for years and she does a wonderful job. You must call her by Noon on the Wednesday before the Sunday you would like flowers for. She will deliver for $10 extra. If you would like to donate the flowers in honor or memory of a loved one, call Michele (or e-mail gsadmin@gsumc.com) in the church office by Noon on that same Wednesday. Michele will put it in the bulletin who the flowers for that Sunday are in honor or memory of. At the end of the service you can take home the flowers or donate them to a shut in. For additional information, please call Linda Graham at 301-645-5136.

» Contribution Statements

Quarterly Contribution Statements are available upon request. Statements are available electronically or paper copy. Stop in the Parlor on Sundays to see Brian Cook or Joyce Dinello or send an email to Joyce, dinelloj@aol.com. You many leave a message for Brian or Joyce in the church office as well.

» Southern Maryland Food Bank

The Southern Maryland Food Bank needs between 15,000 and 18,000 pounds of food each Monday to meet the demand of its members (food pantries, shelters & soup kitchens). Due to demand and lack of vendor supplies, they have an immediate need for DRY food goods - canned food items, rice, pasta, etc. in order to keep serving the community. The United Methodist Women (UMW) and United Methodist Men (UMM) are working together to collect canned and dry food goods. We will have a box in the Fellowship Hall for you to drop off your donations. If you have any questions, please contact David Lindley, Nancy Bennett or Dottie DiPoli. For more information about the Southern Maryland Food Bank visit their website at http://bit.ly/1i2Fh43.

» Room Reservations

Please be aware that Good Shepherd is a very busy place. We ask that written room request applications be made to the church office to reserve meeting space and times. ALL applications require approval prior to the scheduled event date. Reservation forms are available from the welcome table, from the church office, or can be downloaded here. Please submit your request at least three weeks prior to your event. Thank you.

» Greeters Needed

We are in need of persons interested in offering welcome to people who visit Good Shepherd. If interested, please speak to the Pastor or Janie Slagle.

 

United Methodist Committe on Relief (UMCOR)

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the global humanitarian aid organization of The United Methodist Church, working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Their mission is to alleviate human suffering - whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster - with open minds and hearts to all people. They partner with people to rebuild their livelihoods, health and homes. In times of acute crisis they mobilize aid to stricken areas - emergency supplies, fresh water and temporary shelter. They stay, as long as it takes, to implement long-term recovery and rehabilitation. Donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) response can be made online through UMC.org's secure server. Visit http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/ for more information.