10:30 A.M. Sunday Worship -- 9:30 A.M. Sunday School (beginning September 23rd)
Blooming Grove United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

BGUMC Upcoming Events

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    February and March 2019  

  • See this month's newsletter for full details regarding each event.  

     

    Sunday, February 10th 

    BGUMC Second Sunday Fun-Day
    February 10th from 9:30 – 10:15 in the Fireside Room

    We have several loving/caring/sharing activities -- and a challenge – planned for Sunday February 10th.  Some may involve folding, stickers, candy; some may involve sticky fingers and frosting; some may involve colorful heart dangles. ALL will involve YOU, but, only if you come!!! Remember EVERYONE’S WELCOME. Last month we welcomed an alligator and a snake, so of course we’ll welcome you, however you come.  Be aware – participants may come away with a sense of belonging and of being cared about. 

     

    Sundays, February 10th and February 17th 

    Healthcare Directive Class at Peace UMC-Morristown
    Sunday, February 10th: It’s About the Conversation 

    Sunday, February 17th: How to Complete Your Health Care Directive
    Both Sundays: Soup lunch at 11:45 with class from 12:30—2:00

    Advance Care Planning is a process that includes thinking about, talking about, and writing down your wishes for future medical care in the event that you are unable to communicate or make decisions for yourself. Join pastors JJ and Stefanie Morgan and Pastor Elden Ecklund for a FREE class series to help with each step of the process.   Please register by February 6th by calling Kerry at 507-497-3061.

     

    Wednesday, February 20th 

    BGUMC Warm Fellowship & Sweet Treats
    A Conversation on A Way Forward
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    6:30 P.M. – BGUMC Fireside Room

    In a few short weeks (February 23-26), the United Methodist Church will hold a special session of General Conference in St. Louis, MO. to determine a way forward through our deep disagreements about same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy.  What is decided there will affect all of us. All around the world, United Methodists are dealing with questions and uncertainty of what the future of the church looks like.

     On Wednesday, February 20th, you are invited to gather as a BGUM church family for casual conversation about this upcoming decision – all while enjoying warm fellowship around sweet home-made treats and hot beverages!  This is an opportunity to ask questions and lift-up any thoughts or concerns about the future of the United Methodist Church that you may have.  As part of her General Board of Global Missions work and her UMW National Board work - Cindy Saufferer has been in on continuing and up-to-date conversations about the ever-evolving aspects of the coming General Conference – and will share information with us in our informal conversation.

    By February 17th, please let Cindy Saufferer or Judy Mahler know if you are able to join the February 20th conversation.  You may also sign-up on the sheet at the front of the church on the piano.   If you are unable to attend on February 20th, but would like to be in conversation, please indicate as such as well and we will set another time. 

     

    Sunday, March 3rd

    Pancake Breakfast
    Prepared and Hosted by the Men of BGUMC
    9:30 A.M. - Church Basement
    The men of the church will cook up pancakes, French Toast, and sausage along with serving juice and coffee.  A free will offering will go towards the food shelf and the church handicap accessibility project.

      

    Beginning March 3rd 

    Lenten Book Study

     Starting Sunday, March 3rdthe pastors will host a book study during the season of Lent. The book is called: “The Balancing Act: A Daily Rediscovery of Grace” by Bishop Robert Schnase – of the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC. The book’s focus: 

    ·      Our lives are filled to capacity with routines, habits, conversations, surprises, and disappointments. With all that's going on in life, it's easy to miss those quiet moments of grace which come more often than we realize. But they are there. 

    ·      In The Balancing Act, a collection of thirty short and insightful devotional readings originally written for his blog at www.fivepractices.org, Bishop Robert Schnase invites readers to take a daily look at how to watch for and include God in their lives. 

    The cost of the book is $10.00. If you would like to join the book study, please consider making a donation to the church to cover the cost, or you can locate your own copy. The pastors would like to offer this book study two times in order for more people to enjoy it. The times will be decided based on input from members of the congregation...with one option of Sundays at 11:45 A.M. Please contact the pastors to let them know if you are interested and your preferred day of week and time.