Updated - Hope Is Here Campaign Information Sessions: Something exciting is ahead for our church family! Watch this one-minute video for a preview of what is coming, and join us at one of these gatherings in Francis Chapel to learn more: Sunday, October 17, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday, October 18, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., and Sunday, October 24, 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Gatherings will feature a presentation from our Campaign and Building committees. We need your wisdom and engagement as we plan for the future of our church! Child care is provided on October 17. To make a reservation, email Lisa Ross-Smit, Child Care Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 p.m. on October 14.
Happening This Week
Weekend Food Bag Drop-Off, today, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and October 11-13, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Drop off your completed weekend food bags for children at Marie G. Davis and in the Southside neighborhood to the Missions team in the alley. Click here for the list of items to pack in the bags. For more information, email email@example.com.
Last Day to Register for Third Grade Bible Day Retreat, today: Third graders are invited to spend the day at Camp Canaan in Rock Hill to get to know each other, learn more about their Bibles, and enjoy a full day of outdoor adventures and team building. The cost is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, and all activities. Click here to learn more and to register.
Grief Support, October 11, 6:30 p.m., Zoom: Offered by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith, this is a safe place for people looking to share, learn, and connect with others who are coping with loss. Register in Realm or with Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
Serve on Church Leadership, email James by October 12: Everyone in the congregation is invited to offer names of folks who might lead well on the following leadership committees: Trustees (property oversight), Administrative Board (churchwide strategic direction and decisions), Finance (tending to and raising the budget), and Staff Parish (personnel). Share names with James, who chairs this by rule of Methodism, at email@example.com.
New - Wednesday Bible Study, October 13, Live at 11:00 a.m. and viewable later: Join us as Dr. Howell and Luke Powery, Dean of the Duke Chapel, talk about the prophet Ezekiel and especially the hope in his vision of ‘dem bones. Watch live on Facebook live or Livestream. Also available on YouTube.
Flu Shot Clinic Sponsored by Walgreens, October 13, 1:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., under the portico of the Parish Life Building: No appointments needed! Flu shots for ages 10 and older. The higher dose senior vaccine will be available.
Young Adults Monthly Brew, October 14, 7:00 p.m., Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: What better way to enjoy fall! Join us for a drink or food and to meet new friends and catch up with old friends! We will meet outside. Masks are required except when drinking or eating. Email Caitlin Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or click here to sign up.
New - Review Your Medicare Coverage During the Open Enrollment Period, October 15-December 7: Our Health Ministry team encourages you to review your current health and drug plans and to consider your options for 2022. The North Carolina Department of Insurance’s SHIIP program can offer helpful information. Contact SHIIP at 1-855-408-1212 or email@example.com. Limited virtual consultations may be available locally. For information, please contact Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New This Week
New - Middle School Mayhem, October 22, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.: Join us for a night at Awe Shucks Corn Maze. We will gather at the church and ride together in the church vans. Cost is $15 per youth, and everyone needs to bring money for dinner. We need parent volunteers/van drivers. Click here to sign up.
New - Youth Serving the City: Charlotte Green, October 23, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Wilmore Gardens: Join us to work in this local community garden. Please bring gloves and small clippers. Meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. We will stop to have lunch together on the way home. Please bring money for lunch. Click here to sign up.
New - Women’s Gathering, October 26, 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.: Women of all ages and stages of life are invited to this monthly gathering! We hope this will offer a time of support, community, and new friendships. Click here to sign up, or email Jessica Dayson at email@example.com for more information.
New - Phantom of the Organ, October 27, 7:00 p.m., Livestream: Tune in for a fun program featuring heroes and villains from your favorite movies. Our Children’s Choirs and a few of our own MPUMC members will sing, and Evan Wesley Currie will play our fabulous Aeolian-Skinner organ! Click here to watch live or watch later.
New - Fall Block Party, October 29, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Parish Life Building Parking Lot: Round up your friends and neighbors, grab your tailgate chairs and picnic blankets, and head over to MPUMC in costume, if you so desire, for an evening of fun and fellowship for all ages. Purchase dinner and dessert from our food trucks, which will serve family-friendly fare. Then enjoy music and entertainment provided by DJ Jeremy. Please bring pre-packaged, individual nut-free snacks for Missions’ collection for school partners. Click here to RSVP.
New - The God Who Sees Series, Mondays, November 1-22, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jubilee Hall: Join us as we gather in person for education, inspiration, and discussion of the topics central to our church's mission work: Affordable Housing, Food Insecurity, Schools and Children, and Equity and Empowerment. There will be theological reflection (why does this matter to our faith), and local experts will provide context for these issues within Charlotte. We will follow that with table discussions and a call to serve. For more information, email Dr. Uiyeon Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Nathan Arledge at email@example.com.
New Podcast Episode - Middle School Retreat: Love One Another: Sixth and eighth graders Luke and Martin join us to share their highs, lows, and takeaways from the recent middle school day retreat - from gaga ball to worship and everything in between. The wisdom offered by these youth will inspire us all to think more about how we can love God, ourselves, and our neighbors better. Beyond Baptism: Wisdom, Encouragement and Hope for Parents, created by Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries, is intended for parents and adults invested in the young people of our church. Access all episodes here. Subscribe, rate, and review today!
More Events and Opportunities
For The Love of Reading, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:20 a.m.-10:20 a.m.: Our beloved student reading program is back! Starting mid-October, we will read in person with second grade students at Marie G. Davis. All we need now is YOU to volunteer with us! For more information or to sign up, email Amie Rucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindful Mondays In Person and on Zoom, October 18, 10:30 a.m., room 105: Offered by Bill Roth and Lauren Smith. Learn to embody the present moment with compassionate awareness and discover the emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits of meditative practices. Open to first-timers or those who wish to renew their mindful practice. Register in Realm or with Carmen Rivera at email@example.com. If you are unable to join in person, please join us via Zoom. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Bus Station Ministry, Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Welcome legal asylum seekers as they journey through Charlotte. Your gifts of welcome and presence can be a real blessing to these tired, anxious, and uncertain travelers. Pick up snacks, water, activities, hygiene supplies, and signage at the church on Wednesday mornings and meet bus #1098 at the Greyhound bus station at 518 W 4th Street. The bus is scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m. You can check the status of the bus' arrival here: https://bustracker.greyhound.com. Click here to sign up!
Youth Online Game Night, Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m.: Join other youth to play Among Us! The link is on our website: www.mpumcyouth.org.
Discover Myers Park, October 31, 11:00 a.m., Zoom: Join Dr. Uiyeon Kim to learn about our church and the beliefs and practices of our denomination. There is no obligation to join, but the opportunity will be available for you. Email Jeanne Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Yoga + Prayer: In Person and on Zoom: Meredith Starling leads in-person gentle yoga sessions on Mondays at 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and deep stretch sessions on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. in Francis Chapel. These classes are offered simultaneously on Zoom. Masks are required, and a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, email Meredith at email@example.com or Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel with Dr. Howell to Israel, April 23-May 3, 2022: Spring is a beautiful time of year to be in Israel! The cost, which includes flights, hotels, ground costs, and most meals, will be about $4,395. We say “about” as we can only guess at flights right now. Could be less! Probably not more. Click here to learn more about the trip. We ask that those interested in traveling to Israel fill out an application. You may fill it out online or click here to print it, complete it, and email it to Peg Broughton at email@example.com. If you’re interested in or have questions about the trip, please email James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity!
Thank you for your ongoing offerings to our church Operating Fund! Your generosity makes it possible for discipleship opportunities for all ages and stages of life including small groups and clergy-led Bible studies.
Ronald Glenn Sherrill, husband of Paulette Sherrill, father of Glenn Sherrill, and grandfather of Jack and Will Sherrill, who died on October 3.
Paul Hunt Broyhill, husband of Karen Broyhill, who died on October 5.
Beau Breckenridge Henson, son of Kaley and Blair Henson, grandson of Barbara and Tom Henson, nephew of Breck Henson, Jackson (Kate) Henson, and Andy (Lindsey) Henson, and cousin of Jack, Tee, Weezie, and Brooks Henson, who was born on October 5.
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