New - Hope is Here Capital Campaign: We’re building a multi-purpose building that will be a change-maker now and for generations. Learn about Hope is Here. Pray. Stretch. What can you do over five years out of love for God, gratitude for our church, and changing the world? Check out this personal story from one of our enthusiastic young families! Click here for more stories and to learn more about this exciting time for our church family! Questions? Contact Jamie Yearwood at email@example.com or 704-295-4808.
New- Children’s Ministries' Hope is Here Campaign Announcement: On November 14, children are invited to bring their GIVE pouches back to church and empty the contents into the generosity jars in each Sunday School classroom. These donations will purchase a beautiful stained-glass window in the new building, and a plaque will be placed to acknowledge this generous gift from our children.
Happening This Week
Today is the Last Day to Save on the 16th Annual Women’s Retreat: Join us February 11-13 at the Montreat Conference Center as we “Begin Again” with a weekend of in-person rest and renewal. Cost is $200 per person double occupancy or $290 for single occupancy. Register by the end of the day to save $20! Click here for details, including our COVID plan and registration form.
The God Who Sees Series, November 8, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jubilee Hall: Join us as we gather in person for education, inspiration, and discussion of a topic central to our church's mission work: Food Insecurity. There will be theological reflection (why does this matter to our faith), and local expert Tina Postel, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, will provide context for this issue within Charlotte. Click here to learn more about this four-week series. For more information, email Dr. Uiyeon Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Nathan Arledge at email@example.com.
The Mystery of God’s Presence With Us: Grief Support Workshop Part II, November 8, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., room 103 and via Zoom: Led by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith, this workshop is designed to assist and support those grieving a loss. This will be a time of sharing individual journeys and coming to a deeper understanding of the grief process. A virtual option is also available. Register in Realm or email Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Wednesday Bible Study, November 10, live at 11:00 a.m. and viewable later: Join us as Dr. Howell and Fritz Bauerschmidt talk about "The Love That Is God." Watch live on our website, Facebook, or YouTube.
New - Youth Middle School Mayhem: November 12: Middle schoolers, join us for the Hornets game as they take on the Knicks! Bring money for concessions. After the game we each get to take a free throw shot on the court! Youth should be dropped off at 5:45 p.m. and picked up at 10:00 p.m. at the Spectrum Arena 5th Street entrance. Tickets are $30. This event will sell out quickly, and no tickets will be added once they are gone. Click here to sign up.
More Events and Opportunities
New - Registration for Summer Mission Trips Opens, November 15: We hope all of you will join us for a mission trip experience this summer! Middle School: Atlanta June 11-17, High School: Mountain T.O.P. in Tennessee June 25-July 2 and Faith Ministry in Mexico July 17-23. Click here for more information.
Mindful Mondays In-Person and on Zoom, November 15, 10:30 a.m., room 105: Offered by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse 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 click here to join us on Zoom.
New - Coffee, Conversation, and Connection, November 16, 1:00 p.m., Zoom: Join Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith for emotional support and care. We will share, connect, and explore how we can increase our well-being and resilience. Register with Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
New - Women’s Gathering, November 16, 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 Rev. Jessica Dayson at email@example.com for more information.
New - Missions Collecting Donations for The Merry Market: Missions is partnering with OurBridge for Kids to provide an empowering, joy-filled holiday shopping experience for more than 150 families. Your donations are critical to the success of the store so we have set up a convenient Amazon Wishlist from which you can shop. Thank you for supporting this favorite holiday tradition! If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table Tithe Collection, now-November 19: As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we are collecting gift cards to provide food for 100 families from our school partnerships. Families expressed their appreciation to be able to choose between prepared meals or groceries/ingredients, so we are asking for donations of $50 Harris Teeter gift cards. Drop cards in the secure boxes in the Parish Life Building lobby by November 19. For more information, email email@example.com.
Advent Wreath Kits Available for Purchase, now-November 21: A limited number of make-at-home Advent wreath kits will be available for purchase. Kits are $15, and a portion of the proceeds of the Advent Wreath Kit sales will support Missions’ Merry Market program. Please note that greenery is not provided, but all other supplies (candles, candle cups, greenery pins, foam, tray, etc.) are provided. Kits will be available for pickup in the Parish Life Building lobby beginning Sunday, November 14. Click here to order your kit.
Pre-Order Your Christmas Tree, Wreath or Garland, while supplies last: Orders will be ready for pickup December 2-3. Due to a growing shortage, we have fewer trees this year. If you don’t see the size tree you need, please consider buying a smaller one or wreaths and garland. All proceeds this year will go to the Hope is Here capital campaign. Click here to purchase.
Review Your Medicare Coverage During the Open Enrollment Period, now-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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited virtual consultations may be available locally. For more information, email Carmen Rivera at email@example.com.
Goodness Gracious: Tis the season to be shopping, and Goodness Gracious is rolling out its Christmas inventory. Some of our favorite new items include peppermint-scented lotion, flameless votive candles, gold reindeer napkin rings, and fairy twinkle lights! Not sure what to buy for someone this holiday season? We offer gift cards! Goodness Gracious is open Sunday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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 room 109. These classes are offered simultaneously on Zoom. Masks are required, and a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, email Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at email@example.com.
Loaves & Fishes Warehouse Volunteers, second Monday of the month, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Missions is offering an ongoing volunteer opportunity through our local community partner Loaves & Fishes. Volunteers will package kits filled with donated canned goods. Loaves & Fishes requires a minimum of 10 warehouse volunteers, so please click here to sign up if you are interested in this service opportunity!
Maybe I’m Amazed - A Podcast with Dr. James Howell: Throughout his career, Dr. Howell has developed meaningful relationships with a wide spectrum of people, and he’s taken time to learn each of their stories. Maybe I’m Amazed is a collection of amazing conversations James has with amazing people experiencing everyday miracles. Click here to access this and all previous episodes and to subscribe.
Prepare for Advent
Advent with Kids: Author Book Signing, November 28 and December 5, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Church member and author Wendy Wallace-Wright will sign copies of her new book, Advent with Kids, in the lobby of the Parish Life Building. Books will be available for purchase in Goodness Gracious.
Music Ministry Christmas Concert, December 5, 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon Street: Save the date to join us in person for this wonderful Christmas tradition. The concert will feature singers from our Music Ministry, handbells, and orchestra.
Service of Hope and Consolation, December 6, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary: This service is for all who seek solace and hope from our many losses this past year.
Children’s Ministries’ Outdoor Movie Night, December 10, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Parish Life Building parking lot: Join us to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Ben & Jerry's Hot Chocolate truck will be there, too!
Kneeling at the Manger, December 12, 4:00 p.m., Hopedale Parking Lot: Join us for this annual service of story and song.
Youth Ministries' Love Feast, December 19, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Thank you for your ongoing generosity!
Your ongoing generosity to our church Operating Fund and our Mission and Outreach Fund makes it possible for our church family to come together for worship and fellowship and support our most vulnerable neighbors near and far.
New - We Love Our Church 2022 Stewardship Campaign: Check your mailbox for information about our church’s 2022 stewardship campaign. We invite you to prayerfully consider your commitment to our church Operating Fund and Mission and Outreach Fund for the upcoming year. Commitment cards can be returned via mail to 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte NC 28207 or online at www.myersparkumc.org/give.
Donald Gregory Davies, husband of Beth Davies and stepfather of Gray Davis and Hunter Davis, who died on October 29.
John Fredrick Calvert, father of Buffy (Tim) York and grandfather of Romberg, Virginia, Judson and Alice York, who died on October 30.
Frances Elaine "Laine" Clontz, sister of Amy (Bob) Honour and Suzanne (Bill) Coddington and aunt of Ben Honour, Inslee Coddington, Marjorie Coddington, Barrett (Benjamin) Morris, Simpson (Allan) Schmitt, and Hannah (James) Grant, who died on November 2.
Patty Frizzel Brooks, mother of Carter (George) McBain, aunt of Jean Sullivan, great aunt of Jack (Melissa) Sullivan and Anne Sullivan, who died on November 2.
Lily Burleson Hodges, daughter of Kate and William Hodges, sister of Henry and Winnie Hodges,, granddaughter of Lynn and Charley Hodges, niece of Charles (Elizabeth) Hodges, and cousin of Sara Hodges, who was born on November 3.
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