Happening This Week
New - Wednesday Bible Study, September 8, Live at 11:00 a.m. and viewable later: Join Dr. Howell and Rev. Sarah Howell-Miller, senior pastor of Green Street UMC in Winston-Salem, as they kick off a new series on the Prophets with a discussion about Elijah. Watch live on Facebook live or Livestream. Also available on YouTube.
Sip & Serve, September 8, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Sugar Creek Brewing Company: Understanding the issues that face our community is a critical step to engagement. We invite you to come to meet some of the nonprofit leaders in our city tackling food insecurity, affordable housing, equity and inclusion, and child advocacy. Email email@example.com for more information.
Children’s and Youth Choirs: Rehearsals Begin This Week: Click the links to register. Rehearsing on Wednesdays beginning September 8: Tinkerbells (handbells for K-2nd Graders), Alleluia Choir (K-1st Graders), Junior Choir (2nd-5th Graders). Rehearsing on Sundays beginning September 12: Junior Bells (handbells for 3rd-5th Graders), Youth Bells (handbells for 6th-12th Graders), and Youth Choir (6th-12th Graders). See the registration descriptions for rehearsal times. For more information, email Director Brian Childers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join a Small Group, beginning September 9: As we begin to resume “normalcy,” we are all eager to be together for study. In-person and virtual book studies, Bible studies, and clergy-led discussion groups are forming. Click here to learn more and register.
Youth Server Ministry Trainings, September 11, 10:00 a.m. and September 26, 2:00 p.m., Sanctuary: Fifth-twelfth graders are invited to train to serve as Bible carriers, acolytes, and crucifers during sanctuary worship services. Attendance at only one training is needed, and at least one parent must attend to learn about scheduling and other ministry guidelines. For more information, email Bruce Lawrence at email@example.com or Katharine Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Youth Sunday Mornings: Starting Point, September 12, 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Jubilee Hall: After a one-week break, Starting Point, a new spin on youth Sunday School, returns. Youth will gather for doughnuts and coffee and then participate in exciting interactive stations and group discussion.
New - Children’s Chapel: Parents, we love seeing you and your children worshipping together, and we want to support you as your children grow and learn to worship alongside you. A child’s transition from worship care to sanctuary worship can be a challenging one for both the child and the parents. To help ease this transition for the whole family, we are introducing Children’s Chapel for younger elementary children. Beginning September 12, children in grades K-2 attending the 11:00 a.m. worship service may leave the sanctuary during the Gloria Patri to watch the rest of the worship service with other children in Memorial Chapel. Children will be supervised by a clergy member and an adult volunteer. For more information, email Dr. Uiyeon Kim at email@example.com.
New Times - Youth Sunday Nights: Sunday night gatherings for youth return September 12. Here is the schedule: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: 8th Grade Confirmation meets in Jubilee Hall; 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: All youth (including Confirmands) gather for fellowship, worship, and a snack bar in Jubilee Hall; 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: 6th and 7th graders and high schoolers meet. Confirmands are welcome to stay and participate during this time.
New Adult Sunday School Class Begins, September 12, 9:45 a.m., room 107: Fall is a great time to find an adult Sunday school class. A new class will begin after Labor Day, and all ages and stages of life are welcome! If you want more information about this or other established classes, email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Faith Girls for 5th Grade Girls, Sundays beginning September 12, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Fifth-grade girls are invited to this eight-week Bible-based study. Facilitated by Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot, this group will explore Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? by Kari Kampakis and dive into topics such as social media, friends, identity, and faith while enjoying fellowship with each other. Click here to register.
New - God's Guys for 5th Grade Boys Needs an Adult Leader: We are looking for 1-2 adult males to serve as small group leaders for God's Guys, our eight-week Bible-based study for fifth grade boys that will meet this fall on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in this opportunity, email Amy Jo Alspaugh at email@example.com.
New and Ongoing Opportunities
Grief Support, September 13, 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.
In-Person Study of the Old and New Testament, Wednesdays, beginning September 15, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: Disciple Fast Track is a 24-week overview of the Bible in a small-group setting. This life-changing, community-forming ministry is a beloved opportunity that we hope you will consider this fall. Child care is available by reservation only. For more information and to register, email David Dulin at email@example.com.
New - Middle School Mayhem: Charlotte Knights Game, September 17, 6:45 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Middle schoolers, join us for a Charlotte Knights game! Parents, you will need to provide transportation to and from the game. Youth will meet Mary Helen at the entrance at 6:45 p.m. to get their tickets. Cost is $20. Bring money for snacks. Sign up here.
New - It’s Not Too Late to Register for Camp Tekoa Weekend, September 17-19: We invite you to join us for a weekend at Camp Tekoa in the mountains near Hendersonville, NC. Grow closer as a family and a church family as you take part in outdoor activities ranging from recreation to worship. Watch this video to find out why the Peede family considers it one of their favorite family vacations! Click here to learn more, and click here to register.
Blood Drive Sign-Ups, September 19 and 26, Lobby: Sign up to donate blood at the Blood Drive Mobile Unit in memory of Robert Lutz, which will be in the Parish Life Building Parking lot on October 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New - Mindful Mondays, September 20, 10:30 a.m., Zoom: 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. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
Join Our Team Traveling to Faith Ministry, sign up by September 25: Join our team traveling to Faith Ministry in Reynosa, Mexico to build a house for a family and experience days of joyful labor, sweat equity, meaningful worship, and connection. The trip is open to anyone 16 and over who has been vaccinated. We will lodge and take meals at Faith Ministry. The cost of the trip is $600 plus airfare. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or click here to sign up!
New - Coffee, Conversation, and Connection, September 28, 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 email@example.com. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
New - Women’s Gathering, September 28, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., room 103-104: All women of the church are invited to gather to meet other women, have meaningful conversation, and grow closer to God. This monthly gathering will offer a time of support and community. Take time for you! Sign up here, or email Rev. Jessica Dayson at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
New - Missions’ September Collection: Toys for Christmas, now-September 30: We will announce exciting new holiday store plans very soon, but in the meantime, we are collecting toys for all ages. Click here to shop from our Amazon Wishlist.
New - 4th and 5th Graders: Sign Up Now for Forward, first Sundays of the month beginning October 3, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Through this ministry 4th and 5th graders will grow faithfully in fellowship and deepen their spiritual foundation as they get ready for middle school. We will meet outside (weather permitting). We also need adult leaders to assist each month. For more information, email Amy Jo Alspaugh at email@example.com. Click here to sign up.
New - Sign Up Now for High School Beach Retreat, October 29-31, Holden Beach: This retreat is about resting, relaxing, and resetting. It will be a wonderful weekend of renewal. Space is limited, so please sign up now. Due to the limited space, this trip is reserved for MPUMC church members, mission trip participants, and small group participants. Cost is $175 for the weekend. Register here.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in or have questions about the trip, please email James at email@example.com.
Come Shop in Goodness Gracious, Sunday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Have you shopped in Goodness Gracious lately? They have so many wonderful gift items available, and your purchases support so many wonderful community partners including Changed Choices, Circle de Luz, and the students and staff at Marie G. Davis. Come in and pick up something for a friend, a family member, or even for yourself!
As we remain in prayer for our siblings in Haywood County, NC and Louisiana, who are recovering from the devastating effects of recent natural disasters, we encourage you to give as you are able to support relief efforts. Please see below for details on how you can help or visit our website for more information. If you have any questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haywood County Flood Relief: Click here to contribute to WNCC's relief efforts. Click here and select Disaster Relief from the drop-down menu to donate through MPUMC.
Louisiana Hurricane Ida Relief: We will work directly with First UMC Hammond for on-the-ground responses. To contribute to relief efforts, click here and select Disaster Relief from the drop-down menu.
Help Afghanistan Refugees: Together with Catholic Charities we are welcoming Afghan families en route to Charlotte and are collecting the following items to ease their transition: Food Lion or Walmart grocery cards, Amazon or Walmart gift cards, laptops or Amazon tablets, new tea sets, new cookware sets, new children's toys or bicycles, and shoes. You may drop off these items at the church Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may also make a financial donation online (select Refugee Ministry from the drop-down menu) or by check (write Refugee Ministry in the memo line) and mail it to 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte NC 28207.
Save the Date
Flu Shot Clinic Sponsored by Walgreens, October 13, 1:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: No appointments needed! Flu shots for ages 10 and older. The higher dose senior vaccine will be available
Thank you for your ongoing generosity!
New - Hope Is Here Campaign Small Gatherings, September 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21: Something exciting is ahead for our church family this fall! If you are interested in attending a small gathering to learn more about our upcoming Hope Is Here campaign, contact Jamie Yearwood at email@example.com or 704-295-4808.
Phyllis Faber-Crowe, wife of Tom Crowe, who died on August 22.
Doris Evans Lanning, mother of Peggy (Lonnie) Hales, who died on August 24.
Richard (“Dick”) Edward Harder, father of Kathy (Rick) Poe, grandfather of Richard (Jill) Poe, Jr., Meredith (Duncan) Martin, and Kimberly (Scott) Leighty, and great-grandfather of Tripp Poe, Kate and Ginny Martin, and Dennis and Claire Leighty, who died on August 25.
Jack Holton DeCamilla, son of Katie and Joey DeCamilla, who was born on July 26.
We are the body of Christ - growing and serving.