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WANTED: Pumpkin Patch Volunteers!
Tuskawilla's Little Orange Friends arrive(d) on Saturday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 21 and we need YOU to help them on their way home with members of our community. Pumpkin proceeds benefit every ministry area at Tuskawilla, so it is essential that our entire church family serves as part of this church-wide fundraiser.
New this year to our Patch: Pumpkin Patch Leadership proposes that each major ministry area at TUMC will "take a week" for volunteering in the patch. We are asking folks that participate in those ministry areas to focus their volunteering in the patch during their week. Volunteers are definitely welcomed and encouraged to serve beyond "their week." Our hope is that by focusing volunteer participation in this way that we will have greater volunteer participation and representation across our entire congregation. Each ministry area will be featured during their "week" on a display board in the patch and information about and invitations to join all our ministry areas will be available for patch visitors during the month of October.
Important Dates To Serve:
Saturday, October 3 - Pumpkin Sales Begin!
Sunday, October 4 through Saturday, October 10 - YOUTH WEEK
Sunday, October 11 through Saturday, October 17 - CHILDREN'S WEEK
Sunday, October 18 through Saturday, October 24 - MUSIC WEEK
Wednesday, October 21 - PUMPKIN UNLOADING - 5pm to 8pm (dinner provided)
Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, October 31 - ADULT DISCIPLESHIP WEEK
2015 Patch Shift Times:
Sundays: Noon to 3pm / 3pm to 5:30pm / 5:30pm to 8pm
Mondays through Thursdays: 3pm to 5:30pm / 5:30pm to 8pm
Fridays: 3pm to 6pm / 6pm to 9pm
Saturdays: 9am to Noon / Noon to 3pm / 3pm to 6pm / 6pm to 9pm
* please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your shift begins
Shift sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex every Sunday! In total we will need 84 shifts covered with 2-3 people serving each shift (and 4-5 people each weekend shift as we approach the end of the month). We can do this, church family, and we will do this, by serving together! Let's make it a GREAT 2015 Pumpkin Patch!
YOU CAN SIGN UP HERE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK:
TUMC Pumpkin Patch 2015
Introducing WillaKids: TUMC’s Children’s Ministry
Beginning in September TUMC’s Children’s Ministry will be known by a new name: WillaKids! And we hope all children Pre-K4 through 5th grade “willa” be a part of all the activities being planned to help them grow in relationship with Jesus, one another, and TUMC.
WillaKids kicked off WillaWednesdays on September 16! We will gather in Room 20 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. for fellowship, Bible stories, games, crafts, playground time, and music.
Wednesday Night Bible Study Opportunities
Remember Who you Are
with Linda O'Reilly & Nita Seng
Started September 16, 2015, Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
This 32 week study explores the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Participants will read major and minor Old Testament prophets and Paul’s letters, as well as other Old Testament assignments.
(Open to anyone who has completed Disciple 1. You are not required to have completed Disciple 2 in order to participate in Disciple 3. If you completed the Invitation to Disciple series and have interest in participating in this class, please speak with Linda).
THREE SIMPLE RULES
With Rev. Kate Ling and Carol & Bob Ousnamer
“There are three simple rules that have the power to change the world.” With these provocative words, Rueben P. Job invites us to join in a study of his powerful little book entitled: “Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living.” Join us for a six week study of this Wesleyan challenge to our lives and the discipline that drives them. It promises to be lively and has all the potential for life-changing challenges. Join us. Room 16/18 at 6:30p.m. beginning on Wednesday, September 16.
FIVE MARKS OF A METHODIST
With Rev Sarah B. Miller
Beginning Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 14 Pastor Sarah will lead a discussion-based Bible study on Steve Harper’s “Five Marks of a Methodist.” This study is an extended meditation on how our Wesleyan theology crafts our character in how we love God, rejoice in God, give thanks, pray constantly, and love others. Class participants may choose to purchase this book (it is available in book and ebook formats through Amazon and other book retailers) for the study, but it is not required. Pastor Sarah will also provide weekly Scripture readings for study before class.
Men's Ministry News
The Men's Ministry is going to team up with the youth in a program called "Rethink Homelessness." More info on this will be coming.
There is now a Men's Bible Study at 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights focusing on the book "Man Alive." It began on September 8 and will go for six weeks. Please see Tom Love for more information.
Gravity Youth Group
Gravity Youth Group meets on Wednesdays 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. Invite a friend or two and let them see what is going on at Gravity Youth.
We are seeking volunteers for Wednesday and Sunday Nights. If you can volunteer, please contact Shrell at email@example.com.
Rummage Sale Donations Requested
TUMC will host a Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations may be brought to the church during office hours, Wednesday evenings from 5:15 - 5:45 p.m., and after worship on Sunday.
It's October, so that means that TUMC and Willa kids are getting ready for Trunk or Treat! We are going to have decorated trunks, bounce houses, food, face painting, a princess visit and lots of fun!
Trunk or Treat will be October 24th from 5-7 p.m.
We are asking people to donate candy and decorate their trunks.
Please do not bring candy with chocolate, as it melts in the October heat here in Florida! If you are lending your trunk for the event, start thinking of a theme to decorate. There are a lot of great ideas online. We will have prizes for the best decorated trunks! This is a great event to invite your friends and neighbors!
If you have any questions, please email Samantha Auperlee: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
TUMC will once again be supporting Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a project of Samaritan’s Purse, as one of our fall missions. This worthwhile project brings hope and joy to children living in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s Love. Decorated “shoe” boxes and flyers describing how to pack a shoe box will be available in the Narthex through the month of October. Please prayerfully consider taking a box (or two!) per family. The UNWRAPPED, filled boxes are due back to the Narthex collection station by Sunday, November 8.