Pastoral Reflections


Nov 22, 2015 - ...

8 downloads 70 Views 4MB Size

November 2015

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Pastoral Reflections On an annual basis, the Senior Pastor is required to submit a written report to the Charge Conference. It has been my practice for the past several years that I also share the report with the entire congregation via the church newsletter. By doing so, it is my hope that a culture of transparency is encouraged within the faith community. “TO LIVE SO THAT OTHERS WILL WANT TO BE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS” As I write this Report to the 2015 Charge Conference I am moved by how quickly time has passed since I joined the Westlake UMC faith community as your new pastor. It has been a season filled with energy, excitement, and ever-present reminders of the power of the Holy Spirit at work. In February 2015, when I learned that Bishop Hopkins intended to appoint me to serve as the pastor of Westlake UMC, I immediately visited the church’s website. At that time, and still today, one of the many things that I find exciting about this church is its mission. It is a bold statement: “To Live So That Others Will Want To Be Followers of Jesus.” This is a mission that cannot be achieved without action. It is a call for everyone within this faith community to live every moment of their lives in a particular manner. We are all called to live Christ-like lives. I understand this choice as the mission for Westlake UMC as being one that is filled with a passion for making and maturing disciples of Jesus. Over the past four months I have joined with you in a journey to live out this mission statement. Jesus was inclusive, welcoming all people as he met each one where they were in their individual faith walk. At Westlake UMC we live out our faith in this manner by taking the phrase “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” very seriously. These words are more than a slogan. They are our identity as a faith community. Scripture repeatedly tells us that Jesus spent time in solitude and prayer. This fall, a large percentage of our average worship attendance is involved in a church-wide study of the book Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for

Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton. Through our time together in study and practice, we are living as Jesus did: spending dedicated time in prayer, silence, and solitude. It is my prayer that the time spent in discernment this fall will lay a strong spiritual foundation for Westlake UMC. These spiritual practices will help us listen for the voice of God, not only providing guidance to our personal lives, but will also guide us in the decision making of this local congregation. Scripture also tells us that Jesus came to serve, not to be served. If we are going to live our lives like Jesus so others come to know him, we too are called to serve. Mission and outreach are key components of the ministry of Westlake UMC. The Community Meal continues to grow, helping meet the needs of those who face both physical hunger and those hungry for fellowship. On a local basis, we continue to work with West Side Community House, West Side Ecumenical Ministry, Flat Rock Homes, Nehemiah Mission, and Simpson UMC. Youth traveled to the South side of Chicago this summer being in mission on a more regional basis. Another international mission trip to Russia is planned for 2016. As we move into a new Charge Conference Year, we will be working to identify a clear focus for our mission and outreach activities locally, nationally, and internationally. A final area of focus for Westlake UMC as we move into the future is establishing a solid administrative platform for the church. In Luke 6:48 it is written, “That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.” In order to fulfill our mission as a local congregation of The United Methodist Church we must be purposeful in building upon a strong administrative foundation. Together with church leadership and staff, I have been focused on opportunities to ensure that we are administratively solid. Actions taken to date include working to complete the 2013 and 2014 financial audits, reviewing and updating job descriptions of all staff, assessing reporting relationships and staffing needs, implementing processes to ensure timely reporting, engaging (CONT’D P.2

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 27650 Center Ridge Road * Westlake, Ohio 44145 * (440) 871-3088 * westlakeumc.org Sunday Worship at 8:15, 10:00 and 11:28 a.m.

)

THE MESSENGER

(PASTORAL REFLECTIONS CONT’D)

Annual Charge Conferenece

in staff development training, and establishing goals for the church.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH 9:30—11:30 A.M.

It has indeed been an active first “one hundred days” as your pastor. I am thankful for the gracious welcome that has been extended to my family and me by the people of Westlake UMC. It is an honor to serve as your pastor, and I look forward to the work we will do together to fulfill the mission of living our lives so that others will want to be followers of Jesus.

At the Cleveland Convention Center in Ballroom “C”. Begin with worship, share communion, then keynote presentation, and church business. This year ALL North Coast District churches will meet together! Though the meeting starts at 9:30, participants are being asked to arrive for the meeting by 9:00 a.m.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Mollie

If you are planning on attending, please let the church office know by November 5th. Also, if you would like to carpool from WUMC, please let the office know that, too!

Stewardship: Faithful Giving As we embark upon our annual Faith Giving Campaign, I would like to share how excited I am about this approach to stewardship. It fits beautifully with the goals that have been established by the Staff Parish Relations Committee and affirmed by the Leadership Council of Westlake UMC for the church for the upcoming year. Those goals are: establish an administrative foundation; implement a focus on spiritual formation for the congregation; and develop a missional strategy addressing local, regional, national and international opportunities. Our financial giving is a key part of achieving each of these goals. The key to faith giving is focusing on doing God's will, as individuals and as a congregation. Faith Giving affirms that God will provide for the church if the church is focused on doing God’s will. This is a powerful concept and one that has been proven to be true time and time again. It is not a passive statement; it is a way of living our lives. It is also the strategic undergirding for making decisions as a faith community. We are called to be good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. That includes our time, our talent, and our financial resources. In Deuteronomy 14 we are told to set aside for God a tenth of all that is produced. Often discussions ensue on how to calculate that ten percent; however, with faith giving the focus is on each per-

2

son listening for the voice of God guiding them in their giving. Ten percent may be too small of an amount for some, or for others it may feel like an insurmountable sum at this time. That is why we ask that you prayerfully consider where God is leading you in your faith giving. Remember, at the center of faith giving is the belief that God will provide for the church if the church is focused on doing God’s will. November 22, 2015 will be Commitment Sunday. We ask that you bring your “estimate of giving” card to worship sealed in the self-addressed envelope. As in the past, the church will not open your envelope and will step out in faith that God will provide if we make every effort to do God’s will. As we embark on this year’s Faith Giving Campaign, I invite you to be in prayer about your estimate of giving. I encourage you to be purposeful in listening for the voice of God guiding you in making decisions regarding your finances. We worship a faithful God, and we are called to respond faithfully in our financial giving. Let us step out in faith together as we look to the future as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Grace and Peace, Pastor Mollie and the Stewardship Team

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

NOVEMBER 2015

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP SPONSORS NOVEMBER November 1

The Stephen Ministers

November 8

Mel & Janet Hanacek, in remembrance of grandson, Matthew Gwinn

November 15 Judy McDonald November 22 Bob & Carolyn Remington November 29 Suzanne D’Ettorre

WE ARE THANKFUL FOR OUR HOSPITALITY TEAM VOLUNTEERS! People experience our church as a friendly place to worship God and grow in their spiritual journey. Many people work behind the scenes to make that happen, and we are so grateful for their time, talent and energy! Greeters welcome you as you walk in the door, ushers are there to support our worship experience and we have a team of nearly 30 people that take turns preparing, serving and cleaning up the fellowship and connection time that coffee hour provides! Many thanks to all of you who make this happen. Please take the time in November to pass on your own personal thanks to our greeters, ushers and coffee hosts, and the coordinators that work to pull it all together: GIFT BAG COORDINATOR

Carol Askin

GREETER COORDINATOR

Barbara Lachowicz

11:28 USHER/GREETER COORDINATOR

Diane Ahlers

10AM USHER COORDINATOR

Duane Miller

COFFEE HOUR HOST COORDINATOR

Therese Hensley

COFFEE HOST TRAINER

Robin & John Carreon

REMINDER CALL MINISTRY

Sharla Johnston

COFFEE HOUR PURCHASING

Gail Schmitz

KITCHEN TEAM COORDINATOR

Gail Schmitz

- TEA TOWEL LAUNDRY - MONTHLY UTENSIL DRAWER SORT

Barbara Lachowicz & Kay Swartz Diana Stacho

POTLUCK COORDINATOR

Leslie Kubancik

SPUD NIGHT IS COMING! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH 5:00 –7:00 P.M.

Potatoes! Toppings! (Hot dogs for little people!) Desserts! And entertainment provided by the youth of the church and YOU! $7 at the door; Children under 5 FREE! All proceeds go towards youth missions experience! Please join us! For more details about events and to view the church calendar, please visit our website at westlakeumc.org

New Handbell Choir The WUMC Bell Choir is in need of more ringers! No previous music or bell experience is required. We rehearse each Thursday from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please contact Annie Kaschube if you are interested in joining: email her [email protected] or call her at (216) 862-1232.

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

THE MESSENGER

United Methodist Women Women of Westlake UMC “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” ~ Isaiah 58:11

WOMEN’S DAY RETREAT 2015 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH THE LAKE HOUSE, AVON LAKE Topic: “Faith & Renewal” Based on the writings of Joyce Rupp in her book, May I Have This Dance? An Invitation to Faithful Prayer Throughout the Year. Facilitated by Rev. Beth McKee. Sign up information in the lobby. RSVP & fee deadline: November 8th.

Advent Study

CHILD OF THE LIGHT BEGINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH 12:30PM WITH CHILDCARE All women of the church are invited to this study facilitated by Ardy McCloy. Reading and discussing Child of the Light will help you open your ears to God's quiet voice and guide you through the chaos of the consumerists culture that Christmas has become. Readings and reflections are inspired by the season's carols and hymns.

Sunday Adult Christian Ed 11:28 COFFEE AND CONVERSATION GROUP All are welcome to join us for a weekly discussion on current affairs and how it relates to the church based on short timely articles. We meet from 11:30 a.m.— 12:00 p.m. in Room 100. If you would like to receive the week’s article every before the meeting (never more than 4 pages long), please send your email address to Cindy Hilston at [email protected]

4

General Meeting

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH AT 10:30 A.M. Women of our church, and your friends, you all are welcome to this friendly group. We meet each month from February through June in Fellowship Hall at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy lunch at 12:00 noon. Remember to bring your sandwich — dessert and beverage will be provided. Our special worship service will include the World Thank Offering and the 1:00 program will be presented by Michelle Ljubi of the Moll cancer Center. The topic is “What Is Cancer?” This will answer many questions for us. Please join us!

The United Methodist Women wish to thank all those who supported the annual UMW fall luncheon. The proceeds will be given to many worthy causes.

United Methodist Women present their Free Gift to All Westlake Church members & friends

The Christmas Tea (and coffee) Thursday, December 3rd at 1:00 p.m. The program will begin with music by Kevin Foster, entitled “A Joyful Expectation.” What a wonderful way to begin this special season! Delicious food, tea, coffee, and punch buffet will follow. Please come and enjoy!

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

NOVEMBER 2015

From the Desk of Christian Ed Carol Ryan, [email protected]

WHEN COWS FLY PK, K, 1st: Mini-Mission, Heifer International Heifer International challenges us to believe that ending extreme poverty isn’t a fairy tale. With one-billion of our world neighbors living in extreme poverty, it can seem like we are claiming cows can fly. Yet, the Heifer Internal organization has rightfully done just that by taking funds donated from the likes of you and me, and transforming them into livestock to communities and families. To date, this organization supported over 22 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Cows can fly, and chickens, ducks, and bees too! Our kinders and firsties with the support of their preschool buddies are joyfully mini-missioning in to support the work of Heifer International. Join their efforts! First, clear that loose change from your car cupholder, sofa cushions, and laundry room. Then, bring all your loose change to worship on Sunday, November 22nd to participate as our youngest friends ask for a noisy offering (separate from traditional worship offering).

You see, our Sunday school kiddos spent the fall learning about the descendants of Abraham. The Jesse Tree depicted in great works of art based in tapestries, stained glass, and wood carvings have also become a family friendly advent tradition. With a devotional (we will provide) and ornaments (you will make), children and families can focus some seasonal anticipation around the Bible. Our projects will be no less Martha Stewart meets the recycling bin meets gluetastic wonderland than prior years! Please, join us— and RSVP so we have enough mini trees for children to use for their own Jesse Tree. With greens hung, and glitter transfixed in all cracks, we will join literally and figuratively in fellowship for dinner, and a sing-along with our own Rich Gallo! We’ll provide pizza, and we ask you bring a side or dessert to share.

HELP NEEDED Handy with spray paint? Metal shepherds' crooks could use a fresh coat of paint. If you could help, please contact Carol Ryan (who is shocked by the overwhelming staff concern by giving me a can of spray paint).

… Have you heard?

REGULAR YOUTH GROUP: November 1st, 8th, 22nd, 25th. We’ll Provide Pizza; You Provide the Rest Don’t get caught with your wreath down! Advent whooshes into Westlake before Thanksgiving’s leftover remains are entirely devoured. Be a part of WUMC getting it’s anticipation on by helping to carry boxes, hang wreathes, and drape garlands. Come help! Help to set the mood. Help because YOU are just helpful. Or help because if Carol Ryan hangs the greens, we will live without decorations higher than 48 inches.

JESSE TREE While the greens are being hung, and the joint is literally being SPRUCED up, a craftsational family event is planned in the education wing of WUMC! Once again, we invite our families and crafters to join us. This year we are doing a special ORNAMENT themed festival that will literally reinforce our Sunday morning Bible time.

SPUD NIGHT = November 15th. SPUD night details: Potatoes! Toppings! (Hot dogs for little people!) Desserts! Entertainment provided by the youth of the church and YOU! $7 at the door, Children 5 and under free! Sunday, November 15th, 5-7. All proceeds go towards youth missions experience! Please help! Plus, coming up: Youth Leadership Council is planning a FRIDAY NIGHT CHRISTMAS PARTY on December 18th. Stay tuned for details! . Thanks to all who helped with our Haunted Walk at Trunk or Treat! It was spooky awesome!

QUESTIONS? Contact Rachael Haning, WUMC Youth Coordinator at [email protected]

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

5

THE MESSENGER

Mission Opportunities TEAM LEADER TRAINING NOVEMBER 14, 2015 COST: $35 (includes lunch and background check) At The Nehemiah Mission: 6515 Bridge Ave., Cleveland Enjoy a day of fellowship and conversation to learn about leading a mission team locally, nationally, and internationally. This does NOT obligate you to lead a trip! See Kay Martin with questions or to register.

RUSSIA ORPHANAGE IN THE KURSK REGION MAY/JUNE, 2016 Cost: $3,000 Contact: Bob Myers, [email protected]

WSCH: Community Meal Mission Opportunity “We are called to offer others what God has done for us. We want to be doers.” “Living our faith in mission, God calls us to go to them and is sending us out.” The WUMC Mission Committee has committed to serving 25 people at the West Side Community Center on the third Tuesday of every month. All dates in 2015 are currently covered; dates in 2016 are available—please consider signing up! Needed are groups and/or individuals to:  Plan a meal (your menu or suggestions can be provided)  Prepare the meal  Have it at the WUMC kitchen by 4:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday  Cost can be reimbursed  Would encourage one person from the group to help deliver to WSCH and report back to the group.

Flat Rock Children's Christmas Gift Collection

UNDERWAY UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH! The Monday Afternoon Christcare group is sponsoring the Flat Rock Homes Giving Tree — located in the lobby, with tags that have gift requests from residents at Flat Rock*. Please consider taking a tag, purchasing a gift and returning it UNWRAPPED with the tag attached by Monday, November 30th. When you take a tag, please fill out the form by the tree with your name, contact info, and the tag number you took. About Flat Rock *Flat Rock is a Christian based residence providing care and community services to children and adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about Flat Rock visit www.flatrockhomes.org

Socks & Underwear Collection

NOVEMBER 15TH—DECEMBER 6TH Again this Christmas season, the United Methodist Women are asking our church members and friends to donate socks and underwear to needy boys and girls (any children’s sizes). They will be much appreciated in this cold weather. Please deposit them in the UMW basket in the lobby across from the elevator from November 15th through December 6th, or bring them to the Christmas Tea. Christian Blessings to all!

Flat Rock Homes Recognition Dinner SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

Also needed are one or two individuals who could volunteer to pick up food and supplies from WUMC and deliver, serve, and clean up. Hopefully, we will have enough volunteers so that we can share this responsibility. Time commitment 4—6:30 p.m.

Flat Rock Homes will be recognizing and honoring Westlake UMC at their annual Recognition Dinner because of our above-and-beyond support of their Mission and Ministry over the last year. We have been designated as Flat Rock Homes 2015 Mission Group of the Year!

To sign up, please contact Suzanne D’Ettorre at (440) 871-0191 or [email protected], or contact the WUMC church office.

Thanks to all who have supported Flat Rock through monetary donations, physical work on-site, the Giving Tree, and special prayers for the residents.

6

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

NOVEMBER 2015

Got Medicare? ASK PATRICIA…. by Patricia Whited-Stineman, OSHIIP Medicare Counselor (440) 781-1383

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT October 15th – December 7th

Please join us on Sunday, November 1st, as we celebrate All Saints’ Day. We will remember all those of our loved ones who have passed away during the last year and beyond. MEMBERS OF THE WESTLAKE UMC FAMILY TO BE REMEMBERED DURING OUR ALL SAINTS’ ST DAY SERVICE ON NOVEMBER 1 INCLUDE: Ken Fife Gwen Griffith Mariam Keirstead Marjorie Lindenfeld

Harold McMahon Alex Massey Lois Nichols

Life Events WITH SYMPATHY Lois Nichols, longtime member of Westlake UMC passed away October 21st. Rev. Mollie Brown officiated a memorial service on October 26th at Westlake UMC. Carl Palmer, father of Nickie Miller, passed away.

Thanks! Dear Rev. Mollie and WUMC Family, I want to thank you and the members of WUMC for thinking of me and praying for my recovery. I am doing much better now and on my way to a full recovery. Thanks to the ladies who knitted the red blanket. Sincerely, Mike Thomas Dear Westlake UMC, Thank you for your prayers and positive thoughts after my accident. I appreciate the cards and concern, and the meals have made a difference and were a big help. Thanks again, Jim Marshall

Question: I received the 2016 plan changes to my Medicare Part D plan that I am currently on for 2015. The premiums have increased and the cost of my drugs are becoming out of reach. How can I manage my drug costs? Answer: The concern to manage Part D costs, is what I hear from individuals most often. Actually, according to a Kaiser Health Study, current enrollees In Part D plans are projected to face an average 13% increase in premiums if they remain in their current plan for 2016. Most important! Review the 24 plans that are available for 2016. Using Medicare Plan Finder at Medicare.gov you can input the drugs you take (dosage and frequency taken); select a pharmacy of convenience and a preferred network pharmacy; then filter this with the 24 plans to identify the most cost effective plan for you! Other ways to manage costs are: 1) Consider switching to drugs that cost less; ask your doctor if there are generics, over-the-counter, or less expensive brand name drugs that work as well as the ones you are taking now. 2) Explore national and community-based programs that may have programs to help with your drug costs, like the National Patient Advocate Foundation. Search the Benefits Check up program at benefitscheckup.org for information on Federal, state and private assistance programs in your area. 3) Explore opportunities with Manufacturer’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (often called Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs)). Many of these programs offer assistance programs for people enrolled in a Medicare drug plan. 4) Apply for Extra Help to pay for your Medicare prescription drugs. If you have Medicare and limited income and resources. Apply for Extra Help, contact Social Security: (800) 772-1213 or at socialsecurity.gov Or, contact OSHIIP, Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (800) 686-1578 or contact an OSHIIP counselor.

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

7

THE MESSENGER

TRUNK or TREAT was a Boo-RIfIc TIme! Our church hosted over 400 guests from the community for a great day of family friendly fun! Thanks

to the families that hosted trunks, volunteers who worked the event and the Youth for running the ever popular "Haunted Forest". This year we were fortunate to have our own Rich Gallo entertaining and inviting people to come back and worship with us on Sunday! We awarded two prizes for the most creative

Trunk displays. The People's Choice Award went to the Stenger Family dressed as the characters from

Scooby Doo in their Mystery Machine! The Trunker's Choice went to "The Haunted Bakery" run by The Kuenzer Family! Many thanks to the planning committee for organizing a great outreach event :

 Barry & Kim Kuenzer  Therese Hensley & Family  Michelle Hahn & Family

 Dina Leader  Ellie & Jerry

Peiffer

Boooo! It’s the Haunted Bakery! Selected as the Trunker’s Choice Award for Scaretastic Fun! The Kuenzers offered this as a bake sale with proceeds benefiting WUMC missions! (Sampling some goodies, Dave Ordner?)

 Gail & Russ Wearsch  Kaye & Chris Tilton

The Hensleys leapt through some Timey Wimey stuff in their Tardis to join in the festivities. (It’s bigger on the inside!)

Tracy Heberle, you seem to have lost Thing 1!

Librarian Judy “Spooky” McDonald Told many ghostly tales (of fun) to all our trunk or treaters!

The Stenger Family won the People’s Choice Award for their trunk — the Mystery Machine! Way to go Scooby and Gang! Happy Spooky Harvest from the Schmitz family!

8

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

NOVEMBER 2015

WSCH Annual Meeting: WUMC Members Receive Awards! Three of our church members were recognized with awards at the West Side Community House Annual Meeting this fall. Rod Erskine was given an award for his three years of service for home meal delivery to shut-ins. Jim Gramlich was given an award for his twenty years of service for home meal delivery to shut-ins. Gretty Myers was given an award for her five years of service for working with the Senior Services program (crafts and teaching a balance class). Gretty was also awarded for her support of the Wrap for Success program by coordinating and serving monthly meals last year.

Income Statement—September 2015 Sept. 2015

YTD 2015

2014

YTD 2014

YTD Budget

Annual Budget 2015

INCOME CONTRIBUTION INCOME

$51,582.91

$380,695.01

$41,407.91

$397,684.17

$429,856.22

$580,000.00

$51,582.91

$380,695.01

$41,407.91

$397,684.17

$429,856.22

$580,000.00

$24,336.85

$233,320.70

$26,296.59

$230,305.94

$248,456.96

$331,229.22

1,685.08

17,140.94

1,812.78

18,819.27

17,474.94

23,300.00

142.55

1,908.28

62.46

1,776.86

1,479.97

1,880.00

5,887.80

54,208.42

3,404.43

71,969.80

76,979.70

102,998.60

32,052.28

306,578.34

31,576.26

322,598.87

344,391.57

459,407.82

MUSIC EXP.

381.94

1,224.49

853.02

550.82

3,074.94

4,100.00

WORSHIP EXP.

551.62

5,383.62

1,443.25

6,561.73

6,730.47

8,974.00

EDUCATION EXP.

1,845.98

11,598.74

788.17

8,619.85

11,974.91

15,500.00

OUTREACH EXP.

178.00

2,269.39

203.93

4,951.36

5,400.00

7,200.00

5,432.09

54,608.23

6,067.13

55,122.10

48,952.62

65,270.00

8,389.63

75,084.47

9,355.50

75,805.86

76,132.94

101,044.00

40,441.91

381,662.81

40,931.76

398,404.73

420,524.51

560,451.82

$ 11,141.00

-$ 967.80

$ 476.15

-$ 720.56

$ 9,331.71

$19,548.18

TOTAL INCOME EXPENSES ADMINISTRATIVE EXP. STAFF PARISH EXP. OFFICE EXP. FINANCE TEAM EXP. FACILITIES EXP. Subtotal Expenses MINISTRY EXPENSE

MISSION EXP. Subtotal Ministry Expense TOTAL EXPENSES EXCESS INCOME/EXPENSES

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

9

THE MESSENGER

10

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

5pm Sacred Rhythms Study (107)

1

Sun

5—8pm Youth Group (205/FH)

Want to read more? Go to westlakeumc.org

SPUD NIGHT & CHALLENGE AUCTION! 5-7 p.m.

Commitment Sunday

First Sunday of Advent

5—8pm Youth Group (205/FH)

Ginn Baptism 10 a.m.

29

5—8pm Youth Group (205/FH)

Hanging of the Greens & JingleFest 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

22

Messenger Deadline

5pm Sacred Rhythms Study (107) 5:30 pm SPRC (107)

15

5—8pm Youth Group (205/FH)

5pm Sacred Rhythms Study (105)

New Members Welcomed!

8

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS: Did you set your clocks back?

Election Day!

4

17

9:30am ChristCare—ML(205) 5:00 pm Oberlin Choristers (FH)

10

18

12pm 1 pm 1:30pm 7 pm 7:30pm

11

12pm 9:30am ChristCare—ML(205) 2 pm 5am-9pm Elections (105-6-7) 1:30pm 7 pm 5 pm Oberlin Choristers (FH) 7:30pm

3

Tue

12:30pm ChristCare-AMc(100)

30

12:30pm ChristCare-AMc(100)

23

24

NO Choristers

12pm 1 pm 1:30pm 7 pm 7:30pm

25

12pm 1 pm 1:30pm 12:30pm ChristCare-AMc(100) 5:00 pm Oberlin Choristers (FH) 2 pm 7 pm Finance Cmmte (104) 5:30pm 7 pm 7:30pm

16

12:30pm Games ’N Such (FH) 12:30pm ChristCare-EP (100) 7pm ChristCare-G/J.L (100) 7 pm Stephen Ministry (107) 7 pm Trustees (105)

9

5:45 pm Election Board Setup (105-6-7)

2

Mon

Purl Girls (100) Parish Nurse Available Arthritis Exercise (103) ChristCare—GM (107) 11:28 Rehearsal

Purl Girls (100) Parish Nurse Available Arthritis Exercise (103) ChristCare—JMc(205) Community Meal ChristCare—GM (107) 11:28 Rehearsal

Purl Girls (100) Parish Nurse Available Arthritis Exercise (103) ChristCare—GM (107) 11:28 Rehearsal

Purl Girls (100) ChristCare—JMc(205) Arthritis Exercise (103) ChristCare—GM (107) 11:28 Rehearsal

Wed CWRU (107) UMW Bd. Mtg (104) Marijuana Anon (100) Handbell Choir ChristCare-DL (107) Choir Rehearsal

26

CWRU (107) Marijuana Anon (100) Handbell Choir ChristCare-DL (107) Choir Rehearsal

Church Office Closed

10 am 5:30pm 6:15pm 7 pm 7:30pm

19

10 am CWRU (107) 10:30am UMW Gen. Mtg (F.H.) 5:30pm Marijuana Anon(100) 6:15pm Handbell Choir 7 pm ChristCare-DL (107) 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

12

10 am 10 am 5:30pm 6:15pm 7 pm 7:30pm

5

Thu

27 Church Office Closed

3:30—6pm Theater Group

20

3:30—6pm Theater Group

13

3:30—6pm Theater Group

6

Fri

@ The Lake House, Avon Lake

Women’s Day Retreat 8 a.m.—3 p.m.

28

6:30pm ChristCare—J/LK (205)

21

14

6:30pm ChristCare—J/LK (205)

7

Sat

NOVEMBER 2015

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAFF Rev. Mollie Brown Annie Kaschube Carol Ryan Ellie Peiffer Gretty Myers Jeanne Halaby Jessica Proctor Jill Farkas Kathy Tafuri Marshall Haning Morgan Lux Patti Barnes Rachael Haning Rich Gallo Sharon Parks Stephanie Fries

Senior Pastor: [email protected] Organist, Director of Children’s Choir and Handbell Choir Christian Education Associate Small Group & Welcoming Ministries Stephen Ministry Coordinator Childcare Assistant Childcare Assistant Sunday Custodian Volunteer Parish Nurse Director of Music & Adult Choir Childcare Assistant Nursery Coordinator Youth Coordinator 11:28 Service Music Leader Finance Manager Office Manager

WUMC Librarians: Nanci Danburg & Judy McDonald OTHER PASTORS CONNECTED TO THIS CONGREGATION: Dr. Richard Parks Rev. Don Lefelar Rev. Diana Guyette

Rev. Ron Dietrich Rev. Bob Remington Dr. Richard Lehto

Rev. Tom Taylor

* M ESSENGER A RTICLES FOR D ECEMBER : D UE S UNDAY , N OVEMBER 15 *

Mailed October 29, 2015 DATED MATERIAL—DO NOT DELAY

Sunday Worship at 8:15 a.m. (Reflective) 10:00 a.m. (Traditional) 11:28 a.m. (Contemporary) 27650 Center Ridge Road Westlake, Ohio 44145 (440) 871-3088 www.westlakeumc.org [email protected]

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED