Traces of Grace
A Message from Pastor Scott
Dear First Methodist family,
I don't know about you, but it's probably a good thing for my waistline that we only have a few more weeks left in our "Let's Eat" sermon series. It's been a joy to have a chance to sit with more than 100 of you and share together about our hopes for our church. You all have been so hospitable to open your homes, to provide so many yummy things, and to gather with one another. Thank you!
As we move into the fall, we are going to shift into a sermon series titled, "Better Together: Church as Community." We all have longed for a sense of belonging. In this series we will look at how we are formed to be a worshipping community, to connect with one another as community, and to join in mission as a community to our community. I hope you'll plan to join us September 12, 19, & 26 to find out why the church is "better together."
Grace and Peace,
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
We invite you to join us this Sunday as Pastor Scott continues in our series, Let's Eat! with the message titled, "Let's Listen", from Luke 10:38-42. You won't want to miss it! We encourage you to read this passage of scripture and to pray for Pastor Scott as he prepares for this service.
The link to access the livestream will be available on our website at fumccollingswood.org, where you’ll also be able to view a recording of the service throughout the week.
Reference Books Missing
Many sets of our Reference Books in the church library are missing a volume or two! Please check to see if perhaps you borrowed one and forgot to return it. If you have a book(s) to return, please leave them on the first desk of the office or on the Sign-in table before Sunday Service. Thank you!
A Note of Thanks!
Thanks so much for getting your kids to Summer Camp Days!
We had good classes and we ended with a water balloon fight! Many thanks to all the teachers and helpers!
Finally going to happen - Queen Esther
For all who have signed-up for the Bus Trip to Sight & Sound to see, "Queen Esther," please meet at 8:00am sharp, here at FUMC, on Sept. 16th. *Masks are required on the bus. If you have any questions please contact Pat Gunning-(856)962-8010 or Marva Wallace-(856)439-0345.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study to Resume
The "Followers", Tuesday morning Bible Study, is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Sept. 21st, at 10:00am in the Church Parlor. Looking forward to seeing all of you there!
Operation Christmas Child- Shoe Boxes
It's not too early to start collecting things for the Shoe Boxes, especially with all the Back-to-School sales. Suggested items: pens, crayons, soap, small toys, tablets, combs, rulers, pencil sharpeners, wash cloths, and toothbrushes. **Pencils & toothpaste are not needed.
Thanks for being a part of this important ministry to the children of our world! If you have any questions please contact "Miss Pat" Gunning - (856)962-8010
New Sermon Series
Please join us for our current sermon series, Let's Eat.
July 4 - Let's Party - Luke 5:27-32
July 11 - Let's Repent - Luke 19:1-10
July 18 - Let's Give It Away - Luke 9:10-17
July 25 - Let's Wash - Luke 11:37-52
August 1 - Let's Remember - Luke 22:14-38
August 8 - Let's Be Humble - Luke 14:1-24
August 15 - Let's Believe - Luke 24:36-49
August 22 - Let's Listen - Luke 10:38-42
August 29 - Let's Love - Luke 7:36-50
September 5 - Let's Recognize - Luke 24:13-32
If anyone has an abundance in their gardens that you'd like to share with our church family, please know that there is a basket in our church front entrance area for you to drop off your harvest! Presently, the basket is filled with goodies for you to take! If you bring some of your harvest with you on Sunday mornings, before our service begins, you may leave it, in or next to, the basket. It will be there for all to have access to, and it will be a "first-come, first-serve" basis. Thanking you in advance for your generosity!
We are actively seeking to fill the role of Church Secretary. If you know of anyone with moderate computer skills, good organizational skills, and a heart for Jesus who might be interested in this paid position, please encourage them to contact Carol Doron at firstname.lastname@example.org
The job description for this position can be view here: Church Secretary for FUMC Collingswood
9am - 2pm
Please contact Carol Doron at email@example.com with any questions or interest in serving our church in this way.
We praise God and thank Him for all the prayers that have been answered throughout this challenging time and also:
- For all God is doing, even in the smallest of details!
- For the children that attended the Summer Day Camps!
- For our freedom to worship together in person.
August's - Verse of the Month
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Jeremiah 33:3 tells us:
"Call onto Me, and I answer thee and show thee great and mighty things thou knowest not".
Our "Prayers on the Porch" are now, "Prayers in the Garden" and they are still happening every Monday through Thursday! Feel free to come and join us beginning at 8:00am. We will be gathering at the end of the Parsonage's driveway.
Please continue to pray for...our homebound members; our church members who are in need of spiritual, emotional and financial care; any families and relationships that have been strained during this time, our Troops, and our Missionaries - the list is long, but God is BIG!
Please pray for the following:
- Pastor Scott & Meg -as they continue to meet throughout the summer with our church family in the small group settings.
- Sharon Bailey - in hospital due to a recent fall.
- The Evans Family - for strength and comfort
- Linda Hammerick -recovering well from surgery.
- Dottie Escuti - her twin sister Diane passed away.
- Carol & Bud Shropshire - health issues; son David's cancer; grandson Brian's cancer.
- Karen Kline's son
- Nicholas Ferrara(Grandson of Charles & Joan)- presently serving in Saudi Arabia.
- Arnie Arnold - challenges with breathing
- Sharon Bailey -continues to recover at Collingswood Manor.
- Sherry Rappe - medical issues
- Mary Mondatsos - heart and cancer concerns
- Joel & Kay Shannon
- Our Missionaries
- Recent Graduates - many of whom will be preparing to attend further education in the fall.
- Nominations Committee
- God's provision for a new Office Secretary
- Missions & Evangelism - Leadership and new Treasurer needed.
- God’s hand upon our towns, state and country and our elected leaders.
If you have any other prayer concerns or ways we can serve you please let us know. We desire to journey with you.
Remember, you are loved!
In His Grace,
The FUMC Staff