Ardmore United Methodist Church
Friday, February 28, 2020
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Events and Reminders
 

Every Sunday at 9:45am - Adult Choir Practice in Sanctuary. If you are interested in singing in the choir, please talk to our Music Director, Elizabeth Boggs, or Pastor Tim.

Every Sunday at 10am - Adult Sunday School meets in Parlor. Starting Sunday, Feb. 16th the adult Sunday School will be starting a series on Women in the Bible. We will use the local conference produced study guide. New members are always welcome.

Every Sunday at 11am - Worship Service. Everyone is welcome (Sunday School for All Children meets in the Wesley Room after the Children’s Sermon in Worship). 

Nursery Care is available from 10:45am until the end of worship on Sundays, for infants to age 5.

 

All are welcomed to join us in the Parlor for Coffee Hour immediately following worship.  Thank you to Paula Engard-Ellis for hosting.


February 26th, Ash Wednesday at 7:30pm.  St. Luke’s UMC, Penn Rd & Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr. Join us to reflect on the finite nature of life.  We will share in the Imposition of Ashes and The Sacrament of Holy Communion. 


March 1st, First Sunday of Lent. 11am Worship and Holy Communion.  “The Temptations of Christ.” During the 40 days of Lent, consider “giving something up” or taking on a Lenten Discipline.


Thursday, March 5th at 12pm -  JOY. Luncheon, Parlor.


Thursday, March 12th at 7:30pm - Administrative Council Meeting in Wesley Rm.


Sunday, March 22nd - General Conference 2020 Conversation.  Following coffee hour, Pastor Tim will share a synopsis of proposals for General Conference 2020. Discussion to follow.


Saturday, March 21st Home Dinner Fellowship. Would you like to get to know people in the congregation in a home setting? This year we are introducing “Home Dinner Fellowship”, an evening of casual gatherings. Interested? Call the church office for more information. Click here to sign up and join the fun.

 

Sunday, March 29th - 5-7pm, Grace Café.  Mac & Cheese needed. 

Activities Committee to Enhance Fellowship

A new committee is being formed to plan, organize and help carry out group activites that will enhance our fellowship. Please consider joining this important committee. Click here for more details.

Share Your Muscial Gifts

Do you or did you play a musical instrument? Our goal is to create an AUMC orchestra/band/musical ensemble. Or, it could be two or three smaller groups, depending on the instruments. (Guitar and drums are more oriented to a band, while French horn, oboe, clarinet, etc. would be more oriented to a woodwind and brass ensemble.) Click here for more details. 

Missions, Missions, Missions!

Grace Café: Help us serve a warm meal to the homeless. A few times a year, Ardmore UMC has been sending a team of volunteers to prepare & serve a hot meal to the needy at Grace Cafe. Grace Café is a restaurant style community meal and ministry of Arch Street UMC, serving 200-275 meals each Sunday evening with our neighbors experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. Please consider being a part of this rewarding mission. Click here for an example of what we need.  

 

Mid-Town Parish in North Philadelphia: As you may recall, when the UMC of Bala Cynwyd merged with Ardmore several years ago our District Superintendent challenged us to give significantly to Mission as a new “united” congregation. As a result, a substantial gift was given to Mid-Town Parish. The goal was to help them reestablish their worship space by helping them purchase a new building. After of years of effort they have finally begun to use the new building for worship. Praise God! We just received the invitation below for their Ribbon Cutting Service.  If anyone is able to attend and represent Ardmore that would be wonderful. Please keep Mid-Town in your prayers and we hope to get a praised report from them in our worship sometime soon.

 

Adopt a Family: A local single mom has reached out to us for support. She is behind on her rent and electric bill, and needs food and clothes for her three children. Click here for details about how we can help.

Methodist Home for Children: Each year before Christmas, Friends in Faith collects gift cards and cash donations for the Methodist Home for Children. Help us ensure that these children are not forgotten during this holiday season. Contact Jo Hopkins if you would like to help.

St. Mark’s Food Bank: We will continue to collect food donations for St. Mark’s in Broomall.  Please ensure that any food item has a future expiration date as the Food Bank cannot accept items with expired dates.

Rose window and chancel accent lighting

The accent lighting in the chancel area of our sanctuary is in need of some much needed improvement. Also, the time has come to upgrade the exterior accent lighting on the Rose Window. This total project is envisioned to help us have a better worship experience. We are excited about this accent lighting project and we will invite your participation and giving.Click here for more information.

Altar FlowersThe calendar sign-up is posted on the bulletin board outside the church office. The price is $45. Sign up now to get your requested dates. 

Upper Room - November/December issues are now available in the Narthex. (Both large print and regular size.)  Please take one for your daily devotions. 

Amazon Smile, Ticket Window and Vacation Silent Auction Rental – Support the church and get a great benefit for yourself.  See bulletin board with available vacation homes and details on the other opportunities that have recently been developed. (see attached.)

 

Interested in becoming a member of Ardmore UMC? 

Following Easter, we will coordinate times to have a ” Membership Class”.  A likely time for a class is Sunday evenings at 6pm. If that works for your schedule, please contact Pastor Tim. 

 

Laity Involvement in the Life of the Church - If you would like to become more active or involved with areas in the life of the church, please see Pastor Tim or Paula Engard-Ellis to match your interests with our needs. We hope you will get involved and participate in the life of the church! Use your gifts & graces to serve the Lord! Volunteer to serve on a Committee, Team, or Work Area. We are looking for people to serve in the following areas:

• Church Council
• Lay Leader
• Christian Education
• Outreach & Mission
• Coffee/Fellowship Hour after worship
• Help with Dinners and Events
• Property, Trustees
Find your place! Simply contact the church office to express your interest in joining a Committee. 
 
Wifi Hot Spot

We have set up a Wifi “hotspot” in the sanctuary, should you want or need the internet while you are at church. There is a unit in the Sanctuary, Wesley Room and Bailey Hall. The network and password are on the front of the white box plugged into the wall somewhere in each space. For the sanctuary, it is located on the right hand side as you are looking at the altar, toward the front. Please be respectful of this service.

Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

Pastor Tim is now on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. His responsibilities include review and evaluate of candidates for Ordained Ministry in the United Methodist Church. Please continue to pray for Pastor Tim in this role, as well as all who follow their call into ministry.
 
Sunday School Volunteers Needed
There are many opportunities to volunteer and Sunday School (Children's Church) Assistant Teachers are always in demand. To volunteer in our Christian Education Program, please contact Pastor Tim (or call the church office) to participate in this ministry. You can also read the Sunday School newsletter here.
 
Tables for Eight
If you missed the previous series of "Tables for Eight" dinners, please keep an eye out for announcements for the next series. The "Tables for Eight" program places interested adult members of the congregation into groups of eight to share in a co-operative dinner. This program is open to couples, singles, or simply two friends who wish to sign-up together. The groups of eight will be different for each dinner. The dinner will take place in the home of someone who has offered to serve as a host. This person, or couple, will provide the main dish, rolls and beverage. Others in the group will be assigned to provide a salad, or a side dish, or a dessert. 
 
Read Our Newsletters
Click on these links to read past newsletters:
 
Become a Member of Ardmore Church or Learn More About AUMC
Please talk to Pastor Tim if interested in joining the church or attending the next membership class. 
 
Community Garden
We have made progress! Thanks so much to John and Lisa Calhoun, Michelle Flamer, Rob Lewis and Brenda Casper. Due to their efforts, the rest of the garden has been weeded, hoed and planted. Straw has been put down to help with weeds. If you would like to help, talk to any of the team members listed above.
 
Sunday School
Click on these links for more information about Sunday School for All Ages, and/or Youth Group. Feel free to call or email us for more information.
 
Local Food Banks
Please remember to continue to support the food bank. Boxes for donations are located in the Narthex. Basket for all varieties goes to St. Mark’s food bank. The orange container is for Hope UMC in Havertown (they appreciate Peanut Butter, Jelly and lunch items).
 
Lectors, Altar Guild Members Needed

Anyone interested in being a Sunday morning scripture reader, please sign up on the sheet located on the bulletin board. We are in need of volunteers for the Altar Guild as well. Sign up sheet on bulletin board. 

Other Outreach / Service Projects
Ardmore United Methodist Church is a giving church family. Throughout the year we participate in various charitable outreach / service projects to benefit needy members of the surrounding community and around the world. If you have a good idea for a service project (for the whole church or the youth) please contact us at aumeth@verizon.net.