10/29/2015 eHappenings

10/29/2015 eHappenings

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Today is a GREAT DAY in the life of Ringgold UMC!  It’s a great day to do something you have never done before.  Two opportunities below:
 
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Recovery at Ringgold 2nd Anniversary Celebration – TONIGHT
Join in for a donations dinner at 6pm, for worship at 7pm (featuring founder Rev. Mark Beebe live and in person), followed by Open Share Groups for your hurts, habits and hang-ups. God has done, is doing, and will do miracles in our midst – come and see!  Especially if you have never experienced R@R, find those car keys!
 
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Give Some Feedback
Remember back in August when we were talking about changing our worship schedule?  One of the things we said was that we considered the effort an experiment that would last at least eight weeks.  Well . . . it’s been eight weeks.  We would love your feedback.  Click this link to let us know what you think!  Ha, I rhymed.  Thinking about becoming a rapper.  Seriously, eight questions here:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9HP3ZG

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God’s Vision > Our Hope Family Conference Weeks – Oct. 25th – Nov. 7th

Have you picked up a Family Conference Guide yet?  They are available in the lobby at church and you can download a pdf right HERE.  Every family and couple are invited to use this guide before making a financial commitment to God’s Vision > Our Hope.

God’s Vision > Our Hope Commitment Sunday – Nov. 8th

This will be a day of glorifying God and bringing our commitments to church to pray over them as we begin this season together.  During worship we will ask every person to bring a card (blank or filled-in) to the front as a symbol of our journey together.  Regardless of your actual financial commitment there will be ways for everyone to participate.  We will invite you to pray at the altar and no one will be singled out.

God’s Vision > Our Hope Reveal Sunday – Nov. 15th

Come celebrate what God is doing in our midst as we reveal final the final pledged amount.  You will also be invited to share a first fruits offering toward your pledge on this Sunday.  Going to be a fun, exciting day and our church celebrates together.

Membership Class – Sunday, Nov. 8th at 12:10PM

Want to join RUMC or just learn more about how to get involved?  Join Pastor Ben Cathey for a fun, informative gathering.  We will be finished by 1:30PM. Childcare available if pre-registered.  Register by emailing Ben at ben@ringgoldumc.org or let us know by placing a big “M” next to your name in worship clipboards/pew pads.

Serve Team Opportunities

Found a way to serve yet?  Join the mission of RUMC by joining one of these teams.

First Impressions: This is the team that makes the building look great and greets folks as they arrive for worship on Sundays. 
Here are the needs for the team:

  • 2 people late shift on 1st Sundays.
  • 1 person early shift and 2 people late shift on 3rd Sundays.
  • 2 people early shift on 4th Sundays.

If you can help in one or more of these areas please sign-up by making a note on the clipboard or pew pad or by responding to the team leader Harley Rose @ Harley_Rose@Mohawkind.com
               
Hospitality: This team provide hot coffee and yummy treats so that everyone can feel right at home on Sundays.  A great way to serve others, especially those new to RUMC.

Here are the needs for the team:

  • 1 person to help set-up on 1st Sundays.
  • 2 people to help clean-up on 2nd Sundays.
  • 2 people to help clean-up on 4th Sundays.

If you can help in one or more of these areas please sign-up by making a note on the clipboard or pew pad or by responding to the team leader Ben Neel @ b.neal@dsidsi.com.

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Halloween After Party

On November 1 @ 6p, the youth will have a special night for youth as we gather for a Halloween After Party. We will have a costume contest, food, games, and music. This is an excellent opportunity for youth to invite their friends to attend.

Christmas Reverse Progressive Dinner

On December 13, the youth will have a Christmas dinner in which we will do a reverse progressive dinner. We will eat three courses: dessert, main course, and appetizer in that order. The youth will gather at the church at 6p and then split into two groups (middle school and high school) to travel to their first stop at a family’s home where they will have dessert. The group will stay at that house for about thirty minutes and then travel to their second stop at a family’s house where they will have the main course. After thirty minutes or so, the two groups will come back together at the church for a gift exchange, games, and appetizers. I have setup a form where you can let us know how you can help and in what way you are interested in assisting. Please follow this link to volunteer (https://ringgoldumc.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=23)

Fall Retreat

The balance of $85 is due by Nov 4. Also, we will have a Parent and Youth Meeting for the Fall Retreat on Nov 1 @ 8p (MANDATORY).

Mission Dinner

On November 17, the Nicaragua Mission Team will be hosting a dinner and auction in the gym. We need a team of youth to be servers for this mission’s dinner. The youth would dress nice for the event and wait on tables while people are eating. This is an excellent way for youth to volunteer and participate in an amazing event that will raise money for an international mission. Message/reply if your student is interested.|

May God Bless You,
Bobby Fleck
bobby@ringgoldumc.org / 423-488-4265

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Practice for Christmas Program meets Wednesday night at 6:30p
Dress Rehearsal December 6th @ 10a
Performances: Sunday, December 6th @ 6 p & Thursday, December 24th Christmas Eve Service @ 5::00p
 
Christina Ware
Christina@ringgoldumc.org

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All Saints Day – November 1st

RUMC has a tradition of remembering the saints that have gone on ahead of us in the past year on All Saints Day. We will remember specifically those members who have passed in the last year and also give you the opportunity to speak the names of loved ones as a way of recognizing the gift of that person’s life. A wonderful way to connect with God as we come face to face with death – thanking God for the life we have left to live. The message on his day will be titled “An Unusual Grief” and will come from 1 Thes. 4:13

Wednesday Night Dinner

11/4 Menu: Mexican Night: Tacos, Burritos, Nachos & Dessert

New for this year: Preregister and Walk-up options:

  • Preregister by Sunday: $6 adults, $4 children
  • Walk-up: $7 adults, $4.50 children

Fall Mission Dinner

Tuesday Night, November 17 at 6:00 pm. Annual fundraising dinner & cake auction to benefit the January Nicaragua Mission trip. Tickets are $25 each or a table of 8 for $150. To purchase a table or tickets see Lamar Brown or Bobby Fleck

Choir News

Seeking more voices for the Christmas Chorale Celebration! The choir will start rehearsal at 6 PM. Christmas rehearsal will be from 6:30 to 7:30 PM

For more information contact Jonathan Walker jonathan@ringgoldumc.org / 618-218-2126.

Operation Christmas Child

Great news! Last Sunday almost all of the 100 boxes were taken. The key… returning them by Nov. 14th. Click HERE for directions on packing a box. There are still a couple of empty shoe boxes available in the lobby. Also know that any shoebox sized box will work.

Children’s Celebration of Christmas

This Sunday, there will be sacks available in the lobby & gym entrance that have a list of items on them. These items cannot be bought with food stamps. The filled bags are handed out, one per family, at the end of the Children’s Celebration of Christmas evening. You can pick up an empty bag, fill it with the items listed, and return them just about anywhere around the church. They will find their way to where they are being stored. The cost of these items is around $20 to $25.

Save the Dates:

  • Deck the Halls: Nov. 29th after 11 AM service
  • “One Small Child” Christmas Chorale Celebration: Dec. 6
  • Children’s Celebration of Christmas: Dec. 12

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Women of Faith Conference

  • Atlanta, Philips Arena / January 22 – 23
  • Premium Seating Tickets are $83 (20 tickets are reserved)
  • 5 rooms are reserved at the Omni Hotel (right beside Philips Arena)
  • Quad occupancy: $54 per person
  • To register or for more information please contact Tracy Brown by text or phone at 423-580-8283.

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  • Ashley Noland: Jerry & Connie Noland’s granddaughter, had surgery on Monday to remove a birthmark on her face
  • Terry Barker: healing
  • Anne Barker: health of unborn child
  • Cara Shavers: going through hard times
  • Shirley Buckner: cancer
  • Terry Kilgore
  • Carolyn Eacrit: cancer
  • PRAISE: Earl Marchbanks: PET scan showed no cancer
  • Nancy Guthrie
  • Bill Foe

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Personal Notes

 James & Ashley Gordy would like friends to know that they are expecting a baby boy due November 4th. Contact the excited grandmother-to-be, Barbara Gordy, for more details. 423-785-6158.

 Thank you to my church family for your prayers, cards, letters, food and donations to the building fund in memory of Jim.

-Nancy Ligon

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