11/5/2015 eHappenings

11/5/2015 eHappenings


Commitment Sunday

Sunday is Commitment Sunday for the God’s Vision > Our Hope Campaign. Our time together on this day will be simple, but profound. Simply . . . at the end of the message I will invite everyone to bring a commitment card forward, place it on the altar, and pray for RUMC.

It’s that simple.  Some of those commitment cards might be blank (for visitors, those who have already made commitments, or those unsure), but everyone will have one. It’s that profound.  Through our commitments, our prayers, and the joining together of our hearts we will place a foundation for the future ministry of RUMC – a future that will include feeding the hungry, helping marriages, training up children and youth, reaching those far from God, and sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ for all people!

No one will be singled out in any way this Sunday because everyone will be invited to come forward and a pray for our church.

Over the last few weeks we have met together, prayed, discussed, and now we are ready to bring a commitment to God.

15 leaders have already led the way with commitments of $190,500.  That’s almost $13,000 per family! It’s exciting to me to see leaders investing in the future of God’s church!

To achieve God’s best for this campaign it will take the participation of every family. One of the beautiful things that will happen on Sunday is that our children will bring their offering to the campaign. While these gifts will not be significant financially they are very important because every heart needs to be part of the effort. How beautiful to see children making sacrifices for others, for God’s church, living beyond themselves. You may feel that your gift would be too small to matter . . . but every gift matters . . . and if there is now way you can make a financial commitment then every prayer and every word of encouragement matters.  Why?  Because you matter and you are an important part of the journey ahead.  In fact, I would even say this, if you’ve missed church at RUMC for several weeks or even months then this could be the perfect Sunday to reengage.  I guarantee you your friends will be glad to see you and you will encounter an alive church, choosing to thrive, choosing to live beyond themselves for the benefit of others.

Have you seen the Group Fellowship video?  It’s awesome!

Click HERE to see it and share it.

See you Sunday,

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 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.

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 use this link https://ringgoldumc.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=19 or contact Lamar Brown lbrown@catoosa.k12.ga.us / 423-619-0857 or Bobby Fleckbobby@ringgoldumc.org / 423-488-4265

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Fall Retreat

The Youth Fall Retreat is this weekend at Camp Ocoee. We have a total of 15 attending the retreat. We will meet/leave from the front of the church at 5:30p Friday. Please be in prayer for the students from our church who are attending as well as for all those in attendance at the retreat. Pray for spiritual breakthroughs and renewal!

Mission Dinner

Still need an additional 4-5 youth to help with the 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.

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)

Resurrection 2016 (Looking Ahead)

On January 22-24, we will travel to Pigeon Forge, TN for Resurrection 2016. At this massive youth conference, students will hear from amazing guest speakers and worship with incredible Christian bands (Chris Tomlin) as they engage with thousands of other students. Be on the lookout for upcoming information about Resurrection. Cost will be around $100 per person.

Sunday Night Youth Helpers

  • 11/8 – Sandy Stephens, Stephanie Moore
  • 11/15 – Luanne Kilgo, Chris Kilgo

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

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Christmas Program

  • 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

r|kidz News

We have been learning about how God blesses us and about giving back. One of the ways we’ve learned to give back is to give money.  We have made envelopes and banks to remind us to collect money.  These can be brought back to church this Sunday or next Wednesday.  PK-3rd grade made envelopes to collect their money, and 4th-5th grade made banks to collect their money.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Operation Christmas Child Packing Party:  November 14th (10a-12p) – We will be talking about Operation Christmas Child and we want to show our support to the church by participating in the filling boxes.  If you can make it to the packing party that would be great!
  • Downhome Christmas Parade December 4th – We need some kids to dress up for a nativity scene on our church’s float.

Christina Ware

r | Preschool

The preschool will be having their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 19th @ 10:45a

Heather Burroughs

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Wednesday Night Dinner

11/11 Menu: Grilled Chicken, Green Beans, Ranch Potatoes, Rolls  & Dessert

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

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


Sunday, November 15, 2015  – 2:00 to 5:30. Drop in any time at Worley’s Outback, 46 Winkle Road, Ringgold, GA. Rumor has it that Joe Barger, after 40 years of serving Ringgold as Mayor, is retiring this November. Joe and his family would love to have their church family join in the celebration.

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

There will be a packing party on Saturday, November 14th from 10a to noon in the large fellowship hall/gym. You are invited to come help pack boxes with items that have been donated and/or made by volunteers earlier in the year. If you picked up a box for OCC, be sure to bring it back by Sunday, November 15th. Click HERE for directions on packing a box. For more information contact Trina Clark @ 706-764-6342.

Children’s Celebration of Christmas

CCC helps the most needy families in our community.  On Dec. 12 we will provide a free Christmas dinner to about 400 people, provide needed toiletries and food to take home, picture with Santa, and every child will receive a stocking and a gift.  It’s a beautiful night as we attempt to bless our community.

Sacks are 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 by Thursday, Dec. 10 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.

At the end of the evening of CCC, each family that attends receives one or more boxes of can goods & non-perishable food items. As you know, the recent economic climate has drained the food pantry pantry and supplies are limited. We will be collecting food items for the next few weeks, offering an opportunity to give out of the bounty of that we have received.

Kitchen Tools

Our church is blessed with a well-equipped commercial kitchen. If you need to use something from the kitchen, please do! All that we ask is that you return items when you are done using them. Items have been missing when our volunteers try to prepare meals for various ministries.

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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Suzanne’s Ladies Night Out

It’s a PAINT PARTY!!  Meet in the gym at RUMC @ 6pm on Saturday Night, Nov 14th.  We will be led by Alydots to create a beautiful wooden door hanger in the shape of a Christmas ornament that you will customize for your home or as a gift.

The cost per person is $20.  You MUST RSVP to Heather Burroughs by Nov 7.  Call Heather at 423-364-4098 or email heather@ringgoldumc.org.  You don’t have to have a lot of painting experience to make an beautiful piece – but we DO need you to bring something yummy to eat!  We should be done by 9pm.

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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  • Amanda Terry: surgery Thursday
  • Bill Brownsey: lung transplant 6 month evaluation @ Duke University
  • Byran Hope: Doug’s brother, multiple blood clots in his leg
  • Gary Watts: Tiffini Fleck’s father, having surgery Thursday
  • Bill Foe
  • Victims of bullying
  • Unspoken
  • HMS Swim Team: meets on Tuesday & Thursday
  • Maria Cardillo: surgery
  • Jennifer Mitchell
  • Tim Hall
  • Chuck Allred
  • Ashley Bray’s daughter: regular appointments @ St. Jude for a brain tumor
  • Ashley Bray: 2 tumors in her brain
  • Melanie Gifford: help for Christmas
  • Friend’s niece: in critical condition after falling into a campfire
  • Dimple Burleson: in hospital for health issues
  • The Smith Children: sickness, in ER
  • Nicol & Kevin Dawson
  • Jim Emberson
  • Pat Brinsfield: breast cancer
  • Tony Wright: Bev Laney’s brother, passed due to head trauma after a fall
  • Carolyn Ferguson: Christy Dycus’ mother, had surgery on Tuesday
  • PRAISE: Emma Pulliam’s 10th Birthday

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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.

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