8.18.16 eHappenings

8.18.16 eHappenings

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Sign Up Sunday Basics

God’s Design…
God designed church for participation – almost everything written about disciples of Jesus in the NT assumes active roles in ministry – we don’t go to church to fulfill our ministry, we go to church to find our ministry.  Attendance in worship is an important beginning step in the journey of faith – but greater involvement is essential to our spiritual health and growth.
6-12 Months…
We are asking for a 6 month commitment for most teams – some require a one year commitment because of the relational aspects of the ministry.
On Ramp / Off Ramp
It is incredibly healthy to have clearly defined places where we join teams/groups and where we step away.
Sign Up Sundays keeps us healthy.  We can step away without awkwardness or guilt and we can reaffirm our commitment to a particular ministry area.
Membership Not Required
Teams and Groups are for everyone, no membership required.
A Personal Invitation
Please accept our efforts during “Sign Up Sundays” as a personal invitation to participate.
We wish we could contact all 2000+ people in our database individually, but at only 10 minutes each it would take about 333 hours or over 8 weeks.
Lastly, Sign Up
Take a look Serve Teams and Group guide, pray, discuss, decide, and sign up at www.ringgoldumc.org/sign-up.

Flipped Sermon Series

We all love those shows on HGTV where run down houses get flipped into beautiful new homes.  Sometimes we just fast forward to the end.  What does it take to get there?  A new attitude? Commitment from the owners?  Hard work?  Creativity?   Join in as we take a look at the attitudes, commitments, and work God uses to flip a church . . . and flip our lives in the process.

August 21st – Passive to Active
August 28th – Comfortable to Uncomfortable
September 4th – Consumer to Producer

Membership Class
Sunday, August 28 @ 2PM

Want to learn more about how to get involved with a great church?  Want to be a member at RUMC?  Attend this interactive class led by pastor Ben Cathey.  Childcare provided if registered.  Sign-up online at www.ringgoldumc.org/sign-up or let Ben know you plan to attend (678-462-5642).

Wednesday Nights Return

September 7th

5:45 Snack Dinner
6:30 Children’s, Youth, and Adult Groups

Dinner-$5 adults, $3 children-no registration
9/7- Mexican Night

Pray for Me Campaign Launch Event


September 11th, 6pm, Church Gym
We need Prayer Champions!  Sign-up today as part of Fall Sign-Up Sunday.
The idea is that every student at RUMC will have three adults from three different generations praying for them on a daily basis through-out the school year.
At the launch event you will learn more, be matched to your student(s), and pray!  We literally need 180 people present at this event.  Mark your calendar!

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Fall Kickoff – August 28

The youth ministry kickoff for the Fall semester is like a school open house, except way cooler! Every parent of a youth is invited to attend this Fall Kickoff with their student from 6:00-7:45p. We will participate in a typical Sunday night Youth Gathering with a twist…our parents will be invited to participate and join in with us. We hope to see and celebrate with each of the parents who are a part of our youth ministry.

Sign Up Sundays

This Sunday and next Sunday you will have the opportunity to sign up for serve teams at Ringgold United Methodist Church. There are several ways that you can volunteer to serve within the youth ministry at Ringgold United Methodist Church. Signing up through sign up Sundays lets me know you are interested in serving. There are no assumptions here. If you want to serve in any capacity, please sign up.

  • On Sunday Nights, there are people who are food providers, greeters, security, counselors, tech team servers, and adult leaders.
  • On Wednesday Nights, we need adults who can assist with being a counselor alongside the life group teachers.
  • For Youth, there are opportunities for youth to serve within the youth ministry and the church as a whole. You can also serve in other capacities within the youth ministry.

Pray for Me Campaign

This Fall, we will begin a new campaign within the youth ministry called the Pray for Me Campaign. The idea is that every middle and high school student within the youth ministry would have three adults from three different generations praying for them on a daily basis throughout the school year. These prayer champions will have a prayer guide to assist them in praying for specific things for our students. Each student will be able to pick his/her three Prayer Champions at the Pray for Me Campaign Launch event on September 11 at 6pm. The youth will hear more about this campaign and be able to sign up to be a part of the Pray for Me Campaign on upcoming Sunday nights. Also, parents can sign up (through the sign up Sunday list) to be a Prayer Champion for another youth through the Sign Up Sundays.

Youth Ministry Leadership Team – APPLICATION DEADLINE 8/24

Applications available here.

Upcoming Events

  • August 21 – Back to School Pool Party 6-8pm (Donovan’s House) – 372 Carpenter Rd, Ringgold, GA
  • August 28 – Fall Youth Ministry Kickoff 6-7:45 pm
  • September 11 – Nicaragua Community Mission Trip – Interest Meeting
  • September 18 – PAINT WAR RINGGOLD 6-8pm

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



A really exciting and new church-wide program will begin this Fall. Here is a video that will tell you about the program.

Two things you need to know:

1- You will have the opportunity to attend a Pray for Me Campaign Launch on Sunday, September 11th at 6:00. At this launch you will choose Prayer Champions for your children. Each family will have multiple Prayer Champions that will pray for all of the children within your family as a unit.

2- You will also have the opportunity to become a Prayer Champion for another family or for a youth. This is simply a commitment to pray for children/ youth by name each day. You will be given an awesome guide to use as you pray.

I’m so excited about this opportunity for our church. I hope you will join us! To sign your children up to be prayed for and/or to sign up to be a Prayer Champion go here.

r|kidz SERVE TEAMS FALL 2016

Please prayerfully consider signing up to serve with r|kidz this coming serve season. We have a lot of fun while teaching children that they are greatly loved by God! You don’t have to be a teacher… we also need people who are good at organizing materials, checking kids in to their classes, and people who just like to have fun with kids! Please let me know if you have any questions!


Order your shirts by filling out a form at the r|kidz check-in stations or order online here (see picture on order form). 


To receive reminders and information through a text message on your phone please fill out this form!

Christina Ware

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Church Workday

This Saturday, August 20th starting at 8:30am will be a church workday. We are planning on demo in the hallway and laying tile in the men’s restroom.

Here’s a sneak peek of the women’s restroom:

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If you have questions, please contact Eric Pinkston, 423-314-7608 or pinkston@catt.com.


Over the summer, we prepared for another year of NCIC feeding God’s children. In July, we received our first Atlanta Food Bank order with the help of 16 Shaw employees.  We also have another order to be delivered August 25th and we would like to make this our B-B-Q kick-off lunch @ 11:30 in the gym. This is for all our volunteers which are so faithful.  I often hear from our volunteers, “are we going to have enough help?”, and the Lord always makes it happen.  I hope you’ve had a great summer and are ready to fill those bags with love, hope, joy and the spirit of our Savior.   Sunday August 28th, Tom and I will update you on NCIC’s total numbers and how things are going.   We will have a slide to show our volunteers doing the work of the Lord. There will also be a short meeting after this service in the gym.   The best news yet is that on  September 7th at 1:00 we will meet in the gym to start organizing and staging food items. We will start bagging at 3:30.  As you read this message, please pray that our children stay safe and the Lord leads you to be a part of NCIC.

Thanks be to God ,
Vickie and Tom Moseley

School Supplies Needed for Educational Nicaragua Mission Trip

Now is the time to find good deals for the Education Nicaraguan Mission trip. While back to school sales are going on, please remember that we will be serving 1000 plus teachers next year. We specifically need 2 pocket folders, pens/pencils, and white board markers. Items can be brought to the church office or placed in the FOB class room (B-4).

Nicaragua Educational Mission Trip
Interest Meeting
Sunday, August 28 • 12:15p
Seekers Classroom (B-2)

Teachers in Nicaragua are in need of your support, help, and training, and you can help! Calling all educators with a commitment to Jesus Christ and a desire to make a difference in the world. What has historically been the January Nicaragua Trip for the past eight years is now transitioning to July in 2017 to enable active teachers who are a part of our church to participate in meaningful outreach and peer leadership training to Nicaragua teachers. Next year we are hoping to host 1,000 Nicaragua teachers in the city of Leon over the course of a four-day teacher conference. We have seen the difference that this important training makes in the skill sets and ability to teach students in Nicaragua. Join us at this upcoming trip interest meeting to learn how you can serve God through peer leadership training in Nicaragua!

For more information contact Lamar Brown elbrown@catt.com / 423-619-0857

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God Moment in Nicaragua

1000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Yes, 1000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and 36 gallons of lemonade.  Our plan was to feed the students and teachers that were coming to the youth initiative before the service started.  Well, it did not exactly like we planned , but that is what makes community ministry and mission so great.  Church service ended early at Verbo Church in Reuben Dario, and the sandwiches were not there.  We broke the students up into groups to have activities with them while we waited on the sandwiches to arrive.  We played games with beach balls and any other “brain storm” idea we could come up with to keep everyone occupied and at the church while waiting on the sandwiches.  At the original appointed time, the sandwiches arrived and the mission team went to work handing out sandwiches and lemonade.  We now have a deeper appreciation for those lunch room ladies that served us when we were growing up and in school.  All those that came through the line were appreciative and thanked us for the sandwiches and lemonade.  After lunch, Bobby and the youth on our team with the assistance of some adults lead a service aimed and geared toward young people.  They were amazing!!  To see our young people take such ownership and have so much dedication into the message they were delivering was awesome.  As I mentioned earlier, all did not go as planned as we had a much younger group of students than was planned for.  However, it was what God planned, not us.  It was a great afternoon as we were able to share God’s love and message to about 250 students and adults.  That is what it is all about.  You may ask about the left over sandwiches, about 200 of them.  The church leader asked if he could have the leftovers to take to people in the community as a gift, to open doors to share God’s message and love.  He explained that these leftover peanut and jelly sandwiches would go a long way in opening doors and establishing relationships as the members of Verbo Church were reaching out to their community to share God’s love and His message.  As crazy as it was, and things did not go exactly as planned, we were able to witness to others and to be a part of a community program in sharing what we had with others.  As I look back on that Sunday, the seeds that were sown were numerous.  We are looking forward to seeing how they are growing.

-Bill Copeland

Prayer Requests

  • Mikayla Brown: recovering from surgery
  • Police Officers across America
  • Jo Spivey: cataract surgery Thursday
  • Paulette Kellerher
  • Mitchell Chambers: PRAISE: radiation completed
  • Melinda Majors: cancer
  • Barbara Green: breast cancer
  • Pat Mills: making her journey home
  • Garry Mooney: accident recovery
  • Elizabeth Wetzel: recovering from a fall last week
  • Celeste Darty: far from home
  • Flooding in Louisiana, families affected
  • Tim Hall
  • Tony Housley
  • Kathy Harvey
  • Natalie Bates: bone marrow transplant recovery
  • Amanda Lanier: battling cancer
  • Terry Kilgore: brain cancer
  • Sandra Steakley: hip replacement surgery, recovery
  • Alice McCarty: not feeling well
  • Tyler Jefferies: back in regular rehab in Ariz.
  • Allen Watts (Tiffini Fleck’s brother)
  • Sybil Graham: epidural
  • Pray for Me initiative beginning Sept. 11
  • Phillip Johnson
  • Linda Wyndham
  • Debbie Campbell: cancer
  • Ronnie Keith: cancer

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Men’s Club Breakfast: Not meeting in August

Recycling Club: August 27, 9a – 10:30a

Church Council: August 29, 7p

Operation Christmas Child Craft Club: Second Saturday of the month, September 10, 10a – noon

Sparrow’s Nest Consignment Sale: September 11-17

United Methodist Women Club: September 12, 6p in the Parlor

49ers Adult Fellowship Club: Second Tuesday of the month, September 13

Paint War Ringgold: September 18, 6p-8p

Men’s Fish Fry: October 2, 5:45p

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