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Adult R|groups Beginning

This Wednesday at 6:30PM (Dinner at 5:45 – $5 adults, $3 children).

Info below – sign up here: www.ringgoldumc.com/sign-up


Short-term courses focused on a particular curriculum. Meeting Wednesdays at 6:30PM

  • Women’s Group – “5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz

Have you ever gotten to the place where you just couldn’t take it anymore?  Dreams. Programs. Jobs. Relationships. There are so many different areas where we feel like calling it quits.  It’s time for an honest conversation on how not to give in to the temptation to give up.

Leaders: Myra Adams and Lori Hopkins

  • One Book – The Gospel of John by Dr. Ben Witherington

OneBook inspires you to give yourself to a life-long journey of learning, loving, and living into the Word of God. It is “Disciple-esque” in nature for those who have taken Disciple in the past.  Learn or buy books by visiting: http://store.seedbed.com/products/the-gospel-of-john-onebook-daily-weekly

Leader: James Pelt


Life groups are not curriculum focused even though they are biblically and spiritually centered.  They are more about gaining encouragement and support for the journey of faith from friends in faith. Meeting Wednesdays at 6:30PM

Just for Men – Eric Pinkston

Just for Women – Jayme Dills

Just for Young Adults – Trace Cline and Tiffini Fleck

Mixed Group – Tom Moseley

Mixed Group – Mark Burroughs

Mixed Group – Lamar Wyatt

***Children’s and Youth Life Groups also begin this Wednesday***


Wednesday Dinners Are Back

Sept. 7th from 5:45 – 6:30

Come join in a simple inexpensive dinner with no reservations required.

$5 for adults and $3 for children.  All you can eat after everyone has been served.

This Wednesday is Mexican Night, tacos with all the trimmings



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! Watch this video to learn more.


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New Sermon Series begins Sunday Sept. 11th

#myMESS – not perfect, just better

Messes just seem to happen.  They are never planned.  They appear, then we wonder what to do with them.  Sometimes we make messes of our lives. Sometimes we find ourselves in the middle of messes created by someone else.  How do we deal with them?  We are never going to be perfect, but we can be better . . . and God has everything to do with that.

The Sparrow’s Nest Children’s Consignment Sale

Fall Sale Date: September 15th & 16th (9a-6p) & 17th (9-1)
TSN is a seasonal opportunity to reach our community with the love of Jesus as consignors, shoppers and families each find a blessing!  The proceeds made in the Sale are given to families in need in our community – more than $25,000 has been given over the years!  Learn more about volunteering or to register as a consignor at sparrowsnestsale.org.  Email sparrowsnestsale@gmail.com with any questions.

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Pray for Me Campaign (Launch – 9/11, 6p)

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. As a parent, you can fill out the form for them. Fill out this form online to opt in and let us know that your student is interested in being prayed for (click here). Each student will be able to pick his/her three Prayer Champions at the Pray for Me Campaign Launch event on September 11.

Parents can sign up to be a Prayer Champion for another youth or children’s family. Fill out this form online and let us know you are interested in being a prayer champion – Sign Up Sunday Form click on “All Events – Youth Prayer Champion” or “All Events – Children’s Prayer Champion” (click here).

PAINT WAR – 9/18, 6p

We have 45 registePAINT WAR RINGGOLDred already for this year’s PAINT WAR event. Almost half of those registered are from the community, which is great! If you have not viewed this year, promo video, check it out (click here). Sign your student up today to participate in the PAINT WAR. Students who are Pre-Registered online get a free event t-shirt. Our goal this year is 100 students, and if we reach that goal Pastor Ben has agreed to let us dye his hair blue!
The PAINT WAR is September 18 from 6-8p in the front parking lot of the church. Cost is $17 and includes all needed supplies for the event. You can signup and register online (click here).

Fall Retreat 11/4-6Nexus Fall Retreat

This year’s fall retreat will be November 4-6 at Camp Ocoee. The theme this year is Nexus: Connect.  Cost is $130 per
person. Deposit of $30 is due by October 12. Signup form will be available online next week.

Upcoming Events

  • September 11 – Nicaragua Community Mission Trip – Interest Meeting
  • September 18 – PAINT WAR RINGGOLD
  • November 4-6 – Fall Retreat

Sunday Night Youth Helpers

  • 9/4- Adults: Lance Hamilton & Amanda Stanton. Food: Jennifer Hamilton. Greeter: Davis Kilgo
  • 9/11 – Adults: Kristen Smith & Melodie Church. Food: Michelle Hope. Greeter: Natalie Hope

Bobby Fleck
bobby@ringgoldumc.org / 423-488-4265

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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.

MESSY GAMES 2016, Wed. September 28th 6:15-7:45p

During Wednesday night programming we will be having a ton of fun with the help from some youth and our Youth Pastor, Bobby Fleck.  Come have fun and get messy with us!  Parents, make sure you dress your children in clothes that can get dirty and make sure to send a towel with them.  Be prepared to take home a messy child.


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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September 7th at 1:00 we will meet in the gym to start organizing and staging food items. We will start bagging at 3:30-5.  We will also bag on Saturday the 10th at 9 am as well.  The gym is being used on Thursday for the Sparrow’s Nest sale.  As you read this message, please pray that our children stay safe and the Lord leads you to be a part of NCIC.  Thanks everyone for your support!

Thanks be to God ,
Vickie and Tom Moseley

Nicaragua Community Ministry and Mission Trip
Interest Meeting
Sunday, September 11 • 12:15p
Seekers Classroom (B-2)

For more information, contact Bill Copeland, billcopelandjr@gmail.com

New Room Conference – Sept. 21-23 in Franklin, TN.

Find out more at www.newroom.seedbed.com

Come be inspired by a new movement of spiritual formation training in the Wesleyan theological spirit. A dozen RUMC’ers are already headed to New Room and we would love for you to join us.  Now $199, limited tickets available to RUMC members for only $25.  The catch?  You have to provide your own overnight accommodations.  To gain a ticket contact Ben Cathy at ben@ringgoldumc.org or 678-462-5642.  Love for you to join us!

YARD SALE -benefiting the Nicaragua Community Ministry and Mission Trip

We are a month away from the yard sale.  We need more treasures to sell.  Please look around and as we clean out our closets, basements, garages, we need your stuff.  We anticipate the biggest sale we have ever had.  If you need items picked up, please contact Gary Knowles (423-903-0156) or Bill Copeland (706-937-2363) and we will arrange to have it picked up.
Also, we will need tons of help to sort, price, set up, pack up, work the yard sale, deliver some items, etc.  Please put this on your calendar.  Dates of yard sale are Sept. 30, and Oct. 1, but a lot of help will be needed before the days of the sale.
All proceeds go toward funding projects and ministry for the Nicaragua Community Ministry and Mission Trip next June. More information will be coming in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for your support.

Growing Stronger Strength Training for Older Adults

Would you like to improve your balance and flexibility, as well as, get out of the house and join friends for an hour twice a week? Ringgold United Methodist Church is offering this class free of charge to anyone in the Ringgold area. Both men and women will benefit and enjoy growing Stronger strength training for older adults class. This is a low impact class utilizing a chair and sometimes weights if you like. Classes begin starting Sept 6th at 9:50 to 11:00 on Tuesday and Thursday morning in the gym at RUMC.

Let’s grow stronger and meet some new friends. Wear your walking shoes.

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Men’s Club Fish Fry – Sunday, October 2nd starting at 5:45PM

It’s a tradition.  It’s simple.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share, put some fried fish and hush puppies on your plate, and make a donation that will be used to provide Gift Bibles for youth.

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Flood Relief Offering

We have a special opportunity to help an individual family affected by recent flooding in Lousiana.  The family is personal friends with a long-term RUMC member.  A short part of their story is below:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,Flood
We are the High family from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jay and I have four children-two adult sons, Landon and Micah, who are both working and preparing for graduate school and two little girls who are adopted from China- Rebekah, age 12, and Anna, age 8. This has been an especially difficult time for our girls, particularly Rebekah who is a special needs child.
Our home flooded unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 14. We were awakened in the middle of the night by a neighbor who unselfishly ran door to door to let people know the water was coming. We tried to raise things off the ground, but had to flee our home only an hour and a half later. We made it to my parents home and were evacuated by boat. Tragically, my parents home flooded as well.
We were fortunate in that we at least have flood insurance on our structure, but none on our contents. We lost two vehicles and a great portion of our furniture and belongings. So much was lost that can never be replaced. We are one of 110,000 homes in south Louisiana that has been devastated by this flood. Please remember the many families who have lost so much, many of them with no insurance at all.
We know that even in this, God is working all things together for good and that He will be glorified because of the love and support of the Body of Christ.
God bless you!
Angelle and Jay High

You may also give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) efforts.

Give with check or envelope marked “High Family” or “UMCOR Flooding”.

You may also give online at www.ringgoldumc.org/give.  Click missions.

Interested in doing more?  Click here: http://northga-email.brtapp.com/viewinsite/6464af1a99831b24cf863fef034134ed

Twelve Step Study for Men

Beginning September 20th, Registration Open Now
This study of the 12 steps is for men who are seeking freedom from a wide variety of addictions and compulsive behaviors.  The steps will take participants on a spiritual journey to a closer relationship with Jesus and a new way to live.  The class will meet every Tuesday from 6 PM to 7:30 PM for as long as it takes the participants to complete their journey of recovery and spiritual awakening.  Sign-up and get more info here.

Prayer Requests

Family of Bernice Thacker in their time of loss

Dennis Wallace: loss of his wife, Brenda

Barbara Leamon: loss of husband

Family of Ashley Adams in their time of loss

Catherine Pugsley

Special Kids & Volunteers at Camp Horizon

Coy Sampson, Shan Sampson’s father: recovering from heart surgery

Jody Mitchell: recovery from burns

Barbara Green: breast cancer

Melinda Majors: cancer

Courtney Winford: test this week

Tim Hall

Tony Housley

Kathy Harvey

Katie: financial needs

Junior Nichols: healing for cancer

Scot Noland: healing for his knee


Greg Marcus: health issues

Andrew Marcus: job decisions

Family Charles Stephens in their time of loss

Chad Smith, Tina Pinkston’s brother: in crisis

Carol Pelt: in Charlotte NC hospital- melanoma crisis

Family of Seth Longhorn, RHS student who died

Christopher from Nicaragua: sophomore at John Brown Univ.

Skates family traveling to say farewell to dying brother

Sandra Steakley: recovering from hip replacement

Rhoda Towel: pastor whose son died

Jean Dean, mother of Johnny Long: in hospice care at home

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eHappenings-Headers-09Growing Stronger Strength Training: Starting September 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:50-11a

Men’s Club: Saturday, September 10

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

Recycling Club: Saturday, September 10 and 24

Sparrow’s Nest Consignment Sale: September 15-17

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