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Grace United Methodist Newscaster (USPS 581-930) is published
monthly (except July) by Grace United Methodist Church, 400
Field Avenue East, Venice, FL 34285-4035. Periodicals Postage
Paid at Venice, FL 34285, and additional mailing offices.
Grace United Methodist Church
400 Field Avenue East
Venice, Florida 34285-4312
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Grace United Methodist Church Newscaster
400 Field Avenue East , Venice, FL 34285-4035
Kenneth Carter, Florida Conference, Resident Bishop
Rinaldo Hernandez, District Superintendent, SW District
All Members of the Church, Ministers
Robin Hager, Pastor
Suzanne Berndt, Organist/Director, Traditional Music
Mary Jeanne Moorman, Pianist
Anddrew Toepfer, Praise Team Leader
Vicki Mackey, Childrens Director
Tia Fishburn, Office Assistant
Frank Hall, Custodian
Karen Bowles, Housekeeper
GRACE VISION AND
VISION: Living in Grace
VISION STATEMENT: G Grow in our faith through our
personal relationship with Jesus.
R Respond to Chr ists love by shar ing our time,
talents, gifts and resources.
A Accept everyone with open hear ts, open minds
and open doors.
C Connect with God and one another to
experience the love of Jesus.
E Equip followers to serve and make
disciples in our community and world.
At Grace United Methodist Church,
We welcome each person.
We share the love of Jesus.
We spread His grace to the world.
GRACE PRESCHOOL NEWS
Grace Preschools 1st Annual Golf Tournament
at Waterford Golf Club was a huge success!
Thank you for all of your support!
Thank you to the Venice Lions Club for the
free vision screenings that were assessed to
the children in October!
Precious Portraits will be at the Preschool
November 7th & November 8th for our won-
derful picture day!
Come Support the Scholastic Book Fair during
Grace Preschool will be Closed November
22nd24th for Thanksgiving. Have a safe and
Blessed Thanksgiving with Family and Friends!
Grace United Methodist Church
NEWSCASTER 2017 EDITION
These are exciting days in the life of Grace United Methodist Church and our fall ministries are in full swing. God has truly
blessed us with a faith community where lives are being changed and where Gods grace is making a difference. Our weekly
worship services are vibrant and uplifting, and we are excited to see the growing number of children in Sunday school and
daily at Grace Preschool. Youth and adults of all ages are growing in their faith through Sunday morning classes, Walk to
Emmaus, our Lenten Study Series and other small groups. Again this year, we will offer food, shelter and hospitality to those
who are most vulnerable in our community through Community Dinner and Family Promise.
Our involvement in the life and work of the church is an outward expression of our commitment to God and our call to
shared ministry. God has called each of us to be good stewards of all we are given. We have been blessed and it is
periodically helpful for us to reflect on and prayerfully consider how we will live out our commitments to love, serve and
give in response to Gods call and blessings. You may recall that we ask those joining the United Methodist Church to make
the five commitments of prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to God through the local church. On Sunday,
November 5th we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion, rededicate the Chapel that has been newly remodeled,
and remember the saints whose faithfulness has been rewarded as they have gone on ahead of us to the Fathers House. On
Sunday, November 12 at 3:30 in the afternoon we will welcome our District Superintendent, Dr. Rini Hernandez, the pastors
and lay representatives from a dozen neighboring United Methodist Churches for our Annual Charge Conference. We will
worship together and celebrate the power of our connection and shared ministry in southwest Florida and each church will
hold their annual meeting. Then, on Sunday, November 19, at both of our morning worship services we invite you to make
commitments expressing what you believe God is calling you to do as together we connect, grow, and serve in Jesus name.
Next week, you will receive a letter in the mail with an invitation to make a commitment to supporting our work together as
a church in 2018. This will also contain a financial commitment. On November 19, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we ask
you to bring your card indicating your commitments of prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness for 2018 with you to
worship. We will lift prayers of thanksgiving and we will ask God to bless and use our commitments to further His kingdom
work through Grace United Methodist Church in the coming year. Please make a special effort to attend worship this month
as we celebrate all that God is doing in and through us here at Grace United Methodist Church.
Rich and I look forward to making our commitment and we will pray for you as you discern what God is calling you to do in
2018 and beyond.
CHILDREN CHURCH 9:15 &
SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:00
NOVEMBER 2017 This month we will be exploring about King Solomon. As David lay
on his death bed, he advised Solomon about these two thingshow to
live in a relationship with God and how to deal with Davids enemies
(who were many). These were both practical admonishments. After his
fathers death, Solomon encountered God. God offered Solomon a
favor. At this time, Solomon confessed his inexperience in leadership
and humbled himself before God. After all, God had always been faithful
to the promises made to King David. Solomon was determined to act as
Gods servant on behalf of the people of Israel, regardless of his
inexperience. Solomon asked for wisdom and understanding so that he
could govern Gods people well. For this reason, God rewarded Solomon
for what he asked for, but God also gave Solomon that which he did not
ask forlong life, power, and great wealth.
We will learn that we can ask God for what we need.
Blessings and Thanksgivings - Vicki
WEDNESDAYS! TEAM KID
KIDS IN DISCIPLESHIP.
JOIN US FOR
KIDZ CLUB AT 6-7:15
SNACK SUPPERS IS AT
Thanksgiving lessons are great opportunities to teach students
what the Bible says about giving thanks to God. During this
time of year, everyone is thinking about the concept of
thankfulness. For many people Thanksgiving seems more
synonymous with food, family events, and time off from
school than it does an attitude of thankfulness. Even Christians
sometimes struggle to separate the secular holiday from the
Biblical call to give thanks to God. We will learn both why
they should thank God and some ways they can show their
thanks to Him.
The youth will continue to meet for Sunday School after the
9am service upstairs in the youth room. We will not have the
Sunday evening meet ups at this time, but look forward to
adding them back in the future! Wednesdays, the youth will
have group study with Allen P. You are always welcome to
Anchored in ChristVicki
WEDNESDAYS! JOIN US FOR GROUP STUDY WITH
SNACK SUPPERS @ 5:15.
STUDY @ 6
DID YOU KNOW? Children and Youth need to exper ience the same Bible stor ies and Chr istian concepts at several stages of their
faith journey, because their ability to understand the concepts continues to evolve as they grow!
DATE PICK-UP TAKE HOME 5 Bob Bainbridge Bob Bainbridge 12 Terry Winfrey Steve Boone 19 Bob Bainbridge Bob Bainbridge 26 Robert Waldron Robert Waldron
Harry Beeck Diane Silkas
Phyllis & Mel Johns
1 Bryon Clinger 2 Shane Toepfer 3 Carol Erb 4 Janet Cavallo 5 Susan Haines 6 Nikki Curry 7 Robert Koehler 11 Blake Thompson 12 Jon Allen 13 Doug Fingles
14 Marge Buchanan Brett Stelmok 15 Bob Brown Marlin Boruff 16 David Levan Richard Hofmann Matthew Cary 17 Shellie Matosky Freddie Alban Terry Winfrey Scott Waite 18 Thomas Whittaker 19 Lee Baur
20 Dorothy Behm Janet Roberts 21 Harold Dore William Burroughs 24 Suzi Mills Lois Probst Kiersten Stelmok 26 Jim Tallman 27 Arla Henthorn 28 Louis Karasek
7 Richard & June Kagy Clint & Tammy Dreyer 8 Eric & Joanna Eckberg 13 Ed & Teri-Jo Scott 18 David & Suzanne Cron 20 David & Beth Levan 22 Lamont & Linda Andrews 24 Bill & Janie Ewell 27 Bryon & Toni Clinger
Date Front Door Back Door
Nov 5 Lori Bibeault. Carole Simpson
Nov 12 Linda and Jay Burnside Nancy Johnson
Nov 19 Paul and Diane Cline Russ and Pat Johnson
Nov 26 Bob Bansky Jean Needham and Doris Smith
6pm Rotary Club
Breakfast Set Up,
3pm Cub Leader
Meeting, PH Conf.
Picture Day, TFEC
8am Precious People
9am Life Group,
11:30 Your turn SS
Class gathering, PH
Meeting, PH back
6pm Board of
Quilt Sale Setup,
Breakfast Set Up,
Meeting Rm C
6:30pm Staff Parish
8:30 Coffee Time, TFEC
9:00 LifeJourney Worship, TFEC
9:00 Childrens Church, Rooms 106, 108 9:30 Adult Sunday School, Wesleyan, WW; Christian Encounters, EW
10:00 Kidz Club Class, RM 205/206/207
10:15 Youth Sunday School, Room 200
10:15 LifeJourney Adult Sunday School: Kingdom Kids, Room 108; Relevance, Room
103; YourTurn, Parlor B
11:00 Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
EVERY MONDAY 11:00 Piano, Music Rm
12:45 Preschool Dance, TFEC108
6:00 Prayer Group, Chapel
10:00 Staff Meeting, PH Conf RM
11:00 Dance Lessons, TFEC 5:30 GraceTones, Music Room
6:00 Cub Scout Pack #77, PH
7:00 AA, Meeting Room C 7:00 Emmaus Mens Meeting,
9:00 Piecemakers Quilting, EW & PH
10:30 Preschool Gymnastics, TFEC
5:15 Snack Super, TFEC 6:00 Kidz Club, TFEC
6:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Music Room
6:30 Boy Scout Troop #77, PH/EW/WW 7:00 Al Anon, MR-C
9:00 UMW / Chrismons, PH
10:30 Preschool Gymnastics, TFEC
6:00 Girl Scouts Troop 198,TFEC 203 6:30 LJ Praise Team Practice, TFEC
7:00 AA, Meeting Room C
EVERY FRIDAY 9:00 Threadcatchers PH, EW
10:00 French Club, Meeting Rm C 11:00 Martial Arts, TFEC
Calendar Events That Occur on a Regular Basis
We need at least 3 more volunteers to keep this ministry
running. Sunday pick up and take home ministry is a
great outreach to our homebound and shut-ins and we are in
need of drivers! This ministry enables them to come to
church to worship God with their fellow Christians in faith.
We are flexible with your schedule! If you are interested in
volunteering in this ministry outreach, please call 488-1374.
Venice and Englewood Lions Club
Vision Program provides free eye care and glasses. There is
a large box located in the front office (main building) where
you can donate your used glasses, cell phones and hearing
For more information there are brochures located in the front
office or you can call: 941-486-6065.
Sunday Morning Team We have seven volunteers that open and lock up the church
on Sunday mornings. This is saving GUMC funds because
we do not have to hire someone to do it. Many thanks to the
folks volunteering in this ministry. If you are interested in
joining this ministry, please contact Jay Geerdes at
MINISTRY, MISSION, GROUP Every active person in our Grace Church
Family is encouraged to have a M, M, and G!
MINISTRY At least one ministry within the church
MISSION At least one mission to those outside the church
GROUP At least one group during the year for spiritual growth and accountability
Do you have a Ministry, a Mission, and a Group?
We sometimes hear through casual
comments of church members who are
in assisted living, rehabilitation, or are
home bound. Then it begs the question:
How many are there that we dont
Please, if you know of someone in assisted living,
rehabilitation or homebound (even if they have a caregiver),
call the church office with their name and location. We want
to make sure we are not missing anyone and we want to do a
better job in reaching out to our homebound members.
Thank you for your assistance.
Grace is a Stephen Ministry congregation.
A Stephen Minister is equipped to provide
high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care
to people who are hurting. If you are called to
be a Stephen Minister or are in need of a
Stephen Minister, please speak to the
Greeters 11 AM Service We need Greeters to help welcome people to Grace
before the Traditional Service at both the front door and
the back door. The time is from 10:30 to10:55.
Everyone can greet, whether you're a new member or a
long time member, come regularly or not so often.
Also, if you attend the Contemporary Service and want
to mingle and greet at a particular time, let us know.
To volunteer, call Betty Jo Shiell 497-7854 or
Mary Chambers 493-9644.
OFFICE MINISTRY SUB VOLUNTEER
NO experience necessary; we will train you. Volunteering
consists of answering the phones, greeting and directing
people to the correct staff member. There may be some light
filing and copying. You are welcome to bring a book to fill
the quiet moments.
If you are interested in volunteering please call the office
Saving Campbells Soup Labels AND
Box Tops for Red Bird Mission
For soup labels: the whole coupon needs to be cut out,
including the code on the label and the red part that says
For Box Tops: its the little label that says Box Top
including the expiration date. Turn them in at the front
office. Henderson Settlement uses the box tops for school
supplies for the two schools that are part of the mission. On
some snacks, there is a note on the front of the bag that a
box top is there. It is usually very small on the back.
This is a mission that is part of the Red Bird Missionary
Conference located in a very poor section of our great
country in SE Kentucky. With labels that we might just
throw away, this mission is able to get items that help the
children and adults they serve. For other information
contact: Dorris Ann Wasson 941-412-0847.
MISSIONS CONTINUED GROUPS CONTINUED
United Methodist Men
The UMM met on October 2nd for dinner, fellowship and
planning for the future. We have decided that instead of
dinners we will meet for breakfast at 7:30 AM on the first
Monday of every month. After breakfast and fellowship
those that are willing will do some projects around the
We are still planning to have an evening Christmas program
in December and a Sweetheart Dinner in February.
The Pancake Breakfast will continue to be our primary fund
raiser and will start on November 4th. We always need
volunteers. See or call Larry Bender (941-809-5264) if you
Most of you know that Gary Beck has stepped down as
President so if you have a call to leadership we have a spot
The programs of the connected United Methodist Men are
designed to strengthen mens faith through fellowship and
prayer. I sincerely hope you can find a way to join in.
Piecemakers Fall Open House
Friday, November 17th 8 am - 1 pm
Saturday, November 18th 8 am - 1 pm
The quilters have been busy creating many new handmade
items for our fall sale. We have a wonderful selection of fall
and holiday decor, many quilts in all sizes, gifts for children,
a variety of aprons, purses, household items, and much
Please plan to come, browse, enjoy some refreshments,
and visit with the Piecemakers.
Proceeds will benefit our church and missions in the
The Piecemakers News
New members are always welcome. We meet in the East
Wing on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our mis-
sion is to support each other in fellowship and love as we
create quilts for our
babies, shut-ins, and friends of Grace United Methodist
Church who need comfort; and to make items for sale to
assist our church financially.
GUMC Travel Group
Our plans for 2017-2018 are taking shape. They will
Sign up now for 5 days Branson Christmas
Tuesday-Saturday 9 Shows, Air fare, Hotel and
ALL meals included December 5-9, 2017 / $1669
per person (DO)
See LIVE Manatees at Apollo Beach. Lunch and Mote
Marine tour of Sarasota Bay January 17, 2018. Sign up
will start soon.
Sign Up 5 Day Cruise. Tampa, Grand Cayman, Cozu-
mel, Belize City, Costa Maya, man cultures and reef cul-
tures. $599 plus Fees. Feb 4-11, 2018 out of Tampa on
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Baseball- March 2018
And a few more to be determined. Come with us!
See our Brochures in the hallway of the Narthex and
Finance Meeting: Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00am
in Punch Hall Back Conference Room
Board of Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, November 14
at 6:00pm in Parlor
Staff Parish Meeting: Tuesday, November 21, at
6:00pm in Parlor
Church Council Meeting: Tuesday, November 28, at
6:00pm in Chapel
Please submit all articles by November 13 for inclusion in
the December Newscaster. Thank you!
POLICIES: These policies are in place to ensure space and equipment will be available to you and your ministry and
applies to everyone, including the congregation & staff.
1. Room Reservations: Any time you wish to use any
rooms or equipment on Campus the schedule needs to be
checked and paperwork filled out for the office and
2. Groups currently using rooms: If your group needs a
larger space, a different date, time, or is not meeting, we
need to know so we can be sure your needs can be met.
3. Table/Information Reservations: If you wish to have
tables or easels in the TFEC lobby or Narthex,
paperwork is required.
4. Bus/Van reservation: If you wish to use the bus or
van for your ministry, please get with the office
manager. Insurance paperwork must be submitted 10
business days pr ior to dr iving and the schedule needs
to be checked.
Due Date Information:
1. Sunday bulletins information is due 10 days prior to the
2. Newscaster schedule is located on the bulletin board in
the staff hallway or in the work room on the bulletin
Please contact the church office for any of these
GENERAL INFORMATION CONTINUED
Grace has a membership with Venice MainStreet which
gives us the opportunity to advertise at the Centennial Park
Kiosk, their weekly e-newsletter, and social media. We
also have a free listing on their website directory. IF your
group/ministry would like to take advantage of this
opportunity please follow the guidelines below. Please
keep in mind we dont have a staff member for
marketing, I will do my best to get this information
submitted. Best to send in early
1. Please email the church office your flyers or announcements.
a. I cant make up your flyers or type up announcements.
b. I will need it by WEDNESDAYS at noon so that I can meet the deadline for submission..
Suggestion: have one person from your group/ministry be
the marketing contact.
GENERAL INFORMATION CONTINUED
Dear Grace UMC Family,
Thank you so very much for your many expressions of love
as you walked with us through Roy's journey with pancreatic
cancer over the last 18 months. You have been there to
encourage and support us along the way and we are so very
thankful for your love. The cards, memorial gifts and Caring
Bridge comments have been such a blessing. We knew God
was surrounding us and you were too. We will be forever
In Christian Love,
Kayline, Brett, Kara and Dan
Roy Lowe's Family
Hurricane Benefit Relief Concert Update
Through the prayers and musical efforts of many people,
nearly 400 attended the Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert on
October 23, 2017. A donation of over $3600 was sent to
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Thanks
to all who came to support this effort and to the very talented
people who gave their time and talents.
Kindly consider enhancing the beauty of our
worship areas by placing flowers on the altar. Flowers can
be given IN MEMORY OF or IN HONOR OF loved ones or
friends. Bouquets are $35.00 each or $65.00 for two and
yours to claim after the 11:00 AM service. Sign up on the
flower calendar in the hallway or call the Church office with
The Pancake Breakfast and Country Store sales will be the 1St & 3rd
Saturday of each month beginning in November through April.
Donations always accepted. If you need help packing up
items or need them picked up contact
Judy Johnson 941-488-6929.
GENERAL INFORMATION CONTINUED GENERAL INFORMATION
In the Hospital? If you or a loved one goes in the
hospital, please call the church office at 488-1374 and
notify us. Clergy no longer have access to the patient
listing.This means that our church and Pastor will not know
if one of our church family is in the hospital unless someone
calls the church office and notifies us. Thank you for your
Bricks may be engraved in memory of loved ones. In order
to maintain consistency throughout the walkway, memorial
bricks will be engraved with your loved ones name, year of
birth and year of death. Money received from the purchase
in excess of memorial bricks cost will be used for the
continued maintenance and upkeep of the Memorial Garden
Orders for bricks will be batched in increments of no less
than five so it may take some time for your brick to be
placed in the walkway. A dedication ceremony will be held
quarterly. We will notify you of the date and time should
you wish to attend. Forms are located in the Church front
office. Return the completed form and check in the amount
Family Promise Dream Walk
Family Promise of South Sarasota County will be hosting its
first annual Dream Walk on November 11th at 9 AM starting
at Venice Presbyterian Fellowship Hall and following a route
in Downtown Venice going by some of our Host and
Support Churches. We are looking for Walkers and Team
Captains for the Dream Walk. Please visit our website,
www.familypromisessc.org and go to the Dream Walk page
to get more information and to download forms. There is a
link there to Participate or Donate for the Dream Walk where
people can register. If you are interested in helping with the
Dream Walk, please call or email
Jennifer Fagenbaum at 941-497-9881,
CHRISMON VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We have started making Chrismons on Thursdays at 9 am in
Punch Hall West Wing. Chrismons are Christmas tree
ornaments for a tree that is on display during Advent and
Christmas in the sanctuary. Help is needed to create a
beautiful tree for this special season of the church. The
ornaments are symbols of Christian history. Come join us
at 9 am on Thursdays. If you have any questions please
contact Nancy Vanderwall at [email protected] or
Freda Boone Scholarship For Grace Summer Camp has
been set up for boys and girls to attend our Grace Summer
Camp. We were blessed by Freda for so many years at our
church. She was a charter member of Grace. Because of her
love for children, it is our honor to have this scholarship in
her name. If you find it in your heart, funds can be added to
the scholarship in Fredas name.
Grace United Methodist Women
* United Methodist Women Meeting Tuesday,
The Program of prayer and self denial will be looking at the
special health needs of women and girls around the world.
We will discuss how we as women of faith can help women
in other parts of the world meet their needs of being a
women while living in poverty.
Come join the women of Grace United Methodist Women
organization at their monthly luncheon meeting in Punch
Hall. Lunch is at 11:30am with a program following.
We Encourage You to Give Through Online Giving
Here are some options to choose from:
1. BILL PAY THRU YOUR LOCAL BANK VIA ONLINE
BANKING - Set up your weekly/monthly giving via your local bank just as you would your mortgage
payment or your utility payment
2. AUTHORIZE GUMC TO DO A MONTH DEBIT
TRANSACTION - This method will need an authorization
form signed at the church office. Please contact the church
office for the authorization form.
We do NOT have a building fund. This would imply we are
gathering/saving funds to start a new building project.
We do currently have a loan from building the Preschool
and renovation of TFEC. IF you plan to give directly to pay
the loan please note on check LOAN REDUCTION and
we will know these funds go to the principle of the loan.
The quilting circle meets every Friday 9am to Noon in
Room A8. For information call Lorry Stover at
GROUPS CONTINUED GROUPS CONTINUED
Grace Book Lovers
Grace Book Lovers will meet on Tuesday, Nov.28 at 10:00 in the
church parlor. Sidekicks will be the aspect of The Detective
Novel this month. For the Sake of Elena by Elizabeth George is
the featured novel. Helen Boruff will lead the discussion. All are
As we all step to the music of our times, we find the
increased pace of the holiday season with all its joys
approaching. The first sign of things to come is our
beautiful pumpkin patch. Isn't it nice to take a
hayride? Now, Chrismoms are being made. Our choir and
handbells are into music for Thanksgiving, and very soon
it will be time to sing and ring Advent and Christmas
songs. If you are musically inclined, come and join the
fun! Save the date for two concerts which are happening at
our church in December. On Sunday, December 3rd, we
will host the Lemon Bay Chord Company, at 3:30
p.m.; and on Friday night, December 8th at 7:00p.m.,
Eirren Abu, saxophonist, will be back to play a Christmas
concert. We so enjoyed his concert last April. I am
looking forward to his return to our church with his
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