Let’s All Get Back to Sunday School!
Starting on April 7th, all of our classes will be combined into one big group. We’ll gather in the fellowship hall to participate in the study, “The Way,” a six-week study by Adam Hamilton, and will begin promptly at 9:30 am, with refreshments served beforehand.
Together we will watch some wonderful videos of the Holy Lands as Adam Hamilton retraces the steps Jesus took in his ministry and then have break out groups to discuss some questions that pertain to the book, “The Way,” that we’ll all be reading. This is an all age’s event, too, as we have breakout sessions for children and youth, as well.
Tuesday Morning Study Group
For all who are interested, we will begin the study of “The Gospel According To Moses” on Tuesday, January 15th at 10:00 AM at the church. If there is enough interest, we could also have an evening group. Ideally, we should have at least six people in order to have a meaningful discussion.
The book we will be using – “The Gospel according To Moses” by Athol Dickson – is the account of a gentile who was invited to participate in a Jewish study of the Torah. In his writing, Mr. Dickson untangles the truths of Torah and helps us discover what is found in the Christian gospels. It is a testament of how much Christians and Jews have in common.
The book is available on-line for $6 to $7 at Amazon.com or Abesbooks.com
Operation Christmas Child
National Collection Week is November 12-19, 2012
Once again it is time to pack boxes full of goodies for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, brings joy and hope to needy children around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 94 million shoe box gifts have been delivered to children in more than 130 countries. What is the mission of Operation Christmas Child? The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Fill your shoe box with one or more items from each ‘something’:
- SOMETHING TO LOVE Teddy bear, doll, soft toy, etc.
- SOMETHING FOR SCHOOL Exercise book, pencil case, pens, pencils, coloring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk, etc.
- SOMETHING TO WEAR T-shirt, shorts, underwear, cap, beanie, sandals, thongs, etc.
- SOMETHING TO PLAY WITH Tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets, wind up torch, etc. (No battery operated items, war toys or weapons)
- SOMETHING FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE Soap and face washer, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, hair-clips, scrunchies, etc.(No toothpaste)
- SOMETHING SPECIAL Carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, necklaces, craft kits, stickers, note or photo of yourself.
Please search your heart and pack a box or two, ten or twenty. Remember this is a blessing that can impact many lives, not only for a moment, but for a lifetime.
Parkwood UMC Welcomes Our New Pastor
Pastor Nathan Wittman begins serving Parkwood UMC in July. His wife, Laura Wittman, will is also starting a new appointment as the Associate Pastor at Epworth UMC. We welcome them, along with their nearly one year old son, Cameron, to our church family.
Nathan is a graduate of ECU and Duke Divinity and was Ordained an Elder of the United Methodist Church at the June 2011 Annual Conference. Currently, he is a member of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry where he seeks to encourage others wanting to understand their call to ministry.
Want to Learn How to Sin Like a Christian?
Rev. William Willimon’s book “Sinning Like a Christian” takes a new look at the seven deadly sins. Herb Schwarze will lead a Tuesday morning Bible Study group to discuss this book. Plans are to meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 in the Jacob Classroom beginning on July 10th and ending on August 28th (8 Tuesdays)
If you are interested in joining the group, let Herb know by email (email@example.com), by telephone (919-544-7182) or in person by June 24th so books can be ordered.
If you’re not able to attend a morning group, if enough people are interested we could schedule a Tuesday evening group.
Study of Proverbs
Come join in on a new Sunday School Opportunity!
We meet in room 6 and are led by Bob Mayerhofer.
You will need a bible and a desire to learn to live a life of Godly wisdom.
Vacation Bible School 2012
Parkwood United Methodist Church will host Vacation Bible School
June 18 – 22 2012
8:30 – Noon
Our theme this year is “Sky”
There is a registration fee of $25 per child.
In cases where multiple children from the same household are attending VBS, the fee is $25 for the first child, then $5 for each additional child.
Community Pancake Supper
On Tuesday, February 21 at 6:15pm, the Parkwood United Methodist Men will be hosting a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Join us for fun, fellowship and Pancakes!
The day before Lent in the British Isles is called Shrove Tuesday. “Shrove” refers to the practice of going to Confession before Lent. Lent is a forty day season of self-denial before Easter. Meat, cheese, sugar, butter, eggs and fat were not eaten during Lent.
The Pancake suppers became a last opportunity to party before forty days of self-denial! Pancake races were held where women ran a course with a frying pan, throwing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan a certain number of times. The custom is over 400 years old.