United Methodist Church
841 Quapaw Avenue
Should you care to make a contribution to the project above and
beyond your contribution to our church budget, please designate the
memo corner of your check: Parking Lot. All contributions
regardless of size are appreciated!
October 8, 2014
Building Faith, Bringing Hope, and Reaching Out in Love
Hot Springs, Arkansas
The contract for our new parking lot was awarded to Cate, Inc. of
2510 Malvern Avenue during a called session of our Administrative
Council that met after the 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, October 5.
The total base bid was $95,718.77. Work is expected to begin later
this month!
From the Senior Pastor
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to your God to order and provide;
In every change God faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
A person, whose faith was up one day and then down the next,
questioned how to get a stronger faith or was this the way it was
supposed to be? This is obviously not the way faith is supposed to
be! Instead, our faith is to be strong and stable, not shifting or
changing by circumstances or emotions.
The problem is that many people fail to nourish their faith; therefore,
it grows weaker and weaker just like someone avoiding food all
together or existing on an unhealthy diet. The spiritual life also
needs to be nourished in order to remain healthy and strong, and
God has provided a means for this nourishment. He has given us the
fellowship and encouragement of other believers, and he has also
given us the means of prayer. Just as a human friendship withers and
dies without spending time together, even so our relationship with
God grows weak when we fail to spend time sharing our concerns or
experiences with him and quietly listening to his voice speaking to
our innermost being. God has also given us his word found in the
Holy Bible. We say the Bible is Holy because God’s word is present in
the pages of the Bible. Another way in which we are nourished is
through the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Here, Jesus meets us as
his own and reminds us he abides with us to nourish us with his
presence and his teachings.
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How is your faith? Is it a roller coaster ride? Fellowship with other believers, prayer, Holy Scripture, and
Holy Communion are a means of growing a strong faith. I invite you to take time to engage in all four of
Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
To guide the future, as in ages past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
The Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below.
George E. Rook
Debbie’s Doodle’s
As most of us know there are many, many life lessons to be learned from
reading our Bible daily. I recently found everything you need to know can
be learned from Noah’s Ark. Beginning with……Don’t miss the
boat. Remember we are all in the same boat. Plan ahead. It wasn’t
raining when Noah built the boat. Stay fit. When your 600 years old,
someone may ask you to do something really big. Don’t listen to critics;
just get on with the job that needs to be done. Build your future on high
ground. For safety sake, travel in pairs. Speed isn’t always an
advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs. When you’re
stressed, float awhile. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the
Titanic by professionals. And maybe the most important of all; always have a back up plan, i.e. Learn to
SWIM. Peace from Perry
Thank You
Dear Grand Avenue Family...Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for all you did for Terry, our family and
me during and after Terry’s illness. The Terry Sims Family
UMW Meetings...
October 14th 10:00 a.m. Mary
Martha/Esther Circle
October 20th 6:30 p.m. Deborah
For the month of October the
Outreach Store is collecting
boxes of Macaroni & Cheese!
Online Donations
If you are interesting in attending a class on how to use the “Donate
Online” button on the church website, please call Ana in the Church
Office 501-623-5626.
This N’ That
UMW: Mary Martha/Esther Circle will meet Tuesday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. Please meet at Louise
Hale’s house 103 Deanwood Terrace, call a Circle Member if you need a ride to the meeting.
UMM: The United Methodist Men will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9.
The suggested donation for dinner is $5. All men are invited to attend! The program will be announced
Wheelchair Available: Thanks to the Outreach Store for passing along a donated wheelchair for on site
church use!
Worship Folder: Each Sunday a large print version of our Worship Folder is available from the ushers.
Hearing devices are also available from the ushers.
Hospital Visitation: Our Grand Avenue clergy share in hospital visitation. If you would like a visit when you
are hospitalized, please contact the Church Office so we will know you are there and would like a visit
All Saints Sunday will be observed November 2 at the 10:45 a.m. service. This
festival commemorates the inspiration we receive from the lives and deeds of those
who are now numbered among the faithful departed. As they were true to our Lord
in this life, may we also be true and faithful disciples. Let us examine their trials,
sufferings and glories so that we might be inspired to boldly follow in the steps of
our Lord just as they did. Moments of special remembrance will be observed for
those Grand Avenue members who died during the past year. You may also submit
names of loved ones who died since November 1, 2013 that you would like to have
honored at this special service. Names may be submitted by calling the Church
Office or by placing the names in the offering basins. The deadline to submit names is Tuesday,
October 28. You may use the form below.
NAME OF DECEASED:____________________________________________________________
SUBMITTED BY:_________________________________________________________________
YOUR PHONE NUMBER:__________________________________________________________
Laity Sunday, which celebrates the priesthood of all believers, will be Sunday, October 12 with our own
Jonnie Nix speaking at both the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services.
Our 2014 Charge Conference is Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All members
of the Administrative Council are voting members of the Charge Conference. Everyone, regardless of
whether you are a member of the Administrative Council, may attend this annual meeting.
Our UMCOR trip to Baldwin, La. was a huge success thanks
to all who went. Bus driver Jay Leak and navigator Richard
Riley… Everyone who worked in the Depot and in the
community left a mark of love for those receiving help. The
Vespers Service music was led by Bill and Mary Kratz and
assisting with the service were Jonnie Nix and Loyd Perry.
An extra Thank You to those who contributed to our gas
fund to get us there and back…. Our 2015 Mission trip will
be June 7-12, and all 15 slots are filled, but there will be a
waiting list for those interested. As United Methodist we
are all connected through our service to the church and
community, something we can be proud of!
GAUMC provided morning snacks for the future home
owners and the volunteer builders working with HABITAT
FOR HUMANITY on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Morris and
Shari Coston delivered and served muffins and oranges
along with love and prayers to the Habitat for Humanity
team working on Oma Street. One new homeowner and
two working their “sweat hours” to qualify for their homes
now being built were proud to show us where they will be
living. We prayed together and shared fellowship on a
beautiful fall day. Watch for future opportunities to
participate in the excellent mission opportunity.
On October 18, GAUMC will focus on HAVE FAITH, END HUNGER work in our church, our community,
our nation, and our world. Jesus specifically commanded us to Feed the Hungry. Grand Avenue
United Methodist Church has several significant projects that address the issues of hunger in our
community. What is your pledge to help? Do you work in the United Methodist Thrift Shop? Do you
contribute to the Backpacks for Kids food project? Do you provide necessities for the Area on Aging
to distribute to hungry adults in Hot Springs? Are you a liaison to agencies with whom we have a
working relationship? Do you pray for MERCY to provide help to those who are hungry and for
JUSTICE to solve the problems so nobody is hungry? On Have Faith, End Hunger Sunday, all of those
opportunities will be shared.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is just around the corner. Kickoff for this annual event will be Sunday, October 25. “GO”
boxes containing informational pamphlets will be available
beginning that day. Pick a boy or girl, then an age range, and
fill the box with school supplies, health items, games/toys that
a child that age would love to receive. Include a picture of
yourself with a letter to the child, along with a stamped, selfaddressed note card. You just might get a note in return. Last
year our boxes were delivered to Mexico and to native
American Indian children in the United States. It’s not too
early to begin the fun of packing “shoeboxes”.
On December 2, GAUMC will cook lunch for the WESLEY FOUNDATION Students of Henderson State
University and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. We will journey from Hot Springs to
Arkadelphia together, prepare and serve the meal, and visit with approximately 75 college students,
showing them we care. PLEASE call Ana in the church office and volunteer to join this team on
important mission work. College is a time of intense decision making by students…we can help make
those decisions be FOR CHRIST.
For the past 5 years, GAUMC has offered FREE TUTORING to area students needing help in a variety of
subjects. This year we have a first grader who needs help with letters and
“sight words”, a third grader who needs help with math, a sixth grader who
needs help with language arts, and a senior in high school who needs help
with physics and pre-calculus. Other parents call all the time seeking help.
Paid tutoring is very expensive. Did you help your children when they were in
school? Can you hold up flash cards and patiently help students memorize
times tables or beginning reading words? Can you teach a students how to
look back over what they have read to find the answers to questions? Can you
be loving and patient with a student who has had bad experiences in school
and turn their life around? You are needed on Tuesday nights from 5:00 to
6:30. Call Shari Coston for more information (525-7456 or 282-7824)
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United Methodist Church
Hot Springs, AR 71901
841 Quapaw Avenue
Permit No. 170
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
Upcoming Dates...
Thursday, October 9
9:30 a.m.
Disciple Study
4:00 p.m.
Emmaus Send Off - Parlor
6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 10
3:00 p.m.
Lakefest—Shangri-La Resort
Saturday, October 11
9:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, October 12
8:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
4:30 p.m.
Ad Council
6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 13
Office Closed
5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 14
10:00 a.m.
Mary Martha/Esther Circle
Bible Study
1:00 p.m.
Outreach Board Meeting
5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15
5:30 p.m.
Jubilee Bells
6:30 p.m.
Choir Practice
Thursday, October 16
9:30 a.m.
Disciple Study
3:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 19
8:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Congregational Care-FH
6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 20
Special Note…
10:00 a.m.
Ukulele Band
Deadline for the next
6:30 p.m.
Deborah Circle
Grand Ave News is
Tuesday, October 21
October 20th
Bible Study
5:00 p.m.