There's always something going on at Wilson United Methodist Church! Here's info on some up-coming events.
The Starting Point group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month and is a place to get to know us, the Methodist church, Wilson's Mission/Vision, consider how you might serve in the life of the church, and how we want you to connect and grow. Everyone is welcome, so feel free to drop in at any point as this group intends to provide community for newcomers who have not yet connected in a Life Group. Please join us starting October 4th from 7:00-8:30. Please send an email to Pastor Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to attend.
In order to continue high quality music with a full team, we are looking to add to our roster of musicians, so that a rotation schedule can be put into place. Please consider how you might serve God and your church by means of:
Contact Indy at email@example.com for details!
Christ the King Lutheran Church, located at 950 Vindicator Drive, will be hosting their annual blood drive on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. in their Fellowship Hall. This year Christ the King is teaming with Wilson to help with Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare's goal of 1000 donors through the month of October. A sign-up sheet is available in the Taos Room or you can contact Deb Farkas. Walk-ins are always welcome. Also, Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare is offering a "Pint for a Pint". All blood donors will be given a coupon for a pint of beer provided by Goat Patch Brewery or as an alternate choice, a coupon for a pint of ice cream provided by Josh & Johns Ice Cream. Please take this moment and consider donating the "Gift of Life".
It's fall y'all and once again time for our annual Harvest Festival. This year it will be held on Sunday, October 29, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Harvest Festival, this is a FREE community event that transforms the campus of Wilson UMC into a fun-filled, family-friendly, and safe festival for all. Some of this year's exhibits will include a petting zoo, pony rides, Birds of Prey from the Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo, bounce houses, games, face painting, barrel horses, and Trunk or Treat - just to name a few. That being said, an event of this magnitude cannot be accomplished without the help of many volunteers so we are asking for you to take a look at the different exhibits and see where you can best "plug in". Sign-up sheets are available in the narthex or you can contact Deb Farkas. Also, we need decorated cars for the trunk or treat. Our goal this year is 30 cars.
Potluck at 5:30 pm, Caroling at 6:30 pm, Tree lighting at 8:00 pm.
As Texas, Louisiana, and now Florida continue to feel the impact from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is assisting with recovery efforts, but they need our help (please note that 100% of all donations go to recovery efforts right here in the United States). I have attached the link for immediate donation so UMCOR can provide help as needed. And finally, please keep praying for those who were in the path of the storms and all of the first responders providing much needed assistance. Thank you so much for your generous support.
Click "here" to donate online.
On Sunday, September 10, the adult Sunday School Class will begin a study of one of the most important stories of the Old Testament. We will be utilizing the book "Moses, In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet" by Adam Hamilton, as our guide. Books will be provided. All are welcome to join us at 9:00 am each Sunday in room 14B. Questions? Contact Diane and Bruce Witherspoon or the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women's Bible Study group meets on Mondays at 9:30am - 11:00am.
On September 11 the women started a study using the book "Creed: What Christians Believe and Why" by Adam Hamilton that leads to the question, what do I believe? For Christians and for others seeking faith, some powerful answers to this question are expressed in the Apostles' Creed, a historic statement of foundational Christian faith. In this study, we will begin a conversation about what Christians believe, why they believe it, and why it matters.
Starting October 30, the women will be doing a 6-week study using the book The World Jesus Knew: Beliefs and Customs from the Time of Jesus by Anne Punton. What did Jesus wear? What foods might he have eaten? What religious customs and festivals did he observe? In The World Jesus Knew: Beliefs and Customs from the Time of Jesus, Anne Punton explores the everyday world of the central figure of the Christian faith. Punton does a fine job of discussing how "mundane" aspects of life (particularly agriculture) influenced Jesus' teachings.
The group will take a break for Christmas and decide if we want to continue with this book or do a different study in January (since this study will not finish the book).
For more information contact Karen.Pherson.
The Men's Bible study group will start a new study on July 25th, Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet by Adam Hamilton.
The men meet every Tuesday morning from 6:30 am to 7:30 am in room 14B. They enjoy great company and move through different Bible based books while munching on goodies and drinking coffee. The group is led by Bjorn Braun.
Have you been wondering where you can support our worship services but not sure what you can do to help? Our Worship Ministries are a great place to start and one of the easiest ways to contribute. We are always in need of lay readers, Communion servers, ushers, greeters, tech booth support, music ministry opportunities, sign language choir, and connectors. To sign-up or get more details please contact the following Worship Ministries coordinators or the church office at email@example.com:
The church office will be open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 - 12:00.
Last year we switched to using a digital church directory app that is available for free on both Apple and Droid platforms. Go to your app store and download the "Instant Church Directory" app. Once you have downloaded the app, you open it, enter your email address, and then enter the security password that will be immediately emailed to you...now you will always have an up-to-date copy of the directory with you!
For security, you must be in the directory to access the directory app. If you are not currently in it, and want to be, please contact our Membership Secretary, Pam Sanny, or the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Hard copies are available upon request.)
We still do not have everyone's photos in the directory. Please email a family / individual / household one to the church office at email@example.com.
The church's website now features a calendar that has the up-to-date happenings of the church. Dates can even plug into calendar apps for cell phones and computers. We hope all individuals and groups will check the calendar before planning an event or activity for the church. If you would like to add something to the calendar, email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember that Trustees must approve all building usage.
Now is the ideal time to join one of Wilson's musical groups. If you have musical talent that you would like to share, please contact our Worship Director, Indiana Martin, at email@example.com and he will put you in contact with the group leaders.
The Celebration Singers - Wilson's adult vocal ensemble that provides special music offerings throughout the year. The choir rehearses on Sundays at noon, starting September 11.
One Step Closer Band - Wilson's praise band that leads worship at the 8:00 and 9:30 am Sunday services. The band rehearses on Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
BELLievers - Wilson's group of adults and high schoolers that play and perform the bells. This group practices on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, starting September 21.
Praise In Motion Sign Choir - This adult/teen group learns sign language to songs and practices on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, starting September 7. (You do not need to know sign language).
Moms with children in college or young adults are invited to attend this prayer group that meets on the first and third Thursdays at 9:30 am in room 17. The first gathering of the year is on September 1.
Wilson UMC has added several different ways for us to connect with each other on social media. Please open the attached flyer and follow us! Click "here" for the flyer with all the details and follow us!
The Upper Room - Daily Prayer & Meditation Guide is available at the Connection Center. Pick up the latest issue for a suggested $1.00 donation.
Megan Boudreaux, founder of Respire Haiti, our international mission relationship in Haiti, has publisher her first book telling her powerful story. You can find it on Amazon at Miracle on Voodoo Mountain. If this link doesn't work, just go to www.amazon.com/ and search for Miracle on Voodoo Mountain.
The Connection Center now offers individual pamphlets about our various ministries. If you would like more information about the Adult, Youth, Children's, Caring, Diakonia, or Worship Arts Ministries, pick one up. Or if you know of someone who can benefit from one, please share it.
Since Colorado's Fall weather is unpredictable, remember that the church office follows Academy School District 20's inclement weather policy. If D20 is closed, the church office will be closed, and if the schools are delayed, the church office will open at 10:00 am. Since most group leaders have access to the building, those leaders will decide if a group/committee will be meeting. Please make sure you are on your group's email list and if in doubt call before making the trip out in bad weather.
Wilson hosts both AA and Al-Anon meetings. AA meets every Monday at 5:30 pm in room 14A and Al-Anon meets every Tuesday at noon in room 14A.
Wilson sponsers a Boy Scout troop, Troop 287, which meets Tuesday evenings. Contact the church office (598-0407 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Diakonia is now registered as an eligible charitable organization under Amazon Smile. Under this program Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support Diakonia by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Hint: when it asks for your charity, search for "diakonia" and then select the one listed for Colorado Springs, CO to get the right one.
Below is a message Regarding an IRA Rollover Opportunity for Members Over 70
You could give some of your IRA dollars to support God's Kingdom. Under a special rule included by Congress in the fiscal cliff law passed in early January 2013, you can convert your required minimum distribution (RMD) to a charitable distribution by rolling over part of an IRA to Wilson United Methodist Church or favorite charity. And you can avoid paying any additional tax.
You must be over age 70 1/2. These tax-free gifts could be up to $100,000 and satisfy the required minimum distribution (RMD). All you need to do is to contact your IRA custodian and request an amount be transferred to your Wilson United Methodist Church or to the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation for the benefit of Wilson United Methodist Church.
This would be a good way to save taxes AND pay your pledge, increase your gift or create a new gift, at the same time!
The United Methodist Foundation is your free resource to help answer your questions about this special law and wonderful opportunity. Visit www.rm-umf.org to learn more!