There's always something going on at Wilson United Methodist Church! Here's info on some up-coming events.
Our church has a long and rich relationship with ministries in Haiti and in Costa Rica, and in the coming weeks we will be sending a team to each of these locations. Our Haiti team will be gone from May 6-14, and our Costa Rica team from June 1-9. Please mark these dates in your calendar and hold these teams in your prayers. <\p>
As a congregation, we will be able to lay hands on, bless, and commission these teams in worship - the Haiti team on Sunday, May 6, and the Costa Rica team on Sunday, May 27. This will happen in both hours of worship.
Every year our Haiti teams collects needed items to pack and take with them since resources are not easily available in Haiti. Please see the below list and consider donating some items. All items need to be turned in to the church by Sunday, April 22. You will find the collection spot in the Narthex outside of the sanctuary. Thank you in advance.
Save the date: Ladies of Wilson, please join us for a WOW seminar on Saturday, May 19th from 9:00am-11:30 a.m. "For such a time as this: Courage to face our lives," led by our own Linda Summerville. Register in person on May 6 and 13 at the Connection Table in the Taos Room.
Worship led by our Youth ministry. Please plan to attend, and support our youth.
The adult Sunday School class meets on Sundays at 9am - 10am.
On Sunday, April 8th, the Adult Sunday School Class will begin a new study with the understanding that we all will experience fear at some time in our journey, but we don't have to be oppressed, defeated, or controlled by it. We will explore how we can face our fears with faith, examine our assumptions in light of facts, attack our anxieties with action, and release our cares to God. We will be utilizing the book "Unafraid - Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times" by Adam Hamilton as our guide. All are welcome to join us at 9:00 am each Sunday in room 14B. Books will be provided. Questions? Contact Diane and Bruce Witherspoon.
The Women's Bible Study group meets on Mondays at 9:30am - 11:00am.
The women will start a new 5-week study from March 19 through April 16, using the study guide The Shadow of a Doubt by Talbot Davis. Here is a description of this book:
"I don't believe it." In this study, you'll learn that it's okay to have doubts about your faith. Everybody does at one point or the other. Author Talbot Davis suggests that the way to handle your doubts is to acknowledge and confront them. Using biblical stories as illustrations about doubt, he shows you how to bring your doubts out of the shadows and into the light so that you have the opportunity to experience a more authentic faith.
After this short study, the group will immediately start an 8-week study, from April 23 to June 11, using the book Christianity's Family Tree by Adam Hamilton. Here's a description of this book:
Adam Hamilton presents a welcoming, inspiring vision of eight Christian denominations and faith traditions. Comparing the Christian family to our own extended families, he contends that each denomination has a unique, valuable perspective to offer on the Christian faith. The traditions he examines are Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Baptists, Pentecostalism, and Methodism. For each group, Hamilton gives a brief history, outlines major beliefs, and describes some things we can learn from that tradition to strengthen our own Christian faith.
Please join us for one or both of these studies. For more information contact Karen.Pherson.
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.
The men are currently studying the minor prophets using the book Immersion Bible Studies: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi by Linda B. Hinton.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
Wilson Children's Chime Choir is restarting on Sunday, March 4 at 10:30 am in room 14B.
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!
The church office will be open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 - 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!