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Week of 3/4/2018

Flowers on the Altar are donated by the Mincy Family-Happy Birthday Jannis Mincy

THANK YOU!!    New Vision received a letter and a grant for $10,000 from the District for the Food Pantry.

THANK YOU everyone who helped with the celebration of Reggie Brown’s life last Friday.  A special thanks to Forest Chapel for hosting and providing hospitality, and to New Vision for their generous contributions to the meal.

UMCOR SUNDAY (Formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is next Sunday March 11 your gifts to the UMCOR Sunday offering lay the foundation for the United Methodist Committee on relief(UMCOR) to share God’s Love with communities everywhere.  Please give generously.

TRAVEL:  Pastor Worthen will be out of town next Wed-Fri, March 7-9 for the UM Crucible program.  She will be available intermittently via phone or email.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATES:  Upon recently completing year-end reports we discovered that there have been youth who have been baptized but were not taken through Confirmation classes.   Infant baptism is a recognition that God has begun a good work in us from our birth, thus we commit to raising them in the faith.  However, confirmation is the time for youth to be indoctrinated and to profess their faith for themselves.  Infants are considered as members of the body of Christ upon their baptism, but they do not become full professing members of the church until they are confirmed. We have been reaching out to the parents of the youth of whom we’re aware were or are of age to be confirmed, however, we’re not sure if we have been able to identify everyone.  If you have a child or grandchild who was baptized as an infant and is old enough to be confirmed but have not received a call, please contact Pastor Worthen.  Thank you!

PREPARING FOR EASTER:  Enclosed in the bulletin is a brief survey to find out how many people are interested in attending Easter Sunrise Service.  We are soliciting volunteers to provide breakfast following the service, and we need a count for the meal.  There will also be an Easter program put on by the youth at 9am.  We are asking if at all possible, that those who attend the Sunrise Service stay also for the 10am service.  We don’t want to miss anyone at the regular 10am service as this is a time of celebration and fellowship for everyone together!  Please fill out the enclosed form and turn it in to an usher if you are able to attend both services, so we may plan accordingly.  Thank you!

CHURCH CONFERENCE:  This is a reminder that there will be a Church Conference on Sunday, March 11th immediately following worship.  This will be a time for updates as well as an opportunity to discuss and vote on the Pastor’s Compensation package.  If you have any questions, please see Ken Parker or any member of the Lead Team.

LENTEN GLEANERS”– Don’t forget to get your Lenten gleaner to make your forty-day sacrifice of a quarter a day until Easter Sunday.  The money raised will be used to pay on our apportionments.  Gleaners are available at the Usher’s station. Thanks,

ALTAR FLOWERS:  There are still dates available in the months of April, May, June, July, August, October, and November to purchase Flowers to beautify the Altar. Heartfelt thanks from the Altar Guild for those of you who have signed to donate flowers for 2018. Please contact Karen Brentley for corrections or any member of the Altar Guild if you have questions.

APPLYING THE WORD:  The Sunday morning Bible Study following worship has begun a new topic-driven Bible Study.  It is based on the book:  When GOD Comes to Church by Steve Gaines. Now is a perfect time to join, as we are still accepting orders for this book, however there are no used ones available, so the cost of the new book is $19.99.  We are excited about this new study.  Won’t you join us?  If you would like to order this book, please contact Vanessa Bossard or the Church Office.

LEAD TEAM MEETING:  The next Lead Team Meeting will be March 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

THE KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR: will give its annual recital at Tried Stone New Beginning Church, 5500 Reading Road 45237 on Friday March 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  New Vision’s Scholarship Committee is again selling $10.00 tickets as a Fundraiser. Please see any member of the committee or Naomi Barkley for tickets.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN:  The Ohio River Valley District United Methodist Women will be holding their spring Retreat on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Middletown First United Methodist Church.  For details please see Deborah Watkins.

CLASSICAL ROOTS CONCERT- April 20, 2018, 7:30 pm:  Please join us for the Classical Roots concert at Music Hall this year.  We have many of our members singing again and it will be a great concert in the newly renovated Music Hall.  Tickets are being held for our group for a limited time.  There are $25 seats and $40 seats.  You can also purchase tickets individually with our church code, 11070, and the church will get a percentage of the tickets sold.  You do not have to be a member to use our code, so let all your friends know.  If you want to be in the New Vision group, please see either Ms. Betty Smith or Ms. Kathye Lewis.  You will need to have your money turned in by March 25. The church benefits from all tickets that are sold with our code so please make sure you use it if you purchase your tickets outside of the New Vision group.  Thank you, Kathye Lewis and Betty Smith.

YOUTH PROGRAM: Children’s church is every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sunday. Children 11& under will be dismissed after the last worship song. Youth Sunday school for 12 & up is immediately after service, unless the otherwise announced.  See Sister Vanessa Bossard for details.

YOUTH LEADER VOLUNTEERSThose interested in being a part of the New Vision youth program as an adult leader & as a youth participant please see one of these individuals:  Sis. Collette, Sis Cassandra, Sis Marchelle, Sis Ceara, Sis Natalie, Sis Diane, Sis Jules, Sis Dominique & Sis Vanessa.

FOOD PANTRYFor March please donate:  Ramen Noodles and Chicken Vienna.