July 17, 2019

Grace and peace to you!

            Wow! It is finally vacation bible school week and we are moving To Mars and Beyond as we learn about God’s great love for us. The VBS “village” is making it happen! Great volunteers are all assisting where needed. We have many new friends joining us for this time of hearing about the old, old stories from the scriptures imposed into a future we can only imagine. It is all so very exciting. And the creative response of Laurel Herren in designing our control panel and rocket ready to blast off. WOW! You can see for yourselves how she took the idea and created something the kids could really enjoy. Shelley Oldham has worked for many hours organizing all of the details of a week dedicated to the spiritual development of the children trusted to us. Thanks to all for the donations of needed snack items. The “village” of volunteers include thanks to Dianna Stroker, Jane Eshelman, Teri Harpool, Dana Braet, Nancy Fugate, Tanya Chalfant, Kristi Draney, Lindsay Herren, Patricia Koma, Chloe Bruyere, Bre Collins, Aidan Bruyere, and Joe Herren.

            Mark your calendars for Wichita Neighborhood Night Out on August 13 at the church from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. We will provide an evening of opportunities to get to know our neighbors and each other. A simple hot dog meal will be served. Fun and games will be provided. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the summer evening at 21st and Yale. 

            Neighbor Sunday, the theme of Celebration Sunday, will be September 8. This is the Sunday after Labor Day. We will again have a great day of showcasing who we are and invite others to join us in worship and a meal after the service. Invite your neighbors to join us! 

            After a successful season, we have finished Monday@The Movies. It has been a great summer of watching movies together and enjoying the messages found in the movies. If you watch a movie aware of seeing how God works in lives you find many times the hope of reconciliation, healing, courage and mercy.  

            So many exciting things are happening at University United Methodist Church! We have the opportunity to change the world by offering our friendship and support to neighbors near and far. How would you like to be used for building God’s kingdom of love? There is room for all at University. 

            I ask for your prayer support for the mission team going to McCurdy to assist as needed July 21-26. Will you pray for Dianne Tombaugh, Glenn Tombaugh, Nancy Fugate, Janel Slaughter, Jennifer Bond, Jane Eshelman and me?

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Reverend Jo Mead

Rev. Jo Mead has been serving at University UMC since 2014.

Shalom to you.