Brief notes May 13, 2009

5/13/2009

ONE ROOM SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKSHOP, MAY 17, AT HARRIS GROVE UMC

The Jackson District is hosting a workshop on “The One Room Sunday School” curriculum at Harris Grove UMC on May 17 at 2pm. The Brownsville and Dyersburg Districts will also participate in the event.

 
CHURCH OF THE WEEK @ GBOD
 
The General Board of Discipleship features a Church of the Week on its worship-preaching-music website. The agency is soliciting digital photos and information for churches that would like to be included. You can see this week’s Church of the Week at www.umcworship.org or go to www.gbod.org/worship/ to see all of the churches featured so far. This is also the link to access the guidelines for submitting your church’s photo and information. Lambuth Memorial in Jackson, TN was recently honored as the Church of the Week.
 
LAMBUTH STUDENT LANDS CAPITOL INTERNSHIP
 
In February, Lambuth junior Ashley Goins was awarded an internship with Congressman Bart Gordon of the 6th Congressional District. A political science major at Lambuth, Goins is interested in making politics her future. She will work in Washington as an aide to Congressman Gordon from June 15 to July 31. Goins is the daughter of Joe and Holly Goins.
 
BISHOP SWANSON TO SPEAK AT YADA SISTERHOOD MAY 21
 
Bishop James Swanson Sr., of the Holston Conference, will be in Jackson speaking at the Yada Sisterhood at Northside UMC on May 21. Yada Sisterhood is a ministry to women with the purpose of increasing their relationship with the Lord and encouraging their relationship with other women. It’s a ministry to ALL women. It’s not about denomination, race, color or background. It’s about God- it’s about women –and it’s about moving into a more intimate relationship with Him.
 
All women are invited on Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 pm to enjoy a potluck dinner and hear a dynamic message from Bishop Swanson. If you missed his message last year you won’t want to miss this opportunity, he is an extremely gifted teacher. Northside UMC is located at 2571 N. Highland Ave, Jackson, TN. On-site child-care is provided beginning at 6:00 pm. Bishop Swanson’s message is “Don’t Let It Ride You” based on Luke 10: 13-17. Contact Yadasisterhood@aol.com or call Lisa Clements at 731-668-3119.
 
CAMPERS NEEDED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS AT LAKESHORE
 
Discount offered.
Due to the unusual number of snow days, Lakeshore’s summer camp program is running behind on registrations for the weeks of May 25–30 (Elementary Camp) and May 31–June 5 (Junior High Camp). We encourage those who are out of school at the usual time to consider coming to camp on one of those two weeks. We are, therefore, offering a 20% Discount for any camper who registers for one of these camps. You must hurry! Camp starts in just two short weeks. (Any camper who has already signed up for one of these weeks may request a 20% discount on another camp later in the summer.)
 
Register at www.lakeshoreuma.com or call 731-584-6102 for information.
 
HELP UMNC SEND A CHILD TO CAMP THIS SUMMER 
 
United Methodist Neighborhood Centers sends children to Summer Camp every year. However, this year, UMNC’s continued existence as an agency is being challenged by a lack of funds. So, in the spirit of “helping those who need a helping hand,” the UMNC Board of Directors invites you to send a child to Lakeshore. $275 will sponsor a child’s tuition, canteen fee, and travel expenses. With your assistance, UMNC hopes to send 30 children to camp. The dates are: ages 12-14, July 19-25; ages 8-11, July 27-August 1. For information, call UMNC at 901-323-4993 or email edavis@umnc.org. Send contributions to UMNC, PO Box 111348, Memphis, TN 38111. You may choose the option of online donations at www.umnc.org.
 
FREE 'GREEN FACTS' VBS SUPPLEMENT FROM SOSA
 
TREK Mission Adventure is offered at no cost by the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA). It is designed to supplement VBS programs and can be easily adapted to any VBS theme.
 
This year’s program features daily “Go Green” facts with such information as how much it costs the U.S. to dispose of all its food waste. Daily activity sheets for all ages also contain short scripturally based stories, facts about hunger and SoSA’s hunger-relief ministry, potato trivia, and pencil activities.
 
In addition to the fun and educational aspects of the daily “mission adventures,” the goal for each VBS is to raise enough through student offerings for the Society of St. Andrew to save and donate 1,000 pounds of fresh produce that will end up on the plates of hungry Americans. At a nickel a pound, that’s a goal of $50.
All materials are free and available now. Order a sample kit today. Call the Society of St. Andrew, 800-333-4597; or email church@endhunger.org or order online at www.endhunger.org/vbs.htm.
 
BBB WARNS AGAINST SWINE FLU SCAMS
 
Relying on reports from online security experts, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent e-mails and Web sites trying to take advantage of the current swine flu outbreak. So far the spammers have been advertising drugs and sending links to online pharmacies using a network of compromised PCs to distribute their messages. •