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Bluffton United Methodist Church Joey McDonald, Pastor Sunday Worship Services at 8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School - Men's Bible Study ­ Adult Bible Study - Children's Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. APRIL 2011

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7:29 a BUMMs Breakfast 10:00 a UMW Unit Meeting

3 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group

4 6:00 p Worship Committee 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts

5 Directory Photos 7p Finance 7:30 p Alanon

6 Directory Photos 10:00 a ­ 12:00 p Stardust Orchestra 12:00 p Lenten Service @ Campbell Chapel AME 6:00 p Cherub Choir 7:00 p Chancel Choir 13

7 Directory Photos 5:00 p Stephen Ministry 7:00 p AA

8 Directory Photos

9 Directory Photos 10:00 a Crafters

10 Stephen Ministry Commissioning 12:30 p Brunch Bunch 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group 17 PALM SUNDAY (Breakfast for choir between services) 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group

11 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts

12 7:30 p Alanon

14 7:00 p Evangelism 7:00 p AA

15 4:30 p Bitler/Bently Wedding Rehearsal

16 9:00 a Crafters 5:00 p Bitler/Bently Wedding

10:00 a ­ 12:00 p Stardust Orchestra 12:00 p Lenten Service @ St. Luke's UMC 6:00 p Cherub Choir 7:00 p Chancel Choir

18 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts

19 7:30 p Alanon

20 10:00 a ­ 12:00 p Stardust Orchestra 12:00 p Lenten Service @ Lowcountry Presby 7:00 p Mission Team

21 6:00 p Education Committee 7:00 p AA

22 7:00 p GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

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EASTER SUNDAY (Breakfast for choir between services) 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group

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7:00 p Hannah Ulmer Circle 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts

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9:45 a Esther Circle 7:30 p Alanon

7:00 p Chancel Choir 27 10:00 a ­ 12:00 p Stardust Orchestra 7:00 p Chancel Choir

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7:00 p AA

29 7 ­ 9:30 p Christian Speaker Series @ Lowcountry Presbyterian

30 8:30 ­ 11 a Christian Speaker Series @ Lowcountry Presbyterian

Bluffton United Methodist Church Joey McDonald, Pastor Sunday Worship Services at 8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School - Men's Bible Study ­ Adult Bible Study - Children's Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. MAY 2011

Sunday

1 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group 2 6:00 p Worship Committee 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts 9 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts 10 7:30 p Alanon

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4 7p Finance 7:30 p Alanon

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5 10:00 a ­ 12:00 p Stardust Orchestra

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6 7:00 p AA

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7:29 a BUMMs Breakfast

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11 10:00 a ­ 12:00 p Stardust Orchestra 7:00 p Chancel Choir

12 5:00 p Stephen Ministry 7:00 p Evangelism 7:00 p AA

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15 12:30 p Brunch Bunch 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group

16 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts

17 7:30 p Alanon

18 10:00 a ­ 12:00 p Stardust Orchestra 7:00 p Chancel Choir

19 7:00 p AA

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22 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group

23 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts 7:00 p Hannah Ulmer Circle

24 9:45 a Esther Circle 7:30 p Alanon

25 10:00 a ­ 12:00 p Stardust Orchestra 7:00 p Mission Team 7:00 p Chancel Choir

26 6:00 p Education Committee 7:00 p AA

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29 ) 6:30 p. LAB Youth Group

30 6 ­ 8:00 p Cub Scouts

31 7:30 p Alanon

Living For Christ

Bluffton United Methodist Church

A "Stephen Ministry" Church

Volume 7, Issue 4 What a wonderful thing to be a Christian! What a wonderful thing to be a United Methodist. To use the words of John Wesley "The world is my parish". Bluffton UMC is my church and I can say it with full confidence. I have experienced a wonderful worship experience with you all. I have been blessed by your love and hospitality. Thank you to Rev. Joey McDonald and his family for being wonderful hosts. Thank you to the choir for singing "Siyahamba". I can still hear the singing in my heart and ears. I have suffered a great deal in my life but Christ reminds us that "suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces character..." On behalf of Kamina Methodist University and my family, I thank you for giving us hope, your financial support will educate many young men and women in our community. Education is key to creating a community of peace and stability. "If you believe and I believe, the Holy Spirit will come down and Africa will be saved". Thank you, Rev. Mande Muyombo Kamina Methodist University Director Kamina/Democratic Republic of the Congo INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1&2 3 4 5-7 8 9 10 11 12 & 13 14 15 April & May Calendars Note from Rev. Mande Muyombo, Stephen Ministry Finance, Missions Missions (cont'd) BUMMs, UMW, Brunch Church Directory, Evangelism, Worship, Communications Meetings, Lenten Schedule, Announcements, Chuckles Music Ministry Invitation to join the Choir Youth Birthdays, Anniversaries, Ministry of Encouragement, Prayer Concerns, Births Christian Speaker Series information

April 2011 STEPHEN MINISTRY By God's Grace You'll Make It The Bible talks about Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel...who through faith "overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them... Their weakness was turned to strength" (Heb 11:32-34 NLT). So who were these people? Jephthah, a social outcast, was born to an unwed mother. Samuel was a great prophet but not a great parent. Samson, known for his feats of strength, used his abilities unwisely. And David, who wrote many Psalms, had an affair. Notice they didn't start out strong, they became strong. And if they can make it, we can, too. For reasons God never explains, He chooses to work through people like us. He places us in difficult situations, then unlocks our faith and creativity. When we don't know which way to go, He connects us with the right people at the right time. It doesn't mean we won't experience fear. Progress is made by people facing their fear and rising above it. The truth is, if the challenge you're facing doesn't place a demand on your faith, it's not involving God. A favorite benediction of mine reads, "Dear friends, do not pray for easy lives; pray to be strong men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your power; pray for the power equal to your tasks. Then the doing of the work will be no miracle. But you'll be the miracle. And you'll be constantly amazed at what God can do through Jesus Christ living in you. Unto Him be all power, glory and dominion". If you or someone you know is facing a challenge, Stephen Ministers are available at BUMC to confidentially listen and encourage you. Please contact one of our Stephen Leaders: Ruth Fleming, 757-4296 or Sara Jenkins, 705-2172. Stephen Ministry visitation schedule: If you know of someone in the hospital during March, please call: Mar 27 ­ Apr 2, Ralph Fleming, 757-4296 Apr 3 ­ Apr 9, Russ Rymer, 298-6566 Apr 10 ­ Apr 16, Spike Kammerer, 705-9809 Apr 17 ­ Apr 23, Sara Jenkins, 705-2172 Apr 24 ­ Apr 30, Dian Litster, 705-6221

FINANCE COMMITTEE: Our average weekly giving this year is approximately $8,300. Our budget is based on a weekly average of $5,613. We have certainly been blessed by our members and friends. So far we have not encountered any unexpected expenses. We have reduced our loan for the Parsonage renovations from $97,777 to $65,972 with over $10,000 donated for repaying this loan. At the end of March, we made a quarterly payment of $14,500 towards our Apportionments. This has been a turn around from the past two years when we were only able to pay half of our Conference Apportionments. Thanks to all for your prayers, services, talents, and offerings. If you have suggestions, concerns, comments, etc. please call, 298-6566; email [email protected]; or leave a note in the Church Finance mail slot. --Russ Rymer, Finance Chairperson The mission group meets the third Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise specified) at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. Our next meeting is April 20th at 7:00 p.m. We welcome new members and are eager to hear new ideas for raising funds for our various missions. For further information please contact our chairwoman, Jenny Brannen at 706-2289. Our designated April mission will be Back Pack Meals. Miracle jar donations for April will also be for this project. The organization makes up backpacks full of food to be given to children so that they have food for the weekend. These children are enrolled in free meals at school and may not have access to any food over the weekend. BE A BACKPACK BUDDY. For further information about this organization, contact Dian Litster at 705-6221. CHILI COOK-OFF ­ Thanks to everyone who entered their favorite chili into the chili cook-off and those who stayed after second service and came back after first service. We had 10 entries this year and as always, they were all delicious. Some people had a difficult time deciding on their favorite. The winners are as follows: 1st place went to Ralph Fleming, 2nd to Mary Powell, 3rd to Joann Rymer and 4th to Dian Litster. The proceeds of $325 will go to Kamina Methodist University in the North Katanga areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Once again, thank you for your support of our Mission Team and the missions of this church. We could not be successful without you. The Bluffton Village Festival is Saturday, May 7th. Our plans for the event are still in the works due to permits. We have been planning a luncheon sponsored by the Mission Committee. Please watch for further details in the Sunday bulletin.

MIRACLE JARS ­ In March the amount you gave for Kamina University in the Congo was $717.49. Your April donations will be for Back Pack Meals. Again, thanks for your continued support of these important Mission projects!! Prayer Shawl Ministry Prayer Shawl Ministry continues and to date we have a number of shawls completed and ready for distribution. The prayer shawls are given to shut-in's or ill members. If you do not knit or crochet consider giving a donation of yarn or a monetary donation as these shawls take approximately 4 skeins of yarn. For additional information please contact Paula Kirkland at 706-3644 FAMILY PROMISE "Dining to Donate "for Family Promise of Beaufort County will be Wednesday, April 6th from 4 ­ 11 p.m. at APPLEBEE'S on Hilton Head, 200-A Museum Street. A coupon will be available at our Sunday services on April 3rd. Give the Dining Coupon to your server and Applebee's will donate 10% of your bill to Family Promise. What could be easier and more fun!!! Our next BUMC Family Promise support to our host church (Universal Unitarian Church-Bluffton) will be the week of May 20th. Thanks to Karen & Tim Wyld, Traci & Mike Chapman, Kay Long, and Joanne Rymer for preparing a full meal from salad to dessert on Feb. 20th for the two families with five children. After dinner we provided continued assistance with the children and good conversations with the single mothers. One night of overnight supervision was also provided. Please contact Russ Rymer if you would like to join our volunteers in serving this need. The Second Annual Family Promise Dinner and Auction date will be May 19th. The original date of May 5th was changed since it would have conflicted with Bluffton Self Help annual fund raiser. The price of a ticket is $35 which includes a buffet dinner, entertainment, and a silent and live auction at Hampton Hall Club House. Last year over $19,000 was raised for Family Promise. This Year's goal is $24,000. Last year's event was fun and provided many opportunities for attendees to make very nice and exceptional purchases. One of the many items available during the live auction is a villa in Mexico with full staff accommodating eight (8) persons. This is a $17,500 to $14,000 retail package depending on the season. There may be interest for several families in sharing the cost of the awarded bid. If you are interested in purchasing tickets contact Russ Rymer at 298-6566. A dinner table at Hampton Hall will seat 10 persons and it would be nice if we had ten of us at the same table. SEE FLYER ON NEXT PAGE...

AUCTION DESCRIPTION SUENOS...HOUSE OF DREAMS Nestled on a cliff only meters above the ocean spray of the Pacific, you will find ten thousand square feet of marble splendor melded into Etruscan Architecture....five unbelievable, sea-facing, private Master Suites....two swimming pools with cooling waterfalls....three sunning decks and a third with sun chairs actually in the cooling pool....a shaded palapa bar....outside living and dining areas with sunset views that are simply "Too Awesome For Words".

You will be graciously received by our full-time staff of five who will cater to your every need. Margo, our chef will prepare the most exotic dishes of both Mexican and International cuisine. Carlos will cater to the rest of your needs with the friendliest of smiles, and the meanest margaritas in all of Mexico. Linda & Luz will take care of all of your housekeeping needs while Miguel gives you guided tours of his botanical masterpiece.

OUR VERY OWN DAY SPA Lolita, your personal care specialist will come directly to the house for daily massages and facials. She is no less than the best. Be sure to request our "To Die For" sunset massage on the open terrace overlooking the Pacific. Lucy, our queen of nails and toes will tend to those guests interested in manicures and pedicures. BEACHES, POOLS, AND TENNIS Just a few minutes' stroll from Suenos you will find Playa Escondido our private community beach complete with palapas, pool, and dining areas in the beach club. A short drive will take you to Las Hadas, Santiago, and Maeva Beach Clubs. You can also take in a few sets of tennis at Club Esmeralda, the private tennis complex within our La Punta gated community. WORLD CLASS GOLF Isla Navidad, designed with exquisite detailing by the renown Robert Von Hagge, hosts 27 holes...one lagoon nine and two spectacular ocean nines.....a "must play". Finally, the "Coup de Gras" of Golf, El Tamarindo, sculpted from the rocky cliffs and dunes of the Pacific by David Fleming....located on the ocean's edge within a 6000 acre Ecological Preserve....and boasting seven incredible ocean holes. If you love golf......Do Not Miss This Course!!!!! DEEP SEA FISHING Manzanillo is the sailfish capitol of the world and proudly hosts the renowned "International Sailfish Tournament" each year. Dorado, Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi are virtually guaranteed catches that Margo will meticulously convert to a host of "pescado delicacies" for the balance of your stay. THE BID PACKAGE INCLUDES: The entire Villa for your group of Five Couples or 10 people, along with the chef, maid, and service staff.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Ground or Air Transportation, Spa Services, Food and Drinks, Laundry, Gratuity, Golf, Deep Sea Fishing, and Personal Purchases. Weeks are based upon availability and within bid levels listed below. CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR'S ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO BIDDERS BIDS ABOVE $17,500 BIDS $14,500-$17,000 BIDS BELOW $14,000 JANUARY THRU DECEMBER APRIL THRU OCTOBER JULY THRU SEPTEMBER CHOOSE FROM 50 WEEKS CHOOSE FROM 30 WEEKS CHOOSE FROM 13 WEEKS

IRS FAIR MARKET VALUE: High Season-$20,000, Mid Season-$17,000, Low Season-$14,000, MINIMUM AWARD LEVEL: 9,000

THIS SUMMER, WE WILL HAVE A SPEAKER FROM CODA. PLEASE SAVE THIS LIST AND USE IT AS A GUIDELINE FOR ITEMS THAT ARE NEEDED BY CODA IN THEIR CONTINUING WORK AS... "CITIZENS OPPOSED TO DOMESTIC ABUSE".

Thank you for your desire to help CODA support victims of domestic violence and their children. As you can imagine, sheltering hundreds of families is a huge task and we are always happy to have your assistance with donations to our program. Due to lack of storage, we cannot accept used clothing. However, our clients are able to shop at Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army at no charge. Further, The Bargain Box, St. Francis Thrift and Calhoun Station provide support to CODA through grants. So we urge you to send your used clothing donations to those organizations and know that you are still helping CODA assist victims of domestic violence. The following list includes examples of some of our most needed items. Please call us at 8437701070 if you have something you think we might use which is not on this list. Thank you!

CODA WISH LIST/CLIENT NEEDS

1. Clothing (New) · Socks · Sports Bras all Sizes · Large Tee Shirts · Cotton Knit Shorts · Slippers 2. Baby Supplies (New) · Baby bottle · Baby wipes · Onesies all sizes especially small · Binkies · Baby monitors ­ don't have to be new, but must work · Umbrella strollers ­ don't have to be new · Car Seats ­ don't have to be new 3. Children's Needs (New) · Welcome Gift Bags for girls and boys of varying ages · Small Books · Small Coloring books · Crayons · Lip Balm or Gloss · Small Car or Truck · Fancy Pen · Diaries · Puzzles · Jewelry · Action Figures · Hair clips and elastic bands · Underwear ­ All Sizes · Pajamas ­ All Sizes · Socks ­ All Sizes · Use Your Imagination 4. Sundries (New) · Individual Welcome Bags with Toiletries · Sanitary Napkins and Tampons · Nail Polish Remover · Ethnic Hair Products · Nail Clippers · Emory Boards · Unopened full sized toiletries 5. Miscellaneous (Do not have to be new) · Umbrellas · Suitcases, Duffel bags · Video tapes · Bicycles · Bicycle Helmets · Trac Phones with Minutes · Composition books · Gift Cards · Gas Cards · Space Heaters SHELTER OUTFITTING AND CLEANING 1. Linens (New) · Fleece Twin Blankets · White Twin Flat and Fitted Sheets · White Towels (Bath, Hand and Wash cloths)

2. Cleaning Supplies · Laundry Detergent HE · Greased Lightening · Cook Top Cleaning Cream · Soft Scrub · Stainless Appliance Cleaner · Clorox Cleanup Large · Rug Cleaner Woolite/Spot Shot · Clorox Bleach · Ajax or Comet · Murphy's Oil · Pledge Furniture Polish · Febreze · Clorox Wipes 3. Paper Products · Tall Kit. Trash Bags · Bathroom Trash Bags · Zipper Lock Bags (Pints, Quarts & Gallons) · Room Deodorizer · Napkins · Medium Plastic Cups · Silver ware plastic/metal · Paper Towels · Toilet Paper FOOD (Please check expiration dates.) 1. Drinks and Snacks · Coffee Tea · Iced Tea Mix · Lemon Aid Mix · Canned/Boxed 100% Fruit Juice · Fruit Roll Ups · Peanut Butter Pretzels · Popcorn · Individually Packaged Cookies and Crackers 2. Canned Goods · Tuna Fish · Chicken · Baked Beans · Spaghetti O's/Ravioli · Canned Fruit · Spaghetti Sauces · Peas · Corn · String Beans · Peanut Butter · Jelly 3. Condiments · Sugar 5 LB Bags · Mayonnaise ­ Family Size · Ranch Dressing ­ Family Size · Barbeque Sauce · Individual Salt and Pepper Shakers 4. Grains · Spaghetti · Flour · Rice · Cereal (12 grams sugar per serving or less) MEDICINE CABINET (Please check expiration dates.) · Peroxide · Alcohol · Witch Hazel · Neosporin · Band Aids · Benadryl ­ Children's and Adult's · Claritin · Pepto Bismol Tablets · Kaopectate · Tylenol children and adults · Immodium AD ­ Children's and Adult's CHRISTMAS · Gift cards for area stores · Toy cars and trucks · Jewelry, fragrances & hair accessories for children and adults · Craft kits · Journals, books · Tshirts and jeans · Any item that could be enjoyed by an adult or child.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN All the women of the church are invited to attend our Unit meeting, Sat, April 2nd at 10:00 AM. We will have a light brunch and speakers from Hope Haven & The Children's Center. Watch the church bulletin for further details. Upcoming events: April 28th & 30th or April 30th & May 1st ­ are the dates for the Spiritual Growth retreat at Lake Junaluska, NC sponsored by the South Carolina Conference of United Methodist Women. There are two sessions to choose from and they are filling up fast. This is a "must see" if you have never been to the retreat. If you plan to attend, please send in your registration form which was in the last Angelic Times newsletter as soon as possible. If you need a copy of the form, call Pat at the church office, 757-3351. May 7th - The United Methodist Women will be participating in the Bluffton Village Festival. We will have a White Elephant table, baked goods and crafts made by our Crafts Group. If you can contribute anything to our tables, please let us know. Save the date and plan on attending and supporting this event. This year we have added five new members to our group but we are still looking for women who would like to become members of the United Methodist Women. We have a great time while fulfilling our support to our local missions. We need your help. We will make every effort to form a group that meets with your availability. United Methodist Women Reading Program Leviticus 19:33, 34a tells us: "Do not mistreat any foreigners who live in your land. Instead, treat them as well as you treat citizens and love them as much as you love yourself." United Methodist Women have been actively engaged in study and action for immigrant rights since 2006 when they adopted the "Immigrant and Civil rights Initiative." In the 2009 Reading Program Social Action selection, "They Take Our Jobs! and 20 Other Myths About Immigration", Aviva Chomsky dispels 21 myths and beliefs about immigrants and immigration. Ms Chomsky contends that the current debate about immigration is "based on serious misconceptions not only about how our society and economy function, but also about the history of immigration, the law, and the reasons for immigration." After clearly explaining the reasons for anti-immigration feelings in our country, she suggests we adopt a more humane immigration policy. She describes what such a policy would include and also offers a vision of a more just global economic system. This book is interesting and informative and I highly recommend it. --Barbara Edwards

BUMMS NEWS The BUMMs will meet APRIL 2nd (Saturday) at 7:29 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall for Breakfast/Devotion/Planning Meeting. Our President and Chef will be MIA as his duties as Grandpa take him to 'Dollywood' for Spring Break. A wonderful (arm twisted) crew will prepare breakfast. Our planning meeting will center around 2 preparations: 1. First, the Pancake Breakfast for 'disaster relief UMCOR to be held April 3rd (Sunday) between the services. Those who attend the 1st service can 'stay late' and those attending the 2nd service can 'come early' to enjoy a great pancake breakfast. Menu to be finalized. Guys bring your 'griddles.' 2. Planning for the Bluffton Village Festival (May 7th, Saturday). We will decide what to bring, time to arrive, how much to order, etc. This is also our meeting day in May. See ya'll there!! Don't forget THE BUSY BEES ­ meet on Monday mornings at 8:00 AM for breakfast then arrive at the church to do our maintenance tasks. If you are unable to join us on Monday, but have an interest in doing maintenance items, please contact Russ Rymer at 298-6566 or at [email protected] APPRENTICE FOR JESUS" ­ is a group that will assist those persons needing assistance with light maintenance tasks around their house. Payment for this service is made to the Bluffton United Methodist Men (BUMM) as you determine. These payments will go to charities that the BUMMs support. If you need assistance contact Russ Rymer at 298-6566 or [email protected] CURB APPEAL WARRIORS ­ The BUMC always needs a "A Few Good Men" to help out with improvements ­ If you'd like to improve the Church Curb Appeal and help outside, contact Lee Templeton at 379-6530. You would be helping the Church and you'll feel good about doing it! SUNDAY BRUNCH GROUP ­ Will meet April 10th ­ 12:30 PM at Mulberry Street Trattoria near Moss Creek off of 278. This is open to all persons; single/ married/ members/non-members/visitors/ guests. It's a time to meet someone new or get to know other church family members better. Please call Russ Rymer, 298-6566 or email: [email protected]

Have you remembered to order your Easter Lily? See order form insert in the Sunday bulletin.

CHURCH DIRECTORY Please make sure you sign up to get your picture taken for the new church directory. The portraits will be taken Tuesday ­ Saturday, April, 5th - 9th. Everyone who gets their portrait taken will receive one free 8 x10 picture. There is no obligation to buy, so everyone is encouraged to have their picture taken. It will help all of us put faces we see with the right names. Please plan to be there at least 15-25 minutes before your appointment time to fill out some paperwork. If we have at least 15 people who could not come at the appointed time and need their pictures taken, we can schedule a make-up day. Also, if you are out-of-town or a shut-in and would like to submit a picture for the directory, please contact Kathy Allen, 757-4006. Pictures of People and Events We Need Your Help! We want to include various groups in the church in our directory. If you have pictures from the last year of any of the following, we would appreciate using them in the directory: Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk Or Treat, May Fest, December Parade Float, BUMMs, Sunday School Classes, Cherub Choir, Nativity Scene, Adult Choir, Special Musical Events, Vacation Bible School, Souper Bowl Sunday, Pillow Case Ministry, Epworth Children's Home Ministry, Lunch Bunch, Supper clubs, etc. You get the idea. Please email your picture to [email protected] We need your help to showcase the various groups and ministries of the church. Please contribute! EVANGELISM Who Is On The Pew With You? What Do They Think Of You? "I went to a church recently for about eight visits and no one ever said hello to me or acknowledged that I was there." This is how a friend of mine described visits at a local Methodist Church. I was saddened to hear that and shared that I didn't think that would happen at BUMC. What you do on Sunday morning DOES make a difference. A smile, handshake, or greeting can determine whether someone joins our church family or even comes back to visit. When you sit on a pew with another person, you are both there to worship God as part of our Christian church family. Everyone needs to feel that they are needed and wanted. Please take time to greet the people on your pew and encourage them to sign the pew pad. Make a special effort to greet new people and welcome them to our service, extending the hand of fellowship. Let's have everyone feeling good about their neighbors on the pew.

Join Our Team ­ The Evangelism team meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Please join our team: Dustin Marinucci, Meredith Schroeder, Dave Fryman, Linda and Dave Waugh, Joanne Dahl, Kay Long, Barbara Allen, and Kathy Allen. We would like to say a special thank you to Nancy Fryman for helping us with the church directory. WORSHIP Easter begins at sunset Easter Eve and continues through the Day of Pentecost. It is the most joyous season of the Christian Year and we celebrate with finely textured paraments of white and gold, with the exception of Pentecost which is symbolized by the color red. We focus on Jesus' resurrection and His ascension into heaven. The Easter season lasts for 50 days. During this period, reflect on the light of Christ, his fulfillment of the prophecy, and the early formation of the church. One of the most prominent symbols of Easter is the butterfly signifying new life, the pelican in her piety, the peacock, the phoenix and the pomegranate.

COMMUNICATIONS ­ We have enhanced our capability to bring BUMC worship to those who are not able to attend weekly services. We are digitally recording the audio portion of each week's worship service. That audio is now available on our web site. You may access this audio by clicking the "SERMONS ON-LINE" tab at the top of main page and then selecting the worship service you want to hear. You can hear either the full worship service (11:00 w/The Chancel Choir), or just the sermon. You may need this service because you are homebound, traveling, or just didn't make it to church this week. Some of us are snowbirds and want to keep in touch when we fly back north for the summer. Maybe, you just want to listen to the sermon again. You may have other ties for which you want to keep in touch with Pastor Joey's services. A little bird informed us that even Joey's mom has found him on-line. Listeners of the sermons have been reported as far away as Germany! Whatever your reason, we hope that this is a ministry which you will find to be a valuable part of your spiritual life. If you would like to be notified when the newest audio is available, you can send your email address to [email protected] You will then receive an email informing you when the current audio is available to access. For those of you who do not use computers, the worship service is also available on audio tape. Please call the church office if you would like a tape delivered to you.

APRIL ­ MEETINGS, ETC.

Sat, Apr 2nd, ­ BUMMs Breakfast, 7:29 a.m. Sat, Apr 2nd, ­ UMW Unit meeting, 10:00 a.m. Sunday's ­ LAB Youth Group, 6:30 p.m. Monday's ­ Cub Scouts in Fellowship Hall, 6-8:00 p.m. Mon, Apr 4th, ­ WORSHIP COMMITTEE, 6 p.m. Tues, Apr 5th, ­ FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING, 7 p.m. Wed. Apr 6th,- Lenten Service @ Campbell Chapel AME, 12 Noon Weds, Apr 6th & 13th, ­ CHERUB CHOIR, 6 p.m. Wednesdays in Apr, ­ CHANCEL CHOIR, 7 p.m. Thurs, Apr 7th, ­ STEPHEN MINISTRY, 5 p.m. Tues, - Sat, Apr 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, & 9th, ­ DIRECTORY PHOTOS Sat, Apr 9th, ­ CRAFTERS MEET, 10 a.m. Sun, Apr 10th ­ Stephen Ministry Commissioning at both services Sun, Apr 10th ­ BRUNCH BUNCH, 12:30 p.m. @ Mulberry Street Trattoria Wed, Apr 13th, ­ LENTEN SERVICE @ St. LUKE's (Hwy 170) Thurs, Apr 14th ­ EVANGELISM, 7 p.m. Fri, Apr 15th ­ Bitler/Bentley Wedding Rehearsal, 4:30 p.m. Sat, Apr 16th ­ Bitler/Bentley Wedding, 5 p.m. Wed, Apr 20th, ­ LENTEN SERVICE @ Lowcountry Presby, Noon Wed, Apr 20th, ­ MISSION TEAM MEETING @ 7:00 p.m. Thurs, Apr 21st, ­ EDUCATION MEETING, 6 p.m. Fri, Apr 22nd, ­ GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE, 7 p.m. Mon, Apr 25th, ­ HANNAH ULMER CIRCLE, 7 p.m. Tues, Apr 26th, ­ ESTHER CIRCLE, 9:45 a.m.

Lenten Calendar Worship Services from 12­ 12:30 PM with a light lunch from 12:30­1:00 PM Apr. 6th @ Campbell Chapel AME ­ Rev. David Norrell, Church of the Palms Apr. 13th @ St. Luke's UMC ­ Rev. Reginald Jacobs, Campbell Chapel AME Apr. 20th @ Lowcountry Presbyterian (or BUMC) ­ Rev. Fadetra Harrington, Fisher Chapel UM (Locations and speakers are subject to change.)

MUSIC AT NOON ­ 2nd Friday, April 8th Chalmers Gorman, Tenor W. Raymond Ackerman, pianist (Organist to be announced) The Low Country Chapter American Guild of Organists present programs on the 2nd Friday of every month at Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. These programs are free and open to the public and last approximately forty-five minutes.

Members of the Sea Island Singers include Toian Bowser-Alexander, Jay George and Al Litster. Please plan to give them support by your attendance.

CHUCKLES My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was and I told him ­ 62. My grandson was quiet for a moment and then he asked "Did you start at 1?" After putting her grandchildren to bed a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious her patience grew thin. Finally she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room ­ putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice "Who was THAT?" When my grandson asked me how old I was I teasingly replied "I'm not sure..."Look in your underwear Grandpa" he advised "mine says I'm 4 to 6."

AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE CHANCEL CHOIR

The word 'choir' comes from the Greek word 'choros', which simply means a group of singers. When God created the world, a chorus of angels sang for Him. God asked Job if he was around to observe the magnificence of creation, "while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy" (Job 38:7). The first organized choirs in Scripture can be found during King David's time, as recorded in the Books of Chronicles. Fifty-five Psalms also indicate that there were directors of music, who led choirs in temple worship. Taking the cue from choirs in Biblical times, it is clear that the role of the choir in the Church is one of ministry - not performance. This is the crucial difference between secular choirs and choirs that serve in the Church. Church choirs sing only to the glory of God! Choir members are first and foremost praising God with the gift of singing, which He has graciously bestowed on them. This involves sacrifices of praise, which must come from willing and committed hearts. Choir members must have an attitude of service, striving to give their very best to God. Choral singing can be a powerful means of moving members of the congregation to truly praise and worship God in spirit and in truth. If God has blessed you with the gift of singing, give it as a living sacrifice to Him by joining this special Ministry of Music ensemble. Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm and sings each Sunday at the 11:00 am worship service. For more information contact Ella W. Davis, Director of Music at 379-5241 or [email protected] "Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God" (1Peter4:10)

For God's glory only,

Ella W. Davis Director of Music

APRIL 02 ­ Jeannine Olson 03 ­ George Haslam 04 ­ Carson Yeager (child) 05 ­ Florette Ford, Linda Wilson 09 ­ Ruth Fleming, Sonja Russell 10 ­ Donna Evans 11 ­ Gloria Johnson 12 ­ Cassie Ruhl (child) 13 ­ Scott Schroeder, Mara Sickley, Deb Templeton 14 ­ Pat Black 16 ­ Alan Ulmer, III 17 ­ Andy Ruhl 19 ­ Jan Hawks 20 ­ Marc Saylor 21 ­ Julia Rhoad, Jones Saylor (child) 23 ­ Kathy Valentine 24 ­ Allyn Perdue, Laura Reid 26 ­ Art Benzlé 27 ­ Terry Coon, Laura McKibben 28 ­ Barbara Anderson, Doug Oblander 29 ­ Judy Kerr, Jack Davis 30 ­ David Hoffman, Susan McPheeters APRIL ANNIVERSARIES 04 ­ Caroline & Fred Niehoff 05 ­ Leslie & Brian Esposito 06 ­ Laura & Shawn Tucker 08 ­ Elizabeth & Larry Duncan 10 ­ Tammy & Bryan Brown 13 ­ Jenny & Bob Brannen 14 ­ Joanne & Doug Dahl 14 ­ Ella & Milton Davis 15 ­ Jane & Pat Gurganus 16 ­ Deb & Lee Templeton 17 ­ Cathy & Nate Ulmer 22 ­ Laura & Shawn Reid 24 ­ Allana & Eric Metz 25 ­ Nancy & Skip Brown 27 ­ Susan & Lynn McPheeters 28 ­ Stacie & Mike Gleva 30 ­ Amy & Don Whitman CONGRATULATIONS to MARTI & PALMER GOLSON on the birth of their second son, Henry who weighed in at 8 lbs 6 ozs. He was th born on Tuesday, March 15 . Carolyn & Marty Smith are the proud grandparents!

Ministry of Encouragement List Elouise Goodman, 10 Buckpoint Rd., Bluffton, 29910 Abram (Abe) Hallman, Room 132, Broad Creek Care Center, 801 Lemon Grass Ct., HHI 29928 (Joanne Dahl's father) Daisy Hodge, PO Box 123, Bluffton, 29910 Essie Sanders, 12 Sulgrave Rd., Savannah, GA 31406 Catherine Szalay, 4921 Bluffton Parkway Apt. 812, Bluffton, 29910

PRAYER CONCERNS Vera Ulmer, medical concerns Don McKelvey, medical concerns Tavia Michele Johnson, under Hospice care Kay Battaglia, medical concerns Jim Hegg, 47 years old, undergoing intense rehabilitation; and doing very well. (Jim & Jay George's nephew) Johnny Ussery, pancreatic cancer (friend of Althea Hicks and Linda Shettel) Sarah Sweers, has finished the chemo and will be starting radiation treatments soon. Greg Shader, undergoing rehab in Louisville, KY after suffering a stroke. Continuing to improve slowly. We appreciate your prayers. (BJ Jenkins' brother) Joni Peal, serious medical problems. (Grandmother of Cherub Alexis Vaughn) Susan McPheeters, knee surgery (wife of Lynn McPheeters) Brenton Green, suffering from depression associated with severe eye disease: Keratoconus. (Son-in-law of Lourri Norris-Waite) Daniel Alba, undergoing drug rehabilitation (Gloria Taylor's son) Neva Latham, medical concerns. Harry Mangleburg, undergoing radiation for lung cancer. (Allana Metz' uncle) Darrell David, severe liver problems. (Allana Metz' uncle) Brennen Reeves, he has been fighting cystic fibrosis all this life. Please pray for his continued strength and full recovery. (son of a co-worker of Althea Hicks and Nancy Phillips) Dudley Lowden, medical concerns John Campbell, recovering at home and doing better. He also suffers from Parkinson's. (Bill Campbell's brother) William W. Baker, Jr. medical concerns (92 yr-old father of Jen Smith) Judy McDonald, recovering at home (in KY) after colostomy surgery. We appreciate your continued prayers. (Sara Jenkins' sister). Barbara Badeau, diagnosed with a brain tumor. (friend in Dalton, MA of Dian & Al Litster) Jim George, continuing medical concerns. Your prayers are appreciated. Natalie Giles, recuperating from eye surgery. John McDonald, heart problems. (Joey's father) John Whalen, hospitalized because of an infection around his pace maker. Undergoing procedures to correct the problem. Marshall Kremers, will be having oral surgery. Please keep him in your prayers.

Please continue to pray for our young women and men who serve to protect our freedom in this country and around the world. Cpl. Michael Fryman, USMC, serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Nancy & Dave's grandson) Major Shannan Fortner, deployed to Afghanistan in charge of communications for NATO. (Judy Kerr's granddaughter) A.D. McElroy, after Thanksgiving he was deployed to Kuwait with the Army Reserve.

Church of the Palms in conjunction with: Bluffton United Methodist Church, St. Luke's United Methodist Church and Lowcountry Presbyterian Church presents: Christian Speaker Series for the Lowcountry Rev. Dr. Will Willimon "Jesus Today: Meeting Jesus Again"

April 29, 2011 ­ 7:00 p.m. ­ 9:00 p.m. April 30, 2011 ­ 8:30 a.m. ­ 11:30 a.m. Location: Lowcountry Presbyterian Church 10 Simmonsville Road Bluffton, SC 29910 (843) 815-6570 Tickets are required because of limited space but tickets are free. To obtain tickets contact one of the sponsoring Churches. Bishop Willimon Biography The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon has been a Bishop of The United Methodist Church since 2004. He leads the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College (B.A., 1968), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1971) and Emory University (S.T.D., 1973). He has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. For four years, beginning in 1976, he served as Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke Divinity School, teaching courses in liturgics and homiletics and served as Director of the Ministerial Course of Study School at Duke, and Presiding Minister in the Divinity School Chapel. When he returned to the parish ministry in 1980, he was Visiting Associate Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke for three years. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities including Wofford College, Lehigh University, Colgate University, Birmingham-Southern College, and Moravian Theological Seminary. In 1992, he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. He also serves on the faculties of Birmingham-Southern College as Visiting Distinguished Professor and as Visiting Research Professor at Duke University Divinity School. He is the author of sixty books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Over a million copies of his books have been sold. In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the Englishspeaking world. His articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and

Christianity Today. He is Editor-at-Large for The Christian Century. He has served as Editor and Expositor (with his wife,

Patricia) for Abingdon's International Lesson Annual. He has written curriculum materials and video for youth, young adults, and adults. His Pulpit Resource is used each week by over eight thousand pastors in the USA, Canada, and Australia. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Bishop Willimon is the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors. Bishop Willimon has given lectures and taught courses at many pastors' schools and at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. These include the Belden Lectures at Harvard as well as lectureships at Princeton, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, and Oxford. In 1998, he served on the theological faculty of the University Of Bonn, Germany and in 1991; he was Distinguished Guest Professor at the University of Muenster, Germany. His books have been translated into eight languages. He has served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, Wofford College; chairperson of the University Council Committee for the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale; and on the Board of Overseers for Memorial Church, Harvard University, and the Boards of Emory, Birmingham-Southern, and Huntingdon Colleges. He serves on the editorial boards of The Christian Century, The Christian Ministry, Preaching, The Wittenburg Door, and Leadership

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