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First United Methodist Church 4165 Huron Street PO Box 156 North Branch, MI 48461

First United Methodist Church

The Newscaster

May 2011

Volume 11, Issue 5

We are committed to: Growing in faith, Creating disciples, Serving in Christ's name, and Helping others in the community experience the joy of Jesus

A Mother's Influence

The Newscaster

A monthly publication of First United Methodist Church May 2011, Volume 11, Issue 5 Deadline for June Newscaster -- May 23

I took a piece of plastic clay And idly fashioned it one day; And as my fingers pressed it still It moved and yielded at my will. I came again when days were past, The form I gave it still it bore, And as my fingers pressed it still, I could change that form no more. I took a piece of living clay, And gently formed it day by day, And molded with my power and art, A young child's soft and yielding heart. Prayer Chain: Dellene Hall Admin. Council: Linda Fitch Pastor/Parish Rel.: Bill Laur Lay Leader: John Simmons 810-688-3913 810-688-3602 810-688-8801 810-688-3416 I came again when days were gone; It was a man I looked upon, He still that early impress bore, And I could change it never more.

Sunday School 9:30am Worship Service 10:30am with Junior Church Ron Hutchinson, pastor Email: [email protected] Phone: 810-614-7928 Rhonda Ruby, administrative asst. Office Hours: M-Th, 9:00am-1:00pm Email: [email protected] Office phone: 810-688-2610

Heritage Sunday

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, we will be recognizing those who have been members of North Branch First United Methodist Church for 50 or more years. May God bless them richly for their faithfulness to God and this local church.

54 years--Since 1957:

Marie Reynolds

53 years--Since 1958:

Gary Sutton Lillian Sutton Lynn Hoffman Helen Smith

May 15

Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 Reader: Ralph Huff Organist: Gretchen Orr Acolytes: Cole Fike, Bruno Voigt Ushers: Bill Simmons, Bill Orr, Chuck Walthers, Matt Hohman Greeters: Rosemary Conger, Janet Summerfield, Helen Bigelow Fellowship Refreshments: Junior Church: Gerry Rutledge & Stacey Simmons

May 29

Graduation Sunday Memorial Sunday

Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:18-20 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 Reader: James Bodnar Organist: Gretchen Orr Acolytes: Ushers: Greeters: Fellowship Refreshments: Junior Church: Gerry Rutledge & Stacey Simmons

73 years--Since 1938:

William Simmons Preston Orr

52 years--Since 1959:

Arthur Sutter

72 years--Since 1939:

Burniece Moore Doris Soldan

51 years--Since 1960:

Dennis Bugg Robert Porte

69 years--Since 1942:

Charline Myers

50 years--Since 1961:

Louise Cowles Charlotte Thompson Larry Thompson Mary Hobson

68 years--Since 1943:

June Sillers Eula Curell

May 22

Heritage Sunday

Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14 Reader: Helen Bigelow Organist: Gretchen Orr Acolytes: Morgan Fike, Sarah Johnson Ushers: Bill Simmons, Bill Orr, Bill Welke, Art Sutter Greeters: Janey Bugg, Pat Simmons, Rosemary Conger Fellowship Refreshments: Junior Church: Gerry Rutledge & Stacey Simmons

66 years--Since 1945:

Marjorie Orr

61 years--Since 1950:

Tommy Orr

Sunday, May 29

Graduation Sunday -- Our high school and college graduates will be honored for their achievements. Memorial Sunday -- We will remember those who have died in our nation's service.

60 years--Since 1951:

Mary Lou Ferrier Joan Simmons

59 years--Since 1952:

Marguerite Sari

57 years--Since 1954:

Gretchen Orr

55 years--Since 1956:

William Welke



Before I was a Mom ...

Before I was a mom I made and ate hot meals. I had unstained clothing. I had quiet conversations on the phone. Before I was a mom I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday. Before I was a mom I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to lullabies. Before I was a mom I had complete control of my mind, my thoughts, and my body. I slept all night. Before I was a mom I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. Before I was a mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a mom.

Worship Schedule

May 1

Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 Reader: Linda Fitch Organist: Gretchen Orr Acolytes: Jeanie Kreiner, Rosemary Conger Ushers: Bill Simmons, Bill Orr, Bill Laur, James Bodnar Greeters: Sharron Boyne, Chuck Walther, Louise Walther Fellowship Refreshments: Sandy Lake, Janyce Woodard Junior Church: Gerry Rutledge & Stacey Simmons

Native American Ministries Sunday

Offering May 8. Your generous gifts help develop and strengthen Native American ministries by providing scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology and other schools approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church: (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry), and by expanding the number of target cities in the Native American Urban Initiative: (General Board of Global Ministries).

Looking Ahead to VBS

We are doing something a little different for Vacation Bible School this year. It will take place on June 27-29, in the evenings instead of mornings. Hopefully, this will give more working people the opportunity to help in this ministry outreach to the children of our community.

May 8

Cool Off at Camp

It's going to get hot out there this summer! Cool off by attending a Detroit Conference camp. Camps like Water Games, Water Adventurers, Black River Canoe Camp or The Grand Adventure Kayak Camp are sure to keep you cool. Check out the 2011 Camp Catalog for other fun choices (located on the bulletin board). View camps or register on-line at See Stacey Simmons or Tammy Hutchinson if you have any questions. 3

Mother's Day

Blankie Project

Alzheimer's Blankie Project meets every 3rd Tuesday at Edward Jones Financial Advisor Brian Hurst's Conference Room, Suite 3, 3056 Davison Road, Lapeer. Next meeting is May 17, 10:00a­12:00 noon. Contact Lorraine Suva (688-4283).

Native American Ministries

Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35 Reader: Stacey Simmons Organist: Gretchen Orr Acolytes: Travis Fike, Eddie Johnson Ushers: Bill Simmons, Bill Orr, Gerry Rutledge, Ralph Huff Greeters: Linda Fitch, JoAnn Welke, Bill Welke Fellowship Refreshments: Junior Church: Gerry Rutledge & Stacey Simmons

Office Closed

The office will be closed Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday.


May 2011

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday


Sun School 9:30am Worship 10:30am


Meal of Hope-- our turn


UMW 6:30pm



National Day of Prayer



May Birthdays

1 - Eula Curell 2 - Janey Bugg 4 - Michael Fike 13 - Tim Harmon 13 - Seth Huff 14 - Louise Cowles 21 - Stacy Vickers 22 - Joan Simmons 26 - Yvonne Hoffman 27 - Wayne Harris 29 - Joliene Fike 30 - Aaron Bennett 30 - Nicholas Voigt

8 Mother's Day

Sun School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Native American offering








Sun School 9:30am Worship 10:30am



- Blankie Project 10-12 - SPPRC 6:30pm - Trustees 6:30pm - Ad. Council 7:00pm





22 Heritage Sunday

Sun School 9:30am Worship 10:30am


Newscaster Deadline






May Anniversaries

1 - Adam & Rebecca Shiver 5 - Terry & Mary Jankowske 21 - Tim & Jeanie Kreiner 21 - Steve & Kelli Lovasz 30 - Frank & Stacy Vickers

29 Memorial and

Graduation Sunday

Sun School 9:30am Worship 10:30am


Memorial Day Office Closed





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