weekly update

November 30, 2022

It’s hard to believe the season of Advent is upon us and we are excited to celebrate this season with you in welcoming our Savior! We hope that you will consider inviting your friends and family to our services as this is a time they are likely to accept your invitation. There is just something magical about this season!


This past Sunday, we began our new series, “WHY?” with a look into why God chose a young girl to carry His son. We saw how God used an ordinary person to accomplish extraordinary things … and if God is the same yesterday, today and forever, then He CONTINUES to accomplish extraordinary things through US as we allow Him to use us. Won’t you open yourself up to Him and allow Him to accomplish great things through YOU? 


THIS SUNDAY, we hope you’ll join us for one of our services (8:30 & 11am traditional services or 9:30 & 11am contemporary). 


WE WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT IF YOU MISS ANY OF OUR WEEKLY SERMONS IN EITHER OUR TRADITIONAL OR CONTEMORARY SERVICES, YOU CAN ACCESS THEM ON OUR WEBSITE HERE .


GET INVOLVED! We have SO many opportunities to plug in at The Purple Door Church. Our activities are ramping up and we are fully open and have all of our activities available to our congregation and community! There are plenty of places for you to serve – WE NEED YOU and want to encourage you to check out list of opportunities – go to our website:OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE  . 


PRAYER REQUESTS - We want to remind you that we are here for you! If you need prayer during this time, please reach out to us at communications@gcumc.org.


We also want to encourage you to check out our NEXT STEPS  tab here on website where you can find in-depth information about our different ministries and events, including Bible studies
and small groups

family & kids

CHRISTMAS CAVE - Families! PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE! We will be heading to the CHRISTMAS CAVE on DECEMBER 17th. We will carpool and enjoy this fun night out together. If you would like to join this trip, please email Pastor Brandi.


CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - This year we will be having a Christmas program for families called "Christmas Road Trip" on December 14th at 6pm! We will be practicing songs and lines during our Merge sessions on November 30th & December 7th. We hope that you will join us!


DADS NIGHT OUT! Hey dads! You guys have been enjoying the time together so much that we are going to move our meetings up to every other month instead of once a quarter - so SAVE THESE DATES for 2023: 1/27, 3/31, 5/26, 7/28, 9/29, 11/24.


MERGE: Our holiday dates for Merge are: Nov. 30th and Dec. 7th & 14th, all at 6pm.


Merge is our mid-week family programming. We meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm and we do ask that you sign up, if possible, as this helps us have enough materials and prepare for the evening. You can sign up here or email Pastor Brandi with any questions. On the signup, there are also opportunities to serve, whether it is providing snack, helping with the preteens or sharing the message with the kids.  We would love for you to share your gifts with our families!


SUNDAY SCHOOL: On Sunday mornings, it is a true joy to see the excitement of our kiddos in Sunday school. At 9:30am, we have a class for our youngest disciples through preteens. At our 11am hour, we currently have three classes! A preschool/kindergarten class, a grade school class and a preteen class. We invite all of the children in the church to attend and we ask that you as the church pray for them each week as they learn more about God through our current study - the books of the Bible. 


WINTERJAM!  This is an awesome event that we get excited about every year. This event is open to 5th-12th graders. Please contact Pastor Brandi ASAP to hold your ticket!


HEY TEENS (7th-12th grade)! Teens meet on Sunday evenings, starting at 6pm. Over these next couple of weeks, we will continue our time together with dinner, worship, message and a service opportunity.


   IGNITE – We ARE meeting for our normal IGNITE on Dec. 4th with dinner and also on Dec. 11th.


Teens! We have some upcoming events that we would love our RSVP for!

       

- November 27th - Christmas Shopping & Dinner. We will be leaving the church right at 6pm to shop for the 8 children we have adopted for Christmas.


- December 18th - Christmas Gift Exchange & Celebration


- January 1st - Youth at the Zoo Lights


Questions on any of the above or to RSVP for events, contact Pastor Brandi


If you'd like to visit our Children/Family/Teens page, go here .

all church

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE LEADERSHIP TEAM – We’d like you to be aware that, over the next several months, we will be relaying communication from our Leadership Team. This will be done via home mailings, e-blasts and it can also be found on the home page of our website labeled “Communications from the Leadership Team.”


UMW COOKIE WALK – An assortment of cookies available for purchase at the church on Dec. 10th, beginning at 8am!


CONTINUE THE STORY CARDSWe still have plenty of Continue the Story card packs! Please swing by Sunday in the Great Hall and grab some!


NEW SWAG!!!! Have you been hoping to snag a Purple Door shirt? THIS SUNDAY  DEC. 4TH WILL BE THE LAST CHANCE TO PRE-ORDER! Stop by the table in the Great Hall and you can pre-order t-shirts or sweatshirts in youth and adult sizes. T-shirts are $15, sweatshirts are $25. This will cover our cost to order the shirts and any money left over will go straight to our community scholarship fund! 


“WHY?” AN ADVENT BIBLE STUDY

7PM, WORSHIP CENTER

So often in the rush of preparing for Christmas, we don’t take the time to pause and reflect on why God went to all this effort.  Exploring the “why behind God’s actions in bringing Jesus into the world” will be the theme of an Advent Bible Study led by Pastor Dan. We’ll look at Old Testament experiences of God’s people, the prophecies about the Messiah and how some of the people, locations and Divine actions come together.


The Bible Study will give background on the upcoming Sunday’s sermon topic and theme, and will include discussions based on the previous and upcoming week’s message.

Each session will meet on Tuesdays, from 6-7PM in the Worship Center.


The schedule is:


            Tuesday Nov. 22         Matthew 1:18-25        “Why a Young Girl?”

            Tuesday Nov. 29         Luke 2:8-14                 “Why Shepherds?”

            Tuesday Dec. 6           Luke 2:25-40             “Why a Baby?”

            Tuesday Dec. 13         Matthew 2:1-7            “Why Bethlehem?”

            Tuesday Dec. 20        Luke 2:1-20                 “Why a Stable?”


Looking forward to gathering and learning together. – Pastor Dan


CHRISTMAS SERVICES:

THE LONGEST NIGHT – DEC. 21ST, 7PM – A night of reflection, we come together to lovingly remember those who have gone on before us. Join us in our sanctuary as we sing songs and hear the comforting Words of God and light a candle
in memory of our loved ones.

CHRISTMAS EVE – We hope you and your family will join us on this most magical night of celebrating the birth of our Savior!

5 & 7pm        Contemporary

9 & 11pm     Traditional


CHRISTMAS DAY

9:30am          Contemporary

11am             Traditional


YOU CAN HELP GIVE BACK JUST BY SHOPPING! Did you know that you can make a financial contribution to our Missions Task Force JUST by shopping at Kroger? It’s simple! All you have to do is link your Kroger Shopping Card to Grove City United Methodist Church.


Go to Kroger.com and log into your digital account (or create a digital account, if not already created).


Scroll down to “Community Rewards” and click. From there, you can select our organization by either scrolling or searching for “Grove City United Methodist Church.” Make sure our name matches our organization number, which is XY804. Enroll. Easy as that! Kroger will make donations to the organization based upon spending of those whose cards are connected to that organization.


Any questions regarding enrollment need to be directed to Kroger individually.


JOIN THE CHOIR! Wednesdays at 7pm. All singers welcome. Meet in the sanctuary. Questions? Contact Julie, julie.sheline@gmail.com.

 

PRAYER TEAM - Prayer is powerful and an amazing gift from God. We have the opportunity to talk directly to our Creator and the ability to pray on the behalf of others. Our prayer team started meeting this past Monday and we will continue to meet every week on Mondays at 9am. During our time together, we will be praying over our Sunday morning prayer requests, needs of the church, our community and nation. We will be prayer walking the church as well. If you are interested in joining, please contact Clarence Dinnen, cmdinnen@gmail.com.


HOBBIES/COLLECTIONS – Do you have a hobby you’d love to share or display for our congregation? Wanted -  volunteers to display in our church display case. Do you have a collection, artwork or themes you’d like to share in the display case? Please call Sandy Reddig at 614/875-5613 or email her at SandyR@gcumc.org.

     

BIBLE STUDIES, SMALL GROUPS - Just a reminder that Right Now Media is available to all of our members as you think about your relationship with God in this upcoming year. Right Now Media is a database FULL of online Bible studies and social groups for individuals, families, children and groups. We often use this media resource in our Bible studies and small groups throughout the year. It’s a GREAT resource for you or for your family to be able to plug in to God’s Word and in the times we use it in our own church group setting. If you’d like to take advantage of this FREE online resource, contact Pastor Brandi to get set up. She just needs your email address. Your faith journey isn’t one you were ever meant to take alone. God made us for community!


o  WOMEN’S SATURDAY MORNINGS, 8AM, VIA ZOOM, BEGINS OCT. 29TH

THE COST OF CONTROL

WATCH TRAILER HERE

We often claim to have everything under control—whether it's our hectic family schedules, deadlines at work, or unexpected problems that throw us off track—but do we, really? Control can trick us into thinking we can gain comfort, security, and peace through our own efforts. But even though we might think we have a handle on our lives, God is the only one fully in control. In this 6-session series, Bible teacher and author Sharon Hodde Miller discusses the way control can cost us a lot more than we could ever imagine—and how we can walk in faith knowing God is in complete control.  


o  MONDAY NIGHT STUDY, 7PM, VIA ZOOM, BEGINS SEPT. 12TH

PORTRAITS OF GOD

Learning about Who He is – it’s more than just learning facts. It's about understanding His character and nature. When He is revealed to us through His names, we can experience Him more deeply. When we become familiar with God, we become closer to Him.


To get plugged in with any of our Bible studies or small groups, contact Pastor Brandi .


MISSIONS

PURPLE DOOR CHRISTMAS GIVING TREEPlease remember to bring the wrapped gifts back to the church by Sunday, December 4th. The value of the gift/gifts should be in the $30 range. Help these children have a Merry Christmas.


FREE STORE:

            We are serving around 195 people/week. We are currently in need of donations:

                        Children’s clothing: all sizes

                        Adult’s clothing: sizes medium and large

                        Winter Coats: all sizes

 

CAFÉ:

WE NEED HELP THESE PARTICULAR DAYS/TIMES IN THE CAFÉ:


Dec 4th              7:30am

Dec 11th              7:30am, 10:30am

Dec 18th            7:30am, 10:30am

The time slots to volunteer in the café are: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30am. A sign-up sheet will be on the Mission Counter in the café area. If you’d like more info. or to volunteer, contact Amanda Bailey consmom12@gmail.com

 

Refreshments are available in the café upon donation and all proceeds will go to further Missions projects throughout the year.

 

COMMUNITY MEALS OF 2022!

OUR OCTOBER MEAL SERVED 150 MEALS! THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THIS MINISTRY.


DON’T FORGET, OUR COMMUNITY MEAL IS THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, 4:30-5:30PM, and is for our congregation, as well as for the City of Grove City! We hope you will join us! OUR NEXT MEAL IS DEC. 10TH!


We’d love for you to be a part of this ministry! Use this signupgenius linkso we can make sure we have enough help where needed. Thanks in advance for your continued support with this ministry!


Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Cupcakes, etc. -  ALL are gladly accepted and appreciated.


DID YOU KNOW?????

        

The Purple Door Missions Task Force financially supports Good Works?! We're giving $500 to the Timothy House. This money will run 1 full day of the Timothy House, which is a residential drug and alcohol treatment program. For more info. about the Timothy House, visit https://good-works.net/the-timothy-house. One of our very own members, Darrell Saunders, matched this $500. Thank you, Darrell!


        

The Purple Door Missions Task Force financially supports Grace Children’s Hospital?!


The Purple Door Missions Task Force financially supports the Bed Brigade?!


With money raised from the 2022 Annual Car Show and to show thanks to Boots, The Mission Task Force gave $500 to Honor Flight in honor of "Boots" Dan Longenette.  Thank you, Boots, for your service and coming out and supporting our car show.


The Purple Door Missions Task Force meets once a month for one hour to pray, plan and discuss different missions projects in our community, country and world.


You can be part of this too! Contact Pastor Lizzy, LizzyO@gcumc.org.Pastor Lizzy .

giving

We have brought back the act of worship in collecting our tithes and offerings in all services; however, if you still are not comfortable with passing of the plates or bringing your offerings forward, we have taken extraordinary measures so that you can continue to give.

The boxes will remain outside of each worship space where you can dr

op your tithes and offerings.


TEXT TO GIVE - In addition, you can text to give. Text the word “give” to 1 (614) 245-2492.


GIVING ONLINE PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF PREVIOUSLY GAVE THROUGH PUSHPAY, YOU NEED TO SWITCH TO GIVING THROUGH OUR NEW PLATFORM, ENGAGE. DIRECTIONS FOR SETTING UP YOUR ACCOUNT ARE BELOW.


Online giving is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • 1.     Click on “Give” on our website, purpledoorchurch.com
  • 2.     Choose “Forgot Password”. Type your email and if the church has your email in our system, a link will be sent to your email. 
  • 3.     Click on the link in your email and it will direct you to Engage/Suran and you may follow the prompts to set up your account.

Any questions regarding giving, contact Kelli at our church office, 614/875-5612, Kelli

CLICK HERE TO GIVE: GIVE


Further, if you would like to know the weekly financials of the church, you may pick up an info sheet at the Info. Desk.