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    Epworth TowerEpworth United Methodist Church Church Phone: 419.531.4236Website: www.epworth.com Church Fax: 419.531.7487 August 21, 2013

    Our Service Partners

    Epworth is known for service to the community. Six Super Saturdays of Service is a six-week opportunity for us as a church to partner with local agencies to be the Hands and Feet of Christ right here in the Greater Toledo area. Beginning August 24, for six consecutive Saturdays, there will be multiple local agencies benefiting from service projects staffed by Epworth that will involve at least 100 or more volunteers. There will be projects lasting from 3 to 4 hours or longer for all ages and skills. Childcare will be provided for those who have young children (3 days advance notice needed), so everyone can fully participate in giving something back to our community. You can sign up in the Cloister on Sundays, by calling the Church office, or online at www.epworth.com.

    Fun AND Important Info for Kids AND Parents Inside!

  • 2Church Office Hours

    Summer Hours8:00 AM to 4:00 PMThrough August 30Fall Hours9:00 AM to 5:00 PMStarting September 3

    Epworth Electronic MailYou can now sign up to receive electronic mail from Epworth. An email newsletter is sent on a weekly basis that is user friendly. Just go to the subject you are interested in and click. This newsletter also gives you a link to the most current Tower. Get on this list today and keep current with all the Epworth activities! To sign up, just email [email protected] and put Epworth Electronic Mail in the subject line. If you have been getting this e-mail already and want to continue, there is no need to sign up again.

    Copy of the Monthly CalendarIf you would like a hard copy of the monthly calendar, you can pick one up from the kiosk in the Narthex on Sundays or in the Church office during the week. The calendar is always available and updated on our website, as well, at www. epworth.com.

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    Lets connect! Did you know Epworth is everywhere? Like us on Facebook!www.facebook.com/EpworthToledoFollow us on [email protected] with us on LinkedIn!www.linkedin.com/EpworthToledoWere also available via [email protected] And Online! www.epworth.comDont forget, we also have free WI-FI!

    School Donations Thank YouWe received a wonderful thank you letter from The Friendly Center with great appreciation for our recent donation of school supplies. They said once again, Epworth went above and beyond by donating 916 total school supplies. They wish to share their gratitude with all of YOU who donated.The Friendly Center values our support and would not have the capcity to serve the community if it were not for supporters like US!Keep up the great work!

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    CongratulationsDevin and Carla McConnell on the birth of their granddaughter, Tessa Jean, on July 16. The proud parents are Mike and Laurie Ditterline.Our CondolencesMarlene Irwin and family on the passing of Marlenes mother, Dorothy Oehlers, on July 17.The Roberts family on the passing of Ann Roberts on July 19.The Nordin family on the passing of Phyllis Nordin on July 23.Dick Laumann and family on the passing of Dicks mother, Marjorie Laumann, on July 25.John Chilcote and family on the passing of Johns wife, Bonnie Chilcote, on August 5.

    PERSONALS

    Furniture MinistryNext pickup dates: August 24Client selection dates: September 21Arrange a donation pickup:Call 567.694.3710

    The Epworth Furniture MinistryTHE GOOD NEWS: The Furniture Ministry is serving more clients and receiving more donations than last year! THE NOT SO GOOD NEWS: The Furniture Ministry does not have enough Free Loaders (the men and women who pick up donated furniture) to handle the increased donation volume. We need Free Loaders who can give about 4 hours per month on a Saturday or mid-week day. Youll even get the famous ORANGE FREE LOADER HAT and the joy and blessing of helping our neighbors in need! For more information contact Ed Bardi. You may also sign up on the Opportunities Page. Donations needed: bath towels & pots and pans

    A big THANK YOU to all who helped to make the Friendly Center Garage Sale a huge success!

  • 4SAVE THE DATEBlessing of the ToolsLabor Sunday, September 1On Labor Sunday, September 1st, we will have a special time for the blessing of the tools you use in your work. Please bring the tools of your trade, (or a symbolic tool) to worship for a time of prayer for the blessing of your tools and the work you do. God has given us skills and jobs to earn a living. This special time of blessing acknowledges Gods participation in our work.Calling All Widows - Ladies and Men!Sundays, September 8, October 13, November 10The second Sunday monthly dinner is again being planned for the following dates:Sunday, September 85th Street Pub (105 W. 5th Street, Perrysburg)Sunday, October 13Miss Lilys (24174 Front Street, Grand Rapids)Sunday, November 10Forresters on the River (26 Main Street, Toledo)Please call Sue Moesser if you plan to join us. Wed love to make your reservation! Stephen Minister Training ClassesBeginning Tuesday, September 10On September 10 at 6:30 PM, a new class of Stephen Ministers will begin their 20 weeks of training. If you would like to attend, you may pick up an application from Nancy in the Church office or by contacting Janice Harris. The application will also include a copy of the Stephen Minister Job Description for your information. Applications are due before the September 10th class so that class materials can be ordered in

    time. The cost for the class is $25.00. Classes will be held in room 213.Currently, most of our commissioned Stephen Ministers have been assigned to care receivers. We will be in need of expanding our pool of Stephen Ministers in the near future. Please consider participating in this wonderful ministry for our congregation and the community. The Shelter of Gods PromisesTuesdays Starting September 10What is this? Its a study of what God has promised us, what Gods promises mean to us, and how these promises provide the foundation for our daily confidence, joy, and hope. You know that God has promises - but are they for you, are they for now, are they for this?Author of The Shelter of Gods Promises, Sheila Walsh presents each of the promises so you will see how they fit in perfectly with your life. She is warm and funny and touching and insightful.

    Great book to remind you that you are sheltered during ALL times. God promises us many things and this (study) helps us to realize His promises are real and relevant to our daily lives. - Amazon.com reader reviewThis is a ten-week study with a DVD and study guide, buteach weeks 1 hour 45 minute class stands alone, meaning, you can miss a week and not lose the continuity! The Participant Guide is $13.Take a chance this looks promising! Sign up on the Opportunities Page or by e-mailing Ruth Ann at [email protected] See you Tuesday, September 10 from 9:15 - 11:00 AM.

    Led by Laura Switzer.

  • 5SAVE THE DATE7th Annual Laura J. Fall FestA Celebration of LifeSaturday, September 14 at 5:00 PMJoin us in c e l e b r a t i n g the life of our daughter, Laura Jahnke, with lots of fun, fellowship, and food. Come for all or part of the evening. Enjoy yard games, hayrides, walks on the trails, and the childrens playground. Also, Lauras favorite music, LIVE BLUEGRASS, performed by the group Nitro Hill.A potluck dinner will begin at 6:00 PM. We will supply pulled-pork sandwiches and drinks, and we ask you to bring a dish and/or dessert to share. After dinner, sample treats from the dessert table or enjoy smores around the campfire!

    Hosted by: Doug and Merilee Jahnke RSVP: Contact Doug or Merilee JahnkeIn honor of what would have been Lauras 29th birthday, we ask you to consider making a donation to:The Laura Jahnke Scholarship FundSweet Briar CollegeSweet Briar, VA 24595The first Laura Jahnke Scholarship will be awarded in 2014.

    Rev Up for the Amazing Grace Race!Sunday, October 13Round up your team of four, prep your video cameras, and get ready for an adventurous video scavenger hunt followed by food and fellowship!Registration for the AMAZING GRACE RACE is coming soon! Watch future editions of the Tower and Sunday bulletins for more information.Epworths Adult Mission Team needs

    your helping hands to touch the lives of vulnerable, often voiceless, people in Appalachia.

    October 7-12, 2013An adult work team is being formed to assist Good Works, Inc., an excellent Christian organization bringing dignity, hope and community to those struggling with issues of poverty and homelessness in rural Athens, Ohio.You will connect with nice folks as you work together on various projects involving home maintenance, or more advanced work depending on team skills. A variety of skilled and unskilled talents are needed. Your smile, interaction, and helping hands are the primary gifts needed. At the end of the week, the Epworth team will provide and serve a public meal to about 150 persons from this community. For details, please contact Bob and Marilyn Town.

  • 61,2,3 MagicParenting ClassTuesday Nights this FallThis October, Julie Paulenich, mother of two young ones, will lead a parenting class using 1,2,3 Magic. You may have seen Julie in the Sunday School classrooms, taking her son, Jack, to choir, or holding one year-old Reagan during the service. She not only has been volunteering with our little ones but has several years of experience as an early childhood educator and elementary school administrator. The class will focus on providing a positive and loving environment while providing the structure and consistency children need to be successful. Julie looks forward to meeting with Epworth families during the one hour class. An optional half hour discussion period will follow. Childcare is provided for those who request it in advance. Contact Ruth Ann (419.531.4236 or [email protected]) in the Education office to sign up.Parents Social HourStarting September 15 from 10:30 to 11:30 AMAre you looking for some time to connect with other young families with children from birth to not yet in kindergarten? Starting September 15, we have a fun new way for you to connect with each other while we take care of your little ones! Drop your children off in childcare or Sunday School, then join us each Sunday in Room 101 for some tasty treats and fellowship. This parent hour overlaps between the 9:45 and 11:00 AM services, so that you might visit with and/or meet other young parents even, if you do not attend the same service. If you attend the 9:45 service, drop in after service. If you go to the 11:00 service, come a little early and enjoy a few minutes of kids-free fellowship.

    Parent ConnectionsAre you looking for a fun way to connect with other members of Epworth? Do you have younger children, infants through grade school? Then we have just the group for you!The Parent Connections Committee has simple objectives: To help parents make time for themselves and to expand their friendships at Epworth. We even provide free babysitting and fun activities for the kiddos during most of our events! Its a chance to get out and mingle with other adults and maybe even re-energize your own relationship. Save the dates below and look for more events and details in the Tower, Bulletins, and E-mails! Bowling At Southwyck LanesSaturday, September 14 - Even if you dont bowl (like Cindy!), come and enjoy the fun and fellowship!

    Bonfire Night at the RoestisFriday, October 18Game Night with the HaasSaturday, November 9Afternoon Movie with the Whole FamilySaturday, January 11 - Maumee Indoor TheaterEuchre Night at the LukesSaturday, February 22Walleye GameFriday, March 14If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Cindy Franklin.

  • 7GAME NIGHTFriday, August 23 at 6:30 PM Linda Coons house (3221 Woodley Road) (Instead of picnic on the Wesley Grounds). Bring an appetizer or dessert. Beverage and table service will be furnished. For those interested, we will play 5 Crowns, Mexican Train Dominos, Scrabble, or Farkle.Dont forget to bring items for the Furniture Ministry. Especially needed: bath towels, sheets, blankets, pots and pans, and other kitchen items. COFFEE & SUCHTuesday, September 3 at 5:30 PMBarry Bagels (on Sylvania Avenue and Holland Sylvania Road, behind Handels).Please let Miss Kate or Linda Coon know if you plan to attend. Dont know until the last minute? We can always squeeze in 1 more!LUNCH BUNCHTuesday, September 17 at 12:00 PMMama LaScolas Kitchen (located in the Renaissance Center on Holland-Sylvania Road, North of Sylvania Avenue). COMING UPSunday, September 15 Tentatively Scheduled: Trip to Lima, Ohio to visit Purple Heart recipient, Justin Reynolds. Details TBA so SAVE THE DATE. Friday, September 20 at 8:00 PMThe Singles Group will be attending the play Forbidden Broadways Greatest Hits.

    Tickets are $16.75 if we have 10 or more. So far, there are 5 signed up. Tickets will be ordered soon, as this will be a popular show, and most performances are expected to be sold out quickly.Forbidden Broadway, a satirical musical revue, created and written by Gerard Alessandrini. This family-friendly Broadway Spooftacular opens the Reps 81st season for two big weekends. No broadway show or star is safe from this satirical mock-fest that pokes good-natured fun of those hit musicals from the great white way, and the legendary performers who starred in them, from such shows as Les Miserables, Chicago, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Rent, Spamalot, Annie, and so much more. Forbidden Broadway is a guaranteed night of side-splitting laughs and a sure bet to sell out fast!For more information or to RSVP, contact Linda Coon or Miss Kate.LOOKING AHEADTuesday, October 8By Popular Request: Another trip to Shipshewana (Flea Market only open on Tuesday and Wednesday). There has been interest in attending the Flea Market in addition to the shops in town, E & S Sales (the Amish Bulk market), and dinner before returning home. More Details TBA.

    Epworth [adult Singles ]Adult singles ages 30+ are invited to participate. You do not have to be a member of Epworth to join in the Christian Fellowship, meet new friends and enrich your Christian journey while helping those in need through our outreach projects.

  • 8Macular Degeneration Support GroupMeetings Resume September 9The Macular Degeneration Support Group resumes its monthly meetings beginning Monday, September 9 at 2:00 PM in the Narthex. We are still finalizing a speaker for the event, but we will use this opportunity to also renew friendships, discuss potential future topics, and get to know our two new facilitators: Robin Jacob and Eric Bahow. Anyone with macular degeneration is invited to attend, as well as friends and family. Please contact Beth Irwin, Director of Health Ministries/Parish Visitor, at 419.531.4236 or [email protected] if you plan to attend. Volunteer drivers are also appreciated! If you can drive for those who would like to attend, please contact Beth as soon as possible. Grief Support Group for WomenNew Sessions Begin Monday, September 16Losing a loved one can leave you overwhelmed with grief, confusion, and loneliness. A support group can provide a caring, understanding environment to explore your feelings and begin healing alongside others on a similar journey.Grief Support for Women, facilitated by Karen Landes and Jennifer Church, begins a new 12-week session on Monday, September 16 at 6:30 PM in the Lounge. Understanding your Grief by Alan Wolfelt will be used as a springboard for reflection and discussion, but the primary resources are the participants themselves. The cost of the book and materials is $25.00, which will be available at the first meeting. Checks can be made payable to Epworth UMC.Space is limited, so to reserve a space or to learn more, please contact Beth Irwin, Director of Health Ministries/Parish Visitor at 419.531.4236 or [email protected]

    America Red Cross Blood DriveWednesday, September 18Give the gift of life at the next American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Family Life Center. Donation windows will be available between 3:00 and 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 18. If you donated ON OR BEFORE July 24, you can donate again at the September 18 drive!Registration just got a whole lot easier too! You can either call Church office or go to www.redcrossblood.org and click on Make a Blood Drive Appointment in the upper right corner to schedule an appointment. Enter your zip code and the sponsor code EPWORTHUMC, ensuring you click on the TOLEDO, OH location. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and a phone call reminder a few days prior to the drive.Keep in mind the following tips when preparing to donate blood: Eat foods rich in iron including kale, spinach,

    red meat, fish, poultry, beans, and raisins Be well-hydrated; drink an extra 16 ounces of water before the donation Get plenty of rest the night before Avoid fatty foods such as hamburgers, fries, and ice cream, which can affect pre-donation testsFor more helpful tips and FAQs, go to www.redcrossblood.org. If you have questions, contact Beth Irwin, Director of Health Ministries/Parish Visitor, at 419.531.4236 or [email protected]: If you are interested in forming a grief support group of your own, Rex Decker has offered to facilitate. Contact Beth Irwin for additional information.

    Epworth Health Ministries

  • 9Get a Healthy Start for a New School YearNow that school supplies have been purchased, backpacks are packed, and bus schedules checked, here are a few reminders for a healthy, successful school year for your children: Remind them to practice good hygiene (wash hands before/after meals, cover mouths and noses when sneezing/coughing, and never share combs or brushes at school). Make sure their sleep schedule is consistent and they get enough quality sleep every night. Some children have a tough time unwinding in the evening, so limit television and video games, as well as sugary or caffeinated beverages. Make time for breakfast in the morning. Even a simple breakfast of juice or milk, fruit, toast with peanut butter, or low-sugar cereals can help get a childs day off to a great start. Pack healthy lunches. Just like a healthy breakfast starts the day off right, a healthy lunch will help them recharge for the second half of their day. Think lean turkey sandwiches, tuna or chicken salad kits, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk or a small bottle of water. Shop together for their lunchbox items, so you know you are buying foods they will eat. If they become ill during the school year, keep them home. Letting them rest will speed recovery and keep illnesses from spreading at school. If they seem to have an unusual number of sick days, seek the advice of your family doctor.

    A new twist to an already great Fitness Program!Next year, Epworth will celebrate 30 years of providing a program of lifetime fitness for members, as well as the surrounding community. This fall, Body Recall + will add new components based on the former program with continued emphasis on practical application for everyday independent living. Leaders Brenda Kunkel and Pam Christensen have developed and expanded the basic program and will be adding some weight-lifting, wall-work stretches, and cardio benefits to enhance the traditional Body Recall workout. Classes will expand to one hour to accommodate additional training. The fee for classes, however, will remain the same: $60.00 for a 10-week session (3 times a week). Fall classes begin Monday, September 9 and will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Classes are also interchangeable for those who can not make a class on any day at their preferred time. To sign up or for questions, call Nancy in the Church office at 419.531.4236.

    Healing and Wholeness ServiceTuesday, September 10Epworths next Healing and Wholeness Service will be Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel. The service is open to the entire community. Music Therapist, David Putano, will share how his music has provided avenues for healing and wholeness for many individuals. Originally from Binghamton, NY, Davids private practice in the Toledo region consists of music therapy with hospice patients and their families, pediatric and adolescent behavioral music therapy at Toledo Childrens Hospital, music therapy for autistic pre-school and school age children at S.A.I.L., and work with the geriatric population and adult developmentally delayed.The service will include healing prayers with anointing with oil and the Sacrament of Holy Communion led by Pastor Thomas. The Healing and Wholeness team participating in the service will be Beth Irwin, B.J. Brengartner, Dolli Darah, and Penny McCartney. Cecil Baughman will accompany.A free-will offering will be received. Please invite a family member, friend, or neighbor who needs Gods healing touch.

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    PRE-SCHOOL Nursery childcare at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 in the nurseryToddler Sing-n-Worship at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 (Room 110) Our toddlers learn from lessons geared to two year olds which let them know how much we love them, and how much God loves them. Preschool Play-N-Worship at 9:45 and 11:00 (Rooms 112 & 114)Preschool children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten) are invited to join us Sunday morning in rooms 112 & 114 for Play-N-Worship. Each month the children will explore a new Bible Point through stories, songs, and play. The children will also memorize a Bible verse, learn an action prayer, and collect a Pennies for Jesus offering to buy childrens Bibles to send with our mission teams. ELEMENTARYChildren Grades K-5 at 9:45This summer our Kingdom has been transformed into the city of Athens. Last year during VBS, we visited Babylon. This year during summer Kingdom classes for our elementary children, we will be in Athens to learn about Pauls dangerous journeys to share the truth about Jesus. Coming to the Kingdom September 8Meet your shepherd for a new year as we gather in our Oasis room. We will be exploring the Bible Virtues of Wisdom, Faith, and Friendship in large and small groups through drama, music, Bible storytellers, and DVDs on our new big screen. You will not want to miss the art activities, science experiments, cooking lessons, and games each week in our Kingdom rooms. This year in the Kingdom we will discover what God is doing in you to change the world around you. We will stick to three basic truths:

    WISDOM: I need to make the wise choice.FAITH: I can trust God no matter what.FRIENDSHIP: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

    Children Grades K-3 at 11:00 W.O.W. (Worship Our Way)This class meets in the newly renovated Oasis (Room 203) directly following the Pastors Childrens Moment. Each week, children grades K-3 will learn about Gods love through age appropriate lessons packed with hands on learning through praise, worship, and prayer. Kids Grades 4 and Up at 11:00 We invite kids grades four and up to join us in the sanctuary and worship. Sit together with a group of friends, or join your family. Ask an usher for the special green BTween Me & God bulletin inserts created just for you each week. Ep

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    These sheets are filled with questions and insights to help engage you in worship. Remember there are no right or wrong answers, and you do not even need to turn these into anyone at the end of the day because worship is BTween you and God! YOUTH at 9:45 Junior High meets in Room 003 off the Family Life CenterSenior High meets in Room 215This summer those who have finished GRADE SIX are invited to join the Junior High Donuts and Bible class or assist in the elementary Kingdom class! ADULTS at 9:45Adult Bible Study (Room 214)We are doing an overview of the TV series The Bible. We will view the entire series, dividing it into roughly 20 minute segments and will take many weeks to view the entire series. Our overview will consider whether the series is faithful to our understanding of the Scriptures, if it enhances our understanding of historical events portrayed in Scripture, if it would be useful with new Christians, and how it would viewed by unbelievers. Join us any Sunday for what usually turns out to be an active discussion. Friends in Faith (Room 101)Join us for conversation around Favorite Bible Passages: Lessons from 26 Familiar Texts. We meet every Sunday morning in Room 101 at 9:45. New members and visitors are welcome at any time.

    Coffee and Conversation (Volunteer Office Room 020)The miniseries The Bible shown on the History channel offered adaptations of the best-known stories in the Bible. From Noahs Ark and Daniel in the Lions Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, this series took a walk through Gods story and the people in it. We are viewing clips from the series and discussing how stories of the Bible pertain to us today. We love new faces and even have our own coffee pot!

    Sermon Notes DiscussionThe topic for discussion each week relates to the sermon of the day, guided by the weekly sermon notes. Feel free to drop in any time. The discussion is always interesting. Please call the Education office with any questions or for additional information about any of our Sunday Morning Education Programs.Ep

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    As we begin another fall at Epworth, we hope you will consider using your gifts in the Music Ministry. We have many places for you to serve. If you have any questions or want to talk about how you might be a part of the music program, please feel free to call Cecil Baughman, Director of Music, at [email protected] or Kyle Folger, Contemporary Worship Leader, at [email protected] Both may also be reached at 419.531.4236. The different groups and meeting times are listed below:Chancel ChoirThursdays starting September 5 at 7:30 PMCollege age and up

    Wesleyan RingersThursdays starting September 5 at 6:15 PMCollege age and up

    Praise Team Hearts AfireWednesdays starting September 4 at 7:00 PMSingers and instrumentalists

    Wesleymen2nd/4th Tuesdays starting September 10 at 7:30 PMMen, college age and up

    Tower RingersSundays starting September 15 at 7:00 PMJunior and Senior high youth

    Childrens ChoirWednesdays starting September 25 at 5:15 PM4 year olds - 6th graders

    Joy RingersWednesdays starting September 25 at 6:15 PM4th - 6th graders

    Wonderful WednesdayWednesday, September 4 at NoonThe next Wonderful Wednesday luncheon and program will be on Wednesday, September 4 at noon. Pastor Shirrel Petzoldt of Good Shepherd of the Deaf Lutheran Church will be our guest speaker/signer. Pastor Shirrels church is a community of both the deaf and the hearing and acts on its strong desire to help with the needs of the deaf community in and around Northwest Ohio. He will share about the outreach ministry to the deaf that stretches from Toledo to Findlay and from Defiance to Genoa.Chef Les will prepare a special luncheon. For reservations call the Church office at 419.531.4236 or email [email protected] The cost is $6.00.

    Confirmation Celebration Sunday(Formerly Rally Day)Sunday, September 8th 8:30 AM - Blended Worship with Communion 9:45 AM - Traditional with Confirmation

    Celebration for 16 confirmands: 11:00 AM - CONTEMPORARY with Infant BaptismNursery, toddler, and preschool classes are available during all three services. Elementary classes are held at 9:45 and 11:00 AM, and Youth and Adult classes are held at 9:45 AM.

    Please bring finger foods to share and Laundry Detergent for Focus

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    BUNCOOnce every month the Friends in Faith women gather at one of our homes for an evening of fellowship, food and Bunco. The hostess of the month provides the main course and everyone else is asked to bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert to share. We start at 6:30 PM. The next opportunities to join us are: September 17 at Lin Binghams house. RSVP to Lin. October 15 at Karen Knights house. RSVP to Karen.Friends in Faith Book ClubEveryone is welcome to join us for the Book Club. We serve up lively discussion and dessert with every meeting beginning at 7:00 PM! The next opportunities to join us are:

    September 24 - We will discuss Cold Mountain, by Charles Fraizer and will meet at Patty Kellers house. October 29 - We will discuss Defending Jacob, by William Landay and will meet at Linda Coons house. December 3 - We will discuss Inferno, by Dan Brown and will meet at Linda Coons house.

    Acolytes have been helping in church services since ancient times. The word acolyte is taken from an ancient Greek word meaning companion, attendant, or helper. Acolytes work with the pastors and take part in Church services to help people worship God. Being an acolyte is a great way to get started in your service to Epworth. We are looking for boys and girls in grades 4-7 to serve as acolytes this year. Usually, this is done at the 9:45 service and at other special services during the year (like Christmas Eve). Those interested in serving this year should contact Mrs. Norris or Mrs. Boze. We are hoping to have a training meeting for new acolytes after the 11:00 service on Sunday, August 25.

    Calling 4-7 Graders to Serve as AcolytesSunday, August 25 - Training Meeting

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    Toledo Area Ministry - Feed Your NeighborSundays this Fall

    Our Epworth Community has supported the local ministry Feed Your Neighbor (FYN) for many years. Its mission is to ensure that all people in Toledo have adequate food to eat by providing a supply of food to those in need and advocating for policies that would eradicate food insecurity in the community, the nation, and the world. FYN is a ministry of the non-profit organization Toledo Area Ministries (TAM) and has fed over 70,000 people each year through its food pantries and outreach programs.Year-round support from Epworth comes from funds provided by Community Outreach and from the countless donations of non-perishable food items from members of the Epworth Community. Our Project Feed 5000, which starts in the spring, also benefits FYN pantries all over the city. However, monies to support this agency have dwindled, but demands to feed the hungry are enormous and continually growing. You can help sustain this local mission by donating non-perishable items.The following items are examples of non-perishables that are always needed: peanut butter canned fruits and vegetables canned meats pasta (spaghetti, noodles, rice) macaroni and cheese soup and crackers cerealPlease bring your donation in any Sunday to the FYN box located outside the chapel entrance. Volunteers will deliver the non-perishables to the pantry at Epiphany Lutheran Church. Thank you for your on-going support of the Feed Your Neighbor program!

    Epworth UMWs Arts and Crafts Bazaar!Contributions NeededWe are looking for CONTRIBUTIONS to Epworth UMWs Arts and Crafts Bazaar! happening Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.SILENT AUCTION: Donate a service or item (new or unused) for the Silent Auction. BE CREATIVE! Examples include vacation cottages, babysitting, gourmet meals, boat rides, tickets, restaurant gift certificates, etc. Contact Val Hendricks or Anna Wilkinson.PANTRY: It is not too early to think about donating baked goods, candy, or bread for the pantry. Contact Lisa Keaffaber or Sue Cafferty. VOLUNTEER: Are you willing to donate your time? It takes more than 100 people to run the event. Call Polly Richardson or Marsha Palmer. Sign-up sheets will also be posted in the Cloister starting in September.

    Prayer Task ForceThursdays starting September 19In response to the call to make Epworth a more prayerful church, the Prayer Task Force has been looking for ways to make this happen. The Prayer Task Force meets the third Thursday of each month, at 6:30 PM in the Chapel. Each meeting includes an educational moment on prayer, as well as discussion of various prayer projects around the church. One of our current projects has been providing prayer in the Chapel after Sunday morning worship.If you are interested in learning more, the next meeting will be September 19 at 6:30 PM in the Chapel, or contact Martha Kreuz or Tami Norris for more information.

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    Do you have a lovefor children?

    Do you have a lovefor Jesus?

    Do you want to help children love Jesus

    as you do?YOU can help make that happen!YOU can flip flop a child and change their life forever! YOU can serve in our Education Ministry Sunday mornings beginning this fall!WE have so many ways you can serve at 9:45 or 11:00: preschool, story tellers, elementary, craft coordinators, in a team, audio visual technicians, teaching assistants, Shepherd for the year, teacher for a month, greeters, teacher for same Sunday each month, the possibilities are endless! WE will give you all the tools you need to succeed. WE will be with you every step of the way. Join us Sunday, August 25 at 9:45 or 11:00 in Room 101. Of course, there will be food! Please call the Education office now! The children are waiting to know you! They are counting on you to fill these shoes!

    Love Our LambsThe Preschool Wing needs loving arms and warm hearts to care for our 3, 4, and 5 year olds at 9:45 and 11:00. You can help with snack, read bible stories, play games, and share your love of God. Please consider helping in this area. The hands on materials are all ready and waiting for you. All we need is you! Call Mary in the Education office or sign up on the Opportunities Page.

    Volunteer on Sunday Mornings

    Friendly Center Golf OutingSeptember 13 at Noon Featuring Golf PLUS a Celebration & Auction, door prizes, range balls, goodie bags, music, meals beverages and fun! $75 per golfer for 18 holes, cart, dinner meal ticket and 2 beverage tickets. Contact Gus Grinstead to register!! Proceeds benefit The Friendly Center

    The Doug Horlick Weekly Golf Outing Friday MorningsJoin us every Friday morning at 9:30 AM for the Doug Horlick Weekly Golf Outing. If you enjoy a stroll or a ride in a pleasant park and golf course, join us at Ottawa Park in a non-competitive game where the scores are destroyed after each Friday! Any questions, call Dick Baker or Wendy Lawrence.

    See you there!

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    Questions about Epworth Student Ministries? Contact Bob Knowles at [email protected] or 419.509.2353 or Chuck Campos at [email protected] or 419.902.2263.

    4855 W. Central AvenueToledo, Ohio 43615-2337

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    PAIDToledo, OhioPermit No. 23

    Epworth Student Ministries

    Our Mission To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!

    www.EpworthSWAT.com

    Sunday, August 25 9:45 AM - Junior & Senior Sunday Morning Donuts & The Bible 9:45 AM - Confirmation 2013 Final Class 6:00 PM - Junior SWAT 7:30 PM - Senior SWAT Wednesday, August 28 6:00 PM - Incoming 7th Graders and Parents Picnic (Narthex area)Thursday, August 29 6:00 PM - Confirmation 2014 Info Meeting & Dinner for Youth and Parents (Narthex area)Monday, September 1 Labor Day - No SWATThursday, September 5 6:00 PM - Confirmation Banquet & RehearsalSunday, September 8 Confirmation Sunday 9:45 AM - Junior & Senior Sunday Morning Donuts & The Bible 6:00 PM - Junior SWAT in Epworth FLC 7:30 PM - Senior SWAT in Epworth FLCFriday, September 13 7:30 PM - Junior SWAT Overnighter in FLC thru 9:00 AM SaturdaySunday , September 15 9:45 AM - Junior & Senior Sunday Morning Donuts & The Bible 12:30 PM - Senior SWAT Youth Leadership Team (YLT) 6:00 PM - Junior SWAT 7:30 PM - Senior SWAT

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The Epworth Tower Epworth United Methodist Church Church Phone: 419.531.4236 Website: www.epworth.com Church Fax: 419.531.7487 August 21, 2013 Our Service Partners Epworth is known for service to the community. Six Super Saturdays of Service is a six-week opportunity for us as a church to partner with local agencies to be the “Hands and Feet of Christ” right here in the Greater Toledo area. Beginning August 24, for six consecutive Saturdays, there will be multiple local agencies benefiting from service projects staffed by Epworth that will involve at least 100 or more volunteers. There will be projects lasting from 3 to 4 hours or longer for all ages and skills. Childcare will be provided for those who have young children (3 days advance notice needed), so everyone can fully participate in giving something back to our community. You can sign up in the Cloister on Sundays, by calling the Church office, or online at www.epworth.com. Fun AND Important Info for Kids AND Parents Inside!
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