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Gary United Methodist Church May 10, 2020

Congregational Care Our sympathy to Bob & Diane Martin on the death of their nephew, Thomas Martin, on May 2

Stay Connected to the Church Family Worship Talk: Sundays, at 10:15 a.m. live via Zoom. This virtual coffee hour includes a facilitated conversation with Carey Williams Bebar about the morning's service. Grab your coffee and click on the meeting link right beneath the worship service at garychurch.org. Gary Youth Zoom Meetings Led by Pastor Daniel Lee: High School Sunday Night is at 7 p.m. Midweek for Middle Schoolers meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. To receive text messages from Gary Youth, text “garyyouth” to 95577. Gary Cares Teams: We are continuing to make calls to our church family. If you would like to make calls, or if you are in need of help, complete the Gary Cares form. Recognizing Our Graduates: With the absence of traditional ceremonies this year, we are eager to celebrate our high school graduates in the Gary/Winfield Church family by sending cards, notes, or email messages to arrive around May 23. To participate, contact the Church Office for a list of the graduates’ names, addresses, and email addresses. Additionally, we will list all those who are graduating from high school, college, or vocational school in the next Chimes. Please contact the Church Office with the graduate’s name, school of graduation, intended college/degree, or other details by Monday, May 11. 2020 UM General Church Meetings Postponed: The General Conference of the UM Church has been tentatively rescheduled for Aug. 31–Sept. 10, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. Debate of the proposals regarding the future of the UM Church will be delayed until this meeting. The NIC Annual Conference and the North Central Jurisdictional Conference have also been postponed. New dates have not yet been announced. Additional information is available at nicumc.org and umnews.org.

Stay Connected to the Mission Local Ministry Partners: • ESSE Adult Day Services: ESSE’s only fundraiser this year will be through Giving DuPage Days, an online fundraising event. To contribute, go to givingdupageday.org through May 14 and enter ESSE under “Find an Organization.” • Community Garden: Help provide fresh produce to local food banks through our garden located at Winfield Community UMC. Garden activities consist of watering, weeding, grass mowing, pruning, harvesting, and delivery to food banks. All activities can be done on your own time using “social distancing” principles. Schedule the day(s) and times of your choice for any task you choose throughout the summer. Contact Fred Wayland through the Church Office. • Northern Illinois Foodbank: During the month of May, the United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference will match dollar-for-dollar your donation to three food banks—including the Northern Illinois Foodbank—for a total match of $50,000. To participate, visit solvehungertoday.org, complete your information, and then in the “Comments” or “Additional Details” box, enter “UMFNIC.” For more details, visit UMFNIC.org/foodhelp. Your tithes and offerings: To support the ongoing mission and ministry of Gary Church, please consider making a gift. Here are three ways to continue your tithes and offerings. • Online: Make a regular or one-time gift at www.garychurch.org/giving. • Text-to-Give: Text 844-928-1220 on a cell phone. Enter a dollar amount followed by the word “GARY” and follow the instructions. • Checks: Mail a check to Gary Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL 60187.

Resources for Home Lectionary Readings • •

This week’s readings: Acts 7:55–60, Psalm 31:1–5, 15–16, 1 Peter 2:2–10, and John 14:1–14 Next week’s readings: Acts 17:22–31, Psalm 66:8–20, 1 Peter 3:13–22, and John 14:15–21

Pastor Brian Podcast: With scripture, music, and prayer, these ten–minute podcasts are perfect for family devotions or for listening on your own. You can find this daily resource anywhere you get your podcasts (Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, etc.) or follow this link: 964906.buzzsprout.com.