Holy Week Worship and Celebration Events

Gethsemane United Methodist Church announces Worship Service and Special Events for Holy Week 2014.

On Palm Sunday, April 13, we will have 9:00a and 11:15a Worship Services in the Sanctuary.

On Palm Sunday, April 13, we will hold a Service of Baptism at 7:00p at The Compass Church on West Jackson Street.

On Good Friday, April 18, a WOW Celebration Service will be held at the church at 7:00p. An Easter egg hunt for the children will be held after the Service. (The special dinner announced previously has been cancelled.)

On Easter Sunday, April 20, we will hold 9:00a and 11:15A Worship Services in the Sanctuary.

Please plan to join us, bring a friend or guest, to Worship and Celebrate our risen Savior. On the Journey!

GUMC Softball Team Sign-up for 2014 Season

It is time to sign-up to play softball for Gethsemane United Methodist Church. The weather is getting better and it’s time to get out and play!

It’s not about being the best athlete on the field, it’s about enjoying the company of fellow Christians.

The softball team is open to all members 14 years old and up. Games will be played at the Muncie SportsPlex, and begin the week of May 5th.

Sign-up and join the team, and come out and enjoy fresh air and fellowship as we continue our journey.

More information is available from Ken Johnson. Please contact the Church Office for Ken’s contact information.

On the Journey!

Go Fish – Upcoming Sermon and Study Series

Beginning March 23, a new Sermon and Study Series will kickoff at Gethsemane United Methodist Church. Go Fish by Andy Stanley begins Sunday, March 23, and will run through April 27th. Rev Vickie Perkins will be delivering Sunday morning messages from this six-part series that will relate to lessons Small Groups will study each week.

Fishing stories. We’ve all heard them. “It was this big.” “You should have seen the one that got away.” People love to tell stories of their fishing adventures. When it comes to faith, however, most people clam up. Why is it we can’t talk about what God has done in our lives as naturally as we can spin fishing tales?

In this six-part series, Andy Stanley explores the motivation behind sharing your faith and how it can become a natural part of your life.

Plan to take part in this activity, and contact the church office if you would like to join or form a small group. Rhonda Green, Executive Director, coordinates small group growth.

A New Name for Gethsemane

UPDATE On Tuesday evening, March 11, the members of Gethsemane United Methodist Church at a Charge Conference sanctioned by the Bishop and the District voted to approve a name change/addition to the church. Consideration of the name change was the sole business for the Charge Conference. Rev. Vickie Perkins asked that the name become The Garden at Gethsemane. The vote was not unanimous, but the motion passed. Rev Vickie thanked the members for their love and support, and praised God for the work being done in his name at Gethsemane.

The church will continue to a member of the United Methodist Church, and that will not be a secret. As Gethsemane is moving toward completion of a major building project, The Governing board and Journey Committee leadership in consultation with Rev. Vickie Perkins and Pastor Tony Collins felt led to pursue this change. Implementation of the name change will be gradual, and will begin to be reflected in church communication and outreach over the next several months.

Gethsemane United Methodist Church has scheduled a Charge Conference on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:00p, to vote on an addition to the name of the church.

Members will be able to discuss and vote on the addition of The Garden at to the name of Gethsemane. Everyone is invited to attend, but only members can vote on the change.

Worship Message – March 2, 2014

Listen to Rev. Vickie’s March 2, 2014, Worship Message “50/50″ from the Study/Sermon Series “Staying in Love” by Andy Stanley at Gethsemane United Methodist Church.

Winter Weather

With the heavy snow and low, low temperatures that followed, schools in Muncie and Delaware county and surrounding areas have been closed this week. This effectively gives most children an extra week of break from school, and parents an extra week with their families. And makes living day to day a little more difficult.

Gethsemane offices close following the lead of Muncie Community Schools. Activities at Gethsemane are cancelled when the office closes. Check email, the GUMC Facebook page, local radio, and the WTHR TV station for closing information.

Stay safe and warm, and do Whatever it Takes to stay on The Journey.

Staff Changes at Gethsemane

God has given us a vision – The Journey.. Moving People toward a Christ Centered Life. As we continue on our Journey at Gethsemane, God has made it clear that we need to be a church that is inwardly strong for an outward focus. In order to fulfill God’s vision, we must staff in the right positions to accomplish the goal of making Disciples of Jesus Christ. With that in mind, I am very excited to announce the following:

Effective October 1, 2013, Bishop Mike Coyner has appointed Tony Collins as Pastor of Outreach Ministries at GUMC. Pastor Tony has a heart and passion for the poor and marginalized in our community. While Tony will continue his responsibilities in Worship, his focus as Pastor of Outreach Ministries will be on Mission, WOW (Wheeling to Walnut), and launching a new worship “experience in February 2014. With great excitement I welcome Pastor Tony to the Indiana United Methodist Clergy connectional system.

Effective September 2013, Rhonda Green is serving as Executive Director for GUMC. She is resonsible for the inward networking of the many teams we have at Gethsemane. Rhonda has the Spiritual gifts of administration and shepherding. Rhonda has a heart and passion for seeing the “big” picture while empowering the body of Christ to minister in the name of Christ.

I continue to be in awe at the path on which Christ leads us. Thank you for your continued prayers and tremendous support as I Vision, Lead and Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Rev Vickie Perkins, October 2013

God’s Group Children’s Ministry

Gethsemane Children’s Ministry Team hosts God’s Group once a month on the 3rd Sunday. God’s Group provides fun, relationship-building activities for your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Children beginning second grade this year are welcome.

A kick-off celebration is planned on Sunday, Sept 15, after the second service. We will meet at the church for a Taco/Sundae lunch and fun with board games and fellowship. Plan to join us then.

The Bible – Sermon Series, Small Group Study

A new Sermon series and small groups study will begin September 8 for ten weeks. “The Bible” is the greatest book ever written and it will come to life with this study series. The study is based on the epic TV miniseries, THE BIBLE, that recently aired.

THE BIBLE brings to life the stories and characters from throughout the Bible from Genesis through Revelations.

This study series provides the perfect time to join a small group. Once you are signed up, begin praying and asking God who you should invite to join you on this journey.

This Sermon series and study is like no other. Through an inspiring message you will experience the power of the Old Testament as well as Jesus’ life, from the pain of His crucifixion and triumph through his resurrection.

Did you know…….

Gethsemane has a prayer room in Asbury, A-11, that is available anytime the church is open. Individual communion is available in the Prayer room. The elements have been blessed.

If you are in the hospital or know someone who is, please call the church office. Privacy laws prevent hospitals from contacting the church.

Gethsemane has a food pantry to feed the hungry. Cleaning supplies and paper goods are also needed. The is a cart in the Mission Storeroom in Asbury to hold your donations.

Gethsemane collects empty print cartridges. A box is located on a shelf across from the office in Asbury.

Gethsemane provides full grocery bags to Covenant Partners once a month. Our goal is to provide 100 bags each month. Groceries can be dropped off in Asbury A-9 in a brown paper bag by the 4th Monday each month. See the Caller newsletter for content detail.

Spiritual Gifts Small Group Study – Summer 2013

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Beginning May 19 for 11 weeks Gethsemane UMC will be on a journey in search of our spiritual gifts. Everyone has a gift from God, and this study is designed to help us discovery these gifts. Through a combination of small group studies and related Worship messages, we will learn and discover our spiritual gifts. We will be using the book “What you do best in the body of Christ” by Bruce Bugbee.

Rev. Vickie Perkins and Worship Director Tony Collins will be delivering the worship messages for this great activity. Tony Collins kicked off the series Sunday morning, May 19, with this comment to the congregation, “If you only do one small group study this year, let this be the one.” The Holy Spirit is working at Gethsemane and through focus study and prayer we can all learn our special gift for the Kingdom.

Access 2013 – Youth Confirmation Sunday May 12

On Sunday, May 12, the 10 youth who have participated in the Access 2013 Confirmation Program at Gethsemane United Methodist Church will have the opportunity to be baptized and confirmed during Worship Services. The youth have been working with Rev. Vickie Perkins, Tony Collins, and a group of mentors for 6 weeks to prepare and enrich their relationship with Jesus. The history of the church, United Methodist beliefs, a relationship with Jesus, and the importance of reading the Bible were all explored during the program.

On Sunday, April 28, the youth and mentors visited 4 other churches in the Muncie area. The youth were fascinated and enjoyed learning how others Worship.

On May 4-5, the confirmands participated in an overnight camp out at Summit Lake State Park. Sunday morning, the youth were treated to a Sunrise Service complete with communion by Rev. Vickie and Tony. They then headed back to Gethsemane for breakfast.

We are excited these young people have decided to participate in Access 2013 and for the leaders and prayer warriors who have supported them through the process. The Journey continues for these wonderful youth!

A Time to Build – Sunday, May 12

The corner stone for the Wesley Chapel building at Gethsemane United Methodist Church

The corner stone for the Wesley Chapel building at Gethsemane United Methodist Church

Come help us celebrate our heritage in the Wesley Building on Sunday May 12 during the 9:00a and 11:15a Worship Services. May 12 is also Confirmation Sunday at Gethsemane and the youth are leading both Worship Services.

This will be a particularly meaningful event if you were baptized, married, or confirmed in the Wesley Chapel. This is your opportunity to rejoice and celebrate the wonderful memories God provided for you in this space.

Later, after the Wesley building comes down, the Congregation will have an opportunity to take home a stone from the building.