This year, we’ll be walking in support of Intown Collaborative Ministries, the parent of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. To donate or to sign up for IPUMC’s Team click here. The walk is $25 and the run is $35. The run is timed and counts as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. 80% of what we raise will go towards Intown Collaborative’s account at the Atlanta Community food bank, enabling them to purchase more quality food for their guests. It is a very family-friendly event, too, so bring the kids.
For this Lenten season, we are partnering with New American Pathways to support refugees coming to the United States. Join us by bringing newly purchased hygiene supplies and “Welcome to America” supplies so these families have what they need to start a new life here. See a list of needed items below. We will be collecting these items from Feb. 13 – April 1. Please bring your items in a bag marked for New American Pathways to the church and contact Kate or John Zelenka with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In special need:
Welcome to America supplies:
-food storage bags
We’re currently hiring childcare workers for our nursery during church services and some additional church activities as needed. Previous experience working with children from birth to pre-school and previous experience in church work are preferred. This position is open to persons 18 and older. Please send a resume and cover letter to Cecelia Reilly at email@example.com. Please click here to view the job description.
Our Staff Parish Relations Committee is happy to announce that we have hired Cecelia Newman as our new full time Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministries. Cecelia is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She served for a year and a half as the Director of Children and Youth at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina before becoming the Associate Director of Youth at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas in January of 2014.
Cecelia is engaged to be married to William Reilly in August. William will be entering the Candler School of Theology in August to pursue ordination as a United Methodist pastor. Cecelia will join us on May 15th, and we look forward to meeting and welcoming William later this summer.
We have a new sound system in the sanctuary, so we need people to SERVE by learning how to operate it so we can hear Rev. Max on Sunday mornings. We also need people to SERVE by filming Rev. Max’s sermons on Sunday mornings and helping us format the videos so we can post them on Youtube and our website.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to SERVE in our “tech department”!
Interested in working with children or youth? Interested in working at IPUMC? Here’s your chance! We have two job opportunities opening soon: Director of Children/GROW Ministries and Director of Youth/SERVE Ministries. The Director of Children/GROW Ministries will work closely with our congregation-wide GROW (Christian Education) ministries in addition to focusing on the Children’s Ministry. The Director of Youth/SERVE Ministries will be responsible for working with our youth, and well as our congregation-wide SERVE ministries (mission/outreach). Both positions are part-time positions (20 hours/week). Salary range and a position descriptions can be provided upon request.
We are currently accepting resumes for both positions. If you have questions or would like to submit your resume, please send it to Rev. Max Vincent at email@example.com.
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Our Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce that Lisa Farnsworth has accepted the position of Music Coordinator at Inman Park UMC. Lisa and her husband Andrew are active members in the church, and you’ve probably seen them in worship with adorable Lorelei. Lisa has worked as a volunteer throughout the last few months coordinating singers and musicians for our worship services.
Lisa’s work as a volunteer and passion for worship at Inman Park helped us begin to dream about doing something different with our music ministry. While we were talking about new possibilities, Lisa shared with us a vision statement containing some of her hopes and dreams for how we might do music ministry in new ways at Inman Park. Lisa’s vision and our dreams seem to align in many ways. After meeting with Lisa, we agreed to try a new thing and asked Lisa to help us get this going. We want to share with you the statement that Lisa shared with us and ask you to welcome Lisa into this new position within our church.
Here are the GROW opportunities at Inman Park UMC this year. Please join us on our journey as we GROW together! Contact Laura Tanguturi if you have any questions.
Grow 1: Adult GROW class discusses the scripture passage that’s being read in service that Sunday, or reads a book of the Bible together. Please join us for prayer, open-minded conversation, and sincere, loving fellowship. Your doubts and questions are welcome.
– 1st floor library at 9:30 am Sunday mornings, group led; childcare is available. Class is currently meeting.
Grow 2: Adult GROW class follows the Children’s Spark Curriculum/ Sunday Morning Readings or Lessons that are part of that Sunday’s worship. It’s a time to look deeper into the scripture and for sharing questions and thoughts. There is more to this class than just scripture–join us in building friendships with other members of the church.
– 2nd floor library starting September 13 at 9:45 am Sunday mornings. Kristen Vincent will be leading September 13, 20 and October 4. After this time we will evaluate as a group to see what other GROW members might want to lead the next 2-4 weeks. Childcare is available.
Holy Club is the “advanced class” of Sunday School for adults. Join us for frank, challenging, unfiltered conversation, fellowship, and even a cold beer or two. All viewpoints are welcome. Bring your open mind and your toughest questions. Meets the second Thursday of every month at Manual’s Tavern or Thinking Man Tavern. See Clark Cunningham, John Adcox, or Andrew Farnsworth for details. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Grow: Come for coffee and a pastry at Proof Bakery to discuss scripture with the use of the Bible or through a devotional. Meets Monday mornings at 7 am and is lead by Pastor Max or a group member. Proof is located near the church at 100 Hurt St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.
“Becoming a Balanced Woman”: This GROW Group is a 6 week study for the women of Young Adult CONNECT. The study will focus on topics such as self confidence, stress management, finding contentment, and being healthy overall in body and spirit. The study will begin on Tuesday, September 15 and will be lead by Allison Musnick. Email Allison for further information: email@example.com
Pastor Max will be adding two or three short term GROW Groups to the fall schedule:
New Member’s Class: Sunday mornings for six weeks beginning September 13. Intended participants are those who have recently joined or are thinking about joining our church.
Study: The Unfolding Drama of the Bible: An 8- week weeknight study beginning the week of September 13, using the book The Unfolding Drama of the Bible by Bernhard W. Anderson. The study explores the storyline that holds the Bible together. The day of the week the class meets will be determined.
The third potential short-term fall GROW Group would be a weekday morning version of The Unfolding Drama of the Bible Study. Please contact Pastor Max if you have any interest or questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children & Youth GROW: GROW Groups for children and youth begin September 13 at 9:45 am in the multipurpose room (children) or Youth Hut (youth). Each group will have their own teacher and lessons/activities tailored to age appropriate Christian Education learning goals. This year they will journey through the Bible together using SPARK curriculum to drive the lessons and activities. Our children and youth GROW by learning scripture together, SERVE by doing mission projects together, and CONNECT by building community together.
“Westerhoff’s Five Criteria for sharing faith with children: telling stories, celebrating, praying, living our faith, and performing faithful acts of service and witness.” – from Making a Home for Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Your Children
Nursery: Open Sunday mornings 9:30 am until the end of worship for children 0-3 years of age.
Other Atlanta Emory District Conference GROW opportunities:
Lay Servant Ministries: Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church. If you feel this is something you’re interested in, please talk to Pastor Max. Upcoming classes (Basic and Advanced) are on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9:30am-2:30pm. Please contact the district office for more information – (770) 446-7506 or email@example.com
This Sunday, September 6th, we invite you to join us in worship as we give thanks for our labor. During the worship service there will be a time for you to bring some symbol of your vocation and place it on the altar as a way of giving God thanks for how we participate in Creation through our labors. If you are a student, maybe you want to bring a book. If you are an accountant, bring a calculator. If you are a parent devoted to transporting children to school and activities, bring your car keys. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Max. Join us this Sunday as we give thanks for our labor!