SSP Heads to Arizona
By Linda Harrell
The fundraising in complete, the adult participants are ready for the drive, and the youth are anxiously awaiting this new adventure. On July 19th your SSP mission team will head out for Tsaile, Arizona at 6:30am. This year, we will be traveling with a small group of folks from Pioneer UMC in Auburn.
God has provided an opportunity to share this experience with people outside our church congregation so if you know a youth entering high school or just completing high school that you think would like to go, please call or email Linda Harrell at 685-6714 or
I cannot begin to thank each of you enough for all your support this year. You can continue your support by writing a note the participants. Watch for a complete list and address in the announcements and e letter.
Vacation Bible School July 7-11, 2014
Vacation Bible School is nearly here! Save the dates -- July 7-11 from 3-6pm in the Ministry Center.
Sing, shout, praise, and pray as kids discover the greatest treasure of all.
High-energy music, engaging skits, video mission moments, and fun large-group challenges will start your safari party off on the right foot as kids explore the nature of God together. Then they’ll journey back at the end of the day for powerful reminders that they can always count on God…the greatest treasure of all!
Jump to the jungle beat and make crafts while learning and doing.
Watch kids’ imaginations grow by leaps and bounds as they take creativity to new levels! Through the challenge of creating, learning and doing, kids will stretch their talents and strengthen their passion to praise God—the greatest treasure of all!
Preschoolers will explore the nature of God through Bible stories, songs, games, crafts, and service projects designed just for them.
Big things happen for all the little people of Lily Pad Playland! It’s a preschool paradise, with enough fun to fill a giant lily pad! Preschoolers will understand God is their Creator, Provider, Protector, Savior, and King through Bible stories, songs, and games made just for them. Simple crafts and service projects will remind them what they KNOW (I can count on God!), help them EXPLORE the nature of God, and learn to SERVE Him with every inch of their preschool hearts, minds, and hands.
Fuel up, jump up, and get moving with games that focus on what’s so great about God.
Run with the big cats and eat like them too! Fuel up on a wide variety of yummy, snack options at the Jaguar Junction snack hut, then jump up and get moving with games that challenge the mind and muscles. Food and fun are designed to pair up just right with the theme and keep kids focused on what they can KNOW—they can count on God, their Creator, Provider, Protector, Savior, and King! Whether they are getting soaked, running relays, or testing their Bible memory might, kids will learn to count on God while building teamwork, confidence, and excitement!
Serve With A Mighty Purpose through activities and projects that help kids put their faith into action and impact the lives of others.
Slug-A-Bug S.W.A.M.P. is a one-of-a-kind destination where kids impact the lives of others—in their communities, countries, and around the world! As they learn what it means to count on God, kids have the opportunity to put that faith into action by participating in practical mission projects to help out kids across borders or friends just down the block. With daily and weeklong service ideas designed for all ages, kids are sure to find something that meets their needs—and someone else’s!
Zip right to the point with hands-on activities and small-group discussion to help kids work through how and why they can always count on God.
High above the jungle floor, amid a dense tangle of treetops, kids experience the sights and sounds of the jungle canopy as they learn who God is. They’ll dig into Bible stories to discover that no one but God could be their Creator, Provider, Protector, Savior, and King. Hands-on activities and meaningful small-group discussions will help kids work through how and why they can always count on God.
To register, click here for the English form and click here for the Spanish form. Contact the church office if you have any questions.
EGUMC Kid’s Musical Workshop Comes to Point Pleasant
The Elk Grove Methodist Church’s Children’s Musical is bringing their production of “The Amazing Grace Race, In His Steps…In Your Shoes” by Celeste Clydesdale, to Point Pleasant on Sunday, July 13th during the 6pm service in the Great Room.
Everyone is invited to see what these talented kids have been working on.
A group of Point Pleasant’s children are also in the musical and they’re very excited to present the show to their friends at EGUMC during their morning services, then performing at PPUMC for their church family for the evening service. You don’t want to miss this powerful worship.
Produce Donations to Food Bank Ahead of Last Year
The produce donations from the Point Pleasant Community Garden have started about a month earlier than last year, with 373 pounds of fresh picked, organically grown squash, peppers, eggplant and zucchini having been delivered to the Elk Grove Food Bank Services every Tuesday and Friday in June. Since we had such a mild winter, the gardens were planted earlier in the growing season, and harvesting has begun!
Several families in the community and the congregation have been sharing their abundant harvests from home with the Food Bank by dropping off produce on Monday and Thursday nights, or Sundays at church.
Last year we donated 2,250 pounds of produce from the Community Garden. Armed with knowledge obtained from the Garden of Grace in Livermore, the growing families hope to exceed 2 tons of fresh produce this year.
Rummage Sale in August!!!
What? It is not February – so it can’t be rummage sale time – but it is. EGUMC has graciously offered to let us use their church again. We have been so blessed with donations that the need for a second sale has occurred.
Mark your calendar for August 15th & 16th for the sale. Set up will be Thursday, August 14 starting at 8:30am. You can bring your donations to church on Sunday the 10th after each service, or if you have large items or a lot we will pick up on Thursday the 14th. Please come join us in the sorting and unpacking of the donated items - you never know when you are going to find a treasure.
Community Garden Open House & FREE Health Check Up
By Linda Floyd
Mark Sunday, August 10th on your calendar, for the Community Garden Open House during fellowship after each service.
Come to the Community Garden right after worship and enjoy a meal of fresh fruit and veggies, grilled snacks, baked goods made from our harvests and more. This meal is hosted by the family growers and committee of the Point Pleasant Community Garden.
While enjoying the outdoor fellowship, you are invited to have a FREE health check up led by Ben Madison, certified personal trainer. Ben and a volunteer crew of medical personnel will take basic measurements of blood pressure, heart rate, weight and body mass index (BMI). All participants will receive a handout explaining their “numbers” and how they affect overall health.
The health check ups will be held in Hein Rooms 1 and 2, and will take less than five minutes per person. The results handout can be used to start a discussion with your doctor, add more activity to your lifestyle or look at new ways to create meals.
Healthy recipes will be available along with exercise ideas for all ages and abilities, too.
UMCOR US Update
Colorado’s catastrophic floods last September, claimed lives, destroyed homes and businesses, and affected thousands of people across the state.
Thanks to caring congregations like yours, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) brought hope to Coloradans in their darkest hours. We distributed cleaning buckets and health kits containing tttoiletries, bandages, and other relief items after the disaster hit. UMCOR Care Teams offered spiritual and emotional support while UMCOR Early Response Teams cleaned homes, helping to ease the suffering of countless people.
Nine months later, we have not left their side. We continue to serve the most vulnerable among us, helping them regain their footing, rebuild homes and navigate the process of recovery.
That’s how UMCOR’s US Disaster Response works. We equip the local church for response, we help address the immediate needs of disaster survivors, we mentor responders in the region, provide grants for long-term recovery, and we don’t leave until the job is done and people are living what they can consider their new normal.
All thanks to caring people like you.
Gregory A. Forrester, UMCOR US Disaster Response