Spiritual Growth Study – November 6, 2014

The Garden at Gethsemane United Methodist Women invite the women and friends of the church to a 3-hr Spiritual Growth Study titled One Month To Live.

The Study will be led by Rev. Vickie Perkins, and is on Thursday, November 6, 9a-noon. A continental breakfast will be available at 8:30a.

Cost is $3.00. Tickets are available in the church office or during Sunday fellowship hour in Asbury Hall. Child care is available upon request. Plan to attend.

SOULSHiFT Continues


Earlier in the year members and friends of The Garden at Gethsemane began a church-wide study to move as a group on The Journey toward a Christ Centered Life. SOULSHiFT is the program, and it is bringing transformation to our relationships, our Church, and ourselves.

SOULSHiFT books are available at The Garden on Sunday morning or through the church office during the week. We encourage everyone to become a part of this study. Weekly Worship Messages by Rev Vickie Perkins and Pastor Tony Collins center around SOULSHiFT, and the study notes are available each Sunday morning or on the The Journey web site each week. You can also receive them by email if you like.

From the SOULSHiFT site SOULSHiFT Site.
Learn seven key shifts that God’s Spirit causes in the hearts, minds, and behaviors of Christians that will empower and unite your church for growth and ministry. SOULSHiFT will move you and your church from performance-driven religion to life-transforming relationship . . . for the rest of your lives!

United Methodist Men Pickle Sales

photo-15The United Methodist Men at The Garden sell Sechler’s pickles each year. Recently they setup a pickle shop at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Bob Wright and Butch Littell are shown here selling pickles.

Sechler’s pickles are made in Indiana and taste great. Several varieties are available at The Garden. United Methodist Men are available most Saturday mornings at The Garden so stop in and buy some. Or you can call the church office Mon-Fri 8-4 for details.

Funds raised from pickle sales support summer camp opportunities and other church activities.

SOULSHiFT Study – beginning May 2014

SoulShiftIn May we will begin a church-wide study that will bring transformation to you, your relationships, and your CHURCH! SOULSHiFT is a church-wide study that will begin May 4th. Books will be available on April 27th. We encourage everyone to become a part of this study.

From the SOULSHiFT site SOULSHiFT Site.
Learn seven key shifts that God’s Spirit causes in the hearts, minds, and behaviors of Christians that will empower and unite your church for growth and ministry. SOULSHiFT will move you and your church from performance-driven religion to life-transforming relationship . . . for the rest of your lives!

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!

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

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!