Welcome to the Gay Street United Methodist Church!
Greetings to you from the people of Gay Street United Methodist Church. We are a vibrant growing community of believers seeking to "connect to God, to all People and to the World in ministry." You will find that we are a welcoming and diverse gathering. We strive to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ in mission. If you're looking for a church to call home and a group of people to call family, and a place where you are accepted, join us on Sunday mornings as we worship together.
We strive to offer people of all ages many ways to grow and move forward on their spiritual journey.There are a wide variety of groups, ministries, missions and opportunities for you to engage in that will lift your spirit and enhance your life.
So come explore, interact on this site and within our faith community...there's a place for you! Join us at Gay Street United Methodist Church - 8:30 a.m. Worship Service in the Chapel & 10:45 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary! Christian Education for all ages at 9:30 a.m.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone Resident Bishop of East Ohio Conference
Welcome Bishop Tracy Malone: You are invited to meet Bishop Malone at Newcomerstown Christ UMC, 648 Oak Street, Newcomerstown, Ohio, on Sunday, September 18, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Or on Sunday, November 13 at Ashland First UMC, 220 Sandusky St., Ashland, Ohio, 3:00 –5:00 p.m. Worship, program and refreshments. Let us know if you would like to carpool to either of these opportunities to meet the new Bishop
Vehicle for our Missionaries in the Congo
Two of the challenges Aaron and Mary face are mostly around communication and transportation. I know I cannot do anything to help with learning the language, or getting the internet to work all the time, but I know we can help with transportation, their biggest challenge. A vehicle for them to use at their assignment would make their ministry that much more effective. Much of the DRC is accessible only by boat or plane, but there are over 20 million people within driving distance of their assignment. In the typical arrangement between Global Ministries and the host organization, it is the host’s responsibility to supply safe, reliable transportation for the missionaries. This has not been the case, and is not likely to occur in the foreseeable future. Given the need for safe, reliable transportation, to visit sites within the western region of the DRC accessible by vehicle, and the current security concerns, we want to help resolve their transportation problem. Global Ministries has set up a way to process donated funds toward a vehicle in Kinshasa with an Advance Special number. The vehicle would be registered by Aaron and Mary in Kinshasa, but would be the property of Global Ministries. The vehicle would be used by them for transportation in the Kinshasa area, but would also be available for Global Ministries work with other missionaries and visiting teams to the DRC. They are hoping to purchase a seven passenger Land Rover –type vehicle (many roads are dirt/mud/rocks), in order to accommodate teams.
Tuscarawas District and District Superintendent Rev. Benita Rollins have already given their support of $2,000. I know with everyone working together, we will soon have enough funds raised for a reliable vehicle for them and who knows, maybe one of us will be riding in it one of these days when mission teams start going to the DRC!
If you would like to help with this mission project, please make your check out to Gay Street UMC and in the memo line put “Vandersommers Vehicle.”
If you would like to support the Vandersommers ministry, their Advance Special numbers are:
Aaron Vandersommers: Advance Special #3022154 Mary Vandersommers: Advance Special #3022155
Make your checks out to Gay Street UMC and on the memo line put their Advance Special number or name.
Praying for our Teachers and Staff at Pleasant Street & in our Congregation
In the upstairs parlor and outside Chapel, you will find a tree laden with apples, on which all the names of the teachers and staff at Pleasant Street Elementary School have been written, plus our own parishioners who are teachers and staff at other schools/colleges. We invite you to “pick an apple” and pray for this individual throughout the coming school year as we continue to support Pleasant Street School. B a list of items that Pleasant Street elementary school is needing. There will be collection boxes for these items in the upstairs parlor and inside Chapel.
Items Needed at Pleasant Street Elementary School
♦ Large tubs of Wet Wipes (20 total )
♦ Tissues (400 boxes total)
♦ Hand Sanitizer (200 bottles total)
♦ Ziplock Sandwich bags (200 total)
♦ Ziplock Snack Bags (200 total)
♦ Boxes of Small Bandages (50 total)
♦ Boxes of Assorted Bandages (20 total)
♦ Paper Towels (50 rolls total)
Gay Street UMC Children's and Youth choirs will begin
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31.
Wednesday Night Rehearsal Schedule:
Rainbow Singers - Ages 4 through 1st Grade:
4-4:45 p.m. Rehearsal. (4:45-5:30 Snack and Fellowship)
Sunbeam Choir- Second through Fifth Grade:
4:45-5:30 p.m. Rehearsal. (4-4:45 Snack and Fellowship)
Youth Choir- Middle School and HS:
6:00-6:30 p.m. Rehearsal
♦ A registration table will be available August 31 to fill out/drop off forms, sign up for snacks, and order a church t-shirt if you need one.
Support for a Refugee Family
On April 15 there was a tremendous response to Delvina Oelker’s testimony, indicating the congregation’s affirmation in welcoming and supporting a refugee family here at Gay Street. If you were not able to hear Delvina’s story, a DVD copy is available in the office for you to borrow. If you would like to participate in supporting a family here, please contact the church office at 740-392-6626. Some of the suggested ways to help are:
▪Prayer ▪Donate Household items/supplies ▪Donate Food ▪Provide Transportation ▪Donate Furniture ▪Mentor/Tutor English ▪Help to Job Search ▪Donate Funds for Rent, Utilities and Other Expenses ▪Friendship ▪Other