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.
From our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Bradley G. Call
June/July 2016 Three Rivers Current Newsletter
If you followed the actions of General Conference via the live streaming or news reports you are aware that there was significant debate over hot-button issues and some question about the future of our church. Following General Conference, our Council of Bishops issued an open letter (see below) which contained this excerpt:
“Our differences do not keep us from being the body of Christ. They do not keep us from doing good in the world. They do not keep us from making a difference... [O]ur prayer is for unity in the church for the advancement of our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
As we continue to carry out our mission in the coming days, even as we live into the anxiety of an uncertain future, my hope is that we can find a way forward that is led by the Spirit and faithful to our calling to reflect Jesus in the world.
If you were to ask my last congregation what was a theme of my ministry almost all of them could tell it to you in a word: “Grace.” I am such a believer and proponent of God’s grace that it guided my ministry in every way. I didn’t come up with that on my own. It’s thoroughly Wesleyan; it’s all over the Bible; and most especially it is prominent in the ministry of Jesus. In fact, in my reading recently I came across this sentence: “If Jesus had a theme song, it would be ‘Amazing Grace.’”
Jesus was a person of mercy and grace. He consistently loved, accepted, and welcomed imperfect people. He saw them as beloved children of God, created in the image of God, with value and worth. Of course he hoped they would change for the better. But he offered them forgiveness, love, and acceptance. He offered them grace. He does the same for you and me. It would be good if we did the same for his sake.
“TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
The Council of Bishops greets you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has called us to be servant leaders of the church. In 1812, Bishop Francis Asbury, Bishop William McKendree and General Conference Secretary Daniel Hitt sent the first letter to churches following General Conference. This letter seeks to revive that tradition. Lay and clergy delegates from around the world gathered in Portland, Oregon, along with bishops and pastors, church members and staff, volunteers and visitors, to engage in Christian conferencing, to make decisions for our church’s future, to affirm our global connection, to worship and to celebrate God’s faithfulness.
We celebrated the success of our Imagine No Malaria initiative, which seeks to raise $75 million in the fight against malaria, a disease that takes the life of a child in Africa every two minutes. We celebrated our ecumenical partnerships as we move in to full Communion with the Uniting Church in Sweden and toward full Communion with the Moravian church. We celebrated our heritage: the 250th anniversary of our oldest church, John Street UMC, the 200th anniversary of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women, the 25th anniversary of Africa University and others.
We continued in our acts of repentance with a presentation from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes about the Methodist involvement in the 1864 Sand Creek massacre. We shared in the consecration of deaconesses and home missioners and the commissioning of missionaries. We moved toward a global Book of Discipline and global Social Principles. We voted to add five new bishops in Africa after 2020, and approved a church wide study on our ecclesiology.
The Episcopal address set the tone for the event, focusing on humility and lifting up our accomplishments. We heard from our laity an invitation to members to be more involved in making disciples and getting involved in ministries to bring the love of Christ to others. We heard our young people say they “are engaged in Christ’s journey with energy and love.” We also heard them say clearly that they do not want a divided church and urged us to "be in unity even if we do not have unanimity." They give us hope for our future.
The body had difficult and challenging work before it as we acknowledged our differences over human sexuality. Amidst those differences, the delegates affirmed they want their bishops to lead and we found ourselves with an opportunity for a holy moment. We spoke candidly about what divides us and what our church might look like in the future if we dared to consider new possibilities. We offered a way forward, postponing decisions about sexuality matters and committing to having a different kind of global conversation that allows all voices to be heard.
Our differences do not keep us from being the body of Christ. They do not keep us from doing good in the world. They do not keep us from making a difference – and so we set forth bold new goals: to make a million new disciples of Jesus Christ; to engage 3 million new people to make a difference in the world; to transform 400 communities for vital abundant living; to reach a million children with lifesaving health interventions; and to double the number of vital congregations. Most importantly, we affirmed our commitment to stay united. We proved that we are more than debates and divisions, more than rules and resolutions. We stood together as the body of Christ. As we reflect on our time in Portland, our prayer is for unity in the church for the advancement of our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. John Wesley reminded us, “Best of all, God is with us.”
Signed on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council
Special Sundays Coming Up!
May 29— Aaron and Mary Vandersommers will be with us and will preach on their mission work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
June 5. Graduation Sunday. We will honor our high school, undergrad, and graduate school graduates. Following the service, we invite the congregation to give them congratulations in the red parlor as we celebrate their achievement.
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
Youth Summer Activities! Put these dates on your calendar now and plan to attend!
Wednesday, June 1. A trip to Magic Mountain, for Senior High, 9th – 12th grade. 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. $18.00 per person for three activities + money for snacks.
Sunday, June 26. Sower Work Trip Commissioning in 10:45 am worship.
Depart for Sower and return Friday July 1. A final planning meeting will take place in early June.
Wednesday, July 6. Swimming at Pastor Denise’s for Mid High and Senior High. Leave by van 11:00 am, return by 5:00 pm. Bring sack lunch & snacks. Don’t forget drinks, sunscreen & towel, inflatables…. and football, soccer ball, etc…
Sunday, July 10 - Thursday, July 14. Be a leader or assistant with the kids in Vacation Bible School, for both Mid High and Senior High. 6:00 – 8:15 pm.
Sunday, Aug 7. Canoeing/tubing at Kokosing River for Mid High and Senior High. Leave by van 1:00 pm. $12.00. Eat your lunch before we leave. DO NOT bring valuables, electronics!! Because it never fails, no matter how hard we try, they always get soaked!!
Sunday, September 11. Youth Group Kick Off! Mid High youth group, 5:00- 6:00 pm; Senior high youth group, 6:00 -7:00 pm. A wide variety of activities and discussion of faith in life.
Please click on our new Ministry Directory to view all the ways GSUMC is spreading God's love.