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.
and the Easter Story for all children of the church, Rainbow Singers, Sunbeam choir & friends at Gay Street UMC, Wednesday, April 5. 4:00 pm for 2nd grade and above. 4:45 pm for PreK - 1st grade. Each age group will have a snack, hear the Easter story told through Resurrection eggs, then off to an awesome Easter Egg Hunt on the third floor of the church.
Help us collect Personal Dignity Kits for collection at East Ohio Annual Conference. The Midwest Mission Distribution Center will have a truck during Annual Conference Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning. We will send our donations with our representatives to Conference: Rev. Denise, Rev. Lauren, Jon Butler and Meghan Durbin. You may pick up a one-gallon plastic bag from the upstairs parlor or the chapel area. Inside will be the following list (once you fill you bag(s), please bring it back to the church by June 5.
UMCOR requests that the following NEW items be placed in a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.
●1 hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27”. No kitchen towels.)
●1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
● 1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
● 1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
● 1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
● 6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
● $1.00 to purchase toothpaste.
All items must be new.
Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.
Please remove all packaging, unless otherwise specified.
All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items, nothing more.
Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.
UMCOR is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent. Do not put single dollar bills in each kit. Collect all money for toothpaste and shipping, then place it in a separate envelope and send along with the kit donations.
Staff Parish Relations News on Retirement and Appointment
It is with happiness for her, and regret for us, that we announce the intention of our pastor, Rev. Denise Marikis, to retire from active service as a clergy member of the East Ohio Conference, effective July 1, 2017. While we will miss her greatly, we celebrate her remarkable and gifted ministry among us over these past seven years and wish God’s richest blessings upon her as she prepares for this next phase of her life.
We are grateful for the dedicated service, love and attention that Denise has given to our church.
As is the usual procedure in the United Methodist Church, Denise will continue to provide pastoral leadership to our congregation over these next few months, helping to ensure a smooth transition. Her appointment with us will end on June 30, 2017.
On behalf of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, it is our great pleasure to share that Bishop Tracy Malone has asked that we announce that the appointment of Rev. Karen Oehl to be the pastor of the Gay Street United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2017.
This appointment has come after careful consultation with the Staff Parish Relations Committee to determine the gifts and graces needed to lead Gay Street UMC into the future. Rev. Oehl currently is serving as the District Superintendent of the Mid-Ohio District. She has previously served as pastor of Brecksville UMC, Apple Creek UMC, the Marshallville/Easton Charge, and as Associate Pastor at Wooster UMC .
On January 16, the SPRC met Rev. Oehl and her husband, Chris, who is an attorney and Assistant Prosecutor for Holmes County. We as a committee are very appreciative of the Bishop and her cabinet for all of the hard work they put into selecting a good match between our congregation and our incoming pastor.
Over the next few months, the SPR committee will be working on plans to celebrate Denise’s ministry as she prepares for retirement and to welcome Karen as our new pastor. Karen has shared that, while she has enjoyed serving as a district superintendent, she is very excited to be a pastor again now that her six year term has ended. Her energy and joy were infectious when she met with the SPR committee this past week. We look forward to introducing her and her husband, Chris, to their new church home this summer.
Please continue to pray for Gay Street UMC as we move into the future with hope and trust as we share in our mission to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Mattresses for Kinshasa
Mary and Aaron Vandersommers, our missionaries in the Congo, have identified an urgent need. They are working on providing mattresses for all of the UMC orphanages in Kinshasa and the two vocational schools for girls. They would like to see them all sleeping OFF of the floor and on a new clean mattress. “What a great improvement it would make in their overall health.” They need 250 mattresses and they cost $35 each. During the February 2 Mission Team meeting, the group voted to use the Thanksgiving and Christmas offerings to buy 55 mattresses for the Kinshasa’s orphanages and vocational schools. If you would like to help towards the 250 mattress goal, make your check out to Gay St. UMC and mark in the memo line of your check “mattress.” So far folks we have enough to purchase 102.7 mattresses. Praise the Lord!
Godspell is a musical, composed by Stephen Schwartz with the spoken parts by John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since. The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew (three of the featured parables are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke). The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance.
Everyone is invited to attend any of the following performances: Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 31, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 1, 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 2, 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.
The musical is choreographed by Megan and Leslie Bell, music is by Martha Bell and technical director is, Joe Bell
Lenten Lunches….please join us the next two Wednesdays, March 29 and April 5 as we are gather in the fellowship hall from noon to 1:00 with a time of worship. This brief worship includes prayer and a personal faith story shared by someone from our congregation. A simple lunch of soup, bread, relishes and fruit follows. The faith stories shared have been profound, and powerful reminders of God’s presence in our lives.
Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 p.m. Youth Choir rehearsal
Youth April Schedule
Sunday, April 2 Bell practice: 5:00 pm Sr. High; 6:00 pm Mid high UMYF: 5:00 pm -Mid High; 6:00 pm - Sr. High, Mrs. Durbin leads
Wednesday, April 5 Youth Choir, 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 9 Youth Choir sings / Bell Choir plays in 10:00 am service. No UMYF
Wednesday, April 12 Spring Break! No Youth Choir
Sunday, April 16 Easter! No Bell choir or UMYF
Wednesday, April 19 Youth Choir, 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 23 Bell practice: 5:00 pm Sr. High; 6:00 pm Mid high UMYF : 5:00 pm -Mid High; 6:00 pm - Sr. High, Mr. Burson leads
Wednesday, April 26 Youth Choir, 6:00 pm
Friday, April 28 - Saturday, April 29. Sticky Faith Retreat, 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 30 Bell practice: 5:00 pm Sr. High; 6:00 pm Mid high UMYF Family night: 3:00 pm, the Amazing Race with Grace
UMYF United Methodist Youth Fellowship or “Youth group”
If you are in 6th grade – 12th grade, you are invited to UMYF!! Bring friends! Want to know more? Ask Mr. Springer, Mr. Burson, Mrs. Durbin, Mrs. Laudeman, or Rev. Lauren!!
YWM Youth Work Mission
If you are in 7th grade – 12th grade, there is still time to sign up to go on the mission trip next summer! It’s work and fun rolled into one! Want to know more? Ask Ms. Lashley or Rev. Lauren. Would love to have you!!
COMING IN APRIL
Sticky Faith, A District Youth Retreat for youth from Knox to Wayne county will be held at Gay Street UMC on Friday, April 28 - Saturday, April 29, 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Sticky Faith is a faith that sticks with kids through high school into college and beyond. Sticky Faith is internal and external, personal and communal, mature and maturing…. How do we grow and practice a sticky faith? All things we will explore over 24 hours through games, small group discussion, creative expression, and worship together with kids from across the northern end of the district.
Amazing Race with Grace!
UMYF (aka “Youth Group”) Family night presents the Amazing Race with Grace! Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm at Hiawatha Park. Family and friend teams compete in challenges across the park. Which Amazing Race Team is the quickest, most agile, and can drink the most pickle juice? There will be skill challenges for all ages! Come on out and see!