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
Bishop Tracy S. Malone has been assigned as the resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church effective Sept. 1.
She was serving as the district superintendent of the Chicago Southern Region of Northern Illinois and was dean of the Cabinet when she was elected to the Episcopacy on July 13. Prior to her appointment as superintendent, she served as the senior pastor of Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, where she was the first woman and first African American to lead the predominantly-white 1,000-member congregation.
Bishop Malone is married to Derrick Malone and they have two daughters, Alexis and Ashley.
To read more about her click on the link:
Upcoming Sermon Series: Three Simple Rules, by Rev. Denise Marikis
In his small but power-packed book, Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living, Bishop Reuben Job wrote, “We search for a way to overcome the divisiveness that separates, disparages, disrespects,diminishes, and leaves us wounded and incomplete. We know deep within that the path we are on is not healthy or morally right and it cannot lead to a positive ending.” Perhaps now, more than ever, during this season of negative political rhetoric, it could be helpful to reflect upon the positive, life-affirming and hopeful Christian way of living outlined by one of our founders, John Wesley. “This way of living,” wrote Job, “was given to John Wesley in a time much like our own. He took this blueprint, fleshed it out, taught it, and practiced it. And now it has been passed on to us. Now it is up to us to see if we will take it, teach it and practice it until it becomes our natural way of living – a way of living that will mark our life together and our lives as individual Christians.” Please join us in worship these last two Sundays in July, and the first two Sundays in August as we explore the three simple rules “Do No Harm; Do Good; and Stay in Love With God” that can guide our day to day living as faithful followers of Christ.
Parents of all middle and high schoolers are invited to a Parent & Youth Breakfast on August 7, 9: 30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Over a morning meal of homemade breakfast casserole with fruit and pastries, Rev. Lauren would like to hear your feedback on the addition of a Youth group to the ministry with and for youth at Gay Street, as well as questions and discussion around a proposed plan, goal, and vision for 5th/6th, middle school, and high school Sunday school. This is your opportunity to communicate your desires for spiritual growth for your teen. Please RSVP your attendance by Wednesday, August 3, to the church office, 740-392-6626.
Later that day, Sunday, August 7, Middle school and high schoolers are off for canoeing/kayaking/tubing on the Kokosing. Meet at the church at 1:00 p.m. to return at 5:00 p.m.. Eat lunch before arriving. Cost: Two person canoe and kayak, $35.00 for 2 hours. Tubing, $12.00 for 2 hours. Kokosing Canoe Livery recommends not to bring any valuables. Remember sunscreen. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 3, to the church office, 740-392-6626. Parent chaperones, especially one male, are welcome.
Blessing of the Backpacks/ Blessing of the Teachers
On Sunday, August 7, have your child bring in their backpack to be blessed before school begins! In the 8:30 and 10:45 service, backpacks will be prayed over as containers of God’s constant blessing during the school year. We will also recognize and pray over Sunday school and small group leaders as well as our public school teachers heading back into the classroom.
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.
United Methodist Women Going to Lakeside
On Wednesday, August 10 the United Methodist Women will be hosted by Janet and Irwin Jennings at their Lakeside home.
During the morning from 10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. the speaker is the Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, President & Professor Systematic Theology & Preaching at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, The title of his lecture that morning is "The Joys of Faith in a World of Gods." It is the third of four lectures on religious pluralism in America. Here is a link to more info about him: http://www.etseminary.edu/stephen-murray.html
at 10:30 a.m. there is a Historic Walking Tour of Central Lakeside. After the lecture or tour we will then have lunch at the hotel. There will be time for a leisurely walk around the lake after lunch and a bit of shopping before we head back to Mount Vernon.
Please contact Shirley Workman at 740-427-4090 or the church office at 740-392-6626 if you would like to attend. Please let us know of your interest asap.
We will be taking the church van. All women are invited you don’t have to be a member of United Methodist Women to attend.
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