Worship Planning Focus Groups
Want to impact upcoming sermon series and worship services? The Worship Ministry Team and Pastor Jenny are looking for people of various cultural backgrounds, spiritual types, ages, and perspectives to engage in a creative time of theological and scriptural reflection to help shape sermons, worship elements, and worship connections. There will be a small focus group for each of seven upcoming sermon series, and you may sign up for as many or few as you’d like. Participants will be asked to read scripture passages ahead of time in order to be ready to talk about them in the group.
You’ll get to know scripture and a small group of others at PUMC more deeply. You’ll get insight into the worship and sermon planning process. You’ll have a direct impact on sermons and worship services, and help the whole congregation engage more with each of the themes. Space is limited, so sign up today with this link!
Neighborhood Gatherings in August and September
During August and into September, we will be hosting a number of potluck gatherings in people’s homes. At these gatherings we will have the opportunity to get to know and build stronger relationships with one another through some fun, food and fellowship. There will be a simple, fun activity focused on getting to know one another in a deeper way. You will receive an invitation to one of these gatherings and a follow up call from your host. There will also be a way for you to attend an alternate gathering if the day and time don’t work for you. If you have any questions or would like to help in the planning, please contact Tracey Feick-Lee or Iona Harding.
Art Against Racism
Artists of all ages are invited to participate in the “Art Against Racism” exhibit that Princeton UMC is co-sponsoring in September. Submit photos of your entries by August 25 to email@example.com. Details are at Princeton UMC’s blog. CONTACT: Pastor Ginny (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rhinold Ponder (email@example.com)
Cornerstone Kitchen Needs Your Help!
One of our most important donors, Bentley Community Services, is in great need of replacing their pick up/delivery truck.
Bentley has been donating to Cornerstone since our beginning …. over 7 years. Each week we receive breads, deserts, staples, dairy products, baby products all of which we distribute to our guests on Wednesday nights.
Here is information from their flyer, which includes how you may donate.
“Bentley is in tremendous need of a box truck which is crucial for our scheduled pick-ups of high quality food products from our generous providers in our region. Please help us and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email and Text. Every generous donation counts and is important as we raise funds to help purchase a box truck. Your donation is tax-deductible! Please go to GoFundMe and enter Bentley Community Services or our EIN#46-0977945 in Search.
Thank you for your help, support, belief and confidence in our efforts to help families, seniors and individuals in our region in financial crisis in food-insecure households.”
Nursery Care Lead and Volunteers
We are looking for a paid Nursery Care Lead as well as volunteers to help out in the nursery once every 4-6 weeks. If you know of a candidate for the Nursery Care Lead or would like to volunteer to help in the nursery, please contact Iona.
Let the office know if you aren’t getting the newsletter in your email, and feel free to pick up a hard copy in the narthex. Check “news and events” on www.princetonumc.org or subscribe to the website’s blog. Or “like us” on Facebook (Princeton United Methodist Church). If social media isn’t your thing, check the bulletin board on the second floor for printouts of blog posts. The first floor bulletin board, near the office, has member news.
No One is untouched! At some point everyone faces a period of crisis, transition or difficulty. During these times one can receive great benefit from a caring relationship with someone who will faithfully listen, empathize, pray with and for them, and encourage them with Christ’s love and care. Our PUMC Stephen Ministers are available to provide prayerful, listening, Christ-centered care. Find out more about Stephen Ministry by talking with LaVerna Albury.
Giving And Donations
Your gently used and no longer needed clothing is a welcome gift to those struggling with self-sufficiency in our area. Trenton Rescue Mission, Cornerstone Community Kitchen and other agencies appreciate your thoughtfulness. Donations can be dropped off in the community storage room.
Arm in Arm Food Donations (Formerly The Crisis Ministry) [Sanctuary]
Heart healthy, non-perishable food items are collected for Arm in Arm (formerly Crisis Ministry), in the shopping carts under the stairwell on the lower level.
Personal Care Items
Soap, shampoo, tooth paste and other personal care items are needed by families in transition. Agencies throughout Mercer County who provide shelter and support to families in need are grateful for PUMC’s ongoing support.
TerraCycle (ASP Recycling Fundraiser)
We are collecting the following items:
vitamin bottles, salty snack bags, cereal bags and liners, GoGo Squeez and similar squeezable snacks, beauty care items (shampoo, conditioner, makeup, etc.) , deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, foil-lined granola bar wrappers, febreze packaging of all kinds including aerosol bottles.
If you have any questions, please email asp-planning-team-pumcgroup(at)princetonumc.org.
Save your McCaffery’s receipts! McCaffery’s donates a percentage of the total to Arm in Arm (formerly Crisis Ministry).
Opportunities to Serve
Acolytes – All 5th-7th graders are encouraged to join our acolyte team. We will be serving each Sunday during the school year at 10 am. Sign up in the Sanford Davis Room or email your name, grade and contact email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altar Guild – Looking for a way to get more involved in the life of our church, but are limited on time? Consider serving on the Altar Guild! Volunteers help out at the 10 am service, volunteer commitments are flexible. Preparing the sanctuary for worship is a meaningful way to contribute your time and talents to PUMC. Training provided.
Altar Flower Sign Up
Please consider donating altar flowers in honor or memory of a loved one or event. The sign up sheet is in the Sanford Davis room, or you may contact Beth Griner.
Coffee Hour Hosts – Looking for hosts. Please add your name to the list on the coffee table. Many Thanks in anticipation of your help. Contact: email@example.com
Cornerstone Kitchen Volunteers
A few highly desirable volunteer positions are available for service once a month at the Wednesday evening (4:30-6:30 pm) meal service. You would join a team led by a PUMC member you probably already know, and be responsible for serving the actual food onto china plates to be delivered to our guests by other volunteers. Fun, rewarding, only once a month, and no homework!
For more information visit princetoncornerstone.org.
Greeters – Join in a ministry of hospitality by greeting at the exterior doors before Sunday Worship. Contact: church office firstname.lastname@example.org | 609-924-2613