Church News

Community Thanksgiving Service
Carrollton’s newest minister, Rev. Duane Williams, will play host as the Ministerial Alliance leads the community Thanksgiving Service at his Southside Baptist Church on Sunday, November 18.  Our own pastor, Anselm Williams, will offer the message.  The service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Yippie!  We Did It Again!
Earlier this month we paid off all our 2018 Conference Apportionments AND all our District Apportionments.  And we did it more than two and a half months ahead of time!  Way to go everyone!

Soul Food - Volunteers Needed
Years ago our church began a ministry of taking warm home cooked meals to those in need.  We call it “Soul Food.”  In recent years, other local churches have joined our effort.  Soul Food always begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and runs until Palm Sunday.  With five other churches participating in the Soul Food ministry this year, our congregation will be serving on five separate Sundays.  Sign-up sheets will be available on our bulletin inserts the next few weeks.  There is also a sign-up chart on the bulletin board outside the church office.  We need cooks and delivery drivers each week.  Though our Youth Group is cooking on St. Patrick’s Day, we will still need (adult) drivers that day.  Susan Finlayson is the Soul Food coordinator.  Learn more about Soul Food right here.

Soul Food - Special Offering
We recently took a special offering for our Soul Food ministry.  Thanks to everyone for their generous support.  To date we have received $857 to help us provide warm meals to needy families in our community.  This money will be used to purchase food and packaging supplies for the Sundays our church will be preparing and delivering food.

Rehearsals for Children's Christmas Program Have Begun
This year's Christmas Musical is entitled “The Inn Crowd” and we hope to have many young singers and actors to help tell this special story!  Musical director Chris Sweeney is currently conducting rehearsals on Sunday afternoons.  See the complete rehearsal schedule.  The children will perform their Christmas program for the church family on Sunday, December 9, at 1:00 p.m.

Church Family Christmas Dinner
One of the nicest parts of the Christmas Season is the gathering of our church family for a joyful fellowship meal in the Fellowship Hall.  Realizing many in our congregation are anxious to see the children's Christmas Musical, we have in recent years enjoyed this much anticipated fellowship meal right after the worship service on the Sunday when the children perform.  So, we will come together for a bit of Christmas camaraderie and a delicious meal on Sunday, December 9.  We'll also have an opportunity to sing a few favorite Christmas songs right after we eat.

New Steeple Topper
What a beautiful sight!  Our steeple now has a new look.  Read all about it:  Who made it?   How big is it?  What does the symbol mean?  And why did we start this project in the first place?  We will soon be posting pictures of the cross & flame being mounted high at the top of our steeple.

Upper Room Magazines
The November-December 2018 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

Lay Servant Ministry Workshop
The Northwest District of the United Methodist Church (of which we are a part) is offering three new Lay Servant Workshops on Saturday, November 10 at the Smithville United Methodist Church (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  These events are great for anyone who wants to learn about being a Methodist or how to do more for your church.  You may choose which of the three workshops you would like to attend.
Find out more about the three courses being offered.

Learn more about what “Lay Servant Ministries” are all about in our Missouri Conference.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays.  Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]