Several thank you notes have been received from the missionaries we support. Also one of the families someone bought Christmas gifts for from our Giving Tree sent a very nice thank you note of appreciation.
Ken and Kathy Keyes, along with one of their sons, are overseas now working with their translators. We’ll hear about their trip when they return to the US. We contributed $200 to their new account which will help with trips and overseas expenses.
We received the pictures, names, grade level, and age of the 10 students we are sponsoring in Choluteca, Honduras, this year. The pictures and info are on the bulletin board at Yellow Brick. This is through Larry and Angie Overholt. The children are all elementary students and by donating $100 to each child through World Gospel Mission, they are able to attend school because the money pays for their uniform, notebooks, and school supplies. Larry and Angie will be out west in April working with WGM ministries and then will head to Choluteca in May for a month to work.
Bright Side Youth Ranch began their 2022 sessions March 22. They ask that we lift up their 13 mentors and all the youth coming to the ranch this year who are looking for hope and healing. They want the mentors to continually point the youth to Jesus.
I hope you’re enjoying hearing about missions from other people this Lenten season, and seeing all the photos and souvenirs at both locations. Are you saving your change or bills in the little box passed out at church or in a different container as Lynn and I are doing? Camp Aldersgate is earmarked to receive our donations after Easter. Please mark your calendar to help at the camp on April 30th. You can come help out anytime between 9 and 4. Dan Bajc has several projects he would like us to do. One is rebuilding their Gaga pit and another is replacing the bench tops of the outdoor chapel. He suggests that we have 4-6 people for each project with 2 skilled individuals comfortable running a circular saw and drills for each. There are 5 flower beds that need cleaning up from winter and mulching to do, also. You will need to bring your own water and a lunch, too. There are sign up sheets at both locations or you can call the church office. Dan is very appreciative of our church’s help and support. I hope we have youth who want to attend camp this summer.
At the January trustee meeting some of the church maintenance issues were delegated to trustees other than myself. One of these responsibilities was the monthly inspection of the elevator pit and fire inspection of the safety of the elevator itself. For those of you who don’t know, when the elevator was constructed, there was not room for an elevator equipment room, so the equipment is under the elevator approximately 4 feet below the basement floor.
On March 15, Randy DeWitt and Denny Roudebush decided to do the inspection together and found the sump pump not working. There were 13 inches of water in the pit! The main problem was that the 4 foot LED lighting and the receptacles to run the pump were mounted only 6 inches off the floor. I, along with Bob Stewart, have remounted the lighting and receptacles up higher. A secondary pump has been installed and a dehumidifier placed in the pit in an attempt to keep the equipment dry. I’m also looking into a water alert system that will send an alarm to a phone.
Lynn Dunlap, chairman
Justified Youth Group Radical! The Justified Youth finished a 3 week study on being a radical believer in Jesus Christ. We looked at what the Bible tells us about Jesus being radical, as in our root, and radical, as in an agent of change. The series encouraged us to walk the walk and talk the talk.
“So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded” Hebrews 10:35, was our memory verse. We used the verse to remind ourselves that our confidence is in Christ and with Him we can not go wrong.
We are about to embark on a series titled “Faith in an Anxious World”. Please pray that relationships with God will grow and that His Word will truly be our anchor.
Please Submit Your Book Recommendations!
“Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another. Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit and he who guards his master will be honored. As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” (Prov. 27:17-19) Many are familiar with this proverb, but how are we sharpening one another? This summer while many small groups will take a break and wind down as schedules are filled with various adventures, we want to continue to sharpen one another. A wonderful way of tending to our own spiritual lives is by hearing revelations of the heart and faith of others through books.
I don’t know about others, but I experience so much more fruit in my life when I am steeped into the wisdom of those who have journeyed through learnings of various kinds. Sometimes learning through devotion to study a particular subject, other times from experiences of tragedy, struggle, or celebration. Proverbs speak so highly about receiving advice and wisdom of this kind. This is a practice that is so important and to be ignorant of others' percepts and instructions is spoken of as a foolish thing.
What I would absolutely love is to hear book recommendations from all of you. I have a vision of a list of recommended reads submitted by you, our church family, of any discipline of the faith or life. Please select the most formative book that you have read either recently or far into the past and submit the title and a very brief personal explanation for your selection to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 22nd. We even invite the book recommendations from our little people. You will even get book recommendations from my 5 and 3-year-old. :)
This would be a brilliant opportunity to uncover brand new worlds of thought that we have not come across before. It would be incredible to be sharpened by one another's recommendations throughout the summer. In the next newsletter, there will also be an invitation to a book study if you would like to course through a book with others.
Lastly, I want to invite you “Dangerous Surrender” this is the final group study before summer. It is a brief 3-week study being led by the Longbon’s on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. starting on April 27th.
I hope to hear back from many of you with wonderful book suggestions.
Pastor J.P. Snyder
Vacation Bible School 2022: Volunteers Needed VBS coming June 13-17, 9:30 – 12:00 daily
Castle of Courage – 5 day VBS Be Strong and Courageous
Welcome to the Castle of Courage! At the Castle of Courage, kids will meet King Ardor and the members of his kingdom, including the famous Knights of the Oval Table. These mighty warriors will teach kids that the true courage – the kind that helps us face whatever comes our way – comes from trusting God.
You can be part of this great team - Our VBS coordinator is Jocelyn Snyder. You can help with teaching, crafts, snacks, music, assisting, registration, games, and decorating. Call her today.
Please start saving your large cardboard boxes! We are building castles, drawbridges and armor. Decorating and painting skills? Contact Kathy Cramer 239-560-6172
Summer Camps! Kids and parents - it's time to start thinking about summer camp! East Ohio Camps has several different options for summer camp including Camp Aldersgate, Camp Wanake, Camp Asbury, CYF, Lakeside Institute, and Reach Out! Find more information about each camp here: https://www.eocumc.com/camps/summercamp2022.html
Take advantage of the early bird discount! Register by May 1 and you will get $20 off your summer camp fee. (If your child registers for Camp Aldersgate by May 1, they will receive a limited edition 2022 summer camp t-shirt that is not available in the camp store!)
Pick up a brochure and get information at church for partial scholarships for active church kids.
Carroll County's Drive-Thru Eggstravaganza Several Carroll County organizations have come together to hold a drive-thru “Eggstravaganza” event on April 9, from 9am-11am at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Community organizations will give fun presentations and distribute goodies at each stop as you drive through the event! The Easter bunny will be a special guest, safely greeting your family from outside your vehicle. Let’s celebrate Easter with this safe & egg-citing family event! Please enter through the South Gate (near the Senior Center)
Community organizations involved: Carroll County Farm Bureau, Carrollton FFA, OSU Extension/Carroll County 4-H, Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Carroll County Park District/Bluebird Farm Park, Carroll County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District, Carrollton First UMC/The Bridge, and Mount Pleasant UMC.
Summit Groups Carrollton First UMC summit groups are a small group of believers at all stages of their walk, that come together for the purpose of being transformed fuller into the image of Christ as we help one another through life and faith. We currently have two summit groups meeting weekly that would gladly welcome you to join!
Summit Group at Bill & Francie Krills Home - study has resumed Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Group is continuing the Mayberry Study Series. Contact Francie for more info (the church office will share her contact information with you if needed).
Thursday Evening Summit Group - This group is family friendly (childcare available), but is open to all ages and stages. They meet in the Welcome Room at the Yellow Brick Church starting at 6:00pm each Thursday. Contact Karen Beck for more information (the church office will share her contact information with you if needed).
Children's Programming Easter morning – All kids attending the YBC at 9:00 am and The Bridge at 10:30 am will receive a special Easter bag after the services. If you know of children that will be joining us online for worship on Easter, we have uploaded printable activity worksheets to our website! You can download them using the button below.
Rural King Church Week Church Week April 7-20, 2022. Through this program 10% of all approved receipts can be donated to Carrollton First UMC. Only receipts dated April 7-20 are eligible; information from the receipt must be submitted on the Rural King website by May 6, 2022.Find our church at www.ruralking.com/churchweek search for “OH” and then select “Carrollton”. Proceeds from Rural King Church Week will go towards a mission project.
Healing Service Join us for a healing service on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall at our Yellow Brick Church location. This service will be in-person only due to the nature of our time together. The service will include Holy Communion and a time of anointing.
Maundy Thursday Service Join us on Thursday, April 14 at 7pm at The Bridge. Our Maundy Thursday gathering will be offered in-person only due to the nature of the service. We will partake in Holy Communion as well as foot washing for those who wish to participate.
Good Friday Service Join us on Friday, April 15 at 12pm in the Sanctuary at our Yellow Brick Church location for our Good Friday service.
This service will be live-streamed and it will be available to watch later on YouTube and Facebook if you are unable to join us live at noon.
Easter Services April 17, 2022 Please join us for a sunrise service on the square in downtown Carrollton at 7:00am. Our confirmands have planned a wonderful service and we would love for you to come out and support them. We will also have our normal worship times at 9:00am (Yellow Brick Church) and 10:30am (The Bridge).
New Study: Dangerous Surrender We would like to invite you to join us for our “Dangerous Surrender” study! This is the final group study before summer. It is a brief 3-week study being led by the Longbon’s on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. starting on April 27th. The book is "Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes to God" by Kay Warren.
Here's a brief peek at what this study will entail: "You have a plan for the rest of your life. God has a plan for the rest of your life. Are they the same? You have expectations for how your life will play out, and you hope those plans will become realities. But what if God's plan for your life is far different from what you had in mind? Can you accept that? Will you surrender your goals for God's?"
Lenten Mission Project at Camp Aldersgate A spring clean-up and workday is planned for Saturday, April 30 from 9am-4pm at Camp Aldersgate. We hope you’ll come for part or all of the day. Please bring a sack lunch and your own drink. Dan Bajc has several projects he would like us to do. One is rebuilding their Gaga pit and another is replacing the bench tops of the outdoor chapel. He suggests that we have 4-6 people for each project with 2 skilled individuals comfortable running a circular saw and drills for each. There are flower beds that need cleaning up from winter and mulching to do, also. Sign-up sheets are at both church locations to let us know how many people are coming. (Camp is located at 3276 Dyewood Rd SW, Carrollton.)
Spring District Conference Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. at Scott Memorial UMC (817 E Market St, Cadiz) A time of worship and a business session. Light refreshments will be available following the meeting. Please let the church office know if you will be attending so materials can be printed.
Month of April Recognition This month we recognize our Custodial and Office Staff (both paid and unpaid). Please show them your gratitude! We are so appreciative of everything they do for our church.