I am grateful to be back from some time away for vacation. We drove a small RV over 3000 miles, making a loop from North Carolina through Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and back. It was a trip that we had hoped to accomplish for many years.
We reveled in quality time together. We visited special people in Minnesota and Michigan. We saw so much beautiful and diverse landscape. We experienced four out of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, Michigan, and Erie). And we were able to visit Oakwood, Ohio (near Defiance) and see the house where my parents lived when I was born. I had not been back since they returned to Statesville when I was an infant. I met the man who resides in the house, and after some conversation, we surmised that his parents bought the house from my parents when they sold it. What an unexpected and fantastic meeting.
I am grateful for the time away but am glad to be back in the swing ministry this week. There is a lot on the horizon for Monticello, and I look forward to sharing ministry and celebration with you in the coming months.
We will gather for worship this coming Sunday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the church facility. You may also join the live stream on Facebook at this link. Worship Online The scripture for Sunday is John 6:1-15. Just a few reminders if you plan to join us in person:
The nursery room is open and available for use by families. We will add volunteers at a later date.
Masks are optional. If you continue wearing a mask and need extra distance, you may sit on a pew by the sound booth.
We will have children’s church during morning worship this coming Sunday, July 18.
SPIRITUAL GIVING: We invite you to give for Monticello UMC, as we seek to live and love for Jesus. Give Sunday when we gather in person or give by check or online. Mail a check to the church office at 308 Island Ford Road, Statesville, NC 28625 or give online at this link. Spiritual Giving with Monticello Thank you!
SUMMER BIBLE STUDY: Join this short-term small group for study and fellowship on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. We will meet in the Monticello gathering space TONIGHT—Wednesday, July 21. Even if you can’t join every week, you are welcome to come as often as you are able. This small group will provide opportunity for fellowship, learning, growth, and more depth into your own spiritual practices. We will discuss the story of Anna tonight.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY—VBS: Plans are underway for summer VBS ministry for children (pre-K through fifth grade) on Saturday, August 7!! Thanks to Leigh Allen for her leadership. Please let Leigh know if you are willing to serve but haven’t notified her yet. There are many opportunities. VBS Pre-Registrationfor children is available at this link.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE BASH: Iredell-Statesville students will have the opportunity to receive a new pair of shoes and school supplies along with lunch and community resources on Saturday, July 31. The Back-to-School Bash will depend on many volunteers for this drive-through outreach. Please consider giving your time. You may register here. BASH Volunteer Sign Up
MISSIONARY SPEAKERS: Meet and hear the stories of Holle and Jamie Wollin, missionaries in Albania, TOMORROW -Thursday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m.- at Troutman First United Methodist Church. Jamie is the son of Jim Wollin, who has spoken and led worship with Monticello several times. Pastor Amy and Emily will be attending. Contact the church office for more information or to indicate your interest. FIFTH STREET MINISTRIES: Fifth Street Ministries currently has an active online auction for their Christmas in July fundraising initiative. It continues through today - Wednesday, July 21- at 5:00 p.m. You can find the auction information at the following link.Christmas in July Auction - Fifth Street Ministries
SUNDAY SCHOOL: The adult Sunday school group led by Owen Fair has resumed. You may join this group on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in room A-2 at the back hallway. New folks are welcome!
MONTICELLO PRESCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT: Thank you to Amy Gooden, Monticello Preschool Director, and teachers for a wonderful year! There is open enrollment for 2021-22 for two- and four-year-old children. (Three-year-old classes are full.) Call Amy Gooden at the church office if you or someone you know would like to register a preschooler.
ICM JULY ITEM OF THE MONTH—LARGE DIAPERS AND PULL-UPS: We invite you to bring large diapers and pull-ups in July. Drop off donations at the front double doors of the church facility or on Sunday in the lobby.
MONTICELLO’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY: We are assembling a team of 6-8 people to help coordinate details with the 75th celebration in the fall. Please call the church office to indicate your willingness.
Join us in prayer in the following ways: **For Brenda Sox who is having an outpatient procedure today **For Heather Gatton who is having surgery tomorrow—daughter of Mandy Lunsford **For Foye Cockerham who has had a diagnosis of cancer—Kathy Stikeleather and Rhonda Beaver’s mom **For Bonnie Mayhew who will have open heart surgery on Monday, August 2 **For Pat Moore who is in rehab and is learning to walk again after an extended hospitalization **For Peggy Fournier who is in hospice care—cousin to Nancy Harris **For Tim who had recent surgery—Kallie Knight’s brother **For Melissa Parson’s dad who has cancer and for the Latosha Bradshaw family in a time of grief **For Laura—friend of Bill Derry **For Penny Douglas who is recovering from surgery **For Isaac McCurdy who has cancer and is traveling to take chemo treatments **For Barbara Bustle family in a time of grief **For Harold Fulp who is hoping to go home today after extended rehab—Jeff Fulp’s father **For Rebecca Cloer, who has cancer—Leigh Allen’s cousin **For Jimmy Swicegood—from Cindy Stikeleather **For Vestie Surrett, Ed’s mother, who is in hospice care **For Jim Stamper, Linda Boan’s brother, who has cancer **For Ruby Beatty, Novelle Brown, and Penny Dufour who have ongoing health issues **For Linda Johnson and the family of Joe Johnson in a time of grief
**Praise for a new baby girl, Braeley, born on Friday, July 16—congratulations to parents, Samantha and Bradley Allen, and to grandparents, Leigh and Steve Allen.
Please email or call the church office with praises and prayer needs, reach out to our prayer group through Cindy Surrett or Teresa Saunders, or submit online. Share a Prayer