It has been an unbelievable and remarkable rescue effort for the coach and teammates in Thailand, who spent weeks trapped in a cave. Maybe you have been watching, too! I am grateful for this good news this morning. In a world that seems too often to work against itself, we have witnessed the world working together. People from all over the globe. One person sacrificing his life for these children. Human creativity and expertise used for absolute good. I give thanks today for the lives of 12 boys and one coach, who have inspired the world. I pray that we and the world will learn from their witness of grace, love, hope, and life, as we seek to live our mission--to make and nurture disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Join in Monticello’s ministry:
Ubuntu Summer Reading Camp: Monticello is providing dinner for the closing celebration for Ubuntu reading camp on Thursday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Come and serve that night and see the exciting accomplishments of our 36 students! Call Mechelle in the church office to indicate your interest in serving. 704-924-8322
Vacation Bible School: Join us on an exciting white-water rafting adventure with Rolling River Rampage VBS Sunday, July 29 – Thursday, August 2! We will welcome over 100 children and youth. Plan to attend the nightly adult class! Registration for children and youth is open. The registration form is available here. Monticello will feed families on the first night of VBS with a covered dish dinner. BRING A COVERED DISH BY 4:30 P.M. ON SUNDAY, JULY 29 TO SHARE WITH FAMILIES AND CHILDREN!
VBS Volunteer Orientation: We ask that all VBS volunteers attend orientation on either Sunday, July 22 directly after worship OR Sunday, July 29 at 4:30 p.m. Please attend one of these sessions. Please contact Anna Hughes with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generosity and Giving: Please remember, as we enjoy summer travels, that you can give one-time gifts online or establish a recurring gift online to Monticello UMC. Our tithes and offerings make possible Monticello’s ongoing ministry and mission. If you have additional questions about electronic giving, please contact the church office at 704-924-8322. You may access online giving here. It’s easy and safe and convenient! Thank you for giving faithfully.
Back to School Bash—Saturday, August 11: Thank you so much for your generous response thus far to shoe collection! We are two-thirds towards our goal of 90 pairs! If you haven’t had the opportunity to pick up a shoe tag or two, you may still do so. Take a shoe tag from the mission of the month table. (Shoe size is specified on each tag.) Return the pair of shoes with a pair of socks to the barrel in the lobby. You may register to volunteer with the Bash here. Please see Maureen Price if you need assistance completing the volunteer registration.
**WE NEED HELP BREAKING DOWN TABLES ON FRIDAY AT 12:30 p.m. IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE, PLEASE COME TO THE MONTICELLO UMC GATHERING SPACE ON FRIDAY TO HELP RESET THE SPACE FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP. THANK YOU!
May the love of Christ be with you so that you may share that love with others.