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Connect Newsletter (08-25-2023)

“Life – Don’t Miss It”  
Sept. 17th:  Fall Picnic and Bounce House Day! 
Sept. 24th: Lazarus Community Mission Event
Oct. 1st:  Gratitude Day! 
Oct. 8th: The Fall Carnival is back!  
Join us for fun fall foods and carnival games after worship.

2023 Volunteer Lunch
Sunday, August 27th at 11:30am

This is our annual volunteer training for new volunteers, as well as refresher training for any returning volunteer. 
Lunch will be provided for those attending. 
We ask for a one-year commitment, from September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024.
If you want to use your gifts to serve in any areas, please stay after worship training and assignment.

On Purpose: Finding God’s Voice
We are hungry for a sense of purpose, direction, and calling in our lives. That’s as basic an ingredient to the human experience as they come. We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We want to participate in something that has eternal merit and lasting impact. We do not want to live a shallow, hollow existence. We yearn for deeper meaning, for deeper purpose within our lives. Together we will learn to open ourselves to God’s voice, and how to take the first or next step to follow God’s call. Participants will learn how to channel their passions, hear God’s voice, and live the life they were meant to live.
Leader: Pastor Adam Ricks
Start Date: Wednesday October 4
Time: Every Other Wednesday 6:30 – 7:45 PM
Length: 4 Sessions
Location: Connect UMC
Childcare: Available With Reservation

Bible Stories For Grownups
Participants will consider stories many read as children including Noah’s Ark, the binding of Isaac, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus and Zacchaeus, Jesus healing a blind man, and the parable of the talents. Together we will reimagine these stories and open ourselves to new visions of well known pieces of Scripture.
Leader: Rhiannon Sisk
Start Date: September 17
Time: Every Other Sunday 5:00 – 6:15 PM
Length: 6 Sessions
Location: Connect UMC
Childcare: Available With Reservation

Parables of Jesus
Each time we look at the parables with our new life expereinces we see the stories with fresh eyes. Join us as we reflect on the parables in light of our own lives. Whether you are encountering them for the first time the thousanth time, you will find they continue to lead us to the kingdom of God.
Leader: Rev. Susan Grove
Start Date: Septebmer 7
Time: 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30-8:00 PM
Length: 6 Sessions
Location: Connect UMC
Childcare: Not Available

Girlfriends Connect
September 15th at 6:45pm
Fall is here and homemade soups perfect dish for the season!
All women of Connect UMC are invited to participate in a Homemade Soup Potluck & recipe exchange!   Whether you bring a pot of your favorite soup to share, or just a soup or stew recipe cards, it will be a fun night of fellowship and laughter with the other ladies.
Everyone (including those who make of pot of soup) is asked to bring copies of your favorite soup or stew recipe to send home with each person. 
Please RSVP to Sasha Dinkins (sasha@connectumc.org)
by Sept 10th.

September 27th – 7:00pm: The Connect Men’s group will be having an evening of fellowship & fun at an outdoor Dodgers baseball game. Cost of tickets $25.00. Tickets must be prepaid for no later than Sept. 17th. Payment link on connectumc.org website (under giving link, Men’s Event tab) RSVP to Pastor Adam Ricks (adam@connectumc.org)

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