Hot Topics for November 19

Happy Wednesday Friends!


This is the latest issue of Hot Topics, covering the upcoming happenings at FUMCOG.


Sunday, November 24th

9:45 AM Adult Academy "Trustees and The Church Family Tree"

Thomas Loder, President of the Trustees will lead a discussion on Trustee responsibilities. 

9:45 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL (Youth group is not meeting)

11 AM Worship Service,  

Gabe Lopez preaching

Linger Lunch



Please pray for Mercedes Arrecis, sister of Gabriela Arrecis. Merecedes has advanced stage breast cancer. She resides in Guatemala. 

Please pray for Jean Walker as she is recuperating from a knee replacement Sept 30th. 

Please pray for Karen Clark as she is recuperating from surgery.


Pledges for 2020:  thank you so much to the 98 of our people who submitted pledge cards or donations for our stewardship campaign.  We are all stewards of this amazing church, its buildings and programs.  With 13 new pledgers, many increased pledges and (we hope) more to come, we are poised to power forward into the future.  There are still 19 pledges we are hoping to receive.  If you are one of those people, we are anxious to hear from you.  We will start reminder phone calls this week.

For any of you who haven’t yet submitted a pledge commitment card, we will be glad to accept your pledge by any method of communication:  

email (, USPS mail or cards are available in the pews to put in the collection plate.


With thanks, 

Jan Tebbel, stewardship

Bonnie Andrews, financial secretary



Reception for Robert E. Smart

You may be aware that Bob Smart is leaving us to move to Nichols Village in Massachusetts, close to his beloved family.  All are invited to a reception in Pilling Hall this Sunday, November 24, after the church service, to honor Bob for more than 50 years as a member and for his faithful service in finance, Trustees, the Bazaar, music, Ushers, and probably other ministries not mentioned here.  Please plan to attend where you'll have a chance to greet Bob, speak about what he has meant to you, and gather with others to wish Bob the best in this next phase of his life.  


Drama Group presents "Home"


The Drama Group is presenting “Home” and we need ushers!  How about Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24, for the 3:00 matinee?  or Friday night, November 29?  or Saturday evening, November 30?  It’s a good deal:  come a little early, do the ushering bit and get into the show for free.


Please contact Jan Tebbel <> or Alan Ankeny <> if you can help us out and see and amazing play while you’re at it!


An Annual Tradition: Christmas Baskets Cheer FUMCOGers!


Share the Christmas Spirit with FUMCOGers who are homebound or facing serious challenges in their lives.  If you can provide finger-food goodies [cookies, etc] or help assemble the baskets, please contact Faye Ross, 215 247-8059, Cookie collection and basket assembly will take place on Sunday, December 15, in the Gribbel Room before the church service.  Sponsored by the United Methodist Women. 




Advent Craft Breakfast- Save the Date!


Please mark your calendars for the annual Advent Craft Breakfast to be held on Sunday, December 8th. The breakfast will begin at 9:45am in Pilling Hall. We are looking forward to seasonal fun! 




Save the date! Pre-Holiday Book Lovers’ Breakfast


-BYOB* [*Bring your own book.]  Saturday, December 7, 10 am for FUMCOG’s annual Pot Luck Breakfast for Book Lovers. Bring one or two books you would enjoy telling us about –in time for holiday gift giving. Location: home of Jean Walker. Open to women and men - everyone who enjoys a congenial gathering and a good book. Questions – contact Faye Ross, Sponsored by the United Methodist Women.




Candlelight Service!

Announcing, Announcing, Announcing…ta-dah!  Candlelight will be on Sunday, December 22 this year.  Candlelighting at 4:55, the music begins at 5:00.  The featured piece will be a true gem:  “Lux Aeterna” by Morton Lauridsen. It will be a lovely start to the beautiful music of Christmas.  



Join us as FUMCOG hosts the following Author Series for Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Germantown. Please view attached flyer.


Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (Georgetown University Sociology professor, contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of the New Republic, and of ESPN’s The Undefeated website.) - December 2nd 6pm


Tomi Adeyemi (New York Times Best Seller and author of "Children of Blood and Bone")- December 4th 6pm



Methodist Services is seeking participation in the 2019 Toy & Gift Drive. Please view the attached two-page flyer for more detailed information.