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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
 
Wednesday, September 29 – Nominations Committee at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 6 – Nominations Committee at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 6 – PPR at 6 p.m. in Smethport
Monday, December 6 – PPR at 6:30 p.m. with District Superintendent
Monday, December 6 – Charge Conference at 7 p.m.
 
LAY SERVANT SCHOOL
 
Lay Servant School for the Kane district is being offered on Sundays from 3-5 p.m., October 10-November 14. It will be held at Warren First UMC and Evans Memorial in Lewis Run. Classes offered are the Basic Course, Advanced Preaching, and Lay Pastoral Care. Fliers can be found in the Narthex. Deadline to register is September 27.
 
OFFICE HOURS
 
Beginning in August, Rev. Beverly will have office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You may reach her by calling the church office or by calling or texting her cell phone: 814-547-9165. Her email address is revbev4jc@gmail.com.
 
NEW PASTOR
 
Rev. Beverly A. Spore was born and raised in Somerset County, PA.  She earned a BS in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, after which she worked as an environmental and industrial health and safety analyst for a defense contractor in Johnstown.  After discerning a call to pastoral ministry, Rev. Spore enrolled in Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, and she graduated with a Master’s of Divinity in 2008.

Rev. Spore has served churches in the Erie-Meadville, Connellsville, and Greensburg districts and devotes her ministry to making disciples of all ages through a variety of methods. She sees one of her most important responsibilities as helping others to grow spiritually, while continuing to strive for growth herself.  She focuses her gifts of preaching and teaching through a particularly Wesleyan lens.

Rev. Spore firmly believes in the importance of meeting people where they are to share the love of Christ instead of waiting for them to come to church. Since pastors are appointed to a community, Rev. Beverly actively seeks to participate in local organizations and events outside the church walls. She sees Christ’s command to love one another as the basis for ministries of mercy and social justice and as the core of United Methodist tradition.

Even though Rev. Spore is mostly traditional in worship, she has a creative gift which shines through in many aspects of her ministry. She always looks for new ideas for special worship services and has been known to have a live sheep for Sheep Day, plant a tree to celebrate Creation Day, a cowboy theme for summer, a Christmas talk show, and tongues of fire on Pentecost.

 
Welcome to Smethport!
 
CHOIR PRACTICE
 
Choir practice is held at 10:30 a.m. on each Sunday that the choir is providing the special music for the service.
 
 
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES
 
We will be accepting donations for CCS.  The CCS basket is in the Narthex every Sunday for your donations.
 
TRUSTEES  AND CHURCH COUNCIL
 
The Trustees meet the third Tuesday each month. 
 
 
The Church Council meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.
 
CONNECTIONAL APPORTIONMENT
 
The 2021 Connectional Apportionment will be $12,199. This is an increase of $566 from last year.
 
 
PRAYER CHAIN
 
If you have a prayer concern, please contact Betty Fetter at 887-2116.
 
 GREETERS

(Please sign up in the Narthex to be a greeter )
 
 
ACOLYTES
 
 
 
LAY READERS
 
 
 
USHERS
 
John Stratton, Graham Nannen, Ethan Nannen
Betty Fetter, Ronda Wian
Rodney Hauck, Don Ross, Cecil Gallup
 Bill Miller, Joe Comes
 
 
UPPER ROOM
The “Upper Rooms” are in the rack inside the entrance to the Narthex.  Please take a copy if you are interested.
SECOND MILE GIVING
Money collected in the basket on the last Sunday of the month is for the Second Mile Giving.  Money collected goes to the Special Mission Fund.  Thanks for your support of this fund.
 
UMCOR SUNDAY
Every other month on the second Sunday, you will find a basket in the Narthex in which you may contribute money to UMCOR for health kits.  If you would rather purchase some items for the kits, these are suggested:  combs (large and sturdy, not pocket sized, at least 6″ long), finger-nail clippers, and bath-sized bar of soap (3 oz. and up).  All items must be in original package.  As you may know, the health kits are always needed somewhere and the United Methodist Women will use the money received on these Sundays to buy items needed for the kits.
 
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
 
The United Methodist Women meet the second Thursday of the month, August-May. 
 
The United Methodist Women gladly accept donations year-round for Health Kits, which are always needed somewhere in the world.  UMCOR is also in need of birthing kits.
 
The UMW are having their Kitchen Shower.   The items needed are used for Friendship Sundays, Lenten Lunches, Soup Lunches and other events.  Current items needed include:  coffee (regular & decaf), 10 inch paper plates, small paper plates, sandwich bags, quart bags, gallon press & seal freezer bags, aluminum foil, dishwasher powder detergent, and money donations to buy a bulk plastic wrap dispenser.
 
RULES OF BEING METHODIST:  do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.
 
What’s New?
 
Do you have an event or other news item that you would like to share with the United Methodist Church of Smethport Church Family?
If so, contact Ronda Wian, Communication Director, at 814-887-2047. Thank you.