Announcements

UMM Lunches: This week we will be meeting Monday at Applebee’s and at Embury Cafe on Thursday both at noon.

UMW  Lunches:  A group of us meet for lunch at 12 noon the first Thursday of every month at Denny’s. Meeting next week, August 3rd. (Betty Bedrey 368-3704).

Please Support Our Annual Trip to Maine: You may donate cash, backpacks or Walmart gift cards. We have learned over the years that sneakers and backpacks tend to be the items that are most needed. Other school supplies are usually well-stocked at UMEM or may not be on the list of items that students need. Gift cards can be left in the mission mailbox in the church office. Backpacks may be left on the shelves in the Mission Corner of Fellowship Hall. Checks made out to SSUMC should say “Maine Mission Trip” in the memo. The Mission Team thanks you for your support.

Giving Garden: Walk behind the church and see the pea pods, squash, bean and tomato blossoms, and the miracle of cabbages heading. We could use your help harvesting and weeding. You can sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for a couple of hours one week this summer Questions? Ask Lenore Reber (myquats@gmail.com), Anna Knapp, or Tom Ciampa.

Golf League: We welcome you to join the SSUMC Golf League as we continue to play weekly throughout the summer at Windy Hills (in Greenwich) at 8:30am. This is a fun, casual league for all levels. Contact: Donna Bjork at 587-6466 (dlbjork1@msn.com).

Caregivers Group: Our next meeting will be on Sunday, August 6th at 1:30pm in the Library. All are welcome to join us. For further information, contact Marjorie Gibbs (phone: 580-1772, email marjorie.gibbs@gmail.com)

Monday Night Readers: The summer study continues tomorrow evening, Monday, July 24th (Week 3) through Monday, August 28th at 7:00pm at UMC West. We are discussing “Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas” by Elaine Pagels. (The book can be ordered from Amazon.) Week 3 – Where to look for God.  Read the rest of chapter 2 and ponder: When and how have I experienced God?

Fresh Start Worship: The purpose of Fresh Start is to encourage fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power while working towards recovery from life’s Hurts, Habits, and Hang-ups. It can be added to (not replace) any other recovery process or group you are currently attending. Join us every Sunday evening at 6:00pm in the Adkins Room to make your Fresh Start!

Backstretch Workers: Center United in Nolan House (next to the Presbyterian Church) is open for business during the racing season. The workers are arriving daily. We are in need of jeans, warm jackets, gloves, hats, t-shirts, sturdy shoes, socks, blankets, pillows, curtains, towels, housewares, small appliances and toiletries. A collection box marked “Backstretch” is in Fellowship Hall. Contact Phyllis Frederick with any questions/donations 584-8954.

UMC West: We are collecting spiritual and self-help books to populate the bookshelves in our new space. If you have books that you are willing to donate, please see the Pastors or Paul Sweet

Summer Outdoor Adult Aqua Yoga Classes: have been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Yoga at the church will resume on September 12th.

Bulletin Announcements: If you have items you want included in the Sunday bulletin, please send them to glen@saratogaumc.org,

Greeters Needed: Please sign up for a Sunday morning – there is a sheet at the Welcome station for you to use to add your name!

Summer Worship Schedule: Our summer worship schedule continues today with Fellowship Time at 9:00am and one service at 10:00am. Our regular schedule of two services at 9:00am and 10:45am with Fellowship Time between the two services resumes on Sunday, September 10th.

Summer Office Hours: The summer hours for the church office are 9:00am to 2:00pm Monday through Thursday. The office will be closed on Fridays. The regular office hours of 9:30am to 1:30pm Monday through Friday will return Tuesday, September 5th.