April 27, 2017

Off to Camp: A Word from Pastor Paul

Several of us get to go to Camp Horizon with 14 of our eighth grade confirmation students this weekend. It’s always a blast to go through the rituals of faith and fun with the kids. This year, instead of the High Ropes Challenge, we will climb the new rock wall above the old cement factory. We will learn about faith in the context of fear. We will study the baptismal vows and commit our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a life changing experience.

Please pray for our students as they prepare to make their pledge of faith in the 11am Sanctuary worship May, 7. Pray for the Holy Spirit to confirm their faith and raise them up as Disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our mission is to “Make God’s Love Real by inviting people into relationship with Christ and each other.” In confirmation, we are doing just that!

Peace, Pastor Paul

Youth Summer Mission Trip

The high school youth are going to Dallas, TX in June for their annual mission trip. We are looking for two adult men to go on our trip with us. This trip will only cost you your time and your talents! If you are interested in spending a week of your summer with these awesome students, let Darci know as soon as you can! We will leave Sunday, June 11 and return Friday night, June 16.
We will be serving with an organization called Urban Plunge and through them will do a variety of different service projects. This would be a great opportunity for you as an adult to experience a mission trip not too far from home, as well as a ministry opportunity for you to serve our students! Thank You!

Darci Utt, Director of Youth Ministries

Moment for Mission: GraceMed

GraceMed believes the community’s potential is immeasurably expanded by improving the health of the most medically underserved residents. That’s why they are dedicated to delivering nothing less than the very best care to thousands whose access to healthcare is limited either by their economic resources or the neighborhood where they live.
More than healthcare, they think of it as hopecare--transformative legacy in the lives of patients, their families and our community. Hopecare means having faith that together we change the future for the healthier.
When you can restore someone’s health, smile or well-being, the effects are felt in the contribution they can make to their families, their community and the future of the world around them. That’s especially true for someone on the fringes of our healthcare grid. That’s why supporting GraceMed is about more than supporting healthcare.

Overseas Care Packages
May military package goodies should be dropped off by Friday, May 5 at 11am to the kitchen with items marked "military." Suggestions besides candy would be home-made cookies, crackers, gum, snack bars, trail mix, peanuts and beef jerky. If you wish to join us, we will be packing in Pastor Vic's room May 5 at 11:30. If you know of anyone that needs to be included that is deployed overseas, let Debora Nelson know at 789-0770 or email We have two service members this month.
MIM Bible Study
Every day you get up, get dressed, go to work, come home, eat some dinner, watch a little TV, maybe read something, go to bed, then get up and do it all over again. Why? So one day you can retire and take it easy? There must be more, right? Join us this Friday and discover the answers as we start a new series call Biblical Manhood. All men are invited to attend the weekly video Bible study. The study is every Friday morning in the Parlor. It begins at 6:00 AM and ends promptly at 7:00 AM. Hope to see you there! Call Troy Heckart 461-6810 with any questions.

2017 News Flash for Men

The 6am Thursday breakfast and book review resumes on May 11. We’ll review and debate Naomi Riley’s 2015 book “Got Religion: How Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back.”

The “millennial” generation seems stuck in emerging adulthood, delaying the usual markers of growing up, including leaving home, employment, marriage, children and especially becoming religious. Among the many reasons is a tendency toward radical individualism and a general distrust of institutions. Ms. Riley recognizes the issues, but her book concentrates on a spectrum of success stories, profiling the leaders of Presbyterian, Muslim, Jewish, Morman, and Baptist groups who are reaching millennials in various ways. She believes those who are seeking wish for community, purpose, and leadership.

Ms. Riley is a graduate of Harvard and is an author and columnist for the New York Post. She lives with her husband and their three children in suburban New York.

This ad hoc group is aimed at men who commute to an 8am job; the breakfast always concludes by 7am. A volunteer reviews the book while the group eats, interrupts and debates. Purchase of the book is optional, as are donations and dishwashing. The group has no organization, officers, duties, meetings, mission statements or retirement benefits. Any donations have always funded the bone density screening at the annual Health Fair, and any surplus has been given to the Angel House Orphanage in Tanzania. This small group would welcome an influx of newcomers. Some regulars think the food is safe to eat. Call Frank O’Donnell  at 788-3224 or the church office for more information, or just show up at the Worship Center at 6am on Thursday, May 11.

Up Next In Worship:

April 30 "Hey, did I just meet Jesus?" Children's Sunday
3rd grade Bible Boot Camp graduation during The Gathering

May 7 “The Gate to Life” Confirmation Sunday

May 14 “A Place of Refuge” Mother’s Day and Senior Recognition

May 21 “Real Love”

May 28 “When Jesus Goes Away” Memorial Weekend, dedication of memorials

June 4 Pentecost, Promotion Sunday
Pastor Paul’s last Sunday, Reception from 3-5pm

"GriefShare" Class Coming This Fall

In his excellent sermon last Sunday, Pastor Paul asked the rhetorical question: "Who among us has not experienced loss? Who among us has not experienced death (of a loved one)? And we grieve!"

We ALL grieve: for the loss of health, for the loss of a job, for the loss of a home due to a move, from the loss of a dear loved one. Yes, we grieve! We ALL grieve! The key to life is in how we handle our grief.

Knowing that to be the case, Woodlawn has a grief-support group to offer help. We call it "Healing Hope." We meet on Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Stephen Ministry room, Pastor Vic's office). In addition to our Tuesday meetings, we have enrolled in "GriefShare," a nationally known grief support program which includes video presentations and workbooks for each person enrolled to assist in recovery. This fall we will offer "GriefShare" as a WOW class on Wednesday nights.

All who grieve are invited to attend the class.

In another note, the founder and director of Stephen Ministry, Dr. Kenneth Haugk, has published a new book for persons who have been diagnosed with cancer. The book, called "Cancer: What Now?" is available through our Stephen Ministry at Woodlawn. You are welcome to check out a copy for your own use. Just contact Pastor Vic.

Opportunities to Serve

Missions team is looking for a volunteer. Grace Med hosts an annual event on Thanksgiving morning, the Say Grace 5K race. With a slogan of “Run the race, then feed your face,” this event is the primary fund-raising event for Grace Med. They are asking for support from all local UMCs to recruit a person from their congregations interested in leading this promotion, including here at Woodlawn. All support, direction and materials will be provided this volunteer. If you are an avid runner, have a special interest in healthcare for the underserved or plan to participate in this year’s race, please consider leading this mission. Contact Kelly Heckart at

United Methodist Open Door Klothes Kloset is in need of volunteers to sort clothing and stock shelves. Interested individuals, families, groups and students can be scheduled on a regular basis monthly/weekly/daily or one-time, or whatever fits with their lives. If you are interested in volunteering at Open Door, call Tim Stead, coordinator of volunteers, at 316-267-4201 or email

The "Pew Crew" for the sanctuary will retire at the end of April. This opens an opportunity for you and a friend or two to step into this role. The Pew Crew makes sure the sanctuary has attendance pads, pens/pencils, giving envelopes and tissues. It is given a little extra TLC making sure that everything is cleaned up and looking beautiful. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to serve, let Lois know in the office or 788-1507. This position is very flexible as to the day and time it needs to be completed.

Children's Summer Volunteers: Adults and youth are needed to assist with VBS and sports and performing arts camps. If interested in helping, sign up at the table in the foyer, or contact Dynaa Gallegos

Church Mailings Team: We are looking for a few more volunteers who would be willing to help with church mailings so we can expand this team of volunteers. This task consists of stuffing envelopes and attaching labels. You do not have to help with every mailing, just as it fits your schedule. If you would like to help, contact Judy Stover at 788-3574.
Other Announcements
Celebration Circle will enjoy an evening of potluck, games and fellowship on Thursday, May 4 at 6pm in room 15E.

Sunshine Circle monthly meeting is Monday, May 1 at 7pm in the Parlor.  Donna Brown will present our program on Camp Hope. Sherry Locke will serve as our hostess, Sharon Schmidt as co-hostess, and Donna Overmiller will give our devotions. Please plan to attend this most informative program. Guests and visitors are always welcome.

College Care: We want to recognize in our June newsletter all Woodlawn family members who are completing a course of study after high school. If you are the proud family member of one of these individuals, send the graduate’s name, school and degree or certificate to Thanks!

Golf Tournament for Children's Camperships is set for Saturday, May 6 at 8:00am. Teams are encouraged to sign up together. $75 per player includes green fee, golf cart and lunch. Make checks out to Woodlawn UMC. Registration can be done in the church office or online here before April 30. Prizes include tickets to a Royals game, Wingnuts tickets, and DAM Music Festival passes!

Youth Fundraising: Check out this new fundraiser website with Photo & Go. Woodlawn Youth will receive 20% of any item bought through this website.

Derby Community Food Pantry: Jell-o, pudding and saltine crackers are being collected in May. Place donations in the blue tub by the office.
    4:30p    Faithfully Fit
    5:30p    Wesleyan Small Group
    7:00p    Adult Bell Choir
    8:00p    AA    
    6:00a    Man in the Mirror   
    8:00p    AA
   5:00p    Prayer Gathering
    8:30a    Sanctuary Service
    9:45a    The Gathering Service
   11:00a   Sanctuary Service
   11:00a   Swerve Service
    8:00p    AA
    6:00p    Boy/Cub Scouts  
    7:00p    Sunshine Circle
    8:00p    AA
    4:30p    Faithfully Fit
    6:00p    TOPS
    6:30p    Grief Share
  10:00a    Women’s Bible Study
    1:00p    Al-Anon
    6:30p    WOW
    7:00p    Chancel Choir Rehearsal
    8:00p    Praise Team Rehearsal
April 23 Giving
General Fund:    $5,403.48
Capital Funds:    $636.00
Walk by Faith:    $1,731.00
MFM (Diner):    $599.00

March’s Online Giving
General        $15,841.00
Capital          $3,599.00
Walk By Faith     $4,153.00

April 23 Attendance
Sanctuary 8:30:   130
The Gathering:   191
Sanctuary 11:00:   94
  Swerve :     38

Average Past 4 Weeks: 653
Average Past 52 Weeks: 465
Average Last Year: 470
Attended 1 Year Ago: 428
Prayers, Concerns and Thanks

Paul Day has moved to Derby Rehab. Please continue to keep both Paul and Ada Day in your prayers that Paul gains in strength.

Gerry Luznicky asks prayers for her friend, Connie Argabright, who fell this morning. Please keep Connie in your healing prayers as she recovers.

Our condolences go out to Cort and Kathy Vaughn and Riley Allred, on the death of Cort's mom, Dot Vaughn. Services were Tuesday, in Independence, KS. Please keep the Vaughn & Allred families in your prayers.

Thank you's from Jane Pomeroy: "In case I don't see all of you...Thank you Sharon S, Sharyon M, Linda K, Sharlene S and Linda McC for being on the Pew Crew. Thanks also to Mark D, Hub F, Bill P and mowing crew for the garden and ground work. Thank you also to the custodians for all you do, Skyeler for cleaning & oiling the wood and overhangs in the sanctuary, and Wes for making sure the worship center is always setup for Sunday."

Bill Guilliams asks prayers for their 14 yr. old granddaughter who is going through several struggles. Please keep their family in your prayers of support.

If you, or someone you know, has a joy, a concern, or just needs prayers, send to or call the church office at 788-1507.
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