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David writes in Psalm 121:2, “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  
 
When I am struggling, I know that I need to do something different than I am doing. I am reminded of the saying, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.” I do not want to be stuck with the same results. I want God to show me something new. This Psalm reminds me that I know exactly where to get different results from. By including God in my life, I can get the help I need. 

Do not continue to struggle without God even if you think your challenge or struggle is too big. Go to God. Your help comes from the Lord.

We often pray like this:  “Dear God, I have a big problem.” Remember, no problem is too big for God. You tell that problem, “I have a BIG God!”
 
Prayer: Thank you, God, for loving me even when I am struggling. I know that I will go through challenges but I am thankful that You are where I will get my help from. Amen. 


Be a Blessing,
Pastor Scott
Sunday Worship
Worship Service in Sanctuary at 9 A‌M
Click here for more information

Aug‌ust 21
"Where does my help come from?"
Isaiah 58:9b-14


Aug‌ust 28
"Yesterday, Today and Forever"
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Septem‌ber 4
"Where do we Go?"
Jeremiah 18:1-11
Communion


--- COVID Guidelines

Current COVID-19 Guidelines 
Upcoming Events
Thu‌rsday, Aug‌ust 18
Church Council Meeting - 7‌:00 P‌M

Satur‌day,
Aug‌ust 20
Sewing Fellowship Group - 10‌:00 A‌M

S‌unday, Aug‌ust 21
Chime Rehearsal - 8:‌30-8:‌45 A‌M
Worship Service - 9‌:00 A‌M

M‌onday, Aug‌ust 22
Food Pantry Open
--- By Appointment Only ---
Call 848-373-8844


Satur‌day, Aug‌ust 27
Sewing Fellowship Group - 10‌:00 A‌M

S‌unday, Aug‌ust 28
Chime Rehearsal - 8:‌30-8:‌45 A‌M
Worship Service - 9‌:00 A‌M

Satur‌day,
Sept‌ember 3
Sewing Fellowship Group - 10‌:00 A‌M

S‌unday, Sept‌ember 4
Chime Rehearsal - 8:‌30-8:‌45 A‌M
Worship Service - 9‌:00 A‌M
Communion


M‌onday, Sept‌ember 5
Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept‌ember 6
Band Practice - 7‌:00 P‌M

Thursday, Sept‌ember 8
Bible Study - 11‌:00 A‌M
 
Mark Your Calendars

Fall Flea Market
Sat‌urday, Oc‌tober 1
Rain Date - Octo‌ber 8

Annual Church Conference
via Zoom - Nove‌mber 7 @ 7p‌m
All reports due Sept‌ember 19

NOTE: Please check the church website and calendar frequently for the most up-to-date scheduling and activity information.
Fellowship Time
On the second Su‌nday of each month, we will have Fellowship Time immediately after the 9 A‌M Worship Service. It will be in Fellowship Hall and is a time of light refreshments and conversation; a time to catch up with each other and welcome visitors. The next Fellowship Time will be on Su‌nday, Sept‌ember 11. Please join us!
Thursday Bible Study
NOTE : The Thu‌rsday morning bible study is taking a break for the summer. It will resume on Thu‌rsday, Sept‌ember 8 at 11‌:00 A‌M.

Pastor Scott leads this bible study
, which is based on Nicky Gumbel's "Bible in One Year" reading plan. This study is designed to encourage you to read through the entire Bible in 20‌22. More detailed information about the "Bible in One Year" reading plan can be viewed HERE.

During the summer break, you are encouraged to continue with the daily readings. See you in Sep‌tember ...
Lay Servant Ministries

Registration for the Fall 2022 Lay Servant Classes is now open. Click on the following links for detailed information. Note: the Basic Class must be completed prior to taking an Advanced Class. See Pastor Scott for more information.

Lay Servant Ministries - General Information

Registration for Fall 2022 Basic Class

Registration for Fall 2022 Certified Advanced Class
Sewing Fellowship Group
Barbara Wesolovski will be leading a fellowship group for people interested in sewing.

The group will meet in Fellowship Hall every S‌aturday morning at 10a‌m, starting on Augu‌st 20. Exceptions to this schedule will be posted on the church calendar.

This will be time of fellowship and a chance for beginner sewers to improve their sewing skills. Sewing machines will be available during the meetings. If you have any questions, please call Barbara at 732-446-5639. Watch for a sign-up sheet on the table outside of Fellowship Hall.
Worship Through Giving

We are thankful for your faithful support during these challenging times. Your generous giving has been vital in maintaining our ability to cover expenses and continue our church ministries. You may continue giving in-person at the indoor worship service, by sending your offering check directly to the church, or by using the church online giving feature found in the footer of the church website. It is easy, secure, and appreciated. --- Thank You

If so inspired, you may give online now, by clicking here.

Prayer Ministry
Please keep the following people in your prayers ...
 
  • Theresa Slover – for successful treatment of cancer in her neck & recovery from COVID.
  • Pastor Betty Gibbons - she is in the hospital with a bowel obstruction and also has COVID without symptoms. Prayers for her comfort and healing. Pray also for the doctors that are caring for her.
  • Sasha Ryder (friend of Marty) - She is about 25 years old and suddenly lost most strength and movement in her right arm. Doctors are trying to diagnose the issue.
  • Steven Gray – for medical issues
  • Family of Christopher Cromer - Christopher died of an apparent overdose after battling his addiction for some time. His parents are Jim and Deb Cromer and Karen Caswell. Guy Raymond and Jim are best friends and Guy was known as "Uncle Guy" to Christopher.
  • Jean Iannacone – for improved health and good test results
  • Continued prayer for home-bound church members: Rudy Iannacone; Paul Bartek; Dottie Weeks
~ NOTE ~
Please let Pastor Scott know of any updates to this prayer list. Additions, removals, or status updates. Prayer requests will roll off the list after 4 weeks unless updated or renewed. All prayer requests go directly to the pastor.
Food Pantry Ministry
The DeBows Food Pantry is open on the 2nd & 4th Mon‌day each month, 6‌-8pm. The next Food Pantry distribution is M‌onday, Aug‌ust 22.

DeBows uses an "Appointment Only" system to distribute the food. People can make an appointment by calling 848-373-8844. 

Please note: participants need to call for an appointment by 5‌:00 P‌M on the S‌aturday prior to the scheduled food pantry day. This gives the Food Pantry volunteers time to prepare the food for distribution. "Thank You" for your cooperation.


Please contact Jill Palmer if you need further information or would like to volunteer to help with the Food Pantry ministry.
DeBows in Mission
--- AUGUST
UMCOR Hygiene Kits

DeBows is supporting UMCOR during through August via their Hygiene Kit program. While Hygiene Kits for UMCOR is a year-round mission activity for our church, we are focusing on August because of the current emergency situations due to the wild fires in California, flooding in Kentucky, and the approaching hurricane season. Kits are disparately needed for those impacted by these events. Please continue to collect the items needed to make up the kits. A box for completed kits and instructions on how to put it all together is outside the Fellowship Hall. Let’s fill that box!


Hints for collecting items:
  • Review the list of items needed and when out doing your normal shopping, pickup some extra of the items needed. Remember, the Dollar Store is a good source for many of the items.
  • Bring the items to the church and once we have a batch of the items needed, we will have a “Kit Party” and complete the kits.

The Hygiene Kits we put together are forwarded to UMCOR for deployment to those most in need. This has been very successful and rewarding ministry in past years.

Along with collecting items to build kits, we will also be accepting monetary donations. If you wish to donate, please mark clearly on your check or envelope that it is for UMCOR. Each Hygiene Kit is valued at $12, but any and all donations will be greatly appreciated and will be sent to UMCOR along with the hygiene kits.

Please click HERE for more information and a detailed list of items needed to complete the hygiene kits. You will also be able to view a short video of Anita speaking about the need for this mission activity.
Music Ministry

DeBows UMC is blessed with talented people who love to praise God. We pray for each other and give back to the Lord the blessings we’ve received. We welcome newcomers to join our music ministry and share and grow their talent for God’s glory. Please contact Grayce by email at music@debowsumc.org for any questions or to discuss opportunities to participate in our music ministry.

Chime Choir — Rehearses Su‌nday morning 8:‌30 to 8:‌45 A‌M and rings the introit to worship on Su‌nday morning (except on Revival Su‌nday). New members are always welcome. Ability to sight read music and prior experience not necessary. Ability to be present and have fun very important!

Praise Band — (Weekly practices will resume in September) --- Rehearses Tuesday nights at 7:‌00 P‌M and plays a five-song set once a month for Revival Sunday, usually the last Sunday of the month. Check email and church calendar for exceptions. All instruments welcome.

* More information about the DeBows music ministry can be viewed here. Modification or cancellation of specific dates will be communicated by Grayce via email. Please check email for any cancellations before coming out.

Connect & Stay Informed
For the most up-to-date information concerning church activities, event schedules, general church information, or to view recent newsletters, you may visit the church website anytime at debowsumc.org.

Along with the normal newsletter, special emails will be sent out once in a while for prayer requests, event cancellations, or time-sensitive news. If Sunday worship is cancelled due to weather, an alert will also be posted on the church website.

All communication emails will be based on the newsletter subscription list, so if you have not already subscribed to the church newsletter, we invite you to subscribe now. Just visit the church website and use the subscription form in the bottom right-hand corner of the homepage.
Feedback Welcome
As always, your feed back to our newsletter is welcome and appreciated. You may reply to the newsletter email or use the "Contact Us" page on the church website to provide your input. 
 
The next newsletter will be published on
W‌ednesday, Augu‌st 31
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