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As of 1pm today, March 23, 2020 the Office will be closed until further notice in accordance to the Governor's "stay at home order". The phones and email will be monitored; we will get back with you as fast as we can. If it's an emergency please contact Pastor Teresa Wenrick at 937-726-3758.

There are a few different Options you have for Tithing during the postponement of regularly scheduled Services.
  1. You can schedule with your bank to have a recurring payment set-up. (Recurring payments are automatic payments that a user authorizes to be made from a bank account or credit card on a regular billing cycle. Generally, the billing cycle is on a set day of every month. Recurring payments can be beneficial for both the party being billed and the party receiving the funds.)
  2. You can Mail in your tithes to the Church Office at 315 S. Collins St. Lima, Ohio 45804
  3. You may use the Drop box located at the Main Entrance on Linden Ave. under the portico.
Pastor Teresa will still be communicating with us on Facebook during the postponement of Services and activities. Please like us on Facebook just search for @FORESTPARKUMCLIMA and hit the like button. On our Facebook page you will be able to view online Services and keep up to date on Forest Park UMC. Please click on the link below it will take you to our Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=186799771361596&ref=br_rs



From our Bishop Gregory Palmer...


After lots of conversation, processing of data and prayer, I am asking you not to hold public worship services at least through Easter. As I type this I am trembling, but I am convinced it is the wise and faithful thing to ask of all of us. I share this now so that you have more rather than less time to plan well for creative, online approaches to engaging your congregation and community in worship. We will continue to push out to you information about as many of our congregations as we have knowledge of that do some form of digital worship. The cabinet is preparing a specific resource about sacraments in this crisis. I will continue to do my best to connect with you digitally. I am learning some new tools that I have neglected until now.

Dear friends, Forest Park UMC will continue to comply with the Bishop's directions, Our Sunday corporate worship is postponed until Easter.

Keep praying! Tune into this Facebook page for updates and for worship opportunities. Reach out to others ... love your neighbor... be the church!

We will continue to outreach to you. My love and virtual hugs to all of you!
Blessings,
Pastor Teresa

Join Us for Sunday Worship
9:30 am & 10:45 am
We look forward to seeing you.

Office Hours
Monday 9am - 1pm
Tuesday 9am - 1pm
Wednesday 9am - 1pm
Thursday 9am - 1pm
Friday 9am - 1pm






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Prayer Shawl Makers: We are so blessed with people who make Prayer shawls. The boxes seem to be full at the moment. But as we are just getting into the cold weather, the need for them will grow. So, there are containers beside the Prayer shawls full of bagged yarn, crochet hooks and 2 crochet patterns and 2 knit patterns, with several sizes listed. Please take a bag or 2 and while it is too cold or snowy to go out work on a shawl or lap robe. When finished, bring it back and put it in the Prayer shawl container.

Need a Prayer Shawl for someone who is ill or mourning? Please take one for them and write your name and theirs on the clipboard. This will eliminate duplicate shawls and also allow us to pray for them. There are adult and child sizes as well as lap robes for those in wheelchairs.

2020 CENSUS: By April 1, 2020, everyone in the U.S. will have been sent an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Completing the Census is easy, and there is support available for you and your community. You can choose how you want to respond – online, by paper, or over the phone. More information can also be found at www.census.gov.

FILL THE STADIUM: Saturday, May 30, 2020 starting at 1pm with a March for Jesus, then from 2pm – 5 pm Community Events. The purpose is to show the unity among the Church community and to bring hope and healing to the lives of people within the Lima/Allen County area, and to share the testimony that believers have in Christ, and how their lives have been changed by the power of Christ. VOLUNTEERS are needed. Please contact Fill the Stadium for more information or to volunteer at 567-242-8695 or fillthestadium@gmail.com. Also, there will be volunteer questionnaire available on the information table and outside the Sanctuary.

EGGTRAVAGANT EASTER EGG HUNT: Wednesday April 1st, 6pm to 7:30pm. Come and bring your kids to “Kids Connect” and “456” and experience a night of worship, including the Easter Story and other activities. We need help stuffing eggs. Please take a bag of plastic eggs, fill them with wrapped candy or goodies and return them to church on or before March 29th.

TAKE YOUR CANDLE & GO LIGHT YOUR WORLD: An Evening with Kathy Troccoli. Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:45 pm at Old Barn Out Back 3175 W. Elm ST. Lima, Ohio 45805. iTickets – Kathy Troccoli or call/txt 419-236-1484.

JACKSON AREA MINISTRIES: Green Thumb Gardening Projects Helps People To Help Themselves. We will be collecting packs of vegetable Seeds, which will help people who have lost a job, senior citizens, low income families, and families that live on a fixed income. Please place your donation in the basket located by the giving tree.

PRESCHOOL NEWS: Currently, we are looking for Substitute Teachers and a permanent Teacher’s Aide. Please contact the Church Office or Rev. Teresa Wenrick if you would like to serve in either one of these areas.    

CITY WIDE CLEANUP: Mark your calendars: May 16th from 9:30 am to Noon. Please contact Jim Weber for more information.

ZUMBA WITH LYNNE: Classes will be held every Thursday in the Chapel from 5:45 to 6:45. $5.00 per class or $40.00 for 10 classes.

THE QUILTERS OF FOREST PARK: Is a group of quilters and those that enjoy sewing who meet each Tuesday during the day in the Fellowship Hall. During this time, they create comforters and quilts for the Salvation Army and the Children’s Developmental Center as well as work on individual projects. During lunch, they enjoy a short Bible Study. No sewing skills are necessary to enjoy the fellowship, so please join us any Tuesday!


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Monday Morning Men's Bible Study
"In the Beginning", Study Genesis with Rev. Dr. Tom Holmes, every Monday morning at 6:30am in Meeting Room 2.

The Quilters Of Forest Park
Is a group of quilters and those that enjoy sewing who meet each Tuesday during the day in the Fellowship Hall. During this time, they create comforters and quilts for the Salvation Army and the Children's Developmental Center as well as work on individual projects. During lunch, they enjoy a short Bible Study. No sewing skills are necessary to enjoy the fellowship, so please join us any Tuesday!

Line Dancing
Please join us every Thursday in the Family Life Center (FLC) for line dancing. 6pm to 8pm. Ages 7yrs to 99yrs old. The cost is only $4.00 per session, per person. For additional information please contact Karen Kraft at 419-302-2869.

Youth Sunday Nights
Join us Sunday nights from 6pm - 7:30pm. Open to 7th - 12th grades.
1st Sunday of the month is D3, Dinner, Devo, and Dodgeball.
2nd Sunday of the month is Name That Worship Song.
3rd Sunday of the month is Bibles & Burritos.
4th Sunday of the month is Missions Possible!

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Scrip Cards
Scrip Gift Cards Fundraising is available and will help raise funds for our Youth Group. Please place your orders today... Order Forms can be found outside the office or see Trish for an order form.
Forest Park is a Designated Drop Off for Toys for Tots
Make a Difference in a child's life, Donate a new unwrapped Toy. Drop boxes are located by the entrances. Call the Church Office for more information.
Jr. High & Children's Ministry Volunteers
We are gearing up for an exciting Jr. High & Children's program, and are in need of volunteers to help. If you would be willing to volunteer, please contact the church office at 419-227-8445.
Lima Rescue Missions (LRM)
Forest Park prepares, delivers, and serves the Lima Rescue Mission every 3rd Saturday of the month. 2020 Sign-up sheets to volunteer are located on the information board in the FLC.
Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
Help us serve every 3RD Monday of the month at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen located at 125 S. Central Ave. For more information please contact Trish McKinney 419-905-6125

Get Acquainted
We are looking for hosts/hostesses to open their homes or coordinate a group here at the church for our "Get Acquainted" sessions. Pastor Teresa wants to know us better, what we do well and what possibilities there may be for the future of our wonderful church. All attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. Each group will consist of approx. 15-20 people. If interested, please contact Jodi Jesko (SPR Chair) at 419-905-7951 or Pastor Teresa at 937-726-3758.

Upwards Basketball
Volunteers needed for the upcoming basketball evaluations on November 15th at 5pm and November 16th at 9am. Sign-up sheets are located on the table outside the Sanctuary for Traditional Service and on information table in the Contemporary Service. Also, if you have children that would like to participate in Basketball or Cheerleading. Upwards is open to Boys and Girls K4 through 4th Grade.

Fill The Hamper
HELP us be a BLESSING to others in need. Outside the office is a hamper please help us fill it with TRAVEL SIZE HYGIENE PRODUCTS. For more information contact the Church Office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a great way to get involved. You choose what to make and when and how to make it. Just remember to pray over the yarn and pray for the person receiving it. Include the washing/drying instructions.
Healing Shawl - knit pattern
Takes 3 skeins of yarn. Any size needles you are comfortable using. Cast on 63 stitches or any multiple of three.
First row: Knit 3, purl 3 to the end of the row.
Repeated pattern: Turn and knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches.
Continue until the shawl is about 6 feet long All prayer shawls can be fringed or not. Just remember to make some-thing that will bring comfort and warmth to the recipient.

CUP item for March
Item for March is Family size Cereal: For additional information check the (CUP) website at limacup.org or visit them at 129 S. Pierce St. Lima, Ohio. For more information please contact Bethany Theis

The St. Mark's/Forest Park Produce Day
Thursdays 10am - 12 noon. Please bring a Photo ID to receive assistance. Volunteers are needed, please contact Tom Kiracofe. This week, we served 185 families.

Saving Cans
We are still saving cans for Youth Group. See Tom or Nikki for collection bin. Thanks for helping.

Youth Ministry Volunteers
We are gearing up for exciting fall programming and are in need of volunteers to help in our Youth Ministry area on Sunday evenings. If you would be willing to volunteer a few hours on Sunday night, please contact the church office, Jodi Wireman (419-905-6572) or Brenda Miller (567-204-2090).

Volunteers Needed for Our Children's Ministry.
Please find time to help in this important and valuable ministry. Jesus saw the value of children and we have so many who pass on the opportunity to experience their value. Please see Michelle Kirian for details.

Lima Rescue Missions (LRM)
Forest Park prepares, delivers, and serves the Lima Rescue Mission every 3rd Saturday of the month. Sign-up sheets to volunteer are located on the information board in the FLC.
Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
Help us serve every 3RD Monday of the month at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen located at 125 S. Central Ave. For more information please contact Trish McKinney 419-905-6125
Prayer Room
Need a place to be with God? To meditate on His Word? Forest Park now has a Prayer room inside the library. Come and pray, or sit and read a book from the wide range of books. Located across from the Fellowship Hall, half way down the education wing.

Noodles
Bags of noodles are currently being sold for $3.00 a bag. Stop by the office if you would like to pick any up to support the Forest Park Scholarship Fund.

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Encouraging Involvement
Are you looking for a way to get involved and feel connected? The 9:30 Contemporary Service is looking for people who are interested in test driving some of the volunteer opportunities available in helping with the set up and tear down of the worship service each week. NO commitment, NO obligation, and NO strings attached. There is a bulletin board posted in the Family Life Center above the drinking fountains that you can sign up on or just come early or stay late and someone will help get you involved.
Jodi McDaniel (AKA Crazy Jodi) Contemporary Worship Chair
Great Job!!!
• Penny Pitch collected $337.70 for the Imagine Campaign. Thank you to all who donated!
• We were able to donate 971 rolls of toilet paper to Guiding Light through our Super Bowl Challenge! Thanks for all your donations.

did you know
Library
Do you know that Forest Park has a library? It is located across from the Fellowship Hall. Open every day, including Sunday after each service, the library has books for all ages. The shelves are well-marked with the types of books available - from toddlers to teens to adults. There is a clipboard on the small bookshelves to sign out the books. There is no limit to the number of books and no time limit! So if you take a daily devotional, you would be expected to keep it for a year. When you bring the books back, just put them in the Book Return basket on the floor. There are many treasures in the library - why not see what you can find?