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At one time, THE CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH was the tallest skyscraper in the Steel City!  Today, it is ranked 8th.

New Castle has a Cathedral of Learning:
INDEPENDENT METHODIST CHURCH
In the interest of continuing religious education, a 12-week, one-hour adult Sunday School class will be taught by 
Stephanie Mazzei on Anti-Semitism & The Third Reich.

Beginning Labor Day weekend, September 2, and concluding the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 18, each session begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m.  Sessions will end with a brief prayer.

Complimentary coffee and donuts will be served;
and a love offering will be received to defray operational expenses.

Topics for Presentation and Discussion Will Include:
Prejudice
Anti-Semitism in Europe
The Rise of Hitler and the Third Reich
The Church's complicity and resistance
The War...The Camps...The Nuremberg Trials
The Establishment of Israel

PLAN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE
For additional information, speak to Pastor Fred Gilbert

Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 PM
Guest Musicians:
Joanne McFarland, Vocalist
Chris Masi, Trumpeter
Handbell Tapestry: Sue Garton, Ringer 
Becky Sopher, Accompanist
Mini-Sermon By The Pastor
Social hour To Follow Worship
Nursery Supervision Provided

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry
Donated Items Sought for October:
Ring Notebooks
Jump-ropes
Soap (light fragrance)

*Remember to sign-out shoeboxes before or after weekend services.

*All boxes must be returned by November 11th.

*Volunteers are needed for a mass-packing event following services on November 11th.  Donated items collected over the year will be placed in shoeboxes.

Thanksgiving Decorations
Beginning after the service on Sunday, November 11th, and continuing until nightfall, and returning Monday and Tuesday, November 12th and 13th the altar will be decorated for the harvest, and a jumpstart made for Christmas in the downstairs social room and the outdoor lights.  For individuals who desire jobs requiring being seated, Pastor has stuffing envelopes for congregational mailings and unwrapping ornaments.  Youth are invited to participate in this monumental task, with high school seniors working for a community service project.  Complimentary meals are served.  For additional information, contact the minister.

Happy Birthday Reverend Gilbert

The "G-Man" as Rev. Marc Dobson calls him, will turn 69 on November 19th!

The Social Life Committee is planning two weekend events 
to coincide with the Pastor's birthday:

If able, attend either or both:
Following the 7 p.m. Saturday service, November 17th. 
The Fellowship Hour will feature pizza, finger-foods, and pie!

After the Sunday morning worship, November 18th, 
A Potluck Lunch is scheduled for 12 Noon,
(meat, table service, desserts, beverages will be provided by the committee)
Bring a tureen dish to share.  

*There is not cost for these parties*

New Castle Honor Guard
Observance of Veteran's Day

Sunday, November 4th, 2018
10:45 Service

Guest Speaker: Ruth (Fraser) Fairchild
National Surgeon General V.F.W. of the U.S.

Immediately following the service there will be a complimentary 
luncheon served int he parish fellowship hall.  

Vacation Bible School
This past June, 30 youngsters participated in our Time Lab Vacation Bible School. Students went back in time to meet the most amazing man ever- a man who was not only a man, but also God. We discussed the 5 "C's" (Creation, Christophany, Cross, Clouds, and Crown) to help us remember that Jesus our forever faithful, loving, caring, promise-keeping Lord, has been with us always!  

Each One, Reach One
The congregation is encouraged to invite the unchurched or those "church shopping" to the Ash Wednesday service, February 14th at 7PM.  If needed, provide transportation, sit with your guests, join them for the social hour, introduce them to the membership and pastor.  Lent, Holy Week, and Easter are the highlights of the year at IMC.  Why not share this experience with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors?

Pray and reflect whom you might invite.  If necessary, offer transportation.  Welcome the individual, couple or family to be seated with you.  Attend the fellowship hour with your guests.  Statistics indicate that only 20% of Americans are affiliated with a local congregation.  "Each One, Reach One!"

Membership
Adults seeking to join the congregation, by Letter or Transfer or Profession of Faith, may contact the Pastor, for arrangements.  Baptism "In The Name Of The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit is a prerequisite for membership.
 
Sacrament of Baptism
Infants, children, youth and adults desiring to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, are invited to make arrangements with the Pastor.  The mode of the administration of the water is by sprinkling.  Godparents are optional for babies and children; but must be baptized Christians.  A baptismal service is scheduled before Lent.
 
Recycled Card Program
IMC is collecting new and old Christmas and greeting cards, to be shipped to the St. Jude Ranch For Children, in Nevada.  The covers are recycled for a fund-raising project.  Bring your cards to the church, placing them in the white boxes at the front entrance.
 
Share A Ride
Are there times when you or someone you know does not attend church because you have no transportation?  IMC is offering help to our congregants in this situation.  The Missions Committee will coordinate this new program.  When someone has no way to get to church, we will make arrangements with one of our volunteers to supply transportation.  Contact the Pastor for further information.
 
Floral Tribute
Flowers for the Altar are purchased from Country Flower Barn, with arrangements beginning at $50.00 and up/ with a choice of fresh or silk.  Please inform the Pastor of weekends that you would seek to adorn the Lord's Table with your arrangement.

 The Pastor Makes House-Calls:
Recognizing the right of privacy and the need for rest following a stay in the hospital The Reverend Gilbert provides follow-up pastoral care, visiting the residences of the convalescing congregants, by invitation.  Be assured, that all the sick, and recovering parishioners are in his prayers, as well, as those of many others at I.M.C.
 
Please Take Note:
The U.S. Privacy Act disallows hospitals for reporting to clergy, over the telephone, the names of patients.  If you desire for Reverend Gilbert to visit you in the hospital; it is your responsibility to notify him.  Indicate the name of the health institution, plus the room number.
 
 
Operation Christmas Child: