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Thank You, From the Missions Committee 
The Missions Committee sends out Big Blue Bags filled with love and gratitude to all of you who participated in making the just-completed Rummage Sale such a success. There were upwards of 60 people who spent time and a great deal of effort organizing and selling an unprecedented quantity of donated furniture, clothing, household goods, books, etc. gathered at our King Hall.

We especially thank the Truck Guys who made pick-up after pick-up in HOT weather to bring the furniture to us. They cleaned out 3 or 4 households! In addition, they cleaned out the furniture and boxes of clothing that had been stored at Good Shepherd Ministry Center.

Our surrounding community looks forward to the biannual sales at FUMC. They watch for the white sign that we put out on Avocado Blvd. They donate and they buy. It is a wonderful form of outreach that makes all the effort worthwhile. People are greeted with smiles and welcomes and they go away happy with treasures at bargain prices.

Ideally, each and every one of you should receive a hand-written thank you note for all that you did to help. You are all the heart and soul of Foothills.

In God's Love,
The Missions Committee
Photos of Foothillians 
Some images and people at our beautiful El Cajon site: Good Shepherd Ministry Center.

Upcoming Highlights 
Brewing Faith: Special Date 
Brewing Faith in May will be on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm at the Grossmont Hooley's. The group is meeting on Tuesday of this month in order to work with the Wednesday God and the Gay Christian class. Take the chance to check out the casual questions of faith atmosphere. 
All Things Chocolate - UMW + MomsConnect 
Wednesday, May16, 6 pm in King Hall. All Women are invited to join United Methodist Women and our MomsConnect group for an evening of All Things Chocolate. Enjoy a catered meal and a variety of gourmet chocolate desserts. This "sweet" event is a chance for women to meet and mingle. We'll also make a simple craft to say thank you to our Avocado School teachers and share with our Meals on Wheels clients. Cost for the delicious dinner is $15.
Last FX of the (School) Year 
Sunday May 6th is the last Family eXperience "FX" for the school year. Plan to stay for a meal with other families in King Hall at 11:45am. We'll also do a faith-based project related to the May KidsConnect theme of "honesty -- choosing to be truthful in what you say and do."
Impact Sunday on August 12 
You can change the world, right where you are, on Impact Sunday, August 12 at 9:30 am!
Impact Sunday is a day for the church to work "outside our walls," joining together to serve the community as a collective act of worship and service. We will start in the sanctuary for a short call to worship, disperse to several community service projects, and return to gather over food and share our experiences. This is a great opportunity to strengthen our connections with each other and serve our community! The Impact Sunday Planning Team is ramping up. If you'd like to be part of the planning team, contact Molly Jarrell.
Youth Participate in 30 Hour Famine 
FUMY will be taking part in the annual 30 hour famine, April 28-29. The group gathers and overnights in the Youth Center to experience the realities of what it feels like to go hungry. While participating in the fast, they will work on community service projects and learn more about the realities of food scarcity in our local area and the broader world. Speak with and congratulate them on Sunday the 29th, as they will be in worship, wearing their 30 hour famine shirts.  
God and the Gay Christian Class 
The Foothills' Reconciling Committee presents a class on the same-titled book, God and the Gay Christian, by Matthew Vine. Pastor Greg, Rene Markley and Paul Duvall will lead this 4 class session on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm, beginning on May 2 in the Youth Center. The class will use the book as a guide to focus on difficult Bible passages and preconceptions about homosexuality and faith.
Read more and register online 
Sign Up for Family Camp! 
(5/26 - 5/28: Memorial Day weekend) We hope you can join us for Family Camp. The theme this year is Game of Life - Family Camp edition. This board game theme provides opportunities for fun and fellowship. Family Camp is for everyone at Foothills and you don't have to have children to join in. All are welcome! Signups are now available on the patio after services. If you have any questions, please contact Jim O'Donnell.
Also, A HUGE thank you for everyone who supported the financial ask and the pancake breakfast for Family Camp. We raised over $1500 which helps keep Family Camp affordable and make scholarships available. We really appreciate your support. :-)
An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan 
The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale return to Foothills to perform a repertoire of Gilbert and Sullivan works, led by accomplished bariton, Michael Sokol. One performance only at 7:30 pm on April 27 in the Sanctuary. Admission is $15, seniors $10 and students $5. Hear selections from the Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Iolanthe and Yeoman of the Guard. Tickets available at the door.  
Discover Foothills 
If you or someone you know is pretty new to Foothills, then sign up to attend the Discover Foothills luncheon on April 29 at 11:45 am in the Conference Room. Pastors Lori and Greg lead this time for people to better get to know the mission and community involvement of the church as well as what it means to be a United Methodist. Read More 
A Mission Trip for All 
If you are interested in participating in a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico to build a house the week of July 29th - Aug 4th, please contact Sharon Russo for any questions or information.
Sign ups are happening now and a final count will be necessary by the end of April.
Camp Cedar Glen Presents Testimony Tuesday 
Every Tuesday until July 10th, Cedar Glen will deliver a testimony from a pastor, parent, volunteer, or camper within the Cedar Glen community. These testimonies will discuss why camping ministry is important to support and sustain our youth. The South District of the Cal-Pac Conference is partnering with Cedar Glen in providing additional funding. After reading a testimony, if you are called to give, the South District will match every dollar of your donation.
All donations will help Cedar Glen campers attend camp regardless of their financial situation.
Visit campcedarglen.org/testimonytuesday for more information.
Good Shepherd Ministry Center Needs 
Look to this Spot of the Newsletter for the most Urgent ways to Help
Place in the Red Wagons on Sunday mornings, or bring to the church office

Campus Security 
An RV or camper to be used on-site for a period of months

Bethlehem Food Pantry 
"Just Like Mom Used to Make" -- In honor of Mother's Day and to celebrate all moms who share their love for their families through cooking, the Bethlehem Food Pantry is stocking the shelves so that guests of the pantry can provide meals "Just Like Mom Used to Make." Leave your food donations in the wagons and place your monetary gifts in the offering plate on Sunday mornings.
Needed items include: 
Canned tuna
Canned fruit
Canned vegetables
Canned beans (refried/kidney/pinto)
Mac and cheese
Canned soup
Dried beans
Pasta and pasta sauce 
Canned Pasta Meals (i.e. Ravioli)
Peanut butter

Shepherd's Closet 
New socks and underwear (men's, women's and children's)
Gently used jeans, jackets, hoodies and athletic shoes (men's and women's)
Twin size or throw blankets (no comforters, pillows or larger blankets, please)
Rain ponchos

Volunteers Needed 
Saturday mornings at both the Bethlehem Food Pantry and Shepherd's Closet
: Theresa Erb 
On Call drivers to pick up and deliver food
Contact: Susan Naslund

This Week with Foothills 

Monday 4/23
11 am - Prayer Group - Library
5 pm - Mission Committee - Conference Room
6:45 pm - Harmony Ringers - Bell Room 
Tuesday 4/24   
8 am - Prayer Group - Off Site
1 pm - Bridge Marathon - King Hall
4 pm - Pastoral Care Team - Pastor Greg's Office
6 pm - Young Adults - Off Site  
Wednesday 4/25  
7:30 am - Fellowship Walkers - Off Site
9:30 am - Caregiver Support Group - Youth Lounge
2 pm - Women's Small Group - Disciple Room   
4 pm - Women's Fellowship Group - Off Site
6:30 pm - GSMC Council - GSMC  
7 pm - Reconciling Fellowship - Disciple Room       
Thursday 4/26
9:30 am - UMW Priscilla Circle - Off Site
6 pm - Financial Peace University - Youth Center    
7 pm - Choir Rehearsal - King Hall
7 pm - People of Purpose - Library
Friday 4/27 
7:30 pm - Grossmont Symphony & Master Chorale - Sanctuary
Saturday 4/28 
Youth Begin the 30 Hour Famine 
9 am - Prayer Quilt Ministry - Disciple Room 
Sunday 4/29
8:30 am - Traditional Worship - Sanctuary
9:30 am - Genesis Ringers - Bell Room
9:30 am - Children's Choirs - Youth Center
9:35 am - Adult Sunday School - Nursery
10 am - ABC Bible Study - Disciple Room 
10:30 am - Contemporary Worship - Sanctuary
10:30 am - Confirmation Class - Youth Lounge
11:45 am - Discover Foothills - Conference Room 
Worship at Foothills - Sundays, 8:30 & 10:30 am