We would like to thank everyone for their support with the UMW Annual Salad Luncheon in October. At last count, we had raised around $1,650 towards our mission projects.
A few things to mark your calendars for:
The annual Ingathering will be Saturday, November 23rd. Our UMW Unit always supports this project as they gather items items to be used by local disaster response teams to reduce suffering in the aftermath of natural or other disasters and by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) teams to provide aid across the United States and all around the world. They prefer loose items to assemble the kits at their supply depots. Items we have supplied before are for the following kits (Money is always accepted as well):
- hand towels 15” x 25” to 17” x 27” (Kitchen, cleaning and microfiber towels not acceptable)
- Combs (need to be sturdy and at least 8” long – no pocket combs or picks)
- Metal nail file or clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
- Bath size soap (3 oz and larger – no ivory soap due to moisture content)
- Adult Size toothbrushs
- Adhesive bandages (3/4” – 1”)
- Cloth Diapers (Prefolded or plain diapers – no disposable diapers)
- Undershirts or onsies
- Infant size washcloths
- Gowns or sleepers
- Diaper pins
- Sweater or jacket (must open from the front)
- Receiving Blankets (no crib blankets)
We will have a box in the grand hall and the narthex to collect these items. Money can be marked and put in the donation plate or given to the office.
The annual UMW Christmas Dinner which is scheduled for Monday, December 9th at 6:30. More information will be in the church bulletin prior to the dinner.
Book Review: Make Poverty Personal, by Ash Barker
Since November is Ingathering Month, this book is a good reminder of why we should participant in these types of charities. Poverty is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. But poverty is not new. And neither is God’s deep concern for the poor–it is a theme deeply woven throughout the Bible. Yet sadly, churches and individual Christians have too often been blind to this emphasis, or they have been paralyzed into inaction by feelings of helplessness. In this urgent, provocative book, Ash Barker offers both challenge and hope. Pulling out and reflecting on significant passages from both testaments, he reveals what the Bible says about both the nature of poverty and about how God calls his people to respond. These studies, ideal for either individual or small group use, are interlaced with personal reflections–first-hand accounts from fifteen years of ministry among the poor.