Happenings at First United Methodist Church
As you know the Lenten season begins this Wednesday, March 1st. Our 2017 Lenten project focus is World Vision. This is an organization that helps underdeveloped countries with the means to better themselves. World Vision is similar to our project last year where we were able to purchase livestock for families. The one exception is that World Vision introduces the missing component of faith. It's just not an entrepreneurial endeavor but a help in the faith journey of many. We are again asking you to throw your loose change in a container during the Lenten season. Every Sunday School student will be given a bag, which was monogrammed by the SHINE students, to throw their nickels and dimes in. There will be more information on World Vision throughout Lent. Last year we collected over $900. This year we're shooting for $1,000!!!
The Mission Team wants you to know that we recently received word from Cornerstone Women’s Resource Center that, through the baby bottle collections, we contributed $2,266.41. That is a fantastic amount and you are to be congratulated. There are, however, 11 bottles as yet that have not been turned in. So, check the house and see if, maybe, you might still have one.
Regarding the Future with Hope Mission Fund, we are able to keep 25% of the contributions for local community missions projects; the current balance is $3,553.43. We contributed over $18,000 to the Future with Hope Mission Fund, and you can still give toward this worthy endeavor. As in all donations, when giving by check, please put which mission you are contributing to in the memo line of the check.
We presently support missionaries (and projects) Nolan and Rebecca Scott, Help and Hope, SHINE, Jack and Jill Christian Pre-School, ASELSI (our donations go toward the Milk Program of Father’s Heart Clinic which provides milk to severely malnourished babies), Code Blue, and a new mission this year, “Cru” which you will hear about at a later date. We also will continue helping the school children in Haiti through Mission for Haiti (MFH). We will have an envelope in the bulletin in coming months where you will be able to contribute to a mission close to your heart. More on this later too.
If you have a mission that you specifically care about, please feel free to attend a Mission Team meeting. Our next meeting will be March 9th. We meet every other month in the Church office. We would love for you to join us. Or, just let one of the Mission Team members know of your interest. Your team consists of Patty Reeves, Susan Miller, Shaun Connors, Clyde and Mary Phillips, Jay Reed, Janet Page, Betty Miskelly, Christine Wilford, and Barbara Goranson.
As you know, the weather lately has necessitated that Code Blue be put in to effect. They desperately need volunteers and pillows. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Susan Stowe at 856-265-5859 (she does not have a computer). She’s willing to speak with anyone interested. The pillows can be placed in a basket at Church outside the Lillian Henry Room.
We will try to keep you informed of the activities of the Mission Team.
May 20, 2017
The Mission Team wants to thank you for your very generous giving toward the Lenten initiative which was World Vision. We had a total of $519.91. With this money we will be purchasing 13 farm animals including pigs, goats (at a special request from one of the Sunday School students) and 10 chickens. We want to especially thank the Sunday School students for their generosity. To say they did a good job is SUCH an understatement. In fact, on Palm Sunday they actually turned in more money than the general congregation. All together they contributed $125 for our project. So, a very heartfelt thanks to them.
Our giving on Native American Sunday totals $268. So, again, thank you. This money will be sent asap to help a divinity student in their endeavor to become a pastor.
Our monthly mission envelope in June will be the last envelope until September. Speaking of the monthly envelope, we would like to share with you a very touching account of a young student who faithfully gives $1 in his envelope every month for Jack and Jill. This young man is teaching us all how to be a loving Christian.
Thank you so much for supporting the mission work of FUMC.
Your Mission Team
Missions Envelope Categories Defined
ASELSI: Provides medical help through Father’s Heart Clinic and the Milk Program for Guatemalan infants. Exams, vitamins and formula are essential for those in need.
CODE BLUE: Provides a warm place to have a meal and a place to sleep during bitterly cold weather.
CRU: Crusade for Christ assists campus missionaries to college students who are on their faith journey.
MISSION FOR HAITI (MFH): Provides medical clinics, day schools, vacation Bible schools, discipleship training, and church-planting to Haitians.
JACK AND JILL CHRISTIAN NURSERY SCHOOL: Provides a loving Christian-based nursery for our community families.
PIONEERS: Supports Rebecca and Nolan Scott in their endeavor to bring Christ into the lives of those of other faiths.
SHINE: Provides tutoring, meals, and love of Christ to the children of our community.
The Mission Team received the following note from Alex Simpson from Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ): "Dear First Church, Thank you so much for your $250 gift! This is such a God thing! Especially since my letter somehow ended up with you back in April. I can't wait to see how God uses our partnership to reach college students in Jersey. God Bless, Alex".
We also wanted you to know that the love offering taken for Alex's missionary work with local college students at the 9:00 and 11 o'clock services recently totaled $268. Those monies will be sent asap. This love offering will help Alex as she covers many miles in her service to the students. Thank you very much.
As you know the Lenten season began on Wednesday, March 1st. Our 2017 Lenten project focus is World Vision. This is an organization that helps underdeveloped countries with the means to better themselves. World Vision is similar to our project last year where we were able to purchase livestock for families. The one exception is that World Vision introduces the missing component of faith. It's just not an entrepreneurial endeavor but a help in the faith journey of many. We are again asking you to throw your loose change in a container during the Lenten season. Every Sunday School student will be given a bag, which was monogrammed by the SHINE students, to throw their nickels and dimes in. There will be more information on World Vision throughout Lent. Last year we collected over $900. This year we're shooting for $1,000!!!
The Mission Team has decided to include a mission envelope in the bulletin starting March 11-12 and continue the second weekend of the month. This envelope will enable you to give to the mission that speaks to your heart. Those missions include: ASELSI which is a Guatemalan mission that provides milk for infants and medical assistance for the people; Code Blue which offers a sanctuary to homeless individuals during freezing weather; CRU which works with college students in their faith journey; Mission for Haiti which assists school children with the necessary tools to get a good education; Jack and Jill Christian Nursery School; Pioneers which is the organization Nolan and Rebecca Scott recently joined that spreads the word to those of a different faith; and, SHINE. We hope that you will be able to support your mission faithfully. God Bless, Mission Team