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Tool List for UM ARMY

Please check your garages, tool sheds, and utility rooms for the following items on the UM ARMY tool list (image below and pdf attached).  The youth will use these on their mission trip to Claremont, NH the week of July 17-23.  If any are lost or broken, they will be replaced.

Put your last name in permanent marker on your tool. We return them Sunday July 23rd. We do replace tools if they are lost or broken. Speak to Pastor Kim, Chris Steadman, or Irv or Karen Rose if you have questions.

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Health Kits for Lenten Mission

The new mission committee will be collecting items needed to compile health kits for UMCOR, the humanitarian relief and development agency of The United Methodist Church, throughout Lent.

These health kits, which are one of six types of relief-supply kits provided by UMCOR during times of crisis, provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes.

Please join us during coffee hour on April 3 to assemble collected supplies into official ready-to-go kits. See the list below of very specific items needed for each kit. Please note: All items must be new. Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.

  • 1 hand towel
    • 15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches;
    • Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable.
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb
    • Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long;
    • No pocket combs or picks please;
    • Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth.
  • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers
    • No emery boards, please.
  • 1 bath-size soap
    • 3 oz. and larger sizes only;
    • No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content;
    • Do not remove from original packaging.
  • 1 toothbrush
    • Adult size only;
    • Do not remove from original packaging.
  • 6 adhesive bandages
    • ¾ inch to 1 inch-size;
    • Common household Band-Aids.
  • 1 plastic bag
    • One-gallon size sealable bag only.

“Why I Love my Church” poster offerings on Sundays

During worship on Sun, Oct 25th, Nov 1st and 8th, we consider our blessings and how we can give back in gratitude so that ministry flourishes in 2016.  We have some members of our church family sharing how our church has changed their lives using posters read during worship.  Watch each Sunday’s offerings below.

On Sunday Nov 8th, we invite all who are able to make a pledge and offer it as an act of worship.  We do have a $10,000 challenge grant that will match new and increased pledges up to $10,000.  If someone increases their pledge $10 a week that equals 52 weeks x $10=$520. The grant will match the $520 so that the church receives a total of $1,040.

After worship on Sun Nov 8th, we traditionally hold a free celebration brunch for everyone provided by the Vergennes UMC women.  Contact Jill Wilkens who is keeping track of the numbers so that Vergennes knows how much food to prepare.

Devotions for Busy People

We have many people reporting that they are beginning a daily devotions habit and finding their faith growing.  Here are some great ways to do devotions on your computer (or smartphone) depending on the time you have:

  • 1 minute spiritual devotions by United Methodist Pastor Steve Garnaas –Holmes.  Features a daily poem on faith. Use this link:    
  • 3 minute retreat by Loyola Press that invites you to take a short prayer break at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. This is the link to this website.
  • 12 minute retreat: “Pray As You Go” offers a guided reflection on a scripture passage each day including a variety of different styles of sacred music.  Here is the link to this website, then select the day for its reading.  Also available as an app for iPhones and Androids.  See the website to obtain these.
  • Printed Devotions: We have Upper rooms at the back of the sanctuary.  These are a small magazine devotion that comes out every two months.  Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young is very popular.  Bread for the Journey” by Henri Nouwen is also very good.

Bahamas Methodist Habitat Mission Trip in Feb, 2015

Seven members of our church community went to Eleuthera, Bahamas to work to improve housing for the people there who are poor in monetary things, though rich in joy, enthusiasm, faith and community.

Below are photos from this experience including Karina Tarte playing with a young boy at one of our work sites, a before and after of the house we built roof framing for, indoor wall framing at the other site, and scenes at both work and at our living site.

Karina and boy

Roof site beginning

roof site at end

Framing at 2nd site

At the center

Ted, John and TJ