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Christmas Giving Opportunities

We are posting additional details on giving opportunities for Christmas Angels and the DCF Christmas Shop.

Christmas Angels:  The list from our local DCF social worker is out for children and teens needing help with Christmas. You take a tag, buy the gifts, wrap them, and make sure you put the identifying number clearly on the package or bag that has that child’s gifts. Our DCF Social worker, Andrea Grimm, will make sure the gifts are delivered. Place gifts in the Generosity Room, off northeastern door of Fellowship Hall. Speak to Shirley Parfitt if you have questions 425-3741. Return gifts to church by Sunday, December 17th

DCF Christmas Shop: Our Middlebury office of DCF is also hosting a Christmas shop this year. They are accepting new or almost new items that children can then use to give to parents and siblings. These items may go in the Generosity room. Toys, books, jewelry welcome. Anything left over will go to the HOPE Thrift shop. These items can be brought in every December Sunday through Dec. 17th.

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.

Tool List for Website pdfTool List 1st pgTool list 1

Message from Shannon and Lloyd

From Shannon and Lloyd

Dear NFUMC Family,

It is with a heavy heart that we share some truly bittersweet news with you all. Lloyd has accepted a job in Southborough, Massachusetts at an independent school called Fay School and we will be moving there in August. The blessing is that this job provides on campus housing, food, and access to all the boarding school has to offer which means that Shannon will be able to pause her career to stay home and take care of Jazz. Being able to take care of Jazz and be home for Aidan after school is a luxury we did not ever think we would be able to experience! But God really does work in mysterious ways, and when Lloyd’s former college classmate wrote to him about applying to this “great school in Mass”, one thing quickly led to another and before we knew it, they were offering Lloyd the job.

It is difficult to express our sadness about leaving this church community. You have watched us meet, fall in love, get married, and begin our family together. You have supported us with unbelievable love and generosity for nearly five years and we mean it when we say that this church will remain in our hearts forever. You may never know how much your faithfulness, kindness, musicianship, and friendship have meant to us…so for now we will simply say thank you.

With love,

Lloyd, Shannon, Aidan and Jazz

From Kim:

What a blessing God has given us that we have enjoyed Lloyd’s amazing music leadership for 5 years!  Shannon, Aidan and Jazz are major blessings as well.  There is grief in losing them, even as we are glad they have found something so good for them all.

I hope we will always be inspired by their level of faith, and their commitment to our church family.  Lloyd and Shannon will still be our summer intergenerational family events organizers as promised. They will be leaving mid-August for their new opportunity.

Please keep Staff Parish Committee in your prayers as we work to find someone to lead our music ministry and build on all that Lloyd has accomplished with us.  Our Staff Parish Committee will be meeting soon to plan this transition. They are: Linda Field, Lay Leader, Lorna Brown, Chair of Staff Parish and members: Ray Vincent, Stan Field, Pam Taylor, Peter Curler, Clare Conner, Sue Stoner, Carole Stoneking, Kris Nelson

We appreciate your prayers,


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.

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.

Challenge Grant of $10,000 for Consecration Sunday

On Sunday Nov 9th during worship, we give everyone an opportunity to support God’s mission through our 2015 church budget by making a pledge. Pledges help us plan our ministry well.

This year there is a $10,000 challenge grant from several generous NFUMC families that will match every new pledge, and every increased pledge amount.  For example, if someone increases their pledge $20 a week, the challenge grant would match $20 x 52 weeks or $1,040.  The total amount of a new pledge would be matched by the challenge grant.

We will learn at the brunch if this challenge grant was fully matched.  The figure below shows what happened last year in terms of new and increased pledges.

Data on pledging