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
- 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.
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.
Thanks to all who participated in our “Souper Bowl of Caring” offering. We raised $332.70 for the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes.
We also collected 44 food items for our church Food Shelf. Hurray!
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.
If you as a parent would like parent resources to continue the Sunday School lesson at home, go to this link, click on the “Leader” bar, scroll down to “Hop on Home weekly parent page” and click there (or click directly on this link to get to this page in one step).
You can then select the Sunday that you want to explore as a family. There are simple suggestions to continue the lesson at home.
The North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church has been supporting the John Graham Shelter with food donations, work on their buildings, and providing rides. Now there is another option – join their vigil and sleep out in Middlebury on Dec 6th.
For more information on either participating or donating click on the following:
John Graham Shelter Sleep Out Page
Sunday school classes for ages 4 through High School begin the first Sunday in September. Young people attend the first 15 min of worship then go out to classes. Nursery care for babies to 3 years old every Sunday.
NFUMC Wills and Living Trusts word doc
The Men’s Group wants to be sure everyone in our community is prepared for a disaster before it happens. At our men’s breakfast on Saturday, Feb 1st, Jed Hornung led a discussion on financial planning for disasters, specifically planning for death or the inability to participate in our financial affairs through use of a Will and Living Trust. To quote him, “LIFE IS FRAGILE. So, stewardship concerning our real and personal property should be considered a Christian faith responsibility. Thus, every person of adult age should make estate planning decisions.”
The WORD document attached to this post (see link at top) includes his written discussion points on Estate Planning. The last several pages allow you to organize important information into a document that you can share with your lawyer, accountant, and family members. The men’s group hopes that you use this resource to review this topic more carefully, and to organize all of your financial information in one place.
We thank Jed for addressing this important topic and for preparing this very helpful document.
Every year we give our Christmas Eve offerings to Mission. Our offering this year will go to our Mission Shares. All United Methodist churches promise to give first to our Mission Shares. Because we do, we have a large, strong, and vital global presence around the world.
Mission Shares supports things like Africa University, Mission trips, Congregational Development Event and much more. Every year we have increased the Christmas Eve giving.