Be lifting up Peter Curler, Darcy Tarte, Karina Tarte, Sharon and Tom Rees (Matt Becker’s grandparents) and Ted Marcy and Pastor Kim as they represent us at the Bahamas Methodist Habitat in Eleuthera Feb 14-21, 2015.
We will be building and repairing homes for low-income people. This is our first international Mission trip!
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.
The attached pdf has up-to-date contact information for a variety of social services available in Addison County for substance (drug and alcohol) abuse, teen centers, and information for women in abusive relationships. Please download this pdf from the following link so that you have it readily available.
Addison County Substance Abuse resources
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.