Saturday, May 18, 2019

It's More Than Just a Clothing Store!

The Fair Priced Clothing board takes making donations to local charities seriously! This year the board has donated to the following charities:
   Salthawk Community Support - $7,200
   First Call for Help - $2,000
   Meals on Wheels - $1,000
   Soup Kitchen - $1,000
   Food Bank - $1,000
   New Beginnings, Noel Lodge - $1,000
   Circles of Hope - $1,000
   Children's Emergency Shelter - $1,000
   Brighthouse (Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center) - $1,000
   Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. - $1,000
Total of donations made this year to local charities is $17,200. Thank you Fair Priced Clothing Board for being so generous throughout our community!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

God Bless  All Women
“God could not be everywhere, 
therefore He made mothers.”

                                                      - Jewish Proverb

By Kristin F. McKendall

Mothers cannot do it all
But surely do they try.

Mothers hear the angel's call,
To comfort all who cry.

Mothers for themselves may fall,
For others they will fly.

Mothers bear the weight of all,
For their children, they would die.

A Mother's gift extends beyond
All bounds of time and space.

Her lovingness and nurturing
Make Earth a peaceful place.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Mother's Day was started by a Methodist lay person

History Of Mother’s Day         From UMC Book Of Worship
Mother’s Day began in its present form with a special service in May 1907 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  The service was organized by a Methodist laywoman, Anna Jarvis, to honor her mother, who had died on May 9, 1905.   By 1908 Anna Jarvis was advocating that all mothers be honored on the second Sunday in May, and in 1912 the Methodist Episcopal Church recognized the day and raised it to the national agenda. It has some parallels with the old English Mothering Sunday in mid–Lent, which focused on returning home and paying homage to one's mother, and with Mother's Day for Peace, introduced in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe in Boston as a day dedicated to peace.  

Thursday, May 2, 2019

We have received a more accurate quote of $27,500 for repairing our leaky old roof. This quote does not include the roof over the sanctuary, only the lower roof. It does, however, include some caulking and sealing of the sanctuary roof to protect the integrity of the repairs to be done.
We currently have about $17,000 in various accounts that will be applied to the roof, leaving us about $10,000 short.
Please let a member of the Coordinating Council know if you have suggestions for fund raisers. Donations designated for the roof repairs are also welcome.
Your prayerful consideration is appreciated.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Pastor Alan Is Moving

As most of you may know on Palm Sunday the announcement was made that I will be serving Burrton UMC and Pleasant Grove UMC beginning July 1. While this move is quickly approaching we still have about two months of ministry together—I say “about two months” because I need to schedule about four weeks of vacation before July 1. I ask for prayers for myself and Claire as we gear up for this transition. We will be moving into the Pleasant Grove parsonage and could use many boxes. I have a lot to be thankful for and cherish our ministry together...I will share more in my farewell note.    
Blessings, Pastor Alan 

Friday, April 26, 2019

"Happy Birthday, Boy!"

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A college student named “Boy” is a faithful encourager to fellow believers.  His father died when he was only four.  His mom struggles as a single-mother kindergarten teacher in Thailand.  Boy likes to help volunteers who come to teach English to university students.  As a result of the time he has spent with volunteers and missionaries, he’s fluent in English.  
His uncomplicated understanding of God astounds me.  I once asked him if he was ever angry that his dad died.  Puzzled, he responded, “You know all those verses that tell people to take care of widows and orphans?  I always thought God love me more than other people.”
During a Bible study gathering, I asked what God had done that was special during the week.  Boy quietly answered, “I’ve never had a birthday party, a cake, or a present in my life.  My family is poor, and my mom works hard.  She’s never even said ‘Happy Birthday’ to me.”  Tears burned in my eyes as he continued, not complaining, just telling his story. “But one night this week, I had a dream.  Jesus was standing in front of me with a birthday cake.  He said, ‘Happy birthday, Boy.  I love you.’  I woke up and realized that it was my birthday.  I had forgotten it, but God hadn’t.”
Our Savior’s thoughts are countless for each one of us.

David, Southeast Asian Peoples
From: “Voices of the Faithful, Book 2”