MISSION MOMENTS – May 2017
Mission team members: Julie Brenner, Sharon Bowers, Lorraine Finnerman, Don Hansen, Bobbye Nusbaum, Maxine Ropp, Elane Spencer, Bonnie Stewart, Jan Wiley, Noel Wiley
Lena’s buckets: Our offering for May was $ 326.70, so our total to date is $1020.79
We had the blessing of a visit from Lena Kim, our missionary in Russia, whom we have supported for 17 years! Cathy Perkins was able to deliver her to and from the Detroit airport for her week stay. She loves the Michigan lakes. Dave and Alice Watson were her hosts, so she was able to experience lake living on South Twin Lake in Howe for the week. Bobbye Nusbaum invited her to spend several days at her condo in South Haven, so she got to see Lake Michigan for the first time. The Mission Team had a pot luck dinner to have a chance to visit and catch up with her ministry news. Alice said one of the highlights was on the trip they took to the food and clothing basket in LaGrange. They were given a tour and Lena told the volunteers they were truly doing the work of God in the community. Then she said she wanted to sing a song in Russian. The group could join her because they would know the song. When she began to sing in her beautiful voice, a woman on the opposite end of the building moved toward the music and was also singing “How Great Thou Art”. It was moving for the volunteers and Alice. That’s the quiet beauty of our wonderful messenger from Russian… Oh, yes, How Great Thou Art! We hope you were able to hear her speak on Mother’s Day and her message that you can’t have two hearts – one filled with love and another filled with hate. She would appreciate your prayers as she has some health and family issues that are weighing on her. As always, she is so grateful for her FUMC family.
Special offerings and events for missions:
•Easter Offering on April 16th - $ 1862.00
Checks for $ 451.75 were sent to both FUMC Helping our Neighbors Fund and the Free Store in Centreville. A check for $ 958.50 was sent to the Bishop’s Appeal for Haiti. Thank you for your generous support.
•Peace with Justice offering on June 11th
Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, The United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice. Although you, and possibly even your congregation, may lack the resources alone to effect change in a broken world, your giving is vital for the UMC to continue its global ministries of reconciliation. Because of the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, the people of the United Methodist Church are able to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace.
•Native American Ministries on April 30th - $108.00 •Relay for Life on May 12th at the Doyle
Bob and Marilee Yoder reported that things went well and that FUMC donated over $2000.00! 22 people from our church participated in various activities.
•CROP Walk – the walk was not held, but may be organized at a later date. •Spring Rummage and Bake Sale on April 20th and 21st •Total including bake sale $980.83 •Donated items: Goodwill - 1,970 x $.50 = $985.00 Thurston Woods - 31 x $.50 = $15.50 Adapt Clients - 16 bags (10 items per bag) - 160 x $.50 = $80.00 Free Store - 297 x $.50 = $148.50 Hope House – dishes, pans and misc. valued at 20.50 Total - 2,084 items x $.50 = $1,232.00
We are able to help with various mission projects with the proceeds from the rummage sale. Thanks to everyone who brought items to sell. We had a great team of workers, including rummage sale divas Alice Watson, Elane Spencer and Julie Brenner. Again, thanks to all who donated time. Thanks to the Blanchards and crew for toting the remains to Goodwill!
•Mission Trip – June 23- July 1 –Gatlinburg TN
The Mission Trip Team will be helping with the damage from fires. About 20 volunteers will be traveling and would appreciate your support by sending a letter to be read, taking one of the needed items from the ladders, and praying for their success. Since they will be leaving before services on June 25th, the blessing will be said for them on June 18th between services.
•Giving Tree – Month of July - Domestic Assault Shelter •Helping Hands Backpack program for hungry children – kick-off in August
The Mission Team is grateful for your continuing generosity toward mission projects!