One Great Hour of Sharing!

One Great Hour of Sharing is March 6!   “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18, NRSV This coming Sunday, United Methodists have an opportunity to turn our attention toward one cause. On One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday, we focus on carrying out Christ’s work of reconciliation in the broken places in our world. Our special offering supports the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR works domestically and internationally on projects that offer humanitarian relief and disaster response in ways that sustain communities. This work includes sanitation, clean water, sustainable agriculture, global refugee and migration response and much more.   Autumn 2015 brought to light just how broken and dangerous it is for some families around the world when men, women, and children began pouring out of Syria by the thousands. They were escaping incredible violence from a four-year civil war. UMCOR has had an active role in providing relief for those fleeing for safety in Syria and many other places around the world.   It can be overwhelming to know how to respond – how to act as Christ’s hands and feet in the wake of any sort of crisis, whether it is a natural disaster or a great humanitarian need due to violence and persecution. Through our gifts, we serve as partners with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, assist ongoing mission and ministry and become closer to living as reconciled people around the world.   Special bulletin inserts with envelopes will be available to direct your special offering, in addition to your regular giving, to UMCOR. Please give thanks and give generously this Sunday and every...

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Lenten Worship

It is wonderful to celebrate and worship with our Lutheran brothers and sisters. On February 7th when Faith Lutheran church came and shared worship with us it was great to see a full church and listen to the singing resonate from the rafters. We trade off worshiping at each other’s church once a quarter. During Christmas and Easter we celebrate with each other often. For the past 3(?) years we have done our Lenten mid-week studies together. What this consists of is getting together for a simple supper of soup and bread. Doing a study and conversation led by pastors from both churches. Ending with a prayer together to help us focus on the Easter season. All are Welcome and guests are invited. I would encourage you to come to one or all. You might even like these studies. Why the congregation of Faith Lutheran you may ask. Wellllll, they have similar philosophies. We are both open and welcoming to all. We have both been in the community a long time and some of us have relatives attend the Lutheran church. Often in our discussions there is a slightly different point of view presented which leads to aspects we might not think about. So look at the following calendar and see if there is sometimes that you can participate. When we go to Faith Lutheran and you have mobility issues, do not be put off by the stairs. In the middle of their structure is a slight incline ramp we can use for entering and exiting. Please feel free to use these doors. The mid-week studies do not build on each other so even if you miss some you are always welcome to attend what you can. Lent Calendar Mid-week Lent. Please join us at 5:30 pm for dinner and 6:00 pm for Bible study, conversation and prayer each Wednesday. February 17th and 24th at JC United Methodist March 2nd, 9th and 16th at Faith...

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Bunches of Lunches Update

Thank you – Thank you – Thank you.   We collected over our goal of 1,000 boxes/pouches of juice for Bunches of Lunches! Bunches of Lunches is a community effort to help feed school children who might not have enough to eat on days there is no school. Pat Baldwin coordinates our participation.

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Bunches of Lunches

All January we are doing a juice blitz for Bunches of Lunches. If you see a good sale on box/pouches of juice please start picking them up. We will buy shelf stable milk from Food for Lane County. We will also purchase proteins such as tuna packets, individual packets of mac and cheese, and individual microwaveable meals. We are packing for 56 kiddos from Laurel, Oaklea and Territorial schools. The First Christian Church puts together PB and J makings for us. We are getting great help from the Mormon, Baptist and Lutheran Churches. JCUMC did a juice drive in the fall and will do another one beginning January. Bunches of Lunches provides packed breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks over weekends and holidays for kids who may depend on school lunches on school days....

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