This is a list of items for "Shoebox for Christmas" each year for kids. Shop a little each month over the course of the year.
(All sizes should be small-to-medium travel sizes easy to pack and ship)
JAN "Health" -- bandaids, Q-tips, cotton balls, pocket Kleenex
FEB "Hair" --combs, brushes, conditioner, ribbons, ponytail holders, clips, shampoos
MAR "Hygiene" -- Toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, etc.
APR "Cleanliness" --Soap, washclothes, deodorant
MAY "Personal" --Socks and underwear
JUN "Pastimes" --Small books, hand-held games, activity books, coloring books, crayons or markers
JUL "Fun things" --Small toys, cars, jacks, balls, small stuffed animals
AUG "School" --Pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, & other school items
SEP "Teacher's supplies" --Paper, glue, scissors, pencil sharpeners
OCT "Nice to have" --Children's Xmas cards, petite figurines
NOV "Warmth" -- Mittens, gloves, scarves
DEC "Assemble" and send-off.
Some representative 'Thank You's"!!
From Rehoboth Christian School (NM) . . for 4 boxes of E.S supplies (2016)
From 'Church World Service' for donation to Miscellaneous Kits for disaster relief . . .
From UMC Board of Child Care for donation . . . (2016)
From UMCOR for donation to General Board of Global Ministries for direct donation to Babyfold at Old Mutare Fairfield Children's Home, Zimbabwe . . .
From Shepherd's Table, Silver Spring . . . (continuing)
From Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference for Native American Children's Fund . . .
From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless for clients, and for Back-to-School fair . . . (2016)
From Rehobeth Christian School, New Mexico, for 6 boxes of elementary school supplies, hygiene items, and backpacks (Mr. Jim Holwerda, Principal) . . . (2017)
From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless: "We did it!" With your help 11 veterans ended their homelessness through 'Operation Homecoming' . . . . (2016)
From Enemy Swim Day School, South Dakota . . for supplies, socks, hygiene items, etc.
From Broad Acres E S kids: " . . for the 112 backpacks!" (Sept 2017)
2017 Mission Tree . . hats, scarves, mittens, etc to WI and SD
2017 Holiday Shop and (5) Advent Families' Christmas . . . from L to L at JLES at Br Acres
2017 Coat Drive -- 220 coats collected for families of Br Acres ES. Thanks to Valerie Campbell,
Denzel Maddy, and Jasmine Maddy for organizing! Wow! Thanks from
Linkages to Learning at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres.
April 2018 - A group of GS angels helped pack 'Hunger Kits' at Colesville Presbyterian Church.
Xmas in April 2018 -- 16 of us from GS joined a larger work group headed by B. Frank Joy Construction and worked on a house of a legally blind woman. Built a fence and trash enclosure; installed several ceiling fans; fixed or installed new outlets; installed smoke and CO2 detectors; did weeding; trimming, repairing garden trim; cleaned a kitchen, bathrooms and storage; removed old carpet and broken furniture, and always . . . always . . . . painted!
May 2018 -- from Mobility Worldwide (c/o Penney Farms, FL) , $300 for cost of a motorized 3-wheeled cart distributed free to a wheelchair-bound elderly person in need.
What do the Trustees Do? Like a building superintendent, the job of a Trustee is to be a steward of the property. In theory, ALL members are trustees! Here are some typical activities and/or needs that this group has tackled:
--broken floor tiles
--burnt-out bulbs w-a-a-y up high . .
--a roof leak above the Parlor
--stewardship of fees by outside groups to offset our costs
--kitchen hood and elevator inspection and rehab
--electrical repairs to parking lot lights
--the church secretary's computer problems were sourced and fixed
--the Sanctuary closet and Sacristy were cleaned and organized
-- repairing water damage in both bell towers; repairing leaking toilets; repairing leaking and broken gutters; fixing church sign on NHAve; painting doors and cabinets in Lewis Hall and corridor; ADA accommodations for Pastor Kathy.
March 'Monthly Day of Prayer' is 20th
The monthly day of prayer (pray for you, your family, social
issues, etc.) and fasting is yours (and ours) time to meditate, reflect,
and fast. There are no hard and fast rules . . you are welcome
to participate a lot or a little. Know that as you are practicing
self-sacrifice so are others in your church family. We recommend
from 15 to 30 min of prayer and reflection and the consideration
to 'fast' from one or more from sunup to sundown: food,
meat, TV, cursing, personal social media, or other. (Sorry,
we can't endorse that you 'fast' from your job today!)
Contact the Church office for more info on how you can
participate at home or here in the church building either
informally (on your time and at your pace) or formally
with Pastor Kathy, who always sets aside some prescribed
times (e.g. before work, lunch, afternoon, etc.) here in the Sanctuary.
ESL Classes are a big hit. . .will continue in 2019! Sign-up was Mar 06
'English as a Second Language' classes, conducted in partnership with the MoCo Literary Council, have been a resounding success, so much so that a 2nd teacher has been arranged. Classes meet 2x/week, sometimes 3x (if makeups are needed). 26 persons attended the first go-around. Registration was Mar 06. Classes will meet in March, April, and May usually from 6-9 pm. There are flyers in the Narthex that explain the dates, etc. Classes are free of charge! The MCLC covers all expenses and we provide the classrooms. Here are some planned dates:
-- March 4, 6 (and registration 6-9 pm) , 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
--April 1, 3, 8, 9, 15, 24, 29
--May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
2018 Christmas Mitten Tree Update . . .
The Hazel Black Mitten Tree Project for Native American Reservations collected 6 large boxes of hats, scarves, socks, lap robes, blankets, sweaters, baby items, and other miscellaneous items that were sent to a Reservation in Eagle Butte, SD. and the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center in Milwaukee, WI. Thanks to the buyers, shoppers, and packers who put this together. A special thanks to the Riderwood Knitters Group and Laura Kane for the beautiful hand-knit items, and to Pat and Lani McConnell for helping Janice pack and ship the boxed items.
. . . and 2018 Coat Donations
Thanks to everyone who donated coats to the Winter Coat Drive. We're pleased to report a final tally of 150 coats -- 93 for kids and 57 for teens and adults. A special thanks to whomever brought in a bag of children's boots. We're sure they were welcome when the snow storms hit!!
. . . and 2018 Advent Families
Thanks, thanks thanks to everyone who donated and took care of "mitten" needs on the Advent tree. This year's project helped 6 families in-need: four from Broad Acres and two from the Church. GS enabled toys, gifts, stockings, grocery cards, and more. One family thanked us (through BAES office) for the GS "Angels" who enabled Christmas; their kids had "the best (surprise!) Christmas ever" after concluding that their parents probably couldn't afford to provide much of anything. (What? They don't believe in Santa?!) Other families sent thank you cards, artwork, and picture-"proof" of their kids' Christmas excitement. Check the bulletin board in the hall outside of Lewis Hall. Thank you "Elves"!
UMC votes to maintain its opposition to same-sex marriage, gay clergy (The following is taken from the Washington Post, Feb 26, 2019, and the UMC session site)
In a contentious meeting years in the making, the United Methodist Church (the U.S.'s 3rd largest faith community) voted today to emphasize its opposition to same-sex marriage and gay clergy -- a decision that was cheered by conservatives in the global church, especially in Africa, but was deeply disappointing to many Americans who had hoped the church would change.
Many American ministers in the UMC already perform same-sex marriages and approve of the ordination of LGBT people as clergy, although the Protestant church's rules officially forbid these. Many Methodists hoped the UMC would amend those rules this week in St. Louis, MO. Instead, a group of more than 800 clergy and lay leaders from around the world voted to affirm the church's traditional view of sexuality -- and in fact punish disobedient clergy more harshly than before.
Presented with four options during the four-day conference, the delegates picked the "Traditional Plan." Other plan options were the "One Church Plan," the "Connectional Conference Plan," and the "Simple Plan." The plans varied in either maintaining or removing some prohibitions, denying or allowing local churches some autonomy in serving same-sex and gay parishioners, and in either upholding or relaxing the ordination of gay clergy and in considering appointments. The final voting mostly came down to the Traditional Plan versus an 11th hour attempt to "revote" an amended One Church Plan; the latter plank failed 449 - 374.
The choice raises questions of whether some churches that are disappointed with the vote might leave the denomination. The UMC is the largest mainline (non-evangelical) Protestant church in the U.S. Most other mainline Protestant churches do perform LGBT marriages, including Presbyterian, Episcopal, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Each of those lost some churches to more conservative faith groups when they decided to affirm same-sex marriage. However, almost one-third of the UMC membership is in Africa, and speakers from outside the U.S. -- including Liberia and Russia -- were among the most vocal proponents of the traditional plan. One view is that "the old ladies and men in villages who received the Bible from missionaries will know the Bible hasn't changed, and that if the church had voted to affirm LGBT inclusion, it would have become a 'laughingstock' in Africa." An opposing view said "preaching to the 'old' is a failure of the church," adding that "the traditional plan is a misnomer; we really have nothing in our tradition to justify this sort of punitive, exclusionary mentality."