THE PANTRY SHELF
For I was hungry, and you gave me food: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in. Matthew 25:35 KJV 2003
The local Project Connect (formerly Project Homeless Connect) is coming soon. The 8th annual event is on Friday, July 22, at Bellingham High School. We are supporting the initiative again this year with a chance for you to WALK the TALK by donating new/used (in good condition) tennis shoes and boots. Child through adult sizes are being sought.
Also being collected are travel size toiletries. Items include toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, razors, lip balm, lotion, combs, and baby wipes. Interfaith Coalition helps promote and collect items prior to the event. They gave a list of other desirable items including new socks and underwear (adults and children), blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, tents, backpacks, baby wipes, flashlights and batteries. (NO CLOTHING PLEASE).The deadline for contributions is July 17th.
The PC event is one day of services where guests may obtain medical and vision screening, dental, mental health and DSHS services, Washington State ID cards, housing information, haircuts, pet care and other services. More than 50 service providers donate their staff time and equipment to provide services or with referrals for free follow-up services.
If you wish to volunteer before, during or after the day of the event contact the Whatcom Volunteer Center at 734-3055. The opportunities include greeting and guiding guests, recording in-take information, exit interviews, assisting with client direction in the medical/other service areas, food plating, serving and bussing meals.
Most shifts are 3-4 hours and do require standing and walking. One hour of training is required before the event and is arranged with organizers. Help is needed for set-up the week of the event and take-down when it's concluded.
7/8 - Heidi Doornenbal
7/9 - Fred Brown
7/13 - Ron Nymeyer
7/13 - Nancy Ruhl
7/14 - Henry Dotson
7/18 - Ann Hibbs
7/21 - Gil Ruhl
7/27 - Doris Branca
7/31 - Nancy Brown
7/2 - Ed & Cheri Jackson
7/16 - Wil & Deleen Brutout
7/26 - Stephen & Cayla Samms
7/27 - John & Danielle Ingham
Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa & chocolate bars will be on sale in the Fellowship Hall, following church service, on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Help support small farmers.
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
David Hardman, Will Brutout, Deloyse Stroud, Fred Brown, Lynda Fraser's granddaughter Taylor, Cheri Jackson's brother Chuck, Tate Highfield, Jack Young, Deanie DeGraaff, Betty O, Ruth Lordahl, Clora Downing, Kay & Everett Zuidmeer, Gaylen Brevik, Pat & Joanne White, Jane Young, the Doornenbal family, Nancy Faber, Emily.
Safe travels. Prayers for our Congregation. Prayers for those recovering from illness or injury. Prayers for the lonely or grief stricken. Prayers for our Nation & World. Prayers for those serving in the Armed Forces.
If you would like to add a joy or concern to the prayer vine, please contact Frances Shuler at 354-1943 and the vine will be activated. The following is our current prayer vine: Frances Shuler, Betty Oberwortmann, Bev Honcoop, Margaret Mustard and Eleanor Shagren.
The church office is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
All these years the stairway has been the only access to our basement Sunday school classrooms, storage, meeting rooms, and the quilting/sewing room. The newly installed elevator has changed the access issue. Now everyone can move from the main level to the basement and back with ease. We signed the contracts to design and build in August 2015 and our final inspection was May 25, 2016.
The modern elevator can safely carry up to 8 people between the main level and the basement. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult when using the elevator. Push the call button and the elevator comes to you. Enter and push the button for the floor you want and in about 41 seconds you are at your destination in the smooth quiet ride of the well-lit cab. The automatic doors are set to hold open a bit of extra time to allow wheel chairs or walkers to safely access. If you want you can push the door close button early and the doors slide easily out of the wall pocket and shut. The operation and action is similar to those elevators found in an office building so most people are familiar with the system.
Our elevator has an emergency telephone and is monitored through a 24 hour answering service. In emergencies it can be lowered slowly by the fire department using the specially installed hydraulic valves in our control room. During power outages the interior light comes on and the cab may be slowly lowered by pressing the basement button. The cab slowly goes to the basement floor and the doors will automatically open all under battery power. When the power comes back on the battery is recharged automatically.
Gratitude and Thanks
We have so many people to thank for the elevator project. Many members of the Lynden United Methodist Church donated funds to make this project actually grow to completion.
Our thanks go to Architect Mark Bratt, Arlen DeYoung Construction, and our local wiring, drywall, and painting subcontractors. The Savaria Orion Elevator was purchased and installed by Olympic Home Modification of Gig Harbor, Washington.
On behalf of the LUMC Trustees, thank you to all church members for your support and patience throughout this construction project. The 2016 trustees are: Chair: Fred Brown, Members: Gaylen Brevik, Dennis Dinkla, Heidi Doornenbal, Clair Hibbs, John Ingham, Brian Rockom, Richard Schable, and Marv Walker, Ex-officio members: Henry Dotson and Pastor Conrado Gonzaga.
Back to School Backpacks
Students will be back in school next month and Lynden United Methodist is supporting them by collecting backpacks for distribution by Lynden School District’s Family Community Services. Sizes needed are from small child to adult.
Keep your eyes open for sales on backpacks. Some of the resale stores have excellent selections as well.