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Lynden United Methodist Church
Lynden, Washington
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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

Pantry

The local Project Homeless Connect is set for this month. The 9th annual event is on Friday, July 21, 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. Their list of other desirable items include new socks and underwear (adults and children), blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, tents, backpacks, baby wipes, flashlights and batteries. (NO CLOTHING PLEASE!)

Whatcom County joins over 700 communities across the nation in this initiative with goal of eliminating homelessness.

The PHC 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, services and equipment to guests at PHC. They also give referrals for free follow-up services.

If you wish to volunteer before, during or after the day of the event access the United Way website, http://www.unitedwaywhatcom.org/. Then go to Projects and Partners, select Project Homeless Connect, select Get Involved and follow the prompts. For questions about volunteering contact Bruce Johnson, 360-296-1191, bruce98225@comcast.net

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. Workers to set up before the event and take down are needed as well.

Most shifts are 4 hours and requiring walking and standing. One hour of training is given before the event and arranged by organizers.

The deadline for contributions is Sun, July 16th. Items need to be delivered to Bellingham High School on Thurs, July, 20th. Please call Paula Hardman at 354-2542 if you are available to do that.

Back to School in August

Keep your eyes open for sales on backpacks. Some of the resale stores have excellent selections as well.

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. Last year 30 backpacks found their way to Lynden children.

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Birthdays

JULY BIRTHDAYS

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

JULY ANNIVERSARIES

7/2 - Ed & Cheri Jackson

7/16 - Wil & Daleen Brutout

7/17 - Glenn & Jean McGuire

7/26 - Stephen & Cayla Samms

7/27 - John & Danielle Ingham

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Monday-Friday

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

UMW

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2017 Annual Conference Report

Pastor Conrado and I attended the Pacific NW and Oregon/Idaho Joint Annual Conference in Portland, June 14-17. We held a few sessions separately to conduct our conference business, but we held several shared sessions as well. Alaska Conference representatives were also present.

Installation of Bishop Elaine Stanovsky was the highlight of shared sessions. It began with a welcome and blessing ceremony by a Native American elder and concluded with a re-affirmation of baptism, emphasizing love and life. Our area is often referred as “none” zone, but Bishop reminded us that God is not done with us. This is a new season. We can take the treasures from the past with new possibilities of future. We must be open to God’s miracles still at work today and tomorrow. She challenged us to create new spaces for new people. Every church is a mission field. We must develop relationship with our neighbors and our community. Let’s do it!

Key legislation passed at our conference session was the reduction of the number of districts from six to five in 2018. (That was the reason why our District Superintendent Daniel Foster was asked to serve one more year.) Drawing of new district lines is the job of Bishop, in consultation with the cabinet. We will hear more about it when the decision is made.

Two notes concerning LUMC: 1) Nico Romeijn-Stout, who was commissioned as a provisional Elder 2 years ago, was ordained as ELDER! 2) Former LUMC pastors Joyce, Willem, Jo Dene, and D.J. sent their greetings and well wishes.

Noriko Lao

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Volunteer Photographers Needed

COME HELP OUR CAMPERS REMEMBER THE BEST WEEK OF THEIR SUMMER FOR A LIFETIME!

Volunteer for a few days or a few weeks, we'd LOVE to have you!

All four of our camps are in need of photographers this summer. If you have a camera and a willingness to help out our UMC Camping Ministry then we've got a place for you. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested. 

Summer is apron us so hurry up and jump on this really cool opportunity!

For more info contact:

Pam Murphy

Director of Visual Outreach: PNW Camping Ministry

design@pnwcamps.org

www.pnwcamps.org/volunteer

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IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

UMW

Family of Joy Mansfield, Peg Moseid, Gaylen & Dot Brevik, Doris Branca, Lynda Fraser, Dick & Vi Stone, Jack Young, Deanie DeGraaff, Joanne White

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.

Prayer Vine

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, Margaret Mustard, Eleanor Shagren, Jean McGuire, Bev Honcoop and Betty Oberwortmann.

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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.