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 Homeless Connect is coming soon. The 7th annual event is on Friday, July 24th at Bellingham High School. Our support for the initiative this year includes providing hygiene kits. Several hundred families are assisted each year with some of life's necessities.
The PHC event is one day of services where guests can 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 referrals for free follow-up services.
The goal is 25 kits. The suggested donation is $15 per kit.
The deadline for contributions is July 19th. If you have hotel shampoo, conditioners, or lotions to donate it helps cash donations go farther.
Other items being sought are: New socks, underwear, shoes/boots (adults & children), blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, tents, backpacks, towels/wash cloths, diapers/baby wipes and baby formula. Please bring items to church by Sunday, July 19th.
There are also many opportunities to volunteer before, during or after the event. Signing up to volunteer takes place on-line. Please contact Paula Hardman, firstname.lastname@example.org 354-2542 for the link. It's one that is too complex to print, but sign-up is easy once you reach the site.
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
7/10 - Dee McQueen
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 & Daleen Brutout
7/26 - Stephen & Cayla Samms
7/31 - Jerry & Heidi Doornenbal
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Kevin Riley, Kay & Everett Zuidmeer, Eleanor Shagren & family, Michelle Sigler (cousin of Kathy), the Mohebbi family, Bonnie VanAlsburg, Gaylen Brevik, Larrie Anne Clark.
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, Eleanor Shagren, and Cheri Foster.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The UMW had a delightful picnic at Cheri's home in June before our two month break. Our Rummage Sale that was planned for July has been changed to August 15, due to bathroom remodeling. You can bring your "treasures & trash" to the church, but it would be helpful if you could wait until the middle of July, especially if you have large items.
Once again, we are asking the congregation to help with the Fellowship Hour refreshments so the UMW women can take a break. Please sign up on the sheets in the Fellowship Hall if you can provide food items. If you have any questions, just ask Peg R. for help.
Also, as a reminder, the Garden Street Retreat, usually in August, has been cancelled this year.
Bathroom & Kitchen Work Coming Up
The work to redo the bathrooms off the social hall and refloor and repaint the kitchen will be underway on July 6. The first day will require the help of a few good hands who like to demolish! We will remove all compartments, mirrors, accessories, etc. so the work can begin on Tues., the 7th. It is in the schedule that the final installation of new toilet compartments will be July 25. That means that the rummage sale will be postponed at least a week.
Please bear with us while under construction and use the only toilet which is next to the church office. It is intended that we will be finished by the 25th (the only day we could get the installer for the compartments); but, as you who have done this sort of thing know, glitches do happen. We have built into the schedule some time for that, but stuff still happens (for example the compartment design had to be redone to accommodate the heating unit in the men's bathroom and that is taking longer because it doesn't fit into the supplier's program). So we ask for patience and prayer that all will go smoothly.
The UMW Rummage Sale is rescheduled for August 15. Meanwhile, please continue to bring your "stuff" and we will start marking it in July. If we spill off the stage, it only means we have lots of potential profits!
BUILDING USE CALENDAR
In addition to our regular Sunday morning activities, there are bible studies; UMW has General Membership and Board meetings, as well as fund raising events. There are numerous committee meetings; choir practice; funerals, wedding receptions, and special events that also occur through the year.
Plus, Lynden United Methodist Church has a wonderful reputation for sharing our church campus with the Lynden Community. The preschool makes use of some of the basement classrooms and holds their parent meetings here; the Lions Club and their Board each meet twice a month for about 10 months of each year; girls from Seamar's Vision Program bake cookies in our kitchen as a fund raiser.
To provide the congregation with easy access to information on the building calendar, Kathy Mohebbi had graciously agreed to provide calendars for the current month, as well as the two following months. These calendars are located on the bulletin board opposite the church office and give ALL activities occurring at the church regardless of the group. (the Skylight will continue to provide activities specifically related to congregational activities.)
So if your committee or group is planning a meeting or other activity, you can check these calendars to help set the date. Please be sure Kathy is kept informed of all activities using the church facilities, so the hallway calendars are as current as possible. Questions? Check with Kathy, she'll be glad to help you when scheduling an event, class or program.
These calendars are provided at the request of the COM Committee and Peg Moseid, Reception Hostess.
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.