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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

SEPTEMBER OUTREACH:

The annual Taco Bar Lunch is being held on September 17th, after church. Please set aside the date to enjoy a festive lunch with other members of the congregation. Each year the proceeds donated for the lunch go to a different project and this year it is Family Promise.

Family Promise helps congregations use their buildings and resources to provide temporary housing, meals and companionship to homeless families. Interfaith Coalition has taken the lead in facilitating Family Promise in Whatcom County. See a short video during the worship service for more information regarding Family Promise. Please consider a generous donation.

AUGUST OUTREACH UPDATE:

Thank you for your generous donation of 30 backpacks for Lynden School District students. Family Community Services helps provide for needs of nearly 200 families through the Back to School Day. You are an important part of the success of children in this community. See a picture of the donated backpacks on the hallway filling two entire church pews!

EMERGENCY OUTREACH:

(The following was copied directly from UMCOR Website): Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Río Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.

To give online go to:

umcor.org/donate & choose Advance #901670

To give by mail:

Advance GCFA

P.O. Box 9068

New York, NY 10087-9068

Please note in the memo line: Advance 901670

OR To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources Advance #901440.

UMCOR - United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.

DAILY OUTREACH RESOURCES:

Several resources are available to you when you are going about your daily life and see the need to help those who are hungry and homeless.

Food and Meal Resources in Whatcom County is the title of a brochure available on the *bulletin board. It was compiled by the Whatcom Anti-Hunger Coalition.

The Lighthouse Mission Ministries offers a wide scope of assistance programs to the hungry and homeless. You will find LHM Drop-in Referral cards on the *bulletin board.

The Lighthouse Mission suggests in a recent newsletter that instead of giving money to panhandlers that you give them a referral card. This would also be a good opportunity to give the out the Food and Meal Resources brochure. A bottle of water, granola bar or small restaurant gift card would help address an immediate need.

Always be aware of your personal safety, but if you are able engaging people in conversation and prayer it may mean much more than the tangible items.

*Additional Food & Meal Brochures or LHM Referral Cards can be provided by the Church Office Secretary.

Birthdays

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

9/1 - Ellery Samms

9/2 - Glenn McGuire

9/3 - Ephraim Roman

9/10 - David Anderson

9/15 - John Ingram

9/20 - Linda Enfield

9/23 - Morgan Nymeyer

9/28 - Dick Stone

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Tuesday - Friday

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Click Here for Pastor's Hours

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

UMW

UMW’s monthly meeting will resume on Wednesday, Sept 20th. All women are invited to gather for a potluck lunch at noon & learn about Mission Today program, presented by Jan Catrell, Conference Mission Coordinator for Education & Interpretation.

PUGET SOUND DISTRICT UMW ANNUAL MTG & LUNCH:

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH 9:30 AM TO 3 PM AT GARDEN STREET METHODIST. MORNING REFRESHMENTS, LUNCH, & KEYNOTE SPEAKER, ROSALINDA GUILLEN, BHAM EXEC. DIR. OF “C2C” DEVELOPMENT”. THIS ORGANIZATION IS DEDICATED TO FOOD SOVEREIGHNTY & IMMIGRANT RIGHTS. REGISTRATION FORMS FOR THIS EVENT ARE IN THE UMW MAILBOX NEXT TO OFFICE.

LUMC News Journalist Shortage:

Writers ALL AGES needed…

Do you have an inspiring story, funny anecdote or interesting news to share with your fellow congregation members?  Maybe your child, grandchild or special youngster in your life is a burgeoning journalist.  Email or drop off your Skylight Submission to Jennifer in the church office and we will publish it in the next Newsletter!

TACO BAR

Following worship on Sunday September 17th

A favorite returns!!

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.

27 QUILTS & 1 SHAWL APPEAR IN SANCTUARY!!!

The Sew-n-Sews are a small group of our congregation members that get together on Tuesdays at 9:30 am.  If you peek thru the sewing room window in the church basement you will witness generosity, creativity, and talent at work.  It is also suspected by the frequent laughter that a good time in fellowship exists within their service as well.

During Sunday’s August 20th Worship, Pastor Conrado blessed 27 sew-n-sew quilts and 1 shawl draped in the sanctuary.  This past Tuesday the Sew-n-Sews (Nancy Brown, Ann Hibbs, Bev Honcoop, Cheri Jackson, and Bonnie Van Alsburg) loaded up the car and headed off to Bellingham to deliver the quilts to the Hospital.  Quilts are donated to infant patients and cancer patients.  A special visit and delivery was also made by the group while South, to their fellow Sew-n-Sew, Doris Branca.

Check out pictures from the Blessing on the hallway bulletin board. Thank you Sew-n-Sews for your love and service to God.

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

UMW

Bernice Vossbeck, 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.