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
Thanks to one and all for participating in our silent auction to benefit the Interfaith Coalition. Between the five auctioned baskets and donations $400 was raised.
We are one of 44 congregations that support The Interfaith Coalition. Their Annual Hope Auction takes place on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Lakeway Inn and Conference Center. For reservations and additional information, please contact Interfaith Coalition at 734-3983.
Some Interfaith Coalition History:
In 1982, Interfaith Coalition met the health care challenge faced by low income people by starting the Interfaith Community Health Center, now an independent nonprofit organization. In 1992, Interfaith Coalition expanded its focus to homeless families.
Interfaith Coalition housing is a community effort. Eleven homes provide emergency and transitional housing. Families are referred by agencies, schools, congregations and individuals. The Opportunity Council provides weekly case management. With three months of Interfaith Coalition housing and support, 90% of families find stable housing.
The Our House capital campaign turned a single family house in Ferndale into a triplex so that three homeless families at a time now have a place to call home while they move toward self-sufficiency.
Interfaith Severe Weather Shelters offer warmth, sleep and food to people who live outside until the harshest weather comes. The shelters are staffed by trained volunteers.
The annual coat drive has been keeping families warm for years. Every fall, congregations and community members collect and distribute over 3,000 coats through Bellingham, Blaine, Deming, Everson and Ferndale.
3/1 - Diane Rockum
3/2 - Kevin Riley
3/3 - Peg Riley
3/3 - Barb Dinkla
3/5 - Sunshine Feenstra
3/6 - Rick Love
3/7 - Conrado Gonzaga
3/8 - Betty Obertwortmann
3/13 - George Mustard
3/15 - Jacob Ruhl
3/18 - Margaret Mustard
3/19 - Allison Ruhl
3/20 - Hadi Mohebbi
3/22 - Gaylen Brevik
3/27 - Kathy Mohebbi
3/28 - Mike Smith
3/30 - Lynda Fraser
3/31 - Virginia Creekman
3/12 - Fred & Toni Hess
3/20 - Tom & Linda Young
3/23 - Hadi & Kathy Mohebbi
Choir practice - Wednesdays at 5:00.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
March Meeting: The March Meeting of the UMW will be March 18th, at 12:00 Noon. It will be a Potluck Luncheon. The program will be presented by Pastor Conrado, discussing "Sheila's Foundation" in the Philippines. The March meeting is also the time we have our annual Pledge Service.
Executive Meeting - 10:30
Lunch - 12:00
Meeting/Program - 1:00
Annual Potato Feed: On Sunday, March 15th, the United Methodist Women will hold their Annual Potato Feed following the Sunday Morning Service. All proceeds will be sent to the Jamma Letu Orphanage in support of our young boy, Gabriel, who is 8 years old. Funds raised will be used to provide him with food, clothing, and shelter; as well as medical needs, school uniforms and education to train him for a career and independence.
A variety of potato toppings will be provided including: ground beef chili topping, butter, grated cheese, sour cream, chives and green onions, along with green salad and cookies for dessert. If you would like to donate food items for the Potato Feed, please contact Peg Moseid in person or by calling her at 354-4407. So wear something green, practice your Irish brogue, and plan to join us after church for an Irish Potato Feed.
NOTE: Please think about starting plants for our Plant/Book Sale that will be May 23rd. We have plenty of starter pots at the church if you need them.
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Kevin Riley, Kay & Everett Zuidmeer, Eleanor Shagren & family, Virginia Brynildsen, Michelle Sigler (cousin of Kathy), the Mohebbi family.
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.