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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

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OCTOBER’S OUTREACH UPDATE:

Thank you for donating coats to the Lynden Coat Drive. If you know of children or adults in need of coats the distribution is taking place November 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Community Transitions, 205 South B.C. Avenue, in Lynden. Collection and distribution is sponsored by the Lynden High School Leadership Class, Lynden School District Community Transitions and Family-Community Services. We collected 14 coats, 1 sweater, and 3 sweatshirts.

The Interfaith Coalition held its annual meeting on October 17th. Many successes were reported, with moving stories from people who work with us and for us in spreading God’s love in such concrete ways.

One of the most exciting announcements is that Family Promise will begin operating in March. Family Promise is based on a national model that coordinates churches to house and feed homeless families, as they return to being self-sustaining. Hope Lutheran, here in Lynden is one of the host churches, we may have an opportunity to help support them.

For more details ask Noriko Lao, Paula Hardman or Melissa Rockom to see a copy of the annual report.

NOVEMBER OUTREACH CELEBRATION:

It’s time for our annual Thanksgiving meal after church on November 19th. The menu includes ingredients to make a Thanksgiving favorite, Turkey Sandwiches, hot or cold. You will be provided turkey, bread, spreads, potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, pickles, olives and pie.

You are asked to bring a potluck dish to share. No reservations are required! We are looking for a few volunteers to help with clean-up after the meal.

There is no cost to you for the meal. However, we are beginning to accept donations for our annual Christmas Families project. Look for details in the December Skylight regarding food baskets. Six families are referred by Lynden School District’s Family Community Services to us each year.

HOW CAN I REACH OUT?:

  • Continue to bring food/toiletry donations
  • Give to UMCOR Disaster Relief
  • Donate Advance 3021221 Strength for Service
  • Purchase a Strength for Service book and gift to a veteran
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Choir practice - Wednesdays at 5:00.

Birthdays

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

11/1 - Cheri Jackson

11/4 - Bev Honcoop

11/4 - Danielle Ingham

11/5 - Jessie Nymeyer

11/5 - Betty Cullom

11/5 - Payton Wiseman

11/10 - Deannie DeGraaff

11/11 - Cal Moseid

11/15 - Grace Yang

11/16 - Peg Moseid

11/20 - Marv Enfield

11/22 - Emilee Young

11/24 - George Werkema

11/29 - Jo Young

NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

11/3 - Rick & Sarah Love

11/4 - George & Margaret Mustard

11/9 - Eddie & Nancy Buckalew

OUR NEIGBORS: LYNDEN CO-OP PRESCHOOL

Our Church has hosted the Lynden Co-op Preschool since 1973. Many of our church members attended this school or were involved as parents. What a blessing to have this beautiful space of God’s in use during the week for the purpose of nurturing his littlest minds. The Lynden Co-op Preschool carries their own insurance, pays monthly rent to our church & is responsible for cleaning & maintaining safety in their space. The LCPS is a not-for-profit organization. Every parent is an active part of the classroom and fundraising activities.

This month the preschool is raising funds by selling wreaths and home fragrance. Church members are invited to order. Payment is due by November 5th and items can be picked up in the fellowship hall November 21st at 11:30.

In December the preschool children will be doing a short Christmas program with singing. All of LUMC is invited to enjoy the music and refreshments afterward on December 14 at 11:30 am in the fellowship hall.

Our "New" Custodian

Custodian

You may have seen him in Worship, Adult Sunday school, or Fellowship but did you know that Kevin Miller is also our Custodian? Kevin moved to Lynden in January to help out his mother. He has been in Custodial Services since 2003 but prior to that spent 22 years in the Music Industry’s Artist Promotion and Productions. As a result Kevin has great stories and musician knowledge. Kevin is also a proud father of two children, Hanna and Sam, whom are currently excelling in college academics. Kevin was hired by LUMC in April and he has done an outstanding job with cleaning and outside maintenance. As one delighted Sew-N-Sew commented "the quilting room has never been so clean!" Welcome Kevin!

NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Tuesdays - 9:00 to 2:30

Wednesdays - Noon to 3:00

Thursdays - 9:00 to 2:30

Click Here for Pastor's Hours

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

UMW

PROVIDES HURRICANE RELIIEF

Seven of 90+ National Mission Institutions supported by United Methodist Women were impacted by the late-summer hurricanes. Lynden UMW joined United Methodist Women around the country to provide funds to respond to the immediate emergency needs of residents in the service area of the following institutions:

Cornerstone Family Ministries, Tampa, Florida

Wesley House Family Services, Key West, Florida

New Bethlehem Community Center, Augusta, Georgia

Rural Mission, Johns Island, South Carolina

Wesley Community Center, Houston, Texas

Wesley Community Centers of Nueces County, Robstown and Corpus Christi, Texas

Robinson School, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Monthly meeting - Wednesday, November 15th

Executive - 10:30 / Luncheon - 12:00

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL: A TEAM EFFORT

It has been a great blessing and a privilege for me to serve at Sunday school at Lynden UMC. My husband, David also facilitates with me, and loves to spend time with the kids.

We have been learning from the children; they love God and genuinely enjoy His truth. Their innocence and pure desire for Him are a reward and an inspiration for David and I.

Coming November, in our Sunday school we will continue to focus on learning who Jesus is through the book of Matthew. Our class activity has been making memory verse cards. The children are actively participating, and engaging in class.  After memorizing the verse in class, we have some snacks while watching Bible story cartoons. Time just flies when we are together.

My vision is that all our children become disciples and equip themselves with God's truth. However, their faith is not only rooted in the Scriptures, but also in their personal relationship with the Lord. Therefore, I pray that each and every one of our children has a rich relationship with the Him.

Family of Lynden UMC, please pray for our children to cultivate the love of God continually and experience Him abundantly throughout their lives. Moreover, pray for each one of them to become a God-loving and God-fearing leader for the new generation. God bless you all, David and I love you!

Grace

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

UMW

Marjorie Duke, Cheri Jackson & Family, Family of Victor Espiritu, 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.

And right next door...

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Our Nursery is better than ever with the addition of Amanda Bolton. During the week Amanda works with Autistic children on their IEPs. She comes to us with her UW BA in Psychology and practicum experience with clients as young as 18 months including time at Seattle Children’s Hospital and UW Hospitals. We hear Gigi Hardman is already a big fan of Amanda & waves her momma away to Worship without a care. We are so blessed to have this enthusiastic nurturing woman tend to our youngest church goers. Welcome Amanda!