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
Warm your stomach and your heart at the Soup Sampler Lunch on February 12th after church. All donations from this fundraiser go to support the annual Interfaith Coalition Hope Auction in March.
Janie Pemble, Interfaith Outreach Director, visited with us on January 22, and shared the following in her message to the congregation.
For 35 years, a diverse coalition of faith communities in Whatcom County, including Lynden United Methodist, have made love of neighbor a priority. Working together, Coalition congregations have:
In 2016, 104 people (63 children) transitioned from homelessness to stability through Interfaith’s housing program; CAST served over 11, 200 meals on 207 nights to the hungry on the streets; and over 2500 coats and 1500 hats/scarves were collected and distributed to those who need help to stay warm. The Interfaith severe weather shelter was discontinued in 2016 after the Lighthouse Mission expanded to include this service, and a new program, Kids Need Books, began providing books to children of low-income families at pop-up food banks at elementary schools this past fall.
With over 1,100 Whatcom County school children currently either homeless or living in unstable housing situations, the Coalition began work to bring the Family Promise Program to Whatcom County to meet the growing need of housing for homeless families. Family Promise will not only exponentially increase our ability to get families off the streets, but involve congregations in very personal and transformative ways with families staying for brief periods of time in congregational space and congregational volunteers serving and supporting this stay.
The dinner and auction take place on Saturday, March 25, 5:30 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton (formerly Best Western Lakeway Inn). For reservations and additional information, please contact Interfaith Coalition at 734-3983.
Choir practice - Wednesdays at 5:00.
2/4 - Melissa Rockom
2/5 - Asher Samms
2/21 - Jeanne DeJong
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.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
UMW will meet Wednesday, February 15th. It will be a sack lunch meal, with dessert provided. Executive meeting at 10:30 am. Lunch at 12:00 noon.
We will continue our discussion of last month, and also the "Potato Feed".
Interfaith Coalition Choir Festival
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Psalm 98:4
Come for an afternoon of joyous music at the Interfaith Coalition Choir Fest on Sunday, February 12 at 3:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall, Bellingham. This concert will feature individual performances by 13 choirs from Interfaith member congregations as well as a festival combined choir of over 175 voices singing two selections at the end the concert.
In addition to spiritual music offered by diverse congregations, this year’s concert will feature Jewish/Hebrew music with special guests “Millie and the Menschen,” a local Jewish Klezmer band who will play a prelude and back up the combined choir numbers. A free-will offering will be taken at this event to support the work of Interfaith Coalition in the community, delivering hope through homes, shelter and food.
As days get longer, Interfaith Coalition’s Hope Auction gets closer
Have you noticed the days getting longer? Nature’s cycles never fail to amaze. The cycle of life at Interfaith Coalition also is amazing. Here it is again: auction time, a time when our friends gather to raise money in support of our community’s homeless children and families.
Our Hope Auction is Saturday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m., and we look forward to seeing you at the Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive in Bellingham. Please reserve this date and time and plan to be amazed by the generosity of our friends and the resiliency of our community’s homeless families.
Whatcom County’s friendliest auction fundraiser features fellowship, inspiration, hope and lively bidding on great silent and live auction items. Before this big event --our biggest fundraiser of the year-- we could use your help. Will you consider:
Together our coalition of diverse congregations makes a difference. To donate an auction item and purchase tickets, please call Interfaith Coalition at (360) 734-3983, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or through our website: www.interfaith-coalition.org.
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Family of Virginia Creekman, Family of Everett Zuidmeer, Family of Lucille Case, Noriko Lao and family, Family of Jane Young, Family of Ruth Lordahl, Henry Dotson and family, Peg Moseid, Vivian Morris and family, Dick & Vi Stone, Jack Young, Deanie DeGraaff, Gaylen Brevik, Pat & 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.
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 and Eleanor Shagren.