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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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ENJOY TACO FEAST ON SEPTEMBER 11TH AND HELP RAISE FUND FOR PROJECT REBUILD

In July of 2014, 256,000 acres burned and 300+ homes destroyed. A year later, additional million+ acres burned and 200+ homes destroyed.

FEMA denied individual assistance and about 60% of those homes were under-insured or could not be insured due to the distance from Fire Dept.

Disaster Case Management (DCM) identified 45 primary residences requiring assistance to rebuild from the 2014 wildfire and 100 more from the 2015 wildfire. DCM is still working on 70 some cases.

United Methodist and other faith community volunteers have been working to rebuild:

Phase 1: 14 homes rebuilt in 2015

Phase 2: 8 homes are expected to be rebuilt in 2016

Phase 3: still being identified.

What can you do to help with the rebuilding effort?

Write a check to LUMC and note “Project Rebuild”. Your donation will help pay for building materials and volunteer team expenses.

Join the volunteer team. We will be doing mostly interior work. We will leave Lynden on Sunday afternoon of Oct. 9th and return on Friday evening of Oct. 14th.

For more information, contact Noriko Lao at 360-383-6920 or norikolao@gmail.com

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SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

9/1 - Ellery Samms

9/9 - Glenn McGuire

9/10 - Ephraim Roman

9/15 - John Ingham

9/20 - Linda Enfield

9/23 - Morgan Nymeyer

9/28 - Dick Stone

SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

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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.

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Getting To Know You - Sandy Schable

I spent the first 50 years of my life in, or near, Decatur Illinois. There I married Dick and was blessed with our daughter Beth. She developed cancer at 5 years old and died 8 years later, but she taught me how to live life. Two years after she died I went back to college at the age of 45 and graduated over 5 years later.

We moved to Bellingham in 2002 where I built a good chiropractic practice, until God changed my plans and sent Dick and I to Kenya, Africa. Over the next 5 years we were missionaries on our own in Kenya, India, Turkey, and Ethiopia.

In 2012 we moved back to the Northwest and bought our little house in Blaine. I fell almost 20' while trimming a tree in 2013 and broke my arm and femur, so for now I'm retired and recovering.

We transferred from Garden Street to LUMC about 2 years ago. I love teaching Sunday School and being part of the UMW. I also love the church's community garden; it makes sure that I get enough exercise and organic food to last all year round.

Everyday I wake up in the loveliest place on the planet. My yard is full of flowers, my house is lovely, my church is wonderful, my vegetable garden is abundant, and water, electricity, and internet are reliable. Streets are paved and free of garbage. There is law and order. We have so much to be thankful for here.

Sandy Schable
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Kitchen News

This past summer I took some time to tidy up the kitchen and get an inventory of the dishes, silverware, etc.  I tried to segregate various pieces of silverware to make it easier for folks using the kitchen to find what they need.  For example we do have matching knives, forks and spoons. We have teaspoons, tablespoons, soup spoons, serving spoons, slotted serving spoons and large serving spoons.

So if you are one of the kind people who help out in the kitchen, don't worry about getting things back in the "correct" place".  Just give it your best guess and know your help is greatly appreciated!

Plus there is a notebook in the kitchen with a running inventory of dishes, silverware, serving pieces and tablecloths.

NEW OFFICE HOURS

Monday-Friday

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

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The September UMW General Meeting will be Wednesday September 21st.

Executive Meeting 10:30 am

Pot Luck Luncheon 12:00 noon

Program and Meeting 1:00 pm

The program will be from "Ragfinery", a non-profit business and job training program built around the creative re-use of fabric. They transform unwanted clothes and fabric into creative repurposed goods. If you happen to have some fabric you do not plan to use, bring it to the meeting and it will be given to "Ragfinery".

Remember to sign up for refreshments for Fellowship Hour in September.

Remember also, that the PSD UMW Annual Meeting is Sept 17th at the Stanwood UMC.

Lynden UMW has offered to help provide some breakfast breads for the early morning coffee.

For information regarding this meeting, and the breakfast breads, please see Sandy Schable.

Thank you to everyone who worked at the Rummage Sale, (before, during and after), brought items for the sale, and helped clean up. The UMW welcomes all the support you always give.

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LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP HOMELESS CHILDREN

According to school district figures, approximately one of every 32 Whatcom County students experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year.  These children, our neighbors, do not know where they will sleep on any given night.

There is a way we can help.

On Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 pm, Interfaith Coalition is sponsoring a community meeting about Family Promise to discuss how congregations are exploring networking together to provide overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families.  Active in over 200 communities nationwide, including Skagit County, Family Promise is a successful and creative way to harness the strengths of congregations and serve our children and parents in need. The meeting will be held at Assumption Catholic Church Gym at 2116 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham.  Please come to this meeting to hear about ways to get involved in this important ministry.

Laura Harker

Executive Director

Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County

910 14th Street

Bellingham, WA  98225

360-734-3983

laura@interfaith-coalition.org

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Choir practice - Wednesdays at 5:00.

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IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

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DS Daniel Foster and family, Vivian Morris and family, Dick Stone, Will Brutout, Deloyse Stroud, Cheri Jackson’s brother Chuck, Jack Young, Deanie DeGraaff, Ruth Lordahl, Family of Clora Downing, Kay & Everett Zuidmeer, Gaylen Brevik, Pat & Joanne White, Jane Young

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, Betty Oberwortmann, Bev Honcoop, Margaret Mustard and Eleanor Shagren.

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Raise The Roof Fund

The Trustees decided to replace the parsonage roof using funds from the church’s reserve fund. We would now like to seek a 2nd giving by the congregation to replace those borrowed funds, as the Trustees feel we should always have a healthy reserve fund in case of an emergency.

The parsonage roof became somewhat of an emergency when we went to remove the oversized tugboat towing chains from the gutter down spouts. The chains were pulling the gutters down and were not attractive. We discovered some roof rot, plus the roof was over 30 years old. We had already repaired one leak.

So, to keep Conrado happy and dry we opted to give him a new roof and maintain our parsonage as you would maintain your home.

Please support the RAISE THE ROOF FUND, Thank You!

Dennis Dinkla, Trustees