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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

Looking for a new place to be involved in 2017? Join the Outreach Team. Next meeting is on January 11th, 6:15 p.m. Planning for the year will be taking place. You are invited, but if unable to attend let Paula Hardman, Melissa Rockom, Jeanne Brown, Nancy Brown, Linda Young Rebecca Dotson or Noriko Lao know you are interested.

Plans are being made for a visit by Janie Pemble of the Interfaith Coalition on a Sunday morning to update us on their activities. New and exciting plans are in the works for this organization that we support along with 40 other congregations in the county.

The Christmas Baskets were delivered to six Lynden families during one of the brief weather breaks. It is a highlight of the season for the people making the deliveries. Your generous contributions provided necessities, holiday foods and special treats. Each family has children and it helped feed them during the long school break. It is one of the special blessings of Christmas to be able to represent your love and compassion for these people.

Some of the other Outreach activities during 2016 included support for the local food bank, a dessert potluck for Interfaith Coalition, all church Birthday Party, graduation/promotion party, Project Homeless Connect, backpack drive for school children, coat drive, taco bar fundraiser for Rebuild:Up From the Ashes mission trip, and sponsoring the annual Thanksgiving Feast.

Please continue to bring food items for the Project Hope, the local food bank. Tubs outside the sanctuary are available for your contributions.

Soup and crackers sound really good in the dark and cold of winter. Canned, packaged, dried, just add water containers, ingredients for soup are all welcome. Some recipients do not have cooking facilities, so easy preparation is necessity.

If your own pantry is overstocked right now, get ready for the New Year by passing some items on.

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JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

1/7 - Brian Rockom

1/10 - Bonnie Van Alsburg

1/18 - Eleanor Shagren

1/21 - Bettina Gonzaga

1/22 - Lois Polf

1/25 - Leslie De Jong

JANUARY 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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Poinsettias in Memory of...

Marshall and Audrey Cowen ~ Lue Powers

Ed Powers ~ Lue Powers

Ed Powers ~ Tom & Linda Young

Our Grandparents ~ Tom & Linda Young

Rev. Duke ~ Marjorie Duke, Deepak & Bernita

Ann Schmitke ~ Jean McGuire

Ruth Lordahl ~ The Oberwortmann Family

Our Parents ~ Dennis & Barb Dinkla

Peter Fraser ~ Lynda Fraser

Kevin Riley ~ Peg Riley

Patrick, Husband ~ Betty Cullom

Paul, Son ~ Betty Cullom

Sheila Gonzaga ~ Noriko Lao

John Van Alsburg ~ Bonnie Van Alsburg

The Young Family ~ Jack & Jo Young

Louise McAulay ~ Heidi Doornenbal

Henry & Eleanor Jansen ~ Heidi Doornenbal

Dolores B. Melo ~ Rebeca Dotson

Hank Dotson ~ Henry Dotson

Our Parents ~ Dave & Barb Anderson

Frank & Dorothy Hanson ~ Gaylen & Dot Brevik

Art & Florence Brevik ~ Gaylen & Dot Brevik

Howard & Ada de Laney ~ John & Danielle Ingham

Howard & Leeta Fayette ~ Brian & Melissa Rockom

Virgil & June Rockom ~ Brian & Melissa Rockom

The Brown Family; Mary Jane, Tom, Dr. J.L. ~ Jeanne DeJong

Dorvan & Wesley Morris ~ Vivian Morris

Beverley Proefrock ~ Vivian Morris

Beth ~ Richard & Sandy Schable

Wally & Betty Hardman ~ Dave & Paula Hardman

Ira & Wanda Wikstrom ~ Dave & Paula Hardman

Tom Gripentrug ~ Cayla Samms

To the Glory of God… Clair & Ann Hibbs

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Monday-Friday

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

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UMW will meet on January 18, 2017.  It will be a sack lunch at 12:00 noon.  No special program is planned, but a very important meeting is scheduled.

We have to decide the direction our UMW will take in 2017. Officers for Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Spiritual Growth are in place. We need to fill the position of President!  If we assign some of the duties the current president has been doing, it will make that job much easier. We hope everyone will come, share in the fellowship, and participate in this important decision. Executive Meeting will meet at 10:30 am. Lunch @ 12:00 noon.

Please check the Fellowship Hour sheet and sign up for refreshments for January and February.

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Interfaith Coalition Hope Auction Is On The Way

Mark your calendar: Interfaith Coalition’s Annual Hope Auction happens on Saturday, March 25th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The auction will again take place at the Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham.

Whatcom County's friendliest auction fundraiser features fellowship, inspiration, hope and lively bidding on great silent and live auction items. Please join us as we continue in our work of transforming struggling lives. You can help in these ways:

* Donate an auction item! A service you offer, your own artwork, gift certificate, tickets to popular sporting events, vacation home getaway, …let your imagination soar and think of what you might be able to donate, and get in touch with us!

* Buy tickets to the auction. Tickets are $55 each, including dinner.

* Become a business sponsor or ask your favorite businesses or employers to support Interfaith with a dedicated donation.

We make a difference in the lives of homeless families and individuals. Partner with us by attending our Hope Auction and lifting up our brothers and sisters! To donate an auction item and purchase tickets, please contact Interfaith Coalition at 360-734-3983 or through our website: www.interfaith-coalition.org.

By Joe Nolting

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IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

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Family of Lucille Case, Noriko Lao and family, Family of Jane Young, Family of Ruth Lordahl, Henry Dotson and family, Peg Moseid, Brother of DS Daniel Foster and family, Vivian Morris and family, Dick & Vi Stone, Jack Young, Deanie DeGraaff, Kay & Everett Zuidmeer, 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.

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.