Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Relief

Your support of UMCOR has been enormous! Over $1500 was given. Thank you! We would like to help UMCOR replenish their sup-ply of flood buckets. Below is the information to make these buckets. We will be collecting these supplies and information on their assembly will be given at a later date. Drop off your donations to the church office or bring them with you to Worship on Sunday. Call Brenda if you have any questions.

UMCOR Cleaning Kit
Value: $65.00 per kit
Cleaning Kit Materials

    • 1 5-Gallon “Round” bucket with resealable lid

    o Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned

    o Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner

    o Advertisements on the outside are acceptable

    o No square buckets (Only round buckets are used to ensure proper stacking during transport)

    • Liquid laundry detergent

    o One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only

    • Liquid household cleaner

    o 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water

    o No spray cleaners

    • Dish soap

    o 16-28 oz. bottle, any brand

    • 50 Clothespins
    • Clothesline

    o One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines

    o Cotton or plastic

    • 7 Sponges

    o No cellulose sponges due to mold issues

    o Remove from packaging

    • 24-Roll heavy-duty trash bags

    o 33-45 gallon sizes

    o Remove from the box

    • 18 Cleaning wipes

    o Handi-wipes or reusable wipes

    o No terry cleaning towels

    o Remove from packaging

    • 1 Can air freshener

    o Aerosol or pump

    • 1 Insect-repellant spray

    o 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover

    • 2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves

    o Should be durable enough for multiple uses

    o Remove from packaging

    • 1 Pair work gloves

    o All Cotton

  • o All Leathero Cotton with Leather Palm
    • 5 Scouring pads

    o Remove from wrapper

    o No stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)

    • 1 Scrub brush

    o Plastic or wood handle

    • 5 Dust masks

    Assembly Directions

    Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

    Important Notes

    • All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
    • All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
    • If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
    • If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.

    Packing and Shipping Kits Instructions

    • Box weight: Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.
    • Complete 2 packing lists: One for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
    • Paste the shipping label / packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.

    · Processing & Shipping Costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1.50 for each Cleaning Kit you send. This donation enables Cleaning Kits to be sent to areas in need.

Counters Needed

Are you looking for ways to become more involved in the church but not sure what you can do or how much time you can commit? Becoming a church counter is a great place to help out for those with limited time. We are in need of additional counters to help count the offering collection after church on Sunday’s. The commitment would be for approximately 30 minutes, 1 Sunday a month. Please contact Rosemary Elliott or contact the church office or email Brenda at

Prayers for the Animals

“The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth and the sea. They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life. God, who confers gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made them reminders of salvation…We, therefore, invoke God’s blessing on these animals.
As we do so, let us praise the Creator and thank God for setting us as stewards over all the creatures of the earth.”
—from “Occasional Services: A Service for the Blessing of Animals,” The United Methodist Church Book of Worship (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1992), 608-609

Bucket – Nancy Cimbal’s dog
Percee Rae – Brenda Barton’s cat
Kyle – Barbara Saltarella’s cat

Urgent Local Need For School Supplies

We are supporting an urgent need for school supplies right here in the Williamsville Central School District WCSD) . We were contacted by the District because of the increase in children from low-income house and refugee families. Please consider a donation to help offset the cost of the supplies we provided to WCSD. Donations should be marked for WCSD. Thank you!

From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Flooding from Hurricane Harvey

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey continues to cause tremendous devastation to the greater Houston area, forcing thousands to evacuate. When the waters subside, many people will return to discover their homes and businesses have been destroyed. Rebuilding will take weeks, months, even years. I know you have been keeping these people in your prayers; I ask you to continue. And I ask you to allow God to make you part of the answer to these prayers.

I have been in conversation with Bishop Scott Jones of the Texas Conference, and have reached out to Bishop Robert Schnase of the Rio Texas Conference assuring them of our prayers and to determine specific ways we can assist in the future, but right now there are two immediate material needs you and your congregation can meet:

1. Invite your congregation to take up a special collection one Sunday in September. Announce to your people which Sunday you will do this and ask them to be especially generous. You may forward these funds to the Conference Office with a single check, made out to Upper New York Conference with FUND # 481 – “2017 Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief” on the memo line.

2. Assemble Cleaning Kits (Flood Buckets) and bring these to the Mission Central Hub at the United Methodist Center.

In the future, Volunteers in Mission (VIM) will also be needed to help with the recovery. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will let us know when teams can be sent.

When I see the images of flooded homes and distraught people, my heart breaks, but I am reminded of God’s promise in Isaiah, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you,” (Isaiah 42:3).

God does not abandon, but stands with us in the midst of the wreckage and will enable the people to recover. We are called and privileged to be part of God’s presence and work in this. And so, I ask you to offer your prayers, your dollars, and your time.

Grace and peace

Bishop Mark J. Webb


Join us when Tangents resumes on September 17th at 9:50 in the Parlor. Tangents is the adult “current issues” discussion group and each week we consider the news of the day with a United Methodist perspective. The Tangents group covers the entire range of perspectives from Tucker Carlson to Rachel Madow, from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, from the Amherst Bee to Artvoice. What makes our discussions worthwhile is (1) everyone is well informed and up to date on the news (2) we bring a variety of in-sights and experiences to learn from each other and (3) in spite of a wide latitude of viewpoints we have calm, dignified conversations, unlike most cable TV news programs. As the pot of daily events boils there is something new to talk about every week…come share your insights, ideas and 2 cents worth in Tangents beginning Sunday September 16th at 9:50 in the Parlor.