Lynn Soucise is asking for help in planning events for Beechwood in the coming year. If you are interested in helping Lynn, call or email at 753-3676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Human Relations Day is the first of the six church wide special Sunday offerings. This offering supports neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy in the United States and Puerto Rico through United Methodist Voluntary Services, and work with at-risk youth through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program. Giving envelopes have been provided in your Bulletin.
“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”.
Praise for Nancy Cimbal & Tony DelGobbo for opening their hearts and home to Albie, an 11 year old rescue dog.
Do you have a little one or a grandchild that lives locally? Open Door Nursery (a ministry of Williamsville UM Church) is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019. WUMC church-goers receive early registration. Call Mindy at 633.1655 for more details! The Open House for the public is Saturday January 20th from 11-1pm. All are invited!
The January/February edition of The Upper Room is available in the Narthex and in the racks by the Main Street and Oakgrove entrances.
From the finance committee………….
In light of the recent tax law changes it might be a good time to look at the option of prepaying your 2018 pledge.
Charitable deductions made in 2017 are fully deductible and if you make a “2018” charitable donation this year it will not affect your ability to take the standard deduction in 2018.
Brenda will make the final deposit of 2017 donations on Friday, December 29, 2017.
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Please pray for the Mission of Peace trip to Cuba. Pastor Heather and high school youth from all over the Northeastern US will be traveling on a mission of presence to dispel cultural stereotypes, learn about the role of the church, and to connect with youth around the world. Please pray for safe travel, the building of relationships with the Cuban people, health, and the presence of Jesus within all the participants.
Ever have a bad day? Know someone that has received a disheartening diagnosis? Have you suffered a loss? These and many other incidents disturb the calm in our lives. From January 14 to February 11 we will be looking at “Storm Stories” in the Bible during worship. How did people respond? Where was God during it all? Join us for these relevant messages as we learn from the “Storm Stories” of God’s people!
End of year contributions must be received by WUMC on December 31st, 2017. If a contribution is mailed, the postmark serves as the donation date.
If you requested giving envelopes for 2018, they are located in the Narthex. If you do not see your name and would like envelopes, please put your name on the list. The envelopes will be available for pick up prior to the beginning of the new year. If you have any questions, call Brenda at 634-4800.