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 wumc@williamsvilleumc.org.

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

Apple Fest

Pre-Order your Applefest goodies! Applefest will be held on Sunday, October 1. The youth will pick apples (rain or shine) on Saturday September 30, then stay at church all night baking your favorite apple treats. Pre-order forms will be in your bulletins. This helps us plan for how many bushels of apples and pounds of raw ingredients to buy. All funds raised will support the youth mission trips. Please drop your completed form in the collection plate or church office. Thank you for your support!

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!

A Letter from Pastor Heather

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the past few days and weeks we have seen violent acts of hatred throughout our country and around the world. These acts are unfortunately becoming more and more frequent in today’s world. I join Bishop Webb in identifying these acts of violence and hatred as a spiritual problem in our country and perhaps greater world.
As believers in Christ, we need to speak up against injustices and racial hatred. We need to pray for those who are victims and for those who are acting out in violent ways. We need to pray that we can each be vessels of reconciliation and peace in every aspect and area of our individual lives, in our homes, and in our own community.
These are uncertain times. But I am reminded that “in the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.” Our hope is in Jesus Christ who has conquered sin and death. May it be so for us as we walk with Christ and one another in the days ahead.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Heather

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

Hurricane Harvey Relief Information

UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief As The United Methodist Church conferences from across the country offer support and await an invitation to assist the Early Response Teams and disaster coordinators in Harvey clean up and recovery, here’s 5 Things You Can Do:

1. Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. Please also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers in The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Río Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.

2. Make relief kits. The contents are very specific. For more information visit the UMCOR website at
Huricane Harvey Relief Kits

3. Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts. UMCOR has several ways to donate.
a. You can give to Williamsville United Methodist Church with the designation for UMCOR Disaster Relief Fund # 901670. We will collect all the donations and send to UMCOR.
b. You can go to the UMCOR page and donate directly. The web address is:

Hurricane Harvey Relief

c. You can mail a donation to: Advance GCFA #901670
PO Box 9068
New York, New York 10087-9068
d. You can donate by phone by calling 1-888-252-6174
Thank you for supporting Disaster Response, United States (#901670).

4. Donate only those items requested.

5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.

UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.

Tangents

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.