Gifts of Gratitude: Our Treasure

Brothers and Sisters,

As we continue in our discussion of Gifts of Gratitude: Our Treasure, have you considered where your treasure lies? What did Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:19-21 mean to you? In the week ahead, consider a “house divided.” What does it mean to you to say “Jesus is my Lord?” How are you experiencing gratitude in all aspects of your life?

~ Pastor Heather

A Note of Thanks From Judy and Wendy

Judy and Wendy would like to acknowledge and thank two retiring members of our Music Program: Shirley Giesler and Rosemary Elliott. Both of these ladies have enhanced our music with their gifts, and been a blessing in our lives. Shirley has been a valued alto in the Chancel Choir. Rosemary has rung in the Memorial Handbell Choir for many years. We all sincerely appreciate the gifts of their time and talents. THANK YOU SHIRLEY and ROSEMARY!!

United Methodists Volunteers in Mission Update

The Florida Annual Conference needs teams right away.  All volunteers will be accepted, regardless of ERT training.  Individuals and teams are encouraged to register and should expect to be deployed in the southern part of the state.

 

The Texas Annual Conference (Houston and north Gulf Coast) is very much in need of volunteer help.  In the last few weeks, teams have mucked out and gutted more than 6000 homes, but they are still finding communities where the damage has not been assessed.  Volunteers should be over age 18, Safe Sanctuaries certified, and at least one member of the team should be ERT trained.

 

Rio Texas

The Rio Texas Conference (Corpus Christi and south Gulf Coast area) are taking ERTs for approximately another 6 weeks and are accepting reservations for Long-Term Recovery teams after that.  There are two different registration links, so make sure you use the right one!  Additionally, they are looking for individuals who would be wiling to volunteer for longer periods of time with site management and volunteer coordination.  Contact Eugene Hileman (aehileman@riotexas.org) if you can help with this ministry.

Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands (US Territories)

 

This is still a government-controlled situation.  They are in emergency relief phase and it is NOT appropriate for volunteers to go yet.  We will update you as this situation changes.  UMCOR is releasing grants to Puerto Rico quickly and talking daily with the Bishop and other church leaders on the islands.

Over $8 million raised since Harvey!

Cathy Earl, Director of Disaster Response and US Partner Relations for UMCOR, reports that more than $8 million has been raised through the Advance for US Disaster Response since the beginning of this hurricane season.  These funds will be distributed to the response efforts for Harvey, Irma, and Maria as well as the wildfires in the West.  Keep up the good work!  We know this recovery will be long and expensive, so your donations really make a difference!  Use Advance #901670 to donate today.

 

Anyone interested in forming an ERT (Early Response Team) here at WUMC, contact Brenda in the office. We will need a minimum of 7 team members. Also, if you would like to participate on another team, let Brenda know.

 

 

 

Remembrance Meal – November 19th

Friends the Holidays are on the way and it can be a low time of the year for those who find the holidays a sad time rather than a joyous time. Holidays are clearly some of the roughest terrain we navigate after a loss. This year The Member Care Team is having a Remembrance Dinner for those who lost loved one’s this year. If you find that the holidays are too much to handle won’t you join us for dinner. It will be held on Sunday November 19th at 2:30 P.M. here at the church.

Please call the church office for a reservation slot so that we can have a count on how many people to expect. There is also a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.  The church number is 634-4800.v

Thank You and Blessings ~~ Barbara Saltarella

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.