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WFUMC MISSIONS NEWS


September 2017


“Don’t just go to church…be the church.”.

WINDER FIRST UMC MISSIONS UPDATE

   Our time spent serving as Church of the Month in August has come to an end. Thank you to the many volunteers for Church of the Month and the Food Pantry during August, and for the continued donations in helping keep the Food Pantry stocked for our neighbors in need. You are His hands and feet. Having 26 different volunteers the first week of Church of the Month was tremendous, in addition to, all the many volunteers throughout August! Colossians 3:12 says, “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” We were able to minister to many in our community through financial help, food, gas, clothing and especially through our care, conversations and prayers. Church of the Month is a time for us all to realize the poverty that is so very close. To visit with the clients and hear their concerns and needs is a humbling experience; and we all went home with extra prayers in our hearts for the folks who came through our doors.

 Many, many thanks to the wonderful and caring volunteers: Bob & Jean Anderson, Steve Clark, Alan Herrin, Nicky Jones, Joan Leon, Linda Martin, Victoria Patrick, Don Varner and Nancy Woolsey.Please take a minute sometime soon to say your own personal "thank you" to these folks who spent many hours listening, researching, offering suggestions and prayers for our clients this month.

   Also throughout the month of August, our church was responsible for staffing the Food Pantry in downtown Winder each afternoon. Our thanks and appreciation go to Pam Sharpton for heading up this portion of Church of the Month, as well asto the many volunteers who signed up to work. Even though the Food Pantry is now air-conditioned...with the July heat, we’re sure these volunteers put in their "sweat equity" for this ministry!

And finally, many thanks to the Barrow County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry who underwrites this vital ministry each month. The funds provided by BCCBM, along with some of our own Community Relief Fund, are invaluable and greatly appreciated so that

might be alleviated for the many individuals and families who have come through our doors this past month.



LOCAL MISSION FOCUS … FOOD 2 KIDS PROGRAM

   September is just around the corner and as we continue to live out our faith, we’ll be looking into the faces of Barrow county children facing hunger and food insecurity at home. Children who are thankful for free breakfast and lunch served Monday through Friday at school, but face the reality of going home to little or no food at home. What is the most necessary school supply? Surprisingly it isn’t pencils, paper, crayons, or even technology; it is food.

   Do you remember being hungry at school or scared others would know? Do you remember someone in class who would rush to the front of the lunch line, or gather & hoard food others didn’t want? Was there a lunchroom lady, a teacher, principal, custodian, or neighbor who gave food to hungry children, when you were growing up?

   Since 2008, Barrow County and other NEGA school systems have partnered with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in a targeted, weekend feeding program called Food 2 Kids. This weekend bag of pre-packaged, kid-friendly, nutritious food fills the meal gap on the weekend for Barrow’s hungry children from Friday supper through Sunday supper. In 2008, there were 8 children served by the Food 2 Kids program in the school system, and by 2010 that number had grown to 60 children. Barrow county ended last school year serving 215 of the 13,700 students in the school system, and began in August serving the same number of children (Pre-K through 12th grade.)

   Will you and your family be part of the solution to childhood, weekend hunger in this community? For $275.00 one student can be sponsored for an entire school year. Might you consider sponsoring a child for one week ($7.64), one month ($30.56) or for the year? The September 3rd communion offering left at the rail will go to help Barrow’s children served by the Food 2 Kids program. Other donations can be made out to the church with “Food 2 Kids” in the memo section. We are His hands and feet as we seek to live out the Great Commandment.


UPCOMING 2017 MEETING DATE:

                

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th AT 12:15 PM

Bring a brown bag lunch and join us in the Small Dining Room.

Drinks & dessert will be provided.

Opportunities to Serve

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