August 11 – RURAL LIFE SUNDAY
Out of the conviction that God is calling the church to respond to the changes in Town and Rural America, the Heartland Network for Town and Rural Ministries is established to develop, proclaim and carry out visions of hope for a renewed church and community life. In ministry with nine annual conferences, the Network connects people with others they need to know, with resources, ideas, events and opportunities. Through this ministry, the church gives commitment to its empowering vision of hope for the families, churches and communities of America’s Heartland. Rural Life Sunday calls the Church to celebrate the rural heritage of the United Methodist Church, to affirm worldwide the people and communities who work with and on the land by raising food and fiber, and to recognize the ongoing crisis occurring in the rural areas of the nation and world today.
***Please designate your offering to its intended purpose, i.e., General Fund, Building Fund, Missions, etc. by writing your instructions on your check or ‘giving envelope’. Offerings not designated will go to the General Fund.
Mission Kit of the Month
We are continuing the Mission Kit of the Month this year for the kits that we send to Fill the Truck and Thanksgiving Ingathering for UMCOR. So, there will be only 2 different kits and they will run from March--October during several different months. Note that the School Kit now contains 1 Pkg of Loose-leaf paper with 100-200 pages in addition to the 3 notebooks. Also, the Health Kit now has 10 Band-Aids instead of 6 and Toenail Clippers are acceptable along with Nail Clippers. If you would like to buy the items in the kit, you could do that yourself or share buying the items with another person. Or you could give a donation for the amount of the kit. Whatever you can do to help out would be appreciated. Thanks. Karen Hansen 448-4456.
March/April/July/August-School Kit: $11- 1 pr Scissors BLUNT with rounded tip (NO plastic), 3 spiral Notebooks (11" x 8 1/2", wide-rule or college-rule, 3-hole with at least 70 pages), 1 Pkg Loose-leaf paper with 100-200 pages, 1 Pencil Sharpener hand-held at least 2" long, 1 Ruler hard or flexible with centimeters, 6 UNSHARPENED Pencils with eraser, 1 Eraser plain 2 1/2" (Pink or White), 1 Box of 24 Crayons. (UMCOR)
Giving to your church through your will is a good way to continue your support of your church beyond your lifetime. When your estate plan is prepared, consider including plans for a gift to your church.