Have you ever given much thought, all you generous folks out there, as to “Where is my mission money going, anyway? What are they doing with my hard-earned dollars?” Well, here is your chance to
find out! On March 10, right after church (don’t worry, you will have a snack or two), there will be a Mini-Mission Fair in Dodd Hall with representatives from some of your
favorite missions, and maybe some not so well-known, presenting their projects and dreams with banners, brochures and conversation.
Participating in this event will be some people we all know, and some guests from elsewhere. Included are Friends of Appalachia (FOA); UMARMY; Mountains of Hope, Haiti; Beth El Center, Milford;
Christian Community Action, New Haven; Bridges, Milford; and Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Please be sure to stay and investigate these wonderful missions that YOU already support with YOUR giving.
You might be happy to discover there are even hands-on things you can do, giving time as well as financial aid. Or you may just be pleased to find out that your generosity is helping God’s children to
survive and thrive. Hope to see you there as we discover together some of what goes on out there in the world beyond our red doors.
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| FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY OBSERVED
On December 16th, a belated fifth anniversary observance of our Prayer Shawl Ministry graced morning worship. Started in the fall of 2007 by Joan Zauner and the late Judie
Griggs, this ministry has knitted over 450 shawls, for an average of two a week! Even more importantly, these shawls have warmed body and spirit of those facing chronic or
critical illness in home, hospital and skilled nursing care situations.
Current crafters include Vi Burke, Jo Caruso, Debbie Dubien, Callie Merva, Fran Merva, Phoebe Repetsky, Joan Zauner and Faye Zeiner. Most crochet but some knit. They meet in
the Wesley Center the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Their next meeting is January 17th.
|THANK YOU! - FRIENDS OF APPALACHIA
It has been my pleasure to work with the Confirmation classes on their service project this year.
Both classes chose to support the Friends of Appalachia (FOA) Dental Supply Drive. I’m proud to announce that MTMUMC Confirmands and members responded to the dental crisis in Appalachia in an
amazing way by collecting:
Almost 1,500 toothbrushes
Almost 1,400 tubes of toothpaste
Almost 2,200 containers of dental floss
$240 in monetary contributions
This totals over 5,100 dental supply items which is MUCH higher than Friends of Appalachia collected on its own last year. The Sunday Confirmation class collected the most items (over 3,400) and the
Tuesday Confirmation class collected the most items per person. Congratulations to both classes!
This year’s collaborative effort will yield remarkable results once we add together the MTMUMC collections with the FOA, Trumbull High, and Black Rock Congregational Church’s Sanctuary collections.
FOA will be shipping to Kids First Dental Services in Kentucky, Mission of Hope in Tennessee, and a new agency (TBD) in West Virginia.
Friends of Appalachia is a 501c3 non-profit community organization that strives to educate and sensitize youth and adult volunteers to address the needs of impoverished people in Central Appalachia.
This year FOA has almost 60 participants who will be traveling to Tennessee to repair homes from June 29 – July 7.
For additional information please visit our website at www.friendsofappalachia.org; visit our Friends of Appalachia Facebook page; email email@example.com; or call 203-807-4362.
Thank you all for your support & efforts to HELP. BUILD. HOPE. for Appalachian families.
| MISSIONS COMMITTEE - Mother’s Day Alternate Gift Opportunity
This is an extraordinary ministry of the UMC church, putting faith into action to end preventable deaths from malaria in Africa. UMCOR is offering a Mother’s Day alternate gift
opportunity to support this cause.
Consider donating to Imagine No Malaria in honor of or in memory of your mother or another woman who has nurtured you. You will “Share the Love. Save a Life.” Your gift to
Imagine No Malaria will help reduce the number of deaths from malaria on the African continent as well as assist the mothers in Africa who struggle each day to
protect their children from malaria.
You can give by making out your check and mailing to
UMC – Imagine No Malaria
PO Box 440544
Nashville, TN 37244-0544
OR use the special offering envelopes that are available. Please note on your check – Mother’s Day.
The dinners continue to be well attended by members of the community. The average guests are still around 34. There is a need for additional volunteers to be called upon to form teams when the monthly
dinner is not sponsored by a group/committee. Please see Debbie Dubien or Anna Henry if you are able to help out in any way – from shopping to clean-up.
THANKS FROM NICARAGUA
Project Chacocente, which many of you help support, has sent us an updated report of advances in Masala, a few miles outside of Managua, where the new town and Christian School are located. The following
words are excerpts from the letter we received. Three grades have been added to the school which serves the children of the project, as well as those from surrounding neighborhoods. (There is a picture on
the Mission bulletin board in Dodd Hall showing some of the 151 children served by this school.) Student enrollment has increased by 41%. These are children who would either have had a long walk to a sub-
standard school or would not have received an education at all. The electrical wiring for the school and homes was installed. Eleven mission teams from the US visited and volunteered in 2012.
Thanks to you, the families have become self-sufficient; students are winning academic awards, becoming fluent in English, graduating, and most importantly learning that they can dream and be the people
God has created them to be. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!