2016 KID JUNCTION NEWS

As another year comes to a close, once again the Kid Junction team is happy to report a very successful year. In our continuing search to serve the community better, we have made several improvements in our KJ outreach mission:

  • We have moved to a larger room, making it more comfortable for volunteers and the people we serve.
  • We have expanded the supplies we offer, which includes more shoes and a larger variety of items.
  • As our numbers continue to rise, we are considering lengthening the hours on the first and third Tuesday we are open.

In the past year we have served 133 families and 285 children. All this is possible only because of the support and generosity of our FUMC family. We thank you—each and every one—for your support and prayers and as we continue this ministry.

Our 2016 backpack campaign brought in 59 backpacks and a wealth of school supplies.

All the backpacks have been distributed and we continue to re-stock our shelves with the remaining school supplies.

We received 17 coats as well as a large amount of money for our winter coat
campaign, which has allowed us to outfit many children with new coats for the cold winter months. To compliment the coat campaign we would like to thank the knitting and crocheting ministry for supplying us with scarves, hats, and blankets.

As the numbers show, the needs in our community are there. The families that
receive this help are very grateful, as the smiles of the children testify as they leave with school supplies, new coats, shoes, and outfits which include socks, underwear, pajamas, and sweaters. Many also leave with story books, toys and/or stuffed animals.

All of us at Kid Junction feel just as blessed as the families we serve. We are proud to be part of our church family who has such a great heart for children.
If you have questions about KJ or would like to volunteer your time or talent, please contact any member of the KJ Team.

Linda Murphy at 233-9102, Elsie Davis, or Dianne Marshall at 233-7841

We would also like to recognize and thank our assistants for 2016:
Betty Parks, Irene Turner, Janis Kurtz, Nancy Westmoreland, Doris Ward, Ruth Sizemore, and Jim Marshall.

“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

Hebrews 13:16 (New King James Bible)

UMW News – January 2017

 

The members of the UMW are grateful to each of you who helped a local child have a happier Christmas by taking an angel from the Angel Tree. Many thanks! Our next meeting will be January 10th at 10:00 am in the UMW room. We will have our pledge program and Danise is in charge. We hope everyone will attend.

January 22nd we will host the annual new-members meal for our entire church family. We will provide meat, bread and drinks. Please come and bring your favorite side dish or dessert and enjoy a meal and fellowship. The dinner will be immediately following the 11:00 am worship service. Looking forward to seeing each of you that day.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Ruth Sizemore would like to thank all the members, and volunteers who helped make our children’s ministry possible this year.

God has blessed me with great help and inspiration.

Keep up the good work!

Ruth Sizemore,
Chair of Children’s Ministry 2016

Ruth Sizemore would like to thank all those who helped make our church more beautiful for the Christmas season.   From putting up the decorations and trimming the tree, to helping with the poinsettias, it was a real pleasure to work with all of you.

Ruth Sizemore,
Chair of Decorating Committee 2016

What’s going on in Room 109?

Well on Sunday, December 11th, that room was filled with 22 happy smiling children. The room was beautifully decorated by Dianne and Jolene. They also had the foresight to bring in large tables and more chairs. Our theme was, “Happy Birthday Jesus.”

Pastor Richard opened our program with a prayer.

Ruth told the Christmas story featuring the shepherds, angels, and the big star. The star led us to Bethlehem. Becky explained what swaddling clothes and the manger meant. We had handouts for all the children. They colored, matched, found the answer and then got together to make a mural. What fun!!

Craft time presented a little problem since we thought 12 to 15 children would be a good number to expect.

We were running low on craft supplies and while I freaked out and went looking in the supply room for a substitute, Jolene, Linda, and Nancy gave a good lesson on sharing and we had plenty of “snow” to go around, and some left over.

After pizza, cookies, and drinks, Dianne gave each child a bag of goodies to take home.

So what is going on in room 109? Love, joy, and especially God’s Love in abundance.

Watch announcements for our next event. We hope to see all the children again!

Ruth Sizemore,
Chair of Children’s Ministry 2016

New Year’s Resolutions.

The beginning of a New Year is a time that many of us make “New Year’s Resolutions.” Unfortunately for most of us, these are broken before the last football game is finished. Regardless of what our resolutions are (to go on a diet, to exercise more, to give up some bad habit, or to do something good for someone) we find it is so hard to do these things. So often we get discouraged and quit.

This struggle to bring about a change in our life is not something that is new with our generations. The apostle Paul also had to deal with this problem. To the church at Rome he wrote: “For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. I don’t do the good I want to do: instead I do the evil that I do not wnt to do.” [Romans 7:18-19 T.E.V.]

However Paul learned that, even though he could not change himself, Jesus could change him! The key to being the person God wants you to be is allowing Jesus to have control of your life so he can change you. Therefore, I would like to offer the following New Year Resolutions for us all to help bring about this Jesus centered change not only in our life but in the life of the church as well: In 2017 I resolve to pray more, read and study the Bible Regularly, support my church by my attendance and giving, get involved with Sunday School Class, or other Study Group, invite and bring someone to church with me, volunteer some of my time in service to others, make an intentional effort to put the needs of others above my own.

If we can do these things and can allow Jesus to replace self as the number one priority in our lives, then 2017 will be a tremendous year and our New Year’s Resolutions will not be broken by January second.

Richard