Kid’s Junction News – March 2017

Our news from the Kid Junction team this month is: We finally got all the winter clothes packed away and most of the spring and summer clothes out! We are now ready for an active season filled with recipients preparing for the spring and summer months.
 
Again we thank you for all your contributions—monetary, tangible items, and time. Because of them, we are able to stock our rooms with items of necessity for children less fortunate. We are thankful and proud to be a part of this church family who contributes so freely to this very important mission.
 
A special thanks to our volunteers for March: Betty Parks and Janis Kurtz.
 
With love and blessings,
THE KID JUNCTION TEAM

“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
Hebrews 13:16 (NKJV)

Children’s Ministry News – March 2017

Our first Children’s Ministry Program of 2017 was held on Sunday, March 12. We were blessed to have 6 children present, ranging in age from 4 to 11, and 6 adults assisting. Besides learning about the 12 year old Jesus in the temple, we had the opportunity to learn to pray for the ones responding to the fire alarm and those whom were being assisted.

 

The children enjoyed decorating foam crosses, which they took home to remind them of the season of Lent and in preparation for Easter. And last but not least, we ended with pizza, shamrock cookies, and drinks.

 

It was a wonderful time of fellowship. The children and adults interacted, as we learned more about Jesus and how to share his love.

 

“Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

 

FUMC would like to thank The J. Daivd Vaughan Family Foundation for their generous donation to the Children’s, Youth, Kid Junction, and Health & Welfare Funds. Giving is not easy and this is especially true when there is a sacrifice involved. It is one way we have of demonstrating our faith and trust in God as we assist one another in building up His Kingdom on Earth. We are truly blessed by your generosity.

Please join us for our CHILDREN’S EASTER EVENT

Please join us for our CHILDREN’S EASTER EVENT
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
3:00-5:00
THE EASTER STORY
Egg Hunt
Refreshments

Bring a friend-rain or shine.
We will meet in FELLOWSHIP HALL downstairs.

Any questions call: 233-7841 OR 236-6008

If anyone would like to donate covered candy, stickers or small toys to be placed in eggs there is a box in the annex area by April 5th. Thank you for helping make this an enjoyable event for the children!

UMW News – April 2017

Our April UMW meeting will be on the 11th at 10:00 am.  Irene has the program and has invited a guest speaker, RN Beth Sproul, who will talk about her time on the Mercy Ship that was docked off of Africa.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Following the meeting the members are encouraged to attend the Easter week service at First Christian Church.  FUMC will be responsible for the meal on Wednesday, April 12th.  If you can send sandwiches, chips, cookies or drinks for that meal, please let the church office know or call Peggy Chappell at 233-0809.  And thanks in advance for your help.

“The Empty Egg.”

“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid: I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said. Come see the place where he lay.” [Matthew 28:5-6 N.R.S.V.]

Jeremy was born with a twisted body, slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness that had been slowly taking his young life. Still, his parents had tried to give him as normal a life as possible. This meant sending him to the local St. Teresa’s Elementary School. At age twelve Jeremy was only in the second grade and his teacher Miss Miller often became exasperated when Jeremy seemed to not be able to grasp the lessons no matter how many times she explained them.

One Day Miss Miller called Jeremy’s parents in for a consultation. She suggested to them that they send Jeremy to a special school. With tears in her eyes, Jeremy’s mother explained that there was not a school equipped to handle Jeremy’s needs in the area and that it would upset Jeremy tremendously to have to change schools. After the consultation Miss Miller decided that no matter how hard her life was, she did not have half as many troubles as Jeremy and his family and resolved to be more patient and understanding.

As the year progressed Spring came and Easter was approaching. Miss Miller had told the story of Jesus death and resurrection to her class and came up with a special project. She gave each of the children an empty plastic egg and told them to fill it with something that represented the true meaning of Easter. As Miss Miller opened each egg she commented on the contents: whether it was a flower, a butterfly or a sprig of grass, Miss Miller commented on how each of these things showed new life as we have in Christ Jesus. When she opened the last egg it was empty. She remembered that she had not called Jeremy’s parents and explained the assignment. As she sat there, Jeremy said: “Aren’t you going to talk about my egg?” Miss Miller stated: “But Jeremy your egg is empty!” Jeremy looked into her eyes and said softly, “Yes. But Jesus’ tomb was empty too!” Time stopped. Miss Miller asked Jeremy if he knew why the tomb was empty. He said: “Oh yes! Jesus died on the cross for our sins then His Father raised him up.” When the children were at recess Miss Miller cried knowing that Jeremy had truly learned the most important lesson of all. JESUS SAVES!!!

Richard

GOD’S SOUP KITCHEN

Every third Communion FUMC takes up a special offering for God’s Soup Kitchen in Galax. The Soup Kitchen provides a freshly prepared meal that is free to those in need. There are many stories about the Soup Kitchen and all that they are trying to do to help those in need. One story is of three children who come into the Soup Kitchen several days a week for their evening meal and when they leave they take their mother and father’s dinner plate’s home with them because their parents are still working. Both of their parents work long hours at multiple jobs to provide for their children, but still cannot make enough to pay their monthly bills. Without the Soup Kitchen these children would go without a fresh and healthy meal. Instead their meal may consist of Ramen Noodles or Spaghetti O’s, a meal that a child can easily make on their own.

 

The Soup Kitchen feeds between 200-250 people a night and costs approximately $200.00 per meal. They are also in need of volunteers to help prepare, serve meals, and clean up on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Rooftop Building. They have also started delivering meals to the elder who are sick or shut-ins and are always in need of help delivering meals.

 

The volunteers at the Soup Kitchen also try to be available for the teenage girls in our community. Unfortunately many parents are addicts and are not there to support their children emotionally or physically. This leaves the girls alone and with no one to turn to for guidance or support but their peers. The Soup Kitchen has organized events like “Say Yes to The Dress”, which provides them with a free prom dress and helps provide these girls with personal hygiene items. These women are positive role models that do not judge them because of their parent’s addiction and of course care about them.

 

Kisha Johnson who runs the Soup Kitchen has been asked many times, “How many people really need the soup kitchen?” by individuals in our community. Her response is that people need more than food for fulfillment. The Soup Kitchen is about bringing people in the community together for fellowship, sharing God’s love, and of course making sure no one goes hungry. Since opening their doors, they have started children’s bible studies on Monday evenings which is made possible by the generous ladies of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church who come every week to teach. Sometimes we take for granted that everyone, including children know about Jesus and the sacrifices he made for us. Some of these children have never been to church and these ladies have patiently answered their questions, such as what is a cross? Who is Jesus?

“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” –Dorothy Day