Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Monday, October 18, 2021
You Are Welcome!
 
  THE PARISH POST
Volume 38 - Issue #11   
11:00 a.m. Worship Service

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Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ
we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to
all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. Romans 12:4-6
 
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. I Corinthians 12:27
 
From Christ the whole body, joined and held together
by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16
 
Keys that Do Not Play
For my birthday last month I received a piano. Though it is not a brand new piano, it sounds great! I’ve enjoyed playing it several times in the past few weeks.Before this new arrival, I had another piano. However, I hardly ever touched that instrument. Why? Because it had a number of keys that did not play. Whenever I took time to sit down at that former piano, I would become frustrated at the many “holes” in my song. Where there was supposed to be music, there was silence.  No tune I attempted sounded right.
 
Now I ask you: what good is a piano with keys that do not play? It simply takes up space. At best, it becomes a piece of furniture used for displaying family photographs.
 
That old piano got me to thinking about the church. How many of us are like keys that do not play? When we join the church we are asked to answer this question affirmatively: “As a member of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?”
 
Though I have no way of knowing how much praying our members are doing, I have to say that a look at the numbers regarding presence, gifts, and service is not very encouraging. Only about half of our members attend worship regularly. Of the rest, one fourth attend sporadically and one fourth don’t attend at all!
 
Approximately one third of our members are involved in some form of service within the congregation. Where are the other two thirds? With regard to financial gifts, there are 25 member families who don’t give any money to the church. How can that be? Surely the song God intends for this church to play will never be as beautiful as it could be until all of the keys are in working order.
 
Whenever I lead a class for new members, I point out that church membership is about much more than having our name on a list. As members of the church we are members of the body of Christ. This concept was illustrated memorably in the cover art on our last church pictorial directory where a representation of Christ’s body is formed from photos of individual church members. A larger version of this artwork is hanging in our Fellowship Hall.
 
Another image demonstrating this concept is the display prepared by our Sunday School children at the top of the stairs just outside our church narthex. It is a large puzzle of Jesus walking along the seashore with some children. It is an inviting scene. However, there is something wrong with the picture. The puzzle has a piece missing. Even though the children did a wonderful job assembling all of the other 549 pieces just where they belong, that single missing piece is what immediately draws our attention. It mars the finished product. Undaunted, the children found a message in this incomplete puzzle. Written neatly across the top they have placed these words: “You are the missing piece.”
 
If you have been missing from our church in recent
months, hear the good news: now is as good a time as any to re-engage, re-commit, and take your place in the body of Christ. By being actively involved, you will deepen your faith and we will all be encouraged. As the Scriptures tell us (above), “each member belongs to all the others” and the whole body grows and is built up “as each part does its work.”
 
Whichever metaphor is used – a piano, a puzzle, or a body – the point is the same. Each individual (piano key, puzzle piece, or body part) is important to the whole. Without you, the song won’t be the same, the puzzle won’t be complete, and the body won’t reach its full potential. We miss you, we need you, we hope to see you soon.
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Sherri
 
“When one member suffers, we all suffer; and when one member is honored, we all rejoice.” I Corinthians 12:26
    
Those who serve as missionaries, especially:
Jeff & Deliegha Swanson, Charissa, Lois, and Titus in Mexico; Dr. Elma Jocson in Liberia.
 
Those who are in the military, including:
Christopher Blackwell, Ryan Ehlert, Rick Martin, Scott McDonald, Jerry Peters Jr., Matthew Sneed, Justin Williford.
 
Those who are in care facilities:
Barney Fay, Shirley Hoadley, Tecla Kaiser, Marjorie Weller.
 
Those who are homebound:
Dorothy Brayboy, Lloyd Gearhart, Kathryn Renbarger, Thais Williams.
 
Those with health problems:
Dick Adamec, Kay Becvar, Lois Boyle, Jake Busick, Jim Cody, Janice Gibson, Beverly Harrington, Daniel Harrington, Robert Hass, Chuck Hayden, Denise Jones, Donna Julian, Sayuri Kakimoto, Erv Klug, George Koebel, Les Lee, Lucy Lee, Betty Martin, Bill Parker, Nicole Phillips, Marjorie Prinzing, Lynn Reitz, Bill Ross, Janice Rowlison, Pauline Rupe, Louise Uebler, Alice Vacanti, Marge Vidal, Carol Waak.
 
Those who grieve:
Family and friends of Anthony Benhart, Devra Britt, George Freehling, Ronald MacGregor, Doralee Vickers, and Raymond Wreggelsworth.
 
Other:
Those seeking employment.
Our church Steering Team.
William Gorzynski.
 
Please note: Names will be deleted from the above list after one month unless an updated request is received.
 
Change of Address:
Joe & Helen Heward
6330 North Fir Road
Apartment #203, The Hearth
Granger, IN  46530-4753
Phone: (574) 247-4056
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B.C.A.C. News
Berrien County Association of Churches is asking for contributions to help fund the GED Program at the Benton Harbor Street Ministry. $64.00 will sponsor a student in the program for one month.
 
If you would like to donate to this critical need, please use a pew envelope and mark it “BHSM”.
 
Estate Planning Seminar
Westerbeke Law Firm from St. Joseph will hold a seminar on Estate Planning at the River Valley Senior Center (13321 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert) on Wednesday, November 3, at 10:00 a.m. Topics covered will include General Estate Planning, VA Benefits Planning, Cottage Planning, Pet Planning, and Medicaid Planning. If interested, contact the center at (269) 469-4556 to sign up.
 
Welcome, Daniel!
Check out the bulletin board for a great article about E.J. & Tiffany Harrington (Bev Harrington’s son and daughterin-law). Titled “Room for One More,” it tells the story of how the Harringtons opened up their home and their hearts to add a sixth child to their family. Little Daniel arrived from Columbia earlier this year. Besides being orphaned, he suffered from profound hearing loss and many developmental delays. Now he is learning sign language and receiving speech, physical, and occupational therapy. He will be having surgery to install cochlear implants. He is finally receiving the love, attention, and medical care he so needs.
 
Keep praying for this family as they face the challenges ahead. May God’s blessing be upon them.
 
 
Copies of the booklet from our annual
Church Conference last month are
available on the table in the narthex.
 
 
Harvest Dinner
Come and join us for food and fellowship! Our annual Harvest Dinner will be on Sunday, November 7, following worship. We will be serving cranberry pork loin, cheesy potatoes, apple-squash bake, homemade applesauce, bread and dessert. There is not a charge for this meal, however, we will have a basket out for a free will offering to cover the cost for the meal. There is no need to bring anything, just yourself. We hope to see you there.
 
God’s blessings,
The Fellowship Committee
 
Yearly Pledges
As the year draws to an end, there may be some of you who want to know where you stand on your yearly pledge. Just let me know and I will be glad to print a statement for you. Look for your new box of envelopes for 2011 in your mailboxes on November 7.
Thank you,
Rhonda Hinman,
Financial Secretary
 
Chicken Dinner Update
A big thank you to everyone who helped with the Chicken Dinner. Whether you made a dessert, helped prep or worked one of the shifts on the night of the dinner, you were valuable in making the dinner possible. Thank you to all who sold and bought tickets, also. A huge thank you to Sharon Flick and Ellie Rogers for stepping in for me. It made it possible for me to attend the wedding of a close friend’s son. It’s always so pleasing to see how well our congregation works as a whole to put on this dinner. It’s a big undertaking and many hands make it easier. If you’ve never worked the dinner, maybe you’d like to try some time. We really do have a good time together.
 
This year we sold about 400 dinners. Our profit was $1,733.90. This will be going to the new video system being installed in the sanctuary.
 
Thank you,
Rhonda Hinman,
Fellowship Chairperson
 
Sisters in Faith
Last month we sent eight care packages and two gas cards to college students. Thank you for all your contributions to this ministry.
 
Our meeting this month will be Tuesday, November 16, at 6:00 p.m. for candy-making at the church. Anyone is welcome to come join us.
 
We are considering taking a group to see the show Away in the Basement – A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” on Sunday, December 19, at 4:00 p.m. at the Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. The play is set in 1959 on the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. Tickets are $25 if the group is 20 or more; $30 or $36 otherwise. Sign up in the narthex if you are interested.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Sisters in Faith,
Thank you for the care package and for thinking of me while I am at school. It’s great to know I have a church family that cares.
God bless,
Joe Hinman
 
Dear Sisters in Faith,
Thanks again for the generous care package! I love getting them! I really appreciate the kind gesture! Especially the homemade COOKIES!
Thanks again and God Bless,
Kelsey Jakeway
 
Sisters in Faith,
Thank you so much for the gift card. Gas is much needed nowadays and this helps so much. God bless you ladies.
Jeff Jakeway
 
Stewardship Sunday
Stewardship letters have been sent to everyone in the congregation requesting financial commitments for 2011. You will be invited to bring your commitment card forward during our worship service on November 21. Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration and support of our ministry needs.
 
 
 
 
Advent Devotions
We are preparing devotional booklets once again for the upcoming Advent season. Thanks to all who have submitted a reflection. We hope to have the paper books printed and available for distribution on November 14. A suggested donation of $1 will be requested to cover publication costs.  All persons who already receive our newsletter by e-mail will receive the link before Advent begins on November 28. If you use a computer, we encourage you to consider this environmentally friendly way to do your daily devotions.
 
 
Help Needed
Our Trustees are looking for a reliable person to shovel the church sidewalks this winter. We are able to pay $15.00 per time, though we will not desire shoveling be done every day. If you or someone you know is interested in this job, please contact Trustee chairperson, Doug Hinman.
 
 
United Methodist Student Day
On Sunday, November 28, we
will celebrate United Methodist Student Day. All of our college students are invited to participate in this service on Thanksgiving weekend. Please let Pastor
Sherri know by November 21 if you will be available. 
 
We will also receive a special offering on this day that provides scholarships and loans to those attending UM colleges and universities. Ten percent of this offering stays in our annual conference to provide merit scholarships for students chosen by our West Michigan Board of Higher Education and Ministry. There will be a special offering envelope in your worship bulletin on this day.
 
Mark Your Calendars
The River Valley Ministerial Association is once again planning a community Thanksgiving Service. It will be held on Wednesday, November 17, at 7:00 at Three Oaks UMC. Our choir will sing and Rev. Steve Shimek will bring the evening message. An offering will be received for the RVMA to assist people in need.
 
The River Valley Ministerial Association will also host a community Advent Service on Sunday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. at St. John Congregation of Three Oaks. Plan now to attend this service marking the beginning of the Advent Season with your friends and neighbors. 
 
Holiday Treasures
The Stevensville United Methodist Women are sponsoring their 28th annual Holiday Treasures Arts and Crafts Bazaar on Saturday, November 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will showcase a variety of handmade items created by local artisans. There will also be a Cookie Walk presenting a wide variety of scrumptious home-baked cookies and treats and a luncheon menu featuring hot turkey sandwiches, sloppy joe, salad, homemade pies and desserts.  
 
The church is located at 5506 Ridge Road, between John Beers Road and Red Arrow Highway. Look for the electronic sign and entrance on Red Arrow Highway. For more information call (269) 429-5911.
 
Many Thanks to. . .
. . . George Koebel for donating and to Jim Thompson for transporting a four-drawer file cabinet
to the church and to Jim for installing several frames for hanging files.
 
. . . Dave Hess for donating bricks and mortar for our Trustee Work Day.
 
. . . Jim Thompson for fixing the toilet in the men’s bathroom. 
 
Historical Society
Galien Woods Historical Society is sponsoring a Chicken Dinner at the Galien American Legion on Saturday, November 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for children age 5-12, and under age 5 are free. Tickets will be available at the door or you can see Eleanor Desmond in advance.
 
Cookie Walk
Our seventh annual Cookie Walk is fast approaching. It will be held on Saturday, December 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We hope members of the congregation will share donations of homemade cookies in many varieties. Please bring these to the church by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3 and mark the type of cookie they are. Cookies will sell for $7.00 per pound. The following types of pre-packaged homemade candy will also be available for just $6.00 per pound: peanut butter bars, mint crackers, white pretzels, cereal clusters, peppermint bark, toffee bark, and chocolate peanut clusters. Craft tables are available for $10 each. Sign up in the narthex to reserve yours.
 
H.H.U.M. Meeting
The Harbor Harvest Urban Ministries (H.H.U.M.) Board of Governance will host an open information meeting on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in St. Joseph.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to address questions and concerns regarding the decision of HHUM tovacate the former Peace Temple UMC and issues related to plans for the property.  
 
Rev. Benton Heisler, West Michigan Conference Director of Connectional Ministries; Pros Tumonong, Conference Treasurer; Rev. Neil Davis, Kalamazoo District Superintendent and other representatives will be in attendance to address questions. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.
 
 
Note of Appreation
Dear Three Oaks UMC,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, and everyone connected with Circle of Hope, I would like to express our most sincere appreciation for the very generous donation of your Sunday School Mission Project in the amount of $701.25. This very generous donation will help Circle of Hope continue to provide our unique equine assisted services for children and adults with physical, mental, emotional and developmental disabilities. Thank you once again!
Lesley B. Shear,
Executive Director

 
 
CROP Hunger Walk
Last month 56 walkers and workers representing seven churches raised $5,747.00 to fight hunger at the annual Harbor Country CROP Walk.  There were seven walkers from our church: Rhonda Hinman, Rhonda Petro, Judy Ross, Laura Donner, Annette Donner, Sara Williams, and Pastor Sherri. Thanks for all your donations. “We Walk Because They Walk.”
 
 
Technology Committee
The congregation has been very generous in contributing to our new video system which will be installed in the sanctuary. Over the past two months, we have received $2,050.00 in donations from individuals. Added to the money from the Chicken Dinner, the Memorial Fund, and an estate gift, we expect to have enough to meet our budget for this project.
 
 
Since we are trying to be conservative with the money available and since we are relying on volunteer labor, it is taking some time to get everything in place. Still, we are moving forward. The first step will be to consolidate all of our sound equipment in a new location on the west wall. Then we will be purchasing some of the other components and learning how to use them effectively. We expect to be fully operational in early 2011. Thanks for your patience, your support, and your generosity.
 
Condolences
 
We extend our sympathy to Zimmah Fox at the death of her brother-in-law, George Freehling, on October 6. We also extend our sympathy to Ed MacGregor at the death of his brother, Ronald MacGregor, last month. May the Lord comfort you at this time.
 
 
Trustees News
On October 9 our Trustees held a Work Day. Two energetic crews of volunteers had great weather for a busy day. The women painted the church doors a pretty new shade of brown. The men replaced some missing bricks at the front entrance and did some tuckpointing.
 
Many thanks to Mike Davidson, Dave Hess, Marcia Hess, Doug Hinman, Rhonda Hinman, Jim
Thompson, and Chris Zebell for all their help.
 
 
 
Worship News
The last months of the year are always so busy. So it is in church, too. All Saints Sunday will be November 7. If you have persons you would like remembered please get their names to Pastor Sherri.
 
Our church will be hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 17, at
7:00 p.m. Hope there will be a good turnout.
 
 
 
“Hanging of the Greens” will be on Saturday, November 27, at 9:00 a.m. It’s always a fun time and
anyone is welcome to join us.

Poinsettia order forms
will be an insert in the bulletin soon.
 
Don’t forget the time change will be on November 7. Reset your clocks back one hour before retiring on November 6.
Sharon Flick,
Worship Chairperson
 
 
Christmas Tree Lighting
Join us for the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree and caroling on Sunday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Carver Park (across from the Speedway Station). Sisters in Faith will be providing the cookies and hot cocoa served afterwards.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Miss Three Oaks/River Valley
Good luck to Katharine Kersey and Heather Rowlison and  as the compete in the Miss Three Oaks/River Valley and Little Miss Three Oaks/River Valley contest on November 13.
 
 
 
Healing Service
The River Valley Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Healing Service on Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Church of the Mediator (14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert). The service will include Taize music, prayers, and Scripture readings. Everyone is invited.
 
 
 
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ at TOUMC,
Thank you so much for your prayers, your cards and your interest in “How was I doing?” when you would see me. This was a great comfort and encouragement to me during my chemo treatments. Thankfully they are over and an ultrasound in November, hopefully, will confirm I’m a cancer survivor! Blessings to you all!
Peggy Schaffer
 
 
Lost and Found
Several items have found their way into our Lost and
 
Found: a nice refillable water bottle, umbrella, eye glasses case, Mustang cloth bag, headband, and more.
 
Be sure to check the box in the choir music room if you are missing any of these things.
 
 
P.E.T. News
Dear PET partners and supporters,
 
We made it through the annual PET International Board Meeting in Holland, Michigan. There were many of the PET Affiliates represented from several states: Washington, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Kansas and of course Michigan with three PET Affiliates.

At the meeting two
new Affiliates were elected. This brings us to a total of 19 official Affiliates in the United States, three outside. . . Zambia, South Africa, Mexico. . .  and several others stateside in process.
 
One major decision was to stop putting any clothing, household goods, or toys in with the PETs. This was a major decision with a lot of, at times emotional, input from many people. The problems are multiple. Many countries will charge for fumigation of clothing now, many countries are charging duty on this type of packing material, and in many countries this is now looked on as smuggling into the country if every item used for packing is not listed on the forms (and if it is listed they can be charged duty on items not considered "medical" which is how many of the PETs are sent). Also many countries are nervous about weapons being buried in the packing material. We had a report of one country finding weapons buried in with some items from a well known Mission program. We now have so many distribution partners (I think it is 17 major Mission partners) and some work in multiple countries. They sometimes warehouse the PETs in their own storage buildings and then send them out from there. It's too easy for PETs with packing to get mixed with those without and once they leave our hands, we lose control of keeping them separated. We polled our distribution partners and all of them asked us to stop doing this because of the complications.
 
Example: India will not let any fabric of any kind come into the country - they see it as competing with India's fabric trade (one of our shipments to India was opened at Customs and all the items used as packing had to be removed by the receiving distributor and was burned by Customs).
 
Some countries do not care and actually welcome the clothing but the problems now well outweigh the good that we are trying to do by including the clothing, etc. Our first mission is to get the PETs into the countries and into the hands of those who need them. We can not jeopardize this mission.
 
The last tally I have shows
PETs now have a presence in 86 countries. I Hope this helps bring you up to speed. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you so very much with your help on PET. This has been a very good year and this was a very good meeting. Please check out the PET International website: www.petinternational.org . Keep up the great work.
God Bless,
Ray Truhn
 
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
 
More P.E.T. News. . .
We received the following P.E.T.’s (Personal Energy
Transportation devices) personal accounts by email:

The excitement of Distribution: The St. John's United
Methodist Church in Alaska went to Cameroon on a mission trip this spring that included the assembly and distribution of 33 PETs we had shipped from Columbia, Missouri. Of the reports we received on the recipients these were the causes of disability noted: two Malaria, 23 Polio, one accident and three unknown. Their ages ranged from 10 to 84 years. Below are just a few excerpts from their report: "My experience with the
distribution of PETs in Cameroon was more than I was emotionally prepared for. I read the PET website before traveling and perhaps expected to see a person with a limb missing, using crutches for mobility, coming to me. The emotion of seeing a
female crawl to the building on her hands and knees, using flip flops on her hands was enough to start the tears, but the fact that she was probably sixty years old caused me to cry in front of her, in part for the past and now for her independence. Feeling ashamed of my emotional tears in front of her, I bent down to give her a hug. Much to my surprise, she said in English, ‘God bless you. God bless you, God bless you.’ She would not release the hug, which caused more tears."
 
"One woman could not give us any eye-contact when she arrived. As she focused on her flip-flops she explained that she rarely left home and was not used to being in such a crowd. She was shy and embarrassed by her physical condition. When I saw her again it was post-PET. She held her head up high and was looking proud. She explained that she had never been able to look people in the eye, she had always been on the floor looking up."
 
"At the end of the day we were exhausted. . . The final image is one we will always remember. We were in the cars driving back to our hotel when we
came upon a short caravan of new PET owners, driving themselves through the center of town. Each was independently moving down the road, determining where and when they would go. . . each wearing a huge and satisfied smile. As they passed by our car, now stopped to let them pass, they waved and kept on going. It was a wonderful sight."
 
That is what PET is all about. Those stories tell THE STORY.
 
Dok Elma’s E-musing
October 2010
Dear praying friends,
To see a Black Mamba snake or a Scorpion during a visit to the zoo or in a movie
can give me goosebumps. But to actually see one in-person along the walking path is a different experience all together. Well, this is Africa, and she is introducing her natural wonders to me. I walk around here wearing my hiking sandals all the time so I figure I better get serious and get myself a pair of rubber boots and
strong flashlight. Who knows what I'll step on during night calls.
 
Do you know somebody in your church or neighborhood to have been ill of Typhoid Fever? There was big news years ago about food items contaminated with Salmonella. Here every patient with fever either has Malaria or Typhoid Fever. Typhoid Fever is caused by the Salmonella bacteria acquired by eating contaminated food. The bacteria is easily killed by a course of antibiotics. But patients when they feel better, don’t finish the whole treatment course. So the seemingly getting-better patient becomes very ill with severe tummy ache. A frequent complication of Typhoid Fever is perforated bowel. Yes, the small intestine develops holes. The intestinal contents leak out and poison the whole tummy, then the blood.
 
My youngest patient ever is a three year old girl weighing 19 lbs. She was brought here because of high fever, big painful tummy and she refused to eat. Medical textbook says doctors should arrive at a diagnosis 80% based on history and physical exam, 20% on laboratories to confirm the diagnosis. Our laboratory is very limited, even less than the very basic tests. This girl clearly needed surgery and so was prepared. She has two holes in her small intestine and a belly-full of muck. A portion of the diseased bowel was cut and sewn back together, muck was evacuated and the whole belly washed. Sounds simple enough. But this three year old only weighed 19 lbs.! For a chronically malnourished patient, wound healing and recovery takes much longer. And she won’t be able to start eating until after three days time when the sewn bowel is healed.
 
But God is gracious! His mercies are new every morning. As I check on her everyday I watch out for early signs of complications. I always come back
rejoicing because she is recovering well and free of complications. She cries when she sees me. Praise God for answered prayers! She has gone home, with oral antibiotics to complete the treatment. I just pray she finishes her treatment.
 
Thank you for always praying for me. I have enough supply of gloves, my power drill is on its way. I’m still nagging people so we can have running water in the operating theater. Electricity is still dicey in the middle of the night. Once I was doing my third C-section at 2:00 a.m. when they switched generators. We were standing in pitch darkness for twelve minutes. It felt like forever when one is supposed to be closing the belly!
 
To fight off frustrations I have color-streaked my hair blond. That’s because I can’t find blue color. I like green, but not for hair. I’m sure you are smiling, that’s great. Just don’t forget to pray for me and my patients. God be with us.
Sent from Dok Elma's iPod,
Ganta UM Hospital, Liberia (West Africa)
 
Youth News
 
 
 
 
 
 
What’s in a name?
The youth have been diligently working on a name to call themselves. We have decided on the name GRAPES”. This stands for:
G OD’S
R EALLY
A WESOME
P OWER
E XCITES
S TUDENTS
 
Not only are they fruit of the vine, but they are a “bunch” of great kids! We have decided on a time and location for our youth mission trip. We will be attending a “Week of Hope” camp, in Bay City Michigan. The camp takes place July 17 through 22, 2011.
 
“Week of Hope” is the affordable one-week camp where the youth will build meaningful relationships with those they serve, those they serve with, and most
importantly, a deeper relationship with Jesus. Service projects might include running a Vacation Bible School, preparing meals for the poor, or cleaning the home of an elderly person. A Week of Hope is a personal, friendly setting of about 100 youth. . . ideal for getting to know everyone.
 
We currently have four youth and two adults signed up for the camp. We are hoping that some of the New Buffalo Methodist youth will also attend. The total cost of the camp is $1,800.00. To view a video about this program or learn more information, visit the website: www.groupworkcamps.com/week-of-hope .
 
The youth group will be selling Cranberry Barn candles in early November. We have sold this brand of candles in the past, and due to their popularity, they are not around very long. The candles are in 26 ounce jars and sell for $18.00 each. They are available in the following scents: Apple & Spice, Blackberry Pie, Cranberry Patch, Granny’s Kitchen, Just Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Raspberry
Lemonade, Caramel Apple, Cinnamon Bun, Gingerbread and Pineapple Burst. Proceeds will be used towards the youth mission trip.
 
 
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7.  Be sure to “Fall Back” and set your clocks back one hour.
 
 
 
Special Remembrance
On November 7 our congregation will observe “All Saints Sunday”. On this special day we remember those who have gone before us into God’s heavenly kingdom.
 
Our worship service will include the celebration of Holy Communion as we gather around the Lord’s table with the “great cloud of witnesses”. If you have lost a loved one in the past year, please turn in their name (and date of death, if known) to the office by November 3 so that they may be included in our remembrances.
  
November Anniversaries
 4 Jerry & Esther Thomas
     Barney & Dorothy Fay
16 Bruce & Jeanie Hauch
19 Bill & Betty Swanson
20 Bob & Lynn Reitz
27 Dick & Elsie Zabel
30 Tom & Martha Spychalski
 
 
 
  
November Birthdays
  
  4 Nancy Caid
  7 Jerry Peters
 14 Dennis Comfort
      Richard Cooper
 15 Terry Prim
 17 Cheryl Kersey
 18 Nancy Comfort
 19 Dorothy Fay
 22 Craig Goodenough
       Louise Uebler
 24 Marcia Hess
 26 Ken Williams
 26 Nancy Harrington
 28 Jude VanTilburg
 29 Jamie Hollenbeck
       Gary Martin
       Kandace Vantilburg