2016-12 Intergenerational Advent Activity

intergenerational-garden-planting-430x242Join us for an intergenerational Advent Activity, sponsored by Family Ministry and Adult Ministry, on December 10, 3:30-5:00 pm in Fletcher Community Center.  We will watch a movie (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”), have snacks and make a chrismon tree ornament (a chrismon is a Christian symbol representing Jesus Christ).

2016-12 UWSP Campus Ministry News

UM Campus Ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
The United Methodist and Episcopal churches have come together in support of campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). Our campus ministry is called Crossroads, a name chosen by students to represent the interconnection of faith, community, and social justice.

Crossroads Student Organization at UWSP
Crossroads is a progressive campus ministry whose purpose is to create an open and safe community for all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, faith, or beliefs. We love FOOD, CONVERSATION, and CREATING CONNECTIONS! We sponsor an Ecumenical Worship Service and Dinner, open to ALL, each Sunday evening of the Fall and Spring Semesters. Join us at 5:30 pm at the Newman Center, corner of Reserve and Fourth Avenue.

Connect with Crossroads Student Organization on their UW-Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN) page for more information on campus ministry activities, events, community outreach, and Spring Break Mission Trip.

For more information on UM Campus Ministry contact Laura Courtright Burns at lauracourtright@gmail.com.

Dinner Church Community and Worship
Jesus spent a lot of his time with people around a table, eating, talking and connecting. Some of the stories in the Bible highlight the diversity of people connecting and talking while at table.

Borrowing format and ideas from St. Lydia’s Dinner Church community in Brooklyn, NY and what we know about ancient feast rituals, we’ve created our own type of Table Worship that centers on a meal and people connecting. We sing, discuss, eat, and pray. It’s an opportunity to connect with people in a new way.

We meet at the Newman Center, across the street from the UWSP Health Enhancement Center (HEC), corner of Reserve and Fourth Ave, at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The service is about an hour and fifteen minutes (including clean-up and dessert). Vegetarian options available. The table has been set. Come. Eat. Worship.

Sponsored by Crossroads, a UM Campus Ministry–ALL are welcome. For more information about Dinner Church or Campus Ministry, contact Laura Courtright Burns at lauracourtright@gmail.com or 715-340-4523.

Theology on Tap
A place to explore spirituality in community. Monthly topics. Hosted by Crossroads Campus Ministry. Open to all. 7:00 pm at the DUC Brewhaus. Come share your thoughts and questions.

12/12 – Art in Religion

 

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“What does your LOVE look like…in the community, the world, and in your congregation?” Our District Superintendent has asked us to look at our life through this lens. What do we see?

Well, we see efforts to be present in all three of those places by our local church and our greater church in the world. Please see our brochure at the Connection Center or on the website for specifics in study groups, social groups, and service groups. Also other ministry areas have opportunities that provide answers to this question as well. Explore the possibilities!

HIGHLIGHTING:
Middler/Sr. Luncheon…Thursday, December 8, 12:00 noon, “Humane Society Overview” (with puppy), presenter: Chris Langenfeld, Executive Director.

“Little Free Pantry”…arriving soon, thank you for starting to support this project.

“Little Free Library”…thank you for continuing to provide good books for adults and children.

Place of Peace Christmas dinner… Thursday, December 15.

Fun, Fundraiser…Saturday, January 28, 5:00-7:00 pm at the Point location…Italian meal (vegetarian entree), free will offering. Please put your Silent Auction items on the stage labeled “Fundraiser”(new, used or even themed gift baskets make good items for the auction). If you a have a desire to be in the Variety Show, call the office and they will contact someone to call you with details.

Advent Activity (Intergenerational)…sponsored by Family Ministry and Adult Ministry…Saturday, December 10, 3:30-5:00 pm Fletcher Community Center… movie( “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”), snacks and a craft (Chrismon tree ornament).

New Short Term Disciple Bible Study… “Invitation to the Psalms”, starts Wednesday, January 4, 6:00-7:00 pm, Point location, Conference Room. Call the office to order a text ($13.00). Leaders: Dwight Cooper and Al Pieper.

Washington School Special Projects… thank you to the team of 12 who assisted the Kindergarten classes with their “Root Beer Float” fundraiser for Operation Bootstrap as a “50th Day of School Celebration” on Tuesday
November. 15th.

As we go about “Being the Church” in our daily lives, let’s remember John Wesley’s wise words…
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”

MERRY CHRISTMAS… THE ADULT MINISTRY TEAM

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Advent Sing-a-long
Beginning Tuesday, November 29, for four Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, at the Plover location, we will sing our way through the Advent songs in our Hymnal. We will share out thoughts and feelings about the time of anticipation. For all ages! Come as you can.

Prayer Space
Please come and have quiet time with God. There are some activities and tools to help you to stay in the peace given by God. It is open anytime the church building is open. The Prayer Place is located at the entrance of the Discovery Zone near the north entrance of the Stevens Point church building.

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Another RACK Opportunity

rack-banner-newsletterLast spring, the Outreach Committee provided packets for the congregation. These were to encourage our participation in Random Acts of Christian Kindness. We will be offering packets again this Advent season to spread the love of Christ during the holidays. And the activities are expanding. We will be partnering with the Family Ministry group. They will be providing intergenerational materials revolving around the Advent calendar theme. Outreach will be offering a suggestion list of activities and cards to hand out to the recipients of these Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. We encourage everyone to give this a try.

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Fall Rummage Sale

rummage-saleOh my goodness—where did all the merchandise come from?  You folks really did some cleaning.  A warm hearted thanks to all the many workers who donated their time and to the men who came to help pack up and haul away.  What a 3 days we had!  We raised over $2,000 that is going to the Interfaith Food Pantry to purchase items that go to those in need in Portage County.  We were also able to donate many boxes of winter clothing, blankets, caps and mittens and scarves to Place of Peace.  Some of these items will be placed in their Kid’s Closet clothing pantry located at the Downtown Mission Church for folks to select as needed.  Some will go to the Warming Center and the rest to the Evergreen Community Initiatives homeless outreach project in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. Per usual, we continue to follow the words of John Wesley, when we “DO ALL THE GOOD WE CAN.”  Thank you for supporting this mission project to the community and beyond.

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2016-12 Waffle Church

waffle-church-fall-winterWhat is Waffle Church?   Waffle Church is a  gathering that seeks to bring people together in a faith community that fosters acceptance and love.  It reminds us that Jesus invites us ALL to come to him as children. Everything is based on the love of Jesus! You can come alone, with friends, with a partner, or with your children. This worship is for everyone of all ages. Waffle Church invites us to get sticky in the love of God.

Waffle Church will take place the first Sunday of each month at the Point location at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall. Join us in celebrating God’s Love!

2016-12 Cookie Walk

The Ccookie-walk2ookie Walk will soon be upon us.  Bring all your baked items, including, coffee cakes, breads, candy and cookies to the kitchen in Fellowship Hall by Friday, December 9th.  Set up is from 1:00 – 5:00 pm that day.  The sale is from 9:00 -11:00 am Saturday, December 10th. Help is needed assembling the trays and working on Saturday morning. Questions? Contact Bonnie Lund at bonnielund@charter.net or 715-345-0247.

2016-12 Holiday Baskets

Holiday Basket shopping will beholiday-basket Wednesday, December 14th, 6:15 pm at Wal-Mart.  Packing and delivery of baskets is Tuesday, December 20th, starting at 8:30 am until done. It takes many, many hands to complete this project for residents of Portage County. Join us for this fellowship of activities.  If you have never participated in this mission project, come and see the wonders that go on. Oh, we also feed you. Questions:  Contact Bonnie Lund at bonnielund@charter.net or 715-345-0247.

2016-12 News and Upcoming Events

  “I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness
in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be
unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions.”

John Wesley

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC
Sunday, November 6 @ Point Location, in the library

TAKE NOTE: In order for the church to provide the best care we can, people should let us know when someone is in the hospital or has moved to another caring facility.

 

REGISTRATION FOR 2017 LEARNER-LEADER ACADEMY IS NOW OPEN!
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The Learner-Leader Academy (LLA) is an educational workshop series designed to systematically equip clergy and laity in spiritual formation, leadership development, worship, witness, outreach and service. Laity and clergy will gather together six times next year to learn how to lead congregations and multiply ministries at local church, circuit, and community levels. In addition, each session is worth .5 CEUs. The 2017 theme is Evangelism and the first session meets January 21, 2017 Visit www.tinyurl.com/waclla2017 for more information and to register by December 9, 2016.

 

farmshedThe Stevens Point Area YMCA is pleased to share some great news! Central Rivers Farmshed has announced that the inaugural season of the Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers’ Market will begin on November 12th and reoccur on Saturdays until the end of March.  Please see the attached Press Release for the current list of vendors and details on the weekly hot breakfast, and visit Farmshed’s website for further information:  http://www.farmshed.org/our-work/stevens-point-area-winter-farmers-market/

 

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Happy Birthday to our 90 and over
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Fumi Saito   December 21       93

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DAIRY FEST
Saturday, December 17, 2016
8:00 am at Point location

Join men of faith for breakfast & fellowship.
Menu: Scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, juice and coffee.

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The following is a list of groups who are in charge of Meet & Greet for November:

12/4/16           Disciples’ Diner
12/11/16          Happy Hour & Placemat Ministry
12/18/16         Worship
12/25/16          —————-
1/1/17              Quilting & Compassionate Knitters
1/8/17             Nurture

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December 8, Lunch @12:00 Noon

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Human Society Overview (with puppy)
Presenter: Chris Langenfeld, Executive Director

Questions or to make a Reservation call 715-344-3557
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2016-12 Mission News

Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

COINS OF COMPASSION DECEMBER

Northcott Neighborhood House
Serving the community since 1961, Northcott Neighborhood House is a multi-purpose community center originated by the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the General Board of Global Ministries. The purpose of the agency is to serve Milwaukee’s Inner City North community and to develop youth skills and provide a safe place to lessen neighborhood tensions, combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency, strengthen and maintain family unity, and provide various social services and education for the residents.

MISSION FOCUS

Weeks 1 and 2 – Holiday Baskets
Weeks 3 and 4 – Pasta and Sauce Products

 

MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER

MMDCThe good news is that 12 volunteers have signed up to travel to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center on Tuesday, January 17 returning on Saturday, January 21.  We will be working Wednesday through Friday only, as MMDC is now closed on Saturdays.  We still have room for 4 more volunteers to travel with us.  If anyone is interested in going, please call Mary Gurlea at 715-321-2102.

Each volunteer signs up with a $50 non-refundable deposit with $200 due January 1, 2017. All monies will be directed to Mary Gurlea; there is mailbox in the office at the Point location.  We travel in a caravan with our food supplies, MMDC supplies and bedding.  Bonnie Lund provides games for us to play or you can bring your crafty work with you also.  Yes, we do have lots of laughs!  Please call Mary Gurlea at 715-321-2102 or email Mary at mgurlea@gmail.com if you have any questions.   Or feel free to contact Bonnie Lund at bonnielund@charter.net or Vern Walters at vcwalters265@aol.com with any questions. Looking forward to having all our 16 beds full this year! Thank you!

 

INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY

Interfaith Food PantryThe purpose of the pantry is to act as hands of the community to serve the Portage County residents in need of supplemental food. The pantry serves any resident of Portage County, commonly including unemployed, underemployed, elderly, handicapped, single parent or large households.

The pantry provides regular service twice per month, the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 PM. The pantry serves an average of 650 persons (about 160 households) at each pantry or about 1,300 persons (320 households) per month. Each household receives food in proportion to household size: about 50 to 80 pounds of food per each pantry. Items distributed include meat, potatoes, frozen products, canned and boxed items, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, eggs, bread and bakery items.

2016-12 A Message from Finance Coordinator Joy Pennell

Stewardship logoIn the last several weeks we have learned about giving of our Time, our Talents, and our Treasures. I have thought about how to pull that all together and at the same time try to give you a financial picture. Then, when I was doing some reading, I came across this article and thought it fit. So part of this is from an article I read and part of this is my own words.

What does it mean to be a member?
A person becomes a professing member when they have been baptized and publicly profess the vows of the baptismal covenant, affirming their faith in God and their desire to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. They commit to a life of service in and through the local congregation (Book of Discipline, ¶217).

Our understanding of what it means to be a member is deeply rooted in our Methodist heritage. John Wesley was clear that Christianity is a social religion, and that our growth in holiness of heart and life is deeply dependent on being in face-to-face community with others who are watching over us (and we over them) in love. It is in the context of these face-to-face relationships that we experience what it means to be the body of Christ in the world.

For United Methodists, membership requires active participation in a local congregation. The vows of professing membership thus include promises to faithfully participate through prayers, presence, treasures, service and witness in connection with a local congregation. This pretty much says the same thing that we have been talking about the last several weeks, in our Time, our Talents, our Treasures.

Throughout our life, as we pray, study the scriptures, worship and share in fellowship with other Christians, we deepen our knowledge of and love for God. As we respond with compassion to human need and work for justice in our communities, we strengthen our capacity to love our neighbors. We confess and repent of our sins, ways in which we fall short of God’s way. In this way, our inner thoughts and motives, as well as our outer actions and behavior, are aligned with God’s will and testify to our union with God.

What are the benefits of such a commitment? That our hearts are warmed as we hear the Scriptures read and proclaimed ), that the Risen Christ is known in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24: 35). The mystery of the Risen Christ is present in the midst of all of you. You embrace me, you laugh and cry with me, and God heals me. You, as my brothers and sisters know my shortcomings, and so you keep me honest, but you also know my potential, and so you call forth my gifts. You share your heritage and your wisdom. We, as your church, need your commitment of your Time, your Talents, and your Treasures.

We, as a church, have done AMAZING things outside of our walls, not only in our community, but in the world as well! Think about what you have raised to contribute to Imagine No Malaria, Ghana, the artificial limbs, etc. Think about how many people, because of your contributions, have come to know who God is!! I mean, just stop and think about how many Disciples of Christ you have made because of all of your generosity….Yes, we are called to give outside of our walls, however, so that we can continue to do amazing things outside of our walls, we need to also do amazing things inside of our walls. We will face new challenges in 2017 due to the change in some laws which will increase our costs. There are always the boring and mundane day to day expenses to pay and we have really struggled this year financially. If you are not able to increase your pledge by the amount that you would like to, there will be other ways that you can show your generosity. There will be a Finance Bulletin board this coming year that will have some of these ways listed. If you feel called to do so, you can sign up for one or more item at that time.

Please remember, as you turn in your Pledge Cards, what you pledge is between you and God. But the tithe did not come about for God’s benefit, He has all the money He needs…Tithing was created for our benefit, to teach us how to keep God first in our lives and how to be unselfish people. God does not expect you to give what you do not have, but to give what you do have.

Thank God for what you have. Trust God for what you need.