News and Upcoming Events
Please keep Pat Miller and her family in your prayers. Pat’s husband Michael died January 4, 2017. A funeral service was held Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Pisarski Funeral Home of Stevens Point.
Please keep the family of Ruby Cram in your prayers. Ruby died, Sunday, January 22, 2017. A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 28 at Boston Funeral Home of Stevens Point.
Please keep Samantha Aldrich and her family in your prayers. Samantha’s grandmother Phyllis Engebretson died Wednesday, January 25, 2017. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Boston Funeral Home of Stevens Point.
Charlotte Jean LaRue, born September 6, 2016, daughter of Dustin and Jennifer LaRue and granddaughter of Tom Skillman, was baptized on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
Congratulations to Rebecca and Jason O’Connell on the birth of their daughter Corrine, December 23, 2016.
UMC Youth Ministry leadership was recognized by the Portage County Alliance for Youth at their annual awards dinner on Thursday evening, January 26. Laura Courtright Burns is one of the four local youth ministers to receive the award. Congratulations Laura!
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.
DOROTHY HEIGHT STAMP DEBUTS FEBRUARY 1, 2017
By Sam Hodges
January 10, 2017 | UMNS
A commemorative “forever” stamp honoring Dorothy Height goes on sale Feb. 1, 2017. Image courtesy of the U. S. Postal Service. It’s a physically small form of recognition, but a hugely selective one. Not many people get their face on a U.S. Postal Service stamp.
The image, already shared by the Postal Service, shows Height near the end of her long life, dressed to the nines in lavender, her favorite color. She is wearing one of her trademark broad-rim hats. Height, who died in 2010 at age 98, held key positions with both the YWCA and the National Council of Negro Women. She led the latter for more than 40 years. A longtime member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in New York, Height helped organize the National Council of Churches women’s caucus. She also founded the Black Family Reunion Celebration. Her work included fighting segregation in the 1950s and helping black citizens register to vote in the South in the 1960s. Through the years, she focused on addressing poverty, and on expanding opportunity for women and strengthening families.
40 UNITED METHODISTS IN NEW US CONGRESS
Forty members of the 115th Congress – just beginning its work in Washington – are United Methodists. That is a decline by three from the 114th Congress. In the Senate, United Methodists remain at 10. The number of United Methodists in the House has decreased from 33 to 30. United Methodists remain in third place in congressional religious affiliations, behind Catholics and Baptists – the same ordering since 1994.
MEN’S RETREAT MARCH 17 – 19, 2017 AT PINE LAKE CAMP, WESTFIELD
More information will be distributed as it becomes available and there will be a presentation with an opportunity to register at the February 25 (8:00 am) Men’s Breakfast at the Plover location.
WOMEN’S RETREAT MARCH 31 – APRIL 2, 2017 AT LAKE LUCERNE CAMP AND RETREAT CENTER
Join us for the Women’s Retreat March 31 – April 2, 2017 at Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center We will Bee United by God’s Sweet Word as we participate in workshops such as Bee Keeping, Bible Study, Cooking with Herbs, Flower Arranging, Sweet Music with Chimes, Stamping, Mindful Movement and more. There will be devotions, worship and social time too.
The cost is $160 for 2 night’s lodging, 5 meals and all materials. A $60 deposit must accompany your registration form, registration deadline and final payment is due March 1, 2017. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-895-2644.
The 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/
Join men of faith for breakfast & fellowship.
Menu: Crock pot breakfast casserole and fruit.
MEET AND GREET
The following is a list of groups who are in charge of Meet & Greet:
February 5 Outreach
February 12 Missions
February 19 Faithlink and Barhopping Group
February 26 Book Explorers
March 5 Boy Scouts Breakfast
March 12 Touch of Brass
March 19 Wednesday Night Bible Study
March 26 Chancel Choir