2017-01 Fun, Fundraiser!

Join us Saturday, January 28, 5:00-7:00 pm, for our Fun, Fundraiser! This is an event we provide to raise funds to continue to support our ministry areas. It’s for all ages! Silent auction, Italian dinner, with vegetarian option, and a variety show! Please bring your auction items to the stage, labeled Fun, Fundraiser. Items can be used, new, themed gift baskets, a service, get creative!!! Anything that will attract a buyer. If you’d like to be a part of the Variety Show, please call the office, 715-344-3557 or 715-344-9192 and they will have someone contact you with specifics.  Thank you for your support!

2017-01 News and Upcoming Events

 

IN SYMPATHY
Please keep Jeff and Julie Troestler and family in your prayers. Jeff’s father passed away on December 3, 2016. A funeral service was held on Friday, December 9, 2016 in Eau Claire.

Please keep Jean DiCicco’s family in your prayers. Jean passed away on December 21, 2016. A funeral service was held at the Point location on Thursday, December 29, 2016.

Please keep Jessie Wievel’s family in your prayers. Jessie passed away on December 26, 2016.

 

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC
Sunday, January 8 @ 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.

 

MEMORIAL SUNDAY
Please call the office (715-344-3557) with names of persons who died in 2016 that you would like included for Memorial Sunday on January 22 by January 17.

 

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 bonnieclement05@gmail.com or 262-895-2644.

 

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
members, constituents and friends

Mavis Kobishop     January 1       93

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DAIRY FEST
Saturday, January 28, 2017
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:

1/8/17         Nurture
1/15/17        N’Joy
1/22/17       Adult Ministry
1/29/17       Trustees
2/5/17         Outreach
2/12/17       Scout Sunday – Boy Scout Breakfast

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January 26, Lunch @ 12:00 Noon

 
Remembering Chicago Again during the 40’s & 50’s
Presenter: Vern Walters

Questions or to make a Reservation call 715-344-3557
Reservations appreciated

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2017-01 Ministry News

 

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The start of a New Year … and “What Does Our Love Look Like?” First of all we celebrate leadership provided in our study groups, our service projects, and our social events. The Love reflected through leadership is a catalyst for growth and maturing. Most of the existing activities continue into the New Year. Please see our
brochure or check the church calendar for specifics.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR JANUARY:

Our “Little Free Pantry” is scheduled for January delivery. We share in this partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Adult Ministry will assume management, but we will rely on your help for donations. We will keep you posted on specific needs!

Short Term (10 week) Disciple Bible Study on the Psalms. We will meet Wednesdays 6-7 pm, Point location in the Conference Room. The leaders are Dwight Cooper and Al Pieper and the text $13.00. We have books available in the office. Class begins Wednesday, January 4.

Place of Peace meal is the 3rd Thursday of each month. We are off in the month of January. If you’d like to help, call the office and they will have someone contact you with possible ways to connect.

Middler/Senior Luncheon is Thursday, January 26, 12:00 noon. The topic is ”Remembering Chicago Again During the 40’s & 50’s”. Presenter is Vern Walters. Please call the Point office 715-344-3557 for reservations. (Reservations appreciated).

Join us Saturday, January 28, 5:00-7:00 pm, for our Fun, Fundraiser! This is an event we provide to raise funds to continue to support our ministry areas. It’s for all ages! Silent auction, Italian dinner, with vegetarian option, and a variety show! Please bring your auction items to the stage, labeled Fun, Fundraiser. Items can be used, new, themed gift baskets, a service, get creative!!! Anything that will attract a buyer. If you’d like to be a part of the Variety Show, please call the office, 715-344-3557 or 715-344-9192 and they will have someone contact you with specifics.  Thank you for your support!

These are some of the ways that reflect “What Our Love Looks Like”. We will continue to care about people, their spiritual growth and offer a variety of ways for them to connect with fellow believers so they are challenged to grow, and reach out to someone else on the journey. See you on the path!!!

The Adult Ministry Team: Howard, Mary, Kari, John, Jeff, Julie, Keith, Lisa, Vern, Karen, Cathy, Julie, Jan, Patti, Nea.

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

The Holiday Basket project went just beautifully thanks to the many volunteers who shopped, packed and delivered.  Over 100 volunteers were involved in this ministry to help make the holidays a little better for 79 families in our community.  It is always amazing to see so many hands step forward. Every year with faith, I trust that we will meet the financial needs so we may do whatever is necessary to aid our families. Thank you for your generosity.  You have given many blessing to others and God bless you for what you have done this Holiday season.

Bonnie Lund, Holiday Basket Co-coordinator

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2017-01 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day January 11

Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.   Following the start of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, with the help of non-government organizations, National Human Trafficking Day began and is observed annually on January 11.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent

Following is an excerpt from the above link:

“As we work to dismantle trafficking networks and help survivors rebuild their lives, we must also address the underlying forces that push so many into bondage. We must develop economies that create legitimate jobs, build a global sense of justice that says no child should ever be exploited, and empower our daughters and sons with the same chances to pursue their dreams. This month, I call on every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice.”

 

2017-01 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 the 2nd Monday of the month at the DUC Brewhaus. Come share your thoughts and questions.

 

Friends
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2017-01 Mission News

COINS OF COMPASSION JANUARY

Ghana:
The Ghana Mission’s motto is “God is in Control.” The work we do in the Aworowa village focuses on the children. Providing desks and uniforms to those young children who have lost one or both parents.

 

MISSION FOCUS

Breakfast Food Items

 

MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER

MMDC

A group of 10 people are scheduled to travel to Midwest Mission Distribution Center on January 17, 2017. MMDC is a part of UMCOR.   Work will be done to prepare desks and kits to be shipped to areas in need.  If there is anyone else interested in going, please call Mary Gurlea 715-321-2102 for information.  There is room for 4 more volunteers.  Reservations are accepted through January 10.   The cost is $250 which includes lodging, travel, MMDC fees and food in the dorm.

 

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.

2017-01 Do you or someone you know need a Stephen Minister?

Whatever You Did for the Least of These . . . You Did for Me . . .

In Matthew 25, Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in . . . ”.  We have many opportunities to respond to Jesus’ great love by showing that love to others.  Stephen Ministry is one way our congregation shows that love to people who have deep needs for care.  You also have many opportunities to show Jesus’ love during the month.  As you encounter people this month, try asking yourself, “How can I show them Jesus today?”

If you would like more information on our Stephen Ministry or know of someone who may be in need of a Stephen Minster, please contact Pastor Howard or Randy Hermes, Coordinator.

2017-01 A Message from Pastor Howard Hintzman

We are blessed to be part of this congregation. I know that is how I feel.  I hope you feel that way. We are blessed because God has provided us with a spirit for our mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”. This mission calls us beyond concern for our own comfort and desires. It is a call to intentionally mature in the faith, which means growing in our faith from what we believed and felt last January 1.

Our missions call us to acceptance of all people as children of God, in other words having a radical hospitality, which goes beyond anything that would be expected. A mission like this also calls us to have a passion for loving God through Jesus Christ and modeling that love in all we do and say. And last of all, such a mission calls us to equip ourselves so we may serve all God’s people through our commitment to social justice.   

January 1, 2017 is the time for us to not just continue making disciples, but to grow in our commitment as disciples to invite all into the circle of God’s love and to model what it means to be disciples through our service to others.

I invite you to pray diligently in 2017 as to how you, how we, can grow in love of God and all God’s children. Do no harm. Love one another. Stay in love with God.

Till next time…hjh