Days for Girls

The Leavenworth DfG team, composed mainly of UMW women, has completed sewing and preparing 200 monthly hygiene kits! Last year we only did 112, so our process is now streamlined. We continue to produce attractive, personal, very useful kits and we’re having a great time doing it! These last 200 kits are bound for three schools in Haiti at the end of January. Girls in these schools will receive much needed detailed health education. Hopefully, this will keep them in school all month so they can claim all the days of the month as learning days. By staying in school every day, girls are more easily passing exams and moving on to graduate. Next year, kits made will be destined for distribution in Jordan and in Syrian refugee camps. Anyone wishing to participate in work sessions or in supporting this effort, please connect with Judy Rector.

Christmas Lighting Luncheons

You already know of the hundreds of thousands of lights and tons of holiday cheer that sparkle in our little Washington Bavarian Village the first three weekends of December, 1-2, 7-9, and 14-16. With all there is to see, do, taste and experience, it’s no wonder Leavenworth is described as “America’s Ultimate Holiday Town.”

Lighting ceremonies are on both Saturday and Sunday evenings at around 4:45pm, on Fridays the lights are on and Saint Nickolas welcomes the children at 4:30pm. During these busy lighting times, we serve a lunch in our UMC Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be served Saturday, December 1, 8 and 15 from 11:30-2:00pm.

Come and enjoy great people and a home cooked meal!

 

Backpack Update

We’re eight weeks into our BackPack Mission, now packing 29 bags of weekend foods for hungry Leavenworth School District children. We also pack a week’s worth of healthy breakfasts for one child to be eaten every school day morning at one of our three schools.week we were asked to provide Winter clothing (snow suits, boots, gloves and hats) for three of our BackPack children. Having been given some donations separate from our BackPack foods fund, and after considerable shopping around, I was able to do exactly that.

Next time I’ll know better where to go. We’re hoping for future donations to this Klothes4Kids fund, so we can help meet the Winter needs of other school children.
We’re grateful for your continued prayers and support as we share God’s love for these children and their families.

Claudia Elliott, BackPack Chairperson

Holiday Craft/ Bake Bazaar

Looking ahead to December, the UMW will be preparing for our craft/bake sale on December 1 and 8 at 10:00am.  If you are able to help with this event, please contact Judy Crippen.  For the last few years our church has also led and organized the Salvation Army Bell ringing during the Christmas season.  The proceeds from the “bell-ringing” go directly to MEND to support the needs of adults and children in our community.  Anyone interested in “ringing the bell” this season–please contact Judy Rector. Thanks to all who volunteered for our very successful “Stuff the Bus” project!

Thanks also to all those who contributed food to the Memorial service reception for Dick James. Our next gathering will be on Thursday, January, 17th.  We will celebrate the New Year 2019!  

 

“From Our Pastor – November 2018”

Visitors

The question has arisen recently about how best to welcome people when they come to our church for the first time.

It is a wonderful thing when we have the chance to be a part of community with new folks!  We also want to be careful about how we do that.  The old saying is true–we don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!

Most churches I’ve been a part of have, at some time, made a practice of asking new visitors to stand up and introduce themselves.  It helps people already in church get a feel for people they may not yet know.

However, repeated studies show that this is not a good idea.  For a very large majority of people, standing up and speaking in front of people they don’t know ranks as one of their biggest fears!  In my experience, people who are introduced in this way when they visit a church are very, very unlikely to return—I would say the number who do is under 10%.

So how do we welcome people without putting them “on the spot?”  It may be that you have had a conversation with someone, and they are completely OK with your introducing them publicly.  (Please keep in mind that even asking someone if it’s OK to introduce them puts a kind of pressure on them—which of course is the last thing we want to do to our guests!)  But if you’ve asked, and they’ve agreed, please say something like this:  “I want to introduce Bill, who has agreed that it was OK for me to introduce him…”  In that way, other new people don’t think, “It was Bill this time, but I could be singled out in public next…”

So if we don’t introduce people during worship (or if we seldom do), how do we connect with our guests?  The very best way to do this is one-on-one.  Before church, when someone sits by you in a pew, after worship—all present opportunities to greet someone, introduce yourself, and offer a welcome.  Please do not ask a lot of questions!  I have witnessed well-meaning people, over and over, driving guests away by pressing for information!  Many people come to church for the first time with some degree of trepidation—and overeager church folks interrogating them can be very off-putting!  A great rule of thumb is an introduction of who you are, accompanied by a word of welcome. When you talk to someone who returns for a second time, I think it’s appropriate to volunteer something about yourself, as well as to ask them something about themselves:  “Are you new in town?”  “Is this your first time worshipping here?”

Something I learned years ago is to avoid “us/them” language:  “I’m glad you’re visiting,” or “It’s good to have you in worship with us.”  Rather, use “we” language:  “It’s good to worship together.”  It helps people feel like they have an equal footing, a place in this community.

Anyway, some of the things I’ve outlined are not the way we may have done it—but it lays out a path of being sensitive to those whom God sends our way.  I’m of course happy to have further conversation about any or all of this!

Grace and Peace—

Pastor Matt

Mountain Meadows Ministry

As many of you know, our church has been helping to offer worship services on Sunday afternoons at the Mountain Meadows Senior Living Campus. We rotate with other churches, and end up doing this about once every 6 – 8 weeks. Recently, Carolyn Giger, who has been coordinating this ministry (thank you, Carolyn!!), has needed to step back.

My question: Is there someone, or multiple someones, who would like to take this on? It involves an hour or so every few months, and perhaps some phone calls to see if others would like to join in. Or, you might just agree to make calls and schedule others to be there, even if you are not able to go up to Mountain Meadows yourself.

What do you say? Is this something our church wants to continue, or is it time to let this one go to rest and move on to other things? Feel free to contact me with any further questions—Grace and Peace—

Pastor Matt

Children’s Ministry News

Thank you God!   We have four Sunday School Teachers scheduled for the 2018-2019 school year.  We cover the same bible story for 4 weeks in a row in different avenues. The first week is games, the next is science, after that is art and the last is cooking. We have not been able to run the Sparks program in this manner for years.  A big thank you to Donna, Claudia, and Pam. 

Last month on the 30th, we had a lemonade stand in the front yard of the church.  We made approximately $100. 00. We sold lemonade and a few bottles of water.  Thanks to Claudia for such a great idea. It was so much fun, we have attentive plans for next year! 

On October the 12th, we had a movie night down in Wesley hall.  We watched Aladdin.  First everyone ate Pam’s homemade macaroni and cheese, YUM! Then we ate loads of popcorn.  Pam, Phyllis and I were in attendance. There were 15 (?) children.  It turned out great!
 
We had two more events this month.  This Friday, the 26th was our Halloween Party from 5:30 to 7:30.   and on Sunday the 28th, Pam had another movie night for the older kids. AWESOME, we did not want to leave them out!!! They ate and watched Hocus Pocus from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

In November, we are planning a bowling event on Sunday the 18th from 3:30 to 5:30. This has not been confirmed, just yet. We will keep you informed.

Peggy and Pam

Children’s Ministries

A Farewell to Judy

Judy Davies . . . aka Secretary Judy, Office Judy, Judy Dear and Friend . . . is retired as of October 31, 2018. 

Judy has been the face and voice of our church since 1994. What would we have done without her constant prompting (ok, maybe nagging, but we still love her) to get our reports, newsletter articles and bulletin information to her each week or each month.

She has answered our e-mails and phone calls into the night for so many years. She has helped us continue as an active community church and supported our pastors and all of us for more than 24 years. That’s five pastors, countless church leaders and members usually wanting something, numerous equipment repair people (not to mention jammed machines at unwelcome times), frequent visitors and strangers, questions and requests — all handled with patience and grace.

Judy, you are an amazing person! You will be missed beyond words. Enjoy your retirement!

 

From Judy:

I have loved being your church secretary all these many years. But it is time for me to clean up my desk and turn my keys over to someone else. You all have been very supportive, generous, accepting and forgiving of me. Please be supportive of the new lady behind the desk. If she asks for help or advice, give it; if she doesn’t, don’t. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Judy Davies 

UMW News

The ladies of the church will meet again on Thursday, November 15th at 9:00 AM at the church.  We will continue our book study discussion on Half Truths by Adam Hamilton.  We will also do some fun “crafting” of bird feeders as we prepare for the craft/bake sale the first 2 Saturdays in December!  All women are invited to join this merry band of “sisters”!  A big thank you goes out to all the ladies who contributed sweets and desserts to the reception after Shirley Strand’s memorial service. 

Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center News

Construction on the new dining hall is nearing completion! Things are looking great as we get ready to occupy the new building. You can be involved in a couple ways: volunteer and/or attend 

the celebration open house on Saturday, November 17th.

During the month of October Lazy F needs your help to finish up construction. Each of the weekends in October will offer opportunities to help with painting, clean up, landscaping, or other odd jobs. You could stay for the weekend (meals and lodging provided) or come up for the day. The completion of this beautiful new facility is something to celebrate!  Many within our District have made this building possible.  Please come see the new facility on 

Saturday, November 17th 

11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Please RSVP by contacting the Lazy F office 

(509) 962-2780 for more information.