New Office Hours

Beginning in September, there will be a change in office hours and days! Pastor Matt’s new schedule will be Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:00am-noon. Secretary Cynthia’s new schedule will be Monday and Wednesdays from 3:00-6:00pm. The change in office hours and days will provide better coverage of the office throughout the week. But don’t forget that Pastor Matt is also reachable through the parsonage phone: (509)548-0504 and email: pastormatt@rainierconnect.com.  Don’t hesitate to call or email.

The best way to reach secretary Cynthia is through the office phone: (509)548-5619 and email: leavenworthumc@outlook.com and in person at the office.

Thanks for understanding!

Visual and Sound Media Project

As you may have heard, our church is embarking on a project to update our visual and sound media in the sanctuary. After examining this idea for a full year, and coming to a unanimous decision in our Administrative Council that this is what our church needs to do, we announced that we will be going ahead. What this means is 1. We want your input–questions, ideas, comments. 2. We are asking for your financial support. We have already raised about 1/2 of the total amount needed ($10,000 of the total of $20,000) from people who want to help make this project a reality. If you want to help our church reach out to folks who aren’t currently a part of our church family, and are able to give above and beyond your current giving commitment, please let us know. We are always available to answer questions and provide whatever information we can give. Members of the steering committee are: Angela Kelley, Dick Tabbutt, Matt Gorman, and Bob Rector (Dick and Matt are probably the best contacts for specific technical information.) Thanks for being a part of this!

Grace and Peace

Pastor Matt
on behalf of the Administrative Council

UMW News

The ladies of our church met in January. They approved their 2019 budget and began making plans for the new year. In addition to the business and decision making part of the gathering, they discussed another chapter in their book study Half Truths. Our next gathering will be on Thursday, February 21 at 9:00am at LCUMC.

The next event for this group is Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00am and we will be making and delivering Valentine cookies! The “Valentine Cookie” project has been one of our annual events. We would love to have you participate in any way that works for you. We are in need of cookies. If you like to bake, we would welcome contributions. Please have your cookies at the church by February 13 at 10:00am. We also need some hands to make cookie plates. If you can help put cookies on plates, join us! We will also need a few volunteers to deliver those special Valentine cookie plates to members of our church family, folks at Mountain Meadows, shut-ins, etc. This is a fun project that spreads love and care. Hope you can join us!

Looking further ahead…UMW will be holding a yard sale in early summer as a fundraiser. As you are doing your spring cleaning (or the Lent forty days, forty items challenge) and come across unwanted household items and clothing in good repair, please box them up and set aside temporarily (we cannot sell mattresses and children’s car seats.) More information will be coming to you as summer approaches. Thank you in advance for your support!

A Must See Documentary

“Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America” community viewing, Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Leavenworth. Eat dinner before coming and enjoy the desserts that will be provided. This critically acclaimed documentary examines the history of Latino migration into the United States. Over the last century, there have been significant waves of immigration in great part due to U.S. military, political, and corporate intervention. How have these events affected our immigration policies and attitudes? A must see for individuals seeking a deeper understanding of this critical issue.

UMW update

The ladies of the church have had a busy month with their various activities: Bell-ringing for the Salvation Army,  baking goodies and preparing crafts for the Craft/Bake Sale held on the first three December weekends. Thanks to Judy Crippen and Judy Rector for leading these successful projects! And thanks to all of the women who volunteered their time during the month of December. The next gathering for the women of the church will be on Thursday, January 17. Location TBA. We will gather for a lunch to celebrate the New Year. At that gathering we will be finalizing our budget plans for 2019 and we will discuss the second chapter in Half Truths by Adam Hamilton. All the women of our church are welcome to join us!
~Judy Weaver and Mary Nelson

Another Writing Class Awaits

Beginning January 21 there will be another memoir writing class facilitated by Judy Weaver. This class is for folks who have already done some writing and have taken some of these classes previously. We will be meeting at the church 8 consecutive Mondays starting January 21. We will be gathering from 1:00-2:30pm. This will be an opportunity for folks to continue writing their life stories and adventures.

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!