LIGHTING THE FIRES OF FAITH
Taking. Jesus is the presence that we all seek and can be found in this place.
Jesus as He is. The humble Jesus that we know will not change. Our lives can be the epitome of humbleness if we follow His teachings.
To people as they are. Every human has an area of their lives that they would like to grow or change. If we open our hearts and minds to those possibilities there is no end to what we can become.
Taking Jesus as He is to people as they are
Made for Mission:
My passion has always been to mobilize as many people as possible into ministry service. To that end, I designed the AssessME.org Human Resource Assessment Program in 2006. AssessME.org now serves over 30,000 ministries and ministry leaders in ten different countries.
If you are not familiar with AssessME.org, you can try it for FREE. It is a phenominal tool to help you identify, position and mobilize the right people within your ministry.
Love In the Name of Christ would like to be open 5 days a week. They are currently only open Mondays and Thursdays. In order to expand their hours, they need 20 more phone volunteers. If you enjoy speaking with people on the phone please consider joining their team of volunteers. If you are interested or need more information, please phone 782-9766. They also have a website: www.loveincofjxn.org
UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to people within the United States, as well as internationally: in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. These beneficiaries are seen as partners, not victims, and UMCOR works to empower them. Wherever possible, UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend its reach.
In its holistic response to disasters, UMCOR:
Offers disaster preparedness training.
Provides essential supplies and care—both physical and psychological—in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Supports long-term rebuilding efforts and assists communities as they adapt.
Your response to the recent hurricanes has been overwhelming. Through your Faith Promise Giving, we are able to send $250 for UMCOR Sunday which covers administrative costs so that all disaster donations will go to the relief effort. We have sent $150 designated for cleaning kits, $165 of designated giving plus $250 Faith Promise giving for U. S. disaster relief, and $100 designated for International disaster relief. According to U. S. A. Today, 80% of the funds for relief efforts after a disaster come from nonprofit organizations. UMCOR even provides volunteers, trained and ready to go to assist with meals, repair, cleaning and filing claims for assistance.
In addition to the special response for the hurricanes, we have continued to meet our goals. Financial needs of small churches in the conference are supplemented through contributions to Rural Life Sunday. We have sent $50 for this purpose as well as $50 for Christian Education Sunday to train United Metodist teachers in the local church. Heifer International received $341.30 from our Cow Can offerings, bringing our yearly total to $764.47. Heifer International provides living animals both in the U. S. and overseas so that families have a source of income and food. The off spring of their gift is passed on to another family in the community increasing the health and income for others.
Your giving has also allowed us to meet our goal of $500 in salary support for our missionaries, the Caudles to the military and the Mantas to international students. Each of them has received an additional $250. Previously we had support each of them with $1000 so it is good to be able to increase our goal for this year.
You are truly a blessing to others.
Your Mission Committee
Blanket the World with Love
..what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
The cow can offering on Sunday, February 12, will be our annual Blanket Sunday for Church World Service. Every $5 we collect will purchase one blanket. Any amount is appreciated and will combine to support the Blankets + program. After a disaster a blanket can become a tent, a coat, a bed or a suitcase. In the United States, blankets have been distributed to homeless shelters, after national disasters and worldwide when needed after a crisis or disaster. The plus portion provides food, water in an emergency as well as tools to rebuild from a disaster. Your contribution becomes the gift of hope for the future.
Thurlow Reid has once again provided squares of fleece to represent the number of blankets we are able to purchase. At the end of the month, she will sew the squares into a blanket to be donated locally.
In other mission news, the Mission Committee has decided to maintain the same goals for Faith Promise Giving that we had for 2016. A copy of these goals will be available in the literature rack in the hallway.