2.FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night is starting again on September 4th, just a few short weeks away! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults. After that we come back together for a time of music and prayer. FAD Night will run each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.
As we get ready to gear back up we are in need of volunteers to cook the simple meal. We would like to set up a team of at least 8 different people to cook on a rotation to help ease the workload. If you are interested please call the church office or email us by clicking here and let us know. FAD Night was a wonderful experience in the Spring and we need you to help us keep it that way.
3. Mops and Ladders - Ladders and Mops is what we have termed an age old practice. People Helping People. In brief, if you need a hand with something, just give a call. This can be anything from changing a bulb, moving boxes, changing a door handle, lawn cleanup, fixing a flat tire, cleaning a room, replacing a ceiling fan, painting a wall....the list goes on. No job is too small. Unfortunately, some jobs are too big. That would be those requiring a building permit or a licensed professional.
We are still in need of some people to volunteer to do the work. If you are interested in making yourself available to be called by one of our matchmakers to go out and help those in our congregation, please contact Ray Foren. This is a wonderful way for us to help one another and live out the mandate to "Love our neighbor."
4. Advent Challenge - Last year's challenge was so incredibly successful and so many lives were touched by this act of generosity, the leadership of the church wanted to do it again this year. Once again our goal between now and Christmas Eve is to raise $5,000 to be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015.
Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.
5. You Are Invited! - St. Mark's UMC is hosting a worship service and dinner on Sunday, August 24th, from 5-7 P.M., to launch their new mission Open Arms Village. This mission will cater to the homeless population in Marion County by providing a place to live and counseling. The area United Methodist Churches are all gathering to lead and participate in the worship service as a way to mark its beginning. We want to invite all of you to come and show your support as we live out our connection as United Methodists together.
Have a great weekend and I will see you soon!