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April Mission Offering
United Methodist Children's Services
This month’s mission offering will stay in the Wisconsin Conference, going to support the work of the United Methodist Children’s Services in Washington Square, in
Begun as a women’s shelter, this ministry has blossomed. It now offers not only immediate shelter but also transitional housing, child care, educational help, clothes, and the largest food pantry in the city of Milwaukee.
This month, use the brown “Loose Coin” envelopes in your pew to donate to help this vital and effective ministry that is a part of us as Wisconsin United Methodists.
Hosanna Food Offering
On April 9
We will be collecting food to donate to
1st Presbyterian food pantry.
Look for the bags in the
Milk Moola Caps
Many of us have been saving labels from Campbell’s cans to be redeemed by Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee. This month, Campbell’s is discontinuing this program, so we will no longer be collecting those at the church.
Also, please bring in any “Milk Moola” caps from milk purchased at Kwik Trip stores as soon as possible. The caps will be taken to Mission u in Wisconsin Rapids July 24th.
Thank You Again for your generous
Christmas Eve donations of food and personal items.
UMW, Making Mission Practical
Fair Trade - Equal Exchange Coffee. This is a small gesture you can make to provide fair wages to coffee, tea, and cocoa producers throughout the world. It can be your personal mission project!
Tanzanian Jubilee Coffee and Café’ Salvador are regular drip grind coffeeand are the most popular. Decaf, drip grind, organic whole bean and flavored coffees are available also, as are organic hot cocoa mix and herbal/organic tea. Supplies are in the cupboard next to the fireplace in the parlor.
Regular ground - $8
Whole bean - $8
Ground flavored - $9
All decaf - $9
All teas - $4
Hot Chocolate - $6
Organic very dark Chocolate bars - $3
To purchase take your product, place the money (check or cash) in a brown envelope (in the cupboard) and put the envelope in the drop slot near the church office.
"Point in Time Count" and breakfast for the homeless in Wausau
A Mission Story - Pastor Jerry
It was the Tuesday afternoon session of the Personal Needs Closet. Jocelyn Earnhart and Tom Kufahl were running the closet itself, and I was doing registration at the computer when a first time guest came to me. She handed me her registration card, with her address on it, and said, “That address is correct, but it won’t work.” I must have looked puzzled, because
she explained, “It burned down two days ago.”
There was another guest waiting in the room, and she and I stared at the new person. “Where are you now?” I asked. “Do you have a place?” “I’m with some friends temporarily, and the Red Cross is working with me to find a new place.”
“Did you lose everything?”
“I don’t even know. I went over this morning to look, but there was a lot of smoke and water damage, and with the temperatures below freezing, everything’s as hard as a rock. What I really need is laundry soap.”
Some of you may not know this, but our United Methodist Women make a homemade laundry soap to give away at the PNC. I had noticed that morning that they had just refilled the shelves with that. I told our new friend about that and said that she should take as many of those as she thought she could use. The other guest in the room moved over to sit beside her and said, “It’s really good soap. I love it. And I know how you feel: I lost everything in a fire a few years ago.” For the next few minutes the two women exchanged stories.
After a bit, Jocelyn and Tom came to help the two guests do their shopping, leaving me alone. But before long the new friend came back in. I saw she had at least two gallons of the UMW laundry soap along with her other supplies. I asked her if she needed furniture or anything.
“Probably,” she said, “but I won’t have anywhere to put it yet. I know I’ll need a new mattress.”
“Well, if it comes to that, come see us. We can help.”
“There is one thing,” she said. “When I was going through the ashes this morning, I found my Bible that I’ve had since second grade. Some of it is still usable, but part of it is burned. I don’t suppose you have a Bible here that I could have.”
I had to smile. “No one who comes here asking for a Bible will ever have to walk away empty-handed,” I said. We went down to Martie’s office, where our gift Bibles are stored, and Martie picked one out for her.
This is what you do in the ministry that you support through your gifts and volunteer hours. This is why we have a Personal Needs Closet. To meet people in need, at the point of their need. And when a part of their need is a Bible, why we’re here for that as well.
Thank you, everyone who brought food as a love gift to the Women’s Community on February 12. We took a truckload of food over to them.
Our next food collection will be on April 9 (Palm Sunday). Watch for bags to be distributed the two Sundays before it.
Valentine’s Day at the PNC
We had a new kind of family show up at our Personal Needs Closet this month, on February 14. Catholic Charities, which manages the Warming Center, has opened a transitional living house to help some of their residents get back on their feet. Three men are now sharing that house, and one of them came to the PNC. “Can I just get stuff for myself or do I count as a family of three?” he asked. “You’re a family, sir. Help yourself.” Then I asked, “How is the new house? I’ve heard of it.”
“It’s great,” he said. “Way better than under the bridge.”
Our Church Volunteering Beyond Our Walls
And even as people from beyond our church join in the ministry that we began, people from our church are active in ministry far beyond our own projects. John Stange has been to a Volunteers In Mission trip this fall, youth Danielle Del Conte and Jaden Love raked leaves around Wausau on “Make A Difference Day” (along with not-quite youth Mike Zahn and Martie Pahris). Wes Ebert has been on a two-week mission trip to Lithuania to visit churches he helped to establish 15 years ago.
And these are just the ones we know of offhand. It’s not just about us, and what our branch of the church does. It’s about ministry. Everywhere.
Make a Difference Day