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February Mission Offering
Personal Needs Closet
In February, our special mission offering will go to support one of our own ministries, the Personal Needs Closet. We designate two different months a year for the PNC, besides all the collections of toilet paper and shampoo, etc.
When we had this offering in 2014, we started the year about $850 in the red in the PNC account. Since then, many have made the PNC a part of their regular giving, and your gifts have continued to be generous. We currently are more than $1,500 in the black.
But this doesn’t mean we should relax. Of all the new ministries that we’ve started in the past 10 years, this is the one that uses the most money. As you give in February, remember this ministry and the thousands of lives it has touched since we began it in 2010.
To give, either write “Personal Needs” on the subject line of your check or use the small brown envelope from the pew rack.
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
Point-In-Time Homeless Count
Once again our church hosted the semi-annual count of the homeless population during the night of January 25. Here community volunteers get final instructions at 10:30pm before heading out into the night.
Valentine’s Day Food Gifts
Over ten years ago, the Missions Team began the “Bring Fourth Food” Sunday idea, in which we were invited to bring non-perishable food items on the 4th Sunday of every month. Those gifts were delivered, in rotation, to various food pantries.
There is no way to tell how much food our church has donated by this program over the years, but one thing is certain: it hasn’t been working as well the past few years. Anything can become routine, and more easily overlooked. So this year, we are still having food collections, but fewer—and giving each one greater emphasis.
The first one will be February 12. Think of it as a chance to send a Valentine to someone who is hungry. On February 5, we will distribute paper bags to the congregation, in both services, with reminders to fill those bags with donations. Then we will collect them during church on February 12. If you aren’t able to be at church on the fifth, then you’ll have to remember on your own.
The collection this month will be delivered to the food pantry at the Women’s Community.
Mission Store Report
From Tom and Jaime Fox:
Just a short note to say thank you for your church’s support of the Mission Store [on December 11]. We are pleased to report that sales were $1,945.50. This is $193.50 more than last year! The generosity of your congregation over the years has been an example of Chrfistian giving at its finest. As always we greatly appreciate the physical support that the Careys, Lees, and Bernice offer throught the season. We could not travel with the Mission Store without their willingness to volunteer.
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