United Methodist Women News

Our rummage sale last month was a huge success, thanks to David Haynes and many helping hands.  The final total was just a shade under $1,500.  This will definitely help fund the service projects we committed to this year, including a one-time donation of an extra $1,000 to our church budget.  Thank you, thank you, David and ladies (and maybe a couple of gents, too).  Also, thanks to the Boy Scouts for setting up the tables.

At our February meeting, Gary Estep spoke to us about the work of the Church and Society Committee, in particular our church’s support of the Youth for Change 6th Street Center.  He also spoke about Chris Moore-Backman, a peace and social justice advocate, who has written a book “The Gandhian Iceberg.”  Many thanks, Gary, for an interesting and informative program.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 12th at 10 a.m. in Hadley Hall.  Representatives from the Jesus Center will speak to us about their various programs.  All women (and men, too) are invited to attend.  We will have devotions and snack time prior to the talk.  Do come!

We are still selling Trinity cookbooks, which would be a good addition for adult Easter baskets!  We are also seeking angels to purchase copies for the Esplanade House as well as residents of the new homes supported by the Jesus Center. See Lily Loughlin or Mavis McGillis to make a donation or purchase ($5 each or 5 for $20).

SAVE THE DATE…Plans are underway for a Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 13th.  More information to come.

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Youth Group “Love Your Neighbor” Luncheon

Love Your Neighbor Luncheon

 

On April 30, after the 10:30 worship service, the Trinity youth group invites you to a very special luncheon. All proceeds will be donated to a recent immigrant family who are in need of assistance.

Come to Hadley Hall for a delicious lunch and at the same time make a difference in the lives of one of our neighbors.

 

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Reconciling Ministries News

The team has been working on our upcoming Reconciling Sunday scheduled for this 21st of May. We are excited to have the organizer for the Reconciling Ministries Network for the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church the Rev. Dr. Isreal Alvaran as our guest speaker for the service. We are also planning a workshop on the day before in Hadley Hall for local churches that would like to explore becoming a reconciling congregation. You will be hearing more about this in the coming months.

 

I have included Dr. Alvaran’s Western Jurisdiction January update for 2016 below,

Steve Runner RMT Leader.

 

Dear Local Congregation,

2016 was a tumultuous year for the Reconciling movement and for all progressives in the United States. It was a General Conference year that saw the collective coming out of over 140 LGBTQ clergy and candidates, the formation of the Council of Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward, and the historic election of Bishop Karen Oliveto to the episcopacy. 2016 was an election year in the United States that resulted in new challenges for advocates of civil liberties for workers, immigrants, women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

We have our work cut out for us – to remain steadfast in grassroots organizing, and make sure that our justice work intersects with solidarity movements in our communities. Even in the face of dysfunctional leadership at various levels of church and society, we will rise from the ground up. I believe that power comes from grassroots leadership. I do not subscribe to a top-down, trickle-down way of creating change and leading movements for change.

Moving forward in 2017, we should celebrate and be inspired by some of our accomplishments in the Western Jurisdiction and the Reconciling movement in general last year. We added 2,129 new Reconciling United Methodists and 97 new Reconciling Communities. Twenty-five of these communities come from our jurisdiction and we congratulate them for their efforts!

 

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UMCOR Weed Project Update

Dear Trinity & UMW,

Below is a letter that I received  on Dec. 18 from Andrea Herr who was hired by UMCOR to do recovery after the Weed/Boles fire in Sept. 2014. She helped us find two young boys who were effected by the fire to go to Shasta Children’s Camp last July.  Upon speaking to Rev. Dave Samelson, Great Northern Superintendent who preached recently at Trinity and was at Shasta Camp, I found out a bit more about the boys camp experience. So, I wrote to Andrea to learn more.  ——-Suellen Rowlison

 

P.S. OLD CAR OR TRUCK DONATION NEEDED FOR FAMILY. CONTACT ANDREA.

 

The boys that were able to attend the Shasta Children’s Camp thanks to your church’s and women’s group’s scholarships were 12 and 11.  They have three siblings.  Their mother is a single mother.  I hope you don’t mind that I don’t give their names as I am going to share some personal information, and they might be recognizable if it were to be heard in this community.

 

Their mother  told me that the boys really enjoyed the summer camp.  Pastor Joe Morgan (pastor at Shasta City & Montague UMCs) also said they enjoyed themselves and made friends, some of them from Weed and Montague, close to their Lake Shastina home.  He said they got involved in all the camp activities.  Their mother really wanted to be there for the closing, and Joe made it possible.

 

I helped to gather a few supplies for the boys’ camping, and Joe did as well.  I took the boys up to the camp, and Joe brought them home. When I dropped them off, everyone was very welcoming.

 

One of our Weed Long Term Recovery Group members adopted the family for Christmas and is giving them some very nice gifts.  She asked them for suggestions which of course the children were glad to give.

 

I might mention one thing.  This summer the family’s old truck was stolen.  Having no transportation of their own is difficult, especially as they live outside of Weed.  There is a school bus run and limited public bus transportation.  I’ve been thinking that I should get the word out and see if someone might have an older, but functioning, car that they are thinking of donating to a charity.  Perhaps they would consider giving it or selling it very cheaply to this family.  I’m going to get the word out in this community as well.  I’ve mentioned it at Long Term Recovery Group meetings, but I should let churches and service organizations know.  Someone suggested a letter to the editor. If you feel it is appropriate, perhaps you could mention it in your newsletter.

 

The family are survivors of the Boles Fire in Weed.  They are very low income.  The mother is a student at College of the Siskiyous and, I believe, would like to work in the legal field. Sometimes health problems get in the way of her studies at C.O.S.

 

Thank you, Suellen, for your part in making it possible for the boys to go to the Children’s Camp.  Thank you again to your church and women’s group.

 

Sincerely,

 

Andrea Herr, Case Manager for Boles Fire Survivors, aherrwltrg@gmail.com

 

Weed Long Term Recovery Group

P.O. Box 635

Weed, CA 96094

530-925-4355

 

 

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