Church & Society

Upcoming Mission Opportunities

May 15-21 – VIM (Volunteers in Mission of UMC) trip to Weed CA for a week of helping those affected by the Weed/Boles fire in 2014.

Suellen Rowlison will be joining a team from Seal Beach UMC. One other person from TUMC may also join in. There is still time to sign up if you would like go, but let Suellen know ASAP. Cost is minimal, but monetary donations are welcomed to help with building and repair supplies in Weed.

Make checks payable to TUMC, designated to VIM-Weed.

 

June 26, Sunday, visit by Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal. She will be at both Sunday services and join us for lunch in Hadley Hall.

Please, bring a crock pot of something tasty, a salad or dessert. There will be a donation basket to help with expenses during her California travels as she visits other churches.

 

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Katherine Parker, Missionary, Upcoming Visit

Katherine Parker, UMC missionary to NEPAL to visit TUMC on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

 

She will report on her work building capacity in local communities to address issues of water, sanitation and hygiene. She will also update us on the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake in 2014.  She will speak briefly at the Sunday morning services and be available during coffee hour. Plans have yet to be decided on lunch, either at the church or a nearby restaurant.  Your ideas are welcome.  Contact Suellen Rowlison, suellen@garlic.com or 897-0226.

 

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Upcoming Mission Trip

Join Volunteers in Mission to Weed, Calif., May 15-21, 2016

 

The California Nevada Annual Conference has designated the town of Weed as an official UMCOR disaster site to help residents to rebuild after the Weed Boles Fire of Sept. 2014. Some 150 homes were destroyed or damaged.

 

I am in contact with the First United Methodist Church of Seal Beach which is sending a team, May 15 to 21, Sunday through Saturday. Their team will use the first and last days for travel from So. Calif.  We have been invited to join them to fill out their team. The work will be home demo/repair/remodel or fence building to contain animals. There will be a site construction coordinator and jobs for all skill levels. Others are needed to prepare meals, be go-fers, interact with local children and reach out to the community. The nearest Methodist Church is in Mt. Shasta.

 

Greg Fellers, Lay Leader, at First UMC, Seal Beach, is the coordinator with about 10 volunteers tentatively signed up. He would like to have some young families or youth involved, if possible.  Housing will be at the Hi-Lo Motel & RV Park that has a 4-bedroom house with a kitchen and living room where meals can be shared and  a place for the team to meet. Additional rooms have also been reserved. Costs will include travel, housing, food, insurance and donation for materials. Final cost is to be determined, but, of course, travel from Chico would be minimal.

 

If you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible, so that I can inform Greg Fellers. Greg most recently led a VIM team to Oklahoma.  Here is an opportunity close to home to help a devastated commuinity. Even if you can’t go, you could help the team financially. Details to follow.

 

Suellen Rowlison, Church and Society Committee  (my mother was a member of Seal Beach UMC for years)

 

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Church & Society Committee Update

News From Your Church and Society Committee

by Gary Estep

 

Now that our former partner has not only a home, but her certification as a cosmetologist and a steady job, we have selected a new partnership. We are now working with Michael Madieros’ Stairways Empowered Living Program. This program accepts homeless folks regardless of whether they have pets and might not yet be free of alcohol or drug addictions, but have a sincere desire to improve their life.

 

The program has the support of Butte County Mental Health and the Chico Police Department as well as several prominent local citizens. They have one group home and have just completed the purchase, renovation and furnishings for three other homes for previously homeless people. You can read more about them at http://www.stairwaysprogramming.com/ and also on Facebook at Stairways Programing.

 

We donated a large food offering from TUMC to them this month and will be following up with more food offerings as they come in the First Sunday of each month as we have been doing for several years now. They were delighted with our offering and expressed sincere thanks.

 

As time goes on we will learn more of their needs and how we can assist. Meantime, please keep bringing in those food offerings and buying our Fair Trade Coffee, Tea and Chocolate.

 

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