THANKSGIVING MISSION BASKETS
The 32nd annual Thanksgiving Ingathering will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Thanksgiving Ingathering is a way for Iowa Methodists to help in addressing hunger problems locally and around the world. 1 John 3 says, “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother and sister in need yet refused to help. Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action”. Several ingathering kits are made throughout the year through the coordination and direction of Loretta Kono. A big thank you to Loretta for all of her hard work. In addition, during cinnamon roll Sunday in October, approximately 30 kits were completed with several others that were almost complete but still missing a few items. Postage will be needed for mailing of these kits and if you would like to contribute to the cost of postage please indicate “ingathering postage” in the memo of your check.
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING
Marion County gets to keep 90% of the funds raised by the Marion County Salvation Army Bell Ringers to assist those in need. Last year over $37,000 was raised but those funds are now completely depleted. The need is now greater than ever. The bell ringers will begin ringing during the Living Windows in Knoxville on Thursday, November 17th and will continue throughout the Christmas season. You can help again this year in two ways: 1) If you would like to help those in need in Marion County please go to www.kifumc.org and select the Bell Ringers Marion County link. This will show the times and places available for bell ringing. To share your gift of time for those in need this Christmas Season, please contact Merna Furney at 641-842-3072 or 641-218-8026. She keeps the master list and will gladly add your name to the list. 2) Give generously. Every penny adds up.
Individuals are needed with digital cameras to volunteer to take quick snapshots before and/or after services for a few upcoming weekends for our new electronic directory. If you are able to help out with this, please contact the church office.
The annual Fall Harvest dinner will be held on Saturday, November 19 in WFH from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The meal will consist of ham balls, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salads, and pies. A free will offering will be accepted with proceeds going to Montgomery Street Preschool and Fellowship Uniting Neighbors (FUN).
Cokesbury will be holding a 25% off storewide sale November 10-12.
ADVENT DEVOTIONS PROGRAM 2011
This year we will be using devotional booklets provided by the Society of St. Andrews entitled ‘Passing the Peace’ for our Advent devotions for the advent season November 27-December 25. This program is designed to draw participants closer to God’s loving gift to the world – Jesus. Advent is a special period of mental and spiritual preparation for the coming of Christ, encompassing the four Sundays before Christmas Day. The devotional booklet provides a personal meditation for each day during Advent. Those who participate in the Advent devotions program are invited to give, in the name of the Christ Child, a gift of food by making a small donation to the Society of St. Andrew during this season. These contributions will be used by the Society of St. Andrew to feed the nation’s hungry – at a cost of about 2 cents per serving! Booklets will be available at the church office window ledge.
PEO CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT
Jar mixes for sale to raise money for scholarships: Fruited rice, pantry grain pancakes, chicken soup, bean soup, and sand art brownie jars are for sale at $5 per jar. They will be sold between church services on November 13th as well as at living windows, the festival of trees, and the humane society bizarre. They are great for gifts or for home meals. Kay Jensen
HELP NEEDED Education cluster needs someone to help direct the Christmas program for Sunday school. If you are interested, please contact Katie, Cheryl, or Pastor Lane.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM The children’s Sunday School Christmas program will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 5:00 p.m. with punch and cookies to immediately follow.
My name is Xenia, and I am a foreign exchange student looking to earn some extra-spending money. I will take care of your kids or walk with your dog. You can contact me at 641-218-9196. I am responsible, and I have experience in both of these areas.
Fair Trade Equal Exchange chocolate bars (several flavors), tea, and coffee (new flavors) Check out and buy from the display in the Narthex.
Giving is our reflection of Christ’s generosity. We invite you to grow in giving by completing a faith commitment card and place it in the basket during the November 12 & 13 worship services.
“…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” James 5:15
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been in prayer for me and my family. We all have felt your prayers and in no small part they have aided the actions and activities that have taken place during my time of leave. I am pleased to announce that Alice and I are back together and continuing to work to strengthen our marriage and lives together. Please continue to hold us in your prayers and thank you for your faithfulness and understanding.
Together in Christ,
RECOGNITION FOR FUMCFirst United Methodist Church has a received an honorable mention for the 2010 rainbow covenant award.