News & Notes 10-28-17

Church & Society News
As a part of our study on poverty we have discussed payday lending practices. At our Tuscaloosa Citizens Against Predatory Practices Rally several years ago, many of you signed up to receive information about when to call legislators about current legislation dealing with predatory practices. If you are interested in adding your name to our list, please put your e-mail address on the Visitor’s Sign-up sheet on Sunday, Oct. 22, and I will add you to the list. The more people who contact legislators, the more effective we will be in helping the “least of these.”

Also I would encourage you to join Alabama Arise. This is an organization whose aim is to effect legislation that will help the most vulnerable among us. We have over 1000 members: churches, organizations and individuals, and Forest Lake is a member. You will receive newsletters telling you of current activities that will make you know you have put your money in the right place. The initial dues are $15 year. We will have some Alabama Arise information available in the Church Office.

Recently, Martha Rogers talked to us about borrowers using the credit union. Some people who apply for or need to pay off payday or title loans may actually be eligible for loans from banks or credit unions. They may have reservations about approaching these institutions or be intimidated by the process. Please consider speaking with the loan officer at your personal credit union or bank about offering this service to those who can qualify. If the person who needs money wants assistance in making the appointment you could help and even go to the appointment with them. Remember that this may be a new experience for that person and your support may be essential.

Thank you.

Wednesday Night Meal – Nov. 1, 5 – 6 p.m.
Menu: Ham, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans and rolls.
Meals are $6; children, youth, and college age eat free!
Contact the church office by noon on Tuesday to sign up.

University Place Elementary
The UPES duty-free lunch has been CANCELLED. Many thanks to those who volunteered to serve.
Building 1st-Grade Libraries UPES has two brand-new first-grade teachers who are developing resources for their classrooms. Please help them build in-room libraries by donating new or gently used books at the kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade levels. Place your donations in the bin marked University Place Elementary School, located in the lobby of the Welcome Center.

Hospice of West Alabama
The upcoming volunteer weeks are scheduled for November 13th – 17th and December 11th –15th. Please make plans to help.

Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17
Sermon: “Work as Worship”

Traditional: Volunteer Needed
Sunday School: Volunteer Needed
Connections: Volunteer Needed

Traditional: 151 Sunday School: 133 Contemporary: 54 Nursery: 5 Worship in the Hut: 23

Traditional: Susan Saylor
Sunday School: Pat Watson