Christmas Missions —
The Angel Tree will start December 2nd. The tree is set up in both services on Sunday mornings, at midweek meals and in the office all week. This tree is filled with names of developmentally delayed children from indigent families in Tuscaloosa. Please sign out your angel and bring the gifts back by Dec. 16th. More instructions are found on the tree.
Home-bound Poinsettias —
Poinsettias will be delivered early in December to our home-bound members. Please let the office know if you would like to deliver a plant.
Hospice Memorial Service and Reception —
The service will be Wednesday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. This is service of remembrance for our community. Please see Martha Rogers if you can volunteer.
Manger Project and Share the Warmth —
Gifts of practical items are filled for the indigent and elderly. The baskets are purchased with a $50 donation and then filled in the gym on Dec. 9th before Share the Warmth. Please earmark checks “Manger Project”. Please see Bob Haraway for more information.
White Christmas Offering —
This offering goes direcUy to the United Methodist Children’s Home. The offering will be collected through the month of December. Please earmark checks “White Christmas” and place in the offering plate or send to the church office.
Meals on Wheels —
On Christmas Day our church ·takes over” cooking and delivering the lunches for the Meals on Wheels program. Over 100 meals will be cooked and delivered by our members. If you would like to help cook the meals on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10:00 am, or deliver the meals on Christmas Day at 11 :00 am, please let us know by Dec. 9 so maps will be ready. If you would like to make a donation of $5 per meal please earmark checks “Christmas Meals”. The signup sheet is available in the church office. Please see Lib Powell for more information.
Hurricane Relief/Flood Buckets —
100 Flood Buckels with Cleaning Supplies for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will be packed on December 9th, 4:00-6:30 pm. in the church gym. Arrive early for the Manger Project to help pack the flood buckets. We will take a break to pack the Manger Project Gift Bags, eat pizza and continue with the Flood Buckets until Share the Warmth starts. We will organize the items for the buckets on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10:00 am-1:00 Em!· We have over 9,200 items to organize for the event. Thank you so much for everyone who has made a donation to the Flood Buckets. If you would like to make a donation, please earmark your check “Flood Buckets.” If you can help deliver the buckets to the Decatur Disaster Warehouse, please let us know.
Heifer News Update —
Each year our church gives an Ark to Heifer International. The Ark cost $5000. We collect the money all year. An Ark gives many families the opportunity to have a better life, a stable income and for some the resources to send their children to school for the first time. The animals provide food for the families and an income stream as the families can sell the eggs and baby animals they breed. For $120, we purchase a goat, sheep or a pig. For $20, we purchase a small flock of chicks, ducks or geese. For $30, we purchase a hive of honey bees. We also purchase rabbits, and tree seedlings. Thank you for supporting families in other parts of the world through this ministry.
Christmas Giving for UPES —
One of FLUM’s Christmas traditions is to provide clothing and toys as Christmas gifts for University Place Elementary School students whose families need financial assistance for gift-giving. The UPES counselor works with several organizations and agencies to assure that all low-income students receive gifts and that giving is not duplicated for identified families. Since UPES has grown by a third this academic year, the need will be greater than usual. Special thanks go to Carol and Jim Cargile, who coordinate this mission by consulting with UPES and buying, wrapping, and delivering all the gifts to the school. Donations are needed during November so the Cargiles will have plenty of time to have the gifts ready before school lets out in December. Please write “UPES Christmas· on the memo line of checks. All donations are deeply appreciated.
Filter of Hope —
We are planning another trip to the Dominican Republic with Filter of Hope. This trip is open to ages 16 and up. We have booked 15 tickets for June 8-14, 2019. Filter of Hope gives water purifiers to families. We will also share the Gospel Story with each family. Flight Information: June 9-14, 2019, (we will stay in AUanta the night before the trip)
Departing: June 9th from ATL on DL 5230, into JFK, arriving in Santiago DR at 5:50 pm
Returning: June 14th from DR on DL0312 at 6:10 am, through JFK, arriving into ATL at 2:03 pm
Cost Per Person: Total cost= $1530, plus the hotel the night before the trip
Airfare = $780 per person. In-country/ ground costs = $750 per person
Dates of Payments Due:
March 28 is the last day to cancel plane seats without a $100 per seat penalty
April 22, $780 per person due for airline ticket
May 29, $750 per person due for in-country costs