Outreach Update 6-30-18

Thank you to all the adults and children who are going visiting with us on Wednesdays. Our home-bound members love this time of year.

Forest Lake UMC and others have almost completed The Phoenix House new house. Thank you to everyone helping in this build, especially Marvin McKinley, our Head Man.

An Open House for Working United will be held Sunday, July 15th between 2-4:00 pm, at 4500 6th Street East, off Crescent Ridge Road. Please stop by and see our first house and meet Travis and Kasey our first family. Feel free to bring canned goods for the pantry or a gift card. Working United is a ministry our church started with the Southwest District, other churches and agencies in town, to help people who are homeless find stable housing, employment and transportation. So far Adam Tant Construction, Celebrate Recovery, Calvary Baptist Church, Coker United Methodist Church, Union Chapel UMC, Andrews Chapel UMC, and of course Forest Lake UMC have all helped our family. Thank you for all the household items and the car for our family. If you would like to make a donation for the rent assistance, please earmark your donation to the church, “Working United”. Thank you.

We have joined with the community to support Tuscaloosa Community Heating, Unity, and Reconciliation. This is a task force made up of groups to provide racial reconciliation through historical and contemporary awareness. Kevin, Melissa and Melody are part of this task force. The groups will meet monthly for 12 to 15 months. If you would like to consider joining one of the groups, the next meeting is July 16.

Our church has been very involved in trying to change predatory lending laws in Alabama. On Wednesday, July 18th at noon, we will meet at Grace Presbyterian Church with other agencies and churches in the area. Our hope is to find a way to help people pay off their high interest loans with a low no-interest loan. Usually these small loans are $250. It is our hope to help people get out of the cycle of payday leading loans.

We will make sack lunches for the East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl on July 22nd. Please see Carolyn Lindsey to sign up for making the sandwiches.

The West Alabama Quilters Guild is honoring our own Hallie O’Kelley with a permanent display of her quilting work. T-shirts have been made to raise money for the display. The shirts are $25. Stop by the church office and see the shirts with the pattern of her tree quilt. If you would like to purchase a shirt, please make your check out to FLUM Church in the memo write “Hallie”.

It is Christmas Shoe Box time for children in underdeveloped countries. We are making 29 shoe boxes. Thank you- Kevin and Melissa for picking up the empty boxes, Bobby Ray Hicks for driving the filled boxes in September to Decatur, to the Flowers family for all the small wrapped toys. We are asking people to make a donation to this ministry and we need two people to volunteer to shop for the items. The children will fill the boxes in Sunday School in August.