Outreach Update 7-28-17

Back to School at University Place Elementary School — Students return to school on Aug. 8 and reading volunteers are needed. Reading volunteers work directly with students, typically helping struggling readers in lower grades practice reading aloud, learning sight words, etc. The UPES Reading Coordinator works with the teachers and volunteers to make assignments. Contact FLUM’s UPES liaison, Nancy Campbell, to learn more and/or sign up.

Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition collects school supplies for the children of the Tuscaloosa city and county schools. This ministry will serve 2,000- 2,500 students in need for the 2017-2018 school year. The total cost for this project is in excess of $60,000. Please consider partnering with the Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition to help them make a difference in the lives of these students. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed in 14 different community locations in the city and county starting on July 22 through Aug. 5. If you would like to volunteer, please visit their website for contact and location information: www.tuscaloosabackpackcoalition.com.

Our summer “Neighborhood Time” will be on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Our goal is to get to know our neighbors and have them get to know our church family. We will have lemonade, popsicles, pizza, music, games, water activities, and lots of conversations.

We continue to work on our vision of Working United, a residential center and work program helping people find a more stable life. We will attend the Funding and Sustainability Program at the University of Alabama on Aug. 17-18 and a coaching session on Aug. 21. If you would like to be a part of this training for Working United, please let us know.

Please join our church team for the 12th Annual “Vicki Kerr Walk To Remember” fundraiser for Caring Days, Aug. 26 at University Mall from 8 to 10 a.m. Caring Days is a daycare for adults with memory disorders. All donations are welcomed; if you donate $40 or more you will receive a T-shirt. The money raised goes to keeping the rates at half price for those who attend. Forest Lake United Methodist is putting together a gift basket for the raffle; we are asking each Sunday School class and small group of the church to please donate a $20 gift card for the basket. Please contact Beverly White for more information and the church office to sign up.

Our Christian Book Club will start on Sept. 11; we will meet on Mondays from 1-2:30 p.m. We open this class up to friends outside our church as well. We will study 25 Books Every Christian Should Read selected by Renovare and cover books such as The Divine Comedy, Revelations of Divine Love, The Philokalia, Dark Night of the Soul, and The Seven Storey Mountain. Please let the church office know if you will attend.

Over Christmas we are going with Filter of Hope on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Our college students are leading this trip. We are in the process of deciding which week is best. Please let us know if you are interested in attending. More information can be found at www.filterofhope.org.