Outreach Update 8-24-18

The Annual Meeting of Alabama Arise (where we choose our 2019 projects) is Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6610 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL. Please let Beebe McKinley know who plans to go. The meeting is from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and the cost for the box lunch is $10.00 for those who can pay. Beebe will be glad to sign you up if you let her know, and they would like to know by Sept. 1.

As the academic year begins, an orientation session will be held for FLUM’s UPES volunteers who signed up to participate in the Pals program. New and returning volunteers are encouraged to attend. FLUM and UPES representatives will participate.

UPES Orientation (Pals): Wed., Aug. 29, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Koinonia classroom
Call or text Nancy Campbell to “rsvp· or with any questions or comments.

It is time for the Annual Caring Days “Walk to Remember”, Saturday August 25th. The event will be held at University Mall from 9:30 – 11 :00 am. Caring Days is an adult day care for people with memory disorders. Forest Lake United Methodist Church is one of the Community Caring Congregations for Caring Days. This year the event will have activities for children. We are preparing a gift basket of gift cards for the event. Please invite your Sunday school class or small group to donate a gift card. You can also make a donation by earmarking your check “Caring Days”. Please see Anita Walker or Bever1y White for more information.

Thank you so much to all who helped with the Christmas Shoe Box time for children in underdeveloped countries. We have made 29 shoe boxes.

Catholic Social Services will host their annual fundraiser and Silent Auction on September 13.

For our September Monday Luncheon we are changing plans. We are going to Nick’s In the Sticks one night. More details to follow.

Book Club will begin on September 10th from 1 :00 – 2:00 pm, in the office conference room. Please invite a friend to join our group. We are studying Christian favorites written by C.S. Lewis, Tony Campolo, Henri Nouwen, Anne Lamont, John Perkins, Shane Claiborne and Hans Kung.

Weekday Kids use of Mission’s Scholarship Funds
One Example from a grateful parent: My child was attending a child care center in my home church and receiving a member discount. As a parent, you will notice if an environment is conducive to your child’s likelihood of excelling. There came a point where we felt the need to find another environment. My child was not interacting and participating in learning activities as he should and was not very vocal. I knew that he was at a critical age for development and we needed to make a change. When I learned of the opportunity for some scholarship support allowing my family to stay within our budget, I jumped at the opportunity. After arriving at Weekday Kids he needed reminders that he did not have to whisper. Within a short period of time there was a noticeable difference in his personality and willingness to learn. I was amazed. He is doing so well and the scholarship monies have been a tremendous help in so many ways. Please continue to consider my child for this benefit in his last year before kindergarten.