|Women of Williamsville Plan Christmas Party|
Please join Women of Williamsville (WOW) at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at the church for our Christmas party, to include devotions, a social time, refreshments, and an outreach activity.
We are asking those attending to bring $5 gift cards for Subway, McDonald's, or Tim Hortons (not available via SCRIP) to be used as stocking stuffers for the residents of Plymouth Crossroads, which houses homeless boys.
We are also asking for packaged snacks to help stock the facility's pantry for the winter break. The snacks may include popcorn, pretzels, peanut butter, commercial cookies such as Oreos or Chips Ahoy, crackers, chips, or granola bars. In addition to the collections, we will be assembling sandwiches for Central City Cafe.
|Poinsettias and Blankets for Christmas|
Advent will begin Nov. 29, and we hope many of you will share in the traditions of the season here at WUMC. We will beA decorating the sanctuary with an abundance of red and white poinsettias, and we hope you will help us to do so by purchasing poinsettias for $8.00 each. Please include a dedication to be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletins. Orders for poinsettias need to be received by Wednesday, December 9.
We are also, again, offering an alternative giving suggestion for the Advent season. The Church World Service "Tools and Blankets" program supplies blankets, tents, bedding, and other emergency supplies to those affected by natural disasters. These supplies are needed year-round, but blankets are particularly in need as the weather gets colder. Donations of any amount are appreciated - blankets cost $10.00. Please consider a dedication for these donations as well, as they will also be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletins.
Forms to use in placing your poinsettia order or to contribute toward CWS blankets will be found in your Sunday worship bulletin each week through Dec. 6.
|Celebrating United Methodist Student Day|
On Sunday, Nov. 29, our congregation will join others throughout the denomination in celebrating United Methodist Student Day with a special offering.
Across the country, we are serving the people God loves in Jesus’ name. We’re doing it at home, but so often we’d like to do more.
- We want to serve those in other places who are suffering.
- We want to offer spiritual words of hope and life.
- And we want to be well-equipped to do both!
But the reality for most of us is that our responsibilities – home, family, work – don’t allow us to engage with every need we’d like to meet.
There are UMC young people – who might not have had the resources to attend a school of their choice, or, for some, any school at all – who’ve been sent by you into the world God loves because of your giving to United Methodist Student Day. When you give generously, you support these students as they prepare for a life that unites faith with knowledge. What no one person or congregation can do alone, we’re doing together.
When you support United Methodist Student Day, you make it possible for more students to serve the world God loves. So although you can’t meet every need you’d like to, your giving allows members of Christ’s body to do it in Jesus’ name.
|Poinsettias and More For Christmas|
It’s not too early to consider ordering your poinsettias for Christmas. Our order for the church will need to be placed in early December to assure the availability of the plants at the best price. An order form will begin appearing as in insert in the worship bulletin on Nov. 22, and orders must be received in the church office not later than Monday, Dec. 7. Cost of the plants will remain $5 each, the same as last year.
Again this year you will have the opportunity to offer a donation through Church World Service. Some examples: blankets, $10 each; school kits, $75 for five; tool kit for raised-bed agriculture, $75 each; bicycle for basic transportation, $100 each.
|A Transition Begins|
Following the death of Denise Barham, our parish administrator, several transitional changes will be necessary in the administration of the parish. The changes below are effective immediately, and others will be announced during the coming days.
Until new staffing is in place, the church office will be open only by chance or by appointment. Pastor Rich Neal plans to be in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be occasional exceptions to this schedule, so it's best to call ahead to make sure he will be there.
As Barbara Saltarella, our parish assistant for nurture and visitation, announces her new office hours, and as volunteers are enlisted to provide some reception and administrative support, additional office hours may be announced.
The Sunday Messenger and the weekly electronic Methodist Messenger will continue to be regularly published as our primary way of keeping you informed about the life and ministries of the parish. Be sure to read them carefully. Until further notice, publication of the monthly version of the Methodist Messenger will be suspended. All items for publication should be given to Pastor Rich Neal not later than Wednesday before publication.
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS
Denise handled an extraordinary number of administrative details in our parish with exceptional care and grace. We will make every effort to give similar attention to these details, but inevitably some things will be overlooked. Please be patient as we deal with the effects of her loss. And please be helpful by letting the staff know of people or things needing special attention.
|Search for a New Administrator|
In November the Staff-Parish Relations Committee will begin the search for a new parish administrator to succeed Denise. Members of the team will keep you informed about progress in the search.
|Building Committee Progress Report|
A brand-new chairlift is now in service, according to Ann Killian, committee chairperson. It will help members and guests negotiate the Oakgrove stairs until construction of our new, full-size elevator is complete. On Sunday mornings, an usher, a trustee, or a member of the Building Committee will be on hand to guide you in using it. In the photo below, Ann helps Kathy Meyer, one of our trustees, with an inaugural ride.
Coffee is served after the 11:00 celebration every week for all to enjoy. Volunteers are needed to make and serve the coffee. It takes only a few minutes to set up and make the coffee, and about half an hour to serve it and clean up. If can help out, please sign up for a week (or two or three!) on the sign-up sheet on the coffee table. Thank you.
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