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Beechwood News

Special thanks go out to the Red Blazer Quartet who were a big hit with the ladies…..all were thrilled with their talented singing they shared. Special thanks also go out to JoAn Campbell for donating the flowers and pots for our flower planting as well as Sue Penkacikk and Deb VanKerkhove for helping make this a special day spent with our seniors.

The Men’s Group are planning to put on a cook out dinner there Sunday June 11th about 4:30.  We are looking for donations of salads and desserts for their cookout.  Please see me if you are willing to do this. Perhaps a nice potato salad, macaroni salad, or fruit salad, baked beans, cake would be appreciated to make this special for them.

We also are looking forward to July 26th where we will be looking for wheelchair pushers for their Annual RootBeer Float Classic Car Cruise….we will need 6-8 people to help out with this. 

August 13th at 2 PM Ben Atanacio will be performing with his beautiful bells. Come and enjoy the music and visit with our lovely seniors we have adopted.

Thank you, Lynn Soucise,  716-689-6738, lsoucise@gmail.com 
money & mission

Williamsville United Methodist Church will be reaching out in ministry this year with special appeals for mission.  Much of what we do as a church in mission comes through paying our Shared Ministries.  Too often however, we know little of how our giving is ultimately used, and so, we have decided to highlight several specific mission programs that that the United Methodist Church supports.  Our focus over the course of the year on these programs will allow us to grow our Shared Ministry Giving.  These following mission opportunities focus on international, national, and local type programs.

  • Our Gifts Will Help Young Girls Pursue Their Dreams

  • To date we collected $332 for our Shared Ministries which support ministries like Angels’ Haven Orphanage in Thailand. The orphanage specializes in caring for children with HIV and AIDS.  If you would still like to make a donation, just mark M&M on your donation envelope or consider going to the website www.williamsvilleumc.org, clicking on the DONATE button and completing the MONEY & MISSION box.

Teacher, seamstress, dancer, musician, missionary, hairdresser….these are some of the careers the twelve girls living at the Angels’ Haven orphanage dream about.  The orphanage is in Chiang Mai, Thailand and was established to care for children with HIV and AIDS.  The girls, aged 10-17 have been abandoned or orphaned and many of them have HIV.  The ministry of Angels’ Haven has established a sense of family and stability for the girls.

All of the children attend school and the older girls attend a vocational school to help them prepare for their future.  Our gifts will help support basic housing, education and food.  Food is a substantial part of the cost as it is important that the girls east nutritious and substantial food because many of them have compromised immune systems.

On April 30th we collected $206 for this mission opportunity.  If you were unable to make a contribution, please consider going to the website www.williamsvilleumc.org, clicking on the DONATE button and completing the MONEY & MISSION box.

 

 

  • Helping to improve the lives of single parents and their children

  • Supporting nomads traveling the country helping to rebuild lives

Throughout the balance of the year you will have an opportunity to donate your loose change to these worthy causes.  Each Sunday in the Oakgrove entrance there will be a receptacle where you can drop all of those coins that weigh down your pockets and purses.

In addition, there will be opportunities to support these mission efforts through Fifth Sunday special appeal offerings in April, July and October, by making donations online, or possibly giving at church via a giving kiosk in the Oakgrove entrance.

As disciples of Christ we are called to make a difference in the world.  What better way to make a difference than to share our resources with those most in need.

 
A Note From Seneca Street UMC

Dear Williamsville UMC,

Thank you so much (again) for your Faithful Giving to help Seneca Street UMC.  This time $325.00.  Needless to say, nothing could continue at Seneca St. without our Friends of Seneca St. Group friends, both with gifts of time and $’s.  You are all angels!!  God Bless and keep you always, in all ways.  Shalom,  Seneca St. UMC

 
Thank You From UMCOR

Dear Friends in Mission,

Thank you for partnering with UMCOR.  Through your gift, you are helping to provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

Your gift of $180.00 was received on 1-5-15 for Disaster Response, United States, Advance #901670.  Through The Advance, the designated giving channel of the United Methodist Church, 100% of your contribution will go to supporting UMCOR’s response to disasters in the United States.  Giving through The Advance enables United Methodists to support one another in mission and ministry around the world.  Thank you for partnering with us to “Be Hope” to those who desperately need it.

Grace and Peace,

General Board of Global Ministries

 
Church World Service Blankets

Thank you for your generous contribution to the work of Church World Service – which we appreciate more than ever in these challenging times.

     Your compassionate support is helping impoverished communities by providing food, water, shelter and other necessities to families struggling to rebuild their lives and livelihoods after natural disasters and civil conflict.

     I have seen the resilience and the resolve of the women, men and children we assist. And I have been deeply moved by the generosity of people like you, who give hope and opportunity to people in need, here in the U.S. and around the world.

May God bless you for your kindness.

Rev. John L. McCullough

President & CEO Church World Service

 
Pastor's Discretionary Fund
Our pastor has a special fund he can use when local families or individuals need urgent assistance. Gifts to this fund give our pastor a valuable tool when he is asked to respond with compassion to those in need. Donations are accepted throughout the year. Checks should be made payable to WUMC, with "Pastor's Fund" written in the memo line.  
Knitting Ministry

The Knitting Ministry at WUMC provides blankets and layette sets to children who are baptized at our church. This handmade gift is a loving reminder to families of their child's special day and that they are God's children. If you are able to knit or sew, consider contacting the church about how you can contribute to this unique ministry.

 


Emergency Food and Personal Care Cupboard

Every month our Emergency Food Cupboard provides food to those trying to stretch disability or unemployment checks to the end of the month. In addition, the shelves of WUMC's food pantry need to be replenished each fall since our church is responsible to provide extra assistance to families and individuals who are experiencing hard times in the Williamsville community during August and September every year.

We also provide personal care products that are not covered by food stamps. To meet these needs, we are always in need of items such as toothpaste, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels.

The food portion of the Emergency Cupboard can always use donations of canned and microwavable soups, canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, rice and pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, stuffing mix, instant potatoes, and canned entrees such as stew, chili and canned ravioli. Please remember to pick up a few of these items when you are shopping, then place them in the wicker basket labeled "Food Collection" that is located in the narthex.

Happenings at Habitat for Humanity

During the first half of 2013, WUMC's Habitat for Humanity crew worked on a house on North Parade Road, which is right off Martin Luther King Park. In fact, the park was right across the street from the house! You can imagine that back in the day only a very fancy house would have had such a nice location. And, indeed, we found that it had a very fancy domed ceiling with detailed ornamentation, as you can see in the photo. The center had a flower design with yellow rope to each corner, then a black wave formation around the edges.

One of the fun things about Habitat is that as we rehabilitate old houses, you sometimes find details of wonderful craftsmanship not common in houses today. We've found old newspapers dating back to the 1910's and 1920's, old tools, and many personal items left behind by residents from long ago. It really gives you a sense of history and a feel for the many people who lived in the homes over the years.

This month our task was to frame in the ceiling. Unfortunately, the beautiful domed ceiling will be covered by drywall. The time and expense to restore it would drive the cost of the house too high for the new resident. On the other hand, the building is getting a new family who will live there and appreciate having a home of their own for many years.

Every month at Habitat brings something different in the way of new jobs, new houses, and being surprised by what we find in each building. You're invited to join us . . . no special skills or tools required! We work on the third Saturday of each month. If you'd like to know more, please contact Ed Howard.

Click the "Habitat for Humanity" icon at the beginning of this article to read more about WUMC's work with Habitat.


 

Other Ways to be of Service


If you've been looking for a way to use your gifts and talents at WUMC, please don't wait for US to find a spot for you! There are plenty of ways for you to serve God at WUMC - here are just a few:

  • Communion Server
  • Communion Steward (prepare the bread and juice)
  • Usher
  • Choir Member
  • Advent Choir parent helpers
  • Greeter – Wearing a smile is necessary
  • Acolyte
  • Count the Sunday offering
  • Altar Guild - Change the paraments
  • Recording tech for video and audio tapes
  • Be on one of the Lay Ministry teams such as Missions or Christian Education
  • Take photographs of church events and new members
  • Visitor to the home bound
  • Sunday School teacher
  • Adult Study teacher and/or student
  • Office volunteer - Answer phones, take messages, make copies, etc.
  • Write articles for the monthly Messenger newsletter
  • Mail crew that prepares The Messenger newsletter for mailing
  • Knitting ministry

If any of these ministry areas are of interest to you, contact the church office (634-4800) and we can help you get "connected."

Outreach and Missions


Sharing God's Gifts

We are deeply committed to providing opportunities for involvement in and support of outreach and missions within the congregation, our local community, and beyond. Our church is firmly committed to the United Methodist connectional system that ensures humanitarian efforts are ready and in place when crises arise anywhere in the world.

In this section, you will find information about the local outreach and global service and ministry opportunities at Williamsville United Methodist Church. The Support Groups page and Other Local Groups page includes information about outside groups that meet at WUMC on a regular basis. For example, our church has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 85 for 64 years and we provide a space for a free senior excercise class twice a week.

 

Featured Missions

Click to learn more about some of our missions.

Habitat for Humanity Asbury Shalom Zone