UMM Matters by Bill Blaskopf

June 8th, our Boy Scout Troop #416 attended and presented the Honor Guard. There were no new Eagle Scouts to recognize this year, but three boys are currently working towards their Eagle Scout Award. The boys also demonstrated the proper handling of the U.S. flag and how to retire a flag correctly. The UMM will be setting up a collection box for old U.S. flags and will be bringing them over to the American Legion…

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Thrift Shop News by Maureen Storey

Summer is here…YAY! Time to play “Did You Know?” Did you know the Thrift Shop is open all summer? Many thrift and consignment stores take a summer break and close, but we stay open with the A/C on and loads of new treasures arriving daily. Did you know that we have tons of summer dresses, casual dresses, formal dresses, fun dresses and dresses for work? Oh, and shorts, capris, tee shirts, bathing suits, active wear,…

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Fall Small Groups Begin in September

Signups begin the weekend of September 7th – 8th ~ Rally Weekend! Sign up in Trinity House, Starr Hall or online at www.catchthespirit.org Several Bible Study opportunities! If you feel uncomfortable with the Bible or would like to know more about what’s in the word of God, then a Bible study is the place to start. There are always at least 5 or 6 to choose from, sometimes more! Topical studies that include how to…

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Martha Friendship Circle: The next meeting will be in September.

Just a reminder that our Martha Friendship Circle takes a summer vacation, but we’ll be back and ready to go on Monday, September 9th with our Friendship Tea and our guest speaker, Dr. Frank Fowler. Watch for additional information as we get closer to the date. This will surely be a meeting you’ll want to invite a friend to. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to gathering again in September. Any questions about…

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Appalachia Service Project Mission Trip in July

Wise, Virginia is the destination of our 38-member ASP mission team, which is now making final preparations to go and repair homes in some of the poorest communities in America. The team of youth and adult leaders will travel on July 6th and return on July 14th. Dedication of the team is on Sunday, June 30th in the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Upon their return, they’ll report to the congregation in all worship services on…

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Caravan of Hope 2 Plans Are on the Move

Great progress is being made in our plan to again feed 5,000 people on one day: September 14th. The leadership team is meeting regularly and has already identified over 4,000 destinations for the meals. The team has received over $5,000 of the needed $15,000 budget and has engaged many persons in action items for the caravan. Save the date of September 13th for the joyful meal-making party and consider being a driver or partner for…

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The Next Methodism

At the recent session of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, Bishop John Schol announced a significant new direction for United Methodists in New Jersey. Based on the recent decisions of the General Conference, and seeing a strong need to move beyond the divisions that are emerging in the church regarding human sexuality, the Bishop and a special Way Forward team announced several new directions for our annual conference. These will be detailed and set…

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From the Pastor: The Ownership Question

The late Bishop Edwin Hughes once delivered a rousing sermon on God’s Ownership. The sermon offended a very wealthy parishioner. The parishioner took the Bishop out to lunch and then they returned to the man’s great and luxurious farm. They walked through great barns, saw hundreds of cattle, beheld beautiful horses, visited elaborate gardens and ended at the great and immense house where the family lived. “Now are you going to tell me that all…

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The View From Here

As I began putting together this issue, I saw a theme developing. And it dovetailed with some thoughts I had. I almost never think this sort of connectedness is a fluke. The theme? People and our relationships and interactions with them. What we do or not do when people are falling on hard times or suffering. How we negotiate the thorny path through the diversity terrain. What do mission and ministry mean to each of…

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The Lord’s Pantry

A huge thank you to everyone who helped in some way during this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive. Thanks to our fantastic volunteers, the day was a big success. We rely solely on donations, and that food drive is our largest of the year. As the school year winds down, please keep our ministry in mind during the summer months. Many children receive free or reduced-cost lunch and breakfast at school, and they’ll…

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