Our Opportunities to Give
In this season of giving and celebration and as we wrap up the old and embark on the new in 2015 we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate all the gifts provided to others by the members of this faith community, and in so doing apprise those who have not made that leap of faith to reach out and touch someone else’s life through your hands, voices, talents and skills, presence, and most of all your hearts. We dare not try to name all those individuals who have served others for fear of overlooking someone, but would share those diverse opportunities which have become a part of our mutual lives on so many levels:
THE CLOSET IS EMPTY....
and you can help fill it up. The Grace UMC in Lynn, MA (Sandra's church) is in dire need of items to fulfill their ministry to the community by providing FREE clothing and other items. There has been an especially strong need this winter and they have depleted their supplies. They are in need of the following items:
- gently used and clean clothing for men, women, children and infants
- Coats, snowsuits, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens
- Shoes & Boots
- NEW underwear and socks for all ages
- Diapers for babies and adults
This is a good opportunity to clean out your closet and to help clothe others who will welcome your hand me downs. Please bring all items to the church. There is a designated drop off area in the lobby closet down-stairs.
The food pantries of Wilmington, Burlington and Billerica; the television ministry to those same towns; St. Paul’s meals program in Lowell; Dwelling Place meals program in the Woburn UMC; Mission of Deeds in Reading; Helping Hands through the United Methodist Men; selling of Christmas trees; teach-ing our children and each other through the Sunday School and study groups; mission trips on the part of our youth and adults; providing rides to church or appointments for those who no longer drive; to name but a few. There are also the efforts on the part of the United Methodist Women, Outreach Committee and the Social Concerns Committee of WUMC to raise consciousness, facilitate awareness and support the missional, social, and environmental issues that affect our world today.
In the Dec 4th meditation in the UPPER ROOM provided by a Bulgarian pastor of an inner city church which serves the poor and marginalized the 'Thought for the Day’ was "The closer we are to the people in need, the closer we are to God" and he closed his commentary with "We discover our true call to ministry when we look beyond our church walls and the labels we Christians give one another. Then we have the great opportunity to welcome those who have no power – those who feel weak and marginalized - into the Body of Christ."
As we look back with thanksgiving and celebrate the works we had been called to do, may we continue to be instruments of God’s love and mercy with new and renewed efforts on our part, both individually and corporately during this New Year. Let us all be mindful of our mission in striving to live up to the words in Matt. 25:40 "…as you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."
Watch for the opportunities through Conversation and weekly bulletins. Inquiries about opportunities to serve in some way may be directed through the church office.
Peace to All, John Nitchie and Ginny Hipple Co-Lay Leaders