Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Winter Kits for Pakistani Earthquake Survivors

On October 26, 2015, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked major cities in Pakistan and Afghanistan, leaving several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and even more without shelter or a source of livelihood.

In Pakistan, the earthquake affected all four provinces, with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) being the most severely affected province. In KP, 31 percent of the fatalities were women, and 38 percent were children, according to a report from ReliefWeb

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is partnering with Community World Service Asia, formerly Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan, to provide winterization kits for 470 affected families (about 3, 760 individuals) in the Swat district. Families who lost homes and belongings, and who need protection from freezing temperatures, will receive quilts, floor mats, plastic sheets, and cotton mattresses, among other basic needs.

You can support UMCOR when international disasters occur with your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Paint Crew

Thanks to Gordy for getting a team together! The hall looks so much better.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bishop Park responds to terror in Paris

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The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice. The Lord is a refugee for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

(Psalm 9:7-10)
"May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
(Psalm 33:22)
November 14, 2015

Dear United Methodists of the Susquehanna Annual Conference:

Grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, the Prince of Peace,
Healer of our brokenness, and Hope of the world!

The world was dealt with yet another diabolical blow of terrorism. Our hearts go
out to the grieving families and the loved ones of the innocent victims of the
terrorist attacks in France this past Friday. They are in our prayers for comfort,
strength, and healing. While still in shock and disbelief, we share their agony and

The world shall never forget that terrorism is the most despicable crime against
humanity. No matter what the cause may be, terrorism must be condemned. In
solidarity with the human community; our resolve to end terrorism must only
grow stronger.

Sharing Faith where Faith is Suspect

With a strong belief in social outreach, members of First United Methodist Church in Portland volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank in Beaverton, Ore. Photo by Mark Ohlson, courtesy of First United Methodist Church
Photo by Mark Ohlson, courtesy of First United Methodist Church

With a strong belief in social outreach, members of First United Methodist Church in Portland volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank in Beaverton, Ore.
By Heather Hahn
Oct. 21, 2015 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS)
First United Methodist Church in Portland had a problem, one other churches would envy.
So many families with children were regularly attending that the Rev. Donna M.L. Pritchard began one sermon shortly after Easter with an urgent request for more volunteers to teach Sunday school.
“We have so many kids now we are going to have to split our Sunday school classes,” the church’s senior pastor said after a children’s sermon that packed the front of the church with little ones. The church’s rooms, she added, aren’t big enough for more than 20 youngsters in a single class.
The church, the largest United Methodist congregation in Oregon with about 800 members, is defying its community’s religious trends.
Over the past three years, the church has welcomed an average of 30 new members a year and seen its average worship attendance grow from about 330 to 375. This summer, the church added a second service on Sunday mornings to accommodate its growth and make room for more.
The 167-year-old congregation has succeeded in the U.S. major metro area that a 2015 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute found has the highest percentage of residents with no religious affiliation — some 42 percent of the population. Put another way, Portland is at the leading edge of the “None Zone” — where more people answer “none” when asked their religion than identify with any single faith group.