Grace United Methodist Church Newport News, VA
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Celebrating God's love, seeking God's direction together.

Outreach

  Monthly food donations:

Communion Sundays Food

Donation

 Communion is important because it’s a command to remember. Jesus wants us to remember every time we taste bread and wine (or juice), and even when we sit at the tables in our own homes, that He is the one who provides all we need. He gives us the physical food that we need to survive and the spiritual nourishment we need to keep taking our next steps with Him.

One of the definitions in part for communion is "The act or an instance of sharing…”  As we come to share the bread and juice in remembrance of Christ, let us also share with our neighbors in need. 

Starting January 2019, on 1st Sunday/Communion Sunday we will be placing our nonperishable food donations in baskets at the front of the chapel or sanctuary. (Other times you may still place them in the designated bins.)

Hebrews 13:16 - "And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God."

Proverbs 19:17 - "Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed."

Luke 3:11 - John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 

 

Pancake Supper on Wednesday, March 6th, at 6:00 p.m.

To benefit flood victims in Danville, Va.

Sponsored by United Methodist Men and Outreach

Followed by Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a Pancake Supper on Wednesday, March 6th, at 6:00 p.m., in the large fellowship hall.  The menu will be pancakes, bacon, egg casserole and more for just $7.00.  The supper will be followed by an Ash Wednesday service in the chapel at 7:00 p.m.  Please sign up using the form available in Sunday bulletins, or call Susan DeVane at 930-0233 (home) or 880-7933 (cell).

The funds raised by the price of the meal will be donated to the Virginia Conference Disaster Relief Fund, Conference Disaster Response Fund #5037.  Bishop Sharma Lewis has requested donations to this fund to respond to urgent need in Danville, Virginia.  A letter sent out by Bishop Lewis to all in the conference states:

From the middle of September through the middle of October 2018 our sisters and brothers in the city and county of Danville, Virginia, experienced historic flooding of the Dan River and other waterways as a result of hurricane Florence and tropical storm Michael.  There are 45+ homes with significant damage, most of which are homes of persons and families that were struggling with economic challenges prior to the flooding.  … We as the Virginia Conference, churches and individuals, are called to make a direct compassionate response to our sisters and brothers affected by this disaster. 

Contributions to this fund will also be collected during the remainder of Lent.  It is hoped that a goal of $500 in donations can be accomplished.  Members of the congregation will be able to keep track of the progress toward this goal on a special track located on the bulletin board outside the chapel.  These donations are considered “second-mile” giving and will be measured along the “second mile” of the track.  “First-mile” giving consists of funds given through regular church offerings, some of which are sent to the Virginia Conference to support Conference Ministries Apportionments and other conference funds.  Matthew 5:41 – and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.

Donations may be placed in the offering plates in envelopes marked “Conference

Disaster Relief Fund #5037”. Checks may be made out to Grace UMC with a notation that it is for Disaster Relief Fund #5037.  Contributions may also be made via the online/mobile giving platform. 

  

 


Don't forget our on-going collections:

*Travel-size toiletries
*Coupons for the Good Samaritan Fund
*Shoes for THRIVE
*Magazines for the Berkeley Community
*BINGO prizes
*Eyeglasses for the Lion's Club
We also have a prayer blanket ministry.  Those who are facing surgery or serious illness may request a prayer blanket (forms located outside of the church office). Each knot in a prayer blanket represents a prayer said for the individual.

Please see our monthly newsletter for Outreach updates.