Midweek News & Ministries
League of Women Voters Presentation
Social Justice is sponsoring a presentation September 25 on ballot issues that will be on the November ballot. Early ballots are to be in the mail to voters in early October. As always, the League of Women Voters will do a nonpartisan review of November issues presented in a manner easy to understand. We will begin with a light luncheon in the Gathering Space after the second service for those attending. Come and be informed!
Update on Sierra Leone School
Update for the Community School in Sierra Leone, September 2022
As I have reported before, SHUMC has been essential in helping the village of Firawa, Sierra Leone rebuild its community school that was destroyed by weather early this summer. My husband and I are sending Alhaji Marah to University in Freetown and this is his home village. The people of Firawa are so grateful for your help, and made the decision to build the sturdy 6-room school they really needed, made of concrete bricks, instead of rebuilding the school they had, which essentially was 3 rooms made of mud bricks. The people of the town provided the work for free and they have made great progress, but have realized that they underestimated the cost of supplies and cannot yet finish the school. They also are experiencing inflation of materials.
Alhaji and current progress of school
They figure that they can complete and furnish the building with another $3,000, but would at least be able to roof and utilize the 3 rooms (which are almost finished) if we can raise $1500.
Alhaji and workers
If you would like to continue to help the people of Firawa, please donate through the Smoky Hill UMC website Link or by check (to SHUMC), both with the notation “Sierra Leone”.
Thank you for your loving generosity!
SHUMC Mission team member
COLORADO VILLAGE COLLABORATIVE
There has been a significant drop in donations for the CVC. As you shop, adding any of the following items to your list would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Items currently needed:
Individually wrapped snacks
Adult packaged underwear, men and women
Backpacks, used are fine
Colorado Feeding Kids
We only have 8 people for our Colorado Feeding Kids pack and need a few more. Our next pack is September 24th from 10-12. Please sign up with Sharon Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach of Love
Sandwiches are needed this week but no cookies.
Thank you for your faithful support!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to Aurora Interfaith. The need continues to be great. Their most recent requests are for mac and cheese, Zaterain’s or Ben’s rice, hamburger helper, jar spaghetti sauce, canned soups, canned fruit, pasta and cereal. Thank you for helping those in need!
Green Team Tip
Green Team Tip
How much food waste do you create in one week? Use a bucket with a lid and fill it with food scraps you would ordinarily dump in the garbage or down the disposal. At the end of your challenge week weigh or eyeball the pile and imagine 52 weeks’ worth of that amount in one year. Explore alternatives available to you to avoid adding to the landfill and creating methane.
It's Not Easy Being Green
On Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 7 pm (MDT), Bishop Karen Oliveto will join the MSC Creation Justice Task Force for discussion, education, and inspiration. We’ll share why our changing climate matters to us as Christians and Methodists and how we can be hopeful advocates for change. You’ll leave the gathering with Mountain Sky Conference resources and actions to address the growing challenges of our environment. We hope to support our local churches with solutions for individuals and examples of local church projects that may leave you feeling it is easier to be green than one might think!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Questions? Please reach out to the MSC Creation Justice Task Force team at email@example.com.
Serve God at SHUMC
Build connections while serving here at SHUMC!
Pick up a list of volunteer positions in the Gathering Space to see how you can use your gifts to help others.
If you can help, please fill out the form and place it in the Sunday offering plate.
Or click on the Volunteer Check-In graphic above and submit your form online.
You can help the church in Ukraine provide for those in need.
Mel Mushinski, Global Ministries In Mission Together Coordinator, whose area includes Ukraine asks for continued prayers.
UMCOR will assist as possible United Methodists in Ukraine by responding to the needs of internally displaced persons through its International Disaster Response and Recovery (IDR) fund. Gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways:
TO HELP REFUGEES WITHIN UKRAINE: Advance # 14053A
TO HELP UKRAINIANS OUTSIDE OF UKRAINE
UMCOR general giving Advance #982450