Internet security for your family

The United Methodist Communications shares the following advice. . . .

By Gavin Richardson

The Internet is a vast ocean of information and people. It is easy to find oneself in a trouble spot on the web. What are the best options for a church to protect its congregation and visitors from exposing themselves or others to damaging images and information on the web? Within your home, what are some options to protect your children from stumbling into the wrong corner of the web?

Here are a few software programs specifically developed to protect people from finding their way to the wrong places and connecting with the wrong people on the web.

NOTE: These reviews are not an endorsement of one product over another. We are highlighting some of the unique features of each product and why a product could be considered for your church or family’s Internet protection. Products like these change frequently, and new products appear often. Figure out what your needs are, and then use this as a guide to evaluate software options to determine the best fit for your circumstances.

K9 Web Protection has some neat features for a free software download. K9 performs many of the standard site blocks, scheduled time restrictions, category blocks, a safe search function (only shows approved search results), spy ware/malware protections and more. In addition, it has features that would be great for a parent or church lab network administrator. It has override password options as well as reports to monitor activities. K9 is available on iPhone/iPad and Android operating systems as well as Mac- and Windows-based computers. The price is great — free — as they will give you a license code for a single machine download. If you like the product and want to install it on more machines, you can purchase a multi-license option.

Webroot and its Secure Anywhere product for the home is a great option for the person with multiple devices who wants protection from inappropriate web finds and from incoming attacks and identity theft. If you have a lot of work or personal information online, consider this option. For $60, you get a complete Internet security package that will work across five devices together. The unique perks for Webroot include a data-storage option, network monitor and online activity trace eliminator. Webroot works on both Mac and Windows platforms as well as on most mobile operating systems.

NetNanny is another popular, family-directed Internet software option. It provides many of the same basic features as K9 Web Protection. The language blocker will switch out a foul-language word (in a comment on Facebook or YouTube) with a string of gibberish characters. NetNanny will also record all activity on the device and have it available for review for the following 24 hours. If something happened to a family member and you were curious about his or her last day of correspondence, you can look through the recordings. NetNanny’s pricing structure can get complicated with different products for each operating system. It has a Family Protection Pass that gives 10 licenses for $80, but those licenses do not work on Windows XP or iOS (iPhone/iPad) systems. This, however, could be a plus to customize your needs versus the larger license package that other companies provide. The NetNanny blog offers good content on security issues with children and teenagers.

SafeEyes is one of many security options from McAfee. The neatest aspect about SafeEyes is its design for the family. McAfee also has business options that can work for a church computer lab. You will probably want features similar to those of SafeEyes, which allows you to block/monitor social activity on platforms that can give access to people or images you do not want to see. From online videos and games to instant messaging, music and more, they have options to protect your family. Similar to other software options, these can send reports of activity over the network. McAfee’s pricing structure puts it on the higher end pricewise. You can get set up for $50 to $70 (or more depending on your products), but the costs are subscription-based, so you will pay the same amount each year. If you do not maintain your subscription, your software will stop updating and become more of a drag on your computer than a help. SafeEyes and most other McAfee software has a free download option letting you try it before purchasing. You can have more confidence moving forward from there.

Qustodio is a solid option to use for protecting your children and monitoring their activity across computers and platforms. A unique feature is the option for reports on with whom and how much your child is text messaging. Because of their focus on mobile protection, they can also track your child’s activity in real time. The interface for setting up individual users and their safety settings is friendly to navigate. Qustodio also gives detailed social media reports. If you want to know how long you, or a child, was on a social media website, that can be reported as well. Pricing is on a yearly subscription basis and in the same range as McAfee. Qustodio is different from McAfee as it offers a slightly larger package (five devices versus three devices) for similarly-priced options. Their school packages could be used for church computer labs.

BrowseControl is designed for business. If you operate a computer lab at the church, this could be a solid option. It has options for banning specific websites as well as keyword/category bans for sites you might not know need to be banned. You can also block any file downloads (or at least download and then run), which can help protect a network from virus or malware infections. If you know you want to allow your older kids access to certain websites while blocking younger ones, BrowseControl has a scheduling option for blocking sites. You can also set up different permissions for each user on the network. If you are unsure how to get this installed on all your computers, there is a remote install option. The pricing starts at $79 for a single user. The pricing structure for multiple computers and license needs is clear. BrowseControl also offers a free 21-day trial period.

InternetLock is a cost-effective solution for the home computer owner who wants many customized parameters for Internet security. For $29.95, you can password protect, schedule block, define user restrictions and more for your home computer. They also offer a fully functioning free trial to use without a time limit. Only after InternetLock has proven worthwhile for your needs are you asked to pay for it. You will see a reminder-to-pay button until you get a registration code/license. One limitation with InternetLock is that it is currently only for the Windows operating system.

Barracuda Network’s price puts it beyond many church budgets. However, when it comes to security, you will not find much better. The question is whether you need that much security. If you have a problem with Internet security, a large network of computers or want to monitor a wireless network for a big congregation, Barracuda might be the option to consider. Detailed reporting, tons of security features and options, and a dedicated support team are just a few options that set them apart from stand-alone installed software.

The particular software platform you choose to protect your congregation and/or family does not matter a great deal. What does matter is that you are doing something to protect the people that God has entrusted to your care. Take some time to invest in protection for those whom you love and care.

From: http://www.umcom.org/learn/ironclad-internet-security-software-for-church-and-family

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Interesting read – Drifting Toward Hope: A Vietnamese Refugee on What it Means to Be An American

In the summer of 1979 my family and I lay half-dead in a derelict fishing boat lost in the South China Sea. There were 83 other refugees aboard, all of us fleeing Vietnam, and after five days without food and water, some of the mothers began to consider the unthinkable: binding their babies’ arms with strips of cloth and slipping them into the sea.

I was born in the Mekong ­Delta of South Vietnam, eight months after the country fell to the com­munists. My family had owned a rice milling empire worth millions, but the Viet Cong took almost ­everything. We eked out a meager existence on a tiny tract of land for four years, until my parents de­cided that leaving was the only hope for a better future, and worth the ­many risks we would face as “boat people.”

Then, on our sixth day at sea, a miracle happened: We were spotted by a World Vision aid ship. The crew brought us to a refugee camp in Singapore, and a few months later, a Lutheran church in Fort Smith, Ark., sponsored my family’s move to the United States.

We arrived with nothing, unable to speak a word of English. My father went to work in a fiberglass factory, earning $90 a week to support a family of 10. The children in our neighborhood were friendly, but we weren’t ­allowed to play with them. My parents were terrified that if one of us got into a fight, we’d all be sent back to Vietnam. That fear defines the life of a refugee: Don’t stand out. Don’t take risks. And whatever you do, don’t fail.

My time was divided between school, work, and church. Work gave me discipline and kept me out of trouble; church gave me community and a strong faith. My siblings and I walked a path two inches wide and 18 years long, but it turned out to be a good one. Together, we hold six doctorates and five master’s ­degrees, from schools such as ­Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, and NYU.

When I was a student in ­medi­cal school in 2002, I returned to Vietnam for the first time, to visit my relatives who are still there. I was shocked by the poverty. Their houses were shacks, the walls plastered over with newspapers; bare light bulbs hung from the ceiling on electrical cords. My cousins slept on the floor. Visiting them was like walking into a parallel universe—the life that would have been mine had the wind blown our boat in a different ­direction.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus said, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required” (12:48 NLT). I used to wonder who Jesus meant, because I sure didn’t think it was my family. The way I saw it, we had been given nothing, entrusted with nothing. I hoped that rich and powerful people would read Jesus’s words and take them to heart.

But when I went to Vietnam, I finally understood: He meant me. I was the one plucked from the South China Sea. I was the one granted asylum in a nation where education is available to everyone, and prosperity is attainable for anyone. I worked hard to get to where I am today, but the humbling truth is that my hard work was possible because of a blessing I did nothing to deserve. And that blessing is something I must pass on, in any way I can.

My story is true for all of us, whether you arrived in this country by boat or by birth: Much has been given to us—and much is required. That, I believe, is what it means to be an American.

Vinh Chung serves on World Vision’s Board of Directors, and his new memoir is called Where the Wind Leads. In the video below, he describes his family’s journey to the U.S.

From www.parade.com Published August 10, 2014

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Alpha course coming

A bit about Alpha. . . . What is alpha? Alpha is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s found in over 169 countries. It’s run in tens of thousands of schools, prisons, homes and churches of all denominations. It’s given more than 19.6 million people the opportunity to explore the meaning of life. Perhaps it’s just what your community – and your church – needs.

Our version will feature a dinner at 5:30 PM followed by an Alpha presentation and small group discussion concluding at 7:30 PM. Nursery is provided free of charge as is the dinner. We will meet on Monday evenings beginning September 8 and continue for 11 weeks.

Information covered: The Alpha course covers the basics of Christianity. It answers questions like: Who is Jesus?, and Why did he die? The Alpha course usually lasts 10 weeks, with a day or weekend getaway in the middle. Each week, guests gather for about two hours. They share an informal meal, sing a few songs, listen to a talk on how Christianity approaches the question at hand, then gather into small groups for discussion. The talks each week act as a springboard for small group discussions.

Please call the church office for more information, 287-2440. The course is free and open to all!

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September is National Hunger Action Month

National Hunger Action Month
Nearly 50 million people in the United States today are hungry or food insecure. Yet in this country, we will throw away over 133 billion pounds of good food this year. As people of faith, it is time for us to take action – to say that this situation is unacceptable and to do something about it.
September is National Hunger Action Month. Plan now to make September 2014 a time for your congregation to stand together against hunger, joining with the Society of St. Andrew to see that each person in this country has healthy, nourishing food to eat.

See more at:

http://endhunger.org/NHAM/#sthash.nJkIcHQe.dpuf

http://endhunger.org/NHAM/

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Shopping and helping First UMC

While preparing for purchasing school supplies…or for the change in the seasons…doing some home remodeling…or planning late summer or fall travel…doing some early holiday shopping…or you just love to shop online… There is a way to shop online for your needs and benefit your local church or other UM organization. Shop www.umcmarket.org.
UMCMarket.org

When you use UMCMarket.org to shop, a percentage of your purchase (donated by the retailer) – combined with the purchases of other members of your congregation – are donated back to your church. You can select your local United Methodist Church as the recipient of your donation, or you can select from a long list of other United Methodist related organizations like the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCor), The Advance, JustPeace, MARCHA, among many, many others.

Not a current user? Go to www.umcmarket.org and Log in. It takes just a couple of minutes. Each time you shop online, first log into umcmarket.org, search for the retailer you want to shop online with, click their logo and start shopping. When you visit the retail site through the UMCmarket.org portal, your total spending is accumulated for your church and when the total donations reach $100+ your church will get a check.

Now, what about the donation? The donations are processed by the support staff at UMCMarket.org. Once your total donations (generated from a percent of purchases) equal or surpass $100, your church or other organization you designate will receive a check. And then, as you make more purchases throughout the year, the process is repeated. Everyone benefits – you conveniently shop online as you have always done and the church or other UM organization you want to help receives monies for ministries to do the things throughout the connection that make us United Methodists.

Be sure to share www.umcmarket.org with family and friends. The more shopping that is done through this portal, the more assistance is given throughout the United Methodist connection to support the global ministries of the connectional United Methodist Church.

Note: Este comunicado de prensa está disponible en español.

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Aldersgate Fall Volunteer Work Day

Help be part of tidying up Aldersgate after a summer of life changing ministry by volunteering at Aldersgate’s Fall Volunteer Work Day! We’ll be cleaning, disassembling, painting, and preparing Aldersgate for the fall and winter seasons.

Bring your family, friends, and a servant’s heart ready to work! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

Overnight accommodations can be arranged for those travelling longer distances for a small fee. For further information on staying overnight, or any additional questions, please call the Aldersgate Office at 315-348-8833.

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“Like” us on Facebook

Search for First UMC Gouverneur and “like” us on Facebook. Here you will find information about upcoming worship services and activities.

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Your giving impacts – where?

Visit the UMC Giving website (http://www.umcgiving.org/) to find out. Share with your fellow church members when you read something that resonates with you!

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What do you think?

What isn’t Said At Every Dying Methodist Church

Was reading this article earlier today about a 142 year old United Methodist Church that is dying a typical slow death in the UMC. Nothing really out of the ordinary with a UMC falling in membership. We’ve had these before, one such instance I could find with a quick search. What was most interesting to me with this article was the responses of ‘why’ this is happening and their total blindness to their own control over it.

The size of the congregation whittles down each year as older members pass away and younger generations choose to attend what Strauch refers to as mega churches. Main Street United claims just 35 members and averages between 15 to 20 for its services.

The future of the church is in peril, considering the average age of the congregation is 82 and the youngest families in the church are in their 60s.

“A lot of it has been due to deceased members,” says Robert Hunt, who is nearing his 15th year as the church pastor. “We’ve had a lot of walk-in traffic from the neighborhood, but they don’t stay.”

First off if you want to be a church that is growing you need to stop worrying about, and playing the victim of, the mega-church. Faith population wise the mega-church only covers a small percentage of people. If trends pan out there will be continued movement back towards a close, relational, faith community by generations to come. The mega-church will continue to be around, but this relationship will be a both/and not an either/or.

If you are a church that has ‘a lot of walk-in traffic from the neighborhood’ (which is awesome) but they do not stay then you need to be asking yourself as a congregation, “WHY?” Why are they not staying? Reading on we might have some idea.

The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church owns Main Street United, and Hunt says conference officials advised him and the trustees to merge with another or modernize by putting in a projection screen and musical instruments for worship.

The congregation opposes installing new technology and prefers praise and worship as traditional as the three-floor structure the church operates out of on the corner of East Main Street and Pershing Drive in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District.

What does this tell whomever visits? This congregation is just fine dying. They do not care to revive the health of their church. To anyone who visits, they will sense this. No, projection and contemporary music are not the cure-alls for a dying church. Changing the culture of the church, which changing up worship and technologies is a step, gives people something to look forward to in the future.

What I found crazy with this church historically was this nugget in describing the church architecture (which sounds pretty impressive in places).

There is a wood accordion door that cuts the sanctuary ground floor down in size by about a third. Strauch says an orchestra played there in the days when hundreds attended services.

Pretty sure the insertion of an orchestra was a pretty contemporary thing do some 100-80 years ago. It’s in this church’s DNA to be innovative in worship, but they’ve totally stalled at one point in this aging congregations life as ‘the sweet spot’ and they are happy to take their ship/church down with them.

This ends how we all know it will. They know it as well.

For Strauch and the rest of the shrinking but unwavering congregation, the idea of shutting the doors on the church is incomprehensible. The Main Street United members have no intention of being another statistic.

“Most of us will hold out because we don’t want to go to the big churches,” Strauch says. “There’s some people that want us to close it down, but we’re going to keep it open.”

These doors will close and it is a shame. This church could have had a lasting life if the people who claim to love it would actually live into the culture the church had when they probably started going to it.

Photo from the Star Press photo gallery of this church

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October newsletter

The Cornerstone
A newsletter for and by the people called United Methodist in Gouverneur and North Gouverneur.
34 Grove Street, Gouverneur NY 13646 315-287-2440
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WORSHIP NOTES FOR OCTOBER
5th – World Communion Sunday*
Exodus 20, “Some Suggestions”
Pastor also goes to North Gouverneur

12th – Exodus 32:1-14 “What’s Your Golden Calf?”

19th – 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 “At the Mention of Your Name,” Communion

26th – 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-40, Looking @ Jesus”

November 2nd we will be celebrating All Saints Sunday, please get names of those who have died since last year’s service to Donna in the office. We will be lighting candles and sharing their names during our worship that Sunday.

Would you like to take a more active role in worship – say as a greeter, usher, liturgists, choir member, sound tech, computer guru? Give a shout out!!!

*World Communion Sunday – the special offering supports scholarships for racial and ethnic minority United Methodists in the U.S. and worldwide. See the insert for more information and ways to give.
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e-Giving is coming to First UMC! Don’t panic, thinking you now have to give your offering online. This is just an option for those who conduct most of their business via the internet. The new program will give those that choose a way to set up their giving to the church electronically. Others can continue to give with cash or checks as you are now. Not only will this option help some of us to give regularly and consistently, it will also give our treasurer an even better of idea of expected monthly income. More details will be coming soon. Thanks for considering it.
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CHOIR REHEARSALS – SUNDAYS @ 9:30 AM.
Our choir is open to all interested persons. Why not add your voice to the mix? It’s a lot of fun and adds so much to our worship.
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LIKE US ON FACEBOOK – First United Methodist Gouverneur has a page. Please invite your friends to like us to! Thanks. Posting is done by the Pastor and our IT Geek – Glenda Schuessler!
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Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. Don’t let anyone think
less of you because you are young” 1 Timothy 4:11-12a

SUNDAY SCHOOL TAKES TO THE SEA
from Karen Lancto
Ahoy Mateys! Sunday School Season 2014-2015 has arrived!
We’ll welcome all landlubbers from ages 5 and up (nursery
provided for under 5) by setting sail with our annual breakfast at
9:30 am on October 5th in Fellowship Hall. Please come to
register all your seafaring young-uns and older-uns! We’ll ride a
few waves and get to know each other better. Our first Sunday
School class is from 9:50am to 10:50am on October 12th.

The Adult class is starting out with Extravagant Generosity stewardship lessons, teens will gather for a keep connected devotional, Middle School has a Gospel Light curriculum and guess which Old Testament story the elementary classes is doing? Come join us, don’t run away or you may end up being God’s fish food, too!

We’re looking for teen crew members (helpers) in Sunday School classrooms on Sunday mornings! Applications will be available at breakfast on October 5th.

2014-2015 Sunday School Schedule NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School Breakfast at 9:30 am – October 5 Thanksgiving – November 30
Sunday School class 09:50 am – 10:50 am Christmas – December 28
October 12 through May 17 New Years – January 4
Easter – April 5

Teachers and assistants PLEASE be in the building by 9:30 am.
Parents, PLEASE have students here by 9:50 am.
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COLLEGE STUDENTS – WHERE ARE THEY?
Parents, please get us info on how to connect with your college student… Call us old fashion, but we’d like to pop something in their mail every now and then. Call or email us with their snail mail address. Thanks.
Does anyone have a creative idea on how to visually remind ourselves of our students?
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Faye S. Hopper Scholarship Award by Glenda Schuessler
The scholarship was established to honor our own Faye Hopper and her commitment to musical excellence in our church and community. Mrs. Hopper served as our organist for 62 years prior to her retirement December, 2007.

A $500.00 scholarship is awarded each year to a senior graduating from Gouverneur High School. The student honored has demonstrated a commitment to musical excellence and has shared this gift with the school and community.

Donations from church members, family and friends of Mrs. Hopper enabled the church to establish the fund which has been invested by the Board of Trustees; the interest accrued results in the award each year. This year the committee was able to award two $500.00 scholarships, recipients were Bridget Hall and Dan Kalina.
Previous recipients are Elizabeth Girard (2013), Nick
Leonard (2012), Taylor Gale (2011), Chelsea Erdman (2010),
Joe Schuessler (2009) and Christopher Dixon (2008).

Thank you to Faye as she continues to share her gift of music by
accompanying our choir and serving as substitute organist.
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HUGE THANKS to John & Nelta Halford AS ORGAN UNDERGOES LONG NEEDED REPAIRS
There is still work to be completed, but progress is being made on the necessary repairs to our pipe organ. We will also be changing the fabric that hangs between the pipes and us. Our very own John and Nelta Halford have stepped forward with an offer to cover ALL the costs! How generous is that!!! Later we will be celebrating with a special dedication.
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JOIN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEAM FOR BREAKFAST!!!
9:30ish, Sunday October 5th
Everybody is invited to check out a new year of Sunday School and give our teachers a big THANKS.
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STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN CHALLENGES US TO BE HEART HEALTHY – AND GENEROUS!
As the newsletter goes to press, we are anticipating a heart-filled and generous response to the Extravagant Generosity campaign. There is so much happening here thanks to an energized and faithful congregation. We continue to hear how welcoming we are – the epitome of caring church family! All of us need to get on board to financially under gird the facility, our staff and the cost of ministry. It also helps when everyone pitches in to do help. Thanks everyone!
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LAY LEADERSHIP WILL BE CALLING!
Yes, it’s that time of year again when we start getting serious about who will be asked to serve on the various church committees or volunteer to be a lay officer.
A list, as it currently stands, is available at the back of the sanctuary. Please look to see if/where you are and mark with a yes or no if you would like to continue in that capacity. Is there another avenue of service you’d like to pursue? Make a note and we’ll take it into consideration. (Some committees require that you be a member.)
Most committees meet once a month, if that. It’s a great way to get involve, meet other members, and have a say in what happens in our ministry. If you are called or approached by someone saying they’re on the lay leadership/nominating team please listen to their request and give it serious consideration. Thanks.
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Our FELLOWSHIP TIME AFTER WORSHIP is an important part of our life together as a church family. For week after week Annetje Griffin has made coffee, prepared snacks, dug out paper plates, coordinated feasts, dished ice cream and CLEANED UP. Come October, Annetje will be stepping aside as Fellowship Coordinator and passing the baton – or dish towel – or coffee filter to Dan Holmes. Here are a couple ideas:
1. Please say Thanks to Annetje
2. Please offer Dan your assistance.
(A variety of persons, families, ministries will at times volunteer to take over preparing and hosting Fellowship Time. If you’re interested speak with Dan and get your name on our calendar. Perhaps there’s a holiday of special occasion you’d like to recognize and share with the rest of us.)

And don’t forget the Ed Storie Coffee Club. Over the course of the year folks are asked to bring in some coffee (regular or decaf) – or perhaps hot chocolate for fellowship time. Ed was our primary supplier and we like to honor him by keeping the tradition going.

FELLOWSHIP FEAST – 2ND SUNDAY
We have a pot-luck “feast” on the second Sunday of each month.
If you can, why not whip up one of your favorites to share.
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Fall Harvest Bazaar November 6 & 7, 2014

Plans are being made to prepare for this year’s
Fall Harvest Bazaar which is Thursday, November 6, 6 – 8 pm and Friday, November 7, 9 am – 1:30 pm.  

This is the Bazaar for the whole church but the United Methodist Women and the Units sponsor and organize this annual fall event. If you are able to get crafty and supply knitted items, or other crafts for the Bazaar, or plan on making some candy or baked goods for early November, it will be greatly appreciated.  Donations of nice used items for the Treasure Tables (no clothes or shoes) and Christmas items are also needed.

It is hoped that we will have our 11 am lunch on Friday, the 7th, with soup, sandwich, beverage, and strawberry shortcake.  Please support the Annual Fall Harvest Bazaar, a time of celebrating the autumn season and enjoying fellowship with our church family and friends.

What Is United Methodist Women? (The Purpose)
United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ to develop a creative, supportive fellowship;
and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
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Team Attends Creative Worship Workshop
Glenda, Hazel, Birney and Pastor Beth traveled to the Sandy Creek UMC for an afternoon and evening workshop focusing on Creative Worship. The afternoon sessions were devoted to thinking about metaphor in sharing the gospel. How can we use contemporary images to convey the good news – with the intention that persons will remember the message when they next encounter that image or phrase? While our leader, Jason Moore, frequently stated, “You don’t have to have screens to be creative.” the information was helpful in looking at ways to incorporate our new technology into our worship experience. In addition to info on media resources we also got quite a bit of affirmation for the approaches we are already using. Another segment advised ideas for planning extra creative worship…creativity from a group perspective and follow through to make it happen. Some of the specific roles identified that would relate to us: preacher, music, technology, researcher, and producer.
If you’re interested in learning more – and getting a little more directly involved come to a worship meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month) or speak to the pastor. And don’t forget we can always use another liturgist, greeter or usher (with training for all!)
REMEMBER: OUR NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is the Thursday after our Council on Ministries meeting – held on the third Tuesday of the month.
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RIP IT EXERCISE CLASSES
Amber Ormasen is making exercise fun with her frequent Rip It classes held here at the church. It doesn’t have to cost you anything to get that heartbeat going, find your muscles and enjoy lots of laughter Everyone is welcome…. men, women, teens.
“I’m not training for a 5K. I’m not preparing for a competition. I’m not trying to set a new record. I’m not trying to impress you. I’m saving my life.”
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From the Pastor:
Grace and Peace in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am just writing a short note to thank you for your faithful support of the ministries here at First United Methodist. Because of your tithe or gift we are able to reach out to our neighbors here in the community and, through the denomination, we are touching lives all around the globe.
➢ a child feels loved and welcomed in Sunday School or dance…
➢ a family in the community receives food, fuel oil, a warm coat…
➢ mourners celebrate the life of a loved one at a personalized funeral…
➢ Scouts, 4-H, special needs persons, dieters have a place to meet…
➢ worship lifts our spirits and challenges our daily living…
➢ the resource center provides free materials for our study groups…
➢ engineers, educators, doctors venture across national boundaries…
➢ people of faith take a stand in the face of injustice and prejudice…
➢ families, teens and children encounter God via one of the camp programs…
➢ men and women have a place to ask questions, disagree, learn about themselves and Christ…
➢ a hot meal is shared along with table conversation….
➢ a family, new to the community, finds a place to belong with fellow Christians…
➢ a soldier in Afghanistan receives a box of breakfast goodies and prayers for safety…

While we might be tempted to think in terms of budgets and bills, your financial support of this church is all about ministry – providing a place, a pastor, a program, a people – that touches lives and makes a difference in the world.
If you pledge and support this ministry on a regular basis: THANK YOU!
If you would like to be listed as one of those who makes an upfront and consistent gift to First UMC: JUST START DOING IT! AND THANK YOU!
If your giving potential is extremely limited: THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU CAN!
To everyone: let us continue to rejoice together as we are the body of Christ through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to the world.
Remember: ALL PEOPLE ARE WELCOME HERE!

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