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Posts from November 2015

Methodist Women’s News

Deborah Circle: Deborah Circle will meet on Tuesday, December 8th in the church lounge  at 9:00 am.  Light refreshments will be served with a business meeting to follow.  We ill not discuss a book this month but will share meaningful ornaments, decorations, or short Christmas readings.  Please feel free to bring one of these items bit it is not necessary.  we encourage…

worship Themes – December 2015

December 6, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Communion Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79 (UMH 208) Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6 December 13, 3rd Sunday of Advent 10:30 AM Children’s Christmas Program Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 December 20, 4th Sunday of Advent Choir Cantata Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:47-55 (UMH199) Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 December 27, 1st Sunday after Christmas Day NO Sunday…

Thanksgiving Day Dinner – 4:30 PM SBUMC “Great Food & Fellowship”

Our church will be  hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner again this year.  Reservations must be in by Nov. 23rd so please call 743-3241.  Volunteers are still needed.  If you would like to help please call the church office at the above number.  There is no charge for the dinner and all are welcome.  A free will offering will be accepted.  Come, enjoy,…

Mar Elias School November Mission -3

One of th obvious areas for needed support are scholarships for the  youth and children at Mar Elias.  some 65% of the 1300+ student body could not attend without financial assistance.  Educational opportunities for Palestinian youth are rare.  And remember, rarer still, the  student body is composed of both Jews, and Muslims and Christians who are Palestinian.  It is also amazing that…

Mission in Laos

Laos Mission - Study TimeFor several years, the UMC of Sturgeon Bay has been supporting the emerging mission in Laos.  Our point of contact is missionary Beverly Barte, and her family.  The family recently visited Sturgeon Bay for a personal interpretation of their work.

The UMC is new in Laos.  They recently celebrated their tenth anniversary.  New Christians are at some risk in the Buddhist and Communist nation.  Since the church is not recognized, pastors have been arrested at times.  Yet the church is growing and spreading across Laos.

One of the primary opportunities is to provide training for new pastors.  The images that follow this story show one of the gatherings of training.  The church also provides small loans to provide an economic foundation for families.  Areas include the raising of mushrooms and fish which then are marketed.  Some of the profits are then gifted to provide the same opportunities for other families.

“Use of Solitary Confinement in our state prison system – a parents perspective”

On November 22, the Adult forum will be hosting Tom and Jan Gilbert from Middleton, Wisconsin.  Their son was recently released after serving 5 years in Wisconsin’s prison system,  a portion of it in solitary confinement for violating prison rules after he was stripped cold turkey of his behavioral medications.  Some policy changes have been made recently by the Department of Corrections…

Mar Elias School – November Mission

The frightening stress and warfare between the Palestinians and theIsraelis is well known.  Regardless of your view of this conflict, this month we have the opportunity of having a positive impact on this conflict.  The Committee on Missions is excited to promote the Mar Elias School in the Palestinian areas.  But it is the only school of over 1300 students committed to…

Stewardship Campaign for 2015 – “Our Story”

As we continue learning about “The Story of the Bible”, let us consider what our role is in the telling of Our Church Story.  There are countless opportunities for each one of us to help in the telling of Our Story.  whether it’s taking the time to help with the  Apple Bazaar, being on a church committee; providing musical entertainment at worship, or providing a financial gift, we all have something to contribute towards the church.