May 19 – Solar Panel Open House
Please join us from noon-1:30pm to dedicate the solar panels installed at the Parsonage (405 14th Avenue). You will have the opportunity to see the solar panels in operation and learn more about solar panels from All Sky Energy and Solar Legacy Coop. Light refreshments will be served with a short blessing of the solar panels by Pastor Marianne at 12:45pm.
May 20 – UMCOR Sunday Did you know that a couple of years ago Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, built and sent a rocket into space? Then, the rocket and the rocket booster came back. Now this is a big deal, because no one has ever had a rocket booster come back. It’s always been expendable. But Bezos wants to make space travel affordable for everyone – and he found out that to do that, there needs to be a way to make the rocket booster reusable. And he has. Jeff Bezos isn’t a rocket scientist or an engineer. He’s a businessman who found a way to use his talents and gifts towards something greater than himself. This UMCOR Sunday (and also May 27) you have a chance to use your gifts for something greater than yourself. UMCOR Sunday funds administrative costs. This means 100% of all other gifts to UMCOR can go to help those experiencing floods, natural disasters and the aftermath of war around the world. 1 Peter 4:10 reminds us to “serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” You are encouraged to give so that UMCOR has everything it needs to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
June 2nd – Shoes Needed for Wear Orange Day
WE NEED SHOES: Our Sauk County local group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is planning an awesome event to commemorate Wear Orange Day on June 2. This is a nationwide day where we honor gun violence survivors, and mourn the passing of those killed. We will be having an event at Devil’s Lake State Park, to which you are all invited.
We need donations of gently used shoes. If you label them clearly on the soles, I will even get them back to you. Otherwise, they will be donated to The Neighborly Store after the event.
We need 104 pairs of shoes for a display about the number of people who die daily in America from gun violence, both homicide and suicide. We need men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes. Yes, the number used to be 93 per day, but Everytown for Gun Safety posted an update at the end of 2017, that with the death statistics available through the end of 2015, that number of daily deaths has increased.
If you have shoes to donate for this display, please message or email me. There is a box labelled Wear Orange on the 2nd floor of church (by the office), and shoes may be dropped off there as well. Thanks! ~ Jocelyn Miller, 608-495-3494, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Music for Summer We are looking for special music during the summer months. Please consider sharing your musical talents during worship. You may contact the church office or email@example.com for open dates.
June 10th – “Talk Back” with Mike Pullen and Pastor Marianne
There’s a lot going on in our church right now! To name a few: Tim O’Keefe gave a financial update recently in worship, the solar panels on the parsonage were dedicated on May 19, the Reconciling Ministries Team is educating our congregation and the community on LGBT issues, and a very successful pie auction raised almost $3,000 for Food for Kidz. On June 10th, your lay leader Mike Pullen and I invite you to a “talk back” after worship. Come and share any thoughts, feedback, ideas or questions you have about our current ministry and how we can reach out beyond the walls of our church. — Pastor Marianne