Our 2020 Thanksgiving offering will go to Mary’s Fund, administered by Mary Bowers. Founder of the Sauk County Giving Tree, Mary has lived in the Baraboo area for thirty years and currently she is Education Coordinator of Kids’ Ranch. She is in a unique position to know the needs of families in the Baraboo area. The type of assistance Mary’s Fund provides includes supplemental groceries for working families, addressing a child’s cold weather clothing needs, help paying a utility bill and providing a gas card to allow an adult to drive to medical appointments. Her manner of helping is humble, unassuming, compassionate and caring. By contributing to Mary’s Fund (which is named after the mother of Jesus), members and friends of First United Methodist Church are able to fulfill Jesus’ command in Matthew 25:40: “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ ” Please make out your checks to the church and put “Mary’s Fund” in the memo space. Deadline: November 29th.
FUMC has hosted the Community Christmas Dinner for the past 15 years. Usually, this is a busy time planning, organizing and requesting assistance. However, it is with heavy heart that we of the Love in Action Mission Committee have determined that we cannot safely fill our Church with guests due to the current COVID statistics in our area. The committee did decide we will be delivering a dinner to homebound or disabled individuals in the Baraboo School District. The meals will be prepared in a public health inspected kitchen and delivered around noon on Christmas day. If you would like to help deliver meals, please contact the Church at 608-356-3991 and provide your name and phone number.
The virtual CROP WALK for our church has seen a wonderful response. During October we have collected $895 to be sent to Church World Service to fight world hunger. Their project this year is the Dominican Republic. They will be helping people help themselves to raise meat animals and home vegetable gardens. 25% of the funds will be going to the Baraboo Homeless Shelter for their needs to feed the homeless. Thanks so much for your generosity in the face of so much need in our world today.
The Sauk County Giving Tree
The next couple of months are going to be different for all of us. Let’s come together and share the love and magic of Christmas with Baraboo children through the Sauk County Giving Tree.
I will have the tree and tags outside, under the church awning Sunday, November 15 and 22 from noon – 1:00pm. Please drive by and take as many tags as you are able. Each child will have 3 tags (two clothing items and 1 toy). If you would like to sponsor one child, I can keep the 3 tags together for you. As a church, we have 60 wishes to fill.
If you are unable to swing by church, I am happy to deliver tags to your home (contact free).
If shopping is a concern, please make use of curbside pick-up options and shop locally. (Just Imagine and many other downtown stores will bring items to your car. Farm and Fleet and other bigger stores also have no contact pick-up.)
All unwrapped gifts will need to be delivered to my porch (915 2nd St, Baraboo) by Sunday, December 6.
Please call, text or email me with questions or ways I can help you add smiles to children’s faces on Christmas morning.
FUMC chose to provide the Food Pantry with 300 boxes of stuffing mix and 300 cans of cranberry sauce as it was not safe to provide our usual Thanksgiving Boxes. You helped reach this goal with food items and cash donations to purchase them.