Outreach Council

Outreach Council

November 2017

The Thanksgiving season is often a time when we focus on how our lives are blessed by the material wealth we enjoy as well as the wealth of family, friends, and faith. Many people have traditions of gratitude and appreciation during the month of November.

The Outreach Council wants to give you an opportunity to be mindful of all your blessings and to turn that into a gift to others who are struggling with the loss of material things in their lives.

With that in mind, the Outreach Council created a Raining Pennies from Heaven Calendar to help you make note of all the things and opportunities God has blessed you with. Then, in turn, you are encouraged to collect change each day to give to UMCOR – United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR is continuing its ministry to the areas devastated by hurricanes in the past 2 months – Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and by the fires in California. UMCOR is one of the first disaster relief agencies to arrive and one of the last to leave as they continue ministering after many others have ended their help.

The calendar is included in this newsletter and will be available at Sunday worship also.

The youth group has created containers for you to take home and use to collect your change each day of November, starting on Wednesday, November 1. Use the calendar to truly give thanks for all the ways our lives are made easier by things that we often take for granted.

At the end of November, we will collect the change containers and send our donation to UMCOR. If you would like, you can convert the change to paper money or a check before you turn it in to the church.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

RAINING PENNIES FROM HEAVEN FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
NOVEMBER THANKSGIVING CALENDAR

During the month of November, we are remembering all the things we’ve been blessed with that the people living in the paths of the hurricanes (Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico) and fires (California) lost. We want to thank God for these blessings and give of our riches to help them. The donations from this giving calendar will be given to hurricane disaster relief through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).

Give thanks for: Give:
Wednesday, Nov. 1 – The food in your pantry 1 penny for every can or box of food
Thursday, Nov. 2 – A car to drive $1.00 for each of your cars
Friday, Nov. 3 – Electricity that gives you light 10 cents for every lamp in your home
Saturday, Nov. 4 – Shoes that protect your feet 25 cents for each pair of sneakers
Sunday, Nov. 5 – A bed to sleep in 50 cents for each bed
Monday, Nov. 6 – Phones that keep us connected 25 cents for every home phone and cell phone in the family
Tuesday, Nov. 7 – A comfortable place to sit 5 cents for every chair (not couches)
Wednesday, Nov. 8 – Access to dental care 10 cents for every toothbrush
Thursday, Nov. 9 – Clean, safe water to drink 2 pennies for every drinking glass
Friday, Nov. 10 – Electricity that runs appliances 25 cents for each appliance (not TVs)
Saturday, Nov. 11 – Comfortable pillows to rest your head 10 cents for every bed pillow
Sunday, Nov. 12 – Relaxing outdoor places to sit 50 cents for each porch, deck, and patio
Monday, Nov. 13 – Walls that hold your house up and protect you 5 cents for each thing hanging on your walls (1st floor walls)
Tues., Nov. 14 – The ability to buy fresh produce 20 cents for each type of fruit you have
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – A way to access the news and weather $1.00 for each TV
Thursday, Nov. 16 – Footwear that can help dress you up 10 cents for each pair of shoes (not sneakers)
Friday, Nov. 17 – The ability to be protected from the weather 20 cents for every window on your 2nd floor (or 1st if a one-story house)
Saturday, Nov. 18 – Place to invite friends to sit and chat 25 cents for every couch
Sunday, Nov. 19 – Working plumbing 50 cents for each bathroom
Monday, Nov. 20 – Protection from the weather when you go out 5 cents for every coat/jacket
Tuesday, Nov. 21 – The option to eat out at a variety of places 10 cents for every time you ate out this week
Wednesday, Nov. 22 – Technology that connects us to the world $1.00 for each computer and iPad
Thursday, Nov. 23 – The ability to turn on a faucet to clean dishes, hands 25 cents for each faucet inside and outside your home
Friday, Nov. 24 – The blessing of being able to fill our closets with clothes, etc. 10 cents for each closet
Saturday, Nov. 25 – We have the kitchenware to cook meals 5 cents for each pot and pan
Sunday, Nov. 26 – Being able to see the blessings around us 20 cents for each pair of glasses and sunglasses
Monday, Nov. 27 – Wood or carpeted floors to walk on 75 cents per vacuum cleaner
Tuesday, Nov. 28 – The joy of knowing God created us just as we are 50 cents for each mirror
Wednesday, Nov. 29 – The ability to exercise at home $1.00 for each piece of exercise equipment
Thurs., Nov. 30 – Each day we are able to wake up, love God, and serve Him 40 cents for each calendar in your home

Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you may share abundantly in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8