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Fill the Ark is a four-week family devotional with a focus on gratitude for our blessings and a generous spirit of giving to our neighbors in need. Each week shares a scripture as the focus for reflection and study. Each day includes information about Heifer’s work, animal gifts, resources and approach. Daily giving challenges bring parents, siblings, grandparents or other family members together to appreciate their abundance and collect change to help struggling families.

Next week we start a really fun and amazing missions project, “Fill the Ark”, which is sponsored by the Heifer Project. The object is to raise money for animals and plants for people who are struggling to survive all over the world.It is set up for both children and families to participate. Next Sunday those that are in Children’sChurch will be given a piggy bank, a cute stuffed farm animal, a packet regarding cows, as well as a fun 4 week calendar. Each week, the children will receive a packet about other animals that are provided by Heifer.The calendar has a challenge for every day of the week.  AKA:  on the day that features Yaks it indicates that in Tibet, these hearty, long haired animals provide transportation, milk and meat. Clothing and blankets made of yak hair provide insulation from cold winters. How can we help?  Who needs a haircut? Add 25 cents to the piggy bank if you or anyone else in the household is in need.  To add to the fun, we are adding another challenge. There is a jar on the table inthe fellowship hall next to the Fill the Ark poster. We’re asking adults to add donations to the jar. In the end we will see who donated the most, the adults or the children.  The children are really excited about being able to help people who are not as fortunate as they are.  Let’s set a Christ like example on how they can help to make those unfortunate, fortunate.

Saturday, April 10

(Every 2nd Saturday of the Month)

8am Breakfast – 12:00pm

Join us for a time of food, fellowship…..and WORK!  God’s house is your house, and like every house needs to maintained and cleaned.  What a better way to start cleaning house than with a  breakfast to boost that energy to help pitch in to glorify and beautify the house we worship in!  Breakfast will be served at 8:00 am and will work to shore up house of our risen Lord until noon.

Some of the areas needing to be shored up this work day will be:

Painting Sunday School Rooms

Replace Lights

Organize Closets

Clean oven and vents

See you at the table!




The Red Cross

Blood Drive

  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
  • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
  • Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.8 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.

From The Genesee Valley District

United Methodist Men Invitation  Conference United Methodist Men wish to invite men from your own districts to our annual Spring Retreat, which will be held at the Aldersgate UMC camp (https://aldersgateny.org/) 4PM Friday April 30th – 3PM Saturday May 1st. To help us promote this annual event, there is a descriptive flier available on our www.unyumm.org website – here is the link –   http://unyumm.org/mt-content/uploads/2020/08/aldersgate-retreat-2021-registration5182.pdf(sorry the link has a blank sheet for its page 2 and 3! Only page 1 is needed) Any questions I would direct to our Conference President Mark Jones at 315-749-3700.

CCORR (Conference Commission on Religion and Race) currently has three Imagine No Racism 2.0 courses happening. CCORR hopes to continue to offer INR courses as they are requested. Typically, people have chosen to do six weekly sessions but planning the sessions is flexible. People looking for an INR group can email: bsmith@binghamton.edu. Clergy may receive 1 CEU and Lay Servant Ministries laity may receive advanced course credit.

Everyday Sanctuary has a free Toolkit to help churches Engage their Community and mark the 1 Year Anniversary of the Pandemic.  The free toolkit includes 10 specific ways to Engage your Community, a “You are Not Alone” Coloring Page, 4 Social Media prompts to increase engagement and 4 thematic Social Media posts.   Let your community know that they are Not Alone.

Learn more at https://everydaysanctuary.com/1crazyyear

Adirondack and Binghamton Districts have teamed up to schedule a Basic Lay Servant Course.

Mondays, April 12, 19, 26 and Thursday April 29: all classes will be from 6-9pmZOOM:

Course Fee: $15Instructors: Jacqueline Kim, and Timothy BardTo register please email Arlene Schmidt at adschmidt@nycap.rr.com



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