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February News & Announcements

Leadership Meeting, February 13th, 7 p.m. (6:30 Consistory)

Christian Education 10 am Sundays. No Youth Education 2/16 (President’s Day Weekend)

February 9th, Potluck The Fellowship Committee is proposing that we try something new: Second Sunday Pot Luck.  Instead of our usual coffee hour, we will gather for a shared meal. We want everyone to feel welcome to take part in the meal!  It is not necessary for everyone to contribute food.  Your presence will be the most important thing you can share.  Please plan to join your MRC family on February 9 to enjoy good food, generosity, and hospitality!

Check out how ways you can help our church family, coming and goingComing: Take a month to clean the sanctuary, volunteer in the nursery, read Scripture, or host coffee hour, or join a committee. 
Going: Join the Mission Planning Team for conversations about how we are being called to go or look out for coming opportunities. The Food Pantry can also occasionally use volunteers. See Russ Ryan for details.

Sign up for the weekly connection email. Announcement reminders plus weekly prayer requests and occasionally other things of interest. You can sign up through the website: middleburghreformed.org

Operation Christmas Child  
Destination Togo
The shoeboxes we packed last fall will bless children in the African nation of Togo.  This small country in Sub-Saharan Africa gained its independence in 1960.  Togo’s economy depends on subsistence and commercial agriculture.  Half of the nation’s population lives below the international poverty level.  Teacher shortages result in low quality education and high drop-out rates, especially in rural areas.  

Please pray for the children in Togo who are recipients of our gifts.  We know that through Christ all things are possible.  May the Good News of Jesus lead the children, their families, and their friends to a brighter future!

Preparing for Our 2020 Packing Party
        Some of the most cherished gifts children receive in their OCC shoeboxes are letters and photographs.  Bundles of Christmas cards to which you may add a note are located in the foyer.  Chase away cabin fever blues by writing cheerful notes to children! 
            During the month of February, we will be collecting toothbrushes (multipacks appreciated) and small stuffed animals.  You may leave them in the OCC box in the foyer.  Always be on the lookout for a bargain.  Gifts of all kinds are always welcome!
            As we grow the number of shoeboxes, we pack each year, we also need to grow the funds that cover shipping and the training and equipping of those who distribute the gifts.  On September 19, we will be hosting our third Harvest Bazaar to benefit Operation Christmas Child.  Please save the date!  A new fundraising campaign for this year is called Giving with Gratitude.  You will find more information in the foyer.  Thank you for supporting Operation Christmas Child with your prayers all year long.

January 2020 News & Announcements

From the property committee

We Need Help Cleaning the Sanctuary 

     One of the sign-up sheets on the table in the foyer is for volunteers who wish to participate in cleaning the sanctuary for 2020.  After the flood, the property committee decided to ask for volunteers for this space as a way to reduce the expenses for cleaning our buildings. We are paying Tom and Kellie Rogers to take care of the parts of our building that experience extensive use every week.  With enough volunteers, we think we can take care of the sanctuary for worship on Sunday.  Guidelines and supplies are kept in the closet under the stairs.

      In past years, we have also asked for volunteers to clean other parts of our buildings, but at this time we are only asking for sanctuary volunteers. There will be certain times when volunteers will be needed for specific tasks which will be posted as necessary.  Last year, there were two people who cleaned the sanctuary all year.  It would be great to have more people involved to share the work in this very special space.

Consistory Meeting, January 9th, 7 p.m. (new consistory members will begin after their installation on the 19th).

Signups for committee and groups will be available for January 12th  & January 19th. Consider how you would like to help out: 

     Fellowship Committee: (also need a chairperson)

     Education Com: (also need a chairperson)

     Property Com: Leslie Hooper chair.

     Worship Com: Joan Youmans, chairperson

     Mission Planning Team, Tracie Anteman, organizer.  

There are other ways to help out too, including: cleaning the sanctuary for a month (see above), ushering, nursery, coffee hour, and reading Scripture.  

Our new Consistory will be installed on January 19th. Jonathan Meredith will serve as an Elder. Tracie Anteman and Bill Milak will serve as Deacons. We thank Susan Pendergast for her work and care as an Elder these past four years. 

Pastor Jeff will be away January 10 & 11 for a regional gathering to talk about the RCA’s 2020 Vision Team work. 

items of interest from the Leadership Team meeting: 

  • The finance committee and the Deacons plan reevaluate processes and accounts to match our capacity. 
  • Mission Planning Team is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive January 24th
  • Property Committee is working on restoring Classroom #1, engaged a company to replace the smoke detectors as a course of maintenance. The PC continues to work on keeping the buildings clean and maintained. 
  • There is a desire to send out a newsletter in the coming month. If you have something to contribute, forward it to Pastor Jeff. 

Giving Envelopes are available. 

If you don’t have a box assigned to you, take an unnamed box and let Lewis Youmans know the number. 

How does it work? each set of envelopes has a number that is assigned to a giver. That number is connected to your name by our Financial Secretary, Lewis Youmans. Each Sunday of the year has an envelope. When used the amount is recorded with the number. At the end of the year you’ll receive a financial statement of the total giving. Only Lewis has access to the total amount of giving. 

Using the envelopes is not necessary as there are other ways to remain anonymous (cash) or receiving a statement for tax purposes (checks). But if you find it helpful, please avail yourself of them. Other questions about our process? Ask a Consistory member. 

Glasses for Guatemala

During OCC collection week, one of the donors spoke about a medical mission trip she will take in February.  She is a nurse and will be assisting doctors who will be performing eye surgeries and fitting patients for eyeglasses.  Your old glassed are needed!  Please leave them in the basket in the foyer by January 12.  Thank you!

December 2019 News & Announcements

Operation Christmas Child
11,178 Reasons to Celebrate
When the trailers at Grace Fellowship Church were sealed on November 25, they contained 11,178 gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!  Of that number, 1,456 came from the drop-off site at MRC.  Thank you, Allison and all the volunteers, for all of your work during collection week.

Over the years, God’s provision has allowed us to grow the number of shoeboxes we have filled for children in need.  This year 304 shoeboxes were filled at the packing party.  Several folks also packed shoeboxes on their own bringing our total to 395. Thank you for generously sharing your blessings!

Glasses for Guatemala

During OCC collection week, one of the donors spoke about a medical mission trip she will take in February.  She is a nurse and will be assisting doctors who will be performing eye surgeries and fitting patients for eyeglasses.  Your old glassed are needed!  Please leave them in the basket in the foyer by January 12.  Thank you!

Congregational Meeting December 8th.  All are invited to come to share lunch and hear about our life together. After worship, childcare provided. Packets with reports are available. 

Leadership Meeting, 12/11, 7 p.m.

Reverse Advent Calendar to help out the Food Pantry: count down by setting food aside each day for the food pantry. Pick up a calendar on the foyer table.

A Night of Caroling- Advent Activity for the whole family. 4:30 pm- meet at church and ride on a wagon around town singing- return to church 5:15 for food and fellowship. Come for either part or both! We are canvasing for the best time: Sunday 15th, or Friday 20th. Let Susan Pendergast know which works for you by marking on the paper or in person. 

Advent and Christmas Worship 

Worship, Sundays 11 a.m.

Advent Wreath reading: Sign up to lead the Advent wreath readings on the foyer table.
12/1: Advent begins. No Youth Christian Education.
12/8: Advent 2, Isaiah 64:1-9, With Us in Sin
12/15: Advent 3, Isaiah 6:1-4; 10-11, With Us in Suffering
12/22: with Youth Education program. 
12/24 Christmas Eve Worship, 7 pm. Isaiah 43:16-21, With Us to Make a Way
12/29: First Sunday after Christmas, 11 a.m. worship. No Christian Education, youth or adult. 
1/5: 2nd Sunday after Christmas, 11 a.m. Youth and Adult Christian Education 10 a.m. Isaiah 9:1-7; With Us to Reign

Updated Directories are available on The Table. Forward corrections and additions to Pastor Jeff. Some corrections are already available on labels. 

study phone: 518-827-5134                                           food pantry: 518-827-7121

www.middleburghreformed.org                                    hello@middleburghreformed.org

PO Box 112      Middleburgh, NY 12122

November News & Announcements

Sundays 

Christian Education 

Adult Education: continues to meet Sunday mornings, 10 a.m. We are currently exploring Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount. 

Youth Education: 10-10:45 am

No Youth Education December 1st (Thanksgiving Weekend).

Worship, Sundays 11 a.m. 

  Series on the Lord’s Prayer: 

  • 11/3 Give Us! Our Daily Bread
  • 11/10 Forgive Us! 
  • 11/17: Deliver Us!
  • 11/24: Reign of Christ Sunday

Thanksgiving Basket Collection: Joshua Project is organizing non-perishable items to distribute. We are collecting: instant potatoes, cranberry sauce, applesauce, gravy, vegetables, stuffing, can yams. See Kathy Jenkins or Allison Coons for more information. items due 11/18.

Ham Supper, 11/9. We still need help. Help! We need pies, ham bakers, setup and cleanup, parking lot, dining hall, and maybe more. see John Funiciello.  

Updated Directories are available on The Table. Forward corrections and additions to Pastor Jeff. Some corrections are already available on labels.  

Community Thanksgiving Eve Service, hour and place forthcoming. 

Operation Christmas Child

It’s that time of year again when we can all help a child get some wonderful gifts and most of all to learn about the love of Jesus.  One box or 10 it will change a child’s life and yours too.  If anyone is in need of a box or two please see Allison Coons, I have plenty to share.

Drop off week is November 18th through 25th.  Hours are as follows:

  • Monday 18th: 10 am to Noon
  • Tuesday 19th: 2 – 4 pm
  • Wednesday 20th: 4 – 6 pm
  • Thursday 21st: 6 – 8 pm
  • Friday 22nd: 2 – 4 pm
  • Saturday 23rd: 10 – Noon
  • Sunday 24th: Noon – 2 pm
  • Monday 25th: 9 – 11 am 

Join churches in the US for Dedication Sunday on Nov. 17. We too will be celebrating and praying that God will use the boxes for this glory. 

  • Signup to provide refreshments for the Collection Center that we host! See signup in the foyer. 

Thank You, Allison (Drop Off Leader)

Sign up for the weekly connection email. Announcement reminders plus weekly prayer requests and occasionally other things of interest. You can sign up through the website: middleburghreformed.org

Congregational Meeting December 8th.  All are invited to come to share lunch and hear about our life together. After worship, childcare provided. 

September News & Announcements

Youth Education begins September 15th All youth, PreK thru High School are invited join us Sunday mornings, 10-10:45 a.m. The schedule for the year is available and on the webpage. 

Lunch & Vroman’s Nose Hike, September 15th Join us after worship for a light lunch and a Sunday constitutional up the Nose. (lunch is not limited to the walkers) Sandwiches fixings provided. RSVP on the sheet in the foyer and we invite people to provide other things like vegetables or chips. 

Nursery: We value being hospitable. An important part of welcoming one another is providing a space for children to be during worship. And we need help staffing the nursery, especially if you don’t have children. The more we share the Sundays, the easier it is. The master scheduler is in Google Sheets, or check the paper copy in the foyer and let Pastor Jeff know a Sunday you can help. There will be an information session/ tour for volunteers on September 22ndafter worship.   

RCA Futures Conversation: Join Pastor Jeff to talk about possible outcomes the of the present discussions in the RCA. We’ll also possible ways that we are called as a church. The recent 1-pagers are a helpful introduction to the whole thing, but not necessary to read or understand. Saturday September 28th, 10 a.m., Fellowship Hall. 

Adult Education continues to meeting Sunday mornings, 10 a.m. We are currently exploring Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount. 

Update your details in the directory: September 22nddeadline. Let Pastor Jeff know or use the directory on the foyer table and scratch out the old and include the new. New directory will be available October 6th. New feature!: Include your contact preference and whether you text the cell phone.  

Sign up for the weekly news & announcement email. It’s much the same as you find here, plus weekly prayer requests and occasionally other things of interest. You can sign up through the website: middleburghreformed.org

Meetings & Planning 

Mission Trip Debriefwith Scones, September 8th after worship

Consistory Meeting, 9/12, 7 p.m.

Ham Supper Planning Meeting- First planning meeting for this year. 

If you organized an area last year, please come! We have a new chairperson and we need all hands-on deck to get this project off the ground. September 17th, 6:30 pm

Nursery help brief– 9/22, for 10 minutes after worship in the nursery. 

Operation Christmas Child
Getting Ready for Our 2019 Packing Party

          In a few short weeks, it will be time for our annual OCC packing party!  If you have not yet delivered the school supplies you pledged to purchase, please do so by next Sunday.  Pledge sheets for the remainder of needed gifts may be found in the foyer.

Harvest Bazaar  Plans are well underway for our event to raise funds to be used toward shipping this year’s shoeboxes. Your support is crucial to the success of our event.  Please consider participating in one or more of the following:

  • Help to stock the Harvest Café.  (Please see Ellie Spencer about what is needed.)
    • Fill a basket for the basket raffle.  (Please see Karen Miller for details.)
    • Say, “YES!” when a team leader asks you to serve.
    • LIKE and SHARE the Harvest Bazaar page on Facebook.  
    • INVITE others to attend the event.
    • Build a scarecrow to decorate the bazaar.  (See Maria Funiciello for more information.)  After the bazaar the scarecrows will be displayed on the church lawn with a special message for the community!
    • On September 9thbeginning at 7 p.m. there will be a meeting to price items made by the Harvest Bazaar crafters.  If you have been making items for the bazaar on your own and would like help to price them, please plan to attend.
    • Enjoy the Harvest Bazaar with your family and friends on September 21st!

A Rare Opportunity The area OCC team will host a collection season kick-off event at Grace Fellowship Church (20 Delatour Rd., Watervliet) on September 14 beginning at 9 a.m.  This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the project and connect with others who support it.  A highlight of the morning will be a talk by a young man who received a shoebox as a child.  You are invited to attend to hear how a simple gift impacted his life.  Since 1993, more than 168 million children have been blessed with an OCC shoebox.  You have the opportunity to meet one of those precious children!

July N&A Sheet

Summer Coffee Hour: through August coffee and juice will be served in the foyer before and after worship. 

Mission-Planning Team 

Mission TripAugust 21st– 25thto Barnet, Vermont.

We will be staying at the Green Mountain Retreat Center (about a 4 hour drive) and helping in different areas, for all abilities.  $25/ per person includes room and food, registration due July 21st.All ages welcome.  Contact Tracie Anteman with questions. 

Trash & Treasure Sale: August 17th

Spring cleaning?  Time to De-clutter? Please remember to save items for our church Trash & Treasure sale on August 17. Please do not bring your items to church until August.  Sorry: no clothing, TV’s, Computers, and the like. Questions? contact Leslie Hooper

PrayerBoard: Connect with others this Summer on the prayer board posted in the foyer. You are invited to share prayer requests, bulletins from churches you may visit when you are away, and then check out how you can pray for others. 

Summer Band Ice Cream Social, Our turn: July 26th

A longstanding summer tradition in Middleburgh is the Friday evening summer band concert with ice cream social.  Our turn to host the ice cream social is July 26.  

There will be many ways for you to participate:  

  • transporting tables to the high school lawn
  • setting up, serving
  • cleaning up
  • and of course providing delectable homemade baked goods!  

Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches.

Operation Christmas Child

You may recall that some of the shoeboxes we packed last fall were destined for distribution in Ukraine. They have arrived!  Children in that country once clouded by the darkness of communism have been blessed by our gifts and by hearing about Jesus!  We are privileged to be a part of training up a new generation of believers.  Please continue to pray for the children and those who will disciple them.

                  Our students are enjoying their first days of summer vacation and may not want to think about back-to-school shopping right now. However, school supplies will soon be on sale in the stores!  When we provide a few basic supplies in our shoeboxes, it sometimes means that the children who receive them may be allowed to attend classes!!  Please use the sheets in the foyer to make a pledge to provide school supplies for children in need.

                  Since our first Harvest Bazaar ended, we have been making plans for the second.  Please mark your calendar for Sept. 21 and plan to spend the day with your church family to raise funds to ship our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to children around the world.  There will be a planning meeting on July 9 at 7 p.m. in the church library for the bazaar. The Harvest Bazaar crafters will meet again on July 15 at 6 p.m. in the same location.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Summer Sundays

Adult Christian Educationwill continue through the summer, which is exploring the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. 10 a.m. 

July 21st: Bodes visit.Come here missionaries Josh and Erica Bode and family are finding Oman, their work there and how we can support them.

July 28th:Community Worship on the Lawn, 11 a.m. High School lawn. We’ll worship with the other congregations in town, Kim and Reggie Harris are leading the music. Bring a lawn chair your comfort. (we will not be meeting at our building) 

June News & Announcements

Sundays

   June 9thcelebrating the end of the Youth Christian Education and ministry year during worship

   June 30th: Church (inside) picnic: June 30th. 11 a.m. worship in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch following with hotdogs and hamburgers provided, bring a dish to share. 

No reservation required- but please let us know you are coming on the blue sheet in the foyer for an estimate on the meat and set up. Thanks!

      Middleburgh Central School Baccalaureate Service June 23rd, 7 pm.We are hosting. 

Consistory Meeting,June 13th, 7 p.m.

Fellowship CommitteeMeeting:June 10, 6 p.m. in the church library

Harvest Bazaar Crafters:  June 17, 6 p.m. in the church library

Summer Coffee Hour: after June 16th through August coffee and juice will be served in the foyer before and after worship. 

Mission-Planning Team

Red Cross blood drive, Thank you for making this a success! We exceeded our goal!  

Ronald McDonald Housein Albany help, Saturday, June 15th. 10 am-12 pm, up to 15 people total between baking and cleaning/odd jobs.  All bakers must be at least 16 years old.  Sign-up sheet is in the foyer.  Leaving from church at 8:45 a.m.  

Mission TripAugust 21st– 25thto Barnet, Vermont.

We will be staying at the Green Mountain Retreat Center (about a 4 hour drive) and helping in different areas, for all abilities.  $25/ per person includes room and food, registration due July 21st. All ages welcome.  Contact Tracie Anteman with questions. 

Trash & Treasure Sale

Spring cleaning?  Time to De-clutter?

Please remember to save items for our church Trash & Treasure sale on August 17.

Please do not bring your items to church until August.  Sorry: no clothing, TV’s, Computers, and the like.  Questions? contact Leslie Hooper

Operation Christmas Child

We will continue to collect hygiene items during June.  Items to purchase are:  toothbrushes (multipacks desired), bars of soap, and combs.  We already have enough washcloths for our goal of 304 filled shoeboxes!

As summer vacation approaches for our students, we know that school supplies will soon be going on sale!  Beginning on June 9, pledge sheets will be in the foyer for you to indicate what you will purchase for our fall packing party.     

Please save the date of September 21 for our second Harvest Bazaar.  The event will be held to raise funds to ship some of our shoeboxes.  There will be many ways for you to participate in the bazaar. New this year will be scarecrows to direct our guests.  Please consider making one!  After the bazaar, we plan to group the scarecrows on the church lawn as our entry in Rotary’s Scarecrow Contest!

Thank you for supporting OCC with your time, resources, and prayers!

A Shoebox Story from Guyana

           A young girl went home from school one day with a list of items needed for her to remain in a sewing class.  The list included such things as a tape measure, pins, needles, thread, and scissors. The items were to be taken to class on the following Monday.  With a broken heart, the girl’s mother told her daughter that there was no money to buy the needed items for her sewing class.  On Friday, the girl attended a special program at a church where she heard about her Heavenly Father’s immeasurable love.  She also received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.  Upon opening her gift, the girl discovered all of the items on the list for her sewing class!

          God uses the shoeboxes we pack with ordinary items in mighty ways!  The girl in this story received what she needed for her sewing class.  She would be able to learn skills which might help her care for her family one day or lead to a career involving sewing.  The shoebox also touched the heart of the girl’s mother who saw the hand of God at work in her child’s life.

How blessed we are to be able to join God in mission to the world’s hurting children through Operation Christmas Child!

May News & Announcements

Mother-Daughter-Sister-Friend Tea- Saturday, May 11 beginning at noon

Operation Christmas Child

                  The stockpile of gifts for our 2019 packing party is growing!  Thank you to everyone who has been shopping and/or making gifts.  The suggested gifts to purchase in May are hygiene items:  multipacks of toothbrushes, bars of soap, and combs.  We already have enough washcloths for the children.

            Save the date of September 21 for our Harvest Bazaar.  Money raised at that event will be used for the $9 donation requested for each shoebox.  That donation pays for discipleship booklets for shoebox recipients, training and materials for those who host shoebox distributions, and shipping.

            The Harvest Bazaar crafters meet monthly to work on items to sell at the bazaar.  Beginning in May, they will meet on the third Monday beginning at 6 p.m. in the church library.  As well as a productive time, our time together has been a sweet time of fellowship. Grab a project and join us!

            Perhaps you enjoy sewing, knitting, or crafting on your own and are not able to meet with the Harvest Bazaar crafters.  We welcome your contributions to the bazaar also! Please consider making something that we may offer for sale at the bazaar.

            Gentlemen, are your shirts ready for the rag bag? The Harvest Bazaar crafters can use them!  We need striped, checked, and plaid shirts for one of our projects. Shirts may be left in the OCC donation box.  Thanks!

            Pleaseprayfor:

shoebox recipients
those who host shoebox distributions and disciple children
the work of the NY Greater Capital District Area Team of OCC

Fellowship Committee

The fellowship committee thanks you for supporting the April NET dinner, community Easter breakfast, and coffee hours.  If you would like to take a turn at hosting a coffee hour, but you aren’t sure about how to do it, ask a veteran coffee hour host to partner with you!  Thank you!

Sunday Help: there are spaces available to help in the nursery, reading Scripture, ushering and coffee hour. See Pastor Jeff to help with nursery or ushering and get a five-minute tour. 

Signup in the foyer to read Scripture and coffee hour.  

Worship Committee Meeting: Tuesday, May 7that the Youmans house.

Mission-Planning Team

Red Cross blood drive, Thursday, May 16th, 2 pm- 7 pm.  As this is our first time hosting an event for the Red Cross, we are looking for 45 appointments and 35 actual donors.  We need helping setting up tables and chairs, registration table, and snack table help. 

Ronald McDonald Housein Albany help, Saturday, June 15th. 10 am-12 pm, up to 15 people total between baking and cleaning/odd jobs.  All bakers must be at least 16 years old.  Sign-up sheet is in the foyer.  

Mission TripAugust 21st– 25thto Barnet, Vermont.

  We will be staying at the Green Mountain Retreat Center (about a 4 hour drive) and helping in different areas, for all abilities.  $25/ per person includes room and food. All ages welcome. 

Contact Tracie Anteman with questions. 

Trash & Treasure Sale

Spring cleaning?  Time to De-clutter?

Please remember to save items for our church Trash & Treasure sale on August 17.

Please do not bring your items to church until August.  Sorry: no clothing, TV’s, Computers, and the like.  Questions? contact Leslie Hooper

Personal Hygiene ItemsThank you for offering hygiene items for students & families in the Middleburgh District. We will continue to maintain the supply for the schools, so look out for particular needs at the items are used up. So far we have given the school: 27 sticks of deodorant, 22 bottles of shampoo and conditioner, 26 bars of soap, 15 cans of shaving cream, 22 tubes of toothpaste, 24 toothbrushes, along with feminine hygiene stuff, tissues, toilet paper, razors, hair-ties brushes and combs and socks and underwear.  

April News & Announcements

Spring Work Days: join us for getting the church yard ready for mowing season and building cleaned up after the winter. 

  • Move branches and sticks from lawn
  • Rake stones off lawn
  • Wash windows and door entrances

 Group work days are set for April 6 and 13, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., or come anytime. 

Men’s BreakfastMen eating breakfast together, Saturday April 6th,  7:30 a.m. in the hall.

Consistory Meeting- April 11th, 7 p.m.

Mother-Daughter-Sister-Friend Tea

            The fellowship committee cordially invites all women and girls of the church and the special ladies in their lives to attend a tea on Saturday, May 11 beginning at noon.  The tea is being catered by Nancy Williams’ son, Jeff. In order to know how much food will be needed and how many tables to prepare, the committee is asking you to make reservations for you and your guest(s) by April 14.  A sign-up sheet is in the foyer.  Attendees are encouraged to wear their “Sunday finery” including hats.  There will be no charge to attend the tea.  We hope there will be a large turn-out for this event which will celebrate our relationships with the special women and girls in our lives!

Operation Christmas Child

JOG with Operation Christmas Child!

Enter the Joy oGiving by purchasing gifts to be included in our shoeboxes for 2019. 

Suggested gifts to purchase in April are:

bars of soap, combs, small stuffed animals (Look for after-Easter clearance!)

You are asked to also give your prayers for Operation Christmas Child.  Some new prayer needs include:

the area church relations team that is seeking to engage more churches

the Connect Conference for OCC volunteers that ML will attend May 2-4

                  plans by the area team to be at Troy’s Riverfront Festival in June

                  Thank you for supporting Operation Christmas Child!

Sunday Help: there are spaces available to help in the nursery, reading Scripture, ushering and coffee hour. See Pastor Jeff to help with nursery or ushering. Signup in the foyer to read Scripture and coffee hour.  

Mission-Planning Team

Red Cross blood drive, Thursday, May 16th, 2 pm- 7 pm.  As this is our first time hosting an event for the Red Cross, we are looking for 45 appointments and 35 actual donors.  We need helping setting up tables and chairs, registration table, and snack table help. 

Ronald McDonald Housein Albany help, Saturday, June 15th. 10 am-12 pm, up to 15 people total between baking and cleaning/odd jobs.  All bakers must be at least 16 years old.  Sign-up sheet is in the foyer.  

Mission TripAugust 21st– 25thto Barnet, Vermont.

  We will be staying at the Green Mountain Retreat Center (about a 4 hour drive) and helping in different areas, for all abilities.  $25/ per person includes room and food. All ages welcome. 

Contact Tracie Anteman with questions about the mission opportunities. 

Trash & Treasure Sale

Spring cleaning?  Time to De-clutter?

Please remember to save items for our church Trash & Treasure sale on August 17.

Please do not bring your items to church until August.  Sorry: no clothing, TV’s, Computers, and the like.  Questions? contact Leslie Hooper

Personal Hygiene Items

Thank you for offering hygiene items for students & families in the Middleburgh District. We will continue to maintain the supply for the schools, so look out for particular needs at the items are used up.