June 2022 News & Updates

Thank you to everyone who has been helping with the property cleanup, weeding, and general maintenance!  

Upcoming Sundays

Youth Christian Education – 10 a.m. Classes PreK-Kindergarten, 1st-3rd, 4th-6th, and 7th-12th grade.

Recognition Sunday: June 5th.

Celebrate with Sundaes after worshipJune 12th.

Last day of classes June 12th.

Adult Christian Education: June 19, 26. Book of RomansJoin us to study the letter as a whole; its structure, argument and big ideas. 6-8 weeks, so it will be a quick overview. All welcome, and come when you are able as notes from previous weeks will be made available. 

Ushering: would you like to help usher? Ask the current usher about the tasks (no heavy lifting required). 

                  there is also opportunities to serve by hosting coffee hour and reading Scripture. 

Consistory Meeting: June 16th, 6:30 pm. 

4th Fridays in Middleburgh: join us our table at the events: June 24th, August 26th, September 23. contact Maria Funiciello for details. 

Pastor Jeff will be gone June 9th-14th for the RCA General Synod meeting. If you have any pastoral needs contact an Elder. Contact a Deacon for any material needs. For property questions, Leslie Hooper or Tom Rogers can most likely help you.  

Trash & Treasure Sale– Saturday July 16th, 9 am-3 pm. 

              Three ways to participate:

  1. Donate your stuff ahead of time starting after June 12th (see flyer for what is not welcome)
  2. Help Setup on Friday (7/15), anytime
  3. Help with the sale 8 am- 2 pm, then clean up. 
    See flyer for more details. 

Band Concert Ice Cream Social: July 22nd. Help us host. See Donna Wynia.   

Sign up for weekly reminders and prayer requests at the website: www.middleburghreformed.org

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Camp Scholarships- The Billy Brown Fund was established in memory of Billy Brown to send kids to a Christian camp. If you are interested in a scholarship for your camper this summer, see Pastor Jeff. We have also compiled a list of camps for you to check out.  

The Benevolence Fund is available to help with material needs. If you have a need or know of a need, contact a Deacon. The Middleburgh Ecumenical Food Pantry is open Saturdays 9-11 a.m. and by appointment, 518-827-7121. 

News from Operation Christmas Child

Samaritan’s Purse at Work in and Around Ukraine

                  Samaritan’s Purse is the parent organization of Operation Christmas Child.  Since early in the days of the Russian invasion, Samaritan’s Purse has been providing relief to the people of Ukraine in the Name of Jesus.  Field hospitals have been set up.  Medical supplies and food are being distributed.  Staff and volunteers are assisting refugees in neighboring countries.  Special backpacks filled with items such as winter caps, simple toys, sketchpads/notebooks, crayons, and small teddy bears stenciled with a message of God’s love written in Ukrainian are being given to displaced children along with booklets translated into Ukrainian—one containing encouraging words from Scripture and another, The Greatest Gift, telling the story of how God revealed His love for us through His Son.

                  You may wonder how an organization such as Samaritan’s Purse would begin to go about providing relief in a country at war.  They turned to their partner churches who share the gospel with Ukraine’s children through Operation Christmas Child.  This network of believers has been key in bringing Samaritan’s Purse and people in need together!  Please pray for the work of Samaritan’s Purse in Ukraine.

Shoebox Goals for 2022

  • 307 gift-filled shoeboxes
  •  “love note” to be included in each shoebox
  • a photo of our church family in each shoebox
  • variety of quality WOW gifts
  • sponsoring children who receive shoeboxes to take The Greatest Journey discipleship course*

*For a donation of $5 toward providing teaching materials and training for teachers and workbooks for students, your name will be entered in a drawing for a Christmas quilt!

June Gift Suggestions

  • WOW gifts
  • Coloring books

School Supply Pledges

                  Summer is the best time to purchase school supplies to go in our shoeboxes.  There are pledge sheets in the foyer where you may indicate what you will purchase.  The simple school supplies we send make it possible for some children to attend school!

Giving with Gratitude  

$38 was collected in May to go toward the $10 donation** requested for each shoebox to be used for shipping and ministry costs.  Thank you for GIVING WITH GRATITUDE!  If you wish to join this effort, collection containers for coins are by the offering plate.

** Due to growing project and ministry costs in providing evangelism and discipleship materials to shoebox recipients, the per shoebox suggested donation will increase from $9 to $10 in 2022. As economic and supply chain challenges continue, OCC is experiencing significant increases in many areas, specifically the printing of materials and overall transportation and shipping costs. 

OCC Crafting Day –  Monday, June 13 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall               

2022 Harvest Bazaar

                  Save the date of September 17 to serve with your church family to raise funds for the $10 donation to send our shoeboxes and the Good News to children around the world!  You may also participate in the bazaar by providing items to sell or by donating a basket filled with gifts for the Basket Raffle.  

Thank you for supporting Operation Christmas Child

with your prayers, resources, and talents!

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