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September 2017    


Upcoming Events::

Sept. Celebration of 5 years of Soldotna Food Pantry (See report below)

October is Permanent Fund Dividend Month (Please consider tithing to SUMC)

Oct. 1 World Communion Sunday (offering)

Oct. 3 Municipal Elections

Oct. 29 All Church Conference (Everyone is invited)

August 18 & 19, 2018 Celebrate SUMC’s 50th Birthday!! SAVE THE DATES!!

SOLDOTNA FOOD PANTRY FIVE YEARS LATER…..

Since September 2012, the Soldotna Food Pantry has distributed 7,162 boxes serving 12,716 adults and 5,722 children!

Our current client list represents 754 households with an average distribution of 133 boxes each month serving 355 people.

The Councils of Soldotna United Methodist Church and Christ Lutheran Church support this mission through budget appropriations. The congregations of both churches donate food, funds and those all-important volunteers.

The Rasmuson Foundation, First United Methodist Foundation of Anchorage, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America have extended multi-year grants to the Pantry.

Local community groups including Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rotary Club, Lions Club, VFW and American Legion have shown support through food drives and cash and food donations.

Individual community members frequently drop off bags of food, send in checks and gift cards and stop in to bag staple items.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank continues as a vital source of product and provides a monthly Mobile Food Pantry when inventory is available.

Fred Meyers offers discounts on Kroger brand products and accommodates the Pantry with pre-orders.

Odie’s Deli donates soup, frozen and bagged, for client’s use at home.

The Community Garden continues to flourish offering clients the opportunity to learn to garden with a plot of their own and loving assistance, in addition to providing fresh picked produce on Wednesdays in vast quantities!

For the past five years…THANK YOU!

The Soldotna Food Pantry looks forward to continued cooperation with the community to provide vital assistance to our neighbors needing food assistance.

JOIN US in this rewarding ministry.
Will You Equip World-Changers? Mission pigs filled to the brim can make a change in our world.

Will you give generously on World Communion Sunday to make education and vocational impact possible for more students. Will you equip gifted and qualified students from around the globe to become the world-changers God created them to be?

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”  And because the people of The United Methodist Church believe that all of God’s children have been created and gifted to build the kingdom Jesus ushered in, we’re resourcing them to do just that. Because of your giving on World Communion Sunday, the most powerful tool to change the world is in more hands.

Many folks in our church family have health issues or on the road to recovery and we ask that you hold them up in prayer: Mike Gebhard, Jim Moore, Dee Benner, Peggy Dodd, Pastor Karen’s sister and brother, Kelly Lipinski, Kelly Cooper, Katrina Winn, Herb Stettler, Irv Carlile (surgery 9/29), Terri Daly, Toni (Sandy Sandoval’s mom), Bob Bakkedahl, Cindy Littell, Floyd Ring, Elizabeth Wilson & Bruce Fisher. Pastor Karen has flown to Washington State this week for a memorial service for her mother who died last month. Katrina found a great place to live and we’ll be helping her find some of the needed items to run a household. Thanks to the movers.

October 10, our very own Herb Stettler, Korean War Veteran and all around amazing human being will be part of an Honor Flight to our national’s capital. The Honor Flight is dedicated to sending Veterans to WAshington D.C. to visit the memorials that were built to honor their service and sacrifice. If Herb is flying out of Kenai, we will be there to send him off…and to receive him home again.

Our last last garage sale was a huge success. It was modest, but we exceeded our goal, had at least a couple dozen willing fun workers, happily greeted and served our community and were cleaned up in 56 minutes flat. The Food Pantry and the General Church received more than $500 and UMW made $1000. Thanks to so many people. You know who you are. Know that you are appreciated.

Table Talk w/ Karen, on most Mondays, 10-12 at Kaladi Bros by Trustworthy. A time to visit, talk business, pray or – whatever is on your heart regarding your life and walk with Christ. Come, and invite a friend! If this does not work for you, Karen is in the office Tuesdays 10-1 and Wednesdays 10-1 and 4-6:30. You are encouraged to honor Pastor Karen’s ¾ time work schedule outside of emergency situations .Her days off are Thursday and Friday.

Wanted: Prayer concerns, big and small If you have prayer concerns that you would like to share, please contact Cherie Shrader by e-mail (cshrader@alaska.net)or phone 907 862-4700. You are welcome to ask her to add your name to the circle of pray-ers as well. This group of dedicated pray-ers honors confidentiality and upholds your special concerns and our entire church. You can start with Pastor Karen (262-4958 parsonage 394-4849 cell or hope4glory.kmt@gmail.com) or with Cherie (862-4700) and know that you will be surrounded with prayers.

If you are going to be in the hospital or know of someone who is and would like a visit, please contact Karen.

E-mail address for the church soldotnaumc@gmail.com  If you have something that you would like to have in the news, or if you would like your name removed from the list, or be added to the list, please contact me at asusansmalley@gmail.com

May 2017

Garden Help (talk to Troy Castimore 283-4609) Our SUMC garden is an important source of love via fresh produce for our Food Pantry friends.

Food Pantry Help There are so many ways you can help. 41 families were served yesterday.  (Cosette @ 398-4373) There are big jobs and small jobs and the MOST HELPFUL THING is to schedule with Cosette (Food Pantry) or Troy (for the garden). It’s hard to assure jobs for drop-ins and we want everyone to have a good volunteer opportunity.

Welcome to Joanne Lowery, Dave Lowery’s sister who has moved to Soldotna. We’re so glad to have you!

Goodbye to Audrey and Jack Barr who have moved to Washington State. You will be missed. Jack served sausage gravy for years at the Alternative High School and always made fresh strawberry jam too.

Debbie Griffin is back from Arizona and will be playing regularly during the summer. Thank you Debbie. And thanks to Eric for being there on the guitar.

 AUGUST 25 & 26 It’s true!! We are going to have one more garage sale at the end of the summer. It’s just too good of a way to help people rehome their stuff, keep things out of the landfill and make money too. We have a motto for this one for those of us who are going to start making piles. “When in doubt, throw it out!”  We are asking/imploring/begging each marvelous contributor to do a SUPER SORT so it will be easier for the volunteers to manage and be less work. Some rules still apply: 1) no computers 2) no small or large live animals (just to see if you are reading this) 3) no plastic containers or recycled tomato sauce cans 4) nothing that your housemates will come and reclaim 5) clothes should all be in great shape. The shed out back will be available but please wait for the “ready, set, go” because it needs to be cleaned out first so that we can maximize storage. MARK YOUR CALENDARS. We will need your help in many ways. Got a friend who is moving?? We can assist. Last garage sale we were so lucky to have so many generous donors outside of our church family. We’ll let you know where the money will be going. Got questions? Ask Susie, 283-7469 or asusansmalley@gmail.com.

 We’ve got graduates… Congrats to Alicia McLelland, Bill & Tracy Parker’s Granddaughter and Annie Quinn who are graduating from Sohi.  Jordan Chilson got his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Southeast and was also honored as their outstanding student of the year. David Stahleckor graduated from Alaska Christian College.

 Relay For Life, June 2 @ Skyview Middle School.  Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer. Luminaria bags will be available at church the next two Sundays for those we REMEMBER, who lost their fight, and those we CELEBRATE as survivors. The Kenai Lions will be cooking a free breakfast the night of Relay. Survivors get a free purple t-shirt and are honored with the first lap of the evening. Invite your survivor friends and come and celebrate with them.

Coming events:

  • Alaska Missionary Conference Annual Meeting, (Pastor Karen and Cherie Schrader will attend), June 2 & 3
  • Relay For Life, June 2 at Skyview Middle School 6 p.m-midnightish
  • Peace with Justice Sunday, June 11
  •  Vacation Bible School, June 26 – 30
  • July 4 we’ll be serving Biscuits and Gravy at the Kenai United Methodist Church to raise money for the Food Pantries.
  • Team will be here. One of the projects they will be involved in is replacing the back stairs by the offices.
  • Garage Sale, August 25 & 26

 

April 2017

Buzzi (Edna) Brown’s Memorial service will be Friday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at Soldotna United Methodist Church.

HOLY WEEK on the horizon.

Palm Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. service @ SUMC
Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m. we will join with Christ Lutheran for a     re-enactment     of the Last Supper @ SUMC
Good Friday/Tenebrae Service, April 14, 7 p.m. @ SUMC
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 16 @ 7 a.m. @ SUMC
Easter Service, April 16 @ 10 a.m. @ SUMC
Easter Brunch, April 16 @ 11:30 a.m. @SUMC (We have a sign up sheet at church if you’d like to help with brunch.)

WELCOME BACK SNOWBIRDS. Several of our folks who winter in the south are already back. We celebrate their return and await the next flights’ arrival. We saved your place!

Attention Gardeners: When you are planting your seeds, please keep in mind that the Community Garden at SUMC will be needing lots of plants to fill its beds and provide food for our Pantry friends. Thank you in advance.

WANTED: Carroll Knutson has a school teacher friend who is refurbishing used laptop computers that will be for a village school in Mexico. Do you have a laptop that you’ve been wondering what to do with? This opportunity keeps them out of our landfill and gives them a new productive life in a school. You can bring them to church or give Carroll a call (262-4932) and connect with her.

March, 2017

Thanks to Bob and Steve and friends, we are now very close to having a new bathroom that will accommodate wheelchairs. The women’s restroom near the kitchen has been refitted to be wheelchair accessible and has a locking door. All will be welcome – one at a time.

  This year One Great Hour of Sharing is March 26. We celebrate this opportunity that supports that administration of the United Methodist Committee on Relief as it responds to disasters in our state, nation and the world. This one offering ensures that 100% of other money donated goes directly to the response, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.

The trustees reported at our last council meeting that both our gas and electrical costs at the church have been significantly reduced since we installed a new furnace and increased insulatation. Thanks again to our trustees for the good work.

““Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places” is a state of being that most of us find ourselves much of the time. We are hungry for love. We spend money, time, anxiety looking for it in all the wrong places, when Love, God, is right in front of us, within us and has been our whole life. It is something people have struggled with since The Fall and sin entered the human story. This Lenten season we will be reflecting on and reassessing where we are searching for meaning, for “redemption”. We will not be looking to the “usual places” of temporarily feeling good or satisfied. Instead we will be looking to where love, grace, forgiveness, righteousness, and healing can REALLY be found and have their lasting impact on our lives and the lives we touch. ‘Go, and love as I have loved you!’

Sunday 3-12-17 – Look for the Helper
Sunday 3-19-17 – Look for the Thirst-Quencher
Sunday 3-26-17 – Look for the Shepherd
Sunday 4-2-17 – Look for the Liberator
Sunday 4-9-17 – Look for the Unexpected

Walk With Wholeness

March  31 – April 2, 2017

North Star Bible Camp, Willow Alaska

We are excited to welcome Praveena Balasundaram from the United Methodist Women’s National Office as our Retreat Leader and Rev. Lisa Talbott, from Homer UMC, as our Retreat Clergy. You can download both the registration and scholarship forms from our website.  If you prefer, you can fill out your registration form online and then mail in your payment.  Both forms are also attached to this email.  We welcome you to forward this email to anyone you feel would enjoy this special weekend away.

Please plan to join us for this wonderful spiritual growth opportunity!

Regular Registration is $160 after March 1, 2017

ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE BY MARCH 15, 2017

Table Talk w/ Karen, on most Mondays, 10-12 at Kaladi Bros by Trustworthy. A time to visit, talk business, pray or – whatever is on your heart regarding your life and walk with Christ. Come, and invite a friend! If this does not work for you, Karen is in the office Tuesdays 10-1 and Wednesdays 10-1 and 4-6:30. You are encouraged to honor Pastor Karen’s ¾ time work schedule outside of emergency situations. Her days off are Thursday and Friday.

      Wanted: Prayer concerns, big and small If you have prayer concerns that you would like to share, please contact Cherie Shrader by e-mail (cshrader@alaska.net)or phone 907 862-4700. You are welcome to ask her to add your name to the circle of pray-ers as well. This group of dedicated pray-ers honors confidentiality and upholds your special concerns and our entire church. You can start with Pastor Karen (262-4958 parsonage 394-4849 cell or hope4glory.kmt@gmail.com) or with Cherie (862-4700) and know that you will be surrounded with prayers.

If you are going to be in the hospital or know of someone who is and would like a visit, please contact Karen.

E-mail address for the church soldotnaumc@gmail.com  If you have something that you would like to have in the news, or if you would like your name removed from the list, or be added to the list, please contact me at asusansmalley@gmail.com

February, 2017

Congratulations to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Because 94% of the money raised goes to programs we’ve earned an A+ with Charity Navigator. Alleviating human suffering around the globe by providing humanitarian aid through programs of relief, rehabilitation, service to refugees, and renewal of life is its mission statement. If you want to find out more about how God’s love is being spread through the world via UMCOR, visit umcor.org. One Great Hour of Sharing in March provides the administrative costs.

Hello from some of the Food Pantry volunteers. Your continued support is appreciated. Food, money, volunteers, and prayers are valued. In 2016 we distributed 1824 boxes of food. Those boxes of food provide nourishment to 3213 adults and 1419 children. This quote is from the original Clarion article in 2012.  “Church should be us using our hands and our hearts to do God’s work,” Castimore (Troy) said. “And feeding the hungry is part of that (work).” Well done good and faithful servants.

First Annual Fundraiser for Freedom House. Friday, February  10 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Soldotna Sports Center. Hope to see you there! One of our Scout moms will be competing.

Freedom House is a women’s faith-based recovery residence located in Soldotna, Alaska. There is a huge need in the community for such a home!
The majority of women accepted into Freedom House will be coming from prisons and rehab facilities. These women are in need of a safe place to live to stay sober and to become a productive member of society. The requirements of Freedom House will provide these women with the life-skills they need to move forward with a clean and sober life while expecting them to pursue a relationship with the One who came that they “may have life, and have it in abundance” (John 10:10).
Our very own Don Nugent has been volunteering at Freedom House and was captured in a cameo on KTVA. http://www.ktva.com/soldotna-women-recovering-addiction-will-soon-new-home-856/ Are you interested in volunteering? Contact Don @ 413 822 3960.

 Hymns and Brew at Odie’s on Friday, February 17 from 6-8 is a fundraiser for the Soldotna Food Pantry sponsored by Christ Lutheran. Come and sing your old favorite hymns, enjoy good food and a good beverage and help support an important ministry in the Soldotna area. SUMC is blessed to have Christ Lutheran as a committed partner for the Food Pantry. Come join the fun. Beer is optional.

 Wanted: Prayer concerns, big and small If you have prayer concerns that you would like to share, please contact Cherie Shrader by e-mail (cshrader@alaska.net)or phone 907 862-4700. You are welcome to ask her to add your name to the circle of pray-ers as well. This group of dedicated pray-ers honors confidentiality and upholds your special concerns and our entire church. You can start with Pastor Karen 262-4958 parsonage 394-4849 cell or hope4glorykmt@gmail.com) or with Cherie (862-4700) and know that you will be surrounded with prayers.

   Table Talk with Pastor Karen 10 a.m. to 12 noon MOST Monday mornings at Kaladi Bros near Trustworthy Hardware. Come, and invite a friend. If this doesn’t work for you, Karen is in the office Tuesdays 10-1 pm & Wednesdays 10 -1 & 4-6:30 pm. Pastor Karen can be contacted at 394-4849 or hope4glory.kmt@gmail.com.

If you are going to be in the hospital or know of someone who is and would like a visit, please contact Karen.

E-mail address for the church soldotnaumc@gmail.com  If you have something that you would like to have in the news, or if you would like your name removed from the list, or be added to the list, please contact me at asusansmalley@gmail.com

Ash Wednesday is March 1 and is the beginning of the Lenten Season

Easter is April 16.

 

December 6  2016

ALL Church Meeting, Saturday, December 10 at 9 a.m. Join us for brunch.Yes, you are invited.

Kenai Alternative High School Pillowcases are all made (thanks to Dee Benner & Carla Carlisle) and ready to be stuffed and delivered to students on December 21. OUR DEADLINE for goodies for the pillowcases is Sunday, December 18. We’ll have a box at the church ready to receive your donations: Hot chocolate mix, individual soup mixes, breakfast bars, cheese/peanut butter & crackers, fruit snacks, etc.

Chili, Cinnamon Rolls and Caroling on Sunday, December 18 @ 3 p.m. Come join us in bringing cheer to others as we go caroling. Then we’ll come back to SUMC for a chili & cinnamon roll bake off.

Alternative Giving might be the answer. Are there people you’d like to give a special gift to who don’t need any stuff? Well, there are lots of choices for you. In the fellowship hall is a tree with ornaments that can be selected and your donation will go to Freedom House , a residential living (in Soldotna) setting for women, designed to provide women a faith-based solution that will lead to a life of freedom. Heifer International provides an opportunity to work to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. A gift of an animal can change lives for generations. (and you don’t have to feed or clean up after it.) Soldotna Food Pantry would love your gift in honor.

A Christmas Poinsettia can be donated in honor or in memory. Sign-up sheet is in fellowship hall. Cost is $12.

Sunday, December 25 at 3 p.m. SUMC will host a Christmas Dinner at the church. We’re starting a sign-up list and hope that you will consider joining us and inviting a friend or two or six for the celebration.

There’s a sign-up list for cleaning. We’ve got regulars for two Saturdays a month and are welcoming others to join as able. It takes about two hours and if you want to join in, please contact Hal or Susie @ 283-7469 and we can do OJT. (Oh JOY Training!)

Our website is www.soldotnaumc.org. If you would like to be able to give your tithe even when you are not in church, consider using the “donate button” under Support Our Ministry. This is an easy way to have your gift taken out of your account. Those who already give the is way, love it. To set up your giving  you can contact the office and/or Elizabeth Wilson (our treasurer) for help. It can be transferred from your bank account or a credit card. SUMC # is 262-4657.

Permanent Endowment Fund    SUMC, in 2015 voted to establish a Permanent Endowment Fund (PEF) for the purpose of providing members & friends opportunities to make charitable gifts to the church that become an endowment and a living memorial. A gift to the Endowment Fund may be given Undesignated or it may be directed into one of the following funds: Mission, Property, or Donor-directed (ie Food Pantry, Kenai Alternative High School etc).

Yes, the kitchen upgrade is in process. Come in and admire the cupboard doors (with hardware) and the new faucets. New countertops are scheduled and all of this work will make our kitchen easier to keep clean and sanitary and more fun! (you’ll love the new sprayers) Thanks to the plumber and his helpers.

November 1,  2016

The Soldotna Food Pantry distributed 127 boxes serving 216 adults and 90 children during the month of September. We saw a decline in clients the first two weeks of the month after PFDs were distributed. The last two weeks saw a return to much higher volumes.  We are distributing the last of the garden produce in the form of giant potatoes grown by Troy and harvested by Steve. The garden produced 518 pounds of produce this summer not counting the buckets and buckets of potatoes. A representative from the Cooperative Extension Service visited the Pantry this summer on two occasions offering handouts and samples to clients. Amorette was thrilled with the quantity and quality of produce we provided to our clients. Thanks to all the growers, weeders, pickers and recipe providers!
Do you know someone (or are you the someone) who would like to be part of this amazing mission? As the snowbirds migrate and some of our regulars have health challenges, there are openings. Pantry hours are 11-2 on Wednesdays and bagging (entry level job) starts at 10. Food and funds and prayers are also critical.

Sunday, 18 women gathered at SUMC to learn more about the work of UMW, to build fellowship and to look into the future. There was a commitment to quarterly meetings that will be held after church. We look forward to including you too.
Buzzi (Edna) Brown will be going to Michigan with her daughter. We’ll post an address when it’s available. Kelly Cooper’s Grandma Norma continues to be in need of prayer. Rebecca Stimmel is recuperating from her inner ear problem.Peggy Dodd  is at Heritage Place, working hard and making steps in the right direction.Terri Daly is having health challenges.  Lou Martin is back from her extended trip “on the continent”.  Bob Littel and Don Nugent  are at work in the kitchen, refinishing and repairing.

No Ten Thousand Villages Sale this year during Thanksgiving week. Please let your friends know.

We would like to put an insert into the bulletin

November 6th of all the Military Veterans from the SUMC family. Please state what branch of service, how many years served, overseas assignments, and any medals earned. They can be living or deceased members of SUMC.from the SUMC family. Please state what branch of service, how many years served, overseas assignments, and any medals earned. They can be living or deceased members of SUMC. please send these to Terri – soldotnaumc@gmail.com

Bishop Elaine J. W. Stanovsky, our new bishop: 
Elaine J. W. Woodworth was born in Vancouver, Washington, the fourth of five children of Edith and Robert Woodworth. She was baptized at First Methodist Church in Vancouver and made her profession of faith as a youth at First United Methodist Church in Bellevue, Washington.Elaine earned her BA degree summa cum laude from the University of Puget Sound and her M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School. Elaine was ordained deacon and elder in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, where she served pastorates at Kennydale and Crown Hill United Methodist churches in the Seattle area. From 1990 1995 she served as President/Director of the ecumenical Church Council of Greater Seattle. In 1995 she began her service as the Puget Sound District Superintendent. In 2002 she became the Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, a position she held until 2005 when she began her service as dean of the cabinet and superintendent of the Seattle and Tacoma Districts.

Elaine Stanovsky was introduced to the global church in 1972, as a young adult observer for the Pacific Northwest Conference. She served as staff of the United Methodist Council on Youth Ministries in 1973-74, where she met Clint Stanovsky from the Central Texas Conference. She married Clinton in 1977, and together they have three sons: Walker Clinton Stanovsky, Micah Eli Stanovsky and Carl Axel Stanovsky.

September 24, 2016

The PFDs are coming. The PFDs are coming. Please give consideration to tithing all or part of your PFD. We know that it is less than anticipated, but please know that areas such as our Food Pantry could use a financial boost as it serves those who are struggling. It’s just one piece of the puzzle of our picture of ministry in the community.

Starting next week is the sermon series, “The Outsiders” Have you ever felt like a third wheel? Life on the outside of the “in” crowd can make it difficult to fit in, to feel “at home.” The Gospel of Luke chronicles Jesus’ ministry with those on the so-called “outside.” What can we learn from these stories and Jesus’ call to turn the inside out and the outside in? Join us.

The loan for the roof is paid off. Thank you for your extended generosity.

We are continuing our Wednesday night dinners at 5:30 p.m. It is exciting that about half of the participants are from the congregation and the others are friends of our church who feel comfortable “joining the family” for dinner. We’re rotating cooks – except for the first Wednesday when Men Who Cook, cook so if you are inclined to help, we’d love it!

World Communion Sunday is next Sunday, October 2 and our special offering (your pig or other donation) will enable national and international graduate students to change the world. The observance focuses the attention of United Methodists on the universal and inclusive nature of the church and is celebrated around the world.  (Our UMCOR Sunday will be in March) With our contributions we can equip gifted and qualified students from around the globe to become the world-changers God created them to be? Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”  And because the people of The United Methodist Church believe that all of God’s children have been created and gifted to build the kingdom Jesus ushered in, we’re resourcing them to do just that. Because of your giving on World Communion Sunday, the most powerful tool to change the world is in more hands.

The garden is mostly put to bed. Hundreds of pounds of produce were harvested and shared this year. The potatoes are patiently waiting in the ground and there may be a little more clean-up to do. Thank you all who were part of the process.

So many of our congregation and our friends and relatives and our community members are standing in the need of prayer. Our world is in need of prayer. God knows what each needs so you are encouraged to pray for them all.

Annual Gathering for UMW is October 7 – 9 in Anchorage. Nancy Cranston and Kelly Lipinski are going so if you have questions, please ask them about it. It’s always an inspirational, educational, spiritual, fun-filled time with women whose priority is “Ministry with Women, Children and Youth.”

The Kenai Alternative High School Breakfast Program is off to a great start. Jack Barr can’t be there but still provides homemade strawberry jam. Leroy Sandoval was a great Wednesday substitute and the students are so gracious and fun to be around. Come have breakfast with us some Monday or Wednesday. We can put you to work.

 

Soldotna – Sept. 1, 2016

Garden Helpers for next Wednesday and the next two Saturdays. Troy is flying South and would like to have the garden put to bed by the time she leaves. Her number is 283-4609 or you can just stop by. The garden has been hugely successful and appreciated. Thank you all.

Bible Study folks starting 9/7 at 6 p.m. The title of the book is “John The Gospel of Light and Life” by Adam Hamilton. Books are available in the office for $10. Come to dinner and then join us for the bible study.

Pastor’s Discretionary Fund Through your previous generous giving to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund we have been able to address emergency needs such as rent, heating and electricity bills, and school supplies for kids. It has been vital in critical moments in helping with the safety and well being of people in the community.

SUMC lost two of our beloved pastors in August.
The family of Dennis Holway, Susie Holway, 5567 Los Robles, LaVerne, CA 91750
The family of Kay Shock,Jim Shock, 31990 South, 624 Pl. Unit 7, Grove, OK 74344

July 2016

Pastor Karen and Dennis are back from vacation. We are so grateful to Pastor Mary Adams who was able to be with us for the weeks during Karen’s absence.  You can say “hi” to her at the hospital where she does chaplaincy work and volunteers in the gift shop.

*Willie Hutson had surgery on Friday and is recuperating. His address is 35885 Southern Bluff-B, Soldotna.

*Terri Daly is still healing from her shoulder surgery but is back to work at the SUMC office.  Thanks to Lynn Haught and those who filled in while Terri was gone.

The Garage Sale (50/50 for the Food Pantry & the Roof Fund) was a huge success and raised more than $4000 so far. We have some things on sale on Craigs’ List and at the consignment shop in Kenai. Thanks to the many hands who helped along the way. The weather was marginal but the customers were plenty and generous and the clean-up crew, with the help of Don Nugent’s trailer, got us out of there in near record time. WE ARE NOT having a sale in August!! NO SALE in August are we having!! A vote of the workers was taken and it was unanimous. Your stuff should not be creeping into the shed in the dark of night. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church is having a Perpetual Sale (they said this in the newspaper) every week-end through the end of August and will accept your donations. Consider giving to them – they sponsor a Sunday meal once a month – or to the Bishop’s Attic, or to the Salvation Army. You could also sell it online and just bring in the money. Did I mention we were not having a sale in August?

Steve Latz’ garden is producing and he’s delivering green goodies to church every Sunday.  Thanks Steve.

Twenty members of a VIM Team from Lost Creek UMC in Oklahoma will be arriving on Saturday, July 23. Your help would be appreciated Saturday morning (starting at 9) as we do a deeper clean and get the rooms ready for them to stay in at SUMC. There will be Food Pantry and a Wednesday night dinner but other groups are asked to meet off site during this week.

Touch-up painting is done in the fellowship hall. Thanks to the humble painter.

The needs of the Food Pantry continue to grow as the number of families served is increasing…at both ours and the Kenai Pantry. Please keep them in your prayers and support the ministry as you can with donations of food and money. We’re grateful for the volunteers that we have and their commitment to the program and to each other and to the clients that we serve.

*Peggy Dodd as she seeks answers to her health issues.

*Dana Payne as she works to find ways to help her daughter.

*Willie Hutson as he continues to heal from his surgery

*Jamie Morton as she spends time with a family member who just had surgery

 Table Talk w/ Karen, on most Mondays, 10-12 at Kaladi Bros by Trustworthy. A time to visit, talk business, pray or – whatever is on your heart regarding your life and walk with Christ. Come, and invite a friend! If this does not work for you, Karen is in the office Tuesdays 10-1 and Wednesdays 10-1 and 4-6:30. You are encouraged to honor Pastor Karen’s ¾ time work schedule outside of emergency situations. Her days off are Thursday and Friday.

  Wanted: Prayer concerns, big and small If you have prayer concerns that you would like to share, please contact Cherie Shrader by e-mail (cshrader@alaska.net)or phone 907 862-4700. You are welcome to ask her to add your name to the circle of pray-ers as well. This group of dedicated pray-ers honors confidentiality and upholds your special concerns and our entire church. You can start with Pastor Karen (262-4958 parsonage 394-4849 cell or hope4glorykmt@gmail.com) or with Cherie (862-4700) and know that you will be surrounded with prayers.

If you going to be in the hospital or know of someone who is and would like a visit, please contact Karen.

E-mail address for the church soldotnaumc@gmail.com  If you have something that you would like to have in the news, or if you would like your name removed from the list, or be added to the list, please contact me at asusansmalley@gmail.com

 Soldotna – June 18, 2016

NO MORE INDOOR RAIN FOR US!! We’re well on our way to repaying the $10,000 loan for our completed roof (interest free for one year). Check out the chart in the fellowship hall where each square represents $100 donated for the roof. As of Wednesday, we’re up to 30 squares already. We’re delighted to accept your special gifts, just indicate “ROOF FUND”.

Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 SUMC is having a Garage Sale with 1/2 of the proceeds going to the “ROOF FUND” and 1/2 to the Food Pantry. Thursday, the 23rd will be a day of preparation and the sale will start on Friday at 9 a.m. We’ve had an outpouring of community donations and have lots of treasures. You are welcome to help anytime and if you can only come for an hour or so, that is still greatly appreciated. Closing is 2 p.m. on Saturday and our record clean-up time is just short of one hour. We’re not looking for giant televisions and other old electronics but can handle pretty much everything else.

And speaking of the Soldotna Food Pantry, in May, 160 boxes were distributed. This represents 124 children and 277 adults and is an increase of 25%, with several new families. It could not be done without your and community support. Keep the donations coming in the form of needed items (Peanut butter, cereal, canned fruit, canned entrees like chili, ravioli, and pork and beans.) financial contributions, prayers. and your presence.

How does our garden grow?” Come out back and see. We’re grateful to the Girl Scouts and Nugents and many other hands who have made it possible.  It’s a part of creation that you should step and back and visit. ” Feel free to grab a handful of weeds while you’re there.

We’ll be serving Biscuits and Gravy on Monday, July 4th at the Kenai United Methodist Church. If you are interested in helping prior to, or on the day of the event, contact Susie at 283-7469 after the garage sale is over. Proceeds will go to the Food Pantries in the Central Peninsula area. You’ll be out in time to watch the parade…and there is always a great group of folks in front of the Kenai church to join.

Our church is grateful to receive money through Community Awards at Fred Meyers and IT IS TIME TO RENEW. (or join if you haven’t already). This does not affect the amount of money you get personally. You can go to the website and do it. You never have to carry the card since it is based on your phone number which you can enter when you shop. You can also use one phone number per household so that the points count up faster. We’re happy to help you with this process and the deadline for those of you already enrolled in June 30. We received more than $1000 last year – which is used for missions.

Hi SUMC Folks!

Hope you have already seen baby moose this spring. If not, keep watching. They are an amazing sign of the wonderfulness and creativity of God’s creation.

Garage Sale Date Change?? Someone pointed out that our original date included Father’s Day week-end and so we’re throwing out the next week-end as a possibility. It would change to Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25.  I see you nodding your head in affirmation and so am declaring June 24 and 25 as the new dates, NOT to be changed again.
Encourage your friends and neighbors to donate. (and come and shop) If you can wait a week or so to bring donations, that would be appreciated. Please call me if you have things that need to be picked up. (Susie @ 283-7469) or respond to this email.
WHY? Half of the proceeds will go to our much-needed new roof that covers so many important ministries. This is our first fundraiser to kick-off raising the money to repay the $10,000 loan that funded a portion of the roof (total cost $26,000+).  The other 50% will be going directly to the Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry is experiencing a growing demand and with the support of SUMC and Christ Lutheran and a multitude of friends, the Pantry continues to feed families in need. Just yesterday, 60 families were served.

Days for Girls International is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit. Women, and girls discover their potential and self-value, are equal participants and agents of social change and are given opportunities to thrive, grow and contribute to their community’s betterment while ensuring quality sustainable feminine hygiene. Soldotna United Methodist Women and friends are making these kits and will be meeting on Fridays, at 10 o’clock at SUMC. Come join us.

COMMUNITY GARDEN NEWS    Home Depot has donated soil for our community garden. The garden always needs volunteers and Troy Castimore is the one to talk to. She’s a great teacher and is willing to let you learn with her. If you are driving by and see a tan van or a tan truck, stop by and see what you can do. It’s a big job with big rewards.
The actual lowdown on the Community Garden from Troy:  In the end we received from Home Depot: 3/4 pallet of Garden soil AND a full HUGE pallet of Miracle Gro Potting Soil!!  AND a 4′ X 4′ free standing raised bed garden box filled with wonderful soil and plants!! (The new mini-garden is now located outside the west end of the fenced area.)  Simply amazing.   I had been concerned that we might not have enough left in last year’s soil pile to fill the remaining beds and start a new potato patch.  (The supplier of the really good soil is out of business now.)  Then I got the phone call.  Home Depot learned of our garden from one of our garden partner families.
Wednesday, Dan Carson, husband of Kathy, our Food Pantry “Clerk/bookkeeper Extraordinaire”, spread 20 bags of the new HD garden soil.
They also transplanted donated strawberries in the garden Saturday morning, May 28, and planting cabbage, broccoli, etc. plants Saturday afternoon.

Happy 4th of July Monday, July 4 we’ll be participating in a Biscuit and Sausage Gravy Event at the Kenai United Methodist Church. Proceeds will be shared among the three Food Pantries in the Central Peninsula Area. Breakfast will end when the parade begins so you can do both!! There will be opportunities for volunteers and more information later.

 

 Table Talk w/ Karen, on most Mondays, 10-12 at Kaladi Bros by Trustworthy. A time to visit, talk business, pray or – whatever is on your heart regarding your life and walk with Christ. Come, and invite a friend! If this does not work for you, Karen is in the office Tuesdays 10-1 and Wednesdays 10-1 and 4-6:30. You are encouraged to honor Pastor Karen’s ¾ time work schedule outside of emergency situations. Her days off are Thursday and Friday.

  Wanted: Prayer concerns, big and small If you have prayer concerns that you would like to share, please contact Cherie Shrader by e-mail (cshrader@alaska.net)or phone 907 862-4700. You are welcome to ask her to add your name to the circle of pray-ers as well. This group of dedicated pray-ers honors confidentiality and upholds your special concerns and our entire church. You can start with Pastor Karen (262-4958 parsonage 394-4849 cell or hope4glorykmt@gmail.com) or with Cherie (862-4700) and know that you will be surrounded with prayers.

If you going to be in the hospital or know of someone who is and would like a visit, please contact Karen.

E-mail address for the church soldotnaumc@gmail.com  If you have something that you would like to have in the news, or if you would like your name removed from the list, or be added to the list, please contact me at asusansmalley@gmail.com