United Methodist Women Book Study

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The next book study/meeting for United Methodist Women will be at Delano United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. We will continue our book study of “Captivating“. Please read Chapter 10 which is entitled Mothers, Daughters and Sisters. All women are invited to attend. Contact the Church office at 763-972-3492 with any questions.

Hurricane Harvey Relief – Financial Donations

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Delano United Methodist Church is currently accepting financial donations for the United Methodist Committee’s (UMCOR) work with Hurricane Harvey Relief. To make a donation, please write all checks payable to Delano UMC, and include “Harvey” in the memo line. For cash donations, please include in an envelope with the word, “Harvey Relief.”

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Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough, in his role as president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, issued the following statement regarding the flooding in the Gulf Coast and the mudslides in Sierra Leone:

Heartbreaking … devastation … incomprehensible … are some of the words we use as we struggle to fathom the depth of the natural disasters whose images from Texas and Sierra Leone continue to tear at our hearts and souls. As you may be aware, Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas and the broader Gulf Coast, damaging more than 87,000 homes and leaving dozens of people dead. In Freetown, Sierra Leone, more than 1,000 people have died in mudslides that have damaged tens of thousands of homes.

This is not a time to theologize on why disasters occur. This is time to act in love in order to help our sisters and brothers who are victims of these tragic events. This is not a time to point fingers, but to raise our hands in praise to those first responders and volunteers who are already helping to save lives.

When we are overwhelmed by images of tragedy, whether from the mudslides in Sierra Leone or flooding in Texas, we wonder what we can do as Christians. Here are three things we can do as United Methodists:

Offer funds. Recovery efforts require money and so offering financial assistance is one sure way of demonstrating our love for our brothers and sisters who are caught in the wake of these natural disasters. Just like the first Christians in Antioch showed their love by sending help to Judea (Acts 11:29-30), we too should send donations through our local churches, our annual conferences, and our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Use U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670 for Harvey relief and International Response Advance #982450 for Sierra Leone relief efforts.

Offer spiritual and emotional support. Our brothers and sisters who have been hit by this tragedy need more than just physical help. They need spiritual and emotional comforting. Our loving God gives us strength at times such as these and so we need to remind those in mourning that God weeps with them and that God comforts through all trials, as 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 tells us. Pray for all whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the floods, and for those providing rescue and recovery assistance.

Offer practical help. United Methodists who are trained first responders are already on the ground to help, and time is coming soon when more practical help will be needed to rebuild homes, schools, churches, and businesses that have been inundated in Texas or buried under the mud in Sierra Leone. Those who are skilled in repair work should be ready to go and render assistance as soon as the authorities indicate that it is safe to do so. Please wait until you hear from UMCOR on the skills that will be needed in the rebuilding and repair work.

While we may not have all the answers about these tragic events, we must rest in the Christian hope that God’s love is constant. Through the heroic efforts of those on the front line, we can see God’s saving work. Through the generosity of those who are giving money and resources, we can see God’s love being shown. We must have hope that God will, through our work together, lift up those who are under the water and “out of the mud and mire; set [their] feet on a rock and give [them] a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2).

Bishop Bruce R. Ough
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

Related:

Additional ways you can respond to relief efforts (including by donating relief kits)

Rio Texas Conference Bishop Robert Schnase makes special appeal

Read about recovery efforts

Welcome Paula Colton: New 5/6 Grade Youth Coordinator at Delano UMC

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The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to announce that beginning September 1st, 2017, Rev. Paula Colton will serve at Delano UMC as the 5/6 Grade Youth Coordinator during Wednesday evening youth programming.

Paula has been an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church for 10 years. She graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ with a Master of Divinity and has served for 16 years in various churches around Minnesota.

 

Paula is passionate about working together with parents to help the faith of their young ones grow: “Together we will plant seeds of faith that will grow as our children grow. As the body of Christ, we all play a role in raising young disciples. Whether you are parent, grandparent, amazing aunt, crazy uncle or wonderful neighbor, you have a role in raising up these disciples. I look forward to partnering with you on the journey that lies ahead. “

 

Paula, along with her children Elliot and Sydney, live in Rockford, MN.  As a family they enjoy hiking, camping, Twins games and well just about anything you can do outside!

Fall Children and Youth Programs – Register Online Today

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Register online today for Children’s Sunday School and Youth Wednesday evening classes. Sunday morning classes and nursery are available for students from birth through 4th grade, beginning September 17th. Wednesday evening youth classes begin Wednesday, September 20th, for students entering grades 5-9.

For additional questions about programming please contact Emily Hutter (Sunday morning classes) or Pastor Stina (for Wednesday evening youth classes).

Bible Milestone Sunday

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September 17th; class at 9:30am; blessing during worship
All students (and their parents) entering first grade or older who have not received a Bible from the church are invited to a special Bible milestone class and recognition on Sunday, September 17th. There will be a brief class from 9:30am-10:15am, followed by a blessing of the students and their Bibles during worship. Please register for this event by September 13th so that we can prepare the materials for your student. Register with Pastor Stina (stinakoppes@delanoumc.com).

Love Inc Back To School Supply Drive

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Drop off school supplies at Delano United Methodist Church to support the Love Inc “Back to School Supply Giveaway.” Donations needed include: new backpacks, compasses, protractors, pencil boxes, scissors, solid color folders, glue sticks, dry erase markers, rulers, loose leaf paper packets, highlighters, erasers, glue bottles, fat washable markers, and colored pencils. Please bring donations to Delano United Methodist Church by Sunday, August 20th. Thank you for your generosity.