How to pack your shoebox or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. “Wow” Item Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes Other Suggestions Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc. School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc. Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc. Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc. Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets. Download instructions here. Age and Gender-Specific Ideas: Girls 2-4, Girls 5-9, Girls 10-14, Boys 2-4, Boys 5-9, Boys 10-14. A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back. Do Not Include Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
Since the past January, the Christmas Bazaar Committee has been very busy making items for our upcoming November Christmas Bazaar. We meet every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 PM (except during the month of December) in the social hall of the church and anyone who likes to do any sort of crafting is welcome to join our group. This past year has been very good and, true to our mission of service to our church and community, since last Fall we have been able to contribute the following financial help and purchase items as follows: - Paid for all active SS teachers and children to attend the Mazeilla Maze - Purchased two artificial Christmas trees for the sanctuary - $200 to Slater Family Network for food for needy families for Christmas - $200 to Santa’s Elves for Christmas shopping for local children in need - Our Sunday School children were each invited to choose an ornament from our holiday trees, as well as shopping in our white-elephant items - White elephant items remaining after our bazaar were given to the EB Vol. Fire Co. for their “bag shopping” day - Purchased the 2015 calendars (magnetic) which were handed out in December - Gave $600 towards church heating bill - Mother’s Day flowers for each mother present at church on Mother’s Day - Father’s Day gift for each father present at church on Father’s Day - Gave financial scholarships to SS children who attended Church Camp - Purchased slate Christmas ornaments commemorating our church’s 150th Anniversary As we are fast approaching this year’s November bazaar date, we are requesting that anyone who has any “white elephant” items or new homemade craft items (knit, crocheted, etc.) to donate please contact one of the bazaar committee members or drop items off in the social room downstairs on any Thursday evening. We will be having new Christmas Bazaar hours this year – Friday, November 20th - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday, November 21st - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Homemade soup, sandwiches, crafts, bake sale, large white elephant sale, estate jewelry and drawing daily. Also, please note that we now have many nice Fall items on display in our Bazaar Store in the social hall.
It's that time of year again! Our annual Gertrude Hawk Candy Sale. Sale catalogs are available on the table in the Narthex. You can start taking orders now and have the order sheet and money in by November 15, 2015. Checks should be made payable to EBUMCC. You may give your paperwork to Diane or any choir member. Delivery will be the week of December 7th, 2015. More detailed date to follow. Questions? Call Diane @ 610-588-2397. Thank you all for supporting our fund raiser! We get 50% profit if we sell over $500.00 Many thanks!! Merry Christmas!
Our Esther Circle of United Methodist Women will kick off on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. All ladies are invited to join in for a journey of spiritual development, support and mission.
Ladies, our October meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 12 in our church social hall. Please bring your lunch. Our Cluster Meeting will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Pen Argyl at 7:00 p.m. on October 19th. Our speaker will be Linda Drake of East Stroudsburg. She will talk about her mission trip to Thailand. Please let me know if you are planning on attending as they would like a count of people to plan for. Once again, we are sponsoring Samaritans Purse project for the Christmas children of the world. Last year we collected 54 boxes and we thank you for making it a success. Boxes will be collected between November 16-23 in our sanctuary. A packing list is on the last page of the newsletter. Collections of food items will be collected for PUMP starting October 15th and end November 15th .
The next gathering of United Methodist Men will be on Monday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. We urge all men to come out and participate as we encourage each other to be all that God calls us to in church, home, and community.
Our driveway off of Route 512 is quite narrow, and we’ve had some “close calls,” with folks trying to go out as others are coming in. The Board of Trustees is recommending that we move forward with a “one way” traffic pattern, with the drive off of Route 512 being an entrance only, and the drive to Railroad Avenue serving as the exit. It is understood that this may cause some inconvenience, but we are asking that folks give it a try out of safety concerns.
It’s a little early to be thinking of cold and snow, but kids grades 3 through 6 might want to be thinking about Pocono Plateau’s Winter Jamboree, Tuesday, December 29 – Thursday, December 31. This is a great event to shake off the winter blahs and combine, fun, adventure, and bible study. The cost is just $89.00 and scholarship funds are available. Visit www.poconoplateau.org or talk to Pastor Dave for more information.
Our 2015 Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, October 18, at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Bangor. Voting is limited to members of the charge (essentially Ad Council), but all are welcome to provide input.
We are getting pretty close to having to cap out reservations for the Anniversary Sunday luncheon. If you wish to attend please be sure to let us know by this Sunday.
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