A NEWSLETTER ABOUT MISSIONS AT MARVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
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Mission Week is June 19–27
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IMPORTANT DATES REGISTRATION―begins on Sunday, May 23 MISSION WEEK 101 ORIENTATION―9:45 a.m. Sunday, June 6, in the Connection Class KICK-OFF DINNER―6 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Pollard UMC WORK DAYS―Saturday, June 19; Monday–Friday, June 21-25 FAMILY SERVICE DAY―Tuesday, June 22
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Texas Mission of Mercy
Kids and Horses
Haiti benefit concert
NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVAL―6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at St. Paul’s
CLOSING CELEBRATION―6 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Marvin
OUR MISSION Since 1988, one of the foundations for Marvin's Christian outreach and service has been Mission Week! Participants of all ages experience a wide variety of hands-on missions during the week, from construction projects to a neighborhood festival. Mission Week provides fun
and meaningful opportunities for service. Our 2010 partners are Pollard, St. Paul’s and Whitehouse. HOW YOU CAN SERVE You can … deliver water and ice or do major construction or do minor construction or roof or paint or do yard work or do electrical work or do plumbing or take digital photos or run errands or work at the festival or serve meals or work with children or be a youth helper or pray or give money! We need you!
Africa All the preparations have been made and in just a few days our Marvin team will depart for Togo, Africa, on a May 20–28 Mercy Ships Vision trip. Dr. John Robbins, Dr. Doug Baker, Melissa Brig-
man and Donna Bowers will be onboard the Africa Mercy and onshore in Togo learning about needs and how Marvin can support Mercy Ships’ vision ministry in Togo. The team will share their mission experi-
ences with us during the trip and afterwards. Two prayer boards will be available for you to write prayers and words of encouragement for our team. On Sundays, May 2 and
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Cory Rogers and Paula Wallace
75 percent of blindness is preventable or treatable through surgical and non-surgical eye care.”
Thanks for the smiles, TMOM Thanks to all of the Marvin volunteers who made this mission project such a great success.
This medical mission brought East Texans much-needed oral health care.
A special thanks to our inspiration and our leader, Dr. David Nichols!
TMOM was able to serve 472 patients with a value of care in excess of $368,000!
Africa (continued) May 9, these prayer boards will be located at our Mercy Ships table on the first floor near the Welcome Center. At other times, the boards will be at the Welcome Center for you to write your thoughts on. The team will be dedicated in the 8:45 a.m. traditional service in the sanctuary on Sunday, May 16. The two prayer boards will be presented. Let’s give our team an enthusiastic bon voyage. Some have asked for a visual means to show the progress that Marvin is making toward our 2010 goal of raising $50,000 for Mercy Ships. Please
On March 26-27, Tyler played host to the 20th Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM).
look for our tote board on the first floor and let’s take it over the top. Your generous donations can have a life-changing impact for someone in need of hope and healing in Africa. Did you know that 60 percent of the people will die within a year of going blind? Yet 75 percent of blindness is preventable or treatable through surgical and non -surgical eye care. Please send a check made out to Marvin UMC and write “Mercy Ships” on the check’s memo line. Your help is so essential. Following are some of the Togo vision needs:
For $1 to $5, you can
provide eyeglasses $25 will provide an
eye exam for someone in danger of losing his/her sight $250 will fund a cata-
ract surgery. $500 will fund much
needed a printer for intra-ocular lens calculations Two portable KOWA
silt lamps are needed at up to $5,000 each Tabletop eye exam
equipment (auto refractometer) at $10,000 …and the blind shall see. Matthew 11:5
Kids and horses If you love kids and horses and seek a most rewarding adventure, come be a volunteer at KIDS & HORSES, INC, a program for building communication and trusting
relationships through the tools of natural horsemanship. This wonderful new ministry, started by Marvin member Kate Vigneron, is located just 20 minutes away
from Marvin at the Green Mansions Farm in New Harmony. For information, contact Kate Vigneron (katesgreenmansion@yahoo. com or 903.533.9524).
Empty Bowls filled to overflowing The Marvin Missions Team would like to thank all of you for your support of Empty Bowls! Major bowls sponsors included Piddlin’ Pottery
and the East Texas Woodturners. More than 200 hand -crafted bowls were donated to raise funds for the hunger relief ministries of the East
Texas Food Bank, PATH and St. Paul Children’s Foundation. This is the seventh year for this fun and educational missions fundraiser.
Shoes for Russian souls Would you like to fund a pair of shoes for a Russian orphan? For a $15 gift you can pro-
vide a new pair of shoes for an orphan in Tomsk, Siberia. Make your check payable to Marvin UMC and indicate
“Russia Shoes.” Our July mission team will buy shoes for the children when they are in Russia.
Left, thanks to the UMW Night Circle who helped organize and relocate the missions supply room! Right, Wesley Foundation’s Sunny Farley and Gayle Robinson at the Beauty for Ashes Art Show that raised money for the burned churches in our area.
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Diaper drive During the month of May we will collect diapers, wipes, formula and baby food for PATH. Please bring your donations to the baby bed located in the atrium. Thank you, mission hearts! Communion offering Our May communion offering will be for Mercy Ships. Following the example of Jesus, Mercy Ships seeks to become the face of love in action, bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor through the use of the word’s largest nongovernmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. Please give generously! Benefit concert Canticles of Hope and Light is 4 p.m. May 16 in the sanctuary. The concert will feature the Chancel Choir and Texas Vocal Arts Ensemble. The offering will benefit Haiti earthquake relief. Admission is free and child care is available.
We’re on the Web! www.mumcfamily. com/ministry/ missions
On-going missions collections in the Welcome Center HOTEL SIZE TOILETRIES (soap, shampoo) for the St. Paul Children’s Foundation EYEGLASSES for the Lions Club to use in mission work HEARING AIDS for use in medical ministries in Haiti