A NEWSLETTER ABOUT MISSIONS AT MARVIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
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For more information about anything you see in this newsletter, visit the Missions pages on Marvin’s web site (www.mumc family.org/ ministry/ missions).
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Choose a gift from the Giving Tree
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Visits with Santa
Ring the bell
Calling all chefs
Does your family grow tired of just exchanging gift cards at Christmas? Do you want to add true meaning to the holidays? Here is the perfect idea for holiday gift giving that will truly make a difference in someone’s life! Marvin Missions will sponsor a Giving Tree for Mercy Ships. The tree will have different projects that you can choose to sponsor as a gift for someone or as
a gift to yourself. Each gift will provide hope and healing for someone in Africa. Gifts will be priced from $5 all the way to $10,000. Gifts include:
Gifts to Help Someone See
Gifts to Fix a Broken Smile
·Gifts to Provide LifeChanging Surgery
Gifts to Revitalize a Community or
Christmas offering Our annual Christmas Offering for Missions will benefit four outstanding ministries supported by Marvin Church: Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio, St. Paul Children’s Foundation in Tyler and the Golden Cross Medical Program of
the Texas Conference. Please give generously to these life-changing ministries. Just mark your check “Christmas Offering for Missions.”
Gifts to Help Where Needed the Most
The Giving Tree will be located in the Family Ministries foyer. You will receive a card telling of your gift that you can give to someone or put on your tree. Stop by the Mercy Ships Giving Tree on Dec. 5, 12 or 19 and choose a gift that truly will give life!
ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE! An incredible bake sale to benefit Mercy Ships SUNDAY, DEC. 5 8:30 A.M. UNTIL NOON ATRIUM
Conversation with a Living Legend Hundreds of fans turned out for the Mercy Ships benefit featuring football legend Charlie Waters! The event was a huge success and raised more than $22,000 for Mercy Ships.
Remember to wrap and each gift and mark with the child’s name. Also attach a sticky note listing the contents of the package
Methodist Home party reminders All Christmas gifts for the Methodist Home Foster Children’s Party need to be delivered to the Welcome Center by Sunday, Dec. 5. Remember to wrap and each gift and mark with the child’s
Pirtle Hall. Volunteers are invited to come to the party and help these special children celebrate in a wonderful way! Contact the Missions office to volunteer.
Be an elf at the workshop Marvin will host a Christmas store for the clients of the St. Paul Children’s Foundation in December. Families will be able to select new items to use as Christmas presents for immediate family members.
name. Also attach a sticky note listing the contents of the package (these will be removed before the party). The actual party will be held from 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, in
Individuals and families will have opportunities to “work” in the store (located on the St. Paul’s grounds) during the two weeks the store will be open (Dec. 6-10 and Dec. 13-17). The volunteer shifts are 12:30-3 p.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. Ad-
ditional volunteer hours on Monday nights are 57 p.m. To sign up for a shift, contact Volunteer Coordinator Brenda Byerly (firstname.lastname@example.org m).
Find out about Africa trip Next November, Marvin will sponsor a medical mission team (with some nonmedical support volunteers)
who will work with the Africa Mercy in Sierra Leone. An interest meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday,
Dec. 6, in the Trinity Classroom at Marvin. Contact Melissa Brigman or Donna Bowers for information.
Members of Marvin spent a week in Louisiana working at the UMCOR Depot this fall. The group assembled disaster kits, worked in the sewing room and helped with campus maintenance, in addition to volunteering at neighborhood schools. It was a great week of mission and fellowship!
Thanks to the UMW Three Strands Circle for sponsoring our Treasure Sale for Mercy Ships. The sale raised $5,300!
Schedule visits with Santa Ho, ho, ho! For the past six years, Santa has visited homes, businesses, parties and schools bringing smiles and joy.Santa is a part of the Marvin Missions Ministry with the proceeds from visits benefiting “Give Kids a Smile
Day” and the children’s clinics of St. Paul Children’s Foundation. Santa’s scheduler (Mary Gammell) can be reached at 903.561.7119. Home visits begin at $50 for 30 minutes
Contact Santa’s and rates for school parties and business parties are negotiable. Dates in December fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your visit now!
scheduler Mary Gammell (903. 561.7119).
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Bits and pieces DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS:
Our Communion offering will be used for the NOAH Fund. Our church helps families and individuals with emergency needs such as transportation, housing, utility and medical expenses. Your gifts to the NOAH Fund echo the words of Jesus, “What you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.” Thank you, mission hearts!
Calling all chocolate chefs
MELISSA BRIGMAN MBRIGMAN@
Please bring your “made from scratch” chocolate goodies to Pirtle Hall between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The All Things Chocolate Sale benefitting Mercy Ships begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, and lasts until the goodies are gone!
Marvin Kettle Day for Salvation Army We’re on the Web! www.mumcfamily. com/ministry/ missions
If you are “out and about” on Thursday, Dec. 2, be sure to stop by Hobby Lobby and encourage our Marvin volunteers who are ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive. Thanks to Sharlotte Hyde, our project coordinator, and all our bell ringers!