We are currently collecting for the UCC Emergency Disaster Relief Fund for the victims of the Maui Hurricane Dora/Wildfires. Missions has donated $750.00 and the congregation can donate individually until September 1.
Please take the time to read the attached letter that Jill received regarding the relief efforts currently taking place in Maui. Maui needs our prayers and support.
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN (FMSC) MISSION TEAM NEWS:
Children are starving all around the world and we at Plymouth are making a difference. Missions has donated $424, to FMSC, which is the amount to feed a family for one year.
Once again we have the opportunity to pack dry meals at the FMSC location in Libertyville, Illinois. We will meet at the church to carpool on Wednesday, August 23, at 8:00 a.m. Please call the church office if you are able to join us on this morning since we need to be certain of the number attending. There is always the opportunity for a cash donation if you are not able to attend that day. Any questions, please call Jackie Kastengren (262) 534-3949.
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK:
Take a look at the books, CDs, and tapes in the boxes in the parlor. If you want something, please take it will all disappear by the end of August.
AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED):
Did you know that Plymouth UCC has an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)? It is located on the wall next to the elevator. We will have training sessions after worship for anyone who is interested. Minimally, we would like all of the ushers to be familiar with it. We will meet at 11:15 a.m. on September 10th and September 24th.
MORE MISSION TEAM NEWS:
The shoebox items for the month of August are school supplies. The collection bin is in the parlor.
If anyone would like to do a cash donation to the blessing box supplies, that would be great. We will do the shopping. Please just make sure you mark it “Blessing Box” so that Steph knows what the donation is for.
Our Community Garden, located behind the Burlington Methodist Church, is always in need of gardeners. You can help weed when you have time during the summer. For more information, please contact Katie Simenson at 262-210-9299. Below is a link to a video about the garden from Katie. She has been active in this since the beginning. All of this organic, fresh produce is harvested and donated to the Love Pantry.
The next Book Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 22, at 1:30 p.m.
The September Epistle deadline is Wednesday, August 23.
Letter from Rev. Josh Baird, Team Leader, Global H.O.P.E.
On August 8, the people of Hawaii woke to high winds from Hurricane Dora blowing across their islands. Little did anyone know that within hours those winds would turn deadly, fanning wildfires among the islands, leaving behind smoldering buildings and lost lives. As I write to you, the death toll is up to 99 and still rising.
The United Church of Christ holds all who are affected in prayer. Through Wider Church Ministries, the UCC also has issued a special appeal to provide essential items and long-term support to those impacted by the fires.
The island of Maui was hardest hit, where the fires quickly consumed the historic city of Lahaina. Located on northwestern Maui, the once whaling center is home to 13,000 people and attracts 2 million tourists yearly. What is left now is more than 2,170 charred acres and the ruins of more than 2,200 homes, businesses, schools, and churches. If you have seen any of the news footage, you will agree with me that the destruction is unbelievable and heartbreaking.
I am reminded of a time when Elijah had an encounter with the Holy in the wilderness (1 Kings 19). Winds roared, the earth shook, fire raged – and in the aftermath, God was present. God came to Elijah in what is variously translated as the sheer silence or gentle whisper that followed. Friends, we have an opportunity to share the presence of the Holy in the aftermath of these destructive forces.
Already, local congregations are providing resources including clothing, food, and shelter. The Hawaii Conference is active, and the United Church of Christ’s Global H.O.P.E. team is working with Hawaii Conference Disaster Coordinator Danny Tengan, in consultation with Hawaii Conference Minister Rev. Dr. David Popham and other leaders, to assess the situation and walk alongside them.
You can help as well. Your donation to the Hawaii wildfires appeal helps the United Church of Christ increase support to immediate relief efforts and enables us to be present for the journey ahead, assuring long-term aid for persons who require assistance with their recovery.
Blessings and peace,
Rev. Josh Baird, Team Leader, Global H.O.P.E.