October 15, 2019

    

 

 

      
 
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 October’s Mission of the Month is the World Communion Special Offering through The United Methodist Church.

      The World Communion Scholarship Program of The United Methodist Church supports United Methodist students and students who relate directly to the General Board of Global Ministries mission partners, so that they may carry out their master’s or doctoral studies at universities or seminaries.
      For example, consider Ofelia Duldulao. The World Communion scholarship made it possible for Ofelia to finish graduate studies uninterrupted, instead of needing to take time off to earn money. A teacher by profession, Duldulao attends University of the Philippines in Quezon City, preparing for a master’s degree in environmental education, a passion of Duldulao, an environmental activist. She has a B.S. in biology, as well as a degree in secondary education.
      The scholarship, she said, has been an inspiration. “I am constantly reminded of the opportunity and the trust given to us scholars,” she said. “The support comes from people, from churches, believing we will serve the people through God’s ministries.
      The scholarship also allows her to be active in the church and community while attending school. She is able to serve as a speaker and educator for various campaigns in Nueva Vizcaya, helping to solve identified problems and training leaders in speaking, teaching, and community-organizing skills.
      Duldulao recently returned from Africa University in Zimbabwe, where she attended an Environmental Scholars Gathering with seven other Global Ministries-funded environmental studies and related scholars. They explored creation-care ministry and environmental programs to offer local churches around the globe.
      “I believe God provided me with this opportunity of being a scholar of Global Ministries to work in church and the community,” she said, “to be part of the church’s work and to lead church members to help in the community work.” Please give to this Mission of the Month!
 
Learning Session Highlights By Patty Ronan
      The Learning Session hosted on September 14 by Trinity’s Mission Team was informative and interesting. The two speakers, Pastor Mike Flowers (Spirit Lake, North Dakota) and Executive Director Nancy Pellegrini (Habitat for Humanity, Kingsford, Michigan) spoke of “ministry with” people in their communities.
      Pastor Flowers shared his experience working with the Dakota Native Americans. To my surprise, it was how he did it. He and his wife Libby didn’t go into the community handing out Bibles, or knocking on doors, or telling the people if you don’t believe that Jesus died for your sins and is the Lord, you are going to Hell. No, they listened and learned from the people by not carrying a Bible, attended basketball games, funerals, tribal events, and ways respectfully. They continued to do this for 18 months until slowly, people started asking questions. The people shared their stories. This was only the beginning of “ministry with” the Dakota Native Americans.
      Pastor Flowers spoke of Generational Trauma, passed down from generation to generation, through stories telling of the atrocities committed by Christian immigrants from other countries across the great waters. These Christians thought the Indians had no belief in God or Jesus. Of course, they were wrong. The Indians have a deep spirituality, but back then it didn’t matter.
      This model of Generational Trauma is still occurring today in many places in the world, including here in America. Muslims, Jews, immigrants of all nations coming to America legally or illegally are experiencing something similar. Hearing about this made me see more clearly, and it isn’t pretty or easy for me to take an honest look at my beliefs.
      Nancy Pellegrini spoke of what Habitat for Humanity is involved in doing in our communities. They have built 19 new homes, provided ramps to people in need, replaced windows, sidewalks, and done other repairs to homes. People need to meet a financial need, and they pay Habitat for Humanity back according to what they can afford monthly, volunteer in the office so many hours, or help as a volunteer helping others repair their homes. They pay only for the material, and the volunteers are from Habitat for Humanity, people who volunteer just to help their fellow man, businesses, churches, and others.
      Nancy has resources to help people, and if she can’t, as Director of Habitat for Humanity, she can refer the person to the right place. Just in the last year, 19 new homes were built, windows, doors, sidewalks, ramps, repairs to homes, and much more was completed.
      “Ministry with” people can be accomplished in a variety of ways, not just by congregations, but neighbors, businesses, and organizations. The Learning Session taught us that it can be accomplished.
Remember, we are all children of God!

The September 12 Feeding America Distribution Went Well! It was a gray day, but praise God, the rain held off! Thank you to all those who volunteered to help with unloading the truck and distributing the food. There was lots of warmth and interaction between volunteers and guests.

The number of households served was 303 (708 individuals). One-hundred-ten of those individuals were senior citizens, 198 were children, and 50 were veterans. This was a big increase from the June distribution: 251 households (578 individuals), 122 seniors, 102 children, and only 28 veterans. The word must be getting out—especially to families with children and veterans.

We celebrate all the volunteers who took time to participate. We at Trinity are developing a wonderful partnership with the people at the Cornerstone Community Church, who are deeply involved with the planning and legwork of this valuable ministry in our community. It is a beautiful thing when we can make friends in Christ with other communities of faith!

Car Care Clinic, Saturday, September 14 at Grace UMC in Norway. If you’d like to volunteer to help, call John Dedo at (906)282-4693. Come for a couple of hours or all day. It’s fun! This event is sponsored by United Men in Ministry.
 
 
 
September’s Mission of the Month   By Patty Ronan
      Last month, the Mission of the Month was God's Country Cooperative Parish in Newberry, Michigan, CCMM #3044, which hosts VIM mission teams in the summer to do home repairs and improvements in our communities, and coordinate food and clothing distribution.
      Part of becoming an Engage MI congregation requires Trinity UMC to give money to at least one designated UMC Mission person. Randy Hildebrant, Advance #982961 Church & Community Worker, assigned to God's Country Cooperative Parish, Newberry, Michigan, was chosen by our Mission Team to be September’s Mission of the Month.
      Randy has served 13 years as a Church and Community Worker serving the Rural Revitalization Project of Elktown District in Nebraska Conference, and the Jubilee Project, an Appalachian Ministry based in Sneedville, Tennessee in Houston Annual Conference. He is committed to ‘ministry with’ projects helping God's children grow in faith, self-esteem, and hope in their lives.
      I spoke briefly with Randy on the phone, and one of his statements was, quote: “I do enjoy preaching when I can, but I love hands-on missionary work.”  He is married and has two children in college.
Please give to September’s Mission of the Month.

 

Missionary Minutes

For many years, Richard and Virginia Williams have collected bedding (sheets, mattress pads, old drapes) and yard goods. Richard puts the layers together for quilts for cribs or cots for needy folks. (Ladies from the Covenant Church sew the quilts together.)

Clothing, coats, shoes, boots, bed clothes, and underwear are packed for babies, teens, and adults. In recent years, these have been packed into overseas trailers and shipped to Romania. Twelve hundred (1,200) banana boxes fill a trailer. We have gathered portable sewing machines and knitting supplies to help people be more self-sufficient. Buttons and thread are needed.

A school is being established to provide educational opportunities for children with no identification, as they are not eligible for local schools. Backpacks and school supplies are needed.

The Williamses receive calls for emergencies in the U.S., too, such as Hurricane Katrina. They can respond quickly.  So, think before you throw away useable items. You would be amazed at what this group does with things you no longer want. Have a little fringe on that sheet or blanket? I bet it would make a warm layer for a quilt.

Items can be brought to church for the collection box around the corner from the office. It is a very small way to help some in need. We collect year-round. – Lucy Shampo

 
August’s Mission of the Month is God’s Country Cooperative Parish  By Heidi Harwell
         GCCP is an organized parish of seven congregations: Engadine, Germfask, Grand Marais, Hulbert, McMillan, Newberry, and Paradise. It was formulated in 1980 and is one of the oldest cooperative parish ministries in the nation.
         GCCP purchased an abandoned school in 2017 with donated funds and are in the process of improving the facility with central heating and updated bathroom and kitchen facilities, as well as showers. GCCP supports families in their 250-mile service area with services and goods such as housing, food, housewares/clothing, and laborers provided by the congregations.
         Since 1985 they have been served by a Church and Community Worker of the General Board of Global Ministries. They also host college interns. Both GCCP and their Church and Community Worker Randy Hildebrandt are listed in Engage MI.
         As of May 2019, GCCP had served more than 200 families. Residents of their service area know they can count on GCCP for help and support.  Please give to August’s Mission of the Month.

Church Unique Invitation: Trinity UMC is a unique, one-of-a-kind church at the corner of Carpenter Avenue and E Street in Iron Mountain, Michigan. God has something special/unique that only we can do, because we are the only group of people quite like us anywhere in the world!
The Church Unique Workshops are a process designed to help us:
Ø Clarify God’s ‘purpose’ for Trinity UMC by highlighting ‘Who is Jesus?’
Ø Clarify the individual gifts that each person brings to the community of faith through the use of Spiritual Gifts inventories.
Ø Clarify the unique identity of Trinity UMC through the use of historical, demographic, and current statistical information.
Ø See more clearly:
‘What on earth does Jesus want us to do and be at the corner of Carpenter Avenue and E Street?’
 
All are welcome to join us at the next sessions...
Friday, Sept. 6, 5:00-8:00 ‘Strategy’ (with a light dinner) and
Saturday, Sept. 7, 9:00-noon: ‘Measures' (with a light breakfast).
Please call or e-mail the church office to let us know you are coming! (906)774-2545, imtrinityumc@gmail.com
 
Learning Session, Saturday, September 14,  9:00 to noon—Trinity UMC is working toward becoming an Engage MI congregation, which will help this congregation to go from being an “in ministry to” church to becoming an “in ministry with” congregation. Being ‘in ministry with” means going beyond meeting immediate needs. It means taking the next steps to foster mutual relationships where everyone involved is met with dignity, engages in shared leadership, and grows together in God’s love.
A learning session is one of the six parts of becoming an Engage MI congregation. The learning session will take place here at Trinity on Saturday, September 14, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, with two speakers—Pastor Mike Flowers from Spirit Lake, North Dakota, and Nancy Pellegrini, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Kingsford. They will be sharing their experiences in building relationships with people in their communities, how they use available resources, working with other organizations and businesses, and working with volunteers.
This will be an excellent opportunity for you to experience how we at Trinity UMC can help people in our congregation, community, the United States, and internationally. We are going to invite people from the other churches in town, so feel free to invite your friends, too!
Please join us on September 14. Remember, we are all children of God. –Patty Ronan

The Journey at Spirit Lake By Doreen Gosmire, Director of Communications, Dakotas UMC
         “I have a joy to share,” said one woman during the time of worship when people share joys and concerns, at The Journey, a new worshiping community at Spirit Lake. “I am happy that I can come to a church where I can be Indian and Christian too.”
The Journey at Sheyenne, North Dakota, is reaching out to Native American families across the Spirit Lake Nation. Worship is held Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m., with an average attendance of 45. “What happened was that we were connecting with people all around Spirit Lake Nation through our work with Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams,” says Pastor Mike Flowers, who serves as the pastor to The Journey. “People started asking, ‘Do you have worship?’”
         One small group of people grew to several small groups. Mike and Libby Flowers, who serve as co-directors of Spirit Lake Ministry Center, began having a monthly meal and conversations of faith. Mike says, “We would ask questions like—What is happening in your life? How is faith affecting you and the people around you?”
         It all morphed with the remodel of Arthur Hall, a Quonset, that was rebuilt to provide a kitchen, showers, and meeting space for VIM teams. Everyone quickly realized that the remodeled Arthur Hall was not just a place for VIM teams, but a space to start a new worshiping community. Worship is a casual, comfortable setting. People sit at round tables, in family groups. Sunday school is conducted in the back of the room, during the sermon. Libby Flowers leads the children in an activity, while Pastor Mike Flowers delivers the sermon.
         “The children are really engaged,” says Libby. “They are involved in the activity, but we have found that they are also listening to the sermon.” In fact, one Sunday, a child was so eager for the message, he started leading the prayer. Pastor Mike usually starts the sermon with a prayer that begins with the words, “Creator God.” The child headed to the back of the room, and started praying out loud, “Creator God.” Giggles flowed from the back of the room. The child told Libby, “I want to start my picture to color Peter.” Peter was a key part of the message that day.
The Journey at Spirit Lake is a congregation in service to their community. Each month there is a service project or mission focus. Outreach efforts include baking cookies for elders and delivering them, making blankets, going Christmas caroling, and winterizing 12-14 homes.
         This new church start has been supported by Rev. Ben Ingebretson, Dakotas-Minnesota director of new church development, and conference programs like the Children and Youth Ministry cohort. “Ben has been there to guide us. He has provided resources and support in our efforts,” says Pastor Mike. “Five members of the congregation attended REACH in Sioux Falls last fall. One young couple who attended got excited from what they learned and took over the food pantry.”
         The congregation recently decided on the name, The Journey at Spirit Lake. The name is based on the Dakota name “Wanagi Can Ku,” which means Spirit Road. “Twelve years ago, we were called to serve the people of Spirit Lake,” says Pastor Mike Flowers. “We had no idea what God had in store for us. There is no way we would have ever imagined a new church.”
         The first service was held in 2017 on Easter Sunday. There have been seven baptisms. A youth group has sprung up on Wednesday evenings. Last summer, the youth headed to Wesley Acres Camp for a week.          The congregation also hosts Summer Jam, a Vacation Bible School program, held in the afternoon for children ages 6-12. Summer Jam also takes place in the evenings for youth age 13 and older.

United Methodist Response to Immigration Challenges (posted at www.Michiganumc.org, July 12, 2019)

News reports coming from the U.S.-Mexico border provide shocking stories and images of inhumane living conditions. According to the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, forced displacement is “a crisis of global proportions and immense moral and ethical implications.”

People of faith are advocating for justice and acting with compassionate care. Some are raising awareness. The Rev. Jack Amick, a clergyman from The Michigan Conference, serves as the Director of Global Migration for the General Board of Global Ministries. He has written this poem from the viewpoint of a person seeking sanctuary (refuge and protection) in a church.

Psalm of a Sanctuary Sleeper

God of Refuge,
You are my hiding place.
When I have nowhere to call home,
pews become my furniture,
church bells, my alarm clock,
and potluck, my manna.
Old and elaborate,
young and modern,
or plain and practical,
your home is a sacred space,
A thin but sturdy tent of grace
I zip myself into as a veil of protection
from the mosquitos of malevolence
and cold carriers of xenophobia.
Stir up within me forgiveness, for they know not what they do.
Drive away all fear and place within me a new heart.
Oh, Lord, you hem me in with your constant love.
Under a quilt sewn by church ladies,
I rest in peace,
under the roof raised together
by men long ago,
before they had forgotten that their fathers,
and their grandfathers,
were also pioneers and strangers in a strange land.
Behind these four walls and before your altar,
constrain me with your love,
fill me with faith,
keep me safe,
heal my heart with hope,
and grant me peace. Amen. 

 

Feeding America Truck Collaboration, Tuesday, June 11 at Trinity UMC parking lot

Trinity UMC and Cornerstone Community Church are working together to bring a Feeding America Mobile Pantry to the Trinity parking lot on Tuesday, June 11. This is our first time making a food distribution of this magnitude on a weekday.

Last week, the Trinity and Cornerstone people came together, as the followers of Jesus are known to do, to map out a plan. In addition to looking for more volunteers, we have plans to find grocery carts, boxes, and plastic bags. Fliers, a sign-up sheet, and an article for The Daily News are all being designed. Other agencies are being contacted to see if they want to help, too…this is truly a community collaboration! The best kind…

Please consider participating, acting, and serving as the hands and feet of Jesus in our own Trinity neighborhood. You are welcome to join us at the next planning meeting, Tuesday, June 4 at 4:45 p.m., or you can contact Jack and/or Jill Noyce if you have any questions: (715)528-2084.   A clipboard will be passed around to make it easy to sign up.

June’s Mission of the Month is our Camp Michigamme Scholarship Fund. For many years, our church has used the fund to pay half of the camp fees for members of our congregation.

We want to make sure that Trinity people who want to attend camp can. Please keep Camp Michigamme and its campers in your prayers. Thank you for your generosity.

July’s Mission of the Month is First United Methodist Church in Iron Mountain, which is also the Northern Skies District’s 2019 Mission of the Year.

During the recent installation of a chair lift, it was discovered that the church’s wood foundation had rotted away, and soil was caving in under the altar area, causing the fellowship hall to flood with water and soil. Members and friends have donated part of the estimated $10,000 needed to install a 20-foot concrete foundation to make the building safe and waterproof for continued use.

First UMC was started in 1881 at the Chapin Pit, and soon after was moved to its current location on Fourth Street in Iron Mountain. The congregation participates in many ministries, including hosting a monthly community meal.

With 70 members and an average worship attendance of 34 people, they find it in their hearts to provide faith-filled support to the Alpha Omega House, Caring House, Camp Michigamme, Shoebox mission for Christmas, UMCOR, an outreach meal at Bay West college for the staff and students, the Gaastra Mission Bible Training Camp, and the local Cancer Loan Closet, among others.  These are our neighbors and friends, right here in Iron Mountain. Please give to July’s Mission of the Month.

Engage MI

ACT is the goal of an Engage MI congregation. The following is what is suggested in order to qualify as an Engage MI church. Is there anything here that you would be interested in?

ACT: The congregation engages in at least one long-term, sustainable action that:

1. Intentionally honors the sacred dignity and intrinsic worth of every person who participates in the missions and ministries of our congregation.

… Does our congregation have and implement a Safe Sanctuary policy?

No. Do we want to do this?

… How does our congregation ensure accessibility (physical space, language, learning styles, and cognitive ability) in our mission and ministry programs?

We have an elevator, automatic doors, and extra handicap signs for ease of access to our building. Are there other things we could be doing?

2. Builds relationships at local, national, or international community.

…With whom, locally, is Trinity United Methodist Church building long-term, mutual relationships? We have relationships with Light at the Inn. We are partnering with the Cornerstone Community Church for a Feeding America truck. Are there other partnerships we could cultivate?

…With whom, in the U.S., is Trinity UMC building long-term, mutual relationships?

We have a long-term relationship with the Spirit Lake Mission, which a UMC outreach. Is there a way that we can deepen that relationship?

… With whom, internationally, is Trinity UMC building long-term, mutual relationships?

Is this something we want to explore?

3. Addresses root causes of systemic injustice.

…With whom is Trinity UMC working to address the root causes of systemic injustice?

Shall we have a workshop to present information about the Global UMC Church and its efforts?

…With which justice ministries is Trinity UMC engaged?

Are there justice ministries that we would consider working on and with?

Some of the missions and special Sundays that Trinity UMC is already participating in include the Wednesday meals, the North Dakota mission, Light at the Inn, the Car Care Clinic, the Feeding America truck, and offerings for UMCOR, Camp Michigamme, etc.

However, in order to become an Engage MI congregation, we will need to go a little bit deeper in our actions. I will do all I can as Mission Coordinator to keep you informed of opportunities that arise for those in our congregation interested in participating with projects and missions. Only you can decide if serving your brothers and sisters here at Trinity, our community, somewhere in U.S., and internationally is what you want to do. Are you ready to ACT?

Remember, we are all children of God and disciples of Christ. I encourage anyone who has ideas, questions, or suggestions to talk with me after any worship service, or contact me by phone (715)548-1631 or email at pronan419@gmail.com. –Patty Ronan

 
 
 

Save the Date! Delta County Happenings...

MISSION OF HOPE:

Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastern Time at the U.P. State Fairgrounds will be a day of HOPE in tangible ways for every man, woman, and child who attends. They’ll have groceries, haircuts, books, shoes, health screenings, a job fair, school supplies, a Kid Zone, lunch, and more. All of this is being provided by sponsors and the community to shout to our neighbors that every person is significant and that we want to see everyone succeed. The website is https://www.missionofhope906.com

Our HOPE is that our communities will feel love so loudly that they want to find out where it comes from, and in that search, that they would find Jesus.

NEWSBOYS CONCERT, Saturday, August 24 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The website is https://www.missionofhope906.com/newsboys

The Facebook/promo site is

https://www.facebook.com/events/175452646739869/

Churches throughout the South Central U.P. are being asked to pray for, support, volunteer, and enjoy a concert! See Pastor Geri if you want to know more.

 
Light at the Inn Statistics, 2018 – 2019 Season
        Here are the statistics for the past shelter season. Granted, these are only numbers, but behind these numbers are the lives of our guests. Thank you so much for making this winter season easier for them.
· The shelter was open for 21 weeks or 147 nights, November 4, 2018 to March 31, 2019
· The shelter was occupied all 147 nights – a minimum of five guests, maximum of 14
· Total individual guests: 33 - four males, nine females. Six of these were veterans.
· Total bed-nights: 891 (number of guests per night, times the number of nights)
· Average age: 17 guests were 18 to 40 years; 16 guests were 40 years or older
· Length of stay per guest ranged from one night to 75 nights
· Twenty-one guests stayed more than one week; 13 guests stayed more than one month
· Eleven of our guests were able to secure their own apartments. One gentleman returned to his own home
· Five guests chose to move to the Abundant Life Mission in Menominee, Michigan, either during the season or at the close
        Host Churches: Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Trinity United Methodist, Redemption Hill, First Covenant of Iron Mountain, Norway Covenant, St. Mary/St. Barbara of Norway, and Bethany Lutheran/Grace United Methodist of Norway.

 The Car Care Clinic will be Saturday, May 18 at Grace UMC in Norway. Volunteers provide free oil changes and a general maintenance inspection of vehicles.
      Volunteers are needed to help it all go smoothly. Come for a couple of hours or all day. It’s fun! Please call John Dedo at (906)282-4693 if you can help.
      Appointments can be made to have your vehicle serviced by calling (906)396-6828, by May 9.
This event is organized and supported by Trinity, First, Quinnesec, and Grace United Methodist Churches, Abundant Life Church, Maranatha Assembly of God, First Covenant Church, and other area churches.
 
A Feeding America truck will be here at Trinity, Tuesday, June 11. An organizer and volunteers are needed. Please contact the office, 774-2545, if you can help with setting up and the distribution of food. (The May 14 truck has been canceled.)
Bay Cliff Health Camp is February’s Mission of the Month  by Nathan Ruble
         The Mission of the Month for February is Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan. Bay Cliff is a world for special children between the ages of three and 18, and there you’ll find children laughing and playing, while facing life with wheelchairs, leg braces, and hearing aids. You’ll find children with cardiac problems, diabetes, speech and hearing deficiencies, and other handicaps.
         Since its beginning in 1933, Bay Cliff Health Camp has promoted the health, welfare, happiness, and development of the children in the Upper Peninsula.
         All children receive daily therapy while participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Their special needs are met through programs approved by their doctors. These include reading; swimming; and speech, physical, and occupational therapy. College students from around the U.S., as well as other countries, seek employment at the camp to find practical application for the things they have learned in the classroom.      And now Bay Cliff has expanded its capabilities for year-round use.
         People of the Upper Peninsula continue to make certain that the Bay Cliff tradition lives on. Funding efforts continue throughout the year, from the annual Fourth of July Polka Fest in Ontonagon to the Business and Professional Women’s Club auction at Sault Ste. Marie. The Menominee Kiwanis Club holds a “Run for Bay Cliff.” Other communities hold dances, bake sales, and fairs. Donations come from corporations, trade unions, college fraternities, and private citizens.
         Again this year, we would like to join in to help support Bay Cliff Health Camp. Thank you for your support.
 
 
The Mission of the Month for January is our Community Meal Program
      January’s Mission of the Month is our meal program, which is in its 19th year. We serve almost 100 meals each Wednesday. In 2019, we will be serving an estimated 5,200 meals.
      Volunteers plan, shop, cook, serve, and clean up for each meal. Your Mission of the Month offering to our community meal program will help us so much in our mission to give a nutritious meal free of charge to anyone and everyone who comes to eat.
         Please think prayerfully about this, and give generously to January’s Mission of the Month

November’s Mission of the Month is The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is an international movement in over one hundred countries, sharing in the mission of Christ for the salvation and transformation of the world. It is an integral part of the Christian Church. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief, and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes. Its objectives are the advancement of the Christian religion, education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objectives beneficial to society or the community of mankind.   Please be generous and give to November’s Mission of the Month.

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign runs from November 12 to December 22. If you’d like to sign up to ring bells or would like more information, please call Debbie Floriano, 774-7578, or email her at Debbie@florianosearch.com.

 
‘Light at the Inn,’ the Dickinson County area homeless shelter, is preparing for the start of its third season. The shelter will rotate between local churches on a weekly basis beginning in November and run until the end of March. The shelter offers a safe and warm overnight accommodation with a hot dinner, breakfast, and packed lunch for adults in our area who find themselves without a roof over their head on a cold winter night. All guests are screened through law enforcement agencies and given a breathalyzer test each evening.
      The following churches have already committed to hosting the shelter this winter: Our Saviour’s Lutheran; First Covenant of Iron Mountain; Norway Covenant; Trinity United Methodist; Redemption Hill; St Barbara’s/St Mary’s, Vulcan/Norway; and Grace Methodist/
Bethany Lutheran, Norway.
      Volunteers from the community are needed to make and serve meals, supervise guests throughout the open hours, transport guests if necessary, and move cots and shelter supplies from one church to the next on Sunday afternoon. Training is necessary for new volunteers and will be offered on the following dates:
Monday, Nov 5 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran in Iron Mountain.
Monday, Nov. 12 at Redemption Hill in Kingsford
Monday, Nov. 19 at Trinity United Methodist in Iron Mountain
Monday Nov. 25 at First Covenant in Iron Mountain.
      All training will begin at 6:00 p.m. and last approximately two hours. If you were trained and worked last season, then it is not necessary to be trained again.
      There is a need! The 2017/2018 season was not a particularly cold winter; however, the shelter was occupied 128 nights out of our 147-night season.
For more information, contact Cindi Strehlow, 221-1094, or Kristy Ryan, 779-5282, here at Trinity.
Or contact the shelter by e-mail at lightattheinn@gmail.com.
Or visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/lightattheinn.
Or view the website at lightattheinn.com

October’s Mission of the Month is the World Communion Special Offering through The United Methodist Church.

      The World Communion Scholarship Program of The United Methodist Church supports United Methodist students and students who relate directly to the General Board of Global Ministries mission partners, so that they may carry out their master’s or doctoral studies at universities or seminaries. What follows is an example of how this scholarship program is influencing the life of Ofelia Duldulao.

      The scholarship made it possible for Ofelia Duldulao to finish graduate studies uninterrupted, instead of needing to take time off to earn money. A teacher by profession, Duldulao attends the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, preparing for a master’s degree in environmental education, a passion of Duldulao, an environmental activist. She has a B.S. in biology, as well as a degree in secondary education.

The scholarship, she said, has been an inspiration. “I am constantly reminded of the opportunity and the trust given to us scholars,” she said. “The support comes from people, from churches, believing we will serve the people through God’s ministries.

      The scholarship also allows her to be active in the church and community while attending school. During graduate school, Duldulao serves as a speaker and educator for various campaigns in Nueva Vizcaya, helping to solve identified problems and training leaders in speaking, teaching, and community-organizing skills. Duldulao recently returned from Africa University in Zimbabwe, where she attended an Environmental Scholars Gathering with seven other Global Ministries-funded environmental studies and related scholars. They explored creation-care ministry and environmental programs to offer local churches around the globe.

      “I believe God provided me with this opportunity of being a scholar of Global Ministries to work in church and the community, she said, “to be part of the church’s work and to lead church members to help in the community work.” Please give to this Mission of the Month!

September’s Mission of the Month is Our Camp Michigamme Scholarship Fund

For many years, our church has used the fund to pay half of the camp fees for members of our congregation. The money collected this month will be used for next year’s campers.

We want to make sure that Trinity people who want to attend camp can. Please keep Camp Michigamme and its campers in your prayers. Thank you for your generosity.

Car Care Clinic, Saturday, September 29 at First Covenant Church, on ‘H’ St. If you can volunteer to help, please call Rob Hibbard, (906)396-2301. Come for a couple of hours or all day. It’s fun! This event is sponsored by United Men in Ministry.

 College Student Outreach    Thank you everyone who has been very supportive of the college outreach mission that we are continuing this year at TUMC.

      We have heard from many of our students how much they have enjoyed receiving packages and cards from their church family while they have been away at college. We have sent packages out at the beginning of the school year when homesickness is usually the hardest thing for these kids to deal with, another package or card is sent out around Halloween, and then one around finals time.

      We try our hardest to hit all of the students’ birthdays with a card and a fun little gift card for coffee or fast food. And when the next semester starts up again, we get the cards and packages going again.

      If anyone would like to help with donations of candy, granola bars, Easy Mac, or anything that you may think a student might like, we’d appreciate it! We try to keep the packages as light as possible, because postage is expensive. We also will take monetary donations; just make sure you mark your donation “college outreach.”

      We have a big group this year—it looks like around 20 students—and we can use all the help we can get this year. Our goal of this program is to make sure that these young people from our church family know that we think about them, pray for them, and that they are loved. College is such a difficult time in their lives; this is just a little thing we can do for these kids. Parents, please give us your college students’ addresses. Send them to Sally (774-2545 or imtrinityumc@gmail.com) or Jen Gauthier (221-2840) or Moira Cowling (221-9311).

Cinnamon roll sale, September 30! Cinnamon roll sales are the last Sunday of each month, and are a fundraiser for the 2019 North Dakota mission trip. Suggested donation is $2 each. Purchase them between and after services. Pre-orders will be taken anytime. Call the church office, 774-2545, or call/text Cindi Strehlow at (906)221-1094. 

  
July Mission of the Month

Wesley United Methodist Church in Ironwood, Michigan   (Excerpts taken from the 2018 Marquette District Mission of the Year brochure)

Wesley United Methodist Church in Ironwood was built in 1910. In 2017, one of the ceiling truss supports broke, and the Wesley church community now faces a difficult and expensive repair process. Structural engineers have designed a way to replace this broken truss from inside the building. The costs, however, are substantial, and Wesley UMC’s parish community is smaller now than in previous generations.

Scaffolding, stretching from the basement to the church attic, presents a stark visual scene that displays the monumental challenge Wesley faces. This scaffolding provides the shoring necessary to support the ceiling and the roof above. Thankfully, First Presbyterian Church in Ironwood has invited Wesley to hold its services in their building until the ceiling truss repair can be completed.

The total final repair cost will be approximately $220,000, of which Wesley UMC has already paid $45,000. The congregation of Wesley UMC must now raise the remaining amount. To help them raise this money, Wesley UMC has been selected to be the 2018 Marquette District Mission of the Year.

Please be generous and give to our July Mission of the Month.

August’s Mission of the Month is our Brother’s Keeper Fund       Over the years, Trinity has provided confidential assistance to people in our community…rent, utilities, emergency situations have all created needs for people, and the Brother’s Keeper Fund has been there to help. Fewer funds have been available this past year, so at this point, the Fund is used mostly for food and gas emergencies. It’s good to know that if someone needs gas to get to work or to an out of town doctor appointment, or if a family needs food to get through to the next check, Trinity UMC is here to help.

Those in need are also held in prayer and invited to grow in their faith in God through the acts of giving and receiving. Thanks be to God for your generous contributions to this source of assistance.

 
 
North Dakota Mission Team Hosting Fundraisers   2018
      It’s almost time to return to the Spirit Lake Ministry Center in North Dakota! This year’s trip will be from June 17-22. Our team is 23 strong, with 11 adults and 12 youth. Five of our team members are joining us for the first time!
      We thank you all so much for your love, support, and prayers as we prepare for our departure. We have our last two fundraisers coming up: April 29 will be our last cinnamon roll sale until the fall, and on May 20, we will be hosting a lasagna dinner. Come and enjoy a great dinner and fellowship with us.
 
  April’s Mission of the Month is the North Dakota mission trip. The dates of this year’s trip are June 17-22. 
The North Dakota trip has been a labor of love for our team for many years now. Originally gathered and inspired by Marilyn Phillips’ leadership, we continue to come together as teammates, grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren to join together with the Spirit Lake Ministry Center in helping, supporting, caring for, and learning more about the people of the Spirit Lake Nation.
We are honored to be April’s Mission of the Month and grateful for the love, prayers, and support of our church family. The money given this month will go toward our travel expenses to get our team safely to North Dakota and back. Thank you so much for your support! –Kristy Ryan