July 20, 2018




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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
      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.

Michigan Annual Conference Book Collection for Childhood Literacy
      The Michigan Deacons, along with Julie Bard (Bishop Bard’s wife), are excited to promote awareness about and action for childhood literacy. Deacons around Michigan are working with organizations that need books and/or can distribute books for free to the children in their communities. We are teaming up with Scholastic Literacy Partnerships and Cokesbury so churches can purchase age-appropriate books at a lower cost.
      Our goal is to collect 1,000 books, which will be distributed all around the state of Michigan. Please mark your offering: Book Collection, and bring it to the church by May 20.
      Thanks for making literacy a priority for the children of Michigan!

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