Christmas Eve Offering #2 – the Community Cafe

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302 North 7th Ave., Bozeman, Montana
BUMC is blessed with a very generous congregation and as a result we are often able to give away our Christmas Eve offering to others.  Traditionally these gifts are split between a local organization and an international one.  This year we are supporting the East Angola Pastors fund, which was described in the previous blog post, and Bozeman’s Community Cafe.
The Community Cafe is Montana’s only “Pay
It Forward” 
Cafe; those who can contribute pay it forward for those who cannot.  The Cafe is open from 5-7 p.m. 365 days a year to anyone who eats and features freshly prepared meals in a sit-down restaurant setting.  The Cafe is part of HRDC’s Emergency Food and Nutrition Initiative, striving to improve food security throughout the Gallatin Valley.  In 2015 they provided over 50,000 dinners.
 
In addition to feeding people warm dinners, the Cafe offers other services.  They work with the Culinary Arts and Workforce Training Program and the Pro-Start Culinary Team at Bozeman High School to provide skills training for work and a successful career in the food industry.  The Cafe also provide a variety of catering services with pick up and delivery options available, and they can host up to 40 people at the Cafe.  And there’s a drive-up coffee bar coming soon!
 
You can find details about any of this at the Cafe website
 
BUMC staffs the Cafe the first Monday of each month.  The shift is from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and it takes 8-10 people to greet, serve and clean up.  If you’d like to join the fun, sign up on the clipboard outside the office or contact Gloria Zimmer.
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Christmas Eve Offering #1 – East Angola Pastors

 
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Because of your continuing generosity, BUMC is able to share its Christmas Eve offering with people outside of our building.  Traditionally, we split the funds between one international group and one local group.  This year’s recipients will be the East Angola Pastors, which are described below, and Bozeman’s Community Cafe, which will be detailed on December 20.
 
You can specify either recipient in the memo line of your check.  If neither is specified, the funds will be split 50/50 between the Pastors and the Cafe.  Donations to the East Angola Pastors will be matched by the Rob Cox Fund.  
Before the civil war in Angola there were over 200 Methodist Churches ~ in 2000 there were only 30.  Angolans have been rebuilding their churches, sometimes one row of bricks at a time. The East Angola Conference covers the poorest areas of Angola. Most of the churches are in villages where people work small scale farms. Most pastors in East Angola are not paid by their congregation but are paid in kind: eggs, cassava, sweet potatoes, a chicken or rabbit! Yellowstone Conference has partnered with the East Angola Methodist Church since 2003. We support 66 pastors in 3 districts and one area of evangelization (remote part). Each pastor receives $50 a month in salary (increased from $40 in July of 2015); and we pay Alcides Martins an additional stipend to administer the project. Global Ministries supports us in this effort. All money for pastors is sent to Yellowstone Conference office, then through Global Ministries and is subject to audits by GBGM, on-site visits, and yearly reports.
Rev. Luis Ribeiro Sambongue, pastor of Luavuri UMC in Angola sent a letter to the Yellowstone Conference via a Florida Conference team that just returned from Angola.
 “In the name of Jesus Christ the great Pastor of all of us, we greet you. . .  We are a small church in the rural area with very bad situations.  This friendship with Yellowstone has given us hope that in days to come things will be better.  In spite of being a small church, we have been winning souls through evangelization, praises and songs, preaching, classes and prayer.  We are thankful for the ministry of Tito de Fatima Jorge in Quessua Mission that has been influencing many young people and encouraging them in their faith. . . We only know about America what we read in books and news.  But we are praying day and night so that our prayers touch your hearts and help us endure this time of financial difficulties.  We thank God for you.  We wish God’s blessings in your work and greetings for all the siblings in Jesus Christ.”
 
His letter is a part of Sally McConnell’s end of the year letter describing our partnership with East Angola pastors.  To read her 2015 letter,  click here  It’s only one page and its very interesting.
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A Concert to Support the Warming Center – Sunday, December 13

Missoula guitarist and singer-songwriter John Floridis will be performing a benefit
concert in Bozeman on Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bozeman United
Methodist Church, 121 S. Wilson Ave. The concert will benefit The Warming Center
which provides seasonal shelter to individuals and families in need. This concert is
sponsored by “Bozeman On Mission.”
In addition Floridis will be performing a benefit for Family Promise of Billings on
Saturday, December 12th, 7:00 p.m. at the Shiloh United Methodist Church.
As fundraisers with 100% of proceeds donated to the local group, generous free-will
donations are strongly encouraged.
Floridis will be performing material from his two seasonal releases “December’s
Quiet Joy” and “The Peaceful Season” both of which feature his fingerstyle acoustic
guitar arrangements of traditional Christmas/Winter melodies, as well as original
compositions. Floridis also includes seasonal vocal tunes, both original and by other
artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Patty Larkin, Ben Harper and John Gorka in the
performance. The songs feature lyrics speaking to the journey from darkness to light,
seasonally, emotionally and spiritually.”
The concerts welcome the audience to escape the frantic stress that too often pervades
the holiday season and relax in an intimate listening environment with music to warm the heart and soul.
Floridis is a 20 year Missoula resident and has been recognized as one of the state’s
most popular and respected musicians, having performed in a variety of venues,
festivals and concert halls in support of his seven independently released CD’s. Floridis
has been featured on 11th and Grant with Eric Funk on Montana PBS and is also the
host and producer of Musician’s Spotlight a weekly program on Montana Public Radio.
Floridis will be performing a series of benefit concerts across the state this December
with additional dates in Whitefish, Helena, and three concerts in Missoula.
For more information about the concerts and John Floridis visit www.johnfloridis.com.
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Giving Tuesday is December 1st

GivingTuesdayChurchadOn Tuesday, December 1, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. Double your gift by giving EARLY.  The first $1 million received online is matched.  Giving Tuesday begins at 12:00 a.m. Central Standard Time, which is 11:00 p.m. our time.

About UMC #GivingTuesday

UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement that builds on the recent U.S. shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting through supporting organizations that have been researched and approved by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. And 100 percent of all gifts made through The Advance are given directly to the designated project.
     Use this link http://www.umcmission.org/give to donate.

Some suggested Advance projects:

East Angola Pastor Support:  Advance #3021453

Refugee and Migrant Response:  Advance #3022144

Missionary Ken Koome, East Angola:  Advance #15148Z

Missionary Kutela Katembo, East Angola:  Advance #3022031

Missionary Ken Cruz, Cambodia:  Advance #3019583

Missionary Chin Cho, Mongolia:  Advance #3022047
 
When you click on the above link and enter the Advance #, you can read more about each project.

About The Advance

Through The Advance, United Methodists can give to more than 800 United Methodist-related projects worldwide. Donors can also provide support for any of the more than 300 missionaries. Together, the projects meet a range of needs, from helping survivors cope with natural or civil disasters to helping communities build churches, feed and educate children, and equip hospitals and clinics. Since its founding in 1948, The Advance has helped channel more than 3 million gifts totaling more than $1 billion to thousands of projects and ministries.

For more information on Giving Tuesday please visit www.umcmission.org/giving-tuesday

* Global Ministries will allocate matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 1, 2015, between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CT. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.



It’s time for the annual Fall Food Drive!

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The Annual BUMC Fall Food Drive to benefit the Gallatin Valley Food Bank began November 1st.

Our goal:  1,000 pounds of nonperishable food donations by the end of the month.  

The Food Bank feeds 1 in 8 residents…chances are you know a few.  An average of 5,502 pounds of food are distributed to families every day.

Food Banks were originally intended to fill the gap when households were out of food and resources due to an emergency.  Emergency situations are now less than half of the client load.  The Food Bank serves the underemployed, households whose income does not stretch to cover food expenses, seasonally employed households, older adults living on fixed incomes, as well as households who are temporarily homeless.  For more information on any of the programs listed below, please visit the Food Bank web page at www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org or call them at 586-7600.

 Food Bank Programs:

Emergency Food Box Program
An average 1,205 households (approx. 2,745 individuals) eat meals from the monthly emergency food boxes provided at our Bozeman location and satellite services in Belgrade, Three Forks and Big Sky.  Food boxes provide roughly a 5 day supply of food.  On average, recipient households turn to the Food Bank less than 2 times a year. 
 
Senior Nutrition Services
We are currently providing extra food for 355 seniors per month in Gallatin, Madison and Park Counties.
 
Healthy KidsPack Program
The Healthy KidsPack Program  provides nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly foods to area elementary students every Friday during the school year to meet the food needs of children who might otherwise go hungry over the weekends.  The KidsPack Program reaches as many as 900 children each week in 26 schools throughout Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin Counties.
 
Community Café
The Café provides a restaurant style dinner service to anyone who eats regardless of their ability to contribute.  They operate on a pay what you can model, allowing those who can contribute to pay it forward for others who cannot.  In 2014 over 50,000 dinners were provided.  Dinner is prepared by the culinary team, served by committed groups of volunteers led by our evening service coordinators.  The Café is open 7 days a week from 5 pm – 7 pm, 365 days a year and is at 302 N. 7th Avenue in Bozeman.
 
Nov. 23 update from the Food Bank: The final numbers are in: MSU: 194,750 lbs and $65,523.47 totaling 260,273 lbs of food. UM: 196,406lbs and $85,227 totaling 281,633 lbs of food. Both communities greatly benefited by the food drives and we couldn’t be happier for them.


Quilted Finger Prayer Labyrinths

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United Methodist Women are actively preparing for the church’s 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016.  As in previous General Conference meetings, United Methodist Women will have an active role in the General Conference prayer ministry.  One prayer ministry activity planned is to offer quilted finger prayer labyrinths for delegates and guests. 

We are seeking UMW members that enjoy quilting to assist us by making the finger labyrinths.  Would you like to help by volunteering to quilt finger prayer labyrinth squares for the delegates and guests?  We need 2,000 and the variety of labyrinths made by women from all over the country will bless the recipients and lend to the support and outreach we hope to extend.  Each labyrinth will be tagged with a card identifying that the labyrinth is “handmade with love and prayer by United Methodist Women”.

The labyrinths are 8″ square and machine quilted.  Instructions and pattern are available by emailing cathy@bozemanumc.org or contacting Jen in the BUMC office.  Please email GCprayer@unitedmethodistwomen.org  with an estimate of how many you might be able to make and to receive further instructions for shipping the completed labyrinths by the deadline.  

Deadline for submission of labyrinths is January 15, 2016.  If there are questions, email Becky Dodson Louder at GCprayer@unitedmethodistwomen.org 

 

 


How do I get involved in Mission Work?

Mission work can involve travel to a site hundreds or thousands of miles away, or it can be as simple as buying an extra can of beans, writing a check or saying a prayer.  There are almost as many opportunities as there are personal levels of involvement, so with a little research you should be able to find at least one project to tie your heart to.

BUMC views mission work as a tangible example of the love of Jesus, a way for you to express that.  Helping others obviously aides them, and it makes you feel better, too.   Exactly how you do that doesn’t matter – what matters is that you do it.

Prayers are stronger than most people realize, and an important part of our church life and mission work.  You can pray on your own or join the BUMC prayer chain.  Please contact Kim Broden for details.

There are many organizations that would greatly appreciate your financial contributions.  Other groups need supplies such as food, clothing, cleaning supplies, or household items.  You can add to their collections or you can organize a fund drive or collection. 

If you want to be more directly involved with people in need, there are many opportunities to serve the homeless and working poor through the Community Café, Warming Center, Community Showers and Love INC.  Spring often brings a chance to work on a Habitat for Humanity house.  The CROP Walk needs walkers and people to fund their walking.  We are starting a group to support military personnel and would love your help.

Perhaps travel is attractive to you – we typically have an adult mission work project in Montana in the fall and the Youth Group has one in the summer (they always welcome more chaperones!).  Occasionally there are VIM trips to places farther away, such as Haiti.  If you don’t want to travel but like meeting people from out of town, we host visitors from Africa and other places once or twice a year.

How about collecting and organizing things?  We collect Christmas gifts for three different groups and have a mitten tree for warm clothing.  Bike to Church Sunday raises funds for World Bicycle Relief and always needs someone to help with valet parking.  We often have collections for UMCOR health, school, birth or cleaning kits – maybe you’d like to store those supplies until they’re sent to the depot?  And we collect food for the Food Bank year round, so you could transport it from the church to the Food Bank.

A summary of Mission Opportunities is here.  If you’d like to join the Mission Team, please contact us.  We love to have active members either for the whole year or just for one project. 

Sherry Schupbach, Mission Team Chair  schupbach_2@msn.com

Cathy Baumbauer, BUMC Mission Coordinator  cathy@bozemanumc.org



Ken Has a Truck — Thank You!

 

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Thanks to your generosity Ken Koome now has a truck so he can better do his work in East Angola.  BUMC members contributed over $1500 and  our WOW Team donated $1000 from their spring Toy Sale.  Together with the rest of the Yellowstone Conference and the Rocky Mountain Conference we raised over $18,000 for this project.  Your generosity is continually amazing!

Ken is the financial officer for the United Methodist Church and its projects in East Angola.  This truck will allow Ken to get from his office in Malange to the Quessua Mission Center which is about eight miles away and does not have regular public transport.  He will also be able to visit pastors in the outlying rural areas on a more regular basis.  He is responsible for providing support services to visiting Volunteer-In-Mission teams, church partners, and conference mission agencies.  That means he needs to haul people and materials such as lumber, concrete and other building supplies, long distances over rough dirt roads.  This truck will make the job much easier.   See more about Ken at this UMC Mission link.



Intermountain, Betty Strook and BUMC

Do you know that Intermountain* was founded by Methodists?  This is from their webpage on Church Partners:

For all of its 100 plus year history, Intermountain has heavily relied on the prayers and financial support of the Christian community to accomplish its mission of restoring hope for children. In 1909, Rev. William Wesley Van Orsdel (Brother Van) cofounded Intermountain with the words,

Under God, brethren, we cannot continue to allow the suffering of children to go unchallenged.”

“Today’s Intermountain has remained true to that call. In addition to providing for the therapeutic needs of traumatized children, we also provide spiritual guidance. The children involved in the Chaplain’s Program at Intermountain are nurtured and their faith cultivated through weekly fellowship, small group study, individual mentoring and fun activities.  Emphasis is placed on teaching children of God’s unconditional love for them, while each child’s individual faith background is honored and celebrated.”

Betty Strook, a member of Intermountain’s President’s Council who also lives in Bozeman, will visit BUMC on Sunday, September 20 to share the powerful story of how Intermountain helped her family through some very difficult times.  She will also describe the other functions of Intermountain, and how we can support their work. She will lead discussions after the 8:30 and 9:45 services in the Friendship Room.

*Intermountain was formerly known as Intermountain Children’s Home, and BUMC has generously supported their work for many years.  They have recently updated their web page which is very user-friendly and informative: www.intermountain.org

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Community Cafe Involvement

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Are you looking for an easy way to help people in your community? Volunteer at the Community Cafe!  Because it’s open 365 days a year for dinner, there are many opportunities for you to help and it’s fun to work with a group of 7-9 other folks.  So far 50 different people have volunteered on BUMC’s first Monday night commitment since December 2014, but you can help out on other evenings, too.  Now there are also openings during the day for volunteers; check out the options at the  Cafe volunteer link
 
The Community Cafe provides a welcoming atmosphere to anyone who wants to enjoy a warm and nutritious meal. The Café is part of HRDC’s Emergency Food and Nutrition Initiative, striving to improve food security throughout the Gallatin Valley.  It provides a restaurant style dinner service to anyone who eats regardless of their ability to contribute.  June 2015  saw a 27% increase in people served over the previous year – 2,686 diners were served.  In July over 4,580 meals were served to 2,763 hungry folks, a 14% increase over last year.
 
The Cafe operates on a pay what you can model, allowing those who can contribute to pay it forward for others who cannot.  This has been working well, but the Cafe has not made a profit yet.  Fixed costs to run the Cafe are $70,800 per year.  These include water/sewer, insurance, utilities, staff salaries, mortgage payments, maintenance etc. The Cafe does receive the bulk of food served from the Food Bank but there are some food items that need to be purchased as well. A coffee hut is in the works and sales will support the Cafe.
 
The Community Cafe is at 302 North 7th Avenue in Bozeman, dinner is from 5-7 p.m. daily.  You are invited to come and eat any day!