Tasty Tidbits of Information from the Community Cafe

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The Community Cafe is a thriving service, and an opportunity to directly support those in need.  The Cafe provides a welcoming atmosphere for anyone in need of a warm meal from 5 to 7 pm every evening.  It is located at 302 North Seventh Ave. in Bozeman.  Donations are welcome from all guests, but not expected.

The first quarter of 2014 saw a 54% increase in total plates served.  From January through March they served 11,389 meals.   In March over 735 volunteer hours were logged.  If you would like to support the Cafe with your time and talents, here are a few ways to do so:

The Cafe is looking for plant starts — tomatoes, onion sets, leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage — for this spring’s Cafe Garden.  Contact Laura at 586-7600 for details.

BUMC serves dinner the first Monday of each month.  The sign up sheet is near the church office.  Seven or eight people are needed each night to greet, serve and clean up.  They now have a kitchen, so are able to cook food on site and use washable plates and silverware.  Shifts are from 4:30 to 7:30 pm and volunteers must be over 18 years old.  Saturdays may be another opportunity to serve, too. If you’d like to work on a Saturday, call Laura at 586-7600.

If you can’t volunteer but want to support the Cafe or learn more about it, please come have a meal!  Bring some friends or family and walk in just like you are a customer and enjoy the service you’ve come to know so well.  You can leave a donation at the table if you wish but there is no obligation.  By being at the Cafe and sharing the experience with others you help ensure that the Cafe continues to evolve into the community space that’s being envisioned.

Spread the word with a Community Cafe t-shirt!  They are available at the Cafe and are a great way to help promote it.

Thank you for your support.  The Cafe couldn’t function without you!



UMCOR Health Kits

Supplies for Health Kits

hand towels     wash cloths

large combs      adult toothbrushes

nail files or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail files)

bath-sized bar soap (not Ivory)

adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages

1 gallon sealable bags  

$1 to purchase toothpaste

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Here’s an easy way to help others in trying situations – donate items for UMCOR Health Kits.  Our Sunday School kids have assembled over 100 kits using supplies you have donated, but we are not finished yet.  You may drop off items at the church through the end of May.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a depot warehouse in Salt Lake City where kits of many types are stored until needed.  The Sager Brown Depot ships kits around the world in response to natural disasters or human conflict.  Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes

Each year our annual conference rotates the type of kit we supply.  Other types of kits are sewing kits, school kits, bedding kits, birthing kits and cleaning buckets.  For more information visit http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/ .    



Lenten Offerings 2014

This year’s Lenten Offerings will support the Blackfoot United Methodist Parish (BUMP) in Browning, MT and Helen Sheperd’s missionary work in Mongolia.

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BUMP serves the Blackfeet Indian Reservation just east of Glacier National Park.  We have sent mission teams there periodically to help with facilities and programs.  In addition to spiritual work, they have a clothing bank that is open every Wednesday to provide free clothing for an average of 46 adults per week.  This year’s offering will go toward purchase of a new washer and dryer to support the clothing bank.

 

Mongolia Mission Initiative

Helen Sheperd is a Methodist missionary serving in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where she is the director of the Grace Hospice homecare program.  She also supports the activities of two mission centers, three worshipping congregations and numerous projects in Mongolia.  In addition, she teaches preschoolers on Sunday morning, leads a weekly Bible study in English for young women, and works with two senior citizen groups that meet at the mission center.  For more information go to www.yacumc.org/pages/detail/63 .