Time for Giving

        christmas gifts       There are MANY opportunities for giving in the next few weeks:
 
Clothing for Browning –  Children of all ages in the Blackfeet Parish communities are in need of clothing from the inside out, from socks and underwear to coats, hats, gloves, shoes and boots …. and everything in between.  If you have gently used or new items to donate (new socks and underwear please), bring them to church by Wednesday, November 26th so we can deliver them to Browning Thanksgiving weekend.  Look for the box marked Blackfeet Parish Donations in the Narthex.  Thank you for caring and giving to kids in need!
Gifts for children –  The BUMC Missions team once again invites you to support Bozeman Foster Family children and children living at Intermountain in Helena by providing Christmas gifts they’re hoping for.

BUMC has partnered with Child and Family Services of Bozeman for more than a decade to show our gratitude to the families caring for Bozeman foster children at Christmas.  Each child in those families receives a gift, provided by our BUMC community, from Santa at their annual Christmas dinner.

The Intermountain Campus in Helena  is home to 32 children receiving 2 years of  intensive residential therapy in order to recover from early childhood trauma.  BUMC traditionally supports 8-10 children living on campus in the McTaggart Cottage so each child will have several gifts to open on Christmas Day.  You can sign up to purchase gifts for these children in the Friendship Room on the following Sundays:  November 2nd, 9th and 16th  and 23rd.  Gifts need to be returned to the church office by Wednesday, November 26th. Thank you for your generosity for these children in need of our love and concern. 
 
Our annual Fall Food Drive begins November 1st.  We are committed to increasing food security across the Gallatin Valley and to serving our neighbors in need.  Who is food insecure in Gallatin County – and why?  Food insecurity is an income issue and poverty is one of the strongest predictors of food insecurity.  1 in 7 Gallatin Valley residents (13.8%) live below the federal poverty level. Your generosity in donating food items during the month of November will help the Food Bank provide food assistance to over 1500 families per month.  Please leave your donations in the grocery cart in the narthex area and we will update you weekly on our progress towards our goal of more than 1,000 pounds of food delivered to the Food Bank by the Thanksgiving holiday.                      
  canned food                                                
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