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Drive for Bright Horizons

Through the month of October we will be collecting paper goods, personal hygiene items, and non-perishable food items for Bright Horizons. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this is one way you can honor the month while helping our partner, Bright Horizons. Items ready for donation can be placed in the tote in the narthex area. Bright Horizons offers free, confidential services and resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Prayer Walk for Grant Elementary

Help us bless the students, staff, teachers of Grant Elementary during a prayer walk at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. Pray for the students and staff as you walk around the building. We will begin on the south side of the playground and work our way around the building. Grant Elementary is located at 1106 Phillip Ave.

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Help Those Who Hurt by Becoming a Stephen Minister

Is God calling you to expand your horizons, to care for those hurting and spread His love? If so, Stephen Ministry may be for you. Stephen Ministers are lay persons who share Christ’s healing love with those who are hurting in our congregation and community. Through acts like hospital visits, house calls and offering communion, our Stephen Ministers use their gifts in meaningful and impactful ways. Those going through challenges in life are matched with a Stephen Minister, who listens, cares, prays and embodies Christ’s presence. As a Stephen Minister, you get to experience deep joy and tremendous growth as…

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To Norfolk With Love is Sept. 14

“To Norfolk with Love” is a community-wide day of service where followers of Jesus from every denomination join together to serve side-by-side to demonstrate the love of Christ to our city. A variety of projects are planned at organizations and individuals in need in our community. No matter your ability, there is a project that needs your help! A free shirt is guaranteed for everyone who registers by Sept. 4. Register online and see all the available projects at tonorfolkwithlove.com.

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

They are just 14 square feet, but the warmth and comfort they provide are immeasurable. They are the “ugly quilts” Donna Rector and others make as part of My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group’s Sleeping Bag project, a nationwide coalition of individuals and groups who make simple sleeping bags for the homeless. Donna first heard about The Sleeping Bag project through her sister, who saw a story about My Brother’s Keeper on television approximately eight years ago. She went online and found the instructions to make the sleeping bags and got Donna and her two other sisters interested. Using fabric remnants,…

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Community Garden Plots Available

Thinking about spring? Community Garden plots are now available at the corner of 4th and Phillip Avenue. Plots are available for rent on an annual first-come, first-served basis, with returning gardeners receiving priority. The cost per plot is $30 and is open to both members and nonmembers. The Community Garden offers the opportunity to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers; spend time outdoors enjoying nature; and share gardening knowledge and skills with others. For more information and to reserve a plot, call the church office or visit norfolkumc.org/garden.

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O’Neill Response Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15

Please join the Mission and Evangelism Committee in welcoming Rev. Brian Loy, Pastor of First UMC in O’Neill, to talk about how we can aid families impacted by the O’Neill August ICE raids. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Wesley Hall. RSVP to attend. More than 70 families are now displaced—without income to carry them through the winter months—as they await hearings on their status to live and work in O’Neill. Great Plains Mercy and Justice Coordinator, Rev. Kabala Chali said, “Many of you have heard about the current crisis of unaccompanied minors…

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First Annual Fall Festival is Oct. 27

Celebrate fall, faith and fellowship at FUMC’s first ever Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27. The day will feature a chili cook-off, sales of FUMC apparel, vendors and games for the kids. The chili cook-off is free to enter with prizes for first, second and third place. Bring a large crock-pot full of your favorite chili and attendees will vote for their favorite. All types of chili are welcome—traditional, white, spicy, mild—so pick your best recipe and come to compete. First place will be awarded a $75 scrip card of choice, with second place awarded $50 and third place $25.…

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