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

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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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