November 🦃 2023
The Forty Fort United Methodist Church
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For over 150 years, we have been a church who loves the Lord Jesus Christ,
and we look forward to sharing the good news with you.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him."
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🎖️ Stories in Honor of Veterans Day - Nov. 11
Some parishioners asked for this article (which appeared in a previous newsletter) to be repeated at this time of the year. SO, here it is, back by popular demand:
for the Forty Fort United Methodist Church:
- FREE Turkey Dinner with Sides & Dessert
- Carry-out Only!
- From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
- To Order: Call the office (570)287-3840, M - F, from 10:30 a.m - 3 p.m.
- To Volunteer: Call the office to help.
Thursday, Nov 23, 2023, 10:30 AM
❣️ November Love Offering
The recipient of November's Love Offering is the "Give Hope" program (click on the pic). Operated by the Volunteers of America of Pa., "Give Hope" is the only street outreach program serving those experiencing homelessness in Luzerne County. The outreach team specifically works in “hot spot” areas and encampments to meet individuals where they are to provide them with case management, supplies, and services.
> “It’s not easy being green,” sang Kermit the Frog, one of the Muppets. Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, intended this song to be about being comfortable with yourself and always acknowledging the dignity of others. That would describe Mike & Karen Green!
> You’ll see Mike and Karen around the church in their respective roles. Mike, a retired locomotive engineer for D&H/CP Rail, serves as an usher. Karen, a retired pharmaceutical technician at Wilkes Barre General Hospital, is an active member of the Congregational Care Team, a cook for “Meals That Heal,” and a volunteer driver to appointments.
> Natives of eastern Pennsylvania, they would love to live anywhere on the West Coast. In the meantime, they enjoy traveling in their RV on vacations, especially to visit their son and his wife in Washington, D.C.
> They keep busy with hobbies as well: Mike is a model railroader, gardener, woodworker, and lending a hand to anyone who needs it, and Karen likes weight training, walking their dog, helping her friends, and being in nature.
> The Greens have been church members since 1990; they think that “FFUMC is a beautiful church, but it's also like being home with family.” Karen said, “The friendships we have made will be forever. Pastor Rich is amazing and gives us such a great feeling of peace and God's amazing grace and love.”
Attention: Women of the UMC
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- Please click on Food Pantry Newsletter for details. Printed copies of this newsletter are available in the Congregational Care Corner.
- Chairman Marilyn Feldman wants to thank the congregation for their generous donations to the Food Pantry Fund.
- Emergency boxes of food are available; contact Marilyn or Jaka through the church office.
- Check the church calendar or call the office for the hours of service.
- Printed church newsletters and calendars are available in the Congregational Care Corner. They can also be found on our website and Facebook page. We have been sending them to those with email addresses.
- Monthly calendars will no longer be attached to the newsletters; they can be found separately next to the newsletters in the Care Corner.
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🍂 Out & About . . .
The Congregational Care Team helps with the following: visitations; "Meals That Heal"; rides to an appointment, when possible; and special projects at the direction of the pastor. Call the office or Pastor Rich for assistance OR to join the Care Team. Stop by the Care Team's table to check the many resources we have created for our church members and visitors; church newsletters & calendars are here as well.
- CEO - The Commission on Economic Opportunity: Any member or visitor of our church who has daily living needs (rent, food, heating oil, etc.) should contact the CEO, a great local organization that responds to basic, material needs of children, adults, and seniors in poverty. Click HERE.
- Dial 211: PA 211: Get Connected. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free. Click HERE.
- Dial 988: If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, a new phone number was recently implemented to connect you with mental health and behavioral services. People who call, text, or chat with 988 will be directly connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Callers will receive phone-based support and connections to local resources based on their specific needs. For more information, go to dhs.pa.gov and search for 988.
- Family & Caregiver Support Group - Alzheimer's Association (Greater Pennsylvania Chapter)
- Offers peer or professionally led groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer's
- All support groups are facilitated by trained individuals.
- Meetings are held once per month on the first Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
- 4 East Center Hill, Dallas, PA 18612 (The Meadows) - (570)675-8600
Veterans - The Care Team has created a Veterans Support Services booklet for its parishioners and their families. It contains vital information that is not specifically medically related. Veterans and their families may not be aware of these services if they haven't had any direct association with the VA Hospital, or if they don't have online access to any of their resources. Paper copies can be found in the Congregational Care Corner.
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Pastor: Richard Bradshaw
Location: Forty Fort United Methodist, 26 Yeager Avenue, Kingston, PA, USA