Centerport United Methodist Church

Centerport UMC is an active, giving and involved faith community.  Opportunities abound for getting involved locally and globally. 

   From a letter sent to the congregation...


...I am writing to simply update the church's finances for the year through the end of March. As many of you heard me speak back in January, our financial outlook for 2019 looked turbulent. CUMC had budgeted a net income loss of just under $18,000. I mentioned all that our trustees are doing to find outside income and asked the congregation, if able, to consider increasing your pledge for 2019.

The congregation has taken a giant leap forward and cut our budget deficit by 2/3's/ After all the final additional pledges were counted, our budget deficit is still short, but now $6,500! I am amazed and so thankful with regards to the immediate response by our congregation, thank you! In addition, we have also been blessed with an endowment gift of $50,000 from a longtime family of the church and may receive more.

CUMC has a lot to be thankful for. The finance team will continue to keep all of you informed of CUMC's financial health as you should be aware as a member of this church. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.


Drew Schmidt, Finance Chair

 

MEALS ON WHEELS- is a voluntary, non-profit organization providing two home delivered meals per day - a hot dinner and a cold supper - Monday through Friday including holidays.   The program is presently serving about 100 clients.

   

CUMC delivers meals on Wednesdays.  The meals are prepared by Huntington Hospital.  Volunteers pick up the meals from the hospital at about 10:45 am and deliver them to the clients - all information is given at pick-up.  There are 4 groups of 2 people, each group delivering on one Wednesday a month.  Currently we are in need of 1 person to deliver on a regular basis (once per month) and some substitutes to fill in when needed. 

 

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact with Agnes Ward, Laurie Hawkins, 


Barbara Wohleking, John Ruffini, Beth Bertossi or Linda Fox, through the Church office.

  1. Money. Many food banks and pantries have access to lower cost supplies than you or I do so a cash donation may go further, plus they’re able to get exactly what they need.
  2. Canned meats: Think beyond tuna & soup, which food banks get tons of. Instead go for canned beef, canned ham, canned chicken, canned salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat.
  3. Canned vegetables: Everyone donates green beans. Instead, give potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.
  4. Canned fruit: Not pineapple. This is the most commonly donated fruit. Any other fruit, particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Dried fruit works too (raisins, etc.)
  5. Boxed meals THAT REQUIRE ONLY WATER. Hamburger Helper isn’t helpful if you don’t have hamburger.
  6. Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Instant oatmeal, instant grits
  9. Cans of beans
  10. Pasta, pasta sauce
  11. Biscuit or baking mixes (again that only require water)
  12. Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk
  13. Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars
  14. Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes
  15. Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, warm socks, Chapstick (consider someone living outside this time of year)
  16. Feminine hygiene products: unscented pads will be most universally used, not tampons
  17. Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
  18. Sliced bread. It’s got a long shelf life but always goes immediately.
  19. Bags of apples or potatoes. Ditto.
THE FOOD PANTRIES NEED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

pasta sauce
cereal (NO CHEERIOS PLEASE) 
peanut butter  
Thank you for your support!!!

 


SOLES 4 SOULS

   

THANK YOU - SOLES 4 SOULS

Thank you for your donations to this years distribution of Soles4Souls! We were able to deliver over 250 pairs of shoes!!!

    We will continue to accept all shoes, paired or not, for Soles4Souls Program for the next shipment in March 2020. We accept shoes of all kinds in any condition. Just place your donations in the box by the table in the hallway.

Don’t forget to check your closets!! Thank you!!

 

                                                             
 May God Bless You All!
 

 

                                      Join a CUMC Care Team


Every week you receive an email called "Hello Church Family" and that's really what we are...a family.  We care, we pray, we help one another in any way and every way we can, we laugh, we cry, we're just there for each other.  Most times you don't even hear about it...help is just there.  You've also heard the phrase...many hands make light work, right? and work in the church is really service; service to and in God's name.

 

Well, we are asking our church family for some service - some help...our Care Team is in need of volunteers.

 


There are some people in our Church who could use your help!

 

Can you provide one or more of the following services?

 

VISITATION 

       Occasionally, visit CUMC members in a nursing home, hospital, or in their home.

 

MEALS 

       Once in a while, prepare and deliver a meal.

 

TRANSPORTATION

At times, provide transportation for someone who needs it.

 

     If you would like to add your name to the list of helpers, or know someone who needs help— see your bulletin for details.

 If you would like to read Scripture on Sunday mornings during worship, please email the Church office with the date of the Sundays you are available.  If you have any questions please contact the Church Office at 261-5222 or e-mail: centerportumcoffice@gmail.com

HAVE YOU GIVEN A BEAR HUG?

    We invite you to give/send a bear to someone who is ill, hurting, or just needs a hug.  Our bears are gathered at the front of the stage, and are looking for someone to hold and hug them, as they bring blessings and prayers from our church.  Those who have received them, as a result of our Bear Ministry, are most grateful, and touched by the loving kindness, care and hope they represent.

    If someone you know has been put on our prayer list, or not, choose a bear and make someone feel good!

Remember to sign the book on the counter by the church office.                                 

 

 Sue Oman, Bear Keeper

 

RECYCLE 

YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS

    We are still collecting empty inkjet cartridges & cell phones. When you change your inkjet cartridge (only inkjet cartridges) in your printer or upgrade your cell phone, bring your old one to Church and leave it in the Church Office.  We will recycle it for you and raise money for CUMC at the same time.  Thank you.


Do You Have Some Spare Time?
These are jobs that can be done around the Church - please contact Robin Brennan for more information

Jobs to be done around the church building:

 

Crawl space under sanctuary – call Bill Perks for assistance 

            Build rack to hold signs (use existing rack from attic)

            Move “stuff” off lawn and replace under building

            Install insulation on pipes in tunnels

Move cut logs from edge of north parking lot and stack in back lot by woods

Take down small maple tree on back path

Extend garden around sign in front – remove grass

Remove lower branches from white pines by parking area near parsonage

Weed Nursery School garden

Replace light bulbs:

            Kitchen, Connie’s office, classroom #9

            (Replacements in electrical room downstairs)

Parsonage:

            Clean-up the yard and flower beds – front and back

            Trim bushes