Brrrrrrrrr! Yes! I’ve been cold a lot lately…thinking many of you have been, too. I’m also thinking most of us are fortunate enough to be able to add a coat or sweater, turn up the heat, add a blanket, even just step indoors to our home at night and “warm up” and be safe and comfortable. Have you taken that for granted lately? What if you’d lost your home in a storm, or to a job loss? What if you aren’t able to pay your utility bills or provide in other ways for your family? Thinking about Blanket Sunday, which we celebrated February 11th, made me once again pause and be grateful for the blessing of a warm, safe home. Many, many people are not so fortunate, and Church World Service’s Blanket Sunday gives all of us a chance to help others have that blessing of a warm blanket and more. If you would like to participate, you can still do so by sending your donation to the church office or dropping it into the offering plate anytime in February. Checks may be made payable to York U. M. Church, with a “Blanket Sunday” notation. Did you know that in 2017, CWS provided 4,320 blankets and 4,612 Cleaning buckets in the United States alone, and 243,952 blankets and kits of all kinds globally? After all of the storms, floods, fires and natural disasters here and around the world, it’s a blessing to know we are part of offering hope and warmth with Blanket Sunday! If you would like more information, check out: https://cwsblankets.org/
Looking ahead, we will celebrate all that UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is able to do by supporting their once-a-year asking for the funds to cover the administrative costs so that all other gifts given during the year can go directly to those programs. The opportunity to “gift” in that way will be in March on UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing). April will be Mission Sunday when we will hear about the many services being provided by the Medina County Community Services Center. The Food Pantry families continue to be blessed by your gifts of items and gifts of time each 4th Saturday of the month. We are already planning for the September 9th Mission Auction. Any ideas for recipients are welcome now, as are suggestions for making this year’s the best ever! We have had lots of thank you notes from the various groups we shared financial gifts with during December, and their notes and updates on how those gifts are being put to work can be found on the Missions bulletin board all year long. Your continued support to missions is appreciated more than any of us truly know…as we gift away…those gifts are multiplied by God’s missionaries, volunteers, and followers like you and me…on behalf of so many we will never meet…Thank you!
Jean Marvin & The Mission Team