PPUMC Provides Desks for Cambodian Village
By Savanna Thaing
It was a joyful Friday night. Our church family gathered in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy Cambodian food and learn about the ways we are and can continue to serve children and adults in Cambodia.
A slide presentation was given of the recent trip of Tim Thaing and his cousin to Svay Korn and Prey Moon, two Cambodian villages. While there, they commissioned the building of 15 desks with benches attached that seat 4 children each, for the house church at Svay Korn. Funds were sent from PPUMC’s Mission Committee to purchase these. Seventy chairs were also purchased for the village of Prey Moon, with the hope that desks will soon follow. The photos showed lots of children happily learning English while sitting at their new desks and chairs, their teacher up front writing on a white board.
Prey Moon doesn’t have a worship space, worshipers gather under the shade of a tree. They have over 100 in worship! Svay Korn has 105 in worship on Sundays.
The funds raised Friday night are currently around $1,800.00. We’re hoping to add to that in September to purchase desks for Prey Moon, Bibles for both villages and help pay for three ESL teachers for the two villages. The cost for these teachers is $200/month. Wouldn’t it be great if we could provide ESL classes for the children of these two villages for an entire year! If you would like to help with this very important work, you can send your donation to PPUMC marked “Cambodian Fundraiser” and the funds will be spent wisely on teachers, desks, Bibles and supplies.
If you have any questions, you can contact the church office or talk to me. I’m so excited to be a part of this important mission work!
Please join us for the 9th annual Men's Retreat at Camp Lodestar, September 19-21, 2014. The retreat includes a BBQ dinner on Friday evening at 6:00 prepared by our own Master BBQist Steve Eakle. We will also have three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning before leaving camp around 11am.
We will worship, pray, fellowship, and have discussions throughout the weekend with some games and free time as well. Stay up late or go to bed early.
A group activity will be planned for all ages and abilities by Eddie Frutchey for Saturday afternoon which is always a fun time. Newcomers are always welcome and you can bring a friend if you'd like.
This retreat is for men, 18 and older, but not limited to only PPUMC men, just guys looking to...deepen their faith, grow personally with a desire to get to know the other men at our church better and to have a good time.
Cost this year will be $145. If you have extra money and would like to donate to the scholarship fund it is greatly appreciated. Each year there is someone who could use some help financially to attend and no one should miss this retreat due to finances. If you need financial assistance or have any questions, please call Mark Karnes 916.704.5503 or email at
All Church Work Day
We are having another workday on Saturday September 6th from 8am to noon. Our plan is to wash windows on the inside of the Ministry Center and the Fellowship Hall. Anyone willing to help is asked to bring their own tools and supplies.
In addition, we will be weeding around the Hein rooms and the Ministry Center. We would like to let everyone know that if they are not available on the regular workday, they may come any time and weed, clean or wash windows. If you need access to one of the buildings, you can contact Marilee Eldridge at 616-7708 or the church office.
Also, we are looking for a group or an individual who would be interested in maintaining the Labyrinth that is near the playground by Fellowship Hall. It was installed by Bill Nunez several years ago and he is no longer able to do the maintenance of it. Please contact Marilee or any of the Trustees to take this on.
PPUMC Teams Up With Project 61 to Feed Homeless
By Deb Holbrook
The Missions Committee pledged our church to provide the monthly banquet this month to the homeless community that resides in the Del Paso area. We've been providing food, clothing and hygiene products regularly for four years now. This will be the second time we served the entire meal at the new location – the North Sacramento United Methodist Church.
During this time, our church has been inspired by the work and service venture founded and continued by Project 61. The group’s name is based on the passage from Isaiah “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed” (Isaiah 61:1).
On the last Saturday of each month, the group serves a hearty buffet to those who gather. It is estimated that between 100 and 150 people are fed during the afternoon. In addition to the meal; clothes, tents, tarps, personal hygiene products and pet food, etc. are shared with those who gather.
Right now, families from the Community Garden will by cooking up trays of sauteed, fresh vegetables. Entrees and other side dishes will be determined at the next Missions Meeting. Some other ideas include quart-sized plastic bags holding dog or cat food and sodas and bottles of water. I would appreciate those of you who have been curious about P61 to give me a call to see where you might serve.
We always need individuals to help clean up after the meal as well as serving the community who gathers for the meal.
The lunch will be served at North Sacramento UMC at 2pm on Saturday, September 27, 2014. We will meet at the Ministry Center that morning to organize the menu items and pack the vehicles. We will need people to donate food items, prepare the food itself, serve the meal, clean up after the meal and assist the guests with their pets while they are enjoying their food. If you would like more details please contact Deb Holbrook.
Reception of New Members
PPUMC will be receiving new members on Sunday, September 14 during all worship services. If you want to be a member of Point Pleasant UMC, willing to give of your talents, time, treasure, prayers and presence, then we want you!
Contact Pastor Neal to talk about what your membership would look like and to determine which service you would like to be received at. If you are a teen who has been confirmed you may join PPUMC now. As an adult, you need to be baptized to be eligible to join. You will be a welcomed member of our family!
Attention Moms, Grandmothers, Aunties, and Women Who Love Children--
Come experience God’s peace and hope when you pray alongside other women with Moms in Prayer*.
We meet each week in the Ministry Center Workroom at 10:00am during the Sunday School hour. Please join with us in prayer for our kids. It is always drop in and informal; all women are invited and welcome! Moms in Prayer begins on Sunday, September 7, continuing through the Sunday School season. Contact Kim Karnes for more info.
*Moms in Prayer is a nonprofit ministry with groups of moms meeting to pray for children and schools in every state in the USA and in 130+ countries around the world.
PPUMC Collects Shoebox Gifts for Kids
PPUMCs Missions Committee is collecting shoebox gifts for children in need of love and caring. Although the deadline for finished boxes is in November, back to school sales are a great time to pick up items for your shoebox gift and for the Sunday School Packing party. When shopping for your child’s school supplies pick up extras to pack in your box.
Need ideas? Maybe small stuffed animals, small toys (not war related), t-shirts, socks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, small notepads and coloring books, markers, chalk, crayons, small rulers, combs, brushes, hair clips and ties, toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, washcloths and anything else you think a child might like.
Save all of these items for your family to pack a shoebox or you can save them for the Sunday School Packing party to be held in November.
Inspiration Garden Project Kickoff
The Point Pleasant Community Garden located at PPUMC has entered into its 4th summer and continues to grow both in gardeners and produce provided to the Elk Grove Food Bank Services (EGFBS). Currently there are 15 family plots and a Cambodian and common area that through mid-August has supplied over 2,300 pounds of fresh organic vegetables and fruits to the EGFBS.
The common garden and Cambodian plots have all been converted to drip irrigation which has greatly reduced the water use and the amount of individual time needed to oversee watering. We are now utilizing two new handicap-accessible raised beds that were constructed last fall as part of an Eagle Scout service project. Recently, we celebrated our third annual Garden Open House which featured a variety of delicious dishes and grilled vegetables supplied by those with family plots. We were able to feed over 150 people at this event.
The Open House also served as the kickoff for our new Inspiration Garden Project. This project will be located next to the garden shed and will include a 12x10 foot pergola which will shade a brick patio complete with benches and flower pots. This new addition to the garden will be used for individual prayer and reflection and serve as a gathering area for outdoor social and education functions. To help support this project, individuals are invited to purchase 4x8 inch engraved bricks that will be incorporated into the patio. The bricks can include remembrances, celebrations, spiritual verses or thoughts and can incorporate one of several clipart images.
Engraved bricks can be bought through the middle of September. It is anticipated that construction will begin on the Inspiration Garden by November 1st. We encourage you to consider being part of this either by purchasing an engraved brick, contributing a donation to the overall project and/or supporting the project’s completion through your prayers. A brochure for ordering the bricks or making a donation is provided on the front page of the PPUMC website, or contact the church office.
UMCOR Response to Spread of Ebola
Hotline, August, 2014 Issue
As the Ebola virus spreads in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the United Methodist Church continues to be present and respond through West African United Methodist church leaders and regional health boards, denominational health facilities, missionaries, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The church has three hospitals and five clinics in Sierra Leone and one hospital and three clinics in Liberia.
The outbreak, which began in Guinea in February, has spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia, infecting nearly 2,000 people and killing 1,069. This infectious disease causes hemorrhagic fevers, with a mortality rate between 50 and 90 percent. It has no known cure.
An initial $25,000 grant from UMCOR to the Sierra Leone Annual Conference provided United Methodist health centers with material to protect health workers and prevent contagion and to construct an isolation unit at Mercy Hospital. A $50,000 UMCOR grant to the ACT Alliance was used to help build isolation centers, conduct workshops and educate communities about the virus, and to raise awareness about prevention. This week, UMCOR is partnering with Medical Assistance Programs to send urgently needed supplies and personal protective equipment to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The kits include gloves, aprons, masks, goggles, rubber boots and plastic sheets.
The Religious Leaders Task Force of Ebola in Sierra Leone, chaired by United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu calls for churches to pray for all who are affected by this crisis, including healthcare workers.
Your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450 supports UMCOR’s work with local communities impacted by natural or human-caused crises. Please join us in praying for those affected by this devastating virus.
Prayer on Ebola in West Africa
By Mary Randall Zigbuo, United Methodist Missionary
Thank you for being Lord of our lives! Thank you for being Lord of the breath we take and the steps we make. Indeed you are Lord of these vessels, these bodies that you so perfectly designed and created to be your eyes, hands and feet in fulfilling your divine purpose in this world. Through laughter or tears, through feelings of fear or courage, hope or hopelessness, you are with us!
Lord, we lift up the people of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and everyone in West Africa as they struggle with inadequate resources and looming fear and panic in dealing with the Ebola crisis.
You are our shelter Lord! Comfort all of us with your promise that He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will surely abide in the shadow of the Almighty! Grant, Oh Lord, your divine wisdom and understanding as people seek to interpret and comprehend safety measures to prevent the spread of Ebola. Grant safety, wisdom and courage to those caring for people affected by the virus. Steady the hearts and minds and through the power of the Holy Spirit, comfort the people of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea with that perfect and courageous peace that passeth all understanding! Amen.