Bluff Point United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 18, 2018

01-14-15 Article

BPUMC Article by Joyce L. Wiedrich
Greetings as we are midway into January of this new year!

As we begin the new year 2015, it is a good time to look at the many missions we support throughout our community, nation and world.

These include, but are not limited to:

Support of Christmas for the Needy- our parishioners "ring the bells", collect funds, and work distributing items at this two-day program at the Armory which provides gifts, clothing, food, and toys to countless families in our area.  Our mitten tree provides warm hats, mittens and scarves towards this ministry.

Prayer Shawl ministry- hundreds of prayer shawls have gone locally and beyond, made by our talented knitters and prayed on in church, before going to the recipient.

Samaritan's Purse- Shoe box ministry- We fill 50 shoeboxes toward this national effort to provide the only gifts some children will receive around the world and in oppressed areas in America at Christmas.

Angel tree- we provide a local family their wrapped gifts and other items for Christmas.

Care packages for our college kids- these are gifts of food, toiletries and love to give encouragement to our students.

Backpack ministry- In 3 years our children have contributed over $800.00 in pennies towards weekend food for children who might be hungry, through Millie's pantry.

Food for the Needy- our church contributes many food items and many of our members also volunteer and serve on the board of The Living Well.

Adopt-a-Highway- We clean up a two mile stretch of roadside on 54-A twice a year.

We have so many members who contribute to so much to the smooth running of our church, to name a few:  Phil Pearce helps with our phone alert system and AV needs, and maintains a website.  Sherri Hunt and Michele Covert bring gift bags to visitors and tidy the church up after services.  We have a faithful group of gardeners, and another group of men who help with the upkeep of the church.  We have tremendous musical talent in our church, and a talented choir who bring instrumental and voices to highlight services.  John Prinzivalli gets a crew together to help with our fund raiser dinners, and also special member celebrations.  We are so fortunate to be led by our dynamic pastor, Judy White Wunder.  Her spirit and smile are infectious!

We recently celebrated Epiphany Sunday by taking down our many Christmas decorations that have adorned the church during Advent.  We will be having a Williamsburg dinner, music and an opportunity to dress in colonial garb on January 31!