Bluff Point United Methodist Church
Sunday, September 23, 2018

01-10-18 Article

Here is Remington Samuel Perry with Pastor Sandi. He did not even whimper at his baptism. 

Article by Joyce L. Wiedrich

Happy 2018 to all from all of us at BPUMC.  We are a close family, and try to give so much to our community, country and world.  Here are some of the projects and missions we were involved in for 2017:

Angel tree- We provided Christmas gifts to a family who otherwise might not have had any gifts for their family.

Turkey/holiday baskets - we made Thanksgiving for many families with gifts of a complete Thanksgiving dinner.

Reverse-advent project- We collected "needs" for The Living Well- instead of receiving gifts for days of Advent, we collected and gave back to others.

Turkey walk- Several people joined a PY effort to raise money to buy turkeys to distribute to local families.

Samaritans Purse- We filled 50 shoeboxes for world-wide distribution for Christmas gifts for children, and acted as a local collection center for hundreds of boxes.

Ringing the Bells for Yates County Christmas (formally Christmas for the Needy)- many of us took hour shifts to carol, ring bells and collect the funds needed for this program on a chilly day-before-Thanksgiving.

Yates County Christmas-  Several of our members helped local people shop at the Armory for their families for Christmas in early December.

Prayer shawl ministry- Our women have knit and crocheted hundreds of prayer shawls to bring hope, prayers and warmth to many facing illness or other difficulties. This ministry was started by Nancy Wilmott.

Adopt-a-Highway Road Clean-up- our team removed rubbish from a two-mile stretch of 54-A twice during the year.

Hope Walk- Many participated in the local Penn Yan effort to raise funds for local cancer patients and their families.

The Living Well- Many from our congregation volunteer and support fund-raising activities at The Living Well throughout the year.

Dresses for Haiti-  Twelve ladies met at church twice during the year to make little dresses to send to girls in Haiti.

College scholarships- Several of our college students received monitory scholarships in an annual program funded by the Lee Wiedrich memorial fund.

Supporting local nursing home residents with song and cheer-  We again met to sing patriotic songs at local nursing homes on Veterans Day weekend.  Many of the residents sang with us.

Milly's Pantry- Our church participates with other local churches and agencies in choosing days to provide warm meals and snacks to local students at the high school.

Backpack Program-  Even our youngest help out by collecting their pennies for the backpack program, providing weekend lunches for numerous local students.

Summer concert series- We helped by baking cookies for one evening of the concert series.

These are some of the many programs that we support and participle in at BPUMC.  Many of these are annual efforts, and welcome others from the local community to join us in our efforts to help others.  Happy 2018 to all!  Stay warm and safe with this chilly weather.  Welcome greetings to join us at BPUMC for worship at 9:00am on Sundays, or for our Bible studies or activities.