Richmond First United Methodist News and Events
We had a great time in church Sunday playing the Father’s Day Jazz service (Kurt Ribak, bass; Lincoln Adler, sax; Rob Hart, drums; Dan Damon, piano). We sang spirituals and the blues, two sides of the same coin. We made a joyful noise and a big circle at the end.
This Sunday at 10 am we will start the summer membership class. Invite a friend to learn about joining the church.
Grace and Peace,
Joys and Concerns
Please keep Katherine Parker, our missionary, and the people of Nepal in your prayers.
PRAYER: NEPAL RECOVERY
Katherine Parker, missionary with Global Ministries who serves as part of the Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), shares a new list of prayer requests as response efforts in Nepal continue after the April 25 earthquake.
- Please pray for the seven emergency community health facilitators, local health workers and female community health volunteers as they spend the next three months sharing key health messages and coordinating nutrition, reproductive health, psycho-social support and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) responses in remote parts of Dhading district.
- Please pray for the provision and distribution of seed stock so that farmers can plant this year’s crop before the monsoon and avert future food insecurity.
- Please pray for those whose homes are severely damaged or destroyed that monsoon stable housing can be quickly constructed.
- Please pray for those living in the far north where even walking paths have been damaged that needed imports like salt will be available in sufficient supply.
- Please pray for UMN’s on-going long-term development work in other less-affected districts that they will not be forgotten and projects will flourish. Pray especially for our office in Doti (far-western region) that was also damaged during an aftershock.
- Please pray for those who have lost family members and homes.
Megan Timberlake is asking for prayers for her ex-husband, Ernest R. Style III, as he struggles with serious illness.
Deby McFadyen is requesting prayers for three young friends who are battling cancer. Please remember Sarah Talkington, Carolyn Thomas and Jimmy Lowe in your prayers.
Sandra Kokoruda (Fran Smith’s daughter) update: Sandra thanks everyone for their prayers and concerns. Fran reports that Sandra is more animated and cheerful than she has been in months. Sandra has undergone 5 chemo treatments and feels good. Both Fran and Sandra ask that prayers continue.
Pat Dornan and Linda Pereira continue to need your prayers of support. Update: Hospice services have started. Pat says that Linda is failing. She can no longer stand, is having more difficulty with chocking on food and is sleeping more.
Robbie Robinson would appreciate your prayers.
Helen Wysham welcomes your prayers for healing as she undergoes chemotherapy.
Bobby and Pamella Hall would like to be remembered in prayer as they go through some difficult personal times.
Please keep the people of Camp Liberty in your prayers as chaos reigns in Iraq and near the camp.
The United States Supreme Court has handed down two decisions this week that promote human rights. The Affordable Care Act monetary sanctions for low income people has been upheld, so potentially many people locked out of health care can now afford insurance coverage.
The Court also ruled that gay marriages are legal in all fifty states giving equal rights under the law.
Bill Medford from the General Board of Church and Society (gbcs.com) has held a phone conference and written a report on Racism and Gun Violence with references on how our church community can help. The General Commission on Religion and Race has resources for church communities at gcorr.org/resources. The recent killings in South Carolina have energized the greater Methodist Church and is asking for help from all of us who want to try to make a difference as a church community. Check out these websites. Bring your ideas and or commitment to change to the Administrative Board.
Our Father’s Day Jazz Service was a delight with the Dan Damon Quartet: Kurt Ribak, bass; Lincoln Adler, Sax: Rob Hart, drums:
and Dan Damon, piano. Sheilani Alix, Gill Stanfield, Bethany Reynolds, Heather Damon and Eileen Johnson singing for us. It was so good to see Kurt Ribak, having more use of his hand after multiple surgeries and his diligence with rehab. Our thanks to Pastor Dan for another memorable service through music.
Katherine Parker, missionary in Nepal: Katherine reports that the emphasis now will be on long-term recovery efforts in Dhang province. Katherine will continue to work with WASH, nutrition and psycho-social support. Non-earthquake work is resuming and Katherine will soon be traveling to Rukum and Rupandehi for the baseline survey of their community health program focusing on maternal and child health.
A couple of our church family have housing needs:
Lara Choe is looking for a single Christian woman to share a house in Point Richmond. Big bedroom, private bath, walk-in closet and bay view of three bridges within walking distance to downtown Point Richmond. Cost $12-1500/mo. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mim Drake & Kate Gebhart are looking for a new place to live because their condo is being sold. They would like to stay in the Point. They have a sterling letter of recommendation from their current residence. They do greyhound rescue and would have an occasional dog or two around but would spend most of the day at work, Bark Stix. A yard would be nice but not necessary. Please call 415.595.4006 or 510.235.2430
New Church Brochure: The new brochure is here! Pick one up and share with your friends.
New Public Address System
Our public address system has served our church well for many years, but it is nearing the end of its service. A new sound system is on the horizon for our church. The choir and the congregation need to be able to hear the spoken and sung word in our worship services. The Administrative Board has discussed the matter fully and has decided to encourage your giving to this project. A new public address system will serve the needs of the church for future generations both with the spoken word and with the music that is presented in the church. Please pray and contribute what you can to help us achieve this good goal. This will help us continue in ministry serving the needs of the whole community.
How You Can Help
You can purchase a Piano Key for $45. Choose your key and color it or sign it or both! Sale of the entire keyboard will get us to our goal.
If you would like to donate for relief for the people of Nepal, go to umcor.org the Advance.
Don’t forget that donations for Imagine No Malaria are always welcome.
Please add donations to the church for Katherine Parker so that we can continue to sponsor her good work. It costs $250 per year to be sponsors.
New Membership Class starting this Sunday, June 28 at 10 am in Friendship Hall as part of the Adult Sunday School. Please let Pastor Dan know if you are interested in joining our congregation.
The Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) is meeting in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with the Reconciling Ministries Network. Gather at the River, Thursday, August 6 to Sunday, August 9. The conference will be working on issues of justice throughout the church and resolutions they would like to see presented at the General Conference in 2016. Register at http://www.gather2015.org/.
Vacation Bible School will be the week of August 10 thru 14. Contact Jean Reynolds if you would like to help at email@example.com. this is always a fun event and much looked forward to by the children and the helpers.
Saturday, September 26, 4-7 pm, 7th Annual Jean Eakle Art Auction and Gala: Tax deductible Donations needed: Arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography, cash or gift certificates for auction and door prizes. Contact Diane, firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie, email@example.com. Donations can be dropped off any Sunday morning 10-11 am and 12-1 pm at First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Point Richmond.
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