See the church newsletter, The Outlook, for more frequently updated announcements.
The Pumpkin Patch Fun Day will be on Saturday, October 22nd from 11 AM to 4 PM. There will be games and crafts for the kids (the jump house last year was very popular!), an inexpensive lunch for all, bake sale with many goods pumpkin-based (but plenty without pumpkins too!), coat drive give-away where gently-used coats are given away for free to anyone who needs one, and, well, just a lot of fun!
Every year the church has a pumpkin patch that is a great community event, bringing hundreds of people onto the church campus. Most of the money goes back to the Navajo reservation where the pumpkins are grown and a smaller fraction goes to the church's ministry in this part of Bakersfield. Pumpkins will be sold from October 9th through November 2nd. (Yes, pumpkins are still good after Halloween!)
Our missionary in Nepal, Katherine Parker, with whom we have a covenant relationship is keeping us up to date on what the United Methodist Church is doing to help people in Nepal recover from the series of earthquakes there in 2015. She has occasional email updates but more frequent updates are posted on her facebook site at facebook.com/bokashi . Her June 11, 2015 email update is posted on the web here. Also see the stories, videos, and pictures posted by the UMN communications team at www.umn.org.np.
Those webpages have links to donating. Remember that the people of the UMC have already paid for the administrative overhead, so 100% of your donation to specific causes ("advance specials") goes to help the people needing aid.
The members of the United Methodist Church pay for all of the administrative overhead costs so ALL of your donation goes to the project you specify. UMCOR has an "A" (top, excellent) rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. To find out more about UMCOR, see their "About Us" page and here's a direct link to their "Financials" page and FAQ page. UMCOR is among the first organizations into a disaster area and among the last to leave after several years of work—we're in it for the long haul, long after the situation leaves the media spotlight. See also Charity Navigator's evaluation of UMCOR.
Our church's United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) and United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) are the two best avenues for us to help those affected by the several recent natural disasters.
join a UMVIM team, or create another UMVIM team, contact Susan King, at:
United Methodist Conference Center
1276 Halyard Dr.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 374-1582 or (916) 374-1525
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