July 8, 2017

Volume 46 Issue 8

You're Never Too Young or Old
to Volunteer at Noel!
Kalena and Gentry Hanke volunteering in Noel's Food Pantry.
"This may be Gentry's first time actually volunteering in the food pantry, but she has lots of practice according to her mom, Noel's Youth Director, Kalena Hanke.  Read her story below:
"Gentry came home from VBS one evening and went right to work doing what she does best, creating a world for her to play in.  Often times it's playing house with her    kitchen and dolls, or pretending to be a cowgirl, roping up cattle on her horse, but this evening she started setting out all her cardboard and plastic food on her little play shelves.  She requested a clip board and pen and paper and I was intrigued.  Where was her imagination taking her this time?  It was made clear to me when she handed me the clipboard back after she had made various lines and numbered them and told me to sign up to volunteer at her food pantry and I needed to call all her friends to come over to volunteer too. 
Earlier during the Mission time at VBS, she had taken a tour of the Food Pantry and she absorbed all the information that was given.  She was more than accurate in her play food pantry.  She had bags, she asked for ID from the clients and she had her carts packed with plastic tortillas, beans and plenty of pizza for those that are hungry.  I asked her that night if she would like to volunteer at the real food pantry.  Her eyes lit up and she said "I can do that now cuz I'm 5?!?!  I can be a helper too?!?!"
 I am so thankful we have the opportunity at Noel to teach our children to be a part of something greater than ourselves.  Gentry, at 5 years old, is ready to serve others because she is witnessing the most important people in her life (her church family) serving others.  It also helps that the volunteers at the Food Pantry make it so much fun!"

NCAP Kids Camp -- Created to Create!

This year's NCAP Kids Camp was a big success as Noel Community Arts Program welcomed thirty-eight kids, eight helpers, and three teachers into a week of creating! Our 5-11 year-olds spent each morning exploring how God is Creator, God Created Us, and God Created Us to Create. Through various mediums and musical instruments, we danced, sang, and made art with our teachers (Ms. Susan, Ms. Megan, and Ms. Maria) that reflected how God made "day, night, land, sea, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals and me!" Additionally, we enjoyed daily snacks and games facilitated by our wonderful helpers as well as an end-of-the-week Art Show and Song that was shared with friends and family. A big thanks to all who made the week possible! We are looking forward to next year!

NCAP Youth Workshop
Two weeks following Kids Camp, NCAP hosted a one-day Youth Workshop for eight 12-18 year olds. These junior high and high schoolers took part in four, hour-long classes (Hand-Building Pottery, Song-Writing, Beat-Mixing, and Simple Sewing) as well as contributed to a communal oil pastel project that can be found on the gallery wall of the Noel UMC Worship Center. Much fun was had as students gained an intro-level understanding of these four arts. 

NCAP Ongoing Classes & Lessons - Sign-Up!
Don't Forget ! Noel Community Arts Program has ongoing lessons in art and music.  The art lessons are hand-building, intermediate, and wheel-throwing pottery for ages 13 and up; and also group and private art lessons for all ages.
Private music lessons, ages 7 and up, are available for over 10 instruments.
All lessons are taught on the Noel Campus.  

Contact NCAP                     NCAP Website
Church Potluck this Sunday!
Sunday, July 30,  11:30am, Gym

An informal gathering of  our entire church family. 
Prepare/purchase a dish following these guidelines: Last names ending in:
A-H Side dishes,
I-Q Entrees,
and R-Z Desserts.
Drop off your dishes in the Church kitchen on Sunday.

Dear Noel

Write a letter to Noel!
There are a thousand stories of why Noel means so much to so many; we'd like to hear from you as part of our stewardship efforts. 
Please pick up the "Dear Noel" stationary this Sunday at the potluck and share a few things you are thankful Noel has done for you or your family. 

Reformation 500 Music Fest and Hymn Sing!

Save the Date! 
 Noel Masterworks, August 27, 4pm, Noel's  Sanctuary.
Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a joyous music fest. Spiritual music was greatly influenced by Martin Luther and the Reformation. This event will feature an inspiring musical performance of music that grew out of this movement, as well an opportunity for attendees to sing along with some of the most well-loved hymns.  Attendees are asked to bring a canned food donation of fruit or pop-top meats for Noel's Food Pantry.  All Masterworks are free & open to the public.  Childcare is provided.

MpKids Camp 
Spreading Love one Agent at a  Time!
Monday, we worked in the Food Pantry and made t-shirt bags for homeless donations. We also made visors for Veterans.
Tuesday, we made dog & cat toys and visited the Humane society.
Wednesday, we led Children's Center Chapel with a puppet show. That afternoon, we went and stocked clothes at Maggie Lees closet.
Thursday, our lemonade stand raised  $475 for Romanian missions. That afternoon, we made busy bags for a doctors waiting room.
On Friday, we made a homemade pizza  lunch for Noel's staff .
We closed out our camp with homemade ice cream Sundays.

Mission Mania!
Mission Mania!  We are still collecting items for a Mission Possible Kids Project, our Adult Renewal Academy, for Noel Community Arts Program, and for our Noel Christmas Shoppe.  Detailed flyers around the church, get the list below.

Purple Bags for August

Bags in worship areas/shop online.
Bags of apples
Boxes of Jiffy Cornbread/Muffin Mix
Tuna or Chicken (5-6oz. cans)
Soup (10-15 oz. cans)
P lease put in mission boxes around Church. 

Shop Online for the Food Pantry
Church Office Closing
 The Church Office will be closed on Tuesday, August 8, from 2:30-5pm,
 for a mini staff retreat.  Please make note of this.

Volunteer to Work with Noel's Youth/
Parent Meeting!
Volunteer!  Sunday, July 30, 9:15am, or Thursday, August 3, 6pm, Youth Floor.  We're looking for adults of all ages to spend time with Noel's Youth!  Many different commitment level opportunities.   Contact Kalena Hanke with questions.
Parent's Meeting, Sunday, August 6, 9:15am, Youth Floor. Pick up an entire year's schedule with costs so your youth can start saving for next year's big events.  Parent /guardian of youth must attend for the youth to get $5 in their account to help pay for youth events!

Youth Summer Events

Youth-Mall Madness,
July 28, 7-9pm, 
Race to find the most Noel church members in Mall St. Vincent! 
Youth-Wacky Olympics,  
July 30, 7pm, 
Teams compete in messy field day style games with youth from the district. 
Youth-Come to the Cross (Lake),
August 12, 2-7pm. 
C elebrate summer's end and the winners of the Golden Flamingo!

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Giving at Noel

S imply scan the QR code or pay online.  Re curring 
or one-time payments available.  Simple & time-saving.

Cont act  Melissa Sloan at  221-5207, or below with questions.

We appreciate your support during these busy summer months!

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On-going Study - Seeds of Faith
Great speakers, great topics!  Join us for the on-going stand-alone classes in the Seeds of Faith Study!
Thursdays through August 10, 6-8pm, 
at Broadmoor UMC, Bride's Room $5 per session.  
August 3: Everyday Prayer with Rev. Peter Gaughan
August 10: Prayer of Letting Go with Rev. Rachel McConnell-Switzer 

 Our Life in Christ
Prayer careteam@noelumc.org
Concerns Bill Baker, Dorothy Battle, Ruth Belcher, Lula Bingham, Cam Bottelberghe, Robert Joe Camp, Rebecca Clawson, Juanita Everett, James Goins, Bill Gray, Georgia Griffie, Carol Hall, John Hall,  Bryan Jennings, Karen Jennings, Jeff Johnson, Tia King, Claire Kramer, Janis Latham, Bob Maniero, Charlotte Maniero, David Alfred Marcini, Mike McLallen, Paulette Norman, Doris O'Daniel, Mary Poteet, Matthew Ramsey, Emma Roberts, Peyton Rucker, Amanda Sturdivant, Diane Tabler, Christopher Taylor, Dawn Whittington, Don Whittington, John Willis, and Nancy Wood, along with Noel's homebound members & those in the Military.  
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Noel Memorial United

Methodist Church

 520 Herndon St., Shreveport, LA 71101 

318-221-5207  Fax: 318-425-7643

Email: mail@noelumc.org

Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Closed daily during lunch 12:00-1:00 p.m.  



Senior Pastor  Rev. Elaine Burleigh

 Associates  Rev. Leah Gaughan, Rev. Mimi McDowell , Rachel Scott