"Celebrating God's Presence, Serving All People"
United Church News May 24th, 2019
Have you ever felt like life has robbed you? Has your family suffered loss and are the demands of life unbearable? Well, you’re not alone but be encouraged! God promises us that if we call upon Him, He will supply a solution. Remaining flexible and obedient to His requests prepares us to receive His Divine supply however He chooses to send it. God knows our deepest needs and unlike anyone on this earth, He will begin pouring His miraculous supply directly into our house! Joy returns to our soul as we not only receive our personal supply…but as we allow the overflow to reach our neighbors and friends!

In this week’s sermon entitled, “Keep Pouring”, we will explore God’s Word recorded in 2 Kings, Chapter four where a grieving widow receives a miraculous supply from God which changes her life crushing circumstances into a glorious future! She finds relief and joy both physically, emotionally and spiritually as God pours out His blessing into her house in a most unexpected way!

Are you ready to receive a miracle? I am!  

Pastor Kathy
This Sunday's Sermon Title and Scripture Reading
Worship Sunday at 10am


Sunday, May 26th
"Keep Pouring"

Scripture :
II Kings 4:1-7

Reader : Chuck Jennings
Deacons : Dave and Joanie Fuller
Ushers : Russ and Linda Howald, Betsy Reese, John Foster
Greeter : Jean O'Neill
Happy Memorial Day! Our offices and Bargain Basket will be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of the holiday. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28th. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!
Music
It's Favorite Hymn Month!

The month of June , beginning on the 9 th , will be ‘Favorite Hymn Month”. Let us know what your favorites are. The sign in sheet is in the narthex.

Luwayne will also pick 12 hymns from this list of favorites to record on an album. This will be available in the fall in both CD and MP3 format.  
Renald Richard will be our guest trumpeter this Sunday, performing patriotic music. Renald is a great performer and this will be a truly enjoyale performance!
After 20 years, the choir will be getting new robes. It is a very exciting change that will take place this fall!
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible school is not just for children! There are a number of ways adults and youth can help with Who Is My Neighbor? :
  • Act in the dramas
  • Lead music and worship
  • Coordinate crafts
  • Facilitate games
  • Guide children from one area to another
  • Help with registration
  • Prepare and serve snacks
  • Serve as prayer partners 

Children ages 3 through rising 6th grade are welcome to this time of worship, games, crafts, snacks, friends, and fun! VBS will be held at the United Church of Marco Island from Monday, June 3rd- Friday, June 7th beginning at 5:30pm.

Registration for attendants is now available. Please call the church office to register your child, (239) 394-6572. Parents and Volunteers wishing to serve can also sign up to do so in the Narthex.
Food Drive for the Marco Food Pantry
Dear Congregation,

During our vacation Bible School in June, our children are going to be learning about loving their neighbors. As part of this learning, we will be teaching our children about the power of making an offering. To do this, we have embarked on a children's giving project that involves the Marco Island Food Pantry. We are asking for your help with this help with this project by bringing in a canned food offering on one of the next two Sundays: 5/26, and 6/2. Boxes for the canned food donations will be set up in the narthex and in the church office. Thank you for your generosity!

Sincerely,

The Education Committee
Bible Study Spring 2019
Bible study continues this spring! Come join Pastor Mark on Tuesdays for a Bible Study on Mark’s gospel! Bible Study will meet at 10AM in the Sunset Conference Room. All are invited to participate. Come whatever day you can or for any topic that may be interesting to you.

Simply bring your Bible and an open mind… 
Up North? No problem! Call in using the instructions below:

Dial 1-866-866-2244 – When prompted dial the following access code followed by the #sign
Access code: 5218829
Children's Church

Lesson:
The Crippled Man is Healed in Jesus' Name

Teacher:
Susan Ngondo

Assistant Teachers:
Sheila Sawyer
Bargain Basket Update

Join us every Thursday for our Thrifty Thursday special of the week!

The Bargain Basket may be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day, but that does not stop us from celebrating...
Today, Friday, May 24th, everything in store is 50% off!
Last Saturday, I represented the Bargain Basket in the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at the Island Club. My Bargain Basket golf shirt initiated significant positive conversation and warm feelings among locals who shop and donate. I was reminded, once again, of how grateful we all are for the Bargain Basket and all that it does to bless others on this island and beyond. As for my golf game, let's just say I lost enough balls in the water to warrant a trip to the sporting goods section of the Bargain Basket to re-stock my whole golf bag!
 
Blessings, 
Pastor Mark
Month in Review
Last Sunday, the United Church of Marco presented a check for $13,750 to the Collier-Lee Honor Flight. This program sends local veterans to Washington DC to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. 

At United Church, we have a long-standing tradition of collecting a special Christmas and Easter offering to benefit an organization in our community. This Easter, the missions committee selected the Collier-Lee Honor Flight and the congregation responded generously with a record-breaking amount.

Rick Wobbe, a volunteer of the Honor Flight, stated that this program gives WWII veterans the feeling of freedom and love. He spoke of veterans that broke down in tears while viewing the memorial. As the check was presented, the congregation stood and sang America the Beautiful. 
P astor Mark Williams and Samantha were honored to attend the  Greater Marco Family YMCA  and  Our Daily Bread Food Pantry ’s Lunch With Friends Over 60 where Pastor Mark started the group off with a wonderful prayer.

What a great program! On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, the Marco YMCA and Our Daily Bread Food Pantry provide a free lunch at the Marco Lutheran Church on Collier. With the support of local restaurants, businesses and sponsors, a luncheon (free of charge) is open to all area residents “60 or better”.

Each monthly event includes a time for networking, lunch, a program, and door prizes. They offer rides to and from. If you haven’t yet attended, be sure to do so next month on June 19th!

On Sunday, May 12th the UCMI Children's Church honored the women of our congregation by presenting each of them with a rose for Mother's Day.

To all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and other women in our lives that care for us and love us unconditionally- we hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day surrounded by love.

Last Sunday, May 19th, some of the ladies of UCMI performed as an ensemble. They did a terrific job and sang beautifully!
Member Care
Fun Things To Do With A Disabled Senior
Pastor Kathy

The summer seasons heralds the kickoff of pleasurable and entertaining events with family and friends who visit in Marco Island.

Who doesn’t look forward to picnics in the park, outdoor family reunions and weekends at the beach? But, if you’re a caregiver for your mate or family member, summertime entertaining can be challenging. Many older adults may no longer have the health, mobility and stamina to join in the fun but certainly do not want to be left out of every event!

No worries! Just a little pre-planning can help make it easier for an older adult to take part in the festivities. If your loved one can’t attend a day of the picnicking, schedule a meal that might fit into their regular routine and during a time of day when the weather is not too hot or cold. Be sure they bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. 

If your loved one isn’t up to these more robust activities, check these easy ideas for entertaining your care-receiver from Home Instead Senior Care!
Top 10 List of Fun Things to Do with a disabled senior:

  1. A day of painting or coloring. With the popularity of adult coloring books, both seniors and their grandchildren can now enjoy this pleasing pastime. If your family is particularly artistic, they might even want to try their hand at watercolors and paint selfies to share with the entire family.
  2. Breakfast outdoors. Florida is hot in the summer, but breakfast on the patio, deck or lanai may be a great alternative if an older adult no longer has the endurance to leave the family home. Pack up a picnic basket with egg salad sandwiches, fresh cut fruit and a thermos of coffee /tea. Put out a colorful checkered tablecloth and paper plates / cups and you’re set! Purchase fast food Egg McMuffins to make it really simple😊
  3. Go to the park. A trip to the park, is a good way to help seniors re-live their memories of taking their own children to the playground on warm, sunny mornings. Bring a study lawn chair or sit on the park bench and help them reminisce as they watch other children play.
2019 Summer Camps
This Summer, UCMI welcomes The Nutty Scientists for three different summer camps taking place in June, July, and August.

The Nutty Scientists has been a world leader in interactive children's programs since 1996.

Nutty Scientists of Southwest Florida has always prided itself on doing things a little differently. In fact, no one else in the world teaches quite like they do. These programs draw from the expertise of renowned scientists from all corners of the globe. They offer hands-on acitivities that will keep your children busy and excited from 9am-1pm!

For more information, click on the flyer or visit nuttySWFL.com.
Summer Book Discussions
Pastor Kathy Sprague's 5-week book discussion on Max Lucado's Anxious for Nothing, begins on Tuesday, June 4th at 10am in the Sunset Conference Room. In Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado leads participants to reflect on the promises of Philippians 4:4-8.  This passage from Paul’s epistle contains an antidote to anxiety that will help you develop a mindset of resilience. You may pre-purchase a small paperback study book / journal @ $8.00 in our Church office or in the Narthex after services the last two weeks of May.
Join Pastor Mark Williams on Wednesday, June 12th at 10am in the Sunset Conference Room for a discussion on Kate Bowler's Everything Happens For a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Frank and funny, dark and wise, Kate Bowler pulls the reader deeply into her life in an account she populates affectionately with a colorful, often hilarious retinue of friends, mega-church preachers, relatives, and doctors.  Everything Happens for a Reason tells her story, offering up her irreverent, hard-won observations on dying and the ways it has taught her to live.
In The Coming Week at UCMI

Tuesday, May 28th
  • 10 AM Bible Study (SSCR)

Click on the link below to see what the next few months have to offer at UCMI!
Upcoming Birthdays
5/25 Suzanne Sawyer Buhl
5/26 Claudia Foster
5/31 Betty Honeycomb

We hope your special day is filled with fun surrounded by the ones you love most!
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