September Mission Project: Sponsoring Henry Xon Lopez
In January Susan Milligan and I were privileged to go to Guatemala on your behalf to work at Salud Y Paz and Colegio Susanna Wesley in Camanchaj. There we met Henry Xon Lopez, a student in their Young Fives Class. Henry was shy and had problems communicating but his smile was so winsome. He loves to play in the playground and with the little house in their classroom. Above all, he loves to eat ice cream with yogurt. I decided then I wanted to sponsor his education.
A child sponsorship at Colegio Susanna Wesley is a powerful way to partner with Susanna Wesley School to promote health, healing, and education among one of Guatemala’s most vulnerable populations—indigenous Mayan children. Our sponsorship supports their holistic approach to early childhood development—allowing them to address the whole child by offering Guatemala’s most vulnerable population access to a pathway out of poverty through education.
As a sponsor, we have the power to impact Henry, his family, and his community when we support his early childhood development in one or more of the following ways:
- Medical/Dental/Vision Sponsor at $400 per year:Covers annual health screening, medical care, dental care, eye exams, medication, and labs through our clinic and/or ministry partners as well as financial assistance for any specialty care beyond what our clinic offers.
- Nutrition and Hygiene Sponsor at $500 per year:Covers the cost of providing two healthy meals, a snack, and vitamins every school day (more than 70% of his weekly nutritional needs), as well as hygiene training and toothbrushes, cups, and cloth hand towels for each student.
- Education and Language Sponsor at $600 per year:Covers cost of education and acclimating students to speak, read, and write in Spanish, which includes but is not limited to education-related expenses for each student such as a workbook, a uniform, a backpack, school supplies, field trips, physical education, extracurricular activities, etc.
I am praying that in September we can collect $900 to sponsor Henry’s Medical and Nutrition needs. As we have cared for the children in Dimondale, may we also reach out to the less fortunate In Guatemala. Susan and I will be returning to Guatemala in January and look forward to bringing back reports on how Henry and the rest of the students are doing. Thanks for your generosity.
Church Directory Update
Please note that beginning on Sunday, August 18th,
Bill Lewis will be working on updating the church directory. Please verify that the church has your current contact information. Mr. Lewis will be available at the back of the sanctuary after the worship service. Remember to bring your smile too!
As we welcome Pastor Linda Farmer-Lewis and Bill Lewis, it will be helpful for us to wear our name tags so they can put faces and names together. Please be sure to pick yours up and wear it during church and coffee hour and then leave it in the rack for next time. It is so much easier to connect names with faces when you can see both together.
(If you can’t find yours, please leave a note for Elizabeth in the office.)
Give from Your IRA
Protect your own financial position
Is a Qualified Charitable Distribution right for you?
If you own an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and are over 70 ½ years of age, you are required by law to withdraw funds from the IRA each year incurring taxable income upon receipt.
A Qualified Charitable Distribution allows you to direct part or all of those funds to Dimondale United Methodist Church and, in doing so, avoid the taxes that would be associated with that income.
Keep in mind:
- IRA owners must be 70 ½ years of age or older to set up a Qualified Charitable Distribution.
- Your gift must be sent directly from the financial institution holding your IRA to the Church.
- If the withdrawn funds are sent to you first, you will be taxed.
- Up to $100,000 annually may be transferred to charity per donor; husbands and wives are treated separately.
- Any amount processed as a Qualified Charitable Distribution will count toward your
- Required Minimum Distribution and can help you save money on your taxes.
- If you have questions or are ready to arrange for a gift from you IRA, please call the Dimondale United Methodist Church at (517) 646-0641.
Prayer Fellowship Mondays at 5 P.M.
Prayer Fellowship is a small group ministry that meets once a week to write prayer cards to our shut-ins and to those who have been lifted up in prayer. It is also a time of fellowship. We are a fairly flexible group and would love to have others join us in this prayer ministry. If you would like a vital way to connect with the church, please come. If you have questions, please contact Judy Entenman (517-282-6827).
In February we expanded our ministry to our shut-ins by taking them communion monthly. We spend time visiting with them, making important connections with the church and then sharing with them the grace and love received through Holy Communion. Thanks to our nine volunteers who have made this possible: Connie Bliss, Jean Creyts, Judy Entenman, Doris Krepps, Tonie Lokker, Carol Moore, Sherrie Teesdale, and Sandy Winchell.
If you would like to share in this important ministry, please let Judy Entenman know at (517) 646-0265. There are other shut-ins who we would like to visit. If you know of a shut-in who we should include in this ministry, please let Judy know.
Every Monday at 5pm, Dimondale United Methodist Church members gather in prayer, lifting up the joys and concerns of people in our congregation, our families, our communities and around the world. In addition to praying for them, we send a personal prayer note to each person who desires one. If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, you can call the church office (517) 646-0641 to relay a prayer request. If you would like us to send a personal prayer note for someone, please include the person’s name and address. People enjoy the cards that the group sends out and they need your help. If you have some time please come and join them. To make a prayer request, click on the Prayer Request tab on this website and share your prayers. If you have questions, please contact Judy Entenman (517-282-6827).
The Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Join Us At Prayer Fellowship
10. We have lots of Fun.
9. You get the latest news about our church family.
8. Many hands and prayers make light work.
7. It is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with lots of laughter.
6. So Judy and Tonie don’t get writer’s cramp.
5. An opportunity to fuel your faith.
4. There is strength in numbers – especially in prayer.
3. To do one of the things the New Testament asks us to do: “Pray without ceasing.”
2. To make a difference in people’s lives.
1. To become a part of a significant ministry of this church.
WE NEED YOU!
Prayer Fellowship meets every Monday at 5:00pm.
United Methodist Men
Dimondale/Grovenburg/Mt. Hope United Methodist Church Men’s Fellowship Group. Breakfast meeting every third Saturday, 8:00am at MorningLory in Dimondale. All men in the community are invited.