Connect Others with the Love of God to Transform the World

Dimondale United Methodist Church

6801 Creyts Rd
P.O. Box 387
Dimondale, MI 48821

April Mission

I pray you all are well. I must say we need to pray; the devil is working full time, but Our God is stronger.

I miss my church community and I pray for you daily, and every person, and country. I am so thankful for Dimondale United Methodist Church. What a family! I have a phone warrior who calls me daily to make sure I am alive and well.

I have no family in the area, my sons live three and four hours away, so it is comforting to hear a voice daily making sure I am okay. We are family and she gives me more comfort than I could ever repay.

Our April mission will be the Heifer project. Normally I would set a goal of $1,000.00, but because of the current situation I hope to get at least $500.00 for a heifer, PLUS, the personal needs pantry is hurting, we were not able to give much in donations.

Our neighbors need our help, we all are experiencing the shortage of toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc.  Please help.

Until we can get back to “normal” please stay safe and healthy and always remember we are not alone.

Blessings,

Sherrie Teesdale

*POSTPONED*

Saturday, March 28

4:00 – 7:00pm

MorningLory Restaurant

Adult $10, Child $5

All Proceeds will go to Dimondale Community Pantries.

Come for good food, fellowship, and to support our Food and Personal Needs Pantry.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Lenten Study on Philippians is postponed (initially set to start on Wednesday, March 11), but will meet on Wednesdays at 10:30am once started.

Sign-up for the Maundy Thursday Seder Meal and Service, April 9, at 6:00p.m.  

A traditional Seder meal will be served with the liturgy that accompanies it and commemorates Jesus’s last meal with his disciples and his commandment that we love one another. We will conclude the meal and service with Holy Communion in the sanctuary.

If you wish to come only for the service of Holy Communion, then come at 7:00p.m. Reservations are necessary for the meal in order to plan the special food of lamb shanks and roasted eggs and other traditional foods. Donations from those coming, to cover the cost of the food, will be appreciated.

Sign-up sheets will be on clip boards (beginning March 8th).

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This month the Mission Committee has decided to support our

Personal Needs Pantry

Our mission project for March is the personal needs pantry.  We take for granted that we have soap, toothpaste, detergent, shampoo but for many of our neighbors they do not have the luxury of going into the closet and taking out a box of tissue, or deodorant, etc.  As I look at our personal needs cabinets, I am thankful for what I have, and often do not appreciate all I do have. 

My friends, our cabinets are nearly bare, and we need your help.  We need bars of soap, laundry soap, shampoo, deodorant, dish soap, Kleenex, paper towel and cleaning liquid like spic and span, The Works, etc.   Please help us help those in need.  Bring your items in and place them on the back pew and we will put them away. Our neighbors who come to the personal needs pantry each month are truly appreciative of our love and gifts.

Sherrie Teesdale,

Missions Chairperson

DUMC Mission Projects for 2020

January             Food Pantry Competition

February          Blanket and Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

March               Personal Needs Pantry

April                  Heifer

May                   Conference Project

June                  Methodist Children Home, Detroit

July                    School Supplies

August              School Supplies

September       Guatemala School

October             Hats, Gloves, Socks, and Trick or Treat Candy

November        Thanksgiving Baskets

December         Christmas Joy

Core Values and Bed-Rock Beliefs

Our Church Council is continuing the work of refining and consolidating our work as a congregation in defining our Core Values and Bed-Rock Beliefs. We will be bringing this work before the congregation again to get as much response as possible before we formally adopt them. Once adopted they will be included in all our publications and on our website and Facebook communications in order to help people looking for a church understand who we are. They will also be used as a measurement we will use to keep ourselves on track with matching our values to our programing and decisions. Thank you to all of you who have offered your thoughts, we hope you will see them reflected in the work Council has done with them. It is important work that will have long lasting impact in our future. Thank you!

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).

Shut-In Ministry

 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. 

Personal Needs Pantry

Volunteers Needed!!!

Call Tuesday – Friday from 10:00am until 1:00pm
The Personal Needs Pantry
Dimondale United Methodist Church
6801 Creyts Rd.
517-646-0641

The Food Pantry
The First Presbyterian Church
162 N. Bridge St.
517-646-6183

Thank you for all the support for our Personal Needs Pantry.  We serve on average 23 very appreciative local families each month.  We could not do this without your help.  

Chris Graham

Prayer Fellowship

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.