Our noodle making is over for this year! (My back is still saying, "Thank you, God!"). We thank those who came and helped, especially the children who came and were excellent workers. They seemed to really enjoy the work, and we enjoyed working with them! 230 pounds of noodles were made using 225 pounds of flour and 720 eggs. We thank those who donated money to buy the supplies. In case you didn't know -- most of the noodles go to the Liberty Union-Thurston students who sell noodle soup at their booth at the Lancaster fair. There are bags of noodles in the freezer at church that anyone can buy for $4. The money should go to Treasurer Ann Arebalo. Ann reported an August balance in our treasury of $377.85.
Gideon Bibles were given in memory of Richard Roshon. It was our honor to serve the Roshon family and friends after Richard's funeral. Our loss was definitely Heaven's gain.
Our UMW Mission Sunday service when our women were in charge went very well. The only man who came to the front was Paul Sager, who received our annual Special Mission Appreciation Award for the many ways he serves our congregation and gives us something to smile about by the way he talks and the cards he sends. He is a blessing to us!
Pat Warneke gave a wonderful presentation on the Field of Dreams Uganda on that Sunday. She and her husband, John, brought various items made by the women in Uganda that, when sold, gives them income they need to help their children and orphans. They were beautiful and well made.
We voted to keep our pledge to our district at $75 and we'll designate where we want the money to go.
We will invite Thurston UMW to our Women & Girls Banquet to be held on October 20th.
We have a new Rada Cutlery book for any who would like to order an excellent cutting knife. See Brenda Hanna if you're interested in seeing what is available. Our treasury would benefit from any sales.
Rhonda Miller gave a reading program update, led our prayer concerns and gave her program entitled, "Being a Blessing to the Persecuted".
I'm sure that we all have seen or heard about Christians being persecuted all around the world including the USA. Cyber bullying is done in many places especially to the younger generation and Roma (Gypsies) is one of the most harassed ethnic groups in many European countries. Thanks to the United Methodist Church and the UMW, the persecution of widows in industrialized societies like Mozambique has greatly reduced the threat of doing harm to these women who can now eat in peace. Rhonda challenged us to become more aware of these persecutions and do what we can to alleviate these concerns.
Our next meeting will be on September 8th, at 7:30 with Linda Wilson providing refreshments and Ruth Ann Ford giving the program.