Mark Brock, Pastor
504 W. Mishawaka Ave. • Mishawaka, Indiana 46545 • Phone: 574.259.1975

 

 

 


 

SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
9:00 am - Sunday School
10:00 am - Coffee Time/Fellowship
10:30 am - Worship Service

Wednesday Worship Schedule
W.H.A.M. (We Have A Mission) for Children & Youth
6:00 - 7:15 pm
Adult Worship in Sanctuary
6:15 - 7:00 pm

Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Events & Information:

ALBRIGHT ADVOCATE'S OFFICE
I’d like to introduce you to a different way of thinking about tithing. According to my calculations, there are 168 hours in a week. I find that 10 per cent of that is about 17 hours. Now, I invite you to think about what you could accomplish in that 17 hours dedicated to the Lord’s work as a tithe of your time. This way of thinking has served me well for a time, and I encourage you to give it some thought.

Martin Buber wrote:
You know always in your heart that you need God more than anything; but do you not know too that God needs you …..

Here’s one of my favorite stories written by anonymous . . . and published in the Sowers Seeds compiled by Brian Cavanaugh T.O.R .

I Created You!

One day, as usually was the case, a young waif, a little, girlstood at the street corner begging for food, money or whatever she could get. Now this girl was wearing very tattered clothes; she was dirty and quite disheveled.

As it happens, a well-to-do young man passed that corner without giving the girl a second look. But when he returned to his expensive home, his happy and comfortable family and his well –laden dinner table, his thoughts returned to the young waif and he became very angry at God for allowing such conditions to exist.

He reproached God, saying, “How can you let this happen? Why don’t you do something to help this girl?”

Then he heard God in the depths of his being respond by saying, “I did. I created you”.
My life has been richly blessed since I read these words and did my best to put them into action. As I continue to work in the Advocate’s office, I am more and more realizing just how much the gift of a little time can mean to the recipient and also to the giver. I thank you for allowing me to continue in the Advocate position.

In Your Service,
Marilyn Waumans

CIRCLES OF CARE!
I’ll bet you thought Circles of Care were dead in the water if you thought about them at all. Well, I am here to tell you that they could be brought to life quickly if the need and willingness to help were there. With guidance from the book “Share the Care” plus other available information, I believe a workable, caring effort could be quickly put in place.

Currently, one of our disabled congregants is being provided transportation for daily life needs. Unfortunately, trips to the bank, doctors, etc, do not stop just because you are confined to a wheelchair. Disabled myself, as I get into my car, I often think about others who are worse off than I am, and I can only imagine what it is like to not be free with one’s own transportation..

If you would like to read “Share the Care” for yourself, I believe there is one in the Church library or perhaps at Mishawaka Public Library.

In Your Service,
Marilyn Waumans

Prayer Time
Thursdays 8:00 a.m.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY NEWS!
Rejoice with us! We have created over 1000 prayer shawls since we began our ministry in June 2011! We gifted almost 1000 shawls to people in virtually every state in the U.S., plus Kenya, Uganda and Mexico! Shawls are tangible reminders of God's love given to comfort hospitalized, ailing, addicted, recovering, grieving, unemployed, disabled, depressed and hurting people.

Shawls have been given to AUMC's pastors, band, Sunday School teachers, Small Group leaders. Our shawls also welcome new worshipers, new members, confirmation and Choices graduates as well as celebrate marriages and new births -- virtually every person in our congregation. This year we began providing shawls to Marilyn Waumans and the Advocacy staff to comfort their clients. If you would like a prayer shawl, please let us know. You can tell Alice Anderson (advocate group), Rose Frantz (574-277-3181), Cleo Conley (574-232-8025) or you can contact Sue Hutchins the church secretary (574-259-1975 ext. 101).

This ministry could never have been so successful without all of you! Each shawl requires 3 full skeins of yarn at around $3.30 per skein or $10.00. To date, we've used approximately $10,000 worth of yarn. As a self-supported ministry, yarn and monetary donation are much appreciated. If you would like to help, the best yarn for our purpose is inexpensive 100% machine washable and dryable acrylic yarn. Common brands include Red Heart, Bernath, Big Twist, Lion Brand or I Love This Yarn. Monetary donations may be put into the envelopes located in the pew racks clearly marked with "Prayer Shawl Ministry."

FYI: The labor to make an adult shawl takes 8, 10 or more hours and over 800 yards (2400 ft.) of yarn. 1000 shawls equal 3000 skeins (2,400,000 feet!) or 454.55 miles of yarn! In the beginning we had between 10 & 12 women actively crocheting, but for the past few years we've averaged just 4 - 7 women per session. We're currently teaching 2 new ladies to crochet and would encourage and welcome more to join.

Prayer Shawl Ministry members have been greatly blessed ourselves and look forward to expanding our outreach in the near future. Look for an update soon.

Rose Frantz (574-277-3181)

M.A.C. FOOD PANTRY NEWS!
An update on one of Albright’s long term missions – MAC Food Pantry. This has been one of Albright’s missions since Pastor Warren Kirkwood started a small pantry in one of the classroom closets in the 1980’s. MAC was organized with a board of directors from several of the donor churches. As host church now Albright donates one classroom and basement space for supplies, also electricity and hallway space twice a week. We serve families from the Mishawaka, Granger and Osceola areas. (We do serve people from other areas one time and give them information on pantries in their areas.)

Pantry donors come from local churches, individuals, and several businesses – for example Martin’s donates bread supplies three times a week. Volunteers show up Tuesday morning to record donations , weigh them , check all the food for expiration dates, and set up the carts ready for the evening clients. Every Tuesday evening and Friday morning, volunteers show up faithfully week after week, year after year to welcome families in need and give out carts of food. Everyone is offered a treat and on Friday those who wish listen to a short devotional by a volunteer. Several times a month our “muscle “ men, pick up large orders of food from the Food Bank and deliver it to Albright using the box truck you see in the parking lot.

In 2017 Sheila Swineheart became the pantry’s new director. She works many hours to see that food is ordered, the pantry clean, volunteers updated on changes and the pantry compliant with old and new regulations. She is knowledgeable, organized, hardworking and compassionate. We are blessed to have her.

The Albright Advocates, another ministry and mission group, show up during pantry hours. They offer clients help navigating our community assistance organizations, listen to people’s distress and maybe help with a bus pass or gas card – donated by caring members in our Albright family. Often people are given a prayer shawl but that is another outreach mission at Albright!

M.A.C. Food Pantry
At Albright
504 W. Mishawaka Ave. • Mishawaka, Indiana
Phone: 574.259.1975 ext. 107

Tuesday - 6:00-8:00 p.m. & Friday 10:00 a.m. - noon.

M.A.C. FOOD PANTRY DONATION NEEDS!
Albright UMC has been given a monthly rotation of items to be donated to the Food Pantry.
October: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Dish Soap
November: Canned Tuna, Tuna Helper, Laundry Soap