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December Activities

PARSONAGE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE!!
Mark your calendars! This year’s Parsonage Christmas Open House will be on Saturday, December 3rd, 1pm – 4pm
All are welcome! Looking forward to having you stop in!

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – WATCH AT HOME
If anyone would like to borrow our DVD of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, to watch at home, give the office a call or let Wanda Klem know, and we’ll get that arranged for you.

BLESSING OF STEWARDSHIP CARDS
We will be blessing the Stewardship Pledge Cards on Sunday, December 18th.

CHRISTMAS SHARING (STAR) PROGRAM
The Christmas Sharing Program started November 13th – All packages due by December 11th
This program provides a taste of Christmas to families in the Ontario, Walworth, and Williamson areas who might not otherwise get a Christmas. St. Maximillian’s coordinates with local churches to help provide for this mission. We get stars to provide gifts for the children in the families—others provide a family gift and food basket to give a Holiday they wouldn’t otherwise have.
There are instruction sheets, detailing the due date and labeling/wrapping necessary. There will be a sign-up sheet for the program. Please make sure you sign your name next to the star that you take. If there are two stars with the same number, one should be labelled child A, B or C, as they would be from the same family.
Your help with this program is most appreciated. We have heard from folks that they like programs that affect people locally—this is certainly it.

SAFE HAVEN RESPITE CARE Next dates are: December 7th & December 21st

ADVENT GIVING CALENDAR
It’s that time of year! The list for our Annual Advent Giving Calendar for the Ontario Food Pantry is on the bulletin board & in the December Newsletter. If you have any questions, please call the office.

General Information

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
If anyone would be interested in leading the Sunday Children’s Message,
please call the office so we can get you on the schedule, beginning after the 1st of the year.


PRAYER CHAIN

If you have a request after office hours, please begin by contacting:
Nancy Haak 585-943-1844 or nancylhaak@yahoo.com
Mary Gwen Todd 315-524-7756
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-1

Please consider bringing in donations for the Family Promise of Wayne County
Below is the list of needed items. If you have questions, call the office. Thank you!
Cleaning Products
¨ Dish detergent
¨ Scrubbing/Scouring pads
¨ Sponges
¨ Paper Towels
¨ 409, or similar
¨ Disinfecting wipes
Paper Products
¨ Kleenex
¨ Paper Towels
¨ Paper Plates, Bowls and/or Cups
¨ Storage Bags—Quart & Gallon sizes
¨ Aluminum Foil
¨ Plastic Wrap

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION

Please remember to bring your non-perishable contributions, as we are continuing to support the Ontario Food Pantry. We will make arrangements for the bin to be available at the outdoor services. Summertime can be very difficult for families – your donations are appreciated!


PINES OF PEACE FUNDRAISING
We have opened a booth at:
L.W. Emporium Co-Op
6355 Knickerbocker Rd, Ontario, NY 14519 Booth #109
• There are a variety of items donated by local people
• Reasonable Prices
• ALL proceeds go to the Pines of Peace
Please consider coming in for a visit and support The Pine of Peace!

New Options to Participate in Weekly Worship

We are blessed to have talented people who are willing to give us time and expertise in many areas in order to help us worship safely. With the increase in COVID numbers in our county and surrounding areas we have had to think outside the box. Thanks to Jerry Goodenough, Joe Stramonine, and others, we are able to provide you with several ways to connect in worship. We will keep the sanctuary open for as long as we are able to meet the number requirements and safe distance rules. We will also simulcast the service to VandeVate Hall during worship times for those who would like more distance from others than the sanctuary provides. You may also still hear the service from our parking lot by tuning into the FM radio station 101.9 during our service. Thanks to Jerry we are taping the entire service to Facebook. Remember we are still able to email or snail mail our worship elements so if you decide to go with a non-attendance option please contact the church office so we can get you the bulletin. Also, if you have any other suggestions or comments, we would appreciate receiving your

Joys and Concerns

There will be a basket in Motley Hall for you to drop a note for any Joys & Concerns you’d like prayers for and/or listed in the bulletin.

The requests in the basket will be gathered every Sunday, during worship service.

Transportation Ministry Opportunity

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to provide transportation, periodically, for those in need. You would take parishioners to such places as doctor appointments, grocery store, church, etc. If you are interested in this ministry opportunity, please contact Gerry Whitmire at 524-5570. Thank you.

VIM Reminder

The Volunteers in Missions Team (VIM) has an account with Sparky’s Cans & Bottles on the corner of Ontario Center Road and Route 104.  Those who wish to donate their cans and bottles may drop them off at Sparky’s and indicate that the proceeds should be sent to North Ontario United Methodist Church.  Sparky’s Hours:  Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Weekend Back-Pack Food Program

At the end of September, once again we will begin the Weekend Backpack Food Program with the Wayne Central School District. As a result, we would greatly appreciate any donations to supplement the food packs. Items we are looking for include:

  • Canned fruit in juice
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tuna in water or foil pack tuna
  • Dried fruit multi-packs such as raisins
  • Microwave soups, Macaroni & cheese, Spaghetti-O’s, and/or popcorn
  • Instant Oatmeal & multi-pack cereals
  • Quaker Snack Bars
  • Fresh fruit – seedless oranges, apples
  • 100% juice boxes or pouches
  • Multi-packs of peanut butter
  • Milk

All items need to be shelf-stable, easy to prepare, nutritious, kid-friendly, and individually packaged. Thank you!

Prayer Shawls

There are Prayer Shawls that will be displayed Every 2nd Sunday of the Month.  They are on the Alter for anyone to take.  We ask that you tell either Barb, Arlene or Gerry – that way they can keep a record.