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May 16 (10am to 12noon) – Jason Brown @ Sunrise UMC, Holly Springs
May 21 – Fairway District UMM Golf Tournament @ Whispering Pines Golf Club, Whispering Pines
June 10-13 – NC Annual Conference @ Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington
June 22-29 – Fairway District Mission Team to El Salvador
June 30 – Moving Day for Pastors in New Appointments
July 5 – First Sunday for Pastors in New Appointments
Food for Sierra Leone – Annual Conference 2015 Mission Project
In the past several years, we have asked for donations of birthing kits or school kits to be taken to Annual Conference and distributed thereafter. This year, we are asking that Churches help prepare food buckets before Annual Conference. These 5 gallon buckets will be packed onto a container and the container will be blessed by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Bishop John Yambasu, who will be visiting our Annual Conference in June from the Sierra Leone Annual Conference. These food buckets will be a welcomed gift for the people of Sierra Leone who are fighting the effects of the Ebola virus. Because of the quarantines which were necessary to contain the virus, many people have become desperately in need of basic food supplies. Particularly impacted are children who have become orphaned due to the Ebola virus outbreak—and countless others who have been ostracized in their communities because of the disease.
It is well within our capabilities to load an entire container of these food buckets and send them as a gift in honor of Bishop Yambasu—who has helped to lead his country’s fight against the problems brought by the Ebola virus. Bishop Yambasu and his colleagues in the Sierra Leone Annual Conference will distribute the food on the ground as they determine specific needs.
Here are the logistics necessary to prepare the shipment:
- Churches can begin to collect food for the food buckets at any time. The items that are needed are as follows: 1 bag of sugar (4 or 5 lbs); 1 bag rice (5 lbs); 1 bag dried beans (2 lbs); 1 package of powdered milk (10 oz or less); 1 box of oatmeal (18 oz or less); 1 bottle of cooking oil (48 oz or less); 2 cans of meat (ham, chicken, or tuna).
- Collected food can then be either:
- Boxes/bags of food can be collected of the different items—and pre-sorted by type of food.
- Or… Churches may pack food in 5 gallon buckets—with all of the items listed above. Should Churches choose to do this option, please contact Bill Haddock beforehand.
- All collected food—either in the buckets or in boxes/bags—should be taken to the Ministry Center at 3MC (the small warehouse). The food can be taken to the warehouse on Monday through Saturday, May 11-16, 2015. May 16 is a part of Change the World Weekend and the warehouse will be in need of volunteers to fill buckets, palletize them, and arrange them for shipment. Volunteers should arrive at the warehouse at 9 am that day.
- Saint Luke UMC, 2916 Wicker Street, Sanford, has agreed to serve as a drop-off for food buckets.
You can download a packing list and flyer here. Thank you in advance for your help in this project. Should you have questions, contact the Rev. Dr. Bill Haddock at email@example.com or 910.262.3831.
Inexpensive, small bedding plants wrapped in green floral waxed tissue paper make a quick, easy and colorful “educator appreciation” treat to share with a public school near your church facility. Introducing ourselves to local school administrators and sharing our desire to be partners in the community through “Congregations for Children” can begin at any time of year!
Discover an overview about becoming a Congregation for Children on the Fairway District web site http://fairwaydistrictnc.org/congregations-for-children-c4c/c4c-resources/ or by contacting Elaine Lilliston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come join with children, youth, and adults in the NC Conference to hear Jason Brown’s testimony. This professional football player heard God’s call on his life, and came to Louisburg, NC to begin the First Fruits Farm. He and his wife, Tay Brown, learned to farm from watching YouTube videos! The harvested produce goes to the Society of St. Andrew, Interfaith Food Shuttle, and the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. They’ve already given over 110,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and cucumbers to the hungry in our state. Read more here – http://www.wisdomforlife.org/first-fruits-farm.html
His story was highlighted on CBS News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOL2zTgweMs&feature=youtu.be If you would like to attend, please contact Amie Stewart at 919-200-3217 or email@example.com. All are welcome, but space is limited so please reply soon.
All proceeds from this tournament will go to the 2015 Scholarship Fund. The entry fee is $65 which includes: green fee, cart, 2 mulligans and a buffet lunch. The top 3 teams will receive cash prizes and there will be merchandise prizes for the closest to the pin winners on each par 3.
Guest Speaker: Kelly Mitchum, an assistant pro at Pinehurst Country Club, will join the group for lunch which begins at 11:30. Following lunch, Kelly will share his faith journey and will also provide a couple of golf tips before the tee off.
For more information and to download registration forms, go to http://fairwaydistrictnc.org/fairway-district-umm-spring-golf-tournament-may-21/.
UMM Scholarship Available for Young Men in Fairway District Churches
The Fairway District UMM scholarship is awarded to deserving young men from District churches that have a current (2015) chartered UMM group. The 2015 Scholarship guidelines and application are available for download. Please make sure the eligible young men in your church are aware of the opportunity to apply for this Scholarship.
This scholarship is funded solely by contributions from the UMM groups in the Fairway District as well as the proceeds from our spring golf tournament http://fairwaydistrictnc.org/fairway-district-umm-spring-golf-tournament-may-21/. In 2014, UMM groups contributed $2850 and the golf tournament raised $630 for a total fund of $3480. Eight scholarships were awarded. This year we have a goal of raising at least $5,000 for the Scholarship Fund. We can reach this goal only through your contributions and your support of the golf tournament. Please ask your men to consider supporting the Scholarship Fund in one or both of these ways. Please note that one of the requirements for the scholarship is that the sponsoring UMM group must contribute at least $150 to the Scholarship Fund.
Donations to the Scholarship Fund may be sent to Bill Huggins, Fairway District UMM President, 1495 Kentucky Ave., Sanford, NC 27332. Checks should be made payable to “Fairway District UMM.” Questions? Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ray Broadwell, District Superintendent
Lou Ann Allred, Assistant to the District Superintendent
The Fairway District
North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church
700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, North Carolina 27529
919.779.9435 or 888.661.4941 or FairwayDistrict@nccumc.org