Payette United Methodist Church
502 N. 11th St. Payette, ID 83661 ~ (208) 642-2475 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2020 NEWSLETTER
THE UPPER ROOM
Our daily devotionals The Upper Room have arrived and are available. This edition is for May and June. If you would like a copy call the office and let me know if you’d like to pick it up (I will bring it out to your car) or If you would like it mailed or dropped off. There are a handful left so don’t wait too long.
WORSHIP SERVICES ONLINE
Our worship services are recorded and produced by a great team which includes Fruitland and Payette UMC people. A big shout out goes to them along with Pastor Jim and Pam. The services can be found every Sunday morning right here on our website blog.
Just go to that website and click on the multimedia link. You will find the current service along with past ones.
DONATE TO MATCH OUR GIFT CARD GRANT!
People are hurting financially and we would like to help by providing Albertsons gift cards to people in need. We applied for and received a $500 grant from the conference to help us get started. Pastor Jim is challenging us to raise an extra $1,000 toward this awesome outreach. We have chosen Wicap (Western Idaho Community Action Programs) to help us distribute the $25 gift cards to the right people. Wicap is the governing body of Head Start and many other great programs.
If you would like to donate to this cause please send your checks to the church and write “gift cards” on the memo line.
FACEMASKS FOR OUR CHURCH
Our own Charlene Wimpy and Lis Williamson and her family have made several facemasks for our church! We will be distributing and using these masks when we return to worship. A big shoutout to these folks for using their talent to help us out!
AD BOARD NEWS
The Ad Board met via Zoom last Monday. We discussed what our reopening will look like when that happens. There is no current plan to reopen and we will wait for guidance from our bishop about that. Pastor Jim asked Ron Warzyn, the Ad Board Chair to appoint a special task force to look into best practices about reopening. Ron asked Danny Crego to head up the committee. The members are Dianne Kinney, Leslie and Gary Olson and Cris Warzyn as the Trustee Chair. Thanks to these folks for stepping up!
SEAL COATING FOR PARKING LOT
The Ad Board also approved the seal coating and restriping of our parking lot. Our parking lot is 5 years old and we want to take care of it. This project will probably happen the last week of April or the first week of May depending on the weather. The lane will be sealed off with cones during that time. I will still be working so call the office if you need me to walk to the street. I can use the steps.
FINANCE COMMITTEE NEWS
Wow, look at the way our world has changed in just a couple of months! Our church has been closed for six weeks and it looks as if it will be for at least two more. I know we are all missing our old ways and our ability to congregate and worship our lord together. I am missing the friendly greetings and hugs from “my people” as well as hearing from our faithful pastor in person.
Our congregation has done a good job of keeping up with tithes and offerings, despite our inability to hold regular church services. In March, we had $6,870 in giving and $6,424 in expenses.
The first 3 weeks of April have yielded $6,553 in offerings. It appears that we are on track to meet expenses for this month as well. I am greatly encouraged by this and so proud of your faithfulness in this unprecedented time. The church may have left the building, but the church is still alive and well! I always say that we are small, but mighty and you are proving it every day!
Stay well and blessed my friends. Until we meet again.
Teresa Waynetska, Finance Committee Co-Chair
Temporary office hours are Wednesday-Saturday 9-12
Joyce Whittet Celebrates a Birthday in Style!
Our own Joyce Whittet had her 90th birthday this week and a story about her was featured in the Argus Observer. Her bridge friends did a drive by birthday for her. Judging by the picture in the paper, she was very pleased! Happy Birthday Joyce!