Thursday, July 29, 2021
Bread for the Journey
Important Mask Update!
Due to a new mandate from Governor Sisolak and current recommendations from the CDC
we will be require all to wear masks while in our facilities regardless of vaccine status.
Thank you for your cooperation!
This Week's Scripture Verse
John 6:24-35 (Paraphrase, Nathan Nettleton)
When the crowd who Jesus had fed realized that he and his disciples were gone, they piled into the boats and headed across to Capernaum to look for him.
...When they tracked him down on the far side of the lake, they questioned him,
“Rabbi, when did you arrive here?”
...Jesus took them to task, saying, “If the truth be known, you’re not looking for me because you saw signs of God in what I did, but simply because you got a free meal out of me. You’ll never satisfy your real hunger with a belly full of food, no matter how much effort you put into it.
Put your energy instead into finding the life-giving food that will never stop nourishing you.
The New Human will give it to you, and he has been guaranteed by God the Father.”
...Hearing that, they asked, “What do we have to do to get in on what God’s doing?”
...Jesus replied, saying, “This is all God asks: that you stake everything on the One he has sent.”
...But they began beating around the bush, saying, “Show us a sign. What proof can you give us so that we’ll know it is right to commit ourselves to what you say? Show us what you can do.
Moses brought down bread from heaven for our ancestors to eat in the desert.
It says so in the scriptures.”...Then Jesus set them straight: “If the truth be known, Moses wasn’t the one who gave you the bread from heaven. It is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. The bread that God is offering you is the real stuff — bread direct from heaven that gives life to the world.” ...“We’ll take it, Sir!” they said. “Give us this bread from now on.”
...Jesus said to them, “It’s me. I am the bread of life. Anyone who comes on board with me will never hunger or thirst again. Put your trust in me and you will always be satisfied.”
The Communion Offering for August is for Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only Regional Food Bank feeding the hungry in Clark, Lincoln, and Nye Counties. Begun in 2007,
Three Square is a member of the national Feeding America Network, which is a collaboration among the nation’s food banks whose purpose is to transport surplus foods to places of need. The donated food comes from farms, food manufacturers, retail stores, and public contributions and food drives. The donations are sorted and then transported from the regional food bank warehouse to hundreds of pantries and feeding sites throughout the community.
The food bank is cost efficient as much of this processed and donated food,
some of which is dated but of still nutritional value, would otherwise rot in the fields
or be sent to the nation’s landfills. Administrative costs are kept low and Three Square
is supported by thousands of volunteers who sort the food, and run the local pantries.
Our local food bank, Three Square, feeds over 100,000 people each and every month,
and provides over 41 million meals a year. Your funding donations will be used locally to purchase large pallets of food from the Feeding America Network at cents on the dollar,
and to pay for the cost of transporting that food from the various donation retail sites,
to the central warehouse, and then to the pantry and feeding sites.
Jesus calls us to feed the hungry. Three Square is the central distribution warehouse,
like the Pharoah’s granaries in Egypt feeding the hungry in times of famine, with the food then going to the pantry and feeding sites. Three Square provides a host of nutrition programs serving seniors, youth and homeless. Two popular programs for youth include
the afterschool Kids Café program, and the weekend backpack supplemental meal program.
If you want to feed the poor, giving to Three Square is clearly the “biggest bang for the buck”,
as your contributions will be leveraged many times over,
enabling this organization to feed your hungry neighbors here at home.
GVUMC Members and other Volunteers helping to assist at the Three Square Food Bank.
Nevadans for the Common Good Update
Nevadans for the Common Good (NCG) has been working during the pandemic to advocate for access to resources for rental assistance and eviction protection
for those impacted by Covid-19 and the downturn in the economy.
Clark County received $440 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds
and NCG is proposing that funds be used toward a robust community navigation system in Clark County to help get resources like rental assistance where they need to go,
and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are asking our 42 institutions to send postcards to the County Commissioners
that is in their district in support of allocating ARPA funds to helping
the community get access to the resources they need.
These funds should provide help now and support human infrastructure for the future.
Postcards from Green Valley UMC will be given to Jim Gibson, District G
and be available after the services on Sunday, August 1, 2021, and just needs a signature.
The cost of insufficient social service infrastructure is not in dollars,
but the waste of human potential.
Thank you for your help.
Church Mortgage Update!
Hello Green Valley United Methodist Church Brothers and Sisters.
A sincere thank-you from the Finance Committee. Our mortgage has been refinanced and at half the rate it had been. The loan is amortized for 15 years and at the end of that period we will own our campus without mortgage. We have been truly blessed by God! The Finance Committee still asks that you be faithful and prayful in your giving and prayers to GVUMC. Our new bank is Christian Community Credit Union (CCCU). They are a not for profit financial institution. We will have more information to come, however if you are looking for a free checking with direct deposit or a better interest rate on your savings, money market or certificate of deposit accounts, please consider CCCU. For every 2 persons that open an account with CCCU, per quarter, they will send a donation to GVUMC. For more information please talk to our Church Treasurer, Wanda Shumar.
Yours in Christ!
Now Enrolling for Fall 2021!!
Please call 702-405-2952 for more information
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