Clear Creek Amana is putting on a fundraiser Pasta Dinner at the high school during the boys’ basketball gave on December 11 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm for Jeff Astor. The evening will include a silent auction and dessert auction. Proceeds will go toward medical costs and travel expenses associated with potential Jeff’s last treatment option.
Jeff and his wife Jane attend church here. Jeff was diagnosed with MDS (Myeloid Dysplastic Syndrome), refractory anemia with excess blasts, a type of Leukemia in the bone marrow in the spring of 2013. Jeff was able to find a bone marrow donor and in May of 2014 had transplant. In November of 2014 his cancer returned. His diagnosis was grim with 55% of him bone marrow cells showing leukemia. Jeff has spent numerous month long visits in the hospital with flu complications, to Graft versus Host disease and most recently the adenoid virus. Jeff is currently pursuing a treatment option at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas, after a referral by the U of I.
One million books and one million hours for the at-risk and poverty-stricken children of Iowa – that is the goal of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church as part of the Bishop’s Poverty to Opportunity. We hope to accomplish this by June 2017. That means a lot of work but through this initiative, we hope to make a significant inroad in the fight against poverty. It is vitally important that children be reading on grade level by third grade otherwise, at this point they begin to fall further and further behind.
Did you know one factor in determining future prison beds is the number of children not reading at grade-level by third grade? I find that a horrifying measurement. We are asking every Methodist member to prayerfully consider and accept the challenge of being a reading partner with an at-risk child. It is one-hour per week commitment. One hour a week to divert a child from a future of poverty and/or possible prison.
Is that so much to ask? One hour a week, just one….please prayerfully consider how you might fulfill this pledge. You also just might make a new friend. There will be upcoming opportunities listed in upcoming newsletters or speak to Brenda Mayer (319-936-8118). For more information go to Poverty to Opportunity at umc.org.
Our church offers automated, electronic giving for those who are looking to simplify their giving. An Automated Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), can be set-up through Vanco Services. The transactions can be for weekly, monthly, or even quarterly gifts to the church. Giving can be directed to the “General Fund” and/or the “We Are Called Still Fund.”
Electronic giving can be stopped, with advance notice, at any time. The service costs you nothing. 100% of the money given goes to the First United Methodist Church of North Liberty. Forms are available here or in the church office.
For questions or more information, contact Jim Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org