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Yarn With A Mission

2014 Summary

2014 marked the end of the 5th year for our Yarn With a Mission group of dedicated people who knit and crochet.

We were able to distribute 520 caps and scarves to the following recipients:

•Children served through our Backpack Ministry

•Children’s Medical Services

•Macon Outreach

•Jay’s Hope which serves children and youth who are fighting cancer

Many additional items were sold which raised $1,157. Through these funds we were able to benefit Macon Outreach and the UMCOR Shoebox Ministry.

Rev. Julius Mugabi who is a United Methodist Minister in Jinga, Uganda called Pastor Steve with an urgent request in December. A Ugandan government agency could offer cows to communities who were in need and could provide a concrete paddock, fenced in area and sew an acre of grass by a late December deadline. I am happy to report that we were able to provide the $600 which enabled this community to receive the milk cow. Pastor Mugabi has been in contact with Steve and is very thankful for this gift.

This ministry continues to bless those who participate as well as those who benefit from our call to serve. The group meets in the Gathering Space each Wednesday night after supper.

Macon Outreach

Missions Focus for August/September

Macon Outreach at Mulberry UMC provides groceries to 70-75 families each week and they need our help to meet this important need in our community. Please add Macon Outreach to your grocery list. Place nonperishable items in collection boxes located outside the church office, in the Fellowship Hall, and in the Gathering Space. Last year we donated over 1000 pounds of food.

The backpack ministry is going GREAT! We are now serving eight schools: Bernd, King Danforth, Ingram Pye, Morgan, North Woods, Appling, Riley, and Rice.

Be a part of this exciting ministry at Riverside! This year our church will provide food to Bibb County school children during weekends and holidays when they are not covered by school nutritional services. Food will be obtained through donations, ministry contribution, and the food bank. Volunteers are needed to donate food and money, to pack the bags each week, and to deliver to children at local schools. To learn more, contact Leigh Wright at 478-731-3300 or 478-477-9805.

United Methodist Women

Riverside United Methodist church has three active United Methodist Women groups. All circles meet at the church.

Faith Circle meets the second Wednesday at 1:00PM.

Friendship Circle meets the second Tuesday at 6:30PM.

Love Circle meets the first Tuesday at 10:00AM.

United Methodist Women are 100% mission minded, supporting both local and global mission projects.

Some of our projects are Mulberry Outreach, Volunteer Clinic, Rescue Mission, Samaritan’s Purse (shoe boxes), and most recently Daybreak.

We support the Reading Program of United Methodist Women and this year had 19 readers.

We invite any woman who enjoys the closeness and fellowship of small groups to visit any of our circles. Lucy Vidal is serving as our UMW president for 2012-2013 and she will be happy to provide any additional information on United Methodist Women.

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