BACK TO SCHOOL AND CHANGE FOR CHANGE

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Don't forget, if you are at Target, The Dollar Store, or Walgreens, buy Crayola crayons (boxes of 8 or 16), pencils, paper, erasers, glue or any other item that would be helpful for the San Marcos Elementary School children.

Bring them to church and place them in the box in the Narthex and they will be delivered to San Marcos Elementary School.  

Thank you,
Lynn Weith


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I'm Glad You Asked That!

FRED ASKED:

A lot of work is going on in the Chapel, new carpet, the ramp, and I heard the Chapel just got "Looped"! So what does THAT mean?

THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW:

If you have wonderful hearing, skip to the next article. However, at least 66% of folks in Sun Lakes have some type of hearing loss. Many in our church community miss so much of what is being said - whether it's sermons or social communications.

Now those with hearing aids read on . . .

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Have you heard of a T-Coil? Probably not. It's a device in newer hearing aids (or can be obtained at a reasonable cost to have one installed in your older model). All you have to do is push a button that will transform your hearing aid or Cochlear Implant into a wireless in-the-ear loud speaker that broadcasts sounds customized to you own hearing loss. Miracle!  T-Coils can be installed in older hearing aids for around $50.

For those of you without the T-Coil will be glad to hear that headsets will be available for you once they arrive.

This technology has been used in Europe for years and is being adopted in many states. New York City Transit is installing hearing loops at 488 subway information booths. When one worships at Westminster Abbey in London, in many churches in Holland, the Nordic countries, or even Grand Rapids, MI, all you need to do is activate your T-Coil. A sign with this image will be placed on our Sanctuary door to let everyone know that this technology is available in our space.


UPDATE:

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The system is working!  A half dozen members have tried it out and are extremely happy with the results. A couple of notes: The Loop (sound system) will only work within the perimeter of the pews. If you sit at the back wall you’re out of range. I have tried the back wall and they were right, it doesn’t work well. Again, if you’re sitting in any pew the system works.

Next: I have tried with hearing aids and without, and it works! So if you’re marginal and can’t quite hear everything these head phones do the trick.  Of course if you have a “T-Coil” installed in your hearing aid you don’t need to wear the head phones. Ah, modern technology again. So today's lesson is with or without hearing aids YOU will HEAR clearly, every word. If you have a T-Coil push a button on your hearing aid and you’re there. More lessons coming as we gain more experience with this technology. Happy Hearing!

-Fred

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Equal Exchange

Sun Lakes United Church of Christ has partnered with Equal Exchange and United Church of Christ Fair Trade Project to provide Coffee, Tea, Chocolate and Olive Oil which support farmer-led co-operatives that promote democratic organization, empower women in leadership positions and as business owners and encourages economic development around the world. These practices promote prosperity and development, and we know that strong farmers mean strong farms — and a better world for all of us to live in.

Equal Exchange knows that it all begins with the farmers, with their knowledge, dedication and inventiveness — and we believe in strengthening that foundation. That's why Equal Exchange builds long-term, mutually beneficial trade partnerships with small-scale farmer co-operatives. We know our farmer partners and they know us, creating an atmosphere of trust and transparency: they trust our investment in and support for their livelihoods, and we trust them to uphold our high standards for quality and consistency.

Equal Exchange is committed to protecting, preserving and improving our planet and its resources wherever we can. We promote and support sustainable, innovative agricultural practices, restoration and diversification projects, organic farming and shade grown coffee. And while most of our products are certified organic, we also partner with farmers whose land is in transition — providing them with critical support as they adopt more environmentally friendly ways of growing and processing their crops.

BACK TO SCHOOL

In a very short time, school will be starting for students around the valley and for many parents the initial cost of school supplies can be overwhelming and replacing them, as needed, even more difficult.

Many stores have specials on crayons, pencils, paper, etc that seem reasonable to us, but expensive to many lower income parents. San Marcos is a local school whose students could benefit from donations of school supplies. Very soon, stores will begin to sell school supplies and buying in bulk, the prices are reasonable. So, if you are at Target, The Dollar Store, Walgreens, buy Crayola crayons (boxes of 8 or 16 only), pencils, paper, erasers, glue or any other item that would be helpful in a classroom.

After the first of July, bring these items to church and place them in the box in the Narthex and they will be delivered to San Marcos Elementary School. The students and staff will appreciate any donations.

Thank you,
Lynn Weith

OUR DONATIONS FOR HYGIENE SUNDAY

Beginning on March 5th and every Sunday through April 2, the Mission Board sponsored a Lenten project.   We encouraged members to think about the less fortunate members of our area.   Instead of giving up something in our lives, we invited our congregation to consider the items that could not be bought with food stamps, yet necessary for daily living.

On March 5/Paper Sunday, where we collected Kleenex, paper towels and toilet paper.   On March 12/Personal Hygiene Sunday, where we collected shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap razors, combs, shaving crème, feminine hygiene items and and diapers.   On March 19/Oral Hygiene Sunday, we collected toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss.  On March 26/Cleaning Supplies Sunday, we collected dish and laundry detergent, bleach, windex, 409, SOS pads, sponges.   And finally, on April 2/Skin Care Sunday, we collected sun screen, lip balm, foot powder, lotion, band aids.

We are sure that those in need will really appreciate our generosity, especially at Sojourner Center (a center for abused women), UMOM ( a place for homeless families), Justa Center (serving homeless seniors) and St Vincent de Paul.  Anyone interested in accompanying us to deliver the donations in April and more than welcome and they can contact Sue Bennett.

The sale of products from the UCC Fair Trade Project will continue through the summer months, though probably only on two Sunday per month.   We will adding organic, extra virgin olive oil from farms in Palestine to the list of products for purchase.


Our Donations for Personal Hygiene Sunday:

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Our Donations for Oral Hygiene Sunday:

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A Project for Lent - Week One

The first Sunday of lent, we asked our congregation to donate paper goods
which can not be purchased with food stamps.  This was the very generous
response!  This supply is just the beginning of our collections during lent
to donate to the needy of Sojourner Center, UMOM, Justa Center and St
Vincent de Paul.  Thanks to all for your support!

The Mission & Service Board

A PROJECT FOR LENT

Lent starts on March 1, 2017 with Ash Wednesday, and continues for 46 days.
During that period, the Mission Board would like to encourage everyone to think about our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Those whose income is so low that they qualify for food stamps. However, food stamps can only be used to purchase food. What about the other necessities of life, like toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste and so on? Items that can’t be eaten, but are necessary for basic comfort in life. We are setting up a giving program to collect some of these items. Each Sunday during lent, we would like the congregation to donate some item that cannot be purchased with food stamps.

The collection will begin on Sunday, March 5. The items suggested for donation will be plugged by a member of the missions committee the previous Sunday. Items can be placed in the food donation box in the foyer. You can expect to hear from Betty Raverert on February 26, requesting donations of tissues, toilet paper and paper towels on Sunday, March 5. Over the next few weeks, you will meet Ingrid Tollefson, Cheryl Currier, Stewart Thompson and Gary Lucas plugging Personal Hygiene SundayOral Care SundayCleaning Supply Sunday and Skin Care Sunday. These items can be purchased at Dollar stores, Walmart or at your local grocery store. If each person brings only one item each Sunday, we will be rich in donations. At the end of lent, we will have many non food items to donate to charities like Sojourner Center (for abused women), UMOM (for homeless families), Justa Center and St Vincent de Paul. If you have questions or suggestions for the mission board, please approach one of the board members. We are open to new ideas. Suggested items for donation will be available each week.

March 5     Betty     Paper Products– toilet paper, paper towels, tissues

March 12     Ingrid     Personal Hygiene– shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, razors, shaving cream, feminine napkins, tampons, lotion, comb

March 19     Cheryl     Oral Hygiene– toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss

March 26     Stewart     Cleaning Supplies– dish & laundry detergent, bleach, window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, scouring pads, sponges

April 2     Gary     Skin Care– sun screen, lip balm, foot powder, lotion, bandages

Do You Need a Hearing Test?

Do You Need a Hearing Test?

Carol Story Faith Community Nurse

How many of you reading my articles every month knew that I wear hearing aids? I do and have for six years. In my case, I believe the cause is genetic. Regardless of the cause, I found that I could not hear my grandchildren and decided to take action. I am so glad I did. I just recently purchased my second new generation aids. Great new technology is amazing!

Don’t wait! Help is available. Read on:

A PROJECT FOR LENT

Lent starts on March 1, 2017 with Ash Wednesday, and continues for 46 days.

During that period, the Mission Board would like to encourage everyone to think about our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Those whose income is so low that they qualify for food stamps. However, food stamps can only be used to purchase food. What about the other necessities of life, like toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothpaste and so on? Items that can’t be eaten, but are necessary for basic comfort in life. We are setting up a giving program to collect some of these items. Each Sunday during lent, we would like the congregation to donate some item that cannot be purchased with food stamps.

The collection will begin on Sunday, March 5. The items suggested for donation will be plugged by a member of the missions committee the previous Sunday. Items can be placed in the food donation box in the foyer. You can expect to hear from Betty Raverert on February 26, requesting donations of tissues, toilet paper and paper towels on Sunday, March 5. Over the next few weeks, you will meet Ingrid Tollefson, Cheryl Currier, Stewart Thompson and Gary Lucas plugging Personal Hygiene SundayOral Care SundayCleaning Supply Sunday and Skin Care Sunday. These items can be purchased at Dollar stores, Walmart or at your local grocery store. If each person brings only one item each Sunday, we will be rich in donations. At the end of lent, we will have many non food items to donate to charities like Sojourner Center (for abused women), UMOM (for homeless families), Justa Center and St Vincent de Paul. If you have questions or suggestions for the mission board, please approach one of the board members. We are open to new ideas. Suggested items for donation will be available each week.

March 5     Betty     Paper Products– toilet paper, paper towels, tissues

March 12     Ingrid     Personal Hygiene
– shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, razors, shaving cream, feminine napkins, tampons, lotion, comb

March 19     Cheryl     Oral Hygiene– toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss

March 26     Stewart     Cleaning Supplies– dish & laundry detergent, bleach, window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, scouring pads, sponges

April 2     Gary     Skin Care– sun screen, lip balm, foot powder, lotion, bandages

Health Notes - February

Health Notes - February

Carol Story, MN, RN – Faith Community Nurse

This week I accompanied my sister to a symposium on Blood Cancers sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. My sister has had a type of blood cancer disorder for 12 years. A repeat bone marrow biopsy recently showed evidence that the disease had progressed to Myelofibrosis. This is defined as a chronic leukemia or blood cancer that seriously affects the regular blood cell formation in the body. This disease produces scarring (hardness) on the bone marrow causing fatigue, weakness and anemia and it also affects the liver causing enlarged liver and spleen. Because of anemia, she had the first, one of many to come, blood transfusions last week.Fortunately, research has developed medications that assist in slowing the disease process, but not curing it.

EDLA'S MISSION STORY


Edla aided a Fourth Grade's Mission project by donating a few items left over from our Treasure Sale this Fall. This letter is from the children's teacher Rita Standefer.

"Hello, My Friend!  What is the name of your church?
 I ask because our 4th graders were studying Haiti and they took the things you gave them from after your sale, and brought in usable things they had, to earn money for an orphanage that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Their moms baked treats and even the littlest kids dig deep.
They are a poor community in our standards, but they feel they are rich and they could not bear reading about kids who possess nothing but what is in their pockets, no mom or dad, and now, not even an orphanage...not even a school or a church.  
This was a story that went beyond the pages of the text book. And it started with you. They loved the little treasures you sent and decided if they added what 'they' had to it, they could do their own sale. Today and yesterday they were little elves. They earned $700 to send to the orphanage!!!!!  Their little things that were nothing, were displayed on tables with pride and gifts were snapped up like little treasures.  They want to write you a thank you.  
Love,
Rita Standefer"