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Posts from January 2021

FromThe Desk Pastor John

Pastor John’s View February 2021

I bring you greetings from your staff and clergy. As we enter this second month of 2021, I have much to share with you. We continue to pray for those who are struggling with health issues and with the coronavirus. As our healthcare workers and you and I begin receiving the vaccine, I believe we will begin to see some semblance of normalcy in our daily lives begin to return. By now, you have received three recent letters from us…

You Are Never Alone

TIME  APART  WITH  GOD  DURING  LENT 2021 Lent is a season for self-examination, taking time apart to consider God’s presence in our lives and reflecting on our relationship with God. In this ongoing time of social isolation in our world due to the pandemic. it’s often difficult to realize that even in our time apart from each other, still we are not alone, because at all times, we are with God. Max Lucado has produced a DVD & Bible study…
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“The Story” – Bible Study

Presenting the Last 8 Chapters Starts again at Chapter 24 “No Ordinary Man” on February 1, 2021 Announcing the continuation of the Bible study called “The Story” that will offer the final 8 chapter class (Chapters 24 – 31) on Mondays at 1:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall for an hour. The class will start on February 1st through March 29th. This study will cover chapters 24 through 31 this time and each chapter stands by itself. “The Story” is…

How can I stay in touch?

Dear Lakeview Family, Whoever thought the pandemic would last this long? Even as the vaccine is being distributed, we know that normalcy is still a way off. While many of you have been able to stay in contact using on-line services, we realize some of you have had very little contact with your church family. Staying in touch is so much harder than it used to be. With this letter, I hope to give you a snap-shot of some ways…
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On the Shelf for January 2021

Here is a novel that I could not put down and one I find thought-provoking and heart-wrenching with surprising twists: How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petershein Here is what the book review states: “When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed in a bombing overseas, she travels to Wisconsin Mennonite community with her daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury them, grieve, and piece together their next steps. They are welcomed by Elam Albrecht, her husband’s cousin, who invites…
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Heifer Updates for January 2021

Heifer Update for Jan. 4th This month the GPS Program will feature the Pig. Having been raised on a farm, I am quite familiar with pigs. We raised about 200 a year, and we ate a lot of chops, hams and bacon. Just as the recipients of our donations will. The average sow can provide a family with up to 16 piglets a year. Sun Sitaol of Cambodia was hesitant when Heifer offered him 3 piglets but also told him…
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Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!!

The Children clients of Valley View Food Bank (VVFB) HAD a VERY Merry Christmas thanks to the help of all of those at Lakeview who donated toys, food, and clothes to VVFB.  We donated a total of four bins – three of toys and one of food in the collection for Christmas Joy.  The toy collection box in the office of the church was OVER flowing with gifts of toys when the second collection was made on December 17. The…
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Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Lay Servant Ministries Discover Your Spiritual Gifts Advanced Course Facilitated by Pastor John Fairchild of Lakeview UMC in Sun City These classes will be held on Zoom. With COVID-19 only becoming worse, we believe that the future of in-person classes will not be possible for quite some time. We want all of you to be safe! The class is $15 and includes “Your Spiritual Gifts Inventory” mailed to your home with your registration. Daytime classes:February 17, 18 and 19, Wednesday…
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UMW 2021-2022 READING PROGRAM

It”s the New Year and the beginning of a new UMW Reading Program. This is the first time the program will span two years instead of one. For a better explanation of the Reading Program, Andris Salter, the Operations Officer of United Methodist Women writes in the November/December RESPONSE magazine: “The purpose of the Reading Program is to better understand and participate in God’s mission today, to increase sensitivity to all human beings, to explore contemporary issues and to enhance…
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Heifer Update for 2020

I have two programs to report on today.  First the Cool, Clear Water Program has ended.  The final tally is as follows: This congregation and friends donated: 15 – Irrigation Pumps and 3 – Gifts of Water for Life.     Heifer International then matched 8 – Irrigation Pumps and1 – Gift of Water for Life. The LUMM thanks you all for your support, your kind words and thoughts.  Your prayers and your donations have made wonderful differences in the lives…
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JUSTA Center served a HOT Chili lunch

On December 17, a crew of Mission and Outreach Committee members made 13 gallons of chili to serve to JUSTA Center Clients on December 18. The Missions & Outreach members cooked the chili slowly all night to blend the flavors for the perfect chili. We also made 190 brownies for dessert that were soooooo delicious.  Included in the meal served to the JUSTA clients were bags of cheese to top the chili along with bags of crackers, various bags of…
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Habitat 2020 Wrap-Up

Certainly 2020 has been a challenging year on most fronts, but Lakeview UMC’s support of Habitat for Humanity for Central Arizona continues steadfast.  Even without regular in-person church services and the distribution of coin collection boxes, and with a much shortened giving campaign due to  COVID-19, total Lakeview giving in 2020 came within $375 of matching our 2019 contributions. For 2020 the Missions & Outreach Committee collected $2410 in campaign contributions and added another $500 from its own budget for…