Dear church family,
It is my honor to organize a fundraiser for the Chris and Abby DeLong family. Many of you learned a bit about their challenges as parents of a child diagnosed with vEDS when they spoke in church a few weeks ago. In July, they have the opportunity to take their son, Jonathan, to the Marfan Foundation Annual International Conference in Houston. The cost of this trip is estimated to be $3,000 but the priceless benefits will include meeting some of the top specialists in the world who will assess Jon’s health, perform testing, and put together a plan of care. Most importantly Jon will get to meet and have day camp with other kids who are just like him. Raising the full amount may require additional fundraisers,but we plan to start with lunch and a silent auction.
This event is scheduled for May 5th from 11:30-1:30 in Fellowship Hall. With the help of the youth group, we will be serving tacos and nachos with rice, beans, dessert, iced tea and lemonade. If you would like to donate any of the necessary ingredients, or a dessert, there is a sign-up sheet in the back of the sanctuary.
I have begun reaching out to local businesses to secure donations for the silent auction, but if you have something you’d like to donate, or are closely connected to a business who would be willing to give, please let me know. Other ways you can help include attending the event, inviting friends and neighbors to support the fundraiser, and praying that our efforts will be rewarded. Prayers for Jon’s health are always appreciated, as well!
Thanks for your support! Mandy Maher, (712) 374-2351, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will perform an Easter Cantata called, "He Love Me With A Cross." Everyone is welcome to join us for Easter Service on April 21st starting at 9:00 a.m. You won't want to miss this beautiful cantata along with the talented voices of the choir. We hope to see you for Easter Service.
If you would like to make a donation to the Hamburg UMC to help with their flood recovery, we (The Shenandoah 1st UMC) will accept those donations and see that they get them. You may drop your donation off at the church office or you can mail it to Shenandoah First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 394, Shenandoah, IA 51601.
Donations to help defray the cost of "Flood Buckets" sent to flood victims to help with their clean-up. Each "Flood Bucket" contains cleaning supplies for the flood victims and cost $75 per bucket. Donations can be sent First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 394, Shenandoah, IA 51601.