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UMC #GivingTuesday 2016


“Give Light, Give Love, Give Life”

On Nov. 29, United Methodists will come together to support the work of General Board of Global Ministries’ missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. In 2015, more than 770 missionaries and projects received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the denomination’s designated giving channel.

The Advance is the official channel for voluntary, designated, second-mile giving of The United Methodist Church. Through The Advance, annual conferences, districts, local churches and organizations, as well as individuals and families, may choose to support mission programs or mission personnel with their financial gifts. One hundred percent of each gift goes as designated. Global Ministries’ staff have vetted and approved each Advance project.

“Give Light, Give Love, Give Life” is the theme for UMC #GivingTuesday 2016. This year, consider supporting a project that inspires your spiritual passion. Go to to learn about projects and to donate.
Gifts made through The Advance make a tangible difference in the lives of those served. More information and resources are available at

“Reprinted from November-December 2016 issue of Interpreter Magazine, a publication of United Methodist Communications”

This year, please consider supporting a project that is working in an area you care for and are passionate about, such as hunger and poverty, education, or social justice. For a complete list of projects, visit The Advance at

By Ed Luckman

2016 Harvest Festival

The 2016 Harvest Festival was a great success with something for everyone, young and older alike. There was the making of Apple Cider with many participants taking part in the cutting up the apples, grinding into a mush, pressing to obtain the Apple juice and then straining and filling the the one quart containers.  The volunteers began with about 1000 Honey Crisp apples and converted them to about 80 one half gallon containers of Apple Cider.

Selecting the apples

Selecting the apples

Grinding to a mush

Grinding to a mush

Pressing to obtain Apple juice

Pressing to obtain Apple juice

Straining and filling quart containers

Straining and filling half-gallon containers

There were games, apple bobbing for the kids, a cake walk and of course sharing good food with a potluck lunch. There was a chili contest with many entrants and Gregg Jacot reclaiming his title after a one year absence.

Apple bobbing

Apple bobbing

Doing the "cake walk"

Doing the “cake walk”

Sharing good food

Sharing good food

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UMCOR Responds Quickly to Hurricane Damage in Haiti

UMCOR works with partners to respond to emergency needs of communities hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, particularly Haiti.

By Elliott Wright*

Atlanta, Georgia, October 7, 2016 — The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) acted quickly in response to the destruction and death caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, notably in Haiti.

The provision of emergency supplies, food, health kits, and other assistance builds on UMCOR’s sustained presence in Haiti, work that has continued since the disastrous earthquake in January 2010. More than 500 deaths in Haiti have been attributed to Hurricane Matthew, with the greatest loss and storm damage in the southern region.

Thomas Kemper, chief executive of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, the parent organization to UMCOR, assured Bishop Gesner Paul, leader of the Methodist Church of Haiti (Eglise Méthodiste d’Haïti (EMH), of both the prayers and the assistance of United Methodists as the island undergoes yet another disaster.

Bishop Paul and other contacts in Haiti reported on October 7 that a full assessment of the damage by Matthew was not yet possible because of the difficulties with communications and transportation.

The Rev. Jack Amick, senior director for disaster response at UMCOR, said the response will begin with the emergency supplies, a water purification program done in partnership with GlobalMedic, and an additional food-distribution program through the Haitian church. UMCOR has long collaborated with both GlobalMedic and the church. The initial financial outlay by UMCOR will exceed $150,000. “We are fortunate to already have an UMCOR staff on the ground in Haiti,” Amick said. UMCOR is the United Methodist humanitarian relief and assistance agency.

Donations in response to Hurricane Matthew can be made to either UMCOR’s international relief fund (Advance #982450) or the U.S. Disaster (Advance #901670).
UMCOR will also assist Bahamas Methodist Habitat with a grant in response to Matthew’s damage to that part of the Caribbean.

“These are initial responses,” Amick stated. “We will work with the Methodist Church of Haiti in considering more long-range programs there.” The church is a district of the autonomous Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas.

Amick said that one of the major needs after a hurricane is for clean drinking water, especially to stave off an outbreak of cholera. UMCOR has collaborated around the world with GlobalMedic in water purification. “GlobalMedic is already setting up in Haiti,” he said. “It provides filtration systems and teaches communities how to fit them out for use over a period of many months.”

Kemper’s letter to Bishop Paul noted that The United Methodist Church’s network of volunteers in mission are on the alert to possible post-hurricane service, but, at this point, the agency is advising volunteers not to head immediately to the stricken nation. The Global Ministries office of mission volunteers recommends that volunteer teams wait until the church in Haiti can work out a system for the most productive use of their work in the areas of greatest need.

“Haiti has a special place in the hearts of United Methodists. We have worked with the Methodist Church there for many years, and constantly since the earthquake of early 2010,” Kemper said in his letter to Bishop Paul. “Be assured now of our affection and readiness to again be your partner in a time of pain wrought by the ravages of nature.”

* Elliott Wright is an information consultant working with the General Board of Global Ministries.

UMCOR Flood Buckets Needed

Word has come to us that both UMCOR depots have depleted their cleaning buckets and are desperately in need. One of the people in the Church in Tillamook received one of these buckets after Hurricane Katrina hit her home in New Orleans. When you hear her tell how important that bucket of supplies was to her, you realize how important this is.

If you want to participate, please bring supplies to the church until we announce the need is over. Transportation to get the materials there will be supplied, so we don’t have to worry about postage.

You can bring anything on this list – they can use all the supplies mentioned below.

Special Choir Music Event at Mt Home UMC

Mark the date and time on your calendars!  June 5th at 10:30 am.

The Mountain Home United Methodist Choir will be in charge of the worship service.

The service will include drama vignettes, music, and a special trio. This Service is an annual event that always proves to be instructive as well as fun and celebratory. So come prepared to laugh and learn and enjoy this unique and wonderful time together.

The drama sketches are:

“Woman at the Oil Well”
“Antiques Homeshow”
“Chocoholics Anonymous”
“Peerless Talent Agency”

Event Details:

Location:  Mountain Home United Methodist Church

Time:  10:30 am.

Date:  June 5th.


World Water Day is March 22, 2016

UMCOR provides access to safe water sources and trains vulnerable communities on health, hygiene, and the importance of sanitation to reduce the risk of water-related diseases such as diarrhea or cholera. Communities take ownership of UMCOR projects by elaborating their own solutions and strategies for well maintenance, creating an environment of sustained health benefits.

To participate in this important project, provide a gift to UMCOR Advance #3020600

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is March 6, 2016

By Ed Luckman

Most of us, United Methodists as well as many others, are aware of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and all the good works they do both domestically and globally. Through the “Advance” help is provided to help alleviate human suffering by assisting in recovery efforts from a wide variety of disasters and situations where those in need may have become homeless, or are in need of assistance in many other ways. One of the special aspects of UMCOR is that all of the funds donated (100%) by so many individuals and groups for a identified response through an “Advance” go where intended with none used for overhead or administrative expenses.
Once a year a special Sunday is dedicated to provide funding for the administrative costs of UMCOR and any monies in excess of these costs go to to the general funding to aid in disasters. This effort is one of the six special offering Sundays in the church year and is referred to as One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). In 2016 this takes place on March 6th.
In 2012, over $2,000,000 was provided for OGHS as folks opened up their hearts to provide funding for the continuing work of this special relief program whose history is deeply rooted in the generosity of Methodists related to the refugees of World War II.
You are encouraged to participate in this United Methodist wide effort. However, if you cannot be in church on March 6th, you can still participate by providing a special gift for OGHS at your earliest convenience.

A Mountain Home UMC Christmas

On December 13, 2015, our traditional Christmas program took place.  Children, youth and adults participated in this wonderful holiday event that was written and planned by our church organist, Linda Walker with the assistance by a host of other church folks.  This event, that celebrates the birth of our Savior Jesus, who came to earth in human form as a little baby born to the Virgin Mary in a stable in Bethlehem is one of the cornerstones of our Christian Faith.  It was wonderful to see so many participate in this event and in so many ways.  Through song by music solo’s, duets and by our choir, by the spoken word (including a narrator), and by so many actors of many ages the story and meaning of Jesus birth was retold to all.

This event was followed by our traditional Christmas Eve service on December 24th which retold the story of Jesus birth through scripture and song.

Following are some photos of these events with additional photos found on our church Facebook page (Mountain Home United Methodist Church).  Please enjoy!

The Manger is Ready

The Manger is Ready

Celebrating Jesus Birth

Celebrating Jesus Birth

Sharing Jesus Birth in Song

Sharing Jesus Birth in Song

Lighting the Advent Wreath on Christmas Eve

Lighting the Advent Wreath on Christmas Eve

Our Choir on Christmas Eve

Our Choir on Christmas Eve

The Pastor’s Message

The church doors of Mt. Home United Methodist church are open every Sunday morning at 10:00 for worship at 10:30.  We at Mt. Home UMC hope you will come through those doors and experience a warm welcome as you come to worship during this Advent Season.  It is a time of great anticipation as we eagerly wait to hear of the birth of Jesus and think about what that means to us and to our world today.  With so much going on in the world that makes us grieve for humanity, we invite you to church to hear the good news that we have to share.

I am going to focus my thoughts on the good news of our faith throughout this Advent season.  I look forward to preparing worship and sermons for this very special time in the church calendar year.  We will sing Advent hymns and Christmas carols.  We will light the Advent candles and hear the good news about the light that came into the world in Jesus.  We will have the Christmas Play to enjoy.  And on Christmas Eve we will stand in awe of what Christmas means as we lift our candles on high.  I hope that you will be able to join us!

If you are traveling, may traveling mercies be yours.  I look forward to celebrating with you.  May you have an Advent Season that is full of blessings and a real “Happy Birthday Jesus”

Christmas.  In Christ’s Love, 

Pastor Peggy