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Red Bird Mission Project

posted Jun 2, 2017, 11:06 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 6:52 PM ]

Pastor Jim and his wife, Cheryl, will be going to Red Bird Missions in Beverly, Kentucky after church services on August 20 until August 24 for a Missions hands-on approach.  The Mission is collecting Campbell's UPC Labels for Education....they have collected 1.4 million and need 100,000 more to get a MINI VAN!! Additionally, the following items are especially needed and will be delivered by Pastor Jim:

For kids:
construction paper, board games, calculators:  TX, TXI 30A, clorox wipes, tissues (full box size), colored and black markers, colored pencils, 1" binders, children's dictionary, loose-leaf "college" rule 3-hole paper

For families:  shampoo, soap, deodorant, baby shampoo, nutrition drinks (like Ensure), toothbrushes, family- size toothpaste


Red Bird Mission, Inc. and Red Bird Clinic, Inc. have been providing ministries in the distressed region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.

Support for these ministries come from churches and individuals across the nation, including The United Methodist Church. The Mission reports there has been a decline in the support received, and they are currently facing a financial crisis that is making it difficult to continue all the areas of ministries provided. 

Prayer Quilt Ministry

posted Jun 2, 2017, 10:30 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 12:52 PM ]

The Prayer Quilt Ministry Team is ready to spring into action whenever the need arises.  A lovely quilt was recently blessed and presented to Alyssa, the great granddaughter of June Brant and grand niece of Carol Janicki.  Many prayers from the congregation accompanied the quilt......prayers for Alyssa, her family and caregivers, and the medical professionals who have treated her.  Alyssa and her family were in church for the presentation of the quilt.

Dad Joe, Ashley, Joey, Alyssa and Mom Tracey

Great Grandma June, Alyssa, and Great Aunt Carol

Alyssa's thank you note to the congregation:

It means a lot to me to have a room full of strangers to care so much.  I love my quilt.   I sleep with it every night and it gives me comfort.  Thank you so much for everything.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in June

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:58 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 6:46 PM ]

June 2            Gianna Cash
June 7            John French
June 14          Sandy Bittermann
June 27          Ron Skare
June 28          Ken Kowalski
June 29          Harley Cash

June 11          Bud and Judy Martin

Lifetime Achievement Award for Milly

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:52 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Millenium Hotel in Cheektowaga, Milly Whittaker was surprised and honored with a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the Cheektowaga-Lancaster Zontians. Milly is a Charter Member of this organization. CONGRATULATIONS, MILLY!

Milly and several of her church family that were able to attend the event.

Information about Zonta from their website:
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.   Zonta International is in 67 countries with more than 33,000 members in over 1,200 Clubs.  Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.  In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.  In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.  Zonta’s world is divided into 32 Districts of which we are District 4

On November 8, 1919 in Buffalo, New York, Marian de Forest, along with other prominent women leaders, forged ahead to begin the Confederation of Zonta Clubs. In 1927, when the Zonta Club of Toronto was chartered, the name was changed to Zonta International.

Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy”.

Gold Star Mom's

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:02 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 9:04 AM ]

Thank you! We raised $316.00 in monetary donations for GOLD STAR MOMS. Andrea will take items brought in to Ann Davis at Gold Star Moms. The money will go towards items for the sixteen families they will be helping during the holidays.

Thanks for the update Sandy/DS

Freedom Lounge donations on Father's Day

posted Jun 1, 2017, 8:22 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 6:51 PM ]

The Freedom Lounge was founded in March 2016 and opened at the Buffalo International Airport in October 2016, a special lounge for  military personnel, veterans and their families.   Their Mission Statement indicates they are "providing a private place within the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport where eligible patrons can rest and recreate before, between and after flights". It is located on the lower level of the passenger terminal on the east side of the baggage claim area and staffed by veterans, veteran organizations and military supporters.  The Lounge provides snacks, beverages, telephone and internet access, and a private gathering place to await flights. 

For Father’s Day we will be using May and June Communion collections for the Freedom Lounge. There will also be a list of items needed at the back of the sanctuary. A box is in the Sonrise Room for your donations.


Snacks water, sodas, pillows, children’s games, plastic utensils, styrofoam cups, cup of soup, breakfast bars

Update 6/18/17:  We collected more than $190 cash plus many items from the list of suggestions donations.  Andrea will use the cash to purchase even more items that will be delivered to the WNY Freedom Lounge.  Thank you for your participation in this worthwhile endeavor./D

Birthdays and Anniversaries in May

posted May 4, 2017, 4:58 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated May 4, 2017, 4:59 PM ]

01 – Alice Davies

03 – Kristin Siekmann

15 – Rev. Cheryl Brown and Ed Wierbowski

17 – Amanda Beaver

24 – Sue Kostorowski

25 – Ann Sikora

31 – Bud Martin and Shawna McCarthy

16 - Joe and Ann Sikora

23 - Bill and Linda King

29 - Ken and Marybeth May

History of Father's Day

posted May 4, 2017, 4:53 PM by Bowmansville UMC

Father's Day was first organized by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” 

On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. 

The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. 

She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. 

Slowly, the holiday spread. 

In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. 

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. 

It was later made an official holiday by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.

(Thank you Sandy for the history) 

History of Mother's Day

posted May 4, 2017, 4:51 PM by Bowmansville UMC

The observance of Mother’s Day originated with Miss Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA, in 1908.  Her mother had died in 1906 on the second Sunday in May. A year later, Miss Jarvis, along with some of her friends, were at her home remembering the anniversary of her mother’s death.  She discussed with her friends her desire to dedicate a day to all mothers.  Within a year, she had interested many local groups and organizations in the observance.  Let’s never forget the important role God has given women.  In his order of creation, God has given both man and woman special duties and responsibilities.  This Mother’s Day, let’s be sure to thank God for Christian mothers. 

(Thank you Sandy for the history of this observance.) 

Easter Basket Symbols

posted Mar 28, 2017, 10:32 AM by Bowmansville UMC

Shared by Sandy May

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