The Branch Area Food Pantry did an outstanding job organizing & distributing food baskets this year, and members of the Coldwater United Methodist Church was happy to be a part of it!
We have Knit-Wits at our church!
The "Knit Wits" is a self-named group of talented and very giving ladies. The knitting group meets every Wednesday evening. They chat, knit and have a great time together. They make mittens, hats, scarves, prayer shawls, blankets, and more! Knitted items receive a special blessing before they are given away to anyone with a need. They are GREAT group, and we love of our “Knit-Wits!”
Kudos to our CUMC Gleaning Team who recently harvested and delivered 1,530 lbs of potatoes to the Branch Area Food Pantry.
What is gleaning? Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. It is a practice described in the Hebrew Bible that became a legally enforced entitlement of the poor in a number of Christian kingdoms.
Celebrating 10 years of providing FREE meals
Over ten years ago, on July 10, 2008, the Coldwater UMC began serving free meals to those in need or desiring fellowship. Known as the Mary & Martha Diner, the church has served nearly 5,200 meals annually. A different meal is served every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The church has been blessed with volunteers who share in the joy of serving others but always welcomes new volunteers. Download the menu.
CUMC partners with Backpack Buddies
Thanks to members from our church, Jan Johnson, coordinator for the Backpack Buddies program at CUMC, was able to pack her trunk FULL of items needed for the program. Jan is now collecting breakfast items which include: Pop tarts, Instant Oatmeal (packets), granola bars, etc. Items can be dropped off at church Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
CUMC sends volunteers to MMDC
Members of the Coldwater United Methodist Church spent three days volunteering at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Illinois. The Distribution Center works in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and helps provide disaster relief, education and medical supplies to those in need locally, nationally and internationally. Pictured (left): Sherry Dart, Deb Stetchulte, Karen Eyster, and Carol & Cork Tinervia.