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A Newsletter of Joseph United Methodist Church

100 Disaster Cleaning Buckets for UMCOR

Last Saturday, we along with our neighbors assembled 100 cleaning buckets for disaster relief for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). It was a slick operation set up like an assembly line. People would take a five
gallon bucket, go down the row, and put in all the required supplies. David Cook was at the end of the line to seal the lid of the bucket to be stacked and made ready for transport. (More pictures at the end of the newsletter.)

Kids had a great time filling a bucket, then running back to the starting line to go again as if it was a favorite ride at an amusement park. We had kids of all ages from 4 to 94 joining in the fun. Things were going so smoothly that we filled over 70 buckets in an hour.

None of this would have been possible without the people working behind the line to make sure that the supplies were ready for the fillers. We had to remove all the packaging from the supplies because, as David said, we don’t want to send garbage to a disaster area. We also had others preparing a wonderful lunch for all of our guests and workers. It was truly an amazing thing to see.

We were already planning to invite the community in to see the PLACE for our Grand Opening when David Cook had the inspired idea to put together 100 Cleaning Buckets for the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City.

With all the flooding in Louisiana, the hurricane that hit Florida, tornadoes in the mid-west, and now flooding in Iowa, UMCOR’s stock of cleaning buckets was very low. They were down to their last 150 at the Salt Lake City depot. Our buckets will not have to wait very long before they are in the hands of people who need them.

We had a big goal. Really it was a goal that was unreasonable, too big. It was a God-sized dream. As we’ve been talking about in September, we need to have dreams that are destined to fail without God’s intervention.  It is no surprise that God showed up in a big way and made this an amazing experience.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped put together the cleaning buckets and to those who sponsored buckets. And Thank You to Joseph Hardware that helped us get all the supplies at a discounted price. None of this would have been possible without you! Glory to God! 
  • Church is not somewhere we go
  • Think of Church as something deployed
  • We are the Church

First Sunday of the Month, Oct 2nd
Collections for the Food Bank
and Imagine No Malaria

United Methodist Women Meet Thursday, October 20th
All women of the church are invited to be a part of United Methodist Women. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month except July and August. Our next meeting is Thursday, October 20th at 1:00 pm.

Experiencing God in Nature

The Sunday before Labor Day, the Adult Sunday School class decided to do something special. We went on a nature walk at Iwetemlaykin Park as an opportunity to experience God in Nature.

Mike Harvey offered to provide breakfast, and Rod Dearth led a fascinating class on Christian Natural History.
The weather was absolutely beautiful and a lot of visitors came for the class. Everyone had a great time. Thank you to everyone who made it so special. (More pictures at the end of the newsletter.)

Thank You for Your
2017 Pledge

We have finished up our Stewardship Campaign for 2017. Thank you to all of you who have pledged to share your “treasure” with the ministries of Joseph United Methodist Church in 2017! We appreciate your generosity. As we talked
about in August, treasure can take a variety of forms including sharing time, talents, and/or money. If you indicated a new way you may want to serve in ministry, you’ll be hearing from the church soon.

If you haven’t turned in your pledge yet, it’s not too late! There are pledge cards on the back table of the Sanctuary, or you can call Betty Cosgrove or the church at (541) 432-3102 with your information.

And, a special thank you to everyone who worked behind the scenes to make our campaign a success!

Wednesday Bible Study
Beginning Oct 19th

A new opportunity to study God’s Word on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 pm beginning on October 19th. This non-denominational study will be held at the PLACE and is open to men and women. The only
requirement is a desire to learn more about God and what God teaches in the Bible. It will be led by Major Rod Dearth USMC (Ret), an experienced Bible and theology teacher. The study is free with nothing to buy or bring, except yourself and your Bible. The first hour will be study followed by time for food and conversation. All refreshments will be provided. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call: 541-432-3102 or email
More Info About Bible Study

Coming in October

  • Oct 2 - World Communion Sunday
  • Oct 3 - Legal Aid Clinic (4-8 pm)
  • Oct 13 - "This Place" Community Conversation (at the PLACE, 6-7:30 pm)
  • Oct 16 - Third Sunday Potluck (after worship)
  • Oct 19 - Wednesday Bible Study Begins (at the PLACE, 6-8 pm)
  • Oct 20 - UMW (1 pm)
  • Oct 26 - Wednesday Bible Study (at the PLACE, 6-8 pm)
  • Oct 30 - Church Out of Church

“This Place” Community Conversation at the PLACE

This Place, A conversation about power, place, home, and belonging, October 13, 6:00-7:30 pm.

In fall 2016, Oregon Humanities will work with partners across the state to present This Place, a series of more than two dozen community conversations and a one-day gathering that will explore place, including questions of belonging, affection, stewardship, and ownership. Oregon Humanities hopes the conversations and gathering will be opportunities for all Oregonians to explore their relationship to the places they’ve come from and the places they’re in now; how communities have lost or gained land and power, and how this has affected people within these communities; the history of neighborhoods, communities, and the state, and how those places have changed over time; and options for meaningful engagement with their places and communities going forward.

This program is sponsored in large part by the National Endowment for the Humanities,’ Humanities in the Public Square program, and the Common Good initiative.

Learn more at

You are Invited to Worship with Us on Sunday Mornings at 10:00 AM.
Adult Sunday School at 9:00 AM.

More Pictures from the Cleaning Bucket Project
More Pictures of Experiencing God in Nature
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