Peace United Church of Christ

News from the July 9th Bulletin

Harvester’s for July Cancelled

We are scheduled to do the Harvester’s food distribution in July. However, as the county fair will be taking place at the same time and practically the same place, the decision has been made to cancel the July distribution. We don’t know yet when our next turn will be.
What will not change is that every other Monday food is brought into the Community Health Ministry building to be distributed by the staff there to folks in need. Tomorrow will be one of the delivery dates. The truck arrives at about 10:00. Some of our confirmands and other youth have begun helping unload the truck on these delivery days. Confirmands are expected to accumulate what are called “Mission Credits.” Helping with Harvesters definitely qualifies.

This is Camp Week for our Scouts

Boys from the troop sponsored by Peace Church will be camping near Oskaloosa this week, at Boy Scout Camp Jayhawk. Our scouts will participate in merit badges and fun activities in the Aquatics, Outdoor Skills, Ecology, and Shooting Sports areas and hone their skills in programs like swimming, boating, rifle shooting, leatherwork, fishing, and many more.

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General Synod Meeting in Baltimore

As we get reports from General Synod, we’ll pass them along. The host conference this year is the Central Atlantic Conference. In the area served by this conference there are estimated to be about 26,000 homeless people. The service project for those attending this synod is to encounter the homeless and to donate winter items they will be needing such as hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, etc.
As for resolutions, these can be seen on the UCC web page. Again, we’ll try to report on anything significant, knowing that some resolutions in the past have been controversial. Apparently not all have passed this year. Edith Guffey’s column this week contains a comment on one that did not, which involved the matter of “assisted suicide.” Her report on the civil manner in which both sides were heard prompted one comment that it would be nice if our national congress could engage in such civil debate. (I would add the blogosphere, town hall meetings, cable news and talk radio to that wish list.)

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