News and Notes – November 2009

Here’s what’s cookin’ at Ellsworth United Methodist Church this month:

Eggs & Exchange Breakfast – November 15
The president of Loaves and Fishes food pantry, Lincoln Ehrlenbach and his wife Debbie, were the guest speakers at our monthly Eggs & Exchange breakfast. They explained the enormous service they provide for people in need. We learned how they receive food from several sources, and the many ways volunteers can help.

Volunteers are needed to help unpack food, distribute food, pick up donated food, stock food bank shelves and perform myriad other jobs. The Loaves and Fishes organization is able to purchase food for $.16/pound from the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn.

We also learned that we can help just by using our Shaw’s cards when we shop. Here’s how it works:

1.) Register your Shaw’s Rewards card online
2.) Enter code # 49001018490 when prompted
3.) Shop at Shaw’s on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and Shaw’s will donate 1% of your purchase to Loaves and Fishes.

If you are interested in doing this, but do not have computer access, please call Loaves and Fishes coordinator Jackie Thurber at 667-4363 and she will do it for you.

2010 Pledge Campaign
Everyone received their pledge letters 2 weeks ago. We will be dedicating our 2010 pledges this coming Sunday, November 22nd. Please bring your pledge request sheets with you so that we may prayerfully dedicate them.

Thanksgiving Basket Food Item Collection
Food request cards were taken on Sunday, Nov. 15th for items to be collected this Sunday, Nov. 22nd. The various items will be combined to make up a nice Thanksgiving dinner for a family in need. We are still in need of some food items. If you can donate any of the following:

  • 3 lbs of onions
  • fresh fruit
  • 2 packages refrigerated dinner rolls or biscuits

please contact Priscilla at 667-2341 or send her an email.

Contemporary Worship – G.P.Yes!
Mondays, 6:30PM
November 23 – Come give thanks in prayer and song.
November 30 – Annual “Hanging of the Greens”
Come help us decorate the sanctuary (there’ll be cookies and ice cream and music, oh my!).

Dedication of our new outdoor sanctuary – December 6 following worship
A new outdoor worship area will be dedicated, on the lawn to the right of the church. A birch cross is in place and a bench has been purchased, both in memory of our beloved sister in God, Winifred Willey. It is our hope that this sanctuary will provide a place to pray and meditate for passersby and church members alike.  If you haven’t seen the new outdoor area, take a swing by, have a seat, steal a moment to pray (but do leave the bench for others). We hope you take the opportunity to visit.

Prayer list – Please keep the following folks in your prayers:

  • Josh Jones – Deployed to Afghanistan this week
  • George & Ruth Torrey – George was hospitalized with a non-ruptured aneurysm last night, and remains at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital under surveillance.
  • Patrick Harris – Our quadriplegic friend from Bar Harbor, hospitalized and moved to central Maine, exact whereabouts or health status unclear at this time
  • Victor’s new grandbaby – This as-yet-to-be-named little boy is Victor’s second grandchild.

Send other prayer requests to Amy at

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  1. Hi, Amy and all: So great to hear the news from our ole home church. Really beautiful work on the newsletter, Amy. We’re all doing well. Loving VA. It’s Nov 17 and temperature is 50’s to 70’s. Wow what a difference a day’s drive makes, huh? So, keeping that in mind, stop by and see if you’re passing thru DC area.
    Love to all.

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