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Willow Weekly - September 14, 2017


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September 14, 2017  

from Pastor Rebecca

Last Sunday, we had a super fun football-themed homecoming party to celebrate the end of the Mission Possible capital campaign. We crowned the members of the Mission Possible team as our "homecoming court" and shared a scrumptious meal of salmon, pasta, veggies and dessert, provided by Mangala Meegodage and his helpers.

To top it off, we raised over $10,000 for the sanctuary lift replacement and took in pledges of over $93,000 for our 2018 operating budget! That's a great start on our fall season. We won our first home game! But the season has just begun. Our lift will cost approximately $55,000 and we need to raise about $320,000 for the budget, so if you weren't here on Sunday, we definitely missed you! You can pick up pledge forms for both the lift and the operating budget in the church office or on Sunday. In a few weeks, you'll receive one in the mail.

If you give online, please take the time to update your pledge. If giving was easy last year, try to step it up and make it a faith challenge for this year. Generosity is good for your health. Check it out:

If you were giving regularly to the Mission Possible campaign and would like to direct that gift to the lift replacement fund, just let us know. If you need to change the amount, we can help you.

This Sunday, we begin to prepare for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. From now until the end of October, we will be featuring several of the reformers and the gifts they gave us some of which we weren't even aware of. But each one of them also gave us some challenges, so we will be looking at their legacy, the good and the bad of it, and what we need to reform the reformation and revive in us a life-giving, world-embracing faith. My husband Hank will start off with one of the Reformation's precursors, John Wycliffe, who was the first to translate the Bible from the Latin into English, in the 14th century, a full 140 years before Martin Luther translated it into German. The Reformation really begins with a passion for the Word of God, and our reformation begins here, too.

You'll have the chance to meet our new district superintendent, Rev. Shinya Goto (former pastor of First UMC in San Jose), at our Church Conference on October 16th. The SPRC will meet with him at 6:15 and the meeting for everyone will start at 7 pm.

Getting ready for Conference means that we are looking for leaders for next year. We are currently looking for a new chairperson for the Finance Committee and for the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Both of these are important positions, but they are much easier because the current office holders have done such a good job in getting things done! Serving on Finance will strengthen your faith (we see miracles every month!) and serving on the SPRC is one of the best ways to support the members of the church staff who don't get a lot of money but give a lot of their heart to all of us on a regular basis. Aside from these two committees, there are lots of ways you can help. Use your gifts for God and be a blessing to others!

New! Family Game Night at Willow Glen UMC
Friday, September 22  6-9pm
Are you looking for a way to connect with your family and others?  Wanting to get away from the screens for some good fun?  Join us twice a month for family game night at Woodhaven!  We'll bring out our favorite board games and find some new ones.  We'll have time to connect with one another and deepen friendships as we play.  Bring dinner for your family, or a dish to share or eat before you come.  Drop in for part of the time or come play for all of it.  This a casual time for friends and fun.

Back to School
Beginning September 17, join us for Sunday School at 9:00am and Children's Chapel during Worship
Our children and youth are in a constant state of discovery and our Sunday School classes are a place where they can begin to experience for themselves who God is, how much God loves them, and all that God wants for their lives. 

Together, we explore God's big story and discover the active part we play in it.  If you have not been a regular participant in our Sunday School program before, now is the time to join.  We find that the kids who engage their faith during Sunday School are confident in making faithful decisions throughout the week.  Each month, our curriculum focuses on a different value and, using Scripture and experience, helps children discover how they can better apply that value to their faithful living.

Where is worship this fall?

- Kohlstedt Hall for 1st/2nd Sundays of Sept-Oct-Nov

- Sanctuary for 3rd/4th/(5th)Sundays of Sept-Oct-Nov

- Sanctuary for ALL of December





Winter Faith Collaborative Notice: 



Hi  Pastor Rebecca Ireland and all the Winter Faith Collaborative community,

My name is Katherine Petrucci and I am a St. Lucy parishioner and a member of the Friends in Faith Ministry. We are lending a hand to raise awareness of the Safe Park program at St. Lucy Parish in Campbell. This program provides safe parking and temporary shelter in church parking lots for homeless families living in their cars.

In order to raise awareness and support this ministry,  'Friends in Faith' is putting on a free concert. The concert is coming up, and I was wondering if you would be willing to put an invitation in your church bulletin or make an announcement about it. Whatever media works best for your church to get the word out would be great!

Friends in Faith Ministry is a group of Diocesan musicians who are donating their talents to help raise awareness or to support ministries throughout the diocese.  We'd love to help your parish to spread the word and gather donations for your parish's outreach programs as well. For more information on how Friends in Faith Ministry can help your parish, contact Katherine Petrucci 408-234-3186 or

Flyers are attached and the basic information is provided below. Please let me know if you will be able to help us promote our concert at your parish.

Thank you so much!

Free Concert
Who: Friends in Faith (Santa Clara diocese music ministers)
Where: St. Lucy Parish (Campbell)
When: Thursday Sept 14th 7-8:30pm
Why: To raise awareness of the Safe Park Program
We want to help your parish to spread the word and gather donations for your parish's' outreach programs as well.
Check us out on FaceBook "Friends in Faith Ministry"

Thank you for your prayers and support,
Katherine Petrucci

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Helping the victims of Hurricanes:
Jesus calls us to be his disciples in the world. Though our prayers, donations and help, let us become extension of God's presence agents of God's love and healing.

If you'd rather not give through the UMCOR link or the WGUMC website (and save them the transaction fees), make a note on your check or envelope in Sunday's offering plate, and we will make sure it gets to them!  Thank you for your generosity for those in need.

Help Count Offerings - Once per month 

Can you help count offerings on 4th Sundays of the month? 
One of our regular service helpers had to drop out due to health issues, and we could use a second helper.  Please contact the office at
to assist in this important service.  Thank you!
Update from the JYM

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Read the latest news, see pictures and updates from our Joint Youth Ministry - the 6th-12th grade program with youth from WGUMC, Almaden Hills UMC, and Cambrian UMC. Click on this link to read all about it: JYM Email Update
Financial UPDATE through August 31st
Our giving receipts through August 2017 are $205,536, which is $45,557 less than our budget needs.  We have NO RESERVE CUSHION remaining. 

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of ministries at WGUMC.

The fund dedicated to replacing the lift to the sanctuary continues to slowly grow. Be sure to designate so your donations for the lift to ensure monies go to that fund.
Also - please check the status of your church pledge and get caught up.  We always sweat out the summer months and this year, we don't have any cushion.  If you're one of those who typically donates in one or two lump sums for the year, now would be a good time!  You may update your giving profile at giving.wgumc.org or send an email to Ingrid at . 
Thank you so much for your ongoing support of ministries at WGUMC.
Remember, you can Give to WGUMC while you shop! 
Instead of going to amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com. You will be prompted to choose your charity from the drop-down list which includes WGUMC. That's it! Prices, passwords and any lists are just like Amazon, but a percentage of your purchase price goes to the church. Be sure to include amazon.smile.com in your favorites on your browser for easier access. Your gifts mean more than you know.

Give Thanks to our Body Builders! 

Each week volunteers bring snacks for our joyful consumption during coffee fellowship after service.  Please give them thanks! 
September 17 - Kindra Ahrens
September 24 - Traci Menicucci

Faith Development Opportunities 

Monday       Christian Meditation - 12:30pm (Woodhaven)
Tuesday       Women's Prayer & Study Group - 9:30am (Library)
Wednesday  Women's Early Bible Study (WEBS) - 7:15am
                    (LeBoulanger on Lincoln Ave.)

Thursday     Bible Study - 8:00am (Library)

Bulletin Board of Events, Information

Do you look at the bulletin Board(s) in the Hallway when you go to Fellowship after services?  The board is regularly updated with new items; some list events happening elsewhere in the conference or in the neighborhood that would be of interest to all.  Stop by and take a look! 
Events are also listed on our glassed-in board in front facing Newport Avenue for our neighbors to see and join us.

If you have events and information that should be on the board, or the bulletin announcments, or here on the weekly email, send all the details to  


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