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Willow Weekly - July 13, 2017


The mission of the United Methodist Church
is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

  We are . . . God's family growing

  through caring, sharing and serving.

July 13, 2017  

from Pastor Rebecca 
(Repeat of some info from last week-Pastor Rebecca is enjoying vacation, back today)

Newsflash: The Village House returns to Willow Glen as a scaled down day center only for the month of July.  Without any place to go during the day, the women were "feeling homeless" again and it was showing in their health and well-being. 
With an offer to help from St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church and with the assistance of Linda Yepiz to help manage the volunteers, we will host a
DAY CENTER from 9am - 3pm, Monday-Friday, July 5th - August 2nd.

You can help by signing up for a 3-hour shift from 9 to Noon or Noon to 3 pm; 
you won't lose any sleep or have to provide any meals and can get your handwork done, your email answered, and your correspondence written! 
Linda Yepiz, who did a lot of night shifts in April, will be available most mornings of the shelter, so there will be an experienced volunteer on site to handle anything that comes up. You won't have to worry about not knowing what to do. But we do need two people for mornings and two for the afternoons.
If you helped out with the shelter, you probably have already been screened, so you won't need another background check for five years. If you do need to get checked, there are instructions on the signup. It's easier than it sounds.

We especially need volunteers this first week, because of Rebecca's vacation through July 13th. From then on, she will be able to move her "office" to Woodhaven so she can help staff the day center while working.

Help us to get through the first week, and by then we'll have gotten the word out. Sign up at www.shelter.wgumc.org.

See you in church!

Village House DAY Center
Village House returns to Willow Glen as a scaled down day center for the month of July.  The shelter women have struggled since they left WGUMC and the day centers at AHUMC  St. Francis Episcopal closed down.  We will open our doors for several hours during the day and offer a "no food, no frills" place of respite during the hot summer days.  This is a much easier task than doing an overnight shelter and you can help make it happen by signing up for a 3-hour shift from 
9am-12pm or Noon - 3pm, Monday thru Friday, starting July 5th through August 2nd.  
We especially need volunteers the first week.   Sign up at  www.shelter.wgumc.org.

                Village House Volunteer Needed         


Village House is in need of volunteers to help case manage our guests for the time they are in the program.  We need someone with social work experience and knowledge of homelessness and community resources.  For now, this position is strictly on a volunteer basis, however we are hopeful that we will eventually get funding to have this be a paid position.  The case manager(s) will be supervised by Libby Echeverria, LCSW and have training and clinical support.  Supervision for licensing hours is available if desired.
We are looking for someone who can commit to 10-20 hours/week on an ongoing basis, and can do some evening hours.  If you are interested, or know someone who is, please email Libby Echeverria at .

Worship Outside in August?
Would you like to worship on the Woodhaven patio one or more Sundays in August?  Would you be willing to help with set up and take down in order to make it happen?  Pastor Rebecca would like to have at least one outdoor worship so we can have a blessing of the animals, like we did several years ago.  Can you help? 
Please send an email to and
cc the office:  .  Thank you!
Upper Room Devotions for July-August

The Upper Room daily devotional guide contains homilies, stories, and meditations that show real people struggling to live faithfully in real-life situations, with the Bible as the touchstone for and measure of faithful living.  Willow Glen UMC has subscribed to the Upper Room for years. The latest Upper Room available in the entrance to Kohlstedt Hall, as well as in the hallway outside of the church office, and in the church library.  The Donation Box is by the periodicals in Kohlstedt Hall entry.
Want to confirm your giving so far this year?
Donation Statements available upon request

For the past few years donation statements have been mailed once a year in January. Because of the cost of stamps, and the increased use of electronic communications, we do not send interim statements to everyone. However, your individual giving status is available at any time. To request your statement, send an email to Ingrid Quigley at or call Ingrid at 408-209-4430. Your statement will be prepared and mailed to you within a week of your request.

Thai Chi on the Patio
For several summers, the Woodhaven patio has been
used for Tai Chi Practice.
The group is coordinated by Jane Vivian and invites experienced practitioners who would like to join Wednesday mornings
from 9-10am beginning July 5 through August 30.
There are currently 6 to 8 women participating. 
This is not a class with a teacher, but experienced Tai Chi students who lead themselves. 
Interested church members are welcome to  join the group.
Update from the JYM

JYM Logo
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

       Updated: Financial UPDATE June  30th
Our giving receipts through June 2017 are $151,380, which is $36,941 less than our budget needs.  As a church, we've kept expenses below last year's level, but not enough to eliminate our cash flow problem. 
With NO RESERVE CUSHION remaining, we need to carefully watch our spending.  It is more important than ever that we remember to turn off the lights and turn off the air conditioning if you are the last in your group to leave.  Before you head out the door for summer, 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 .  Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our ministries at WGUMC.
Remember, you can Give to WGMC 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.

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.

You can also help by remembering to please turn off the lights and turn OFF the A/C when you are the last in your group to leave.

Also available now is the Joyfully2UMC App which can easily be used on mobile devices for one-time donations anytime, even during worship (offering time). See the Midweek email for directions.).
The app is available through iTunes or GooglePlay

Give Thanks to our Body Builders! 

Each week volunteers bring snacks for our joyful consumption during coffee fellowship after service.  Please give them thanks! 

July 16 - Jane Vivian

July 23 - Janet Ehrke

Faith Development Opportunities 
Monday       Christian Meditation - 12:30 (Woodhaven)
Tuesday         Women's Prayer & Study Group - 9:30am (Library)
Wednesday  Women's Early Bible Study (WEBS) - 7:15am 
                    (LeBoulanger on Lincoln Ave.) 
 Kaleidoscope is on hiatus until July 19th
Thursday     Bible study off for the summer
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  


Friendly Reminders