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Willow Weekly - March 8, 2018


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is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

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March 8, 2018 

from Pastor Rebecca

Thank you to Kami Tomberlain for her inspiring story about going on pilgrimage in Spain. If you missed it, check your email because I'm serializing her sermon for our daily Lenten devotions, speaking of which, we still have a few weeks of Lent and I could use your reflections on a journey you have taken.

This Sunday is UMCOR Sunday, the day we take an offering to fund the overhead expenses of the United Methodist disaster relief and refugee resettlement efforts. UMCOR is at work in dozens of countries around the world and also right here in the United States, including up in Napa after the fires there. So please give generously, either online at www.umcor.org or through our church by check or on our website at wgumc.org. Because of your gifts on this Sunday, 100% of all donations given in response to disasters throughout the year go directly to relief work.

We are wrapping up our work with Village House for the year this week. We need able bodies to come on Saturday, 9 am to Noon, to help us move furniture and rearrange the garage and clean kitchens. Thank you in advance for showing up to work and to celebrate a job well done. I am so proud of our volunteers this year. You really put flesh on the love of God and showed them what home and family is all about. They all gave you rave reviews, and so do I. Bless you!


SPRING Forward - Daylight Savings Time Begins!

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead on Saturday night, Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday morning, March 11th!
Theme for Lent: Spiritual Pilgrimage


For our daily devotions during Lent, think about going on a pilgrimage as a spiritual discipline.  For some of us, our whole lives have been a spiritual pilgrimage!
You are invited to write a story from your spiritual journey thus far.  Or you may want to share a picture and a story about a sacred place to which you like to journey to get perspective or spend time in prayer.
Tentative Plan for Bay Area Pilgrimages:


  • March 17th or 24th: Lands' End labyrinth; St. Gregory or St. Mary's - SF
  • Alternative: Tiffany windows at Lake Merritt UMC and aCathedral of Christ the Light; Pietisserie
We'll also try to journey to Sikh Temple in SJ & Jain Temple in Milpitas.
Watch the Announcement addendum in the Sunday bulletins for trip info.
Save the Date! - Sunday, March 25th
Almaden Hills UMC
The annual JYM fundraiser is right around the corner!  
We would love your help collecting donation items 
Vacation homes, sport tickets, gift cards, wine bottles, new items, etc. 
You can find a document with two forms on the bulletin board in Wesley Room
one is a submission form that must be provided with any item you donate. 
The opposite side has a donation request letter you can use to ask local
businesses for donations!  
We appreciate your help so much. The earlier you submit donated items the better, but the deadline is March 14th.  
Another part of our fundraiser is a student-led Talent Show!  
If you have an act we want you to perform it!  Students earn four hours of scholarship for participating.  There will be a short run through on March 4th.  
For more information regarding the talent show please 
VBS Website Link

WGUMC is Feeding the Shelter Families

Saturday, March 31st
On Saturday March 31, from 4pm to 7:00pm, WGUMC is scheduled to prepare and serve dinner at Family Supportive Housing at 692 N. King Rd. in San Jose.  The shelter has 35 furnished family apartments, provides daycare, and helps displaced families get their feet back on the ground.
Volunteers needed for Saturday March 31:

 It's a lot of fun! The friendly people at the Shelter will make you glad you served.  Please confirm with Craig Ramsay ( or 415-225-7220).  All directions/instructions will be provided.

Next dates in 2018 are:  June 30th, and September 29th

The hunt is on!
 Who doesn't love an Easter egg hunt?  On Easter Sunday, following worship, we invite all children to hunt for eggs.  Bring your baskets to Kohlstedt Hall after the Easter celebration where Pastor Susan will dismiss children by age for the egg hunt.
Please note that there will not be Sunday School at 9am on Easter Sunday.
If you would like to help with preparations for the egg hunt or refreshments for fellowship time on Easter, please e-mail Pastor Susan ( ).  We will also be collecting individually-wrapped Easter candy to fill the eggs (no peanuts or nuts, please).  Please bring donations to Susan or the office by March 15.  Thank you!





For your own use or for the children at
San Jose Family Shelter or Nextdoor Solutions
Orders taken by March 11
for delivery on March 18
of our 2018 mission projects
For information contact Becky Morgan,408-445-9268
Make check payable to UMW

Give Thanks to our Body Builders! 
Each week volunteers bring snacks for our joyful consumption during coffee fellowship after service.  Please give them thanks!
March 11 - Kristin Kufeldt
March 18 - Craig Ramsay

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 for ALL - 8:00am (Library)
Bulletin Board of Events, Information

Do you look at the bulletin Board(s) in the Hallway of the Offices 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