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Willow Weekly - May 10, 2018


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May 10, 2018 

from Pastor Rebecca

Mother's Day and Ascension Sunday! The lifting up of Christ coincides with the lifting up of all those who "mother" our world. As this mother prepares to be an empty-nester with Kristen's approaching graduation, she reads Jesus' farewell address to his disciples in John 15 just a little differently this year. The sermon on Sunday will be a "Biblical Baccalaureate" for graduating seniors and for all of us who are "going on to perfection in love" as Wesley used to put it. Bring a friend. Bring your mom.

We had a very lively congregational meeting after church last Sunday and came up with some super ideas for summer fun fellowship events. Here are some events we came up with that you can look forward to:
July 8th: All American Day, wear your team jerseys to church and compete in a pie cookoff!
  • July 15th: Pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Zwingman family
  • July 22nd: Service project
  • July 29th: Potluck
  • Aug 5th: Luau with a roasted pig!!!

Watch your emails and come to worship this summer to get updates and details!

May 20th is Pentecost, Music Sunday & Confirmation. Don't miss it!

Special Appeal to help the Zwingman family

The Zwingman family could use your support as Sarah travels to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for treatment for a rare liver disease. They have found that she also has bile duct cancer so she will be on the waiting list for a liver transplant. Sarah and Tom have two young children, Emma and Alex. We know that they will have a lot of extra expenses for child care, meals and other things in the weeks and months ahead and they are reaching out for help. One immediate need they have is to hire a nanny so that Tom can keep working while Sarah is in treatment.
There are a couple of ways you can help them carry this burden:
  1. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the family - visit https://www.gofundme.com/sarahzwingman to donate.
  2. Those of you who are church friends can contribute to our "We Care Fund" either by writing a check to WGUMC and including "We Care for Sarah" on the memo line or by giving an online donation through our website (go to  give.wgumc.org, then click on "We Care Sarah Zwingman")
Please visit one of the above sites and consider donating whatever amount you are able. The Zwingmans have a great attitude and strong faith, but would deeply appreciate any assistance you can provide, along with your thoughts and prayers.
Toyon Kids Camp 2018

July 8 - 14, 2018
Monte Toyon, Aptos, CA

Each year, some of our CrossWalk friends (entering 3rd-6th grades) go to summer camp together at Monte Toyon in Aptos.  Sponsored by the California-Nevada conference of the United Methodist Church, this is a great way to meet other kids of faith and enjoy the great outdoors together as we learn about our God and ourselves.  Susan will not be on staff at Toyon Kids Camp this year but she may stop by for a visit!  You can find more information and register online soon at the Conference Camping website: www.calnevypm.org

Willow Glen UMC has financial assistance available for your kids to go to camp. If you need it, please talk to Pastor Susan.
Manna & Hope Food Ministry

"Manna & Hope" is a new food ministry of Willow Glen United Methodist Church, started by Linda Yépiz and Gina Libbee.  Each week, Gina and Linda purchase, prepare and distribute hot homemade breakfast burritos and fresh coffee to homeless encampments along the Guadalupe River.  Though we pride ourselves on bringing good, healthy, hot homemade food to those in need (the "Manna" part of the ministry), our primary goal is to give our brothers and sisters in the streets a sense of hope.  Through consistency and follow-through, prayers and hugs, and a humble breakfast of burritos and coffee, our goal is to impart the feeling that what is wanted can be had, and no one should have to try and get there alone.  That is the "Hope" part of our ministry.

To support this ministry, we gladly and gratefully accept cash donations (checks should be made payable to WGUMC).  Or, you can give online at give.wgumc.org and selecting "We Care Manna and Hope." Your $20 donation will feed 40 people.  Please make sure that all contributions are clearly designated with either "Manna & Hope" or "Food Ministry" in the memo).  You can also help with donations of eggs, grated cheese, gas cards, socks, and coffee (grounds, stirrers, cups).  Please drop these by during office hours -- perishables go into the bottom left-hand side of the big refrigerator, socks, gift cards, etc. may be left in the workroom.
Memorial Service for Bonnie Castoro

Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception in Kohlstedt Hall.
Celebrate our Confirmation Class

Sunday, May 20
Seventh, eighth and ninth graders from our Joint Youth Ministry have been meeting as a confirmation class since February.  We will celebrate their commitment to their faith and the church on May 20 by welcoming them as full members of our congregation.  Be here for morning worship services to support these wonderful young people as they reaffirm their baptisms, and then join them again at 5 pm at Almaden Hills UMC as they lead us in worship and witness to their faith.  The day will be a spirited celebration of our young people and an inspiration to us all.

Vacation Bible School 2018
We're preparing for Team Spirit... We need some special supplies and your help.
We are collecting the following items to use in projects at VBS.  Please bring items to the church office or the preschool building for Pastor Susan.  Contact Pastor Susan ( ) with any questions.
Please bring us:
  • Empty shoeboxes
  • Old trophies
  • We'd also love to borrow:
  • A foosball table
  • A ping-pong table
We'd also love you to join the fun and help our young players discover the power of being part of Jesus' team.  We are looking for adult and teen volunteers to spend a day or two or three or the whole week at VBS.  Email Susan ( ) if you'd like to be part of our team, or register as a volunteer at vbs.wgumc.org

Give Thanks to our Body Builders! 
Each week volunteers bring snacks for our joyful consumption during coffee fellowship after service.  Please give them thanks!
May 13 - Meittinen Ames Family 
May 21 - Kindra Ahrens

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) - 7:00am
                    (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  


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