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Posted September 10, 2014 in Community Featured, Greene County
First United Methodist Church will host its annual Blanket Sunday on Oct. 5.

First United Methodist Church will host its annual Blanket Sunday on Oct. 5.

Community Fellowship speakers will be hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson on Wednesdays this fall to provide attendees with information about events and services in Greene County. Fellowship time begins at 4 p.m., and speakers will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Karen Gotto, Lutheran Family Services Mental Health Counselor, will present “Services Available in Jefferson” on Sept. 17. She will speak about the importance of mental health issues both to individuals and the community.

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the directors of Christian Action Resource Center, Diane Blackmer and Shannon Haley-Funcke, will speak about their organization’s efforts in helping Greene County families.
A supper will be served around 5:30 p.m. after the speakers conclude their presentations each week, and all are welcome to stay.  If you have any questions or suggestions for speakers, please contact Lois Rae Brant at 515-370-5249.

First United Methodist Church will host its annual Blanket Sunday event on Sunday, Oct. 5. The event typically raises around $1,000 for Church World Service (CWS) blankets. Blankets cost $5 a piece. Reverend Julie Poulsen says the event is fun and educational for children because they learn all about the different purposes the blankets can serve for refugees and other individuals in need around the world.

“It can serve as a bag, a pillow, a baby holder, a suitcase, a wall, a blanket, protection from wind or sunshine or snow or rain,” she says.

CWS is an international organization that provides blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies, as well as tools, education opportunities and resources for refugees, women and families.

Central Christian Church will serve a free nutritious meal every Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. in September for anyone in the community. The church received a grant from the Upper Midwest Region of Disciples of Christ to provide the meals, and they hope the program will benefit families who struggle to find time to sit around the table together. Following each meal there will be music, family and children’s activities and Christian education.

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