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Christmas Eve Service at 3:30 PM on Dec 24-DetailsBelow

posted Dec 21, 2020, 2:15 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Dec 22, 2020, 3:07 PM ]

Looking at the forecast for Thursday, we have made some changes to our Christmas Eve service to ensure the safety of all.

The service will still be at 3:30PM on Thursday.  It will be able to be viewed via Zoom, Facebook Live, or through the FM Transmitter.  There will not be an outdoor service as we had planned. The service will take place from the sanctuary; the only people who will be in the sanctuary will be the ones running the service.    

We are still planning to hold a live nativity during the last song of the service, Silent Night.  The live nativity will be under the carport. If you are listening to the service in the parking lot, please use the attached map to drive past and see the Live Nativity.  

If you attend in the parking lot, we will be handing out flashlights and a bulletin.  If you attend virtually from home, please plan to have a candle or flashlight to use during Silent Night. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Feel free to leave a message on the church phone and someone will get back to you.  

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Hope and Blessing Bag

posted Dec 1, 2020, 12:53 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Dec 1, 2020, 1:01 PM ]

The outreach committee would like to put together blessing bags for the homeless. We are asking for donations to fill the bags. Once the bags are assembled there will be some available for the congregation to distribute if desired. The packing of the bags will take place in December. Details will follow closer to the date if you would like to help assemble the bags.  


Needed NEW items: Baby Wipes, Hand sanitizer, Q-tips, Band Aids, Bodywash, Tissues, Shampoo, Conditioner, Chapstick, Lotion, Masks, Toothbrush,
Toothpaste, Socks, $5 McDonald's gift cards, Deodorant, Hats, Gloves

Cookie Sale Collection to Combat World Hunger- Dec 13

posted Dec 1, 2020, 12:48 PM by Lois Kerchner

December is here and your plans for the holidays, although somewhat altered due to the pandemic, are underway. As you read in the November newsletter, there will be no cookie trays on sale this year. But please mark your holiday calendars for Sunday, December 13. That is the Sunday when special envelopes will be distributed and collected for the cookie fund raiser.

Last year, our third year in participating in the cookie sale, our sales provided 26,625 meals to children.  Well done all you cookie lovers!  Although there will be no cookie trays (or calories) this year, let’s see if we can provide as many meals – or more – this year through your generous donations. 

 If you will not be attending church services to receive your special envelope on December 13, you can send your donation following the instructions at the end of the Cookie Sale article in this newsletter.

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me."   Matthew 25:35


Thank you for your loving and generous donations

Community Activity Dec 5 with Santa and a Craft Contest

posted Nov 12, 2020, 5:25 PM by Lois Kerchner

We are going to offer the community, pictures with Santa on December 5th from 10:00a.m. – noon, with another craft contest. The children will be asked to decorate a Christmas Tree, and send us a picture. We need your help for the prizes; we would like  $5  and $10 Walmart gift cards to bless the winners.

Thank You for Kensill Fund for Hope donations

posted Nov 1, 2020, 11:36 AM by Lois Kerchner

Thank you so very much for all the generous donations to the Kensill Fund for Hope.  We certainly missed the fun and fellowship of the auction, but your kind donations have helped to offset part of necessary revenue for the year.  It is never too late to contribute.  Donations can be sent to the church and the checks made out to KFH.

Thank You for your continued support!   The KFH Committee

2 Services Resume November 8

posted Nov 1, 2020, 11:17 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Nov 3, 2020, 6:43 AM ]

Starting November 8th, we will be returning to our previous Sunday worship schedule. At 9AM, there will be a traditional service which will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live. At 10:30AM, there will be a contemporary service without recording. Lee's Sunday school class will start at 10:15. There will be NO cafe through the remainder of 2020. Children's Sunday school will only be available during the 10:30AM service after the first two praise songs. There will be no child care or children's Sunday school during the 9AM service at this time. As always, masks are required within any area of the church. We will continue to communicate any changes through Facebook, our website, church newsletter, and email. Thank you for your patience!

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

posted Oct 27, 2020, 1:54 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Dec 31, 2020, 9:56 AM ]

 Thank You to everyone who helped us pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child!  In 2020, we shipped 67 shoeboxes to the Dominican Republic. 

Located in the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern side of Hispaniola, the island it shares with Haiti. It is known for its tourism and the merengue dance. Samaritan’s Purse began delivering Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children here in 1999. Ten years later, we launched The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program for shoebox recipients in the nation.

We have already started collecting for 2021! Please leave item donations in the box near the mailboxes. We will also need to collect $9 for shipping for each box. Most importantly, please pray for this mission and the recipients of the boxes!

Endowment Education Gifts Available

posted Oct 21, 2020, 12:34 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Oct 21, 2020, 12:37 PM ]

Annually the Endowment committee of Leola United Methodist church offers eligible students of any age the opportunity to apply for an educational gift.  The gifts are available by application to students who are a church member or family of a member (spouse, child, grandchild) and who are currently pursuing a degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Recipients are eligible for up to five lifetime gifts.  Applications will be available in the narthex, by request to the church office (leolaumc@gmail.com) or Endowment committee chairperson, Liz Hoffman. The link below gives you a printable copy of the application. The deadline to return the application to the church office or to Liz Hoffman is December 1, 2020. 

Click for link to printable copy of the Endowment Gift Application

For additional scholarship opportunities through the United Methodist Church, college students and high school seniors should check out www.gbhem.org in early January 2021 and go to the Loans & Scholarships heading.

AmazonSmile Prime Day Deals Oct 13, 14

posted Oct 9, 2020, 6:56 PM by Lois Kerchner

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1476313 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Leola United Methodist Church.

Autumn Free Lunch Drive Through Oct 24 at ll AM

posted Oct 3, 2020, 4:56 PM by Lois Kerchner

Due to COVID 19, we will not be holding our annual Harvest Party this year.  To meet the needs in the community, we will be holding an Autumn Free Lunch Drive Thru at the Carport at Leola UMC. Anyone in the community can drive up and receive a lunch of hot dog, chips, dessert, and bottle of water (until we run out).  Each car will receive a pumpkin to decorate for a chance to win a family prize.  We will also be giving a small bag of candy to each child.
LUMC Outreach Committee.

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