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Celebrate! I wanted to share this story I read. I felt it was a good connect to our sermon series. Not only did God create us different, but as individuals we also do thing differently. 

Be a Blessing,
Pastor Scott

“The bag of snack chips was small, but it taught an American missionary a big lesson. Working one evening in the Dominican Republic, she arrived at a church meeting and opened her chips when a woman she hardly knew reached and grabbed a few from the bag. Others helped themselves, too.

How rude, the missionary thought. Then she realized a humbling lesson. She didn’t yet understand the culture where she’d agreed to serve. Rather than emphasizing individualism, as in the United States, she learned that life in the Dominican Republic is lived in community. Sharing one’s food and goods is how people relate to each other. Her way wasn’t better, just different. She confessed, “It was very humbling to discover these things about me.” As she began to recognize her own biases, she also learned that humbly sharing with others helped her serve them better.

Peter taught this lesson to church leaders: treat others with humility. He counseled the elders to resist “lording it over those entrusted to you” (1 Peter 5:3). And those younger? “Submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility” (v. 5). As he declared: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Therefore, “humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (v. 6). May He help us humbly live before Him and others today.”

Taken from the Daily Bread. By:  Patricia Raybon

Sunday Worship
Worship Service in Sanctuary at 9 A‌M
Click here for more information
 

NOTE: Pastor Scott is on vacation Ju‌ly 19 - Aug‌ust 1. During this time, Pastor Denise will handle any pastoral emergencies.

Ju‌ly 24
Lay Speaker: David Geller

Ju‌ly 31
Lay Speaker: Bonnie Ward


Aug‌ust 7
Communion

Aug‌ust 14
Fellowship Time After Service

--- COVID Guidelines
Current COVID-19 Guidelines 
Upcoming Events
S‌unday, J‌uly 24
Chime Rehearsal - 8:‌30-8:‌45 A‌M
Worship Service - 9‌:00 A‌M

M‌onday, J‌uly 25
Food Pantry Open
--- By Appointment Only ---
Call 848-373-8844

S‌unday,
J‌uly 31
Chime Rehearsal - 8:‌30-8:‌45 A‌M
Worship Service - 9‌:00 A‌M


S‌unday, Aug‌ust 7
Chime Rehearsal - 8:‌30-8:‌45 A‌M
Worship Service - 9‌:00 A‌M
Communion


M‌onday, Aug‌ust 8
Food Pantry Open
--- By Appointment Only ---
Call 848-373-8844

Mark Your Calendars
Fall Flea Market
Sat‌urday, Oc‌tober 1
Rain Date - Octo‌ber 8

NOTE: Please check the church website and calendar frequently for the most up-to-date scheduling and activity information.
Fellowship Time
On the second Su‌nday of each month, we will have Fellowship Time immediately after the 9 A‌M Worship Service. It will be in Fellowship Hall and is a time of light refreshments and conversation; a time to catch up with each other and welcome visitors. Please join us!
Thursday Bible Study
NOTE : The Thu‌rsday morning bible study is taking a break for the summer. It will resume on Thu‌rsday, Sept‌ember 8 at 11‌:00 A‌M.

Pastor Scott leads this bible study
, which is based on Nicky Gumbel's "Bible in One Year" reading plan. This study is designed to encourage you to read through the entire Bible in 20‌22. More detailed information about the "Bible in One Year" reading plan can be viewed HERE.

During the summer break, you are encouraged to continue with the daily readings. See you in Sep‌tember ...
Worship Through Giving

We are thankful for your faithful support during these challenging times. Your generous giving has been vital in maintaining our ability to cover expenses and continue our church ministries. You may continue giving in-person at the indoor worship service, by sending your offering check directly to the church, or by using the church online giving feature found in the footer of the church website. It is easy, secure, and appreciated. --- Thank You

If so inspired, you may give online now, by clicking here.

Prayer Ministry
Please keep the following people in your prayers ...
 
  • Chris Wenz – recovering from broken femur & wound care.
  • Jean Iannacone – for improved health and good test results
  • Deanna Rizzuto (Rosemary’s cousin) – in hospital
  • Minie (Guy Dorians’s daughter’s friend) – diagnosed with terminal cancer.
  • Marnie Dorian - in remission from leukemia.
  • Christine Raymond’s father – he has cancer and is recently experiencing pain.
  • Barbara’s brother Joseph who is recovery from heart procedure.
  • Pastor Scott Clifton – recovering from lumbar fusion surgery.
  • Theresa Slover – for successful treatment of a cancerous lump in her neck.
  • Continued prayer for home-bound church members: Rudy Iannacone; Paul Bartek; Dottie Weeks
~ NOTE ~
Please let Pastor Scott know of any updates to this prayer list. Additions, removals, or status updates. Prayer requests will roll off the list after 4 weeks unless updated or renewed. All prayer requests go directly to the pastor.
Food Pantry Ministry
The DeBows Food Pantry is open on the 2nd & 4th Monday each month, 6‌-8pm. The next Food Pantry distribution is M‌onday, Ju‌ly 25.

DeBows uses an "Appointment Only" system to distribute the food. People can make an appointment by calling 848-373-8844. 

Please note: participants need to call for an appointment by 5‌:00 P‌M on the S‌aturday prior to the scheduled food pantry day. This gives the Food Pantry volunteers time to prepare the food for distribution. "Thank You" for your cooperation.


Please contact Jill Palmer if you need further information or would like to volunteer to help with the Food Pantry ministry.
DeBows in Mission
--- JULY & AUGUST
UMCOR Hygiene Kits

DeBows is supporting UMCOR during July & August via their Hygiene Kit program. While Hygiene Kits for UMCOR is a year-round mission activity for our church, we are focusing on Ju‌ly & August because hurricane season is fast approaching. But disasters can happen anytime, and these kits are desperately needed when they occur. Please continue to collect the items needed to make up the kits. A box for completed kits and instructions on how to put it all together is outside the Fellowship Hall. Let’s fill that box!

Our UMCOR Hygiene Kit outreach activity helps to meet the ever-increasing demand for relief items. The Hygiene Kits we put together are forwarded to UMCOR for deployment to those most in need. This has been very successful and rewarding ministry in past years.

Along with collecting items to build kits, we will also be accepting monetary donations. If you wish to donate, please mark clearly on your check or envelope that it is for UMCOR. Each Hygiene Kit is valued at $12, but any and all donations will be greatly appreciated and will be sent to UMCOR along with the hygiene kits.

Please click HERE for more information and a detailed list of items needed to complete the hygiene kits. You will also be able to view a short video of Anita speaking about the need for this mission activity.
Music Ministry

DeBows UMC is blessed with talented people who love to praise God. We pray for each other and give back to the Lord the blessings we’ve received. We welcome newcomers to join our music ministry and share and grow their talent for God’s glory. Please contact Grayce by email at music@debowsumc.org for any questions or to discuss opportunities to participate in our music ministry.

Chime Choir — Rehearses Su‌nday morning 8:‌30 to 8:‌45 A‌M and rings the introit to worship on Su‌nday morning (except on Revival Su‌nday). New members are always welcome. Ability to sight read music and prior experience not necessary. Ability to be present and have fun very important!

Praise Band — (Weekly practices will resume in September) --- Rehearses Tuesday nights at 7:‌00 P‌M and plays a five-song set once a month for Revival Sunday, usually the last Sunday of the month. Check email and church calendar for exceptions. All instruments welcome.

* More information about the DeBows music ministry can be viewed here. Modification or cancellation of specific dates will be communicated by Grayce via email. Please check email for any cancellations before coming out.

Connect & Stay Informed
For the most up-to-date information concerning church activities, event schedules, general church information, or to view recent newsletters, you may visit the church website anytime at debowsumc.org.

Along with the normal newsletter, special emails will be sent out once in a while for prayer requests, event cancellations, or time-sensitive news. If Sunday worship is cancelled due to weather, an alert will also be posted on the church website.

All communication emails will be based on the newsletter subscription list, so if you have not already subscribed to the church newsletter, we invite you to subscribe now. Just visit the church website and use the subscription form in the bottom right-hand corner of the homepage.
Feedback Welcome
As always, your feed back to our newsletter is welcome and appreciated. You may reply to the newsletter email or use the "Contact Us" page on the church website to provide your input. 
 
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W‌ednesday, Augu‌st 3
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