Christmas Shoe Box Ministry –  For the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish (BUMP):  Columbia Falls UMC has a long tradition of reaching out to the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Browning, MT.  Our congregation once again has an opportunity to support the Parish by providing Christmas Shoe Box gifts to the children there.  (There are approximately 2700 students, in grades K-12 in the school system and that does not include the 2 outlying schools.)

For your shoe box (or boxes), the Parish suggests selecting an age range between 0 and 18. The shoe box is to be filled with gifts for a boy or girl.  Everything must be NEW.  Fill the box with things appropriate for age ranges:  1-3 years; 4-7 years; 8-13 years; 14-18 years.  Include something warm, such as socks, mittens, or a hat, and then supplement that with your choice of toys, (small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, jump ropes, etc.);  school supplies ( pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks, notebooks, coloring books, etc.);  hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, combs, brushes, shampoo, hair ties, simple make-up items, etc.);  baby items (diapers, lotion, powder, clothing, rattles, bottles, wipes, etc.);  other items (sunflower seeds, candy canes, journals, cologne or perfume, ear buds, flashlights, etc.).

Next, wrap the box in Christmas wrap and tape a pink or blue tag (provided for you on the table) securely on the box indicating the gift is for a boy or a girl and check the appropriate age range.  It is suggested you include a simple personal note of Christmas greeting to the child and place inside the box. 

Empty shoe boxes will be available at the church on October 29th for you to take, fill, and wrap.  November 26 is the deadline for having the wrapped shoe box gifts back to the church for delivery to Browning by December 1.

          Thank you for helping to put smiles on the faces of needy children.


COLUMBIA FALLS FOOD BANK:  Please remember to support our local Food Bank!  The second Sunday of every month (Nov 12) is designated as Food Bank Sunday.  (You may bring your donation to the church and place in the basket at anytime)   Food needed for Thanksgiving baskets:  Canned pumpkin,  canned evap. milk, canned olives & stuffing mix

Food Bank Fundraising Campaign:  The Columbia Falls Food Bank will benefit from donations made during the Town Pump Charitable Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign for food banks across the state.  Town Pump will match up to $8,000!  Donations for the campaign are being collected at the CF Town Pumps (6102 US-2 & 502 9th St W).  Donations also can be sent directly to Columbia Falls Food Bank, PO Box 1081 in Columbia Falls, MT 59912.  The Campaign.  If you would rather donate non-perishable food items, they may be dropped off at the church.

ANGOLA SUNDAY:   We continue to celebrate Angola Sunday every third Sunday (Nov 19).  Our loose change placed in baskets on this day goes to support our covenant relationship with Ken Koome, missionary in East Angola Methodist Conference.  As financial officer, he is responsible for the delivery of mission funds to The United Methodist Church and its projects in East Angola, the keeping of accurate records, and providing support services to visiting Volunteer-In-Mission teams, church partners, and conference mission agencies. Angola experienced years of prolonged civil war, and only since 2002 has the church been able to engage in the significant rebuilding of ministries and facilities. The work includes the restoration of the Quéssua Mission Center, a theological education program, and care for orphans and vulnerable children.   To learn more visit:  yacumc.org/kennkandomissionaryineastangola

CHURCHWIDE SPECIAL SUNDAY OFFERINGSThese offerings enable United Methodists to offer refuge in times of disaster, promote peace and justice, provide scholarships and student loans, reach out to the community, teach skills to encourage self-sufficiency and share the love of Jesus Christ with God’s people everywhere.  United Methodist Student Day – Nov. 26  (Gifts to United Methodist Student Day help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discern what God has called them to do.)

CANYON COMMUNITY DINNER (Nov 30):  These free dinners are located in the Hungry Horse Elementary School and begin at 5:30pm. 

PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY:  To request a prayer quilt for a loved one, contact the church office at 892-5811.

KNITTING FOR HOSPICE:  We meet every fourth Wednesday for a lunch “knit-in” at various local restaurants.  Contact Mary Kay Sinclair at 406-890-3885 or email mks406@gmail.com for more information.  Thank you all again for your dedication to this project.  We know from the feedback we get from Jan Seeyle that the Hospice patients are blessed by our work.

THANK YOU FOR FOR KITS Thank you CFUMC for contributing supplies for UMCOR Cleaning kits!  They will be delivered to the UMCOR depot in Salt Lake City where the supplies will be assembled into buckets and readied for delivery to US & International disasters.  These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.