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Lobster Dinner

The lobster dinner was held on Saturday, September 9th, to help support the “It’s in the Bag” Back Pack ministry in Garrett County.  We served some 98 people at three different time settings. The dinner raised $1,063 for the Back Pack Ministry and was very successful.  We will be planning to have another Lobster Dinner in April or May.  We would like to thank all those who helped withe the preparation, serving and cleanup afterwords.
The Lobster Dinners are just one of the events that are sponsored to help provide food for this program.  Thank you to all who support this ministry each year. This is a major project for the North Garrett United Methodist Parish. We look forward to another Spring Lobster Dinner as well.

Watch for an opportunity to help the Back Pack program by eating at Uno's and Dairy Queen.  Details will be shared as the plans are made.

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Letter from Florida
We spoke about your coming to Florida at the end of October and bringing some supplies that might be needed. I have a list that I will attach, as well as a few other ideas. I do want to stress that this changes by the week! You might want to check back with me/us in a couple of weeks. We are all set with water and flood buckets and food. We will need supplies for the work teams that are coming into Florida to do more “in the field” type of work, literally. Diapers are requested still (mostly for the migrant families)
Hispanic foods: Rice, beans – look in that food area of the grocery stores. Or gift cards for the teams to purchase these items. Read the attached list and see what you think. Thank you for offering to make a difference
Janet Earls 

Hurricane Irma Relief Collection for Florida

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida and the East Coast, we watch and start to forget the devastation she wrought on Caribbean islands.  As we watched media coverage of Irma ramp up, we watched coverage of Hurricane Harvey's aftermath take a backseat.  As we have become consumed with the devastation of Harvey and Irma, we've barely registered the fact that hundreds died in mudslides in Sierra Leone and thousands died in monsoons in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.  Also hundreds died in the Earthquake in Mexico City. As we focus on the disaster of the moment, we lose track of the 1,000 year floods in West Virginia last year and the fact that people are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy 5 years ago.

Frankly, it's too much to keep track of.  It's overwhelming.  And since we can't focus on all of it, we tend to focus on the one that impacts us most directly or the one that is mediated to us moment by moment through the images on our computer screens and TV screens.

Fortunately, people of faith and goodwill have organized themselves to cooperate and respond in ways that keep attention and resources focused on the places that need them.  The National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) helps Islamic Relief, The Jewish Federation, and Church World Service work together for the common good.  UMCOR makes sure that we maintain focus on relief and recovery long after the cameras have moved on.  United Methodist Volunteers in Mission supports people from local churces just like you, who respond to the needs of disaster-affected communities all around the world - from the Bahamas to Japan to Saipan and Sudan. 

Even when our attention spans are short as individuals, they are long when we work together in community.  Thanks be to God. 

-- Tom

Having shared that I would like to share with you that The North Garrett UM Parish is responding to the Florida disaster caused by Irma. Rev. Sam and Sue will be going to Florida October 25th and they will be taking with them supplies and needed items for cleanup and recovery. By the end of October volunteer recovery and reconstruction teams will be in the area doing their work. For this reason we will be asking the churches to collect items beyond what is normally collected by the church for disaster relief. Rev. Sam has been in contat with the Director of Congregational Vitality of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and she has shared with Sam the projected needs at the time they will be there. Please take the next three weeks to collect the items listed under: Suggested List of Items for Collections. Rev. Sam will ge gathering the items from the churches on Monday, October 23rd.  Thank You for your Support. 

Suggested List of Items for Delivery to Florida
Gift Cards from Lowes or Home Depot
Work Gloves in various sizes
Large/Yard trash bags
Safety Goggles
Tyvek (coverings for clothing)
Ear plugs
Face Masks (N95 for mold remed)
Industrial and Regular brooms
Dust pans ( bend over & Stand-up)
Garden Hoses
Hand sanitizer
Flat shovels (Snow shovels -good)
Wheelbarrows (Buy gift card)
5 gallon buckets (empty)
5 gal. insulated beverage cooler
Floor fans
Heavy Duty outdoor extension cord
Sledge Hammers
Claw Hammers
Screw Drivers
10 ft. pop-up tents (Gift cards)
Nourishing The Body That Nourishes The Mind
"It's In The Bag Ministry" discreetly provides nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food to chronically hungry children in every day back packs to take home over the weekends and out-of-school times. This weekly program includes picking up empty bags, packing them, and returning them to the schools, all done on Wednesday to send them home on Friday. For the most part, the storage, packing and distribution is all done from Saint John's Episcopal Church on Maryland Highway, Deer Park. There are many volunteers who help with these many steps each week and we thank them all for their service and labor of love. If you would like to help with this outreach ministry to the children in our elementary schools, you may contact Rev. Sam for information and more details on how you could serve.  We set up and pack every Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

We are currently serving over 280 children each week and this program is very expensive. If you, your church, or other organizations would like to help support this program contact Rev. Sam and he will help direct your funds.

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Garrett County Youth Training Event for Our Parish

The Annual Conference's new Youth and Outdoor Ministry Coordinator, Shea James, lead a training event for all Garrett County United Methodist local church Youth Coordinators and Youth on April  8th  and 9th of this year. This program for both North and South Garrett County Parishes included a "Youth Ministry 101" presentation, a Parish youth organization meeting, and youth training program. The training meeting was held Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Mt Zion United Methodist Church. This time featured a presentation by Shea James that was geared to help churches grow and organize their local youth ministry. An afternoon session of the training event was held at 2:30 p.m. and concluded at 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Oakland.  This afternoon session was for the youth and youth leaders of South Garrett Parish. 

We thank Shea James for her excellent leadership  as we try to organize a Parish-wide youth program for all youth in Middle and Senior High School in the eleven churches of the North Garrett Parish. We are asking the youth of our Parish to share with their friends and neighbors any youth events their churches may be having. We are looking forward to establishing a youth program across the Parish. Let us begin by sharing our Summer events and activities.

Pass the word to help us build our youth Ministries.
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GarrettPlan is an outreach program of the health department to address the needs of seniors in annd others our communities. Shelley Argabrite from the Garrett County Health Department was with us in April and shared with us their outreach program to address the needs of seniors, families and children in Garrett County.  They strive to pull together various organizations that reach out to the various needs within our county.  They are doing many new and innovative programs to help individuals within our community. 

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Day on the Parish Cancelled

The Burlington Day at the Park with the kids, which had been scheduled for Sunday, October 8th has been cancelled due to conflicts with other events. We will be working to reschedule it for the Spring of 2018. Things that churches had been collecting to send with the Burlington folks will still be collected and taken to BUMFS on Monday, October 9th. Will each church contact Rev. Sam to make arrangements to collect your items and deliver them to BUMFS.

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Burlington United Methodist Family Services Membership
The Auxiliary of the BURLINGTON UNITED METHODIST FAMILY SERVICES, INC. invites you to become a member. Annual membership $2. Lifetime membership $50. (Donations of all amounts are welcome.)

One half of all membership dollars is put in a Scholarship Fund for residents under the care of the Burlington Home who graduate and plan to further their education. What a great way to help these boys and girls! The other half goes to the kids for other needed and "wish list" items. Membership in the BUMFS Auxiliary is open to all men, women and children. Honor someone special with a membership in the BUMFS Auxiliary for a birthday, anniversary, a kind deed, or "just because." Regular members will receive a membership card while a special certificate is issued to Lifetime members. For more information, contact Carol Bittinger at (301) 876-5735
Burlington Apple Butter Festival
 The Festival was held on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Apple butter was made the week of September 25th. Along with apple butter over 1,800 apple dumplings were made by our Parish at the Wachter's kitchen. Thank You to All who helped.
North Garrett Parish Response

It was our hope that as a Parish we would be able to respond to the needs of our neighbors in West Virginia. And we did it!  
We had two work teams organized and responding, one in mid July, 2016 and the second in early August 2016. During those work trips we helped one church and three families recover from the flood dammage to their church and homes.

Ways To Help Flood Victims

We have also established the Wachter home as a collection center for flood buckets, health kits, hammers, garden hoses, wheelbarrows, mops, brooms, shovels, diapers and any other clean-up type items. We are working with Dan Lowther, Conference Disaster Coordinator, and will deliver these items to disaster areas where they are needed. 

Sam's address is: 150 Highwood Drive McHenry, Maryland, or call 301-387-6832

If you go to the  links below  you will find there a list of items needed to make up flood buckets and health kits:  They are also listed at the bottom of this page.

Oh Lord wrap your loving arms around those who are dealing with the affects of storms and flooding. Instill with your Spirit those who are responding to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Fill the responders with your compassion and grace. May they and all of us - be your comfort, hope, and light. May we all work together to bring healing, to help clean up, and to repair the broken, to restore families safely to their homes, and to bring communities together through prayer, love, and compassionate, caring action. Amen
More information about  Flood relief can be found by

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Ways You Can HelpPressley Ridge
Pressley Ridge, a therapeutic Foster Care Program in Western Maryland has an urgent need for foster parents to provide full-time or part-time care for youth in their program. Interested individuals must be 23 years old, have a stable income, a means of transportation, compassion and a strong desire to help young people. The program offers 24-hour supportive services including weekly in-home support by a licensed treatment coordinator; tax-free reimbursement for care; professional foster parent training and on-sight mental health services. For more information, contact Allison Watkins at Pressley Ridge at (301) 724-8413 or visit the website today.
Habitat for Humanity Work Days
Those volunteering will be working at Hopewell Village. They will work on one of four houses that are being constructed this year by Habitat.  Hopewell Village is located off Route 135 behind the VFW. Persons age 16 years and older are always welcome to take part in this vital ministry. If you or your church would like to have a work day to support this outreach you may call Doug Riley (301-334-5684) or e-mail There could be no finer way to help our fellow neighbors and future neighbors than taking part in this local building ministry. Workdays are held throughout the year.

Parish Ministers Meeting
A Parish ministers meeting is held each month at Rev. Wachter's house. During their time together, they have devotions and a time of sharing the various ministries of the parish. Working together, they provide support and encouragement for each other, informal discussions and open doors to explore various ministries.
Their major project at the present time is upgrading this Parish Web Page. We are working to make it a local church web page for each of our churches. Please note the changes as we have given each Parish Charge their own page to us for sharing their activities and events. We are looking for individuals from each church to be an upgrader.
Our next Minister's Meeting will be Monday, October 23rd @ 10:30 a.m.
Don't forget to go to the Annual Conference and District News for more events and activities that relate to our Parish.
There Is Always Need For Flood Buckets
Flood buckets are always needed for distribution in areas that have had recent flooding. The recent rain and floods have made the need for flood buckets a reality again.
Below is a list of the supplies that make up a flood bucket. If you, your family, your Sunday School Class, your UMW or UMM, or your Church would like to put together a completed flood bucket, please call Rev. Sam and he will make arrangements to pick them up and deliver them.

Flood Bucket: These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood, hurricane or tornado. For flood buckets only, if the requested sized item is not available, go down to the next available size.

5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
Bleach (two 1-quart or one 82 oz. Bottle).
5 scouring pads and 7 Sponges
1 scrub brush and 18 cleaning towels (reusable wipes)
Liquid laundry detergent (two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. ) and 1 household cleaner, 12-16 oz. bottle
Disinfectant dish soap, 16-28 oz. bottle
50 clothes pins and clothes line (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.)
5 dust masks and 2 pair latex gloves and 1 pair work gloves
24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gallon (remove roll from box before placing in bucket)
1 Insect repellant spray, 6-14 oz. can (If aerosol, cans must have protective caps. See special requirements below.*)
1 Air freshener, 8 or 9 oz. can (If aerosol, cans must have protective caps. See special requirements below.*)
*Special requirements: Put all items in the plastic bucket with a sealed lid. Please ensure that all cleansing agents are liquids (not powder) and in plastic bottles.

We are hoping again to fill a utility trailer with flood buckets to be shipped to the needed areas. When your group has completed the buckets, contact Rev. Sam to make arrangements for pick up. If you have odd items from the above list he will also pick them up to be used to make complete buckets. He can be reached by phone at 301 387-6832 or by email at
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