Marge Long, Russell Knapp (Gideons Representative) and Helen Mumford at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
Marge Long, Russell Knapp (Gideons Representative) and Helen Mumford at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Here are a few things coming up at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church…

Treasure Sale

The annual Treasure Sale hosted by the church is coming right up. The sale will take place at the church, 16426 Center Road, on these dates:

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  • Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

They always have lots of great stuff, and I’m in the process (ongoing, it never ends) of going through my house and taking things up to the church for the sale. One for-sure item is a brand new, never-used soft cat carrier that just did not work for Charley.

I bought it before her last vet visit, thinking she might not be so traumatized about the visit with a new carrier. Nope. I failed to realize that trying to 1) put her in the carrier, and 2) zip the door closed would not be possible with her light-speed ability to get out of my arms and run away – which happened the very first time we met.

So, anyway, we are back to the hard-shell carrier with the fast-locking lid, and the soft one will be for sale at the treasure sale. Here’s a photo – I put it in the living room for a while, thinking she’d get used to it – ha ha. You can tell by the look on her face that she was having none of it.

Charley checking out her new little carrier | Jane Boursaw Photo
Charley checking out her new little carrier | Jane Boursaw Photo

Also coming up is the annual Chicken BBQ in June. I’ll keep you posted on that as we get closer to the date.

The Gideons and Russell Gore

A couple of Sundays ago, Lowell Knapp, a representative from Gideons International, gave a presentation during the morning service. He shared how they continue to distribute Bibles around the world; you’ve probably received a pocket New Testament at some point, or maybe opened a drawer in a hotel room to find a Gideon Bible there. If you’d like to help with their ministry, you can make a donation at their website here.

Marge Long mentioned that her first experience with the Gideons was as a young child when she received her very first Bible from Russell Gore, the local Gideons representative at the time (1950s and 60s). He lived in the farmhouse just across the road and south of the church. Come to think of it, I probably still have the Bible that he gave me when I was a kid.

Here’s a picture of Russell Gore and his wife, Orpha, from the 1971 church directory.

Russell and Orpha Gore | Church Directory, 1971; Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church (formerly Ogdensburg Methodist Church)
Russell and Orpha Gore | Church Directory, 1971; Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church (formerly Ogdensburg Methodist Church)

And here is a photo of the current Gideon Representative, Lowell Knapp, with Marge Long, left, and Helen Mumford, right.

Marge Long, Russell Knapp (Gideons Representative) and Helen Mumford at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo
Marge Long, Russell Knapp (Gideons Representative) and Helen Mumford at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church | Jane Boursaw Photo

Youth Group Helps the Homeless

The church youth group hosts a number of fundraisers throughout the year, and they vote on what to do with the funds. They recently decided to help out the area’s homeless population by purchasing things like sleeping bags, trash bags, tarps, rainsuits and other necessities.

Also, any time there’s a fifth Sunday in the month, the youth group has a “Noisy Offering,” collecting spare change into buckets. Here they are on their recent shopping trip. Keep up the great work, guys.

Youth Group at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church goes on a shopping trip to help out the area's homeless population | OMPUMC Photo
Youth Group at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church goes on a shopping trip to help out the area’s homeless population | OMPUMC Photo

A Note About the Church’s Facebook Page

When the church was first on Facebook, it started out as a “group.” Since then, it was determined that a “page” might better serve its purpose. So if you haven’t yet followed the Facebook page of Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, click over here and hit “Follow.”

That will keep you up to date with all the news and events happening at the church.

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