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Thursday, September 16, 2021

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"I give grace because I so desperately need it.”
– Lysa Terkeurst 

I have been reading an amazing book: One Hundred Goodbyes: On Addiction, Heartache, Grief and Love by Nicole Anders (no relation). Nicole lost her brother to addiction. In her grief, she wrote her reflections to him. She shares that one of her best friends said, “Cody helps me every day to be a little more empathetic, kind and carrying to people I used to think didn’t deserve it.” 

She shares, that there is a lot of stigma around addiction, brokenness, and mental health. We so often, we the receivers of grace, we other-ize people in order to see our humanness is not like theirs.  

The homeless one on the street corner, the one with a different skin color, the violent ones, the ones who will not get the vaccine or the one who has. She writes: “We recognize that they are just like us, but out of fear, we quickly shift and decide that they are “nothing like us.” To prove it, and to quell our fears, we ostracize, we push away, we judge and blame and assume. We look at the man using heroin with disgust, when our addiction to our phones can be just as harmful. We look at the woman who drinks to much as less-than, when our materialism is just as ugly. We other-ize. I other-ize. You’re legacy has taught me not to other-ize. The people who don’t appear to desire compassion are also somebody’s child, somebody’s sibling. They are somebody’s somebody. My heart has forever shifted.” 

Christianity is a way of discovery. It’s a way of discovering the ever-expanding love, grace and mercy of God. If grace is true? Whom must we love?

Grace and peace.
Rev Dr. Duane A. Anders (he, him, his)

Live in the Lot 
Downtown Campus

Sundays 5:30pm  • Downtown Campus 

Join us for Live In the Lot! This is a great time to connect with friends and meet new people. Bring your lawn chairs, come get your spot in the shade, and order up your food from our local food truck at 5pm! Music and message start at 5:30pm. See you in the lot! This week's Food Truck will be Something Different.

Contact Layne Watkins with additional questions.

Wine to Water Homecoming Fundraiser - POSTPONED
Downtown Campus

Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID in our community, we’ve made the tough decision to postpone the Wine To Water Homecoming event on October 1st until we are safely able to dance the night away together. However, we are still partnering with Turn on the Water in Nicaragua - an update on that fundraising effort will be included in next week’s email

Children's Ministry Update 
Downtown Campus

Many of you have likely already marked your calendars for the relaunch of Children’s Church downstairs this month. Our original goal was to be able to re-launch Children’s Church on September 12th, however that date has now been moved to Sunday, October 3rd.

We are also making a few changes. Our new goal is to be able to open up both the Pre-School and Kindergarten classes downstairs on the 3rd, and we will continue to offer nursery (ages 0-3) every Sunday. We will continue to open other age level classes (1st-6th grade) as our volunteer teacher positions continue to be filled.  We know that we cannot do it without you. So here is what we need from you to re-launch Children’s Church:

  • We are in need of two teachers for the Preschool Sunday School class, as well as an additional two teachers to teach the Kindergarten class. We are asking that this commitment begin on Sunday, October 3rd, and to run until Sunday, December 12th.
  • Parents, would you take a brief minute to respond to this survey below? This will help us better gauge the needs to be filled on Sunday mornings as we begin re-launching Children’s Church in phases.

If you feel led to teach a different age level class (grades 1-6) please let us know as well! Please email  DeeAnndra Haugland if you would like to fill one of these openings. Thank you so much for your commitment to the little ones in our community and being a part of this new chapter!

Survey

Interfaith Sanctuary Support

Jodi Pederson, Executive Director of Interfaith Sanctuary, is seeking public support for their project to turn the old Salvation Army site on W. State Street into Boise’s newest emergency shelter. Please offer your support, as Christ has called us to help ‘the least of these’. Click here to read Jodi’s short ‘Fact sheet’ and concerns regarding the proposed shelter. Click here to access links to write Boise’s mayor McLean, and city council members.

KASP Hiring
Downtown Campus

Kids Are Special People, a ministry of FUMC is hiring! We are looking to fill 1 part-time position and 1 full-time teacher assistant position. For more information on our job openings and our program, please visit our web site www.kidsarespecialpeople.com or email Heather Sarria, the Program Director. 

Community Harvest Palooza

October 23 • 10am-2pm • Amity Campus

Save the date for an amazing family friendly community event! We invite you, your family and friends to the Community Harvest Palooza at our Amity Campus on October 23rd from 10am-2pm. We will have food trucks, live music, free pumpkins & pumpkin painting for the kids and free trunk or treating. We can't wait to see you there! Let us know if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help at the event.
 

Boise State vs. Wyoming

November 12th  •  7:00pm  • Boise State University

We had so much fun during the September game, that we are inviting you to another BSU game. Join us for the Broncos vs. Wyoming game with your friends and family! We will be sitting in section 35. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m., but get there a little early to get settled! 

You can book your tickets by clicking the button below. Tickets are only $25 each. 

Parking is on your own, but feel free to utilize the free Downtown Boise Shuttles. These shuttles run about every 15 minutes for the 2 hours leading up to kick-off and have a variety of pickup locations for you to choose from. For more information, go here. Another option could be for you to utilize one of the parking garage's downtown! 

For any other questions, feel free to contact the church. 

Buy your BSU Tickets Here

Desert Sage Elementary - Clothing Needed

Desert Sage Elementary in the West Ada School District is a Title 1 school (more than 25% of students’ families fall below the poverty level). They informed Amity of a growing need for student clothing items, mostly boys and girls pants and underwear. This includes homeless students who don't have weather appropriate clothing, or for families who are evicted and the child's clothing can't be accessed. They ask for both new and gently used pants and only new underwear. Just click on the link below to sign up for items, purchase and deliver them to Desert Sage at 9325 W Mossywood Dr, Boise, ID 83709.

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