October 21st, Rotary Clubs of Bishop presented a “big check” in the amount of $9000.00 to Pastor Matt McPhee to help purchase a new commercial range with burners, griddle and 2 ovens for The Bishop First United Methodist Church. A separate legal check was given to the Pastor! Rotarian Ed Morse has been helping in the Soup Kitchen and recognized the need for a new range. He suggested that the two Rotary clubs in Bishop apply for grants from the Rotary District 5190 plus contribute money from each club. Rotary Club Presidents Kammi Foote and Sue Lyndes got together and accomplished receiving the grants and donations. Pastor Matt is now shopping for the new Range with installation anticipated in time for the community Christmas dinner.
Pastor Matt said the Soup Kitchen was established to provide nourishing lunches to those in need. An average of 75 hot, nutritious and freshly prepared lunches are served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon in the Bishop First United Methodist Center (205 N. Fowler St.) In addition, showers are available from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Church not only serves the homeless and those in special need, but also those who simply wish to join with others in fellowship. Pastor Matt said the church is thankful for the many groups that partner with them to make the meal and shower ministry possible.
Contributions to the United Methodist Social Services are greatly appreciated. They are now in need of a new commercial freezer!
The Rotary Club of Bishop and the Sunrise Rotary are part of over 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders who meet to exchange ideas and take action to create positive change in their communities and worldwide.
For more information please contact Sue Lyndes at 873 4958.
Cover Photo, Ed Morse, Pastor Matt McPhee and Sue Lyndes
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Longest Night Service at Bishop First United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 21 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. On this longest night of the year, anyone in the eastern Sierra is invited to a simple time of Worship on Sunday, December 21 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary of Bishop First United Methodist Church. Whether we are grieving a loss, struggling economically, overwhelmed with personal and family situations, it is good to remember that the first Christmas was difficult also and that the light of Christ “shines in the darkness.” Perhaps we may feel very alone in the midst of all the Christmas celebrations. We need to know God’s presence with us during this season.
Bishop United Methodist Church is located at 205 N. Fowler – next to Bishop Union High School.
The name of this service comes from the season – December 21st is actually the longest night of the year, with the most hours of darkness at the Winter Solstice. But the name, “Longest Night”, also describes the feelings that a number of us have during this season. In the long, dark winter nights, memories of past experiences and the pain of present loss and situations can become overwhelming. For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult. For others, it is Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve or the beginning of another year. Join with us to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness and sing music that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who grieve, for those who struggle, and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone is welcome
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