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United Methodist Women will be having a Bake Sale at Market Fresh at 13 Mile and Southfield Roads on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 am until mid-afternoon (approximately 2:00 pm).  Please contact Kris on what you can bring and to help for a one or two hour shift.  

All proceeds go to the Grace Centers of Hope (more information here)

Those that are baking for this event can bring the baked goods to church Friday morning during office hours or directly to the sale Saturday morning. Please do not mark prices on your baked goods.

Thanks ahead of time for your support!

Did You Know?  Some questions asked in recent gatherings regarding details on the Imagine No Malaria campaign may be of interest to all; here are the questions and some answers:

1) Is it a global effort to eradicate Malaria?  

Most certainly! From the Imagine No Malaria.org website (full article here):

We are not alone. Imagine No Malaria has partners to help make beating malaria a reality. We work with the United Nations Foundation, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. These organizations are global leaders in the fight against malaria and other diseases of poverty.

Why do they need us? The United Methodist Church brings some very unique resources to the table.The financial support of 11 million United Methodists worldwide is a significant part of it.  But there’s much more. The United Methodist Church has worked in Africa for nearly 200 years. We operate churches, school, hospitals and clinics across the continent in places where no one else will go. Wherever the road runs out, you’ll find us bringing hope to the hopeless and empowering the powerless.

These partners recognize the United Methodist Church is a key to healthcare delivery in Africa. As a result,  your donation is multiplied many times by the support it provides.

2) Besides providing nets, what other efforts are taking place to assure malaria is eradicated?  

Nets are a first line of defense and the distribution of nets will continue.  To make the elimination permanent, though, additional steps are being taken:

a)  Prevention - Besides nets, draining standing water and improving sanitation eliminates breeding locations for mosquitos, the carrier of malaria. Some have wondered if spraying for mosquitos would be effective but the reality is it is prohibitively expensive given the large area involved plus the chemicals available have negative environmental impacts.

b) Treatment -  Methodist churches, schools, hospitals and clinics in Africa and  other malaria-prone areas are being improved to treat those affected.

c) Education - Workers are going door-to-door to deliver nets and educate people on prevention and treatment options.

d) Communications - Communication networks are being improved to continually reinforce the steps needed to eradicate malaria and advertise the resources available.

Additional details on this answer are available online here.

Sewer Repair 2014
The repair is done, Easter Sunday back home!
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Lots of Equipment
Starting to Dig
Near the Bottom
Starting to Repair
Repair Mostly Done
Hole Mostly Filled
We are now good to go . . .

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