Coats Were Gathered for Needy on Palm Sunday at Yorkville UMC

The traditional processional of waving palm branches had the addition of cloaks/coats being placed down the center aisle of the sanctuary on Palm Sunday at Yorkville UMC. The congregation was asked to donate new or gently used coats. Pastor Sue Leih reported that there were 18 coats at the 8 AM worship service, and the number grew to 52 coats at the 10:15 AM service.

Members of the Confirmation Class, who were leading the entire service, could hardly carry all the coats to the chancel area where they were blessed. Sunday School Superintendent Kathy Ehrhart had the idea and delivered the unexpected donations to Love, Inc. in Burlington and they were grateful. Ehrhart said, “There is a year-round need for outer clothing.”

Yorkville UMC Hosts Blood Drive

Yorkville UMC established a Parish Nurse Ministry in 2018. One of the first projects of Parish Nurse Diane Skewes and her Advisory Team was to organize a Blood Donor Drive on February 28 in Fellowship Hall. The Blood Center of Wisconsin had a great need for blood at that time and appreciated the 29 units which were donated. This represents the life-saving abilities for 67 people. Also, on the third Sunday of each month Diane Skewes offers Blood Pressure Checks following both the 8:00 and 10:15 AM services.

Yorkville UMC Youth Mission Visits Homeless Vets

The Youth Group at Yorkville UMC meets twice each month; and they overwhelmingly ask that one of those meetings be a “hands-on” mission in the community. A favorite is spending time with the homeless vets in the Veterans Assistance Program – Cottage 16 on the nearby campus of Southern Wisconsin Center. A recent visit brought a “tail-gate” party with brats and hamburgers grilled by Ron Hansen, father of Angie, one of the youth counselors. The youth team brought potato salad, baked beans, fruit salad, dessert and drinks to complete the menu. The meal was followed by conversation and games.