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United Methodist Women
June 11:  Deborah Circle will be eating out.  Meet at the church at 11:15 to carpool.
June 20:  Salad Luncheon--The UMW will be hosting a salad luncheon on Thursday, June 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the church parlors.  Invited guests are UMW members from Geneseo, Dysart, and Gladbrook.  All ladies from our church are also invited to attend.
Special speaker will be Marian Arens, a business woman from Cedar Rapids.  She has recently returned from a UNICEF (United National International Children's Emergency Fund) sponsored trip to Botswana, Africa, where she witnessed the ravages of the HIV-AIDS epidemic there--especially the resulting program of the many children left as orphans.  Marian was one of nine Americans invited by UNICEF to make the trip to this South African country. 


Sunday School News
The Sunday school is sponsoring the second annual picnic out at Hickory Hill County Park, and the entire congregation is invited to attend.  It will be held on Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter on the hill at the end of the road (the same place as we had it last year.)  After dinner there will be time for games, fishing, boating, hiking and enjoying the wildlife exhibit.  Please come join us for an afternoon of fun!
I also want to extend a special thanks to all those who have taken the time and energy to volunteer to teach our youngsters this year.  It is a joy to see children and adults work together as they learn the message that God has for each of us. 

Farewell Open House
A Farewell Open House for Rev. Marshall and Heather Monthei will be held Sunday, June 16, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the church parlors.  The Montheis will be leaving Traer on June 20 for their new pastorate at New Hampton.  All church members and community friends are cordially invited to attend.

Garage Sale
The church garage sale will be held at the church basement on Friday, June 14
from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Please bring your items priced (marked on masking tape with black marker) to the church Thursday, June 13 between 2-4 or Friday, June 14 from 9-11.  Items suitable for this sale include good clean clothing, miscellaneous things and baked goods.
Coffee and rolls will be sold Saturday morning and beef burgers, potato salad, bars and drink available for noon lunch on Saturday.  Bring things to sell, volunteer to work and bring food items!  Come, buy, come eat and come help!  You can sign up at the church to volunteer or call Harold and Verena Vorba at 478-8412 or Dick and Mary Lou Dahms at 478-2336 to volunteer or if you have questions.
Pampered Chef Party
The Sunday school is sponsoring a Pampered Chef party.  It will be Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the church basement.  Everyone is welcome and invited to bring a friend.  There will be a kitchen products demonstration and food samples.  Proceeds will go to the Sunday School.  If you would like to order something to support the fundraiser, but cannot attend the party, please contact Tracey Hulme at 478-2134 or
Vacation Bible School, August 6-8
Registrations are now being accepted for the Ecumenical Vacation Bible School to be held on August 6,7, and 8.  Children that will be 4 years old by September 15 through 5th graders are welcome to attend.  This year we are using the "Jesus to the Rescue" series.  Each day beings at 9 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.  Registration forms are due by June 15.  Forms are available at the church or you may pick one up at the library.  The cost per child is $6.00.  Lots of volunteers are needed to run a successful program.  To volunteer please calll Jene Daub at 478-8206 or Dulaine Miller at 478-2943.
Christian Times
Don't forget to pick up a copy of the Christian Times to learn the latest Christian news in our area.  The first four issues are free and may be found on the table in the back of the sanctuary.