Chilmark reaches goal of $500 for Imagine No Malaria

As of Sunday, with the help of Bob’s matching funds,   Chilmark  Community Church surpassed it’s goal of $500 for the campaign.  We’ll be sending the New England Conference $571 toward the goal. See below.

Can We Catch a Killer?

Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. The people of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church are unified in the fight against a needless killer with Imagine No Malaria.

Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the United Methodist Church as we put our faith into action all across the denomination to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. Our goal in the New England Annual Conference is to save 150,000 lives by raising $1.5 million for Imagine No Malaria.

New England Campaign Progress:


Achieving the goal of ending preventable deaths by malaria requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden. We in the New England Conference join with other United Methodists to fight malaria with a comprehensive model.

In 2006, we entered into the fight with Nothing But Nets program. Imagine No Malaria will continue to support Nothing But Nets and build partnerships, because bed nets are an effective tool against the disease.

We are making a difference

But there is still more work to do

Just a few short years ago, statistics showed a child died every 30 seconds of malaria. Today, because of your dedicated and generous support by United Methodists, malaria’s impact has been cut in half.

According to the World Health Organization (World Malaria Report 2011), this disease now claims a life every 60 seconds. We seek to end all preventable deaths from malaria, so our journey continues….

Now, Imagine No Malaria helps us take the next step in this fight (think of it as Nets Plus). We’re doing more and addressing this issue on a variety of fronts, including Prevention, Education, Communications, and Treatment.

Prevention:
To date, Imagine No Malaria is responsible for the distribution of 1.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets throughout the continent.
Education:
We know that local people are the most credible and trusted source for information about malaria. We have trained more than 5,400 community health workers to personally deliver mosquito nets and measure usage rates. Recent efforts in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo have produced net usage rates exceeding 80 percent.
Communication:
Behavior-change communication includes how to use and care for a bed net, and when to seek treatment for the disease. In addition to word-of-mouth outreach, the United Methodist radio station in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) broadcasts messages about malaria to thousands of listeners each day.
Treatment:
The United Methodist Church operates more than 300 hospitals, clinics and health posts throughout Africa. This vital healthcare infrastructure is a critical part of how we will overcome the disease. In order to be effective, however, these facilities must have life-saving resources like rapid diagnostic tests and malaria medication.

LOBSTER ROLLS TO GO

LOBSTER ROLLS TO GO

TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 4:30-7 (OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

JUNE 17 -SEPT 9

Generous Lobster Roll, chips and drink:  $15

Big, fresh baked cookies $1

The Lobster Crew at Chilmark Church, June 26,2012

The “cooks”.

“Money Changers”

Prized repeat customer!

 

August 7, 2012

CHILDREN’S FAIR: JUNE 14 (A gift to the community)

What a wonderful morning!  So many workers.  Many lovely children.

children fair 14 003Bob and Irene were ready early.

children fair 14 028Some rode the pony, others were happy to sit the little one.

children fair 14 008The Bounce House was a great hit.

children fair 14 009Face Painting by a pro.

children fair 14 015And hand painted for a reluctant little one.

children fair 14 016Traditional catch a ball.

children fair 14 017The magnetic fishing pole…

children fair 14 012Decorate your own cupcake!

children fair 14 031Very popular cup cakes.

Thanks to Julie, Kim, Sarah, Emily, Peter, Andrew, Janet, Seongmoon, Bob and Irene, Fran and Larsen’s fish market for ice,  Kristine and Joe for the goats.

Cross and steeple Repair to begin

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It all began with hurricane “Sandy”.  The cross took a dramatic lean to the East.  Before it could fall Mark Clements brought over his equipment and Roy Riley rode up to the heavens and took down the cross.

THE STEEPLE CROSS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

THE STEEPLE CROSS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

4-IMG_0450 3-IMG_0446 2-IMG_0442Now  it is time to repair the cross and do some overdue maintenance on the upper part of the steeple (the bottom third was rebuilt four years ago). John Leecock from Palmer, Massachusetts, a partner of Frank Allard, who repaired steeples in West Tisbury and Edgartown and even, Chilmark, years ago, has been consulted about doing the work.

Contributions to the project would be most welcome:  Chilmark Community Church, 9 Menemsha Crossroad. 02535.

2014 Blessing the Fleet

Blessing the Fleet : Coast Guard presents the flag.

Blessing the Fleet : Coast Guard presents the flag.

 

2014 children at blessingThe children discuss what “blessing” means.

photoDan and Nancy Cabot read the names of the boats and captains…from trawlers to racing sculls.

2014 Blessing from rearIt was great to have a “full house” at Menemsha Texaco!

photoEd Rogers played wonderfully for us from “America the Beautiful” to “Amazing Grace” and Carol Loud played keyboard (she deserves a better instrument next year).

2014 trumpet from rear

Arlene Bodge preached April 27

photo 1Arlene brought her wonderful friends with her.  Jim Thomas sang an uplifting rendition of  “There is a Balm in Gilead” .  Susan Klein gave the children’s sermon which the adult congregation found riveting.  It involved two farmers and a lost calf and a stream and a fence, an itinerant carpenter who just happened to be a peace maker and a bridge.

Arlene’s preaching was lively and timely as usual.  We’re not to doubt our ability to carry on with our church mission.  Doubt is not the opposite of faith but  fear is, she reminded us.

 

2014 Easter

After  simple Good Friday and Saturday 30 minute services, Easter Sunday was grand.  Sandra Bitterman’s harp gave glorious luster to the service.

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The kids made “resurrection muffins”.  They heard a lot about the empty tomb.

3-DSCF00082-DSCF0011See the empty center of the “Resurrection Muffin”?