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Thank you, Friends! It has been nice to see some of you in person after time apart. Everyone has been so filled with grace as we have gathered. I know the masks and social distancing are not how we prefer to spend time together but working together this way is allowing us to meet again. We will continue to have the live stream as well so that we can be together in person and virtually.

Music has been on my mind a lot lately. The administrative committee discussed the research on singing in church during Covid many times in our meetings. People missed music in our service on Sundays. Our worship team found ways to protect us while they sing and play instruments.

One song that I have felt comforted by in the last few months is Alive & Breathing by Matt Maher. It was hard to pick just part of the lyrics to share but here are some that really resonate with me.

Joy still comes in the morning
Hope still walks with the hurting
If you’re still alive and breathing
Praise the Lord
Don’t stop dancing and dreaming
There’s still Good News worth repeating
So lift your head and keep singing

Words of a familiar song can be comforting. The words of a new song may inspire us to look up scripture or look at it in a different way. The words “joy still comes in the morning” led me to Psalm 30. Then I did some research online and it turns out the author was inspired by Psalm 150. I think God leads us to the scripture we need.

So Covid continues and we must adapt but, Joy still comes in the morning and we still have Good News worth repeating.

                                       Lena Anderson

Birthdays Being Celebrated in November include: Phyllis Krupp, Mark Goeres, Chris Tappero, Skylar DuLong, and Nate Krupp.

Congratulations to Phil and Erica Chan and big brothers, Jack and Grant! Erica gave birth Sunday, October 25th, to a baby girl, Jade Ellie, 6 lbs. 1 oz. 19 inches long. She was about 4 weeks early but is doing fine. Praise the Lord.

Operation Christmas Child  

Please return your filled shoeboxes to MFC by November 12th.

Operation Christmas Child continues to be an amazing way for us as a body of Christ to send gifts with a message of hope to children around the world.

In light of the current situation, we want to encourage you to consider supporting this ministry.

We will not be having a packing party at the church. Pick up an empty box from the church and then bring it back filled (with a payment for the shipping or you can pay for shipping online) by November 12th. The other option is to go online to Operation Christmas Child and use the “build a shoebox online” feature where you can assemble and pay for a box all online (Samaritanspurse.org). Every shoebox, no matter how it is created, helps bring a smile to a child’s heart and an opportunity to hear the gospel message. Thank you!

Christian Ed Committee reports that the Pumpkin Decorating Party on Oct. 18th for the young people, was a great success and fun for all who participated.  We had 16 kids and numerous parents decorating pumpkins, outside, in the back of the church.  The weather was perfect, as we visited and decorated pumpkins, enjoyed snacks, all the while wearing masks and keeping our social distance.  The kids were excited to be sent home with treat bags and their pumpkins.

Watch for information about a similar event as we near Christmas and look forward to celebrating Christ’s birth.    

The Stewards will meet on Tuesday, November 10th at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall with social distancing, be sure to bring your face mask!

From the Stewards

October was Pastor’s Appreciation month, and like most everything else this year, sharing our appreciation with Pastor Jesse looked a little different than normal. For years, every October, we collect offerings to give as a gift of appreciation for all that our pastor/pastors do in ministry among us.

We couldn’t do that this year since we were not meeting for most of the month of October, and yet, we still wanted to give Pastor Jesse a gift of thanksgiving for all that he does in leadership and ministry among us. So, the decision was made to give Pastor Jesse a gift of thanks from our general fund budget so that he knows how much we appreciate him and all that he does.

So, while the gift came in a slightly different way, it still came from our gifts to the church, and with our heartfelt feelings of love and thanks. Thank you, Jesse, for all that you do!!

Financial Report

                         Sept. 2020     Year-to-date

Income               7,061.50         123,763.07

Expenses            9,698.23          113,624.55

Difference         -2,636.73            10,138.52

We thank everyone who has faithfully supported the ministries of Medford Friends Church through the time that we were not meeting, it made it possible for us to resume meeting in person when the time came. We are also thankful for all of the prayers, time, and efforts made by so many that allows us to do the work of Christ in our church body and community.

Gift to Talent Friends Church

While the Talent Friends Church building survived the Almeda Fire, several of the people in the church lost their homes.  Desiring to be a help and support, in October, the Administrative Committee approved sending a $2,000 gift to Talent Friends to be used in whatever way they needed.

It was a blessing for us to be able to share with our brothers and sisters in this way. Below is a thank you from Talent Friends Church:

Greetings and thank you for your prayers and support for us and for the challenges that people of Talent and Phoenix are facing due to the fire of Sept. 8, 2020. Thank you for your generous donation of $2,000 to the Phoenix-Talent Fire Relief Fund as we look for meaningful ways to help those who lost so much.  

Sincerely, Talent Friends Church         Matthew 25:32-40

Friends Women Bake Sale 2020 Style! *Note changes in ordering and pick-up dates!

Normally we would have a back to school bake sale and one before Thanksgiving. This year we will combine them into one and operate on a “by order” basis! You can submit an order and then pick it up at the church (or if you do not want to order anything, but would still like to make a contribution, you can send checks to the church made out to Friends Women). You can enjoy your goodies right away or freeze them for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Here are the details: 

Items available to order:

-Pies: Pumpkin, apple, cherry

-Cookies: Chocolate Chip, Sugar (Christmas style available), Gluten Free Pumpkin, Gluten/sugar/dairy peanut free cookies

-Brownies

-Fudge

-Sweet Breads: Zucchini, Banana (gluten and sugar free varieties available)

-Rolls: Wheat, Sour Dough

-Rice Crispy Treats

-Trail Mix with some home-grown components

-Soup Mix in a Jar

-Cookie Mix in a Jar 

The FRIENDS WOMEN are also offering home-made cloth face masks – available in holiday or everyday print. Masculine or feminine.  

*Email orders to Janelle Ralph at janelleg123@yahoo.com, or text or call 541-531-1024.  Order forms can also be picked up and turned in to the foyer in the sanctuary.

*Due date for orders is Sunday, November 8th.

*Orders will be available for pick-up Sunday November 15 after church, Monday November 16, 10:00-2:00, and Tuesday November 17, 4:30-5:30. 

When you pick up, you can also leave your donation, either in cash or by check made out to Friends Women. Thank You!

The next Friends Women meeting is Friday, November 13, 10:30 a.m.  All ladies are welcome to join us in the fellowship hall, we are a social distancing group! Bring a Brown Bag Lunch for our 12:30 lunch time fellowship.