BUMC features articles and event activities in Spotlight. Please review the list of featured articles below:

1. Pray Intentionally. Lift to the Lord those who have lost loved ones or treasured possessions. Pray for the safety and perseverance of emergency responders. Ask for wisdom for government and civic leaders in their planning and action. Seek generosity on the part of all who would give of their money, time, and flood buckets. May the compassion and peace of the Lord abide with us all!

2. Give freely. The children will lead our giving through the ministry of UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief). They will receive our offerings on the 17th and 24th. 100% of your gifts to UMCOR (checks should be made payable to BUMC) are used for disaster relief.

3, Common Cup churches (UM congregations in the Xenia area) will join together to assemble flood buckets. Please bring your supplies here by Sunday, September 17th so Jean Neely can take them to the collection site. Items needed are: 

  • 5 gallon bucket with resealable lid
    • Buckets from fast food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
    • Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
    • Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
  • Liquid laundry detergent
    • One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • Liquid household cleaner
    • `12-16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
    • No spray cleaners
  • Dish soap
    • 16-28 oz. bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener
    • Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray
    • 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush
    • Plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes
    • Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
    • No terry cleaning towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges
    • No cellulose sponges due to mold issues
    • Remove from wrapper
  • 5 scouring pads
    • Remove from wrapper
    • No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
    • Cotton or plastic
  • 24-roll heavy duty trash bags
    • 33 to 45 gallon sizes
    • Remove from the box
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
    • Should be durable enough for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
  • 1 pair work gloves
    • Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Important Notes

  • All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
  • All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
  • If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.

4. See JR Eckley about Aldi's plans.