Greetings from the Mission Endowment Fund Committee. I apologize for not making this announcement sooner. It was to be in last month’s newsletter, however due to my busy schedule between work, home, and here at church, plus being on vacation, I completely forgot to submit an article for last month. What a summer! It was tiring, but great! I recommend anyone who hasn’t seen Mt. Rushmore to go and see it. It is breathtaking! Well, not only because of its spectacular views, but because of all the stairs you must climb from the parking garage to get to the entrance of the memorial and from all the stairs you must climb on the Presidential Trail. Ha ha! If anyone would like to see pictures or a video of the lighting ceremony, please let me know. I would be glad to share. And don’t get me started about the ice cream. It is unbelievable! I would go back just to get some more. It is made from the original recipe for ice cream created by Thomas Jefferson. Now I am sounding like my Dad because I am giving out a history lesson. Sorry! Anyway, I hope everyone had a great summer like I did! Now, to the reason for this article. I am pleased to announce this year’s 2019 MEF Award winner. And the winner is…the Howland Backpack Program. The date is set! The 23rd Annual MEF Sunday will take place on October 13, 2019, the second Sunday in October. The award presentation will take place during both services. There will also be a time for Fellowship in between services. Come and see the special display presented by the Howland Backpack Program that will showcase the Howland Backpack Program and what they do. Come and learn about what they do, why they do it, and how our contribution will be utilized. To find out more information on this program, you can check out their website at www.howlandumc.com/grow-serve/tiger-food. Again, here is the itinerary for the 23rd Annual MEF Sunday (October 13): 8:00 am – Early Service with Award Presentation and Holy Communion; 9:00 am – Adult Forum & Sunday School; 9:15 am – Fellowship with a special feature on display; 9:45 am – Choir Practice; 10:30 am – Late Service with Award Presentation and Holy Communion. And in other news, I am also still looking for names for our next award. If you know of any group/organization that may benefit from our award, please notify me or any member of the MEF Committee (Michael Taiclet, Missy LaRock, Ronda Leitch, Tootie Rogers, Lamar Shoemaker, or Pastor Bill). We are looking for names to have by our next meeting in late November. I look forward to seeing you all on MEF Sunday, October 13! If you have any questions, you may contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message in my mailbox at the church.