Gather ’round the Table!

by Julie Sanders


Happy November UMCHS Community!

This is a month when thoughts turn to gratitude. Many of us celebrate Thanksgiving around our family tables. Any time a family gathers, it’s a celebration of their unique culture.  As meals happen all across the eleven counties of UMCHS in November, it’s truly a cultural banquet table!

This month, we invite you to “Gather ‘round the table” with family and friends.  We’ll be sharing inspiration on our Facebook page. You can read here about why family meals are decreasing, but why they’re so worth the effort.

I’m inviting you and all of the families we serve to join in 4for4 in November.   Research shows that just having 4 meals together in a week makes a difference in a child’s life.  Would you be willing to commit to having 4 meals together each of the 4 weeks in November?

Everyone (staff & families) who joins in 4for4 will be entered to win a basket of children’s books just in time for the family celebrations of December!

Print the attached card to keep track of your 4for4 and send it to Kristin Stephens at the main office by December 7th. We’ll also be sending some to centers for you to share. Send it home to your families and invite them to join us in 4for4.  You could also track your meals online:

If you opt to track it that way, we’ll keep track of your 4for4 for you and include you in the chance to win. It will be so good for each child (and grown up) at the table!

Are you willing to commit to 4for4 this November? Send me a picture of your family meal, if you’d like for us to share it on Facebook. Let’s Gather ‘round the table and give thanks for the blessings when we do!