Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
Our Mission Focus for July is:
Mobility Worldwide (formerly known at PET)
Most people take walking for granted, but there are over seventy million people in the world who are leg disabled. Birth defects, polio, injuries, landmines, disease, and other causes can lead to this disability. For those who are leg disabled and live in developing countries, many have to literally crawl in the dirt. Traditional wheelchairs don’t work well where the roads are unimproved. When given the gift of mobility, lives are immediately changed for the better.
Mobility Worldwide’s vision is to end immobility. They provide, at no cost, a rugged, three-wheeled, hand-powered cart with hauling capacity. Each cart has an area for storage and hauling. Most people use it to better themselves, whether it is to haul books and supplies to a school or to start a small business.
Developed in the late 1990s in response to a need identified in Africa, the carts are built in the US, but distributed exclusively overseas. There are twenty-three production sites in the US. Each cart costs roughly $300 to build and ship. Donations fund the cost of materials and shipping.
The staff is all volunteers. Since 1994, over 78,000 mobility carts have been built and distributed in 106 countries using over 70 distribution partners.
In 2011, Jim Conn, a retired program manager from the aerospace industry, learned of Mobility Worldwide. He was immediately hooked and became the director of the first affiliate in Minnesota. Jim Conn’s purpose: To make a tangible difference in the lives of people around the world.
Jim says, “You see, in many societies, people with disabilities are shunned, avoided, and believed to be cursed. They are often not even acknowledged as people. When they get their carts, they gain self-respect and hope for a better future.”
We are so grateful and appreciative of your continued support of FUMC missions. Donations may be given on Sundays at our in-sanctuary Hybrid Worship Service, online on our FUMC website – select “Missions,” or U.S. Mail: FUMC, 680 Mississippi St. NE, Fridley, MN 55432.
Our Mission for August is:
CARS FOR NEIGHBORS, founded in 2001, this Blaine based non-profit helps fund vehicle repair for low-income individuals/ families living in Anoka County. If you are like 93% of American adults, a car, van or truck is your primary form of transportation. Now imagine that use of that vehicle has stopped because you cannot afford the cost of an emergency repair. Cars for Neighbors (CFN) steps into such situations with the phrase; Restoring Hope One Car at a Time. Their stated mission is to foster independence by providing car care for neighbors in need who cannot afford to have their vehicle fixed.
Despite being the fourth largest county in Minnesota, Anoka County’s public transportation is limited. The bus company’s area of operation is restricted, and they offer transportation with reduced evening and weekend service. Due to these transportation service gaps; many Anoka County residents rely on a personal vehicle to commute each day.
Cars for Neighbors touches 60 families a year. Many residents living on fixed incomes don’t have the extra cash to spend when vehicle repairs are needed. Cars for Neighbors understands that repairing a client’s vehicle positively impacts their lives in several ways. A safe, working vehicle gives the parent better access to jobs, allows them to drive their children to school and other activities, and gives more freedom to attend important appointments.
Cars for Neighbors collaborates with many Anoka County non-profits to help support the different needs a family may have. They have collaborated with Alexandra House, Stepping Stone Emergency Housing and The Dwelling Place Shelter when clients need car repair services.
A client who applies for help to fix their vehicle may have access to a collaboration of (CFN) resources. One trusted partner, Meineke Car Care Center in Ham Lake, conducts a comprehensive inspection and provides the labor to make moderate repairs to the brakes, a car’s suspension, or tires.
The Environmental Initiative estimates that 25% of passenger vehicles cause 90% of vehicle air pollution. CFN partners with the Environmental Initiative to also provide free repairs to broken emission systems. Repairs are made to catalytic converters, evaporative emission control systems, oxygen sensors and exhaust gas recirculation valves as needed and budget allows. By being able to address the emissions issues, the air quality is also improved for Anoka County residents. Cars For Neighbors want their repairs to impact the whole car so that clients can drive away with a safer, more reliable vehicle.
The Missions committee of FUMC is very appreciative of your continued support. Your gift for Cars for Neighbors can be easily made using the “Give Online” button on the FUMC Website and selecting Missions. Or you can send a check marked August Missions directly to FUMC, 680 Mississippi St., Fridley, MN 55432. Thank you for your generous support.
Family Table is a free meal for those in need in the surrounding community. It is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM for Drive-Thru pick up in parking lot through the summer months. Meal dates are: August 28, September 25, October 23, November 27, 2021. There will be no Family Table offered in December 2021. Blessings to you.
Rainbow School and Daycare is a church owned ministry. It was specifically created to be open to all children and respects persons of all faiths and those with no religious faith. Provides DayCare to the public from infant through Pre-K. Rainbow's phone number is 763-571-7521.
United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
United Methodist Women at FUMC consists of a Board, three Circles and Members at Large.
Naomi Friendship Circle meets the second Friday of the month at the Church at 9:30 AM. They do things like make sandwiches for Dignity Center, cards for Shut-ins and other small projects.
Ruth Circle meets at the church the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM. They follow a study book.
Tabitha Circle does Service projects like Feed My Starving Children, making blankets for the homeless, collecting Cake Mixes and Frosting Mixes for Food Shelves and other worthwhile projects.
We also have a Fall Gathering and Salad Luncheon in the Spring which are our major fundraisers for our mission projects.
CONTACT: Dawn Bushnell
MEALS ON WHEELS
Drivers are always needed. We drive one week per month during the lunch hour. To volunteer contact Janet Fossum @763-780-5694.
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
We serve at Feed My Starving Children. When we serve there we pack meals for children all over the world. This is a way you can make a difference for hungry kids. There are sitting jobs as well as standing jobs.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.
Our Missionaries, Gordon & Ardell Graner continue their mission in the Dominican Republic working on a new ministry with Solar Oven Partners out of Brookings, SD. The Caribbean islands, with its year round source of sunshine make the use of solar ovens a practical and efficient use of energy. The solar ovens allow people to turn away from destructive wood and charcoal sources of fuel and instead use the resources of the sun. Those who receive a solar oven pay about $15, a small portion of the actual cost. The price is affordable for some and a sacrifice for others. The Graners are also supporting volunteer-in-mission teams that come to the Dominican Republic to work with them and their partner church, Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana. The Graners also continue their ongoing service of supporting pastors and lay teachers in the area as they share the Good News with children, youth and adults.