Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
Our May Mission – THE MINNESOTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE LOVE OFFERING
Each year our Minnesota Annual Conference chooses special ministries to bless others through our Love Offering furthering our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Each of the 350 Minnesota congregations are encouraged to help with the challenges highlighted by the corona virus pandemic of the growing food insecurity and the migrant and refugee service organizations along the Texas border. Donations will be distributed to these ministries:
50% - The Methodist Border Friendship Commission. This is a ministry of the El Valle District of the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC. Short term housing is provided for those awaiting resolutions to their legal cases and assistance in navigating the complex immigration process. These clients are helped with meals, shelter and supplies before they continue to their destination.
20% - Minnesota UMC’s Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution. Three Minnesota congregations in Duluth, Forest Lake and Albert Lea host a monthly food distribution ministry. Between the three churches groceries are provided to about 750 households each month with volunteers coordinating the distribution.
20% - Mathew 25 Food Distribution. Originating at Spirit UMC in Isanti 12 years ago, this food distribution ministry has been re-launched as a partnership between Spirit River UMC, Spirit River Foundation and Coon Rapids UMC.
Once a month, groceries sourced from corporate and community partners are prepared by volunteers and distributed to everyone who comes, no questions asked. Currently about 600-800 families receive food monthly.
10% - Volunteers in Mission Scholarships. Volunteers in Mission (VIM) of every age serve in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Team members pay their own way, and every year 10% of the Love Offering goes to offset the cost for first time participants.
Thank you for your continued ministry and generosity to do the work of Jesus to create new ways into a more just and loving world.
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.
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. Drive-Thru pick up meal dates: May 22 and June 26, 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.