Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
LOVE OFFERING FOR MISSIONS
Our mission focus for May is the 2019 Annual Conference Love Offering. Each year, churches in the Minnesota Annual Conference make a Love Offering for missions. The Annual Conference theme this year is “Dare to Reach – Love Boldly!” This year’s Love Offering will be supporting three distinct projects:
Lao Samphan Methodist Church (60%) – The United Methodist Church is growing in Laos through the Lao Samphan Methodist Church (“Samphan” means “united”). Leaders in Laos are working to establish a Methodist presence in 17 provinces in Laos and building relationships with national and local governments, and building a resource training center and dormitory. They’re also creating programs to support the socio-economic development of both the church members and communities in Laos - one of the poorest countries in the world. Sixty percent of your Love Offering will go to support these efforts.
- Volunteer Lawyers Network (20%) – Volunteer Lawyers Network helps thousands of people each year by providing civil legal services to people living in poverty. These lawyers donate their time to support equal access to justice for immigrants, single parents, the working poor, prior offenders, the LGBTQ community and others. The services are provided at no cost to the recipients. Twenty percent of your Love Offering will go towards Immigrant Legal
Services and will provide culturally competent civil services to our immigrant and refugee neighbors.
- Volunteers in Mission Scholarships (20%) – Mission trips can transform lives – the lives of the volunteers and the lives of those they help. Teams can spend up to two weeks working on projects domestically or abroad – growing their faith and gaining a new perspective of the world. While team members pay their own way, twenty percent of your Love Offering will help offset the costs for first-time participants.
Please consider making a monetary donation to the 2019 Love Offering for Missions. Every donation is important.
In God’s Love, Your Mission Commission
The 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 - 1:00 PM.
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.
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.
IMAGINE NO MALARIA
info goes here...The people of The United Methodist Church, a world of people unified in the fight against a needless killer. It's time we all join hands with Africa, on a personal mission to heal. Imagine No Malaria and then make it real. Sustaining life. One person at a time. One month at a time.
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.