Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
MISSION OF THE MONTH IS THE LENTEN OFFERING
The sacred season of Lent is upon us again. It is a time when we reach deep within ourselves spiritually, as we ponder the sacrifice that was given for us in Christ. We hope to reflect God’s great love for us as we love one another. One of the ways to show love is to help those who have need through our Lenten offering. This year, as in the past, our gifts will be given to Emma Norton Services, Meals on Wheels and Minnesota Foodshare.
Emma Norton Services has been strengthening and empowering people for over 100 years. Emma Norton was a United Methodist Woman from Winona who had a vision to provide a safe home in St. Paul for young women seeking opportunities for education and employment. Through the years this agency has evolved and expanded. The transitional residence in St. Paul still exists, housing 50 women, many with a history of trauma, to promote healing of body, mind and spirit in many innovative ways. Emma Norton expanded in 2002, creating Emma’s Place in Maplewood, which offers affordable, supportive housing for single parents. This facility provides early childhood and youth activities.
Many of you are aware of Meals on Wheels, as several members of our congregation have delivered meals for many years. Janet Fossum not only coordinates this program through our church, but also works directly with it at Unity Hospital. The program serves over 100 clients in Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Columbia Hts. and Hilltop. This service provides a warm meal, many times prepared for special diets, and offers handicapped people face to face interaction with volunteers who bring good cheer with their food.
Minnesota Foodshare is a program of Greater Minneapolis Community Connections (formerly Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches,) who serve mothers, fathers, kids and elders in the Twin Cities area and throughout greater Minnesota. Last year $300,000 was distributed to participating food shelves, including Southern Anoka County Assistance (SACA) in our area. Our local food shelf serves over 550 families and seniors in crisis each month. One of every 9 people in Minnesota struggles with hunger. Our church donates food on a regular basis, delivered faithfully by Gary Boyer.
Thank you in advance for your prayers and gifts for our neighbors in need.
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.