Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
MISSION GIVING FOR MAY – LOVE OFFERING
Each year churches in the MN Annual Conference receive a Love Offering for missions. The offering is presented during Annual Conference on Thursday morning worship, May 31st. It generally totals around $90K which will be divided between three deserving organizations.
First: Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Trips commencing this summer following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria last fall. Sixty-five percent of this year’s offering for construction supplies, relief kits and VIM scholarships for Recovery Trips.
Second: Park Avenue UMC Freedom School offering a healthy head start. Freedom School is a six-week summer-day camp experience for children in the heart of Minneapolis. Twenty percent of this year’s offering aims to close the achievement gap for 50 students through improved reading skills, art and cooking, music, and physical education.
Third: NUMAS HAUS provides emergency shelter and support services to homeless single women and their children in New Ulm and surrounding Brown County. Adjacent to First UMC in New ULM, clients are able to stay up to 90 days while receiving counseling and access to county special services and vocational training. Fifteen percent of this year’s offering will help families needing assistance for six to twelve months after completion of this program.
You can use the Mission envelopes in the pews to give support to these three important programs. Thank you.
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 and after-school programs to the public for 6 age levels, from infant through 4th grade in age.
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.