MINISTRIES

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MONTHLY MISSIONS

Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support. 

Our mission focus for May is LOVE OFFERING

Our mission focus for May is the 2020 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 “Be the Light, Live Hope!”  The Love Offering provides the opportunity to be a light and hope for those crying out for love, compassion, justice and grace.  This year’s Love Offering will be supporting four distinct projects:

  • Simpson Housing Services (40%)  

Simpson Housing Services’ mission is to house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.  This years’ Love Offering will support the construction of a new, modern and dignified shelter in the former Simpson UMC building located in south Minneapolis. 

  • Emma Norton Services (40%)  

Emma Norton’s mission is to provide transformational housing for women and families by providing safe, affordable housing along with services to facilitate stability, self-acceptance, empowerment, and wholeness for all.  Forty percent of your Love Offering will go towards a major renovation of Emma Norton’s family townhome community in Maplewood and a capital campaign for a new building in St. Paul that will better serve its clients.

  • Joyce Uptown Foodshelf (10%)  

Joyce Uptown Foodshelf is committed to serving anyone experiencing food insecurity in South Minneapolis.  With the recent unemployment of so many individuals, food shelves are in higher demand than ever before.  Joyce Uptown food shelf was started 50 years ago by the former Joyce UMC and is now a ministry of Lake Harriet UMC.  It relies on many partners who donate time, food, and money.   

  • Volunteers in Mission Scholarships (10%)

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, ten percent of your Love Offering will help offset the costs for first-time participants. 

We are living in very trying times; maybe at no other point in our lives do the words, “Be the Light, Live Hope” have more significance than they do right now.  If you can, please continue to support these important mission projects.  Be the light, give hope.  We continue to thank you for your generosity.  (Please put Love Offering on the memo line of your check.)

 

Thank You,

The Mission Team

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FAMILY TABLE

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.

 

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RAINBOW SCHOOL

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.

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UM WOMEN

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
Phone: 763-755-0845
Email: 
dawnieI@aol.com

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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UMCOR

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.

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MISSIONARY SUPPORT

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.