MISSION NEWS AND NOTES
MISSION NEWS & NOTES – May
It is unbelievable how fast the time is going, seems like yesterday I was writing for the April Mission Pot and now it’s almost May. Oh, the sweet smell of spring.
Our mission pot for this month is for Exodus Place. This is a newly remodeled facility Located at 322 Front Ave. SW. downtown Grand Rapids.
In July 2009 a plan and developed to completely remodel a correctional facility located along the Grand River. It has be vacant and neglected for more than 2 years, and most of the work to make it habitable was done by volunteers to help make this dream a reality. The Exodus Place is a non-profit focused on the rapid re-housing, rehabilitation and developing of homeless men, veterans, addicts and anyone facing hardship. There are 822 homeless veterans in Michigan alone. Exodus Place helps support homeless vets aimed at helping them in areas such as job training, education, health, clothing and drug abuse. Their main areas of need are: underwear, winter boots, stocking hats, bed frames, and other household items, and they provide meals, bag lunches for work, local bus tickets, and long haul bus passes.
Our church will be taking up this mission pot September 22.
Please and thank you for considering giving to this local facility in our community!
Methodists spearhead a peace ministry uniting Arizona border communities.
United Methodists in Liberia are being equipped to implement the denomination’s Social Principles to address social-justice issue
Pennsylvania students are educating their community about sex-trafficking at home and abroad.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19</P) Thank you for considering these missions. Val McCarty Missions committee .
We sincerely thank every one for their help and support always, but especially this time of year with so much to do, and so many needing assistance. Thanks again and God Bless.
Blessings, South UMC Missions Committee
Spotlighting one of our Mission Partners! Exalta Health is committed to serving people and families of any gender, religion, language or disability. It is Christ centered as Christ healed all in need. Many of their patients are low income without health care. All are welcome at Exalta Health. They provide medical, vision, dental, behavioral, and spiritual care and much more. In 2016, they had office visits of 10,062 and continue growing. 75% of their support comes through donated services, goods and money from individuals, churches, businesses and foundations.
Feel free to come and help with our monthly food trucks! Next one: Saturday, September 19th at 5 pm.
South UMC Missions Committee
Over the last year, The Dock has seen a significant increase in the number of students participating in their programs. This increase gives volunteers the opportunity to share the love of Christ with more kids. The volunteers have already seen God working in the lives of these children in a number of ways; older students are leading younger ones, home work is being done, students are going to church and asking questions about the Bible and more. The Dock is open 4 days a week, with approximately 80 volunteers. Several of our Kids Club kids joined The Dock when they moved to middle school. Likewise, our Kids Club has a number of middle school kids that remain with our program.
The Dock is a huge program with many needs. We can pray for these children and their volunteers whose time and efforts have seen successes. We also ask for your gifts to help purchase items such as art supplies, sports equipment and office supplies to name a few. Our offering will be received on Sunday, May 27th. God bless you.
Your Mission Committee
As always, we appreciate your continued support through food donations placed in the ACCESS basket for the John Knox Food Pantry. You will find the basket in Unity Hall in front of the Stewardship Board.
Please help those in need.
South UMC Missions
We have returned to our Kids Club ministry after taking some time off during the summer. We are working with these children, and hopefully having more join us. Thank you for your faithful support of this ministry. Our summer outing with them was a lot of fun. We took 18 children to the KROC center pools for a fun swimming party. We came back to church for pizza and root beer floats. If you have someone who would be interested in coming Tuesday, please contact Ms Cathy at 706-4497. Again we thank all of you for your prayers and financial support of this very important ministry of South United Methodist church.
Thank you again for giving this ministry a priority in your hearts. Thank you to all of you who participate on Tuesday evenings to help and have fun with these children ages 4 to 13. Ms. Cathy
This is what your prayers and offerings mean to these neighbors of ours. We receive so much from them; their smiles and helpfulness, among other things.
When we receive help from our congregation and friends, whether it means volunteering, praying or offerings, our outreach is amazing and fulfilling. We receive many thanks from our guests. We are blessed because we can give them a taste of what God can do.
The Mission Committee thanks everyone for volunteering, praying and giving to keep this mission going for so many in need.
Peace of Christ to all.
The Mission Committee continues to pray and thank our congregation and friends for their prayers and offerings for this much needed program. We invite all who would like to know more about what we do to visit us at our food trucks or talk to a member. We look forward to your questions, comments and ideas.
Blessings to all, with God we can—South UMC Missions Committee
Feel free to come and help with our monthly food trucks!
Food Truck Dates 2019
Jan. – Monday 01/14/19 – 5 PM Feb. – Monday 02/11/19 – 5 PM
Mar. – Monday 03/18/19 – 5 PM Apr. – Saturday 04/20/19 – 1 PM
May. – Monday 05/20/19 – 5 PM Jun. – Saturday 06/22/19 – 1 PM
Jul. – Monday 07/22/19 – 5 PM Aug. – Saturday 08/17/19 – 1 PM
Sept. – Monday 09/16/19 – 5 PM Oct. – Saturday 10/19/19 – 1 PM
Nov. – Monday 11/18/19 – 5 PM Dec. – Saturday 12/21/19/ – 1 PM
We are ministering to a number of children each month at our food truck. We invite them to join us downstairs out of the weather and away from vehicles coming in and out of the parking lot. We had ten children join us downstairs during our March food truck. They seemed to enjoy being here and doing crafts, hearing stories and singing songs. They enjoy a small treat, juice or cocoa, we are ministering to them every month with stories and doing crafts. What a wonderful outreach program we have! Many of our guests join us during our prayer circle before the food distribution and they share a lot of joys and concerns with us, so we ask that you continue to pray for our guests.
Stop down and check us out. This is a blessed outreach mission that if appreciated by our neighbors. We have expanded the Food Truck mission by adding the children’s program, clothing distribution during the winter, and our Prayer Circle. Many of our guests join with us in prayer and often share joys and concerns with us.
The food trucks cost $495 every month. This cost is not in our budget, so we depend on the generosity of our church family. We also offer coffee or juice to those waiting in line. Last January, we served approximately 50 families. The number of families was down due to the severe wind and cold. We are blessed to be able to share and help these families. We ask for your continued prayers and support for this program.
This year we look forward to many more joing our prayer circle and helping new families
South UMC Mission Committee
Feel free to come and help with our monthly food trucks!
Thanks to Jean Hulst.
Jan – Exalta Health (Burton Heights) A fund raising rep to came to speak to our congregation
Feb – Food Truck
Mar – Prayer Shawls
April – Veterans Program on Monroe Ave. (Val to get info to Lee)
May – Kids Club
June – VBS – PB and Jelly Sundays
July – National Night Out
Aug- Backpacks/school supplies (Hazel or Helen Teacher connections)
Oct – Thanksgiving Baskets
Nov – Christmas Baskets
Dec – PET Vehicle
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