Serving Our Local Neighbors
• The monthly Family Table meal
May’s Mission of the Month is the Love Offering, which will be brought to the annual conference taking place June 21-23 in St. Cloud. The theme of the 2016 Annual Conference is “Living Generously: Unleashing God’s Gifts” and funds raised will go to four projects. This year’s Love Offering has both a hands-on component and a financial component.
These are the four projects:
1. (40%) United Council of Churches Refugee Services. Our global community, and particularly Europe, is confronted with the largest mass migration of people since World War II. Millions of displaced persons have left Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and various parts of Africa across the Mediterranean Sea. The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC)—of which the United Methodist Church is a part—was founded in 1948 as the statewide ecumenical agency representing mainline Protestant denominations in Minnesota. Since 1985, the MCC’s Refugee Services program has welcomed thousands of refugees from around the world to lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity in Minnesota. The program offers support to newcomers through case management, immigration, employment, and education.
2. (10%) Health kits. Minnesota United Methodists are encouraged to collectively prepare and donate 10,000 health kits, which the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will then distribute to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Money raised will go toward shipping these kits to areas where they are needed most. (See article below detailing what goes into these health kits.)
3. (40%) International Child Care, Dominican Republic. Poverty is a major issue in the Dominican Republic, and many people there lack access to basic health care for their families. Additionally, six out of every 100 Dominicans have some form of physical or mental disability, many of them children. Health agency, International Child Care, has developed grassroots, community-based health and rehabilitation programs in the Santiago province. The rehabilitation program teaches parents and other residents how to become physical therapists, themselves. This bottom-up community-driven approach to caring for children with disabilities aims to restore their dignity hope, and self-respect within their families and communities.
4. (10%) Volunteers in Mission Scholarships (VIM). Mission trips change the lives of participants by giving them an opportunity to grow in faith and gain a new perspective of the world. Through the United Methodist Church’s VIM Mission program, teams spend up to two weeks working on mission projects domestically or abroad. Most teams from Minnesota are engaged in hands-on projects that build infrastructure to ensure that nutritional, medical and educational programs in developing countries become sustainable and locally run. Team members pay their own way, and the Love Offering helps offset the cost for first-time participants.
Your Mission Commission
To contribute: Write a check payable to Fridley United Methodist Church. Write Love Offering on the memo line, or go to our online giving webpage.
Our recent monthly focus projects:
April 2016, The Dignity Center
February/March 2016 Lenten Offering
January 2016, Bridging
December 2015 Advent Offering
November 2015 UMCOR
October 2015, Midwest Mission Distribution Center
September 2015, Family Table
August 2015, Feed My Starving Children
July 2015, Emma Norton Services
June 2015, Loaves & Fishes
May 2015, Conference Love Offering
April 2015, Hope 4 Youth
Ongoing Service to Our Neighbors
In addition to contribution to many United Methodist projects, both in Minnesota and globally, the congregation regularly supports local outreach needs.
Some organizations that receive support and offerings from our members:
Loaves and Fishes: Volunteers from Fridley United Methodist Church serve a hot meal once a month (the second Monday of each month) at one of the ten area sites for Loaves and Fishes.
Serve Globally: Service in missions located beyond Minnesota, nationally, or internationally.
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Your Mission Commission