Serving Our Local Neighbors
• The monthly Family Table meal
Monthly Focus - (February, March 2015)
We are entering the Lenten season—a time for meditation, prayer, spiritual growth, and remembering Christ’s great sacrifice and love for us. Through mission, we have a wonderful opportunity to reflect God’s love for us to the people who are in need in our community. Our special offering this year will be designated for Minnesota FoodShare and Meals on Wheels.
Minnesota FoodShare is a powerful state-wide grassroots effort where every dollar is given to local food shelves to fight hunger. We will join with thousands of congregations, companies, schools and community groups in restocking food shelves across Minnesota with both fresh produce and non-perishable food that is so desperately needed! Each month 550 families and seniors visit S.A.C.A., our local food shelf. Our church also has an ongoing food collection in a grocery cart by the parking lot door entry. A heartfelt thanks to those who contribute, and to Gary Boyer who brings many pounds of food to S.A.C.A. on a regular basis!
Meals on Wheels was started due to an interest by a former FUMC pastor, James McChesney. Forty-two years later, the program still operates out of Unity Hospital. Janet Fossum, a member of FUMC, works for the program, and also coordinates the volunteer drivers of our church. M.O.W. serves Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Columbia Hts. and Hilltop, and its clients are elderly people or people with various disabilities. Currently they serve 130 clients and send out 110-120 meals a day. A meal costs $5.10. Meals are never sent free, but will be reduced for those who cannot afford to pay the full amount. Unfortunately there are times that the program is unable to collect from clients, and has to pay for the meal.
The largest problem they are facing is a decrease in clients, due to competition. There is a program delivering a week’s worth of frozen food, and another delivering three weeks of shelf life foods to the people of Anoka County. Meals on Wheels not only delivers fresh and hot food, but the wonderful drivers provide a “check on the client” as they deliver the meal. They also provide a smile, a little visit, and at times is the only outside contact that person has. Fridley UMC has sponsored this program monetarily and with providing drivers since day one. They are one of fifteen sponsoring churches. This program not only needs monetary support, but greatly needs drivers. Contact Janet Fossum to volunteer to drive. The Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels thanks Fridley UMC for the support they have given the past forty-two years!
The Mission Commission thanks you for your compassionate hearts, and your faithful and robust support in helping those who are need.
To contribute: Write a check payable to Fridley United Methodist Church. Write Lenten Mission on the memo line, or go to our online giving webpage.
Our recent monthly focus projects:
January 2015, Simpson Housing Services
December 2015, Advent Offering
November 2014, Ebola Crisis
October 2014, Compatible Technology International (CTI)
September 2014, Family Table
August, 2014, The Seed Project
July, 2014, Alexander House
June 2014, Project AdGrad
May 2014, District Conference Love Offering
March/April, Lenten Missions
February 2014, Beyond Horizons
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.
Imagine No Malaria; 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.
Pray: God can do more than we can ever imagine.
Know: The people of the United Methodist Church have embraced this cause. You can change a life.
Act: Get involved. A pledge to Imagine No Malaria of just $28 per month will change 100 lives.
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