Serving Our Local Neighbors
• The monthly Family Table meal
Monthly Focus - (February 2016)
Emma Norton Services combats poverty in our communities – serving women, children and families who are homeless or experiencing the life challenges of mental disabilities and/or chemical dependency. They sponsor two locations; Emma Norton Residence is located in St. Paul in a four story dormitory-style residence geared towards women who are working towards self-sufficiency and independence. Emma’s Place is located in Maplewood and is a community environment for single parents with three or more children. It provides a “village” in which to raise their children. Each year this organization helps over 200 people by providing basic resources and personal development opportunities. These individuals and families gain independence without having to worry about basic needs like a place to sleep or where to get that next meal. The Fridley United Methodist Women (FUMW) has been active with this mission for many years. We appreciate your continued support to Emma Norton.
The local chapter of Meals on Wheels was started forty-three years ago by a former FUMC pastor, James McChesney. The program continues to operate out of Unity Hospital and our own FUMC member, Janet Fossum, works for the program and also coordinates the volunteer drivers from our church. MOW serves Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Columbia Heights and Hilltop, providing nourishing hot meals to the elderly and/or people with disabilities in our community. MOW currently serves approximately 120 clients and provides an average of 100 to 110 meals each day. The volunteers who deliver meals are often the only daily face-to-face contact these individuals have. This program needs your monetary support but also your support in volunteering to deliver meals. Janet is always looking for new volunteer drivers. Please call Janet at 763-780-5694 to become a volunteer driver.
Minnesota FoodShare, a grassroots organization, helps fight hunger in Minnesota by providing more than half of the food distributed by 300 food shelves throughout the state. The March Campaign is the only statewide effort where every dollar donated goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry. Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA), our local food shelf, serves over 550 families and seniors in crisis each month. They continue to need our monetary support as the number of hungry individuals in Minnesota continues to rise. One of every nine people in Minnesota struggles with hunger. We also continue to collect non-perishable food items in the grocery cart by the parking lot door. The food that’s donated is delivered to SACA by Gary Boyer. Many thanks for those who bring in donations and to Gary for volunteering to deliver these items to SACA.
Please give what you can to support these organizations that help our neighbors in need. Thank you!
Your Mission Commission
To contribute: Write a check payable to Fridley United Methodist Church. Write Lenten Offering on the memo line, or go to our online giving webpage.
Our recent monthly focus projects:
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
February 2015, March 2015 Lenten Offering
January 2015, Simpson Housing Services
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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