Serving Our Local Neighbors
The words of the hymn “Jesu, Jesu” ask Jesus to “fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you”. Loving our neighbor through service is primary in Fridley UMC’s ministry. We serve in many ways:
• The monthly Family Table meal
• Individual and group service at area organizations, such as those listed below
• Service as tutors and helpers at Stevenson school
• Helpers in our onsite day care, The Rainbow School
• Financial support to our United Methodist missions and to many other missions
• Support to people in need
• Donations of goods to various groups, including the Anoka County Jail
Monthly Focus - (March, 2014)
Hunger and related malnutrition are the greatest single threat to the world's public health, according to the World Health Organization. Malnutrition is an especially important concern for women, children, and the elderly. Our Lenten mission offerings will go to Minnesota Foodshare and Meals on Wheels to fight hunger locally.
In 1982, 14 Iron Range food shelves, area churches, and The Pillsbury Company came together to aid northern Minnesota families. In 1983, the effort moved south to help Metro food shelves and became Metro FoodShare. In 1984, this initiative became Minnesota FoodShare and went statewide.
The needs at food shelves remain around record levels, and recent cuts have more people looking for help with feeding their families. Each dollar you contribute goes directly to buy food for the food shelves.
Meals on Wheels
Home delivery of meals is believed to have originated in the United Kingdom during the Blitz and spread throughout the world. Today in Minnesota, the Meals on Wheels program has a direct local impact, with volunteers taking meals to residents of Fridley, Columbia Heights and Hilltop. Those who qualify are not refused; meals may be offered at reduced prices to those who cannot pay full price. Your donations subsidize the cost of meals.
Please give generously to help feed our neighbors in need. Thank you.
To contribute: Write a check payable to Fridley United Methodist Church. Write Lenten on the memo line, or go to our online giving webpage.
Our recent monthly focus projects:
February 2014, Beyond Horizons
January 2014, Philippines Disaster Relief
December 2013, Advent Offering
November 2013, Feed My Starving Children
October 2013, Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers
September 2013, FUMC Family Table
August 2013, Joyce Preschool
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.
Meals on Wheels: Our congregation members volunteer to deliver meals to seniors and others in need. The meals are prepared and packed at Unity Hospital.
Feed My Starving Children: This a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. Children and adults hand-pack meals.
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