Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support. (February and March)
Lent is a time for reflection, meditation and prayer. It’s also a time to remember the sacrifice that was made for each of us as we prepare for the celebration of Easter. We have the opportunity to reach out to those in need in our community through our Lenten offering. This year our Lenten offering will be designated for Emma Norton Services, Meals on Wheels and Minnesota FoodShare.
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 located in Saint Paul offers permanent supportive housing to 50 single women, as well as scattered site single adult housing out in the community with access to support services. Clients partner with case managers and support staff to individually set and accomplish goals towards achieving independence and self-sufficiency. 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 Emma Norton Services helps over 250 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-five 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
The Family Table is a free meal for those in need in the surrounding community. It is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.
Rainbow School and Daycare is a church owned ministry. It was specifically created to be open to all children and respects persons of all faiths and those with no religious faith. Provides DayCare and after-school programs to the public for 6 age levels, from infant through 4th grade in age.
United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
United Methodist Women at FUMC consists of a Board, three Circles and Members at Large.
Naomi Friendship Circle meets the second Friday of the month at the Church at 9:30 AM. They do things like make sandwiches for Dignity Center, cards for Shut-ins and other small projects.
Ruth Circle meets at the church the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM. They follow a study book.
Tabitha Circle does Service projects like Feed My Starving Children, making blankets for the homeless, collecting Cake Mixes and Frosting Mixes for Food Shelves and other worthwhile projects.
We also have a Fall Gathering and Salad Luncheon in the Spring which are our major fundraisers for our mission projects.
CONTACT: Dawn Bushnell
MEALS ON WHEELS
Drivers are always needed. We drive one week per month during the lunch hour. To volunteer contact Janet Fossum @763-780-5694.
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
We serve at Feed My Starving Children. When we serve there we pack meals for children all over the world. This is a way you can make a difference for hungry kids. There are sitting jobs as well as standing jobs.
IMAGINE NO MALARIA
info goes here...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.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.
Our Missionaries, Gordon & Ardell Graner continue their mission in the Dominican Republic working on a new ministry with Solar Oven Partners out of Brookings, SD. The Caribbean islands, with its year round source of sunshine make the use of solar ovens a practical and efficient use of energy. The solar ovens allow people to turn away from destructive wood and charcoal sources of fuel and instead use the resources of the sun. Those who receive a solar oven pay about $15, a small portion of the actual cost. The price is affordable for some and a sacrifice for others. The Graners are also supporting volunteer-in-mission teams that come to the Dominican Republic to work with them and their partner church, Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana. The Graners also continue their ongoing service of supporting pastors and lay teachers in the area as they share the Good News with children, youth and adults.