Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
OUR MISSION FOCUS FOR APRIL IS SIMPSON HOUSING SERVICES.
Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982 and has now purchased the church property and will be building a new shelter on the former Simpson UMC site. This is an ambitious project requiring much support. In response to unmet community needs, their programs have grown to include emergency shelter and single adult and family supportive housing – along with developmental and educational services for children in their Family Housing Program.
Simpson is committed to designing and executing a national best practice shelter model. The proposed shelter structure will have five stories with accessible and adaptable space, intentionally designed to meet guests’ needs:
- The first floor will house a commercial kitchen and dining room with capacity to serve meals for approximately 100 people, a 24-hour front desk, a healthcare office to be operated by Hennepin County Healthcare for the Homeless and other partners, space for volunteer groups who cook and serve daily meals for guests.
- The second floor will house women’s and gender flexible sleeping areas; laundry facilities; showers; community areas; and offices for staff and community partners.
- The third floor will house men’s sleeping areas; laundry facilities; showers; community areas; and offices for staff and community partners.
- The fourth and fifth floors will include 42 efficiency units of permanent supportive housing, each roughly 300-400 square feet, geared toward individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause. We are so grateful and appreciate your continued ministry to the missions of FUMC. Remember that giving is easy using the “Give Online” button on the FUMC website and then select “Missions.” Thank you for your generous support of our mission programs!
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 - 12:30 PM for Drive-Thru pick up in parking lot. Drive-Thru pick up meal spring dates: April 24 and May 22, 2021. Blessings to you.
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 to the public from infant through Pre-K. Rainbow's phone number is 763-571-7521.
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.
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.