Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
Our mission focus for July is SOLAR OVER PARTNERS (SOP).
Since the fall of 2014, United Methodist Missionaries Gordon and Ardell Graner have been intimately involved with Solar Oven Partners and have been spreading the miracle of solar oven cooking across the Dominican Republic and other locations. Since 2000, SOP has equipped 10 thousand families with practical training in solar oven cooking and have provided them with the technology to realize the health, economic and environmental benefits of using the free energy of the sun to cook.
Even closer to home, the Navajo people of Arizona have benefited from solar ovens. Homes on the reservation are often remote and many do not have access to utility services or reliable transportation – making going out to purchase propane a genuine concern. Solar ovens are a welcome solution to these isolated individuals.
The total cost of a solar oven is $150 ($50 for shipping and training and $100 for the component parts). While few individuals in rural Dominican Republic and other locations could afford this on their own, recipients are asked to contribute 10% toward the cost and the rest is funded through donations. Please consider making a monetary donation to provide solar ovens to the world through Solar Oven Partners. Let’s see how many ovens we can purchase! Thank you for your generous support.
You can use the envelopes in the pew racks, make checks payable to FUMC. Write “Missions” in the memo line.
In God’s Love, 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 to the public from infant through Pre-K.
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.