Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
MISSION OF THE MONTH
JANUARY MISSION – FAMILY PROMISE
Family Promise in Anoka County (FPAC) has been selected as the mission focus for the month of January. Family Promise, working in collaboration with 19 area congregations and hundreds of volunteers, provides temporary shelter, food and other services to homeless individuals within Anoka County. Family Promise gives hope during times of hopelessness, safety during times of uncertainty and dreams during a time of darkness.
Homelessness is a major concern in our community and during these cold winter months finding shelter becomes even more important. It’s hard for most of us to even imagine what it must be like to be without our homes and to have to scramble every day to seek shelter from the cold and to find our next meal.
Individuals within the Family Promise program receive overnight accommodations at a local church, are given three meals a day, engaged in intensive case management, have access to a Day Center that has computers with internet access, guest phones, laundry, showers, transportation assistance to school or work, and assistance with needed social and educational services.
Due to the support from these 19 area churches, the Family Promise program costs approximately 30% less to operate than a traditional shelter. And, while FUMC may not have the resources to be a host congregation, we can still offer our financial support to help offset some of the costs of the programs provided through Family Promise. Please use the envelopes in the pews, write Family Promise on the envelope to make a financial contribution to continue this important work. Thank you!
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.