MINISTRIES

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MONTHLY MISSIONS

Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.  

 

SPECIAL MISSION FOR ADVENT

Once again our hearts are nudged open by the miracle of Christmas!  We are called to shine the light of Christ to provide hope for those in great need.  This year, as in the past, we will be giving an Advent offering to fulfill our covenant of $2500 to Gordon and Ardell Graner, missionaries in the Dominican Republic, and provide significant support to Habitat for Humanity.  Our goal is $1,000. 

We were gifted by a visit from the Graners this past October.  Their Christian spirit, creative leadership and steadfast commitment are truly an inspiration!  Their ministry includes a Solar Oven Project, which enables an efficient, healthy and environmentally safe way for impoverished people to cook.  They are also working on water purification, writing curriculum for Bible lessons for children and adults, enabling medical care, a young women’s ministry and directing UM volunteers in short term mission projects.  We are very thankful for the sacrifices they have made, their hard and fruitful work in the name of Christ and for our friendship with them since 1993.  Our prayers go with them as they continue to follow God’s call. 

Our support for Habitat for Humanity allows more families to open the door to a safe, affordable home—a home that means the kids can sleep and study in safety, and families can build lasting connections with their communities.  There is a desperate need for quality, affordable housing.  Both the recipients of houses and volunteers are transformed by working together toward a common goal.  One habitat homeowner stated, “Habitat means somebody giving you their hand when you’re just at your lowest and pulling you up and helping you every step of the way.  Not everybody can say that they built their own house and that they worked so hard to have such a beautiful home.  My kids are very, very proud.”

Together we are blessed by remembering the greatest story ever told, the story of our Savior’s birth.  Let us share God’s love from our hearts.

 

“the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,

and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death

light has dawned.”

Matthew 4:16

Your Mission Commission

 

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FAMILY TABLE

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.

2017:  October 28

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RAINBOW SCHOOL

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.

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UM WOMEN

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
Phone: 763-755-0845
Email: 
dawnieI@aol.com

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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UMCOR

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.

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MISSIONARY SUPPORT

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.