Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support.
January Mission – LOAVES & FISHES
The mission focus for the month of January is Loaves & Fishes. The mission of Loaves & Fishes is to provide healthy meals to Minnesotans in areas where the need is the greatest. Loaves & Fishes provides meals to many needy people in the metro area and throughout Minnesota. In 2019, 1,350,720 meals were served and they are projecting to reach up to 3.5 million (yes!! MILLION!!) meals this year. By these increased numbers, you can see that the need to feed Minnesotans is more urgent than ever. While many of us are doing well; we have jobs or retirement income and are able to purchase groceries, feed our families and pay our bills, many of our neighbors are floundering with unemployment, paying housing expenses and feeding their families. Organizations like Loaves & Fishes provides meals for anyone in need – no questions asked. Many people are utilizing their services for the very first time this year. Watch any news program and you see the struggles that many people are facing - in these troubling and unstable times, the need is greater than it has ever been before.
Loaves & Fishes is guided by their vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, religious, or ethnic background, deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect.
Loaves & Fishes also has many opportunities to donate in person. The closest sight is at Community United Methodist Church in Columbia Heights on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month. Check out their website for more volunteer opportunities: https://www.loavesandfishesmn.org/volunteer
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!
Donations can be mailed to FUMC, 680 Mississippi St. NE, Fridley, MN 55432, or you can donate on-line, please change from “Current Expense” to “Missions.”
Blessings, 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 - 12:30 PM for Drive-Thru pick up in parking lot for November 28. There will be no December Drive Thru. There will be Drive-Thru pick up in parking lot on January 23, 2021. Blessings to you this holiday season.
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.
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.