MONTHLY MISSIONS

Each month we focus on a particular cause or mission to support. 
 
February Monthly Mission: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY / TWIN CITIES CHAPTER

Habitat for Humanity – Twin Cities Chapter has been selected as the mission for the month of February.  This organization’s mission is to bring people together to create, preserve, and promote affordable homeownership and advance racial equity in housing.

Providing affordable housing has truly become one of society’s major problems as the financial divide continues to expand.  The median price for a Minnesota home is $330,500, making home ownership a distant dream for people and families challenged financially.  Between 2019 and 2021, the number of cost burdened renters spending more than 30% of their income on housing increased to a record 21.6 million households.  11.6 million people are spending over 50% of their income on housing. 

Established in 1985 by a Lutheran congregation in South Minneapolis, Habitat has partnered with more than 1,500 families to help them achieve affordable homeownership. Twin Cities Habitat is one of the highest-regarded Habitat affiliates worldwide.  From the beginning, Habitat has worked to help close the ownership gap and offer opportunities to people of every race and color.  In fiscal 2022 Black homeowners made up 44% of the people who partnered with Habitat to build their homes.

Research has shown that children in homeownership situations achieve better education outcomes, including high school completion and college attendance, than children in rental households.  Benefits associated with homeownership are especially strong for low-income households. 

An affordable mortgage means parents don’t have to work second or third jobs and can spend more time with their family.

Everyone deserves housing. How that looks is different for everyone, but everyone’s basic needs deserve to be met.   Today, many can’t afford the starter homes their parents were able to buy. That’s why Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is so important.  The cost of housing has skyrocketed over the last few decades and wages haven’t kept up.

Owning a home can be a pathway to greater financial strength for a family, but there are other tangible benefits to keep in mind. Stable housing makes families more resilient to hardships, can improve overall health, and opens the door to more opportunities in both education and employment.

A lot of studies have found a link between homeownership and improved health outcomes for families. It impacts things like respiratory illness rates, mental health, and exposure to harmful chemicals.

A safe, decent, affordable home is like a vaccine. It literally prevents disease. A safe home can prevent mental health and developmental problems; a decent home may prevent asthma or lead poisoning; and an affordable home can prevent stunted growth and unnecessary hospitalizations.”  — Dr. Megan Sandel, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, at Boston University School of Medicine.

As one happy new home owner stated,, “Habitat for Humanity staff are dream-makers, they are wish-makers, and deserve a thousand million thank-yous.  They are changing lives.”  

We are so grateful and appreciate your continued ministry to the missions of FUMC.  Giving is easy using the “Give Online” button on the FUMC website and then select “Missions.”  You can also mail your donation to the church.  Please write “February Missions” on the memo line of your check.  Thank you for your generous support of our mission programs!

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FAMILY TABLE

Family Table is a free meal for those in need in the surrounding community and are looking for fellowship.  All are welcome.  It is held on the 4th Saturday of the month: Dine in is from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, and Drive Thru is 12:00 –12:30 PM.  
Upcoming dates:
Feb. 24, March 23, April 27, May 25.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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 to the public from infant through Pre-K.  Rainbow’s phone number is 763-571-7521.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

UNITED WOMEN IN FAITH

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 1:00 PM.  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. (TBD) 

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: Impact Services, Meals on Wheels at 763-236-8718, ask for Laura Fanucci

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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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

 
We will be supporting a new missionary, Rev. J. Park.
 
Rev. J. Park is a United Methodist missionary serving as the Country Director of the Southeast Asia Mission Initiative, based in Ho Chi Minh City.  Rev. Park felt a call to ministry early in his life and has served as a pastor for 20 years, including starting multiple church plants.  His family came to the Christian faith through Methodist missionaries in Korea which inspired many of his family members to become pastors and missionaries.  His wife, T. Park, is also a missionary.  They are excited and happy to serve in Southeast Asia and hope to spread the Christian message in that part of the world.   The Minnesota Conference has a partnership with the Parks, and we can look forward to hearing more about them in the future.