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

COMMON HOPE: Special Mission – June

We are supporting an outstanding mission for the month of June, “Common Hope.”  Jody Lee and Pastor Donna have both served in this exceptional mission, established in 1986, working with underserved families and children in Guatemala, which is based in St. Paul.  Common Hope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala by partnering with children, families and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through education, healthcare, housing and family development. This mission provides the necessary tools, resources and support to ensure success both academically and within the family unit.

Life in Guatemala contains socio-economic challenge.  Many struggle to secure gainful employment sufficient to sustain themselves or their families.  The average daily income for families is less than $4, and 26% of the population live on $2 per day.  Common Hope graduates tend to earn higher incomes, secure better employment, experience an elevated standard of living, maintain better health, and exhibit a more positive outlook on the future.  

Common Hope has ambitious goals, which take a multitalented group of people.  The “Common Hope Familias de Esperanza Team” is a vibrant fusion of over 100 skilled professionals from Guatemala complimented by a dedicated contingent of a dozen others from St. Paul, MN.  Each member contributes their unique expertise and passion.  They strive to hold up values of hope, empathy, responsibility, teamwork, proactivity and curiosity.  Since 1986, over 2500 students affiliated with Common Hope have successfully obtained their H.S. diplomas.  The efforts of those who are working in Guatemala are enhanced by letters and visits from sponsors, encouraging and supporting them.  Jody Lee and members of her family recently had the joy of witnessing the graduation of a student they had sponsored.

Your prayers and gifts to Common Hope will be used to shine the light of God’s love in the lives God’s children in Guatemala and will be greatly appreciated!

Giving is easy using the “Give Online” button on the FUMC website and then select “Missions,” or mail your donation to the church.  Please write “June Missions” on the memo line of your check.  Thank you for your generous support of our mission programs!



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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:
June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28,  October 26, November 23, December 28.

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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 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

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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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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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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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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.