August 2018 Special request from, and click here: MEALS ON WHEELS
SCRIP ORDERS for FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
This program supports our church since the business transfers a % of the sale to us. To participate, fill out the order form, and then place it and the payment [either cash or a check made out to FUMC] in the collection plate or by dropping it off in the office. Orders are usually placed on the first Sunday of the month, and the gift cards will be available for distribution on the following Sunday, or in the church office. Thank you for your participation.
For our August 2018 missions...
"FILL THE ARK" for the Heifer Project www.heifer.org
It is a four-week, daily missions-giving "Fill the Ark" program that offers real-life solutions to world hunger and shows that one person, one faily, one congregation can make a difference in today's world. Half of the funds will go to Heifer and the other to our apportionments.
The coins you donate to your ark wll provide an animal to a family in need.
Please pick up your calendar and box.
Heifer helps to empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products, i.e., milk, eggs and honey which can be traded or sold at market.
When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.
The core of their model is "Passing on the Gift." This means families share the training their receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.
For July 2018 missions...
Here's the list of supplies we are collecting for UMCOR Supplies_needed_for_UMCOR_kits.pdf
We are going to focus on gathering School Supplies for those in our community who can't afford them. Drop off the supplies in the UMCOR donation baskets or in the Activity Center in the Education Building. Thank you.
- Pencils [unsharpened]
- hand-held pencil sharpener
- glue & glue sticks
- notebook paper
- round tipped scissors
- spiral notebooks
For June 2018 missions...
Our 9th Annual Summertime Drive for Lansing Food Pantry
Items needed as we focus on the needs of our community...
- Kool Aid
- Soap, shampoo, toothpaste
- single-serving soup
- Not Wanted - beans, cranberries, pumpkin, sweet potatoe. mac & cheese
For our May 2018 missions...
This year's Annual Conference Mission Challenge invites each district to participate by giving cleanup bucket supplies for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL. http://midwestmissiondc.org/
Our district has been asked to supply cotton or plastic clothesline [one 100 ft or two 50 ft.], liquid household cleaner [12-16 oz bottles, no spray bottles], and dish soap [16-28 oz bottle]. All items mut be new.
Please deposit your donations in the UMCOR donation receptables near the church office or in the south Narthex.
Those attending the Annual Conference from our church will deliver the items collected on June 3, 2018.
For our April 2018 missions...
Donations will be divided between...
1. "Imagine No Malaria" http://imaginenomalaria.org/ is a comprehensive approach not only to prevent the disease by providing nets, but also concentrating efforts on treatment education, and comminication.
We will hang our mosquito net again in the north narthex as a reminder for the prevention aspect. For every $10 donated [envelopes [provided] , we will place a mosquito on the outside of the net.
2. Apportionments which are our gifts to support the United Methodist Church's mission and ministry throughout the world. This is "a portion meant" for others.
3. Our third outreach is Rigley Rebel Rooftop Reachout RigleyRebelRooftop.pdf
Join us on Tuesday April 24, 2018 for baseball game against Oak Forest.
Door # 8 opens at 3:30pm
Rain date is Tuesday, May 1st
We invite the local high school students, faculty, band and booster club to watch the Varsity baseball games in the spring from our 1,000 square foot rooftop that provides an excellent view of the baseball diamond, or from the "Skybox" a convereted classroom with the game telecast on closed circuit TV.
Free hot dogs, popcorn, & drinks [hot chocolate, lemonade, coffee] are offered.
Games like bean bag toss, ping pong, and foosball are available.
Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam is expected to attend. The baseball team will stop over for a "meet and Greet" following the game.
Our first goal is to build on our foundation of being a “good neighbor” to the local high school and students.
Our second goal is to get them to attend a service, join our youth group, or to join a small groups.
For our March 2017 missions...
We are celebrating UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) http://www.umcor.org/ in March. The Vision of UMCOR is: “As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR transforms and strengthens people and communities.” Their Mission is: “Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.” When you do make a financial donation to an UMCOR mission, you can be assured that every dollar will go to the programs you specify.
UMCOR can guarantee this because all of their administrative costs are covered by UMCOR Sunday offering.
For our February 2018 missions...
For this month's campaign, we are collecting donations for 4 local missions...
Meals on Wheels
Hospice of the Calumet Area
Al God's Children Preschool
These 4 missions will receive half, the other half will go towards our apportionments which help support the mission and ministry of the United Methodist Church at the conference and worldwide level. It is "A portion meant" for others. Each church is asked to give their fair share.
For our January 2018 missions...
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
We are collecting cans of soup for the Lansing Food Pantry. Give whatever brand of soup that you like.
Please place your donations in the UMCOR baskets in S Narthex or outside church office.
The final collection date is super Bowl Sunday, February 4th.
257 cans were collected in early 2018.
For our December 2017 missions...
Please bring knit mittens, hats, scarfs, for the Carmelite Homes for Boys and Girls. located in East Chicago, IN http://www.carmelitehome.org/
December 31, 2017
We brought them 32 hats, 26 scarves, 8 pairs of mittens/gloves, 7 hat/glove sets, 4 hat/scarves sets, & 14 handmade blankets.
For November 2017 missions
“Harvest Table” is from November 5-19. Please bring items to be donated to the Lansing Food Pantry to display at the front of our church. Any canned or boxed items will be appreciated. Checks are also accepted. We will deliver these supplies so that they may have the in time for Thanksgiving distribution.
For October 2017 missions
In conjunction with "The Blessing of the Animals" event, we will be collecting supplies and monetary donations for the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster. http://www.hscalumet.org/
HCSA's vision statement is: "Working individually and in partnership with similar valued organizations we will create a humane community for all animals through educaiton, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion."
A partial "Wish List" -
CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
- paper towels
- heavy-duty garbage bags
- cat litter [non-clumping]
- Lysol/ Disinfectant wipes
- large towels
- power-free latex gloves [medium & large]
- buckle collar
- dog & cat toys
- cat condos
- pet beds
If you decide to donate, please make out your check to FUMC and designate in memo it's for HSCA
Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover our costs of doing business. Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects our donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.
Because we keep operating costs under 10% of our total budget, undesignated gifts may actually exceed UMCOR’s administrative needs. When that happens, your support is channeled to under-funded programs, where they’re most needed. They also may be used to allow UMCOR to respond to disasters immediately after an event and before funds can be raised.
Most congregations celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on the fourth Sunday of Lent. If this conflicts with other events, local churches are encouraged to choose other dates that work for them. we're ready to respond in times of crisis.
Resources such as bulletin inserts, posters, and more are available here: http://www.umcgiving.org/pastors/resources?category=2747
Because of your donations [please click here http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Programs/One-Great-Hour-of-Sharing ] we're ready to respond in times of crisis.
Newsletter from Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois: click here July 2018
We have a group that is going to Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL. http://www.midwestmissiondc.org/ Monday through Friday. We stay for about 5 days in their dorm. Upcoming stays...
September 24,2018 to September 28, 2018
September 16, 2019 to September 20 2019
For more info, view the Volunteer booklet http://www.midwestmissiondc.net/Volunteer/volunteerbookletcolorb.pdf
While there, we put together UMCOR kits http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies ; desks & repair items i.e. bikes, sewing machines, etc.
The cost is about $110 with $55 in advance for registration.
However, we are payiong $70 a person due to a grant.
If you are interested, please see...
- Barb Marstellar - coordinator for 2018
- Grant Oppenhuis
- Gretchen Combs
- Ellen-Marie Allen
- Mary Pierce
- Pam Lancy