MISSIONS – LITTLE RIVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Our Missions:

Missions/Outreach

Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to HIM be the glory! Ephesians 3:20-21

Current Projects

Angel Tree

During November, an Angel Tree is placed in the Fellowship Hall to benefit local needy families. Tags are placed on a Christmas tree with information the child’s name, age and a Christmas wish list. All Adult Church School members as well as friends and members of the church are encouraged to take a tag and purchase items from the list. Gifts are collected and distributed to the appropriate charities.

Cereal Sunday

A tradition at LRUMC is that the first Sunday of every month is Cereal & Powdered Milk Sunday. They are taken to Helping Hand of North Strand who count on us, knowing that every month we faithfully supply a portion of their cereal and powdered milk needs for the month.

Communion Rail Offering

It has been a long standing tradition at LRUMC that when we take Communion on the first Sunday of the month those who feel led leave a small donation at the altar rail. These donations are given to a local mission project that has been preselected by the Missions committee.

North Strand Housing Shelter – Fish Bowl Sunday

On the third Sunday of the month a member of the Missions Committee stands in the Narthex and holds a fish bowl and those who so desire put a contribution in the bowl. This money is used to help support North Strand Housing Shelter. Last year LRUMC purchased washers and dryers for the Shelter. NSHS is our churches largest Mission Project.

Our Mission Statement:

Our task is to join in God’s mission to witness to the presence of God in places where there is human need. We use our resources with discernment and research to establish the urgent and legitimate needs of individuals, families and/or organizations in our community and the world.

We provide direction, guidance and inspiration to the congregation. We strive to educate the congregation about opportunities for Christian mission nearby and around the world. We strive to provide the congregation with numerous opportunities to serve by sharing their gifts, time and talents with God’s people who are in need. We carry out our task with prayer and instructions from the Master Teacher as evidenced in Matthew 25:40 and Matthew 28:19-20, and with guidance from the Holy Spirit.

INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THIS IMPORTANT COMMITTEE? CONTACT BONNIE KANOY AT Bonnie@Kanoy.com

Why is the church involved in mission? It is essential that every member of every local United Methodist Church knows the answer to that question. Why mission? Because God mandates it.

The scriptures tell us that mission is the activity of a loving, caring God who desires that all people have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

Mission is the activity of the Triune God. By the authority of the God of justice, mercy and peace, the risen Jesus sends the church into mission partnership with God (Matthew 28:18-20). Through the Holy Spirit the church continues the revelation of God in Christ across the face of the earth.

Therefore, mission is not an optional program of the church but its central and key responsibility. Mission is the means by which we spread the Gospel –the Good News of Jesus Christ. And being in mission is the responsibility of ever Christian–to love as Jesus loved, to live as Jesus lived, to walk as Jesus walked.

God’s light shines in every corner of the earth, and God’s mission extends to ALL creation. Joining in God’s mission is to witness to the presence of God in places where God in Christ is not known, acknowledged, served or heeded. It is to serve God by serving the world.

God’s mission is global in focus and local in expression. In the United Methodist Church tradition, it is also connectional in representation. As a leader of mission in your local church, you have accepted the call to join in God’s mission today.

GOD BLESS YOU!