The Missions & Social Concerns Committee of the Willoughby UMC exists to provide and organize mission opportunities for you, the congregation, to be Jesus’ disciples as you provide the resources and manpower to help our community, our country, and our world.
Following is part of a thank you letter received from Birthright – “thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful donations collected for Lent. Every single item will be used. You should see our volunteers when they unpack everything. You would think it is Christmas morning! They are usually unpacking used clothing and other material aids. It is great to unpack new things, knowing the little ones will have something new. . . . It is because of people like you we are able to continue our mission of helping those less fortunate. We served over 1,500 families last year with your help.”
The Nutrition Mission is winding down – the distribution will take place during the opening of the new ministry center at McKinley School on Lost Nation Rd at the northern most end of Willoughby. We will accept donations for this effort through June 15 and the items we could still use are standard size boxes of dry cereal, 16 oz. jars of peanut butter, 16 oz. cans of fruit, and cans (not jars, please) of spaghetti sauce. Watch for specials at your favorite grocery store! Please be sure that the items donated have expiration (use by dates) after July 2013! Look for the grocery carts at church and thank you once again for making room in your weekly food budget to share with local families!!
On Sunday, June 30, the second NOISY COLLECTION of 2013 will be received to benefit the Red Bird Mission School in Kentucky. This private school provides an excellent education at affordable low tuition rates for students from kindergarten through high school. The adult mission team toured the school last August when working at the Mission and was impressed with the school and their students. Save your coins and bring them to church to help us make a joyful noise!
The adult mission team thanks you for your generous support of our plant and flower sale in May! It was a success and now the team will focus on preparing their hearts, minds, and bodies for a return to Red Bird Mission in August.
In closing, if there are “mission” and “social concern” issues that are near and dear to your heart, we invite you to share those with us so that we can continue to provide meaningful opportunities to you, the congregation of the Willoughby United Methodist Church. Contact Mary Huey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-227-6391 with ideas and suggestions!
The first Sunday of each month is designated as Food Pantry Collection Sunday.
All donations at any time are greatly appreciated. Look for the Food Pantry Boxes located around the church. Jesus said, “Whenever you feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned or minister to the stranger, you have done it unto me..”
Heartfelt thanks to all of you who supported the Food Pantry in 2012. It takes hours of background work of volunteers to prepare for the 2 days a week that we distribute food to those in need. I thank you for all you do to help us to be of service to the needy in our community. We could not do all that we do without the help of dedicated volunteers. In 2011 we served 457 families, 742 adults and 395 children. There was a slight increase in the number of families but a significant increase in the number of adults and a slight decrease in the number of children that we served this year. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.
Please call 942-9068 for an appointment, between the hours of 9:30AM and 11:30AM on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Joann Ramsey, Director
We are here to share the concern for your need for food. The Pantry is open Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 AM to Noon. To receive food you must have a referral from a social agency, a social worker, a church or a school. Please bring proof of residency and proof of income when you come to pick up your food. Always call at least a day ahead of the date you wish to visit the Pantry for an appointment. This gives us time to prepare the bags of food for you. We do not accept walk-ins. Please call 942-9068 for an appointment, between the hours of 9:30AM and 11:30AM on Wednesdays and Fridays
This food for the body is being offered as evidence of God’s love for all people and our concern is for your livelihood. Equally important is food for the soul, because Jesus said: “People cannot live by bread alone, but also by every word that comes from God.”
A heartfelt Thank You to all who support our Food Pantry. For more information on how you can help this ministry please click HERE.
God Bless You.
Birthright is an organization that provides help to children who are born to needy families. During Lent, a bassinette was in the Narthex to receive gifts for children - newborns to 5 year olds. Some items that were needed were diapers, formula, nightgowns, pajamas, play clothes, undershirts and socks.
Sincere thanks to everyone who donated to the Easter collection for Birthright. The agency appreciaed all the great items that were donated. When we gave the gifts to the Director, she and her coworkers oohed and aahed over the items. They said the ladies who come for help greatly appreciate all the nice things they receive from us. Many thanks to all of you who brighten the lives of those less fortunate than we.
Body of Christ Community, on 38057 Erie Road, and Vintage Development Group, both based in Willoughby, have combined in a community outreach.
Old cell phones may be donated, and the proceeds from the exchange of the phones will be invested in the purchase of taxable items that are not covered by food stamps. Items such as toilet paper, paper towels, and hygiene products, will be distributed by the Body of Christ Community.
Contact Pastor Mike Currier at 440-942-1985 or feb161991(at)sbcglobal.net or Melina Bennett of the Church Network at 440-946-9029 or churchnetwork(at)sbcglobal.net.
The program flyer can be viewed below.