Community United Methodist Church
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
MN Food Share Month
Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks almost 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and community groups to run local fund and food drives to aid in the effort.
One Great Hour of Sharing - April 14th, 2013
Enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering. UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters - those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own. One Great Hour of Sharing makes all of the other United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) programs possible. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering funds the cost of doing business for UMCOR. Any gifts that are over and above UMCOR’s administrative costs go to where they are most needed. Often they support under-funded programs.
S.A.C.A. is our local food shelf. The first Sunday of each month is food shelf Sunday where we are encouraged to bring food donations and make monetary donations to S.A.C.A. School supplies are collected in the fall and Christmas gifts for children are collected in November and December. The director of S.A.C.A. is also a long time member of our congregation.
In 2008, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted to raise 75 million dollars in a partnership to save lives from Malaria-related deaths in Africa. Imagine No Malaria is the results. Each annual conference has been assessed a goal and our goal is 180,000 lives at 1.8 million. A generous donor kicked off the campaign with a $600,000 challenge grant. As of May 30, 2012 Minnesota United Methodists have committed $2,508,567 in pledges and donations. That's $708,567 over our goal!