Missions and Special Offerings
May 5 – NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY
Native American Ministries Sunday is observed on the second
Sunday after Easter. This Sunday serves to remind the Church
of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to
our society. The Iowa annual conference keeps 50% of the
receipts to develop and strengthen Native American
ministries within the conference. The conference committee
on Native American ministry administers these funds. The
other 50% of the receipts provides scholarships for Native
Americans attending United Methodist and other approved schools of theology. Your gift empowers local spiritual development and educates Native American seminary students to serve God faithfully.
May 19 – HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SUNDAY
Using donated money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds simple, sturdy houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat is not a give-away program. Volunteers work side by side with Habitat homeowners, who put hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their houses. The houses are then sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. Mortgage payments go into a fund used to build more houses. In the U.S. alone, 95 million people or 1/3 of the nation, have housing problems, including payments too large a percentage of their income, overcrowding, poor quality shelter, and homelessness. Habitat for Humanity has shown that building homes does more than put a roof over someone’s head. When families have a stable affordable home, they can (1) Provide stability for their children, (2) Gain improved health, physical safety, and security, (3) Increase educational and job prospects, and (4) Be engaged in their communities. Housing is important to the quality of life, health, and economic prosperity of the entire community. This offering will go to Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity in Cedar Rapids to build houses in our area.
***Please designate your offering to its intended purpose, i.e., General Fund, Building Fund, Missions, etc. by writing your instructions on your check or ‘giving envelope’. Offerings not designated will go to the General Fund.
Mission Kit of the Month
We are continuing the Mission Kit of the Month this year for the kits that we send to Fill the Truck and Thanksgiving Ingathering for UMCOR. So, there will be only 2 different kits and they will run from March--October during several different months. Note that the School Kit now contains 1 Pkg of Loose-leaf paper with 100-200 pages in addition to the 3 notebooks. Also, the Health Kit now has 10 Band-Aids instead of 6 and Toenail Clippers are acceptable along with Nail Clippers. If you would like to buy the items in the kit, you could do that yourself or share buying the items with another person. Or you could give a donation for the amount of the kit. Whatever you can do to help out would be appreciated. Thanks. Karen Hansen 448-4456.
May/June/September/October-Health Kit: $12- 1 Hand Towel (15" x 25" to 17" x 27"), kitchen, cleaning, & microfiber towels NOT acceptable), 1 Wash Cloth, 1 Comb sturdy larger-toothed at least 7" long, 1 Nail Clipper or Toenail Clippers (NO emery boards), 1 Bar of Soap bath-size (at least 3 oz., in packaging-NO Ivory or Jergens because of moisture content), 1 Toothbrush (Adult size, in original packaging), 10 Band-Aids (3/4"-1" size). (UMCOR)
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"Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above." - James 1:17