Missions and Special Offerings
July 15 – 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 3 different kits and they will run from March-October during several different months. 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.
July - School Kit: $11- 1 pair Scissors BLUNT with rounded tip (NO plastic), 3 spiral Notebooks (11" x 8 1/2", wide-rule, 3-hole with at least 70 pages), 1 Pencil Sharpener hand-held at least 2" long, 1 Ruler hard or flexible with centimeters, 6 Pencils plain UNSHARPENED with eraser, 1 Eraser plain 2 1/2" (Pink or White), 1 Box of 24 Crayons. (UMCOR)
Think about the part you want to play in your church's future. Naming your church as a beneficiary in your estate plan to create an endowment can assure your continued participation in the life and mission of your church far into the future.
Throughout 2018 we will be taking a few more offerings. Special offerings are meant to give opportunity to those who already tithe and are looking for new opportunities to give above and beyond. If you feel pressured, do not give. But if you want to do more, this is for you!!