West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 21, 2014

Missions

   
 

 
 
 
 

FAITH WORKS

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Lowell Transitional Living Center

 

The Lowell Transitional Living Center provides the most vulnerable adults in our community with food, shelter, stability and dignity.  They provide programs and services that meet immediate needs for emergency shelter and food, along with case management and other help that enable those we serve to make the transition from a shelter bed to a permanent place to call home.”

 

Mission: Our church provides financial assistance, food ingatherings and clothing donations. 


 

 

 A Greater Gift – Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocation

 

 SERRV International is a nonprofit alternative trade and development organization. Their mission is to promote the social and economic progress of people in developing regions of the world by marketing their products in a just and direct manner.

Their goal is to alleviate poverty and empower low-income people through trade, training and other forms of capacity building as they work to improve their lives. SERRV has worked to assist artisans and farmers for more than 55 years through the following: 

 * Marketing their handcrafts and food products in a just and direct manner;

 * Educating consumers in the USA about economic development and other cultures;

 * Providing development assistance to low-income craftspeople through their    

   community-based organizations.

SERRV International sells these products, including gifts, housewares, Christmas items, musical instruments, chocolate, coffee, and more, through a variety of channels; the SERRV website, a retail catalog, Fair Trade stores throughout the country, and local church sales. 

St. Paul’s Meals

Mission:  WCUMC members volunteer once a month, on the 4th Wednesday to help provide and serve a meal to those in need.  

 
 
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 The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell

“The mission of The Open Pantry is to relieve hunger in our community.  They aim to connect people to a variety of filling, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate food as well as to other community resources; to advocate on behalf of those in need locally, statewide, and nationally; and to engage with others in building food security.”


THOSE THEY SERVE:

They provide short-term food assistance to those in need who reside in the Greater Lowell area.  The reasons for need are numerous, but for many persons it is a choice between food and heat or medications; it may be a delayed or stolen check or it could be an abandoned person who has no other means.  While the reasons are varied, the needs are real.

  • Over 1,500 people are served each month.
  • More than 1/3 of those we help are children.
  • Assistance is offered to individuals and families without any discrimination based on race, creed, or country of origin

As a church we provide financial assistance as well as food ingathering for the Open pantry. This year Missions created the Chris Buretta Memorial Fund which donated money in her honor.

 

 
 UMASS Lowell Campus Ministry:

Mission:  To provide ministry services for UMASS Lowell student population.  To also provide spiritual counseling and support for students who are often away from home and in need of guidance.

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UMC General Board of Global Ministries:
Sponsorship for Missionary:  Belinda Forbes

Dr. Belinda Forbes is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving in Managua, Micaragua.  Belinda is assigned to work with Accion Medica Cristiana (AMC or Christian Medical Action), A Nicaraguan Christian ecumenical non-governmental development organization specializing in community health development in indigenous communities of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast.  Her role with AMC is to deliver quality dental care to patients in AMC’s Managua clinic as well as serve the organization in the area of international relations.

Belinda’s Biography is available from:  gbgm-umc.org (under Missionary Biographies)

Sponsorship for Missionary:  William (Bill) Lovelace

The Rev. Bill Lovelace is a United Methodist missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries who is serving as a pastor and district superintendent in Kiev, Ukraine.  The focus of his assignment is evangelism and church development which will include the establishment of a new United Methodist congregation in the capital city.

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U.M. ARMY 2015
We have registered for the following camps
 
High School July 12-18th
 
Young Adult May 31-June 6th

Online registration must be completed by March 1, 2015

Balance of camp costs must be received by April 15, 2015

 

 If you have not signed up and are interested in more information please contact

 

 Lori Evans {978-319-5690) or Beth McIntyre
Tool training dates TBD {in the spring!}
 
 
 
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Missionary Air Group:

Mission: To support bush pilots who deliver aid to the most needy in remote areas of Eastern Honduras.
 


Walk for Hunger:

WCUMC is one of the stops along the way for the walkers in this charitable walk.  WCUMC typically is represented with walkers and we also have volunteers who help serve peanut butter sandwiches, snacks and drinks for the walkers.  The food is donated by local businesses who were solicited by WCUMC.  Date and itinerary TBD.