United Methodist Church of Mount Pleasant
Monday, October 23, 2017
The Town Clock Church

Missions/Outreach

 NOTE: WITH SO MUCH SUPPORT IN AND FROM OUR CHURCH WE HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AS A GOLD MISSION CHURCH!
 
Due to the great response to the call from UMCOR for cleaning buckets, we were able to fill 22 buckets and take them to the Mission Barn. Many thanks to all of you and to Betty and Ron Reita for doing all the shopping and organization needed to make this happen. It is a big job and they managed it so well!!
 
WE FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING MISSIONS/OUTREACH:
IMAGINE NO MALARIA
Our congregation is collecting for this national program. $10.00 will purchase 1 net to cover a bed for the people of Africa, and can protect several people while they sleep from the bites of mosquitos which carry malaria. 9 million people die from malaria each year. Every 30 seconds a child dies in Africa from this illness. This is an ongoing need and we have received a plea from Bishop Bickerton. Be prepared to reach out to these families.
 
BECAUSE WE CARE
This team  is sponsored by UMC of Mt Pleasant. They have been traveling to areas hit by floods & hurricanes since 2005. In August 2005 a Category 3 hurricane struck Louisiana and Mississippi. Over 1800 people died and an estimated $81 billion worth of damage was caused. Most of this damage occurred in low-lying areas where the poor and disenfranchised people lived. We were all shocked at the devastion and destruction of this event. The natural questions arose: How can we help? What can we/I do? The initial response teams immediately descended upon the affected area, but they would only be there for a short time to get control of the situation. Who would be there to carry on the work needing to be done? Enter the Because We Care mission team. This group of individuals from various churches in the area, mostly United Methodist churches came together and decided to offer their assistance in the rebuilding of the region. From that moment this team of approximately 43 members have continued to assist in recovery several more times in Louisiana, Indiana, New York, Tennessee, and this fall in West Virginia. Projects have included new roofs, new ramps, rebuilding the inside of homes devastated by flood waters, plastering, painting, landscaping, insulating, electrical, and plumbing installation. This group ranging in age from the 20's to the 70's, and includes male and female members, is willing to do whatever is needed within the gifts of the group. The work that the group has accomplished has been nothing short of amazing, but the most important work they do is offer Jesus Christ to those affected by adversity; and in return for the bumps, bruises, broken ankles, and sprained wrists, they receive love from those they serve. The group develops relationships with the individuals whose homes are being repaired. Each place is a new adventure and experience, and each opportunity allows the group to live out Matthew 28 by sharing the Good News in all the world. The Because We Care team is always open to new members, and will welcome you and your gifts. Don't worry that you cannot hammer, saw, plumb or do electrical work; there is always plenty of work for those willing to serve the Lord. The team members extend your gratitude for their work and service to the Lord. Your appreciation and support both spiritually and financially are always welcome. The Team has recently been to Oakhill, WV to assist the families there. Please contact Bryon Jackson or any other member of the Team if you are interested in joining the team.
 
LAP BLANKETS
We are reaching out to the shut-in members of our congregation by presenting them with a lap blanket (36"x36") made by a church member. These lap blankets may be quilted, crocheted, or knitted. When complete, the blanket will be dedicated during the worship service and then delivered by one of our "shut-in" visitors. Currently, there are 9 women visiting our shut-ins on a routine basis. We welcome anyone interested in helping. Contact person is Becky Cook @ (724)547-0667.
 
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
This is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time.
 
HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR SUNDAY
 The first Sunday of each month is "Help Your Neighbor Sunday." We help supply our local food bank with items brought in to the church. Some suggestions for items that are in need are: jams, jellies, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned veggies and canned meats. Your continued support of our local food bank helps so many of the families in our community.
 
NEVER SPEND ONE CENT ON YOURSELF
Keep those pennies and other coins coming in. This is our ongoing fund for youth attending district and conference events. Please place your gifts in the log cabin collection bin located on the organ.
 
PASTOR'S DISCRETIONARY FUND
Offerings can be given in the Sunday offering and marked for this fund. The money is used for members of our congregation when they are in need.
 
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
 In 1933, a Pittsburgh pastor, Hugh Thompson Kerr, had a unique idea. What if churches all around the world celebrated Holy Communion on the same Sunday? He contacted leaders of various denominations worldwide. His idea was so well received the Christians around the world now celebrate the Sacrament on the first Sunday in October.
 
CARING REPAIR TEAMS 
If you are in need of some repair needs--we are here to help.  We have fixed and painted sheds, hung doors, done plumbing, electrical work, and worked on mailboxes.  If you have something you can't do. let us know.  We work for a reasonable rate…NOTHING!!  Yep, that's right!  We will help you just for the love of serving and helping you.  Let us know; we would like to help.  Contact either the church office at (724) 547-2288 or George Hockenberry at (724) 547-5594.