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Duluth First UMC Mission Outreach seeks to...
At Duluth First United Methodist Church, you can be actively involved in the mission field in the City of Duluth, in Gwinnett County, in Georgia, in other states and in other countries. If you want to get involved, refer to the current weekly editions of The Sunday Supplement and the monthly editions of The Messenger. They are available for downloading by clicking on Resources.
If you have an interest in any of the following mission areas, please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 117.
Family Promise of Gwinnett County
Family Promise of Gwinnett County (FPGC) is a network of 29 congregations that provide shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families in Gwinnett County. It was created to mobilize faith communities to partner with social service agencies to end homelessness, one family at a time. Learn more at www.FamilyPromiseGwinnett.org.
Hands of Christ Ministry
Hands of Christ ministry serves those in crisis in the Duluth community. They provide food and personal care items, rent, prescriptions and medications, baby items, clothing vouchers and job referrals. The Co-op is open Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10 to 2. For more details visit their website at www.duluthco-op.org.
Happy Sacks for the 2018-2019 School Year
Sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Duluth First UMC
For the seventh year in a row, the United Methodist Women’s Happy Sacks mission will provide healthy snacks for local school children who may go hungry over the weekend. Your help and support makes this mission possible by meeting some of this critical need in our community. It is our prayer that you, as a congregation/community, will once again contribute food items and/or financial support to keep this mission going.
In an effort to help some of the children in our own community who do not have sufficient food over the school year weekends, members of the United Methodist Women of Duluth First UMC are once again partnering with four local elementary and three middle schools to help children who are not eating sufficiently over the weekend. Free and reduced lunches at school provide nutritious meals for children in need during the school week, but these children may not want to go home on Friday afternoons and cannot wait to get off the bus for breakfast on Monday mornings. Last school year, we provided approximately 3,000 Happy Sacks and we have packed and delivered more than 13,700 Happy Sacks since our beginning in 2012. We are honored to continue this outreach program again this school year.
We are preparing to provide 100+ Happy Sacks to the participating schools every Friday to be distributed by the school staff to the children identified by school counselors as being in need of extra food for the weekend. Each Happy Sack costs approximately $5, which is an annual cost of approximately $15,000. In keeping with school policy, no religious information is distributed with the Happy Sacks; however, the prayers of the packers go with them every week.
You can help us fill the Happy Sacks by contributing the specific, single-serving non-perishable food items from this list:
NO CHOCOLATE INGREDIENTS, PLEASE!
All items should be name brands and MUST be within the expiration date period.
Happy Sacks green collection bins can be found in the Fellowship Hall on the stage and in the Family Life Center beside the doors to the portico. Checks may be made to Duluth First UMC with Happy Sacks in the memo line.
This is a full school year long program, so your continued help is greatly appreciated! Happy Sacks is a mission many in our church are very passionate about to help less fortunate children in our community.
Rainbow Village provides an opportunity for families to recover from the devastation of homelessness, addiction and abuse. Housing, life skills training, counseling and after school programs are provided to families making it possible for families to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Please visit their website at www.rainbowvillage.org.
Seneca Street United Methodist Church, Buffalo, NY
The Seneca Street UMC partners with the residents and businesses of the Buffalo, NY neighborhood to improve and restore their spiritual, economic, educational and social environment. They provide opportunities for the entire community to acquire skills that build resiliency and self-reliance, enhancing the quality of life, spiritual understanding and potential for current and future generations. Learn more about Seneca Street UMC at www.SenecaStreet.org.
Ray & Lidia Zirkel
United Methodist Church, Costa Rica
Ray & Lidia Zirkel minister with the Methodist Church in Costa Rica. Ray is an ordained elder in the Methodist Church, serves as a professor at the Evangelical Methodist Seminary and helps to plant and develop local congregations. Lidia is the director of the Methodist Childrens Home and they host approximately 25 short-term mission teams each year who work on a variety of ministries. Follow their ministry at www.zirkelministrycostarica.com.
New Life United Methodist Preaching Point Church and School
As part of a joint program between the Atlanta-Emory United Methodist District and the Monrovia, Liberia United Methodist District, we support the ongoing development and operation of the school. Pastor Sam Sumo Gaywen and his staff teach vulnerable children how to read and write while ministering to the community through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.