So many great things are happening in our church regarding missions and outreach. We recently had a team of four people go to Poland to help with the Indian Village enrichment Vacation Bible school. Between contributions from the mission budget and several fund raisers, over $10,000 was contributed by our church to the Indian Village mission.
Furthermore, the youth just returned from their mission trip to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In addition to having time to bond as a group while having some fun by playing in the ocean, going to a concert, and going to a water park, they also worked a number of full days helping others in the community. Some jobs included working at a Thrift Shop, labeling water bottles with Bible verses, passing out the bottles on the beach, working at an animal shelter, painting and pulling weeds at a safe house. What an awesome trip for our youth!
An exciting event that most of our church family will be able to participate is the Running 4 God 5K run/walk on August 20th. The run/walk will start at 8:30 a.m. at the church parking lot and the route is in the Southview Garden neighborhood behind the church. Preregistration is $25 or $30 the morning of the event. All proceeds will go to Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House. As reviewed last month, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House is a United Methodist community center in East St. Louis whose mission is to empower individuals and families to move out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. This is an event in which all ages can participate and we hope all will come to participate and support this event. Registration forms are available outside the sanctuary, in the church office and will be offered on-line on the church website July 1st.
Are you interested in taking a mission trip to help people living in poverty in the Appalachia Mountains? If so, Save This Date, July 9th 2017! The mission committee is planning to take a team of mission minded people to the Henderson Settlement in Kentucky July 9-15, 2017. The cost will be approximately $300 per person and open to adults or families with children ages 11 years old and up. The Henderson Settlement is a Methodist Mission site in the Appalachia Mountains and serves people living in poverty in that area. There are volunteer opportunities for all ability and fitness levels so even seniors (like me) will have meaningful work to do at Henderson. More information will be provided about this exciting mission as plans are finalized.
Currently, there is a need for volunteers at the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood Food Pantry, located in East St. Louis. The Americorp students who work there during the school year are not available during July so there is no one to hand out food at the pantry. The food pantry is open M/W/F 10am-12pm but we have the Wednesday mornings filled. If you are available any Monday or Friday mornings to help in July, please contact Linda Gruchala at 618-558-8190. If enough people offer to help then we will pair up individuals to ride and work together. Volunteers will need to arrive at the food pantry by 9 am to help prepare.
God is good and is working through many people in our church to help others in need!
Linda Gruchala and the Mission/Outreach Committee