September Mission Corner


“We’re on a mission! Got a Dream, boy, Got a Song! Paint Your Wagon, Come Along! “
Do you remember Pastor Long’s first sermon when he broke out in the Paint Your Wagon Song? Well, the mission committee is building on that theme with the OFFUMC 2016 Mission Fair. The Mission Fair will be on Sunday, September 25th 9:30-11:00 in Fellowship Hall. We have reached out to the missions/charities to which our church contributes either financially, or, with volunteers, and asked them to come, bring a display and literature. They have responded enthusiastically! A representative will be at each of the 27 mission booths to answer any questions you might have have regarding how their agency helps others in need and how donations are used. As each person enters Fellowship Hall they will receive a bag to collect information and a wagon strip. The wagon strip is a drawing of a wagon divided into parts. One part of the wagon will be “painted” each time the person visits a mission table to get information. Once the individual gets their whole wagon (eight parts) painted then he or she can enter a drawing for a prize. This will be a wonderful opportunity for all the congregation to learn about many of our missions and how they work.

This year, our church is on course to earn the Five Star mission status in our Illinois Great River Conference. The Five Star Challenge encourages churches to reach out beyond their walls. Donation suggestions are given by the IGRC for mission projects within our own conference, within the United States and around the world. Specifically, the mission committee disburses donations to Connie Wieck, a missionary in China to assist with her salary support. Another criiteria for the Five Start Status is to give to three UMC Special Sunday offerings, which we have done with Human Relations Day, Peace with Justice and World Wide Communion. Our donations to the Henderson Settlement this year and Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House are two other missions that will help us meet the Five Star Challenge. We give above and beyond what is required for the Five Star Status but it would be nice to have that recognition for our church at conference. As we look at how to disburse mission dollars we want to look at how we are helping others locally (CASA, Violence Prevention, Holy Angels Feed My Lambs), within the midwest (Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Bridge Bread), nationally (Henderson Settlement) and globally (Connie Wieck, UMCOR, Blanket Sunday, Poland).

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”

Linda Gruchala
OFFUMC Mission Chairperson

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