Outreach Ministry Blog

May Newsletter

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Patriot Pantry is a benevolence project at Rawlinson Middle School where they help the families in need in their community. This year VBS is partnering with Rawlinson to help feed these families all summer long.

For the last couple of years, students have weekly packed bags of food to give to Rawlinson families in need that have requested assistance. For the last two years, this program has been funded by a Silver and Black Give Back grant. The funds from this grant support the food purchases for most of the school year, but there is no funding available to help these families during the summer. The goal of the VBS/Rawlinson partnership is to collect non-perishable food donations, pack food boxes during VBS, and recruit church families to deliver the food over the summer.

So, how can you help? First and foremost we need donations (list below). Second we need families or a group of friends that are willing to deliver the food boxes to the families. You can sign up for a single delivery, multiple deliveries or all summer long (deliveries are 2 times a month).

U|SHOP – U Stop Hunger On Purpose
Please purchase ANY or all of the items listed below and return them on Communion Sunday as part of your offering. 

The bags should be dropped off before or after any Worship Service or they can be brought in during the week and dropped off in the Main office.

One - 2lb or Two-1lb spaghetti (box or bag)
One - 1lb bag of white or brown rice
One - 1lb bag of dried pinto beans
Two -10oz  of canned chicken
Two 10oz canned tuna
Two-15oz canned tomatoes (sauce, crushed, diced)
Four - 15oz canned vegetable, variety (green beans, carrots, corn, mixed, etc.)
One - 18oz peanut butter (plastic container)
One - 20oz Jelly (plastic container)
Breakfast/granola bars - large/bulk boxes, individual wrapped
Applesauce/fruit cups – multipack up to bulk cases

 

On Saturday, August 3, we will be doing an outreach workday with Last Chance Ministries. LCM started Victorious Point Transitional Homes, a community of tiny homes for homeless men. The tiny homes are sponsored by people and organizations, and volunteers serve by helping with plumbing, construction and yard work in order to get the tiny homes ready. The project was inspired by Pastor Jimmy Robles’ daughter, who would always feed the homeless. Their goal is to offer hope and loving support to those at their lowest point by working with Haven for Hope to help men transition from the streets into homes. Victorious Point will also have a transitional center on site for counseling and to provide training for different trades, such as body shop, construction, and many more. The center will also have a kitchen for the men to fellowship during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

LCM is looking for help with many things - plumbing, construction, gardening, and many other things.

The Community Outreach Workday there is a family friendly event. We will need help with yardwork, hospitality, and other things. More details to follow closer to the date.

Please register online, if you are coming.

Victorious Point Transitional Homes Website and Facebook Page.

 

The summer is the busiest time at Blueprint Ministries. Your help is needed now for them to start the summer off strong, and you don’t have to pick up a hammer, saw or be out in the hot sun.

The summer staff at Blueprint has arrived and they couldn't be more excited. Blueprint would love for you to join them in the kitchen to help serve dinner next week and come meet these fabulous summer staffers. Their volunteer numbers are still low for several days in the first two weeks so if you have some free time during this first week of summer (or last week of school) please join Blueprint! Check out the Sign UP Genius page for more information.

 

For the past 17 years, SAGE (San Antonio Guatemala Endeavor) has been taking congregation members and others to minister to the people of Guatemala through medical care and community development. Partnering with Helps international, these mission teams have provided years of lifesaving medical care. Additionally they install much needed stoves and water filtration systems. The ingenious stoves are life changing by reducing deforestation by changing the fuel from wood to gas, making the stove safe alternative to open fires, removing smoke from the home and reducing firewood usage by 70%. This is an economic game changer for the families that receive these stoves. The water filtration systems allow the entire family to leave a heather life by 100% removal of parasites and 99.99% removal of pathogenic bacteria. 

On July 20, the SAGE team departs from San Antonio Airport for Guatemala for a two week mission trip.  It may be a little late to join the team, but it is never too late to support them with supplies, prayers and financial resources. You can assist in the team’s transportation to and from the airport and pray with them before their departure and during their trip. You can donate funds here. Questions can be directed to Dave Meade.

 

Hello! My name is Hope McGlothlin, and I’m beyond excited to be one of the interns for the outreach ministry this summer! I’ve been so blessed to be born and raised in this amazing church community, but I’ve most recently spent the last nine months away in Kentucky for college. I am currently entering my sophomore year at Asbury University with a major in Social Work and a minor in Intercultural Studies (Missions). My dream is to use this degree to work either in a nonprofit or church, so I am excited to combine these two interests through my time as an intern this summer!

I will be assisting with several different outreach events and programs throughout the next two months, including our monthly workdays, student ministry mission trips, and other outreach programs. I have been so blessed to be propelled into service by the people and programs of this church, and I am eager to witness God continue to stir more hearts through the many incredible opportunities planned for this summer!

If there’s any way I can serve you, please don’t hesitate to reach out through my email or in person. I’m looking forward to all the Lord has in store for us as a church family this summer.

 

I'm Going

Here are some University United Methodist young adults that are serving this summer in missions:

Janae McGlothlin, Abilene Christian University Missions – Teacher Education Trip to Honduras, May 31 – June 7, 2019. For more Information and to support, click here

Mariah Lowry, Hillsdale College, City of Hope Teamwork Initiative to Ngatcha, Tanzania. July 18-August 8. Her team will be teaching, preaching, building, gardening and working in the small medical center. To support, click here (on the web form, for purpose, select "Current Year Mission Trips" and put her name (Mariah Lowry) in the notes section).

Kelly Schrader, University of Pennsylvania, Cru - teaching students in South Africa, June 14 - July 17. For more information and to support, click here 

NOTE: Know others we can list here? Contact .

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