Missions at Faith
OUR MISSION TEAM is led by Amy Boughter. Please read her latest newsletter for information about various missions work being done here at Faith UMC. And for more information about the Manheim Township Care Project, please see the flyer that the Township put out requesting support from churches.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MISSION PROJECT 2017: BRIGHT CHEFS
Bright Chefs is an outreach of LUMINA (Lancaster United Methodist Inner-city Alliance), making a positive impact on the health of children in Lancaster City by helping to break the cycle of malnutrition and obesity inherent in a life of poverty, where nutritious meals often are missing from a child’s diet. They bring local schools together with nearby churches to form a partnership in providing these important life skills to 4th and 5th graders.
Boys and girls learn basic food safety and good nutrition. They learn to make healthier choices in snacking, and they get to create nutritious foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then they get to eat them together! A simple prayer thanking God for all our blessings is always included, and children with no religious background may discover that a church can be a safe, nurturing space, filled with people who care about children.
Our tradition during Vacation Bible School is to choose a ministry that we can highlight during the week, and then provide an opportunity for the VBS students and families to support that ministry. During VBS 2017 we would like to support Bright Chefs. The following is a list of items they use regularly and that we would like to collect during the week of VBS from July 24-30. At the end of the week we will deliver these items to LUMINA--along with a check for the amount of money raised during the week during the nightly offering. So, anyone who is wanting to support this work is encouraged to bring their donations to the church this week.
Most of the food they use is fresh and perishable, so they also appreciate financial contributions.
WE SUPPORT THE MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH CARE PACKAGES: Every Christmas and Easter we donate shoeboxes, cookies, candy, snack bars, juice boxes, pens, tissues, sticky notes, hot chocolate mix, and other fun items for the college students who are part of the Millersville University Campus Ministry.
MORGAN'S MAGICAL EARS is a ministry created by a young lady with a heart to provide care packages to children coming out of surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she had surgery of her own to have Cochlear Implants in order to restore her hearing. She packs sand buckets full of snacks, small toys, crayons and coloring books, a stuffed dog named Woofi, and books which she then delivers to children as they are recovering from surgery in various hospitals. Faith UMC partnered with Morgan through our Vacation Bible School Program this summer. Last summer we raised $400 to support her ministry, and sent her boxes full of supplies for the Woofi Buckets. Check out Morgan's facebook page.
IMAGINE NO MALARIA: The Eastern PA Conference has embarked on a new, short-term Imagine No Malaria campaign to build broad awareness and financial support for the life-saving mission to eradicate the deadly disease of malaria. There is a change box in the hall if you would like to donate--or you can put an offering in the plate. There are also extra change boxes available in the hall to take home or put in a place of business. Feel free to take one. Our goal as a denomination is to raise $75 million--and we are almost there! If you want to contribute put an offering in the plate on a Sunday morning (checks should still be made out to Faith UMC) and label it for Imagine No Malaria. The church will make the donation on your behalf or you can explore the UMCOR website to make a donation directly.
LANCASTER UNITED METHODIST INNER-CITY ALLIANCE, ALSO KNOWN AS LUMINA, is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes. The corporation exists to offer the impoverished in Lancaster County the light of hope: to encourage children and youth through Christian character building, to empower families through life skill education, and to equip those in need with basic necessities and proper clothing for work and school. LUMINA is a cooperative mission project of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. For more information please go to www.luminaoutreach.org or contact LUMINA at (717) 394-8412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Udobo Pre-School in Durban, South Africa
Faith UMC has determined to support the work of the Udobo School in Durban, South Africa. That is a school for children aged 4-6 years who come from low-income families in the southern suburbs of Durban, South Africa. For more information about the school, you can visit their website.
Since 2012, the entire offering collected on Christmas Eve has gone to support the work of the school. We encourage each family to consider the goal of sending a financial Christmas present to support the education of the children of Udobo that was equal to what they spent on gifts for their families. Not every family is be able to do this. However, we asked everyone to give what they could. You responded tremendously--donating several thousand dollars each year. You can continue to support the school by dropping your loose coins/cash in the Udobo School jar that is in the hallway each week--or by a direct contribution. Thanks for supporting the future of these children.
Udobo -- Video Highlights of 2013