UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people. HUMC joins other Methodist churches in supporting UMCOR though special offerings and collection of items for Emergency Health Kits.
Apportionments are a portion of congregational giving that goes to the general church to support programs on a national and international level, which have been agreed upon by lay and clergy delegates of General Conference. We share the cost of these ministries, with each local church being responsible for contributing a fair portion or “apportionment.”
Homer Churches Cooperating
HUMC is a member of Homer Churches Cooperating, a joint effort of the local Congregational and Catholic churches, which serves local family and individuals when needed.
HUMC is connected to the work of two dedicated missionaries through both prayers and financial support:
Margaret has been involved with missions since 1987, serving the Lord in Kenya and Kazakhstan. Margaret started her missionary work in Tenwek Hospital in rural Kenya working as the office manager in the Tenwek School of Community Nursing. In August 1998, she arrived in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and served as the director of The Small Business Training Center and Private Education Training Center. Margaret is currently in Kenya serving as the World Gospel Mission’s Kenya field treasurer and also coordinating with the Mission Society’s field partners in Kenya.
Doug is spreading the gospel, and training and supporting visiting mission trips in Guatamala and El Salvador with Teams Commissioned for Christ International and Master’s Commission International Network
Recently there have been some great examples of unity and service in Christ’s name both within the Homer United Methodist Church and around our community this fall. Read on to learn about how people are responding in love to God’s call, supporting those in need in many ways!
In September, a few adults and junior high students assisted a homeowner with needed upkeep on the outside of their home. In addition, repair service support was arranged for their AC, screens, and stove.
A small collection was taken up for a member of our congregation and delivered to their home to support their ongoing medical bills. At the same time, another family received a small financial gift to help them with medical bills from an unexpected illness.
On Sunday, September 25, HUMC used the monthly commYOUnity dinner as an opportunity to provide a fundraiser benefit for Rod and Brenda Baird for tornado recovery after the loss of their home. We served 191 people. The total funds raised is unknown, but the event and outreach were much appreciated and well received.
Many local farmers participated in a day of harvest for Kent Krukewitt during his recent surgery. The HUMC Kum Joy Nus and funeral dinner committees provided funds for Jimmy John’s sandwiches and prepared cookies and apples for sack lunches that were shared with the farmers who gave up a day of their own harvest to ensure the Krukewitt family crops came in. God provided great weather, the machinery kept running, and great camaraderie carried the day.
The Food Pantry canvas tote bag in the HUMC foyer was overflowing recently! Faithful people are remembering those in need by providing goods to stock the pantry shelves for the Ogden and Broadlands food pantries. Thank you to all who are sharing a small portion with others.
HUMC received $63.00 from recycling the aluminum cans during the month of October. The total raised this year is now up to $535.00. I spoke to the Homer school office about the K through 2nd grade quarterly milk program, and at this time they need approximately $800.00 per year to cover this cost. The aluminum can recycling funds, along with other community donations, is greatly appreciated to fill this need. In the near future, the sign at the cart will be redone to reflect that all aluminum can funds are going to the Homer Grade School.
Please note: Our missionary in Kenya, Margaret Farnsworth, has a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. If we are going to fulfill our pledge to give $120.00 per month ($1,440.00 per year), we are still a little short on pledges to wrap up 2016. If you would like to make a contribution toward her ministry in Kenya, contact Sue Smith or the church office before December 1, so funds can be allocated before the end of the year.
The youth at HUMC have been busy, too! The High School TCO group is looking for fall yard work opportunities around the community. Are you or is someone you know unable to rake up leaves this fall? Contact the church office to get connected to the TCO and set a work date.
Cunningham Children’s Home annual fundraiser soup and sandwich lunch will be Sunday, November 6. The junior high will once again be raising funds for Christmas presents for Cunningham kids. We will be welcoming Cunningham staff as they join us for the morning.
And last, but certainly not least, the elementary Sunday School kids recently reached out to local residents, visiting and presenting handmade crafts to them. We miss those who cannot join us regularly and appreciate that our young people are willing to extend greetings and joy while they receive blessings as they get to know some of the older members of our church and community.
Praising Him in all as we listen to God and go where he calls!