Monthly Money Pot
A Money Pot is prominently displayed in the narthex. All change donated goes toward a different cause each month.
October’s money will go to the Minnesota Council of Churches for the refugee resettlement program. There are still refugees coming to Minnesota who are in need of assistance to get started. This program helps people get settled and get basic supplies to begin their new life
Emma Norton Services
Emma Norton Services helps women, children, and families achieve victory over homelessness, mental illness, and chemi- cal dependency. The Twin Cities-based nonprofit provides safe, affordable housing through Emma Norton Residence, which supports 50 women in transition at any given time, and Emma’s Place, which houses 13 families on a permanent basis. In addition to housing, Emma Norton Services provides case management, peer and individual support programs, youth pro- grams, life skills and out-of-poverty training, mental health support, and advocacy for women with disabilities. Through Emma Norton Services, families receive resources and coaching to equip them on their path toward stability.
Volunteers in Mission Scholarships
Mission trips transform the lives of participants by giving them an opportunity to grow in faith and gain a new perspective of the world. Through the United Methodist Church’s Volunteers in Mission program, teams spend up to two weeks work- ing on mission projects domestically or abroad. Most teams from Minnesota are engaged in hands-on projects that build in- frastructure to ensure that nutritional, medical, and educational programs in developing countries become sustainable and locally run. Team members pay their own way, and the Love Offering helps offset the cost for first-time participants.
One of the goals identified by the visioning team for our church is community outreach. In 2013, we sponsored three inter-generational community events at the Covington Court Apartments. This program has continued, and we are now in our fifth year and held events in June, July, and August. Pictures from the 2017 events are available in the Faith Church 2017 Photo Album.
Summer Meals Program at Somerset Elementary School
In partnership with other neighborhood churches, Faith UMC is once again participating in the Neighbors, Inc., Summer Meals Program— again at Garlough Elementary.
As we’ve done in the past, Faith UMC volunteers served breakfast and lunch for one week. Thanks to our willing volunteers for helping to feed the children. Pictures are available in the Faith Church 2017 Photo Album.
Be The Tool
Be The Tool is a non-profit organization that got its start through the support of Faith UMC and four other United Methodist churches in the area. Typically, Be The Tool sponsors two or three trips per year which adult volunteers can join. They focus on home repairs and rebuilds for disaster recovery, but are not limited to “natural” disasters. They believe in serving where the need is and allowing the families in need to share as much or little as they wish about How their circumstances came to be. If you would like more information, contact Rod Scofield for information. You can also visit their website.
First Sunday Food Drive
The first Sunday of each month we encourage people to bring food for the Neighbors, Inc., food shelf. Children can help a child or children in need by bringing their own favorite food item to give, whether it’s Spaghetti-O’s, Hamburger Helper, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, a favorite cereal or pancake mix and syrup. Cash donations are also welcome. We do this on Communion Sunday to remember that while we are fed we are to help feed others.
Imagine No Malaria
Faith is involved in supporting Imagine No Malaria, a program of the United Methodist Church to help eliminate malaria in Africa. We sponsored a Hoops and Nets day where we shot basketball baskets, ate together and raised money for Imagine No Malaria.
Visiting the Homebound
Our church has a visitation group that regularly visits the homebound. The church also gives poinsettias to the homebound at Christmas.
Faith Church partners with five other churches to form the South East Consortium of The Gathering, a five-hour day of renewal every week or every other week for participants experiencing early- to mid-stage memory loss who still live at home. The program engages participants’ minds and bodies through cognitive and social stimulation activities with a specially trained group of volunteers, giving caregivers time to do errands, visit friends, and/or rest to replenish their energy. At the end of the day, participants and caregivers can go back home to their daily routines feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
A program of Lyngblomsten’s Home- and Community-Based Services, The Gathering meets Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (first and third Tuesdays at Augustana Lutheran Church and second and fourth Tuesdays at Salem Lutheran Church).
For more information about The Gathering, go to www.lyngblomsten.org/thegathering
South East Consortium member churches include Faith United Methodist and Salem Lutheran, West St. Paul; and Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights.
Volunteers are needed to work with participants (requires initial training session plus continuing education throughout the year) and help with lunch preparation and clean-up (no training required).
The Faith Church Garden Project
Since 2011, the Outreach Committee has sponsored a garden on the sunny south side of the church building. All of the produce is donated to the Neighbors, Inc. Food Shelf. The entire cost of the garden project (estimated $200) is covered by memorial contributions.
Click here for pictures from the 2017 garden.
Walk to End Hunger
Congratulations to FaithWalkers2016! The annual walk is held at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving morning.