Mission and Service

Monthly Mission Well
The Mission Well in the narthex welcomes your donations to help support the offering of the month. This month’s donations will go to the Small Sums. Small Sums’ sole purpose is to help homeless individuals who have found jobs with the specific things that they need to start back to work. With practical and timely assistance, that few other agencies provide, we remove obstacles that prevent homeless workers from being able to take a job. We often provide our clients assistance with things like required work clothes and shoes, trade tools, professional licenses or union dues, and bus passes so they have a reliable way to get to work everyday until they receive a paycheck.

Our Partners We partner with referring organizations that serve the poor and homeless to provide these simple things, (with an average item-cost of less than $200 per worker), often within 24-72 hours from their application, so that our clients are able to accept the job and start working within days of the job offer. This is one of the most important steps to getting out of their homeless situation. We believe that by collaborating with other organizations, we enhance the support provided to our clients during the important time of starting a new job and putting together a more stable life. By working with other organizations, each provides a different, and valuable, type of support for clients as they begin their journey out of homelessness. Our Success Our efforts produce good results. We start with success because 93% of our homeless clients have found verifiable jobs when they come to us, which is a testament to their resilience and determination in their daunting circumstances. Once a year, we reach out to clients that we have assisted in the prior to track their housing and employment progress. We are able to reach approximately one-third of our direct clients. In 2015, we completed the Client Follow-up Project for 2014 clients. 57% are now in stable housing (no longer homeless!) AND still employed. Of those with wage information (50%), average starting wage was $10.99 at the time of assistance and at follow-up, it rose to $12.42. It’s a surprisingly simple solution that is practical and economical and it fosters the important role of self-sufficiency in helping our clients get into places of their own. Our clients want to work, and our program is committed to supporting their resiliency and efforts. Small Sums gives homeless workers the ability to say “yes” to a job and put them back on the path to a more stable life and being productive community members and taxpayers again. For more information visit smallsums.org
Small Sums, 1222 University Ave. W. Ste. 202, St. Paul MN 55104

The Faith Church Garden Project
The ninth season (2019) of gardening was again very successful. See pictures here.

Covington Court

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 seventh year and will hold events in June, July and August. Pictures are available in the 2019 Photo Album.  Pictures from the 2018 events are available in the Faith UMC 2018 Photo Album.

Walk to End Hunger
Congratulations to FaithWalkers2017! The annual walk is held at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving morning.


Summer Meals Program at Garlough 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 UMC 2018 Photo Album.

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 infrastructure 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.

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.

The Gathering

Faith UMC continues to play an active role in the Southeast Consortium of The Gathering, a community outreach program of Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul, MN. The Gathering provides a day of stimulating activities for those experiencing early- to mid-stage memory loss, and gives five hours of respite to caregivers who desire a break. The program is offered through Lyngblomsten Community Services in collaborative partnership with more than 20 churches across the Twin Cities, seven of which provide the facilities and host The Gathering.

As one of three congregations (Faith UMC, Salem Lutheran in West St. Paul and Amazing Grace Lutheran in Inver Grove Heights) making up the Southeast Consortium, Faith UMC contributes $200 to the program at Salem Lutheran to supplement the financial support of Lyngblomsten. For 2018, the Southeast Consortium recommends a contribution of $300 from each member congregation. Faith UMC members Gil Kinnunen and Judy Pfenning volunteer with the program at Salem Lutheran Church, one of two sites in West St. Paul. Gil represents Faith UMC on the board of the Southeast Consortium.

In July 2017, Lyngblomsten received a music education grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide seven one-hour sessions of classical music performance and education at the Salem Lutheran Church site during 2017-18. Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl of OboeBass!, the world’s only oboe and double bass duo, will present “Tchaikovsky and The Nutcracker” and “Stories of the Carols” in November and December 2017, followed by five other programs in January, February, March, April and May 2018.

In October 2017, the Brookdale Foundation Group presented the Rose Dobrof Award to Lyngblomsten Community Services. Each year, the Rose Dobrof Award honors an organization that has demonstrated leadership and excellence in the delivery of supportive services to people with dementia and their caregivers. For the past 17 years, Lyngblomsten has served the Twin Cities community through The Gathering. The $10,000 that accompanies the award will be used by the Lyngblomsten Foundation “to provide ongoing financial support for the continued offering of dignified, enriching programming through The Gathering.”

It is a joy and honor for Faith UMC to be a vital part of serving people in our community with dementia and their caregivers.

For more information about The Gathering, go to www.lyngblomsten.org/thegathering