Cedar Grove UMC
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Reaching Out, Growing Close, Changing Lives Through Jesus Christ

Missions Corner

 

HOMELESS MINISTRY
 

Our Homeless Ministry travels to DC the third Sunday of every month to deliver food, toiletries, clothing, blankets, coats, and shoes to our homeless brothers and sisters.  Normally, a team of 5-7 people participate on these trips.  If you are interested in helping with this ministry or riding with the team to DC, please contact either the church office or the leader, Pam Morton.  This ministry takes donations of clothing (including socks, underwear, jeans, tee shirts, sweat shirts or hoodies, coats, blankets), items for the health kits, and/or cash donations to cover the purchase of food or needed items. Pam Morton will sometimes list items that the ministry needs in the Sunday bulletin and/or make an announcement during Sunday worship. 

Clothing donations can be delivered to the church office Mon.-Wed., 10 am - 4 pm or to the homeless closet in the church hallway If you'd like to donate for the health kits, please place in a large Ziplock-type baggie 1 each of the following items:  toothbrush; travel-size toothpaste; bar of soap; travel-size shampoo; travel-size deodorant; comb; razor; and a wash cloth. Health kits should be placed in the donation box in our Church Narthex.

 

 

LIGHTHOUSE SHELTER MINISTRY

Closer to home, we provide a dinner to the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter in Annapolis once a month, specifically each fourth Monday of the month. If you, your family, or group would like to help prepare or serve a meal with CGUMC, please contact the church office Mon-Wed at 410-867-7417 or contact the leader of this ministry, Brian Manifold by email at unclebebee@msn.com.


 Should you wish to make a monetary donation to either of these ministries, please place the donation in the offering plate during Worship and note that it is for either the "Homeless Ministry" or the "Lighthouse Shelter Ministry."  

 

 

 

 

THE BREAKFAST CLUB MINISTRY

 

FREE BREAKFASTS for kids in Deale, Churchton, West River & Shady Side during the summer!  Our Breakfast Club has been serving kids in Lothian & Tracey's Landing since 2009! It's a feeding ministry whose simple goal is: “to nourish the body & spirit of those we serve."  We do this by providing breakfast during the summer months to area children/families who typically rely on the free or reduced meal programs at school.  The program was started at Cedar Grove UMC back in 2009 and has expanded to other area churches and mobile home parks serving as many as 15,000 meals in a summer!!  At Cedar Grove UMC, we provide a weekly food bag from July to August. For more information on how to get on the list for a weekly food bag or to help, please contact Ingrid Quimby-High at 443-404-8354 or email at Ingrid.quimby@gmail.com.  This summer (2019) we will provide the food bags every Wednesday from July 10-August 21 between the hours of 5:00-7:00 pm. 

 

 

GOOD NEWS JAIL & PRISON MINISTRY

 

The Good News Jail & Prison Ministry places Christian chaplains in jails and prisons to minister to the spiritual needs of inmates and staff.  They “believe the most effective tool for ministering to the needs of inmates and staff is the daily presence of a chaplain.  The chaplain serves as evangelist, pastor, counselor, mentor and friend to those who are incarcerated and the staff who guard and protect them.”  Chaplain Chase Wood, a member of Cedar Grove, and Chaplain Brit Fletcher are the chaplains assigned to the Anne Arundel County facilities and we support them in their mission.  Their pastoral presence “helps men and women, inmates and staff, come to a relationship with God enabling them to begin to live a life that leads them away from incarceration rather than a life that leads them deeper into the cycle of crime.”  See their website for more information.

 

 

 

 

THE SOUTH COUNTY FAITH NETWORK

 

 

The South County Faith Network, Inc (SCFN) was founded in 2005 by several local churches.  The group has grown to 13 churches, including Cedar Grove UMC.  We support SCFN with donations, fundraising, and volunteerism.  Information on upcoming fundraisers will be coming soon.  “SCFN is an interdenominational, not-for-profit, improving the quality of life for seniors and disabled adults in southern Anne Arundel County. The organization uses local volunteers to provide informal, home-based care and services that enable at-risk individuals to remain in their homes and enjoy a higher quality of life than they might otherwise experience." (SCFN)

 

 

The senior population of South County is growing faster than any other area of Anne Arundel County.  “Demographic information suggests that 7%--or roughly 30,000--of the 500,000 local population is senior citizens.  Of that group approximately 300 are believed to be the senior client base for this program.  A survey of local churches found that the majority of the seniors in South County were women between the ages of 65-85 living alone in their homes. The greatest needs of the seniors are light house cleaning, grocery shopping, yard work, minor home repairs, maintenance and friendly visits.” SCFN takes care of these needs in hope of improving the quality of life of these individuals. (SCFN).  We thank everyone for their support of this mission!

 

 

REDEEMING HOPE

Redeeming Hope is the newest mission Cedar Grove supports. They are a church-planting mission in Clarksville, TN.  Their Church family "commits to a singular vision by creating engaging spaces for people who would never step foot inside of a church to explore spirituality, fostering environments to cultivate disciples, and intentionally equipping followers of Jesus to share their faith and live life on the front lines of discipleship, mission, and service in their neighborhoods and the world.”  More information can we found on their website at: www.redeeminghope.org.

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY MISSIONS WE SUPPORT:

  • Holiday Sharing - Working with AA County we assist 25 families/seniors in need with gift cards for food at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Operation Christmas Child -We fill shoe-boxes to send to needy children around the world. Every shoebox provides an opportunity for a child to learn about the Gospel and Jesus.
  • Care Packages for Service Personnel Stationed in Afghanistan We assemble care packages and make cards for our service members. We send them handwritten notes and other items such as: bags of chocolate and candy; cookies; nuts; K-Cup coffee pods or bags of ground coffee; Non-dairy coffee creamer; Office supplies (pens, pencils, notepads, etc.).