At the general or church-wide level, United Methodists support ministry in three ways.
* Apportioned funds: a portion of our church budget
* Special Sunday offerings
* Designated giving
During our meetings we discuss current status of mission projects, plan activities to support mission needs, and discuss communication of these needs to our congregation. Committee members are asked to select a mission of their choice to stay connected with and communicate the mission’s related needs and activities to the committee. A few of the activities we support are Blanket Sunday, Oconomowoc Food Pantry donations, CROP Walk, Local School Supply Drive, UMC Annual Conference in Gathering Donations, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Giving Tree, the Mitten Tree and other special projects.
As for Missionaries, we provide support to Tshala Mwengo (Mujila Falls Agricultural Project, Northwestern Province, Mwinilunga, Zambia) and raise money for children at the Timothy Stains Orphanages in India. If you are interested in being more connected with world needs and want to help make a difference at the local, state, national or world level, please feel invited to join us.
Your Missions Committee
Food Pantry Drive
Please bring your non-perishable items to the church on Sundays. There is a container in the Narthex marked for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry.
Hope Center Request
502 N. East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186
Hope Center is in need of varied items for their clothing shop. More specifically, backpacks, kid’s snow pants (girls and boys), men’s 3x & up clothing, men’s jeans, men’s boxers (all sizes), kid’s underwear (girls and boys) 4 and under, and tennis shoes.
These are the items that Hope Center guests are asking for. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
St. Vincent De Paul Meal Program
Our noisy offerings have been going to purchase milk for the St. Vincent De Paul Meal program in Milwaukee. As of the end of October, our members have donated about $1000 to provide milk for the meals served. The program serves meals from 5:30pm to 6:15pm Sunday through Friday at 931 W. Madison, Milwaukee. A group from our church serves the meal on the 3rd Monday of the month. The program is always in need of forks, spoons, mugs; and, during this time of the year heavy winter clothing in good condition.
Heifer International plans to extend projects to improve daily life in the five poorest districts of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The object is to lift the people above the poverty level so they can improve their living conditions and have more nutritious food.
Initially 1,480 families will be selected to receive the heifers. In addition to training, each family will receive grass seed for fodder and vaccine for animals etc.
Passing of the gift: each family will sign a contract to do so. This will mean that more than 4,300 families will be on the way to self reliance.
Matching funds of over $765,000 has been pledged by the Vietnam Government. Gifts made now are greatly needed and matched dollar for dollar.
More information is available from the Missions Committee
Grace Children’s Hospital, Haiti (International Child Care-ICC)
For over forty years, Grace Children’s Hospital (GCH) has been the leading pediatric hospital for children suffering from TB. Pre-quake, the hospital could offer around the-clock care to up to 64 children on the inpatient ward. In September 2010 a 25 bed transitional inpatient ward was opened which allowed GCH to admit new patients again.
In the forty plus years that International Child Care has been working to improve the lives of children and families in Haiti, the organization has had the opportunity to partner with a wide range of individuals, organizations, businesses and government agencies. These partners, both old and new are the backbone of the organization, and driving force behind ICC’s continued success in carrying out its mission and vision in Haiti.
Since the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, many new opportunities have come to the organization. Even though Grace Children’s Hospital suffered damages that were beyond repair, the power of partnership began to manifest itself by bringing Chicago Children’s Memorial hospital ties to Grace. ICC has formed strong and fruitful relationships with organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Haitian Ministry of Health (MOH), which have both been invaluable in Grace’s continued success. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has supported ICC since its existence and continues to help us grow our programs.
The Advance Initiative – Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster
In 1948 much of the world was still recovering from the devastation of war. The Spirit of God stirred in the hearts of Methodist people, and they responded by launching an initiative to extend God’s love in visible, concrete ways.
United Methodists have channeled more than $1.2 billion through the Advance over the past 60 years, sustaining lives and making a long-lasting impact in over 100 countries.
Gifts given through the Advance build churches, dig wells, educate leaders, equip schools and hospitals, and feed and clothe children. Gifts given through the Advance also plant trees, support missionaries, rescue victims of war and natural disasters and share God’s love.
The Advance is an official program of the United Methodist Church for voluntary “second-mile” giving to projects and ministries of your designation.
17,000 churches give to the Advance annually. 10,000 individuals give to the Advance. More than 900 mission personnel and over 1,000 projects are supported and…
100% OF EACH GIFT REACHES ITS INTENDED MISSION OR MINISTRY
Thank you for reaching out through the Advance and for advancing hope in Christ’s name. Your gifts truly make difference