Mission Opportunities

Mission of the Year:  Camp Michigamme - August 14 Special Offering:

 

What do towels, shampoo, and body wash have to do with this year’s Mission of the Year?  That’s right!  A shower!   Camp Michigamme has been selected as the 2022 Mission of the Year.  Funds are being raised for construction of a new, centrally located shower house with individual shower stalls.  The project cost is estimated at $40,000.  As you know, the United Methodist Church is a "connectional" church -- and the Mission of the Year is an opportunity to be the heart and hands of christ to the brothers and sisters of our district.  Over the years, the Mission of the Year offering has been an invaluable help to many district churches and entities.  Its importance is immeasurable.  Please give as you are able on August 14th or throughout the remainder of the year to support this year's mission.  Make sure to mark on your envelope "Mission of the Year."

Back to School:  Readers to Leaders Appeal -

August 28 Special Offering

 

We are kicking off back to school with the Reader to Leaders conference wide appeal that was supported at the annual MI Conference in June.  The mission committee is encouraging our congregation to support scholarships for children in Liberia and Michigan Conference Freedom Schools.  If each church in Michigan can meet the goal of donating $600 over the next year, United Methodists in Michigan can support 100 Liberian students attending school from kindergarten through graduation and provide 100 children to attend multiple years of Freedom Schools. Lisa Batten, Coordinator of Young Adult Initiatives for The Michigan Conference, says, “The CDF Freedom Schools enhance children’s motivation to read and help connect their families with resources in the community.” Freedom Schools offer cultural learning as well as reading and tutoring,  two meals a day, and a book for each student to take home every week. Batten says, “Many children actually make gains in learning over the summer, rather than summer learning loss.”  Ashnee Young adds, “The Freedom Schools offer a community-centered program which cultivates esteem and encourages diverse representation in learning and literature to help the children discover their best learning potential.”  Please donate as you are able on August 28 or throughout the year.  Make sure to mark on your envelope or check “Readers to Leaders”.

The mission committee has decided to support MCHS Family of Services, which is one of the six projects supported in the Michigan Conference through the Golden Cross special offering.  The service provides individualized treatment, care, advocacy, and permanency to children and families impacted by childhood trauma. Through residential, transitional living, foster care, and adoption programs, as well as educational and clinical services, MCHS provides for advocates on behalf of victims of child abuse and neglect.  Two of our pastors that served our congregation over the years were adopted from MCHS. This service holds a special connection to our church and benefits we have reaped from the service of Pastor Joanne Bartelt and Pastor Cathy Rafferty.  An informational newsletter can be found on the mission bulletin board.  If you would like to support, please mark on your envelope/check “MCHS” or you may donate online by selecting the designated tab.

Donate your GFS points or Elmer's Points

Memorial UMC uses these points to offset grocery costs for projects like Bay Area Campus Ministry meals and Hope at the Inn meals.   We currently have 73,824 Elmer's  points.