Mission Opportunities


Flannel Shirt Drive

September’s Missions project is collecting new or gently used flannel shirts to take to God’s Country Cooperative Parish.  Their winters are even colder than ours!

Our "noisy offering" in the cow cans on the 3rd Sunday of the month is for Heifer Project, International.  This project gives farm animals and training to struggling farmers around the world.  These farmers, in turn, give the first female off-spring to a struggling neighbor who then does the same.  The gift keeps giving for generations.

"Backpack Buddies" on the first Sunday of the month helps feed hungry students on the weekends and during holidays when schools are closed.  This program is coordinated by the Gladstone/Rapid River Kiwanis Club.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides relief within our country and worldwide to those suffering from natural and human-made disasters.  100% of money given to designated causes goes directly to those causes.  

Readers to Leaders 

supports scholarships for children in Liberia and also Michigan 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.”  

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.