Today’s the day! Everywhere you look, there is good work waiting to be done. People's Church offers a wide range of opportunities to get involved, get your hands dirty and get to work. This missions work is done under the guidance of the Living Our Faith Missions Team. The team meets quarterly to plan upcoming opportunities. There are countless big and small ways that you can help share God’s love. In doing so, you may be surprised how God blesses your life, too. Do you have an idea for a mission opportunity you would like to see offered at the church? Bring your idea to the LOFM team for encouragment and support. The next LOFM Team meeting is Monday, January 23rd at 7 PM. All are welcome!
Below is a list of mission opportunities that PUMC already offers. Do any of these fit you?
The Men's Helping Hands group has a work day a few times a year to do small chores for our members or community members who need a little extra help. Watch The Link and the weekly church bulletin for an upcoming work day, if you would like to lend a hand or you know someone who needs a hand.
PUMC uses the Samaritan Fund to help community members who come to the church for help. Needs can include help to pay rent, a utility bill, money for medication or for gas. The Samaritan Fund is funded through donations and special fund-raising events.
Additional mission projects in recent years include:
Holding a pre-Christmas sale of Fair Trade items provided by SERRV. Sale of these items help support small business people/artists from all over the world. Peoples UMC earns money as well, which is used to purchase fair trade coffee for our hospitality hour and for other church events.
Hosting a "Giving Tree" at Christmas to provide gifts for families who are struggling.
Holding a "Service Sunday" in May. On that Sunday, our worship event is to go into the community to do work that needs to be done. Projects have included working on garden beds at the Oregon Library, planting and weeding at Lerner park, doing special projects at Three Gaits, and working in the community garden located on the grounds of the church.
Thanks to everyone who helped out with setting up and participating in this year's Service Sunday. It was a great success. Over 70 friends and members broke down the walls of the church to serve God's people in the community. We worked in the community garden, watered prairie plants at Lerner Park, sang to the elderly in local nursing homes, worked in the new arboretum at Netherwood Knoll School, handed out water bottles with a message about God's love to walkers, washed the cars of passers-by, assembled kits for UMC mission workers, and cleaned and organized the worship closet. Someone who stopped by to go to our church for the first time was so impressed that she went home to change into her work clothes and came back to join in!
Thank you all for your energy and your commitment to letting your light shine!