Starting January 2020, Hopewell United Methodist Church Moment for Missions offerings and collection/service projects will have a new purpose. Each quarter will have a different mission theme & focus group.
January – February
Our mission theme will be Local Love – Helping those in the Trenton area.
Our collection focus is TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen).
History: The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen was founded in the early 1980s by a small group of individuals from local churches and service organizations. Their goal was to feed the truly needy people of Trenton five days a week. On a cold day in January of 1982, sixty hungry people gathered for the free meal in the basement of a Trenton church. By the end of that year, more 40,000 meals had been served. No one knew there were so many hungry people in Trenton.
To learn more about TASK’s fascinating history visit:
Their mission is simple: to feed those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offer programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Matthew 25: 35-36
There are many ways we can help TASK reach those in need. Collection containers will be available in the Narthex (church foyer).
January 5th through February 23rd – we will have the following collections for TASK:
- UMW (United Methodist Women) will be collecting Men’s White Tube or Crew Socks. TASK gives these out on an as-needed basis and, when they have enough, every patron in attendance gets a pair.
- The congregation & community can also help with our Canned Soup drive for TASK’s Food Pantry. All varieties of soups are needed – broth based are preferred.
Souper Bowl of Caring – February 2nd
On Super Bowl Sunday, our Sunday school children will have soup pots ready to collect monetary gifts for TASK.
“Souper Bowl of Caring” is a nation-wide youth movement that has been going on for over 30 years. Our children and youth have been participating for over 20 years. It is held on Super Bowl Sunday to bring awareness of hunger in our country, inspiring people to ‘tackle hunger’ by giving locally to make a collective impact.
In Plain Sight: The Story of TASK
by Lee Seglem, Member of TASK Board of Trustees
Did you know we have a copy of this book on our library book cart in the Sunroom?
You’re welcome to sign it out on the clipboard.
Looking ahead – In December 2020, we will focus on HomeFront, a agency serving homeless families in Mercer County, by gathering food for Thanksgiving Baskets. More details to follow later.
UMC Special Giving Sunday: January 19 – Human Relations Sunday. The Human Relations Day offering supports neighborhood ministries through community developers, community advocacy in the United States and Puerto Rico through United Methodist Voluntary Services, and works with at-risk youth through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.
Second Quarter: March – May
Our mission theme will be Humanitarian Relief with our focus being UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
Our collection focus during this time will be items and funds needed to make Emergency Hygiene Kits for UMCOR. These kits are distributed by UMCOR during emergency recovery efforts for events such as hurricanes, wild fire events in the western parts of the US or other natural disaster events throughout the world.
We also plan have a Kit Making Party in May. More information to follow later about this project on our website, April-June newsletter and weekly bulletins as it gets closer.
UMC Special Giving Sunday: March 22 – UMCOR Sunday. Gifts to UMCOR Sunday lay the foundation for all United Methodist Committee on Relief work by covering the costs of doing business. This means all contributions designated to specific programs can go 100 percent to those programs because UMCOR’s basic expenses are covered.