The Hopewell UMC’s mission theme for March through May is Humanitarian Relief with our focus being UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief.)
We will be collecting items needed to make Emergency Hygiene Kits for UMCOR. These kits are distributed by UMCOR during emergency recovery efforts for events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wild fires throughout the US and other natural disaster events across the world. Look for the marked bin in the church lobby. Watch the video for what we are collecting and how it will be packed.
You don’t have to pack this alone! We plan to have a Kit Making Party on Sunday, May 17th. More information to follow later about this project in the weekly bulletins and April-June newsletter as it gets closer.
Mark your calendars! Sunday, April 26 – The Hopewell UMC community will celebrate 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.
Update on our Missions Work
Here is an update of what we were able to do to help support Trenton Area Soup Kitchen during the last three months.
- February 2 – We celebrated Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, our Sunday school children were able to collect $637.
- February 10 – We dropped off 26 boxes of bagged lunches to TASK, coordinated and packed by a new family in the church.
- Later that same day – Volunteers from our new Youth Group and members from the church served dinner at TASK.
- February 2 – We concluded our first theme – Local Love – for Missions. Through the generosity of all, we collected 46 pairs of mens tube socks and 48 cans of soup..
TASK was very grateful for all we were able to do to help them.
UMC Special Giving Sundays
January 19 – We celebrated Human Relations Day, one of the six UMC Special Giving Sundays in the year. Through the generosity of all, we were able to donate $245. Our gift will be used in part in building a community through faith-based volunteer programs, community developers and programs that work with at-risk teens.