Mission Opportunities

Local Missions

 

March Food Drive - Food Tower

Food Shelves

Faith UMC collects nonperishable food items all year long for the Northeast Emergency Depot (NEED) in Columbia Heights and the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf in New Brighton. The collection box is in the entry way by the parking lot.  Also watch this website for information on our annual March food drive – a day of food, fun and creative expression! Contact Mary Ann Fitzer, 763-572-8248.

Northeast Community Meal

Faith youth working at NE Community mealFaith UMC serves a community meal on the third Saturday of the month at Northeast UMC (on the corner of Cleveland and Lowry in NE Minneapolis) at 6 pm. A community meal is also served on the second Saturday of the month by members of Northeast UMC. Help is always appreciated – we need volunteers to help with cooking, serving, cleaning up, and providing homemade bars or cake. Volunteers also sit and share the meal with folks from the community who are able to attend. All are welcome. The Northeast community meal is coordinated by Carla Keck – you may contact the church office, speak to Carla in church, or sign up in the church Commons if you are interested.

Simpson Shelter Hot Meal

Faith UMC also serves a hot meal at the Simpson Shelter in south Minneapolis on selected Sundays during the year. Volunteers prepare the meal at the church, and then at 6 p.m. the meal is taken to the Simpson Shelter, where it is served. Eight to 10 volunteers are needed for serving the meal; we're generally finished by 8:30 p.m. Contributions of home-made dessert bars for the meals are appreciated, so we can provide an extra treat to those who use this program. Contact Amy Neuswanger at 651-635-0576 if you are interested in serving, or sign up on the volunteer sheets in the church's Commons.

Eastside Meals on Wheels

On Wednesday of the first full week of every month, Faith members and friends meet at Eastside Meals on Wheels (817 Main St. NE in Minneapolis) at 11:15 a.m. to deliver hot meals to shut-ins. Children are welcome to accompany you. Volunteers needed. Contact Mari Donaldson, 651-633-6838, or contact Eastside Meals on Wheels at 612-277-2529 or at www.eastsidemeals.org.

North East Senior Services

North East Senior Services (NESS) connects seniors to their neighbors by supporting lifelong learning, community service, and living independently with dignity. NESS provides rides for seniors to medical appointments, treatment centers, grocery stores, etc. Wellness programs, including a foot clinic, housing seminars, help with Medicare and medical bills, and a grief support group are also offered. More information is available on the Adult Ministry page of this site. If you need help, or you can volunteer to help, please contact Kay Anderson at 612-781-5096.

McVay Youth Partnership Program - Snacks

Faith UMC provides individual, pre-packaged, nonperishable snacks (such as granola bars and packets of nuts, crackers, chips, etc.) for the McVay Youth Partnership Program – a free after-school program for middle and high school youth that incorporates art, drama, music, service projects, games and assistance with homework. This year we are supplying snacks for the Mounds Park UMC location in east St Paul. Snacks may be dropped off at Faith UMC at the Outreach table in the church Commons.

Boy Scouts Troop 153

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Cub Scouts Pack 153

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Local Mission and Camping Programs

Opportunities for children and youth to learn about God, experience their faith, serve the community and have fun together are offered each summer. Information will be posted on this website as it becomes available. Questions regarding children and youth missions contact our deacon, Rev. Susan Mullin, at 612-781-3167 ext. 224, or at smullin@faithumchurch.com.

National Missions

 

Appalachian Service Project group from FaithAppalachia Service Project (ASP)

Youth serve in mission to Appalachia for one week during the summer months. During this week, they repair and weatherize homes for families to make them warmer, safer, and drier. Contact Rev. Susan Mullin at 612-781-3167 ext. 224, or at smullin@faithumchurch.com. For pictures of their recent fundraiser, bagging groceries at a local CUB store, go to the Photo Albums page.

International Missions

 

Heifer Project International

Heifer Project provides farm animals to families in third world countries to help end hunger and promote self-sufficiency. Fundraisers and cards are sold throughout the year, and Heifer contributions make excellent Christmas gifts! Contact Natalie McNall, 612-788-8117.

Nicaragua Mission Trips

In an effort to better understand and be more closely connected with people across the world, Faith UMC has developed a working relationship with Interfaith Service to Latin America (ISLA). Both construction and medical teams are included as part of these trips. Trips fill very quickly- if interested please contact Jon at ISLA, 612-819-8877 or go to the ISLA Trip Brochure. If you would like to be part of one of the teams, please go to the ISLA Trip Application Form. A place on a team can only be secured with a completed and submitted volunteer Trip Application.

News at Faith

Two special music performances plus Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. highlight the calendar for Advent at Faith UMC.

Faith UMC continues its commemoration of its 125th anniversary as a church through the end of December. The final special events are a cradle-rocking ceremony on Sunday, December 10, and cake and fellowship on December 17.


On Sunday, November 19, 2017, we had another celebration of our 125th anniversay.

Faith UMC members will be making and donating blankets in December to help the children at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

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