Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fall Missions at FUMC

This Fall has been very busy at FUMC.  The South Central Virginia Operation Christmas Child used our facility again as a collection site for OCC.  As a church we packed 525 boxes and as a collection site we took in 13,308.  What an amazing feeling to know that over thirteen thousand children around the world will learn the love of our Lord and Savior this Christmas.
Our Honduras Mission Team has also been hard at work raising funds for their annual trip to bring eye glasses, medicine and health care professionals to poverty stricken villages.  They held their 2nd annual Chili Cook-off raising over $2800 towards their trip.  Fun was had by all.
 In local mission our jail ministry was hard at work this week wrapping gifts for the juvenile detention center and stamping over 700 Christmas cards for them to send to their families!  A group of jolly Elves spent their afternoon wrapping to bring Christmas to our local youth.  Our God is a forgiving God.
Our Mother's of Preschoolers Group provided Christmas dinner, cleaning products and winter accessories to 80 families in a low income apartment complex here in Farmville.  We set up shop in their clubhouse and met with all the residents, shared stories and extended invitations to worship and discipleship opportunities.  The joy of the children in their new scarves and gloves was my favorite sight!
Of course we can not forget our awesome group of United Methodist Women.  They raise funds year round for our missions budget!  This year they hosted their 1st annual Cookie Walk.  Folks were invited to come and fill a box or bag of cookies and they were sold by weight.  Over a thousand dollars was raised.  Not to shabby for their first year!
How did you serve God and neighbor this fall?