The United Methodists have a long history of education and missions. In the early years of the United Methodist Church, Circuit riders traveled west establishing new churches and carrying Bibles and books in their saddlebags. John Wesley knew that learning is the way out of poverty and also one of the finer pleasures of life.
We are carrying on this tradition by sharing a Bookcase Project with the Clinton Primary School, first grade reading class. We build small desk top bookcases, and fill them with a series of books for each child in the first grade reading class. Members of our congregation build and stain the bookcases and we will collect books aimed at the first – second grade reading level. If you are interested in helping to work on this ongoing outreach project, please call the church office for more information.
At least once a quarter – every 4 months – we have a STUFF THE BUS campaign. Each campaign goes to a specified organization. Organizations that we support are:
Hope In Action, Hempstead County Closet and Methodist Family Health. Members may suggest a organization that needs help and would benefit from a STUFF THE BUS campaign.
SPIRIT OF HOPE CELEBRATION
This annual celebration takes place on the 4th of July. We have concessions, live music, bike parade, games and train rides for the kids and of course, the fireworks! Each year the outreach committee chooses 2 organizations to benefit from the funds raised. Organizations we have helped are: Hope In Action, Methodist Family Health, The Call, and the local Boy Scout troop to name a few.
It may take a village to raise a child, but it definitely takes a congregation and the businesses, First Responders and residents of the City of Hope to make this a huge success.
Each November, the church comes together to provide shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Each Sunday School, children and youth programs, and individuals bring their boxes to the church office for delivery. Over the past couple of years, we have delivered over 100 shoe boxes.
One of our biggest fundraisers to help benefit the 4th of July celebration is our annual take out meal. This is a fun-time for the congregation to come together, plan and make a meal to be served “Take-out” style as the cars come through the parking lot and pick up their meals.
These are just a few of the regular outreach projects we participate in. Keep watching as there is always a need somewhere but in the meantime, you can visit the UMCOR website to find out what United Methodists around the world are participating in!
Tornado Tub Contents:
- 2 – 18 gallon tubs with lids (stack one inside the other)
- 1 can or bottle of insect repellent (for personal use) 5-8 oz
- 1 can or bottle of spray air freshner 8-12 oz (be cautious of the name of the scent – see note below.)
- 1 pair of work gloves
- 1 pair of rubber gloves
- 1 package of zippered plastic gallon bags (20 count)
- 1 package of zippered plastic quart bags (30 count) (both sizes will help sort through smaller items that need to be kept together such as jewelry, paperwork, etc.)
- 1 permanent marking pen
- 1 roll of colored duct tape (to help label items and can help identify one household’s items)
- 5 masks
- 22 heavy duty trash bags (more for trash removal)
- 20 kitchen trash bags (for larger, personal items that need containment. Since these are white, it can help survivors also have an idea what is in the bag)
- 1 40-50 oz laundry detergent – can be used to clean up their clothes – (be cautious of the names of the scent. One bottle that I saw today was called “after the rain”, which normally sounds peaceful but may be upsetting to some.)
- Health kit (See UMCOR Health Kit contents)
- Place all items inside inner tub and tear off a 2-3 ft. section of duct tape; place rest of roll in tub. Put both lids on and snap them down. Put strip of duct tape over the tubs to hold everything together.