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Our Jamaica Mission team on their trip in early 2018.
Missions at Center UMC



Sometimes there is no better way to give than to donate time, energy, and knowledge. Through our mission projects and trips, we help people who are struggling with the challenges of poverty, communities that lack resources to repair damage from natural disasters, and we bring God’s light to dark places of our community and world. Below, you will find a list of the different missions with which Center UMC is involved. If you are interested in signing up, or need any additional information for any of these missions, just click the “Contact" button, and you can e-mail that missions coordinator.

As the Missions Chair at Center UMC, I believe the Missions at our church as being the hands and feet of God. Center also has a long tradition of tithing our mission budget (10% of annual budgeted expenses). Our church family is very active in the community and throughout the world. See for yourself below and come be a part of our church family which are always willing to help! - Aaron Whitfield

FAITH WORKS

FaithWorks is an outreach ministry designed to allow followers of Jesus Christ to put their faith into action. The heart of this ministry is found in Ephesians 2:10, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Our ministering spans from adopting a family in need anonymously to hosting a community ice cream social. We encourage anyone looking to put their faith into action to share ministry opportunities with us!

GOOD SAMARITAN CLASS MEALS FOR SHUT-INS

The Good Samaritan Sunday School Class is sharing our blessings within our church family and spreading into the community with Meals of Love on Monday afternoons. We started this ministry in August 2017. We prepare and deliver home cooked meals weekly to numerous shut ins, widows, and those recovering from illnesses. Our number recently topped fifty folks where we provide a nourishing meal and a brief visit. The support from the class members has been wonderful and the feedback from those on the receiving end is always so appreciative.

KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY

You can help this special Prison Ministry by remembering to pray and bake cookies, as we use both to reach those in Prison. The cookies are tools in which God uses to break stubborn hardened hearts in order to receive Him. Remember to pack them when cool and carefully stack them in a box packed with your prayers!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

The American Heritage Girls, the Scouts, and the Youth are teaming up for this great cause! This year, for Operation Christmas Child, the three groups are asking for your help. Each month we are asking for donation of certain items to help fill the boxes. Each month we will collect different items, so be sure to check our donation boxes, this Missions page, or the church bulletin. All items must be new. Unfortunately, OCC cannot accept any liquids or toothpaste. We will have a bin at the narthex in the CFC as well as the sanctuary. After receiving the different items each month, we hope to have a large amount of items to be able to pack. In November, we will host a packing night for the entire church to come fellowship and pack the donated items. Then the Youth will go and deliver the boxes.

Please note: we will still offer boxes for you to take home as well in the fall. This is a great opportunity for the scouting programs and the Youth to come together with our church family for a great cause!

THREADS OF LOVE

Threads of Love is a group of ladies who help others through hands on projects in our community and throughout the world. Our motto is “Busy Hands, Happy Hearts.” Projects include:

• Lap quilts for Brenner Children Hospital and local nursing homes
• Fleece blankets
• Baby blankets for Alpha Pregnancy
• Toboggans for the Crisis Ministry and Cancer Center
• Adult Bibs
• School Kit bags
• Pillowcase Dresses, aprons and potholders, pillowcase sets delivered to Jamaica
• Stuffed Teddy Bears for the Salvation Army
• Filled Christmas Stockings and Easter bags for Crisis Ministries and Alpha Pregnancy

We meet the fourth Tuesday evening of the month at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your sewing machines, scissors and come help with our mission work. Even if you do not sew, there is prep work to be done and we could use your help!

YOUTH YARD WORK PROJECTS

Throughout the year our Youth at Center are busy spreading blessings around our community one yard at a time. Through their efforts of mowing, weeding, mulching and cleaning up yards around town they are able to lessen a task for the elderly, those recovering from illnesses or anyone in need of help. They also work on our church grounds once a year during vacation bible school.

Maloy Family Ministry Update


Dear Friends,

I heard the word "hurrication" last year, describing some of my more optimistic friends' perspective on the hurricane that caused a mandatory evacuation of our town. I was miffed that the storm caused us to miss a whole week of one of our most critical ministry windows. Several of my friends viewed the closures of workplaces and schools not as not a limitation, but a gift...and went to Disney World!

Fast forward to this year; this week, and another mandatory evacuation. We didn't go to Disney World, but as we were already in NC visiting family for the Labor Day holiday, we stayed put and have enjoyed some extended family time we wouldn't have gotten otherwise. We were also able to move forward on some work projects that would have caused a time crunch had we had our normal campus schedule this week. And perhaps God is reminding our team that while we are called to work diligently, ultimately He is is sovereign over our plans and responsible for the fruit of our labor.

While the majority of interactions with students these days is on our own Lowcountry campuses, we are still so encouraged by the ongoing reports of steps of faith our Quito Summer Mission students are taking. One such story is attached. We are looking forward to a reunion with our team next month!

Thank you for your love and support for our family and our ministry!

In Christ, Dan, Shannon, Hadley, Daniel Jr.

PS - I know my "problems" listed above are of the first-world order. We are thankful for the ability to leave our home to escape a storm, and that we experienced no loss of property or life. We are prayerful for those for whom that was not the case, especially the Bahamian people who experienced such mass destruction. If you are looking for additional ways to help all those affected by Dorian, check out the excellent ministries of Samaritan's Purse and GAiN. We love their work of helping those in need in the name of Jesus.

Please read more about our Mission, via our Newsletter.

Maloy August Update
(Posted 9/9/19)


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