Vicksburg UMC supports many missions.

 

We have been blessed in many ways and it is our responsibility to share these blessing with others not so fortunate.

Check out the several of the many missions we support. You will find three ways you can contribute to the missions of this church.

 

• Financial Giving

• Sharing Your Time

• Sharing Your Talents

 

It is our prayer that you find something(s) that encourages you to join us in making life better for others. The Mission Team is always looking for individuals or groups that can contribute time to help. Some of the tasks only invoice a half hour or an hour every other week. Please call the office if you can do any small job. We meet the first Monday of the month at 6:30pm. You are always welcome to join us.

  • Locally

    Loaves and Fishes

    VUMC, in cooperation with SCCS, hosts and supplies all the volunteers for this food distribution project, the third Saturday of each month. Loaves and Fishes truck the food in. Over 100 families, which represent many more individuals, get food at no cost, to help their food budgets go a little further. Sally Kohler organizes this amazing ministry. The volunteers unpack, sort, distribute the food, and then assist in carrying the food to recipient’s vehicles. If you are interested in helping, arrive at the church at 8am. You are usually finished by 10am.

     

    Generous Hands

    UMC assists when needed in loading the backpacks that are distributed in the local schools, providing the children with high protein, nutritional food on the weekends.

    VUMC also collects food for the program in Vicksburg and is a financial donator to the program.

    South County Community Services (SCCS) VUMC is very involved in projects that serve our local people. We donate financial support, adopt families at Christmas, supply food baskets, help with personal items and continually collect food for the food pantry.

     

    Kid's Hope

    One simple thing will make a big difference in the life of an at-risk child: One-on-one, positive attention from a responsible, caring adult.

     

    Kids Hope USA develops these one-on-one relationships through the creation of church-school partnerships that pair church members with at-risk kids in supportive, mentoring relationships.

    Kids Hope USA mentors spend just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing and listening to a child at school. By helping the child feel loved and valued, they help that child to learn, grow and succeed.

    You can change a life…and that’s no small change.

     

    UMCOR (United Methodists Council on Relief)

    UMC assists when needed in loading the backpacks that are distributed in the local schools, providing the children with high protein, nutritional food on the weekends.

    VUMC also collects food for the program in Vicksburg and is a financial supporter to the program.

    South County Community Services (SCCS) VUMC is very involved in projects that serve our local people. We donate financial support, adopt families at Christmas, supply food baskets, help with personal items and continually collect food for the food pantry.

     

    Crop Walk

    The CROP Walk is an annual fundraising event held in April. You recruit supporters and then spend an enjoyable time walking for hunger. If you are unable to walk, rocking chairs are provided so that you may still support this worthwhile cause. Brad Addis is the capable coordinator of this event and can answer any questions you may have.

    CROP is the name given to community fund-raising events sponsored by the Church World Service, an international relief agency. Money from the CROP Walk is used to provide food, medical aide, disaster relief and self help development efforts for people in need through the world. 25% of the funds collected remain in the community being donated to SCCS. As much as $12,000 has been raised by just walking with friends!

     

    Is Sewing Your Thing?

    Check out the SEW WHAT NOW GOD group. They meet every Tuesday at 6:00pm and enjoys the leadership of Kathy Phillips. She can give you more information.

    African Dresses for Girls: Other sewing projects are African dresses. Some of these kits are in a basket in the Mission Area.

    Bronson Hospital: can use pediatric unit pillowcases (kid friendly prints, fleeces, fleece with a satin border on the open end), quilts or blankets, kids 23X30, teens and children 40X60.

    YWCA can use quilts or blankets.

     

    Knitting and Crocheting for Missions

    Do you enjoy knitting and/or crocheting and want to put it to a mission use? While the knitting group is not meeting together on a regular basis, you can still enjoy this at home. Some of the projects have gone to:

    UMCOR: baby sweaters for layettes

     

    Bronson Hospital: newborn hats (no embellishments), red scarves for women with heart disease (5” wide, 50-60” in length); afghans for preemies, 12X!@ and afghans for newborn, 23X30 afghans for child or teen, 40X60” SCCS: children’s and adults hats and mittens or gloves

     

    DISABLED VETERANS: lab robes, approximately 24X40” Contact Barb Addis for additional information and ideas.

     

    It is not possible to explain each of the missions, but listed are some of those to which money was donated:

     

    KITS: School and Health We have assembled and donated many kits, school and health. If you are interested, check out the Mission console for a list of items required.

     

    RIDES for medical appointments (FREE) SCCS is now offering free rides for medical appointments. They can travel as far as the Veterans Hospital in Battle Creek. Call SCCS (649-2901) on Tuesdays and schedule your ride for the following week.

    blood giving

     

    Blood Drives: VUMC houses and provides the workers and food for 2 blood drives in the Vicksburg area every year. Mark your calendar for the third Friday in September and November. Occasionally another group also uses our facilities, but we have total responsibility for September and November.

     

    Fix it Up Guys: The group of handy men is glad to do small jobs at your house. They will come to your house to evaluate to see if it is a job they can handle. Call Tom Aikten

     

    Plus 10: People agree to donate $10 on a Sunday. The notebook to volunteer to be a Plus 10 Family is located on the Mission credenza. This money is divided between Generous Hands and SCCS.

     

  • Within the Church

    All of our ministries — caring and support, children and students, and more — rely on volunteer support, and people with all kinds of talents and abilities are needed to carry out the mission of our church. God has blessed each person with gifts and talents to serve Him and others. Please speak with Pastor Greg about opportunities to serve. We look forward to serving God with you!

     

    Volunteer Opportunities

     

    WORSHIP TEAM: Do you love to sing or play an instrument? Does music make you feel closer to our Lord? Do you enjoy leading others to worship God? Have you considered using your talents and gifts to glorify God? The praise team would love for you to join them! The praise team leads the worship part of our service each week. They sing a variety of contemporary and traditional songs based on the word of God and are intended to give praises to Him.

     

    BIBLE STUDY: Want to be a discussion leader? You don’t have to be a Biblical Scholar to do that. You simply need to want to learn and help others to learn. Let us know if this is something you would like to do.

     

    ACOLYTES: Our Traditional Worship Team includes children known as acolytes who assist with lighting altar candles during chapel and sanctuary worship services. Lighting the candles symbolizes the presence of Jesus Christ entering into the worshiping community.

     

    USHERS & GREETERS: Are you outgoing and friendly? Do you make others feel welcome? The usher/greeter team could be a great place for you to serve. Ushers/greeters at VUMC fill an important role. They are involved in welcoming guests, passing out bulletins, helping visitors, answering questions, collecting the offering, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to church life.

  • Globally

    The Haiti Hot Lunch Program

    Background/History

    The Hot Lunch program provides the 22,000 children in The Methodist Church of Haiti schools (103 primary and 10 secondary) with hot, nutritional meals that many children otherwise would not receive. Before the program, children would attend school relying only on the breakfast eaten at home or snack foods purchased in the street. This program ensures access to nutritional meals, cooked on-site, to provide energy to learn throughout the day.

     

    Goals & Objectives

    Over the next 5 years, L'Eglise Methodiste d'Haiti (EMH), The Methodist Church of Haiti

     

    1. To transition program management to BEMHEG (Education Department of the EMH).
    2. Hire and train program staff to serve as educators in nutrition and hygiene as well as program monitors over 5 years.
    3. Provide basic cooking materials, utensils and cooking gas to schools.
    4. Provide training to kitchen staff.
    5. Integrate development programs such as school gardens and composting into Hot Lunch activities.
    6. Promote community ownership and contribution through Parent-Teacher associations and trainings.

     

    Your loose change in the offering plate goes to this vital program so don’t forget to throw in an extra quarter or two. Ongoing Missions, Imagine No Malaria and UMCOR health Kits. Remember the dollars with the 7’s, place them in envelopes on the mission table and slip them under the office door.

  • UMC Ministry Shares

    World Service & Conference Benevolences

    Ministerial Education Fund

    Black College Fund

    Connectional Ministry

    Africa University Fund

    General Administration

    New Church Development

    Kalamazoo District missions and administration

    West Michigan Conference missions and administration

     

    To learn more about these funds, please pick up a "Who We Are" booklet from the Welcome Center or go the the United Methodist Web site at www.umcgiving.org

  • Loaves and Fishes

    VUMC, in cooperation with SCCS, hosts and supplies all the volunteers for this food distribution project, the third Saturday of each month. Loaves and Fishes truck the food in. Over 100 families, which represent many more individuals, get food at no cost, to help their food budgets go a little further. Sally Kohler organizes this amazing ministry. The volunteers unpack, sort, distribute the food, and then assist in carrying the food to recipient’s vehicles. If you are interested in helping, arrive at the church at 8am. You are usually finished by 10am.

     

    Generous Hands

    UMC assists when needed in loading the backpacks that are distributed in the local schools, providing the children with high protein, nutritional food on the weekends.

    VUMC also collects food for the program in Vicksburg and is a financial donator to the program.

    South County Community Services (SCCS) VUMC is very involved in projects that serve our local people. We donate financial support, adopt families at Christmas, supply food baskets, help with personal items and continually collect food for the food pantry.

     

    Kid's Hope

    One simple thing will make a big difference in the life of an at-risk child: One-on-one, positive attention from a responsible, caring adult.

     

    Kids Hope USA develops these one-on-one relationships through the creation of church-school partnerships that pair church members with at-risk kids in supportive, mentoring relationships.

    Kids Hope USA mentors spend just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing and listening to a child at school. By helping the child feel loved and valued, they help that child to learn, grow and succeed.

    You can change a life…and that’s no small change.

     

    UMCOR (United Methodists Council on Relief)

    UMC assists when needed in loading the backpacks that are distributed in the local schools, providing the children with high protein, nutritional food on the weekends.

    VUMC also collects food for the program in Vicksburg and is a financial supporter to the program.

    South County Community Services (SCCS) VUMC is very involved in projects that serve our local people. We donate financial support, adopt families at Christmas, supply food baskets, help with personal items and continually collect food for the food pantry.

     

    Crop Walk

    The CROP Walk is an annual fundraising event held in April. You recruit supporters and then spend an enjoyable time walking for hunger. If you are unable to walk, rocking chairs are provided so that you may still support this worthwhile cause. Brad Addis is the capable coordinator of this event and can answer any questions you may have.

    CROP is the name given to community fund-raising events sponsored by the Church World Service, an international relief agency. Money from the CROP Walk is used to provide food, medical aide, disaster relief and self help development efforts for people in need through the world. 25% of the funds collected remain in the community being donated to SCCS. As much as $12,000 has been raised by just walking with friends!

     

    Is Sewing Your Thing?

    Check out the SEW WHAT NOW GOD group. They meet every Tuesday at 6:00pm and enjoys the leadership of Kathy Phillips. She can give you more information.

    African Dresses for Girls: Other sewing projects are African dresses. Some of these kits are in a basket in the Mission Area.

    Bronson Hospital: can use pediatric unit pillowcases (kid friendly prints, fleeces, fleece with a satin border on the open end), quilts or blankets, kids 23X30, teens and children 40X60.

    YWCA can use quilts or blankets.

     

    Knitting and Crocheting for Missions

    Do you enjoy knitting and/or crocheting and want to put it to a mission use? While the knitting group is not meeting together on a regular basis, you can still enjoy this at home. Some of the projects have gone to:

    UMCOR: baby sweaters for layettes

     

    Bronson Hospital: newborn hats (no embellishments), red scarves for women with heart disease (5” wide, 50-60” in length); afghans for preemies, 12X!@ and afghans for newborn, 23X30 afghans for child or teen, 40X60” SCCS: children’s and adults hats and mittens or gloves

     

    DISABLED VETERANS: lab robes, approximately 24X40” Contact Barb Addis for additional information and ideas.

     

    It is not possible to explain each of the missions, but listed are some of those to which money was donated:

     

    KITS: School and Health We have assembled and donated many kits, school and health. If you are interested, check out the Mission console for a list of items required.

     

    RIDES for medical appointments (FREE) SCCS is now offering free rides for medical appointments. They can travel as far as the Veterans Hospital in Battle Creek. Call SCCS (649-2901) on Tuesdays and schedule your ride for the following week.

    blood giving

     

    Blood Drives: VUMC houses and provides the workers and food for 2 blood drives in the Vicksburg area every year. Mark your calendar for the third Friday in September and November. Occasionally another group also uses our facilities, but we have total responsibility for September and November.

     

    Fix it Up Guys: The group of handy men is glad to do small jobs at your house. They will come to your house to evaluate to see if it is a job they can handle. Call Tom Aikten

     

    Plus 10: People agree to donate $10 on a Sunday. The notebook to volunteer to be a Plus 10 Family is located on the Mission credenza. This money is divided between Generous Hands and SCCS.

     

  • The Haiti Hot Lunch Program

    Background/History

    The Hot Lunch program provides the 22,000 children in The Methodist Church of Haiti schools (103 primary and 10 secondary) with hot, nutritional meals that many children otherwise would not receive. Before the program, children would attend school relying only on the breakfast eaten at home or snack foods purchased in the street. This program ensures access to nutritional meals, cooked on-site, to provide energy to learn throughout the day.

     

    Goals & Objectives

    Over the next 5 years, L'Eglise Methodiste d'Haiti (EMH), The Methodist Church of Haiti

     

    1. To transition program management to BEMHEG (Education Department of the EMH).
    2. Hire and train program staff to serve as educators in nutrition and hygiene as well as program monitors over 5 years.
    3. Provide basic cooking materials, utensils and cooking gas to schools.
    4. Provide training to kitchen staff.
    5. Integrate development programs such as school gardens and composting into Hot Lunch activities.
    6. Promote community ownership and contribution through Parent-Teacher associations and trainings.

     

    Your loose change in the offering plate goes to this vital program so don’t forget to throw in an extra quarter or two. Ongoing Missions, Imagine No Malaria and UMCOR health Kits. Remember the dollars with the 7’s, place them in envelopes on the mission table and slip them under the office door.

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