Cedar Grove UMC
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Reaching Out, Growing Close, Changing Lives

Missions Corner



Our Homeless Ministry travels to DC the third Sunday of every month to deliver food, toiletries, clothing, blankets, coats, and shoes to our homeless brothers and sisters.  Normally, a team of 5-7 people participate on these trips.  If you are interested in helping with this ministry or riding with the team to DC, please contact either the church office or the leader, Pam Morton.  This ministry takes donations of clothing (including socks, underwear, jeans, tee shirts, sweat shirts or hoodies, coats, blankets), items for the health kits, and/or cash donations to cover the purchase of food or needed items. Pam Morton will sometimes list items that the ministry needs in the Sunday bulletin and/or make an announcement during Sunday worship. 

Donations can be delivered to the church office Mon.-Wed., 10 am - 4pm or to the homeless table in the church on Wednesday nights or on Sunday mornings.  If you'd like to donate for the health kits, we use:  dark colored wash cloths, toothbrushes, bars of soap, travel-size toothpaste, travel-size shampoo, travel-size shaving cream, travel-size deodorant, combs, and razors.




Closer to home, we provide a dinner to the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter in Annapolis once a month, specifically each fourth Monday of the month. If you, your family, or group would like to help prepare or serve a meal with CGUMC, please contact the church office Mon-Wed at 410-867-7417 or contact the leader of this ministry, Brian Manifold by email at unclebebee@msn.com.

 Should you wish to make a monetary donation to either of these ministries, please place the donation in the offering plate during Worship and note that it is for either the "Homeless Ministry" or the "Lighthouse Shelter Ministry."



CGUMC Youth (middle and high schoolers) and Adult chaperones each year participate in Project SPY aka Service Project Youth which is a week-long summer mission adventure.  Physically, we are a home repair ministry, making homes safer, warmer and drier, for families in the New River Valley of Virginia.  Spiritually, we seek to be God's hands and feet in the world.  Because of God's love for us, we are working to love others in tangible ways.  WHAT DO WE DO?  Some examples of our projects over the last couple of years include: painting, roofing, replacing gutters, yard work, bridge building, ramps, decks, wiring, paneling, plumbing, flooring, supports, masonry, ceilings, leaky toilets, furniture repair, and clean out closets and more.   Yeah... we do lots of stuff! For more information on this awesome mission trip, see Fieldstone UMC's website.   Youth or adults seeking information on this trip, should contact Pam Foster or Cedar Grove's office.






FREE BREAKFASTS for kids in Deale, Churchton, West River & Shady Side during the summer!  Our Breakfast Club which has been serving kids in Lothian & Tracey's Landing since 2010, is now in its 4th year.  It's a feeding ministry whose simple goal is: “to nourish the body & spirit of those we serve".  We do this by providing breakfast during the summer months to area children/families who typically rely on the free or reduced meal programs at school.  The program was started at Cedar Grove UMC back in 2009 and has expanded to other area churches and mobile home parks serving as many as 15,000 meals in a summer!!  At Cedar Grove UMC, we provide a weekly food bag every Wednesday from July to August.  For more information or to help, please contact Ingrid Quimby-High at 443-404-8354 or email at Ingrid.quimby@gmail.com.  





The Good News Jail & Prison Ministry places Christian chaplains in jails and prisons to minister to the spiritual needs of inmates and staff.  They “believe the most effective tool for ministering to the needs of inmates and staff is the daily presence of a chaplain.  The chaplain serves as evangelist, pastor, counselor, mentor and friend to those who are incarcerated and the staff who guard and protect them.”  Chaplain Chase Wood, a member of Cedar Grove, and Chaplain Brit Fletcher are the chaplains assigned to the Anne Arundel County facilities and we support them in their mission.  Their pastoral presence “helps men and women, inmates and staff, come to a relationship with God enabling them to begin to live a life that leads them away from incarceration rather than a life that leads them deeper into the cycle of crime.”


The Chaplains would like to inform you of a new opportunity to support their ministry, “The Sponsor a Chaplain for a Day Program”.   The Sponsor a Chaplain for a Day Program is a way for those who would like to support the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry in Anne Arundel County financially in a way that can be remembered and celebrated in honor of or in memory of a loved one or friend.


It costs approximately $600 a day to cover all the expenses for the ministry of Chaplain Brit Fletcher and Chaplain Chase Wood in the two facilities in Anne Arundel County. We are asking people to consider supporting the ministry of the chaplains for a day.  You can support one chaplain for a day, which would be a commitment of $300 per year, or you can support the entire ministry for a day, which would be a commitment of $600 per year.  You can then designate which calendar day you would like to support, and indicate the recipient of honor or memory for that day.  For example, a $600 commitment for the entire ministry in honor of or in memory of mom’s birthday, September 15th.   You can fulfill that commitment any way you would like during the year ($300 or $600 one time gift, or $25 or $50 a month, or $75 or $150 every three months, etc.).


 Chaplain Fletcher and Chaplain Wood have committed to pray specifically for you and your family on the special day you choose.  Thank you for considering this opportunity.  If you have questions about this ministry, or about donating, please talk with Chase Wood or Missions Chair Ingrid High.








The South County Faith Network, Inc (SCFN) was founded in 2005 by several local churches.  The group has grown to 13 churches, including Cedar Grove UMC.  We support SCFN with donations, fundraising, and volunteerism.  Information on upcoming fundraisers will be coming soon.  “SCFN is an interdenominational, not-for-profit, improving the quality of life for seniors and disabled adults in southern Anne Arundel County. The organization uses local volunteers to provide informal, home-based care and services that enable at-risk individuals to remain in their homes and enjoy a higher quality of life than they might otherwise experience.” (SCFN Website) 



The senior population of South County is growing faster than any other area of Anne Arundel County.  “Demographic information suggests that 7%--or roughly 30,000--of the 500,000 local population is senior citizens.  Of that group approximately 300 are believed to be the senior client base for this program.  A survey of local churches found that the majority of the seniors in South County were women between the ages of 65-85 living alone in their homes. The greatest needs of the seniors are light house cleaning, grocery shopping, yard work, minor home repairs, maintenance and friendly visits.” SCFN takes care of these needs in hope of improving the quality of life of these individuals. (SCFN Website)

We thank everyone for their support of this mission!  If you’d like more information, please contact Kathy Deale or Theresa Lumbsden at CGUMC or see SCFN’s website at: www.southcountyfaithnetwork.org