Cedar Grove UMC
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Reaching Out, Growing Close, Changing Lives

Missions Corner

 

HOMELESS MINISTRY
 

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.

 

 

LIGHTHOUSE SHELTER MINISTRY

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."  

 

 

 

 

THE BREAKFAST CLUB MINISTRY

 

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 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.

 

 

GOOD NEWS JAIL & PRISON MINISTRY

 

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.”  See their website for more information.

 

 

 

 

THE SOUTH COUNTY FAITH NETWORK

 

 

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)

 

 

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)


We thank everyone for their support of this mission!  If you’d like more information, please contact Theresa Lumsden.

 

 

 

THE BLUE RIBBON PROJECT

 

 

The Blue Ribbon Project is a local non-profit organization whose main purpose is to directly assist children within our community who are victims of abuse, neglect, and child sexual abuse. Counties served are Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Kent, and Queen Anne's. These children depend on us to speak up for them and stand up for their safety. One important project that The Blue Ribbon Project sponsors is called "Backpacks of Love". These backpacks are not filled with school supplies- instead, they carry essential necessities and are delivered to children in the moment they are being removed from an unsafe situation into foster care. This helps get the kids through the first 24-48 hours, a time of confusion and fear. Instead of having to carry around a trash bag with a few of their items hastily thrown in (which sadly happens all the time), they are given something nice to call their own and hopefully offer a bit of comfort and hope during the difficult transition into foster care. Backpacks are gender and age-specific (spanning newborn to 17 years) and include items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, children's soap and shampoo, changes of clothing, books, and small toys. Donations are collected and sorted at the headquarters in Crownsville, then packed into backpacks so they are ready to go at a moment's notice. Cedar Grove supports this mission by providing backpacks in April and May.

 

 

 

HOLIDAY MISSIONS WE SUPPORT:

  • Holiday Sharing - Working with AA County we assist 25 families/seniors in need with gift cards for food at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Operation Christmas Child -We fill shoe-boxes to send to needy children around the world. Every shoebox provides an opportunity for a child to learn about the Gospel and Jesus.
  • Care Packages for Service Personnel Stationed in Afghanistan We assemble care packages and make cards for our service members. We send them handwritten notes and other items such as: bags of chocolate and candy; cookies; nuts; K-Cup coffee pods or bags of ground coffee; Non-dairy coffee creamer; Office supplies (pens, pencils, notepads, etc.).