AUGUST MISSIONS

HYGIENE KITS FOR CHUM DROP-IN CENTER

After worship on Sunday, August 13th, we have a mission project! We will be assembling 50 hygiene kits for CHUM to be given to people who need them at their drop-in center. These kits will provide necessities such as toothpaste, soap, towel, basics for everyday life.

— Here is what we need for these CHUM kits!

— Hand towel or wash cloth

— Toothpaste

— Toothbrush

— Antibacterial soap (small bottle)

— Lip balm

— Cough drops

— Tissues (small package)

— Shampoos/conditioners/lotions from hotels or travel size

We will make the kits after worship on “Bring A Friend to Church” Sunday, August 13th!This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of many people. We hope you, and your friends, will be part of putting together these kits on Aug 13

Please keep the glossy paper coming!  All proceeds go to the UMCOR water projects.

SUPPORT HARBOR HOUSE

Did you know that Harbor House in Superior is a United Methodist mission? They are associated with Faith UMC in Duluth and the director of Harbor House is Rev. Barb Certa-Werner, a UMC pastor!  They have several fundraising events every year and the next one is Sat., May 21st.  It is a 5K run/walk and a 15K run on the Osaugie Trail in Superior.  Entry fees are $25 for 5K and $55 for 15K.  Not a runner but would like to support  Harbor House? You can be a “ghost” runner – pay the entry fee as a donation even if you don’t run! You will be helping to provide services to women and their families experiencing homelessness in Douglas County.

WHAT WE SUPPORT WITH GLOSSY PAPER
Water is essential. It is used not only for drinking but for bathing, cooking, cleaning, waste disposal, and agriculture. Yet, 884 million people around the world do not have adequate access to it. In developing countries, even when water is accessible, it may not be clean. Because of this, 5,000 children a day die from waterborne diseases. What’s more, 2.5  billion people around the world lack basic sanitation. UMCOR’s Water and Sanitation program is helping vulnerable communities gain better access to clean water by locating safe water sources, educating communities, and improving sanitation. UMCOR helps communities rehabilitate existing water infrastructure or build wells from scratch. UMCOR-supported water and sanitation projects in a dozen countries are helping thousands of people access safe water to meet their day-to-day needs. Forming a Community Development Committee (CDC) is just as important as digging a well in a place where water is scarce. UMCOR also teaches community members how to maintain their water systems and care for them over time. And we also focus education efforts on the development of good hygiene practices.  About 80 percent of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. In developing countries, diarrhea kills 2.2 million people each year. UMCOR builds latrines and hand-washing stations so that people can live healthier lives. We always couple these efforts with education about how to prevent the spread of disease.

Here’s the link:  www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Programs/Global-Health/Water-and-Sanitation/Water-and-Sanitation

Where to take your Donations?
Are you in the mood to sort out your closets, the nooks and crannies of your house or apartment?  Well, we thought we’d let you know of some places around the Northland that accept donations of different types of items!

First, consider donating to the 50 Cent Sale the week of September 28th!  After that, here are some options:

Clothing:
Damiano Center (all types)
Safe Haven (women’s or children’s)
Seafarers (men’s)
Bethany Crisis Nursery (baby clothes)

Kitchen items and toys:
Damiano Center
Safe Haven

Furniture:
Harbor House in Superior

Aluminum cans:
To Hope’s fellowship hall, proceeds to Heifer Project

Glossy paper:
To Narthex, proceeds/Imagine No Malaria

There are drawers in the Narthex for the following items:
Campbell Soup Labels to Myers-Wilkins Elementary
Pop Tops for Ronald McDonald House
Box Tops for Education for Myers-Wilkins Elementary
Mini shampoos and conditioners for CHUM Shelter
Old cell phones

Ways to live out our Mission ~ Get involved!

MENTOR DULUTH:  With 250 kids currently occupying its waiting list, a local YMCA program, Mentor Duluth, looks to recruit 75 mentors in 75 days. Community members can apply to Mentor Duluth’s program and be matched with a child to help motivate, support, and make differences in their lives.
The idea to recruit 75 mentors was inspired by the program’s 75th   anniversary, which is being celebrated this year. Twenty-two members have joined since the program’s recruitment started on March 1, and the opportunity to enroll as a volunteer will continue through the second week in May.  Website:  http://mentorduluth.org/.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is recruiting volunteers 55 and older to fill the following positions. Call (218) 409-5991 for more information.

Activity helper: Lincoln Park Community Senior Center seeks friendly and outgoing volunteers to assist the coordinator in providing activities for guests. Responsibilities include distribution of food items for Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors, scheduling appointments, making popcorn and coffee, light cleaning and creating a warm and welcoming environment. Volunteers must have good people and phone skills.

Bone Builders: Class leaders are needed for Bone Builders, a weight-training program that prevents and reverses osteoporosis by increasing muscular strength and bone density. Other benefits include improved balance, enhanced energy and well-being and increased opportunities for  socialization. Bone Builders groups meet twice weekly. Training is provided.

St. Scholastica Monastery: Volunteers are needed to work in a variety of different positions such as the gift shop, front desk and driving. Volunteers must have good people skills.