Outreach & Missions
Leader: Phyllis Carter
 
OUTREACH COMMISSION
 
Outreach Mission Statement:
We will work hard to share God’s love with local and global communities,
through mission, outreach and education.
 
 
The Lehman Loaves and Fishes Food Cupboard
Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings each week. If you would like to donate items and/or help with the Food Cupboard, please contact Phyllis Carter, Sandra Young or any member of the Outreach Committee. We give to needy within our church and the local community outside our church. Contact Phyllis Carter or any member of the Outreach Commission if you or someone you know is in need of this service.
 
Mexico (Caring Action for Children) Church
Members visit orphanages in Mexico to help minister to the youth and caregivers at those orphanages, to do interior and exterior repairs, and to donate necessities. Contact May or Tor Jansen for more information.
 
Mission Central
Located in Mechanicsburg, Mission Central supplies mission education, mission outreach and disaster response. They always have needs, and the leaders of our church reach out to our congregation to try to fill some of those needs to the best of our abilities. Contact Phyllis Carter for more information.
 
Adopt a Child/Christmas Angel Tree
This is an “adopt-a-family” program where members of our church choose a family or individual and purchase gifts to provide Christmas to those in the community who would otherwise not have one. Contact Phyllis Carter for more information.
 
Personal Pantry
The Personal Pantry was started to supply items that are not covered under food stamps — laundry soap, bath soap, shampoo, personal hygiene items, dental care items, feminine hygiene items, dish soap, paper products, diapers and baby wipes. Contact Phyllis Carter or any member of the Outreach Commission to donate or if you or someone you know is in need of this service.
 
Not Home Alone Thanksgiving Dinner
This beautiful program rovides a Thanksgiving meal to those members of our community who would otherwise be alone as family does not exist for them, they are unable to travel, or for whatever reason they choose to share in the Thanksgiving feast with us. Volunteers pick up shut-ins, prepare turkeys and desserts ahead of time, and donate their time setting up the hall, serving the meal and cleaning up. Each year, hundreds of participants enjoy delicious food and fellowship! See The Spark and The Flame for more information as Thanksgiving approaches.
 
CROP (Communities Responding to Overwhelming Poverty) Walk 
Neighbors walk together to take a stand against hunger in our world. Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local hunger-fighting.
 
Aid for Friends 
This Christian organization supplies meals to persons in need, especially the elderly in the five-county Greater Philadelphia region. We have supplied frozen meals from the leftovers of any dinner held at the church, “Meatloaf Sunday” and several more Sundays of supplying meals. We have also provided breakfast bags as noted under Christian Education Missions. If you know of someone who cannot cook for themselves, please contact Karen Douglass, our parish nurse.
 
Rummage Sales
In October and April, our Rummage Sales are held for two days, followed by the Jesus Share Fair. On the Saturday after the sale at the Jesus Share Fair, anything that is not sold is free until it is packed up and taken to Holy Redeemer Thrift, Goodwill and thrift stores. Persons or organizations that need items give us a list, and if those items are donated to us, they are given to them. Just about anything is accepted with a few exceptions (TVs, exercise equipment, encyclopedias, textbooks). Our only guideline is if it’s not in good enough condition to give it to a friend in need, we don’t need it either. 
 

 MISSIONS
 
Women’s Circles
Our church has many circles where women meet for fellowship, studies, support and friendship. There’s a group that fits you regardless of age and stage in life. We also have the Contagious Joy Study Group that is a merger of our small group studies and a women’s circle. Circle meetings and studies come together at various times. For more information contact Georgi Bernard or call the church office at 215-675-2110.
 
Kentucky (Henderson Settlement)
Church members travel to this remote area of Kentucky to help provide basic material necessities, educational supplies, spiritual guidance and to help fix people’s homes to increase their standard of living. We also collect usable clothing, baby items, linens, household items, small appliances and furniture. Contact Georgi Bernard for more information
 
Camp Innabah Work Day
Sponsored by the 7th & 8th Grade Sunday School classes, the first Saturday in May is the day to go and work at getting the camp ready for the season.  We do general clean-up, painting, building bunk beds--all sorts of projects based on the needs of the campers and staff.  Contact Georgi Bernard for more information
 

 UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
 
Collection and assembly of UMCOR Kits. 
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Their mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people. UMCOR Supply Kits help to care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. They also help to sustain everyday life by providing basic necessities to people who lack ready access to essential supplies. These kits provide vital support for the work UMCOR does throughout the world. Kits include: Bedding kit, Bulk materials, cleaning buckets (formerly called flood bucket), health kits, layette kits, school kits and sewing kits. Contact Georgi Bernard.
 
ConKerr Cancer
This charity was started by a mom who lost her son to cancer. She began making him fun pillow cases for his stay in the hospital, and even after he lost his battle, she and many volunteers make pillow cases for other kids who are battling with terminal and long-term diseases. Our church members make pillow cases to give to these children through this charity. Contact Georgi Bernard for more information.
 

 
DISCIPLING
 
Lehman Creations Craft Group
The group meets twice a month and creates tray favors for Methodist Hospital and Lehman’s “Insider” visitation program. We also make afghans, lap robes, quilts, walker caddy bags, medical dolls, and baby bundles which are donated to Veterans hospitals, local hospitals and anyone who is visited by members of our staff.  Contact Stephanie McCurry for additional information and see the Lamplighter for meeting dates, times and locations.
 
Lakeside Pregnancy and Parenting Program
Throughout the year, we have different mission projects in Sunday School and church-wide such as “baby showers” to provide these teen mothers with material items that are needed (formula, food, clothing, bibs, etc.) to bring a healthy child into this world.  See Patti Farraday if you can help or if you need help!
 

 UNITED METHODIST WOMEN & THE OUTREACH COMMISSION JOIN FORCES to collect the following items which help a multitude of foundations, charities and people in need:
  • Soda tabs & plastic screw-on lids from water/soda bottles for Kidney Dialysis patients – go to Ronald McDonald House
  • Used cell phones – go to Secure the Call Foundation
  • Campbell Soup & Boxtops for Education – for Henderson Settlement
  • Food, Paper Goods & Personal Items – for Lehman's Food Pantry, BuxMont, and Latino Ministry
  • All sizes of diapers and wipes to Lakeside Pregnancy Center and Personal Pantry
  • Ink cartridges from computers - for the Youth Group
  • Used stamps and postcards -  for Methodist Hospital
  • Shop Rite cash register receipts from WARMINSTER store only
  • Cotton fabrics - for sewing church sewing projects.
It only takes a few minutes to “save” some of these items but they make a huge difference in another’s life. Don’t forget to continue or start at any time. Before you dispose of some bigger items — furniture, baby items — please call. We may know of someone who will have a home for them. Please leave the smaller items at the Care & Share table in the narthex. Thanks for all your help.
 
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