As we are regularly reminded, there are many in need around the world, especially in the event of natural disasters, but often we are not as informed as to needs closer to home. Red Bird Mission and Clinic, founded in 1921 and headquartered in Beverly, KY provides ministries in the Appalachian Mountains. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide daily obstacles to residents in this isolated, rural, distressed area. Red Bird Mission strives to help through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.
During the month of March, the Mission Committee is collecting items for Harbor Interfaith Services to help them serve people who are homeless. They need diapers, new socks, peanut butter and jelly, and gently used men’s clothing. Look for a friendly mission committee member on the patio or find the box labeled “Harbor Interfaith” in the Narthex and drop your donations off. To make it easy, we also welcome checks made payable to “RHUMC” with “Harbor Interfaith” in the subject line and we’ll take care of the shopping for you. Thanks for your generous help!
UMCOR Sunday – March 26
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) lives out a mission to alleviate human suffering. UMCOR provides humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities cannot recover on their own. On Sunday, March 26, we will have a special offering to help underwrite UMCOR’s “costs of doing business.” Funds raised will help UMCOR keep their promise that 100% of any gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project, not administrative costs. Special envelopes will be inserted in the Sunday Worship bulletin. Thank you for your generosity.
Mission Rebuild Trip to Weed, CA – April 23-29
YOU can help! After a disaster, Methodists get to work. They bring comfort to those who have lost their belongings and their houses – to fire, to flood, or to other natural disasters. United Methodists Volunteers in Mission organizes the sites to be helped. RHUMC will send a team to Weed, CA which is not far and we can be of comfort and help to some residents who are still out of their homes from a fire two years ago.
Serving on a disaster mission can be a life-changing experience. You will be exposed to the miracle of the human spirit and the miracle of the Holy Spirit in action. You will never regret it.
Weed is near Mt. Shasta in Northern California. It is a 10-hour drive or a flight can be taken to Redding, followed by an hour and a half drive. Accommodation will be in a motel and house with kitchen facilities. We will do our own cooking, and Jan Johnson has already volunteered to be the Food Manager, so we can be assured that we will eat well.
Requirements are a willing spirit, flexible attitude, and a willingness to learn and to serve. We will be doing a variety of tasks that will be specified as we near to the time to go. We will provide to the organizers a skills inventory to determine the jobs that we will be assigned. There will probably be painting to be done, as well as sweeping, perhaps hammering nails, and such. I have gone on 3 trips and my skills go no further than hammering nails so do not worry if you are not a skilled carpenter.
Don’t miss this chance to prepare yourself to really make a difference in the world and live out your Christian faith. Please contact Nancy Rasmussen at email@example.com or Jan Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving. We will provide a needed service in the magnificent environment near Mt. Shasta. Please join us!
Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala
RHUMC has again set up a special fund to support Hearts In Motion (HIM), a non-profit organization which provides care and medical treatment for children, families and communities in Central and South America as well as the U.S. Cindy McCoy will be traveling on her 6th trip to Guatemala March 10, 2017 to participate in the Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery, Dentistry, general medical outreach clinics. Typically, during this one mission, over 50 surgeries are completed and approximately 1200 to 1500 patients are seen in the outreach medical and dental clinics. Your past donations have helped support the building of an orphanage, a home for abandoned elderly, and costs for shipping a large container of clothing, toys and medical supplies.
Cindy is seeking support from her church family to help make this trip possible. This year, Cindy has recruited retired neonatologist, Dr. Priscilla Hancock. Your support will help defray costs to attend this mission and the incredible work it achieves. If you would like to support the goals of this mission, please make your check payable to RHUMC and write HIM in the memo line of your donation.
As before, if you have generic reading glasses, hand towels, small stuffed animals/soft toys and band aids or similar over the counter medical supplies, these would be gratefully welcomed and can be brought to the church Welcome Center. Thank you!
Mission Committee Welcomes Volunteers
The Missions Committee is looking for smiling faces as we head into the new year. This is an opportunity to be involved with the planning of events which raise money and RHUMC involvement with both local and international Mission projects. It’s a friendly, low-key group whose aim is to be helpful where we are able. We meet monthly – usually for an hour on the second Tuesday of each month. Come be part of a fun group. Everyone is welcome! Interested? Please contact Bill or Barbara Leone at 310-377-2628 or by email.
The first Tuesday of every month, RHUMC volunteers provide cooked hot meals prepared in RHUMC’s kitchen for Project: NEEDS, a mission and outreach ministry at St. Paul’s UMC in Redondo Beach. The need is especially great during the holiday season. If you would like to volunteer or help with the meal preparation on December 6, Mary Jane Schwebel would love to hear from you! She can be reached at 310-377-8780.
Announcing RHUMC International Service Trip for Summer 2017
RHUMC will be returning to Nicaragua next summer to partner with Seeds of Learning to build a school, interact with the local community, discover Nicaragua, and win a child’s love. Seeds of Learning focuses on improving education in Nicaragua as a means of diminishing the overwhelming poverty in the country. This trip is open to anyone 16 and older. Dates are June 25 to July 4, 2017. Cost is approximately $2,400. Scholarships are available. Want more info? Check out our record of the 2014 trip at http://rhumc15.blogspot.com/ or contact Kathy Platnick at
213-479-6950. Space is limited, so sign up today!
Sierra Service Project for Youth
Through acts of service repairing homes and community centers, Sierra Service Project invites youth into a closer relationship with God and to experience the transformative power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own. Sierra Service Project offers week-long service projects during the summer for junior high and high school youth groups. Each summer, over 130 churches and 2,000 youth and their adult leaders join together at one of our six sites located in rural and urban communities across the western states.
At SSP, youth are safe to grow in their faith, learn new skills, and make new friends while serving those in need. Last summer volunteers completed 119 home repair projects and other types of community service. SSP serves the elderly, poor and marginalized. Our service is offered without strings attached and with respect and humility.
Jesus invites us to come & see. The gospel of John shares the story of how some disciples came to follow Jesus. It was simple. Jesus extended an offer for them to come and see for themselves. The invitation to “Come & See” is extended to all Jr. & Sr. high youth in our church and community. (Yes, invite a friend!)
Jr. High Dates & Location: Dates & Location coming soon…
Sr. High Dates & Location: Dates & Location coming soon…
For questions and applications, call the church office at 310-377-6771 and they will direct your call.
Our church can help, and it’s easy! By collecting labels, box tops, and lids (V8 products) we can help the school at Red Bird earn free equipment and supplies. Just look for products that say “Labels for Education,” “Box Tops for Education” or “Tyson Project A+.” Some of the participating companies are: BIC, Campbell’s, Dannon, Emerald, Glad, Pepperidge Farm, Post, Kleenex and Hefty. Clip your labels and bring them to church – deposit in the box in the narthex. Meanwhile, you can learn more at: www.labelsforeducation.com, www.boxtops4education.com , and www.projectaplus.tyson.com.
Stay tuned for the Mission Committee’s upcoming winter project. Opportunities to help will be available soon!