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.
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.
Circle of Life Meal Preparation
The Circle of Life team prepares meals in RHUMC’s kitchen and serves lunch at the Amigos House in the Harbor Gateway area to individuals who have AIDS and their families. The next three meal preps are scheduled for Saturdays, February 2, April 6, & June 1 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. If you would like to help with cooking in the morning and/or serving later in the day, contact Jackie Showalter at 310-544-8510 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you happen to be remodeling your kitchen or have a working appliance you are looking to get rid of, the Amigos House would appreciate donations of a freezer and a gas stove with a hood.
St. Paul’s First Tuesday Meals
RHUMC helps support St. Paul’s UMC in Redondo Beach with preparing meals for the homeless. Meals are prepared in RHUMC’s kitchen. The next three meal preps are scheduled for Tuesdays, February 5, March 5, & April 2 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. If you would like to help with preparing the meals and/or delivering them to St. Paul’s, contact Mary Jane Schwebel at 310-377-8780 or email@example.com.
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. If you are interested in participating, contact Kristin Reksc at 310-377-6771 or email Kristin
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.