November 10, 2019
After each service in the Aldersgate Room
Ready for a party? Mission Fiesta Sunday (formerly Heifer Plus Sunday) is happening after each service on Sunday, November 10. This year we will be hosting a fiesta celebrating Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity, RHUMC’s four supported missionaries and St. Paul UMC’s Project Needs. Mission Fiesta gives you a chance to donate to the outreach that calls particularly to your giving nature.
Grab a treat from our bake sale, enjoy a coffee hour, partake of a food local to a country where our supported missionaries are based, and learn more about the important work each of these organizations and people are doing. You can also pick up a jar of Fletcher Larson’s famous pickles and shop the crafts of Red Bird Mission.
How can you make an impact? Stop by our display tables, donate a treat to our bake sale, and bring your open heart (and wallet) to support these important works. Come join the party!
For additional information or if you have questions, please email Kim Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Platnick at email@example.com
Heifer International is celebrating 75 years of working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance. Heifer teaches people how to use environmentally-friendly farming methods, create and operate businesses and support their communities with their knowledge. It also strengthens communities by making large scale improvements to existing economic systems to benefit farmers. Heifer also helps women develop leadership skills so that they can have access to greater opportunities, such as education and entrepreneurship. The core of the Heifer model is “Passing on the Gift.” This means families share the training they receive and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family, which extends the impact of the original gift. To learn more go to https://www.heifer.org/about-heifer/index.html.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities
St. Paul UMC Project Needs offers two main services to those in need in the South Bay community. Every Tuesday evening a hot meal is available to anyone who is hungry. Members of RHUMC have provided the first meal each month for over 25 years (contact Mary Jane Schwebel if you are interested in helping). Project Needs also has a food pantry that distributes groceries to families and homeless people twice a month. Project Needs currently serves an average of 85 meals every Tuesday and approximately 400 families per month benefit from its food pantry. In its approach, Project Needs places special attention on making the homeless and hungry feel comfortable coming to it and promoting “one on one” relationships. Every person who comes for a meal or groceries is served with dignity and respect. Project Needs strives to show all persons that they are valued. To learn more, go to https://www.stpaulsrb.org/outreach.html or reach out to Linda or Dale Gehr, who regularly volunteer at Project Needs.
Red Bird Mission and its affiliated clinic have been providing ministries in the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement. In addition to donating money to help support the Red Bird Mission, you can also collect Box Tops. There is a collection box in the narthex. To learn more, go to http://rbmission.org.
John Elmore has spent the last two decades in Chile where he and his wife, Maria Cristina Hurtado, are currently affiliated with the Methodist Agricultural School for Mapuche Indians. For his final three years of missionary service, John will be refurbishing and revitalizing the Methodist camp “El Bosque” in El Vergel, Angol, Chile. In addition to their missionary work, John and Cristina teach Sunday school and are deeply involved in the music ministry of the Villa Emmaus Methodist Church. To learn more about John’s upcoming work, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRw9bDEM5J4.
The Rev. Claudia Genung –Yamamoto is assigned to ministries of community outreach and church development in Kobe, Japan. Claudia works with the Kobe Jesus Band Church and its community ministry through Kagawa Memorial Center. The Center has a café offering low-cost lunches, daycare, food distribution, after school programs for disabled children, and programs for single families. The Jesus Band Church, where Claudia is an associate pastor, is part of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ), which continues the work of Methodism in Japan. For more information about Claudia’s work, go to https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1486-genung-yamamoto-claudia.aspx.
Our newest missionary, Katherine T. Parker has served in Nepal since 2013, where her work is focused in three areas: 1) Adolescent empowerment, including sexual reproductive health and rights and menstrual hygiene; 2) Maternal and child health; and 3) Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). She is currently engaged in a project with school- and church-based youth and mother’s groups in three remote villages in western Nepal. You can learn more about Katherine’s work at https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1547-parker-katherine.aspx.