February 2018 Monthly Mission: This month's mission focus is on one of our long term partners, Open Table Ministry, Inc. Housed in downtown Durham's Trinity UMC, this ministry is a vital part of seeking to provide assistance to and relationship with those experiencing homelessness.
We'll be serving a comfort food meal of meatloaf, creamed potatoes, green beans and rolls for dinner. This month, due to the purchasing power of a commercial vendor, the missional community is doing something a little different - providing the cost of the meal. We'll spare you from grocery shopping, so you can prepare the food and deliver baked to Trinty by 11:50 MON 2/19. There we'll meet and serve, and eat with our guests.
As another way to serve, Open Table is in need of items (primarily men's jeans, coats, boots and new underwear and socks) for those they serve in their Free Store. Please consider making a donation toward this - either by donating financially to the store or bringing in your used items. Open Table purchases some high demand clothing from an overstock company and is able to purchase these at a great price. Collection bins will be available each Sunday in February in the Vestibule of the Sanctuary as you enter for worship.
Sign up to bake a frozen already prepared meatloaf and come serve and eat with our friends on 2/19 - noon, in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity UMC. Signup Genius to heat and serve lunch is here.
January 2018 Monthly Mission
Our monthly mission for January was to serve with the Durham branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Each year, the Durham Food Bank distributes over 9 million pounds of food to people at risk of hunger across 6 nearby counties. They distribute the food they collect and sort to individuals in need with the help of partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other programs sponsoring at risk children & seniors. The Food Bank is highly dependent on the volunteers and contributions of individuals in the local community to obtain, sort and package food for distribution. We served in 4 different ways with a kids day of food sorting, an adult and youth day of food sorting, a food drive and monetary donations. There were over 3 bins of food collected and more than $460 contributed to the Food Bank.
2017 Monthly Missions
To learn more about the ways that All Saints' served in mission in 2017, please visit this link.
Bethesda UMC Endowment
Thanks to the merger with Bethesda UMC we now have an Endowment Fund with annual earnings to give away to qualified uses. The use of the funds according to the Bethesda Endowment mandate is “for outreach ministries in the local church, community, and beyond the local community that extend beyond the annual operating budget and enable the church to extend its ministry of caring and serving.” Further interpretation of that mandate sets forth that these endowment funds are to be used as seed money for a new, emerging or enhanced/renewed mission/outreach within or beyond All Saints’ UMC. In allocating these funds, emphasis will be given to mission/outreach that extends beyond current mission projects. These endowment funds are not to take the place of annual budget funds for mission.
An Endowment Committee of 5 church members has been established to oversee the administration of these funds and to make a recommendation to the Church Council as to disbursement of these funds. Contact the Church Office for more information. (Grant application here).
Watch this video to see how All Saints' served in mission with Habitat for Humanity in 2016: