Outreach and Missions

 

 Local outreach programs:

Mom’s Day Out- This is a local church initiative, lead by Pam Ennis, which is provided for those families in our local community who need a low cost alternative for their preschool aged children. This activity group meets from 9:00 am until noon, on Friday mornings (during the school year). Although pre-registration on a monthly basis is preferred, drop-ins are welcome.  Inquiries regarding enrollment or curriculum can be obtained by phoning the church office or by email which can be sent by clicking on the link here.

Upper Valley MEND /Community Cupboard– MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity) had its beginning in 1983 when the local Ministerial Association decided to begin a cooperative effort to start a community food bank. Eight churches gave support and volunteers to staff the food bank one morning each week. Our church provided the room (Remembrance Hall).

Due to an increasing demand for food bank services and a desire to meet additional needs in the community, this effort was eventually expanded to include a thrift store. It was also moved to a new location offered by the City of Leavenworth, and became known as the Community Cupboard.  Besides the Food Bank, MEND now also includes a Fair Trade Store, a low income housing project, a home for persons with developmental disabilities, and a free clinic.  To find out much more about MEND, you can go here.

Since the days when Community Cupboard resided in the lower level of our church, we have continued to support this outstanding community service.  Whether it is through direct contributions from special offering at church, to Red Bucket Bell Ringers (see below) at Christmas, to special food initiatives throughout the year (like “Soup”er Bowl Sunday soup collection) we are constantly looking for ways to help bolster the impact that the Community Cupboard and thus MEND continues to make on our local community.

Red Bucket Bell Ringers- Every Saturday and Sunday during the three weeks of Christmas Lighting in Leavenworth, in excess of forty volunteers from LCUMC man the “red bucket” and ring the bell for donations. The proceeds go directly to the Community Cupboard.

Mountain Meadows Senior Living Center- As one of our most important outreach programs to our elderly in our community, Pastor Denise and Carolyn Giger periodically lead a worship service for this facility, in rotation with other local churches.  Pastor Denise is also a member of their Board.

 National/ International outreach programs:

UMCOR– Stands for “United Methodist Committee on Relief”.  In order to fully understand the extent of the work that UMCOR does, please go to their website which can be accessed here.

Our church’s outreach program, in addition to direct donations collected and forwarded to UMCOR to further their efforts, includes sending volunteers periodically to one of their two facilities which packages goods and gets them ready to be shipped to needed areas throughout the world.

Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Health kits, sewing kits, school kits, bedding kits, birthing kits, and cleaning buckets are collected by generous donors across the United States. These items are then sent to one of two supply depots (Baldwin, LA and Salt Lake City, UT), where volunteers assemble, verify, and pack the kits so that they can be sent to where they are needed most.

Kits also help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives.