- Peter Kassig, a member of Epworth, is serving the people of the Middle East from a hospital in Lebanon. Check out his story on CNN.com and support his efforts through your prayers and donations! (Make your check payable to Epworth UMC and note “Peter Kassig relief effort” on the memo line.) We are also collecting children's clothing (0-12 yrs) and sending to him for distribution.
- April 27th is Volunteer Day at Epworth! There are lots of opportunities to get involved. Check out our flyer to learn more!
- HELPING HAMMERS - Do you need help with a minor repair and cannot afford a handyman? Or would you like to volunteer to help others? Call Peter Schauland or Pat Engel for more information.
- Help is needed...Check out the UMC Indiana Conference website to learn about volunteer opportunities!
Making a Difference
- Thank you to everyone who took the time to donate clothing for Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon during the crisis. Last night I made the delivery of clothing which can be used to clothe hundreds of people throughout some of the hardest hit areas in Lebanon. People were so very happy to have our support and I know it was a comforting and moving experience for everyone involved. Pictures should be forthcoming. I am personally so grateful to the people of Indianapolis, and Epworth United Methodist Church for their undying efforts and energy in their support of SERA. Words can't really describe. I would like to offer special thanks to Bill Hoopes, Susie Dorrell, Paula Kassig, Patricia Engel, Pam Cooper, and everyone else in the Indy community who has stepped up with this effort. Furthermore, a special thank you to Jeffrey Watson and his family for their tireless efforts to help us collect blankets for refugees this winter! I am so thankful for all of you! ~ Peter Kassig
There are always ways to get involved in missions. From food bank contributions, to trips, to building homes in the community—Epworth United Methodist Church is committed to: loving, serving and growing.
To learn about how you can get involved, we invite you to call the church at (317) 251-1481. Check out our video of our work with Habitat for Humanity:
Begin to think about how you can participate in one or our "life changing" challenges, like the following have done:
Beth spends time in South American communities, providing immunizations, health assessments, and medical care. Jane works with homeless children at Dayspring Center, helping them learn gardening and other life skills. Mona takes a global view of missions, and goes wherever she is needed to work or assess mission projects and mission needs. Ginny and Frank organize packing parties for Operation Classroom. Susie organizes support for the Angel Tree project. Dan and Lynn teach Bible study to disabled young adults. Many Epworth folks serve meals at shelters.
Each year, the Missions Committee offers members the opportunity to make a pledge of support directly toward mission programs. Donors may either designate that their pledge must be used in support of specific projects, or they may turn over the pledge to the Missions Committee, to be used toward projects selected by the committee. Although priority is generally given to service projects of the United Methodist Church and the church's worldwide relief through UMCOR (United Methodist Commission on Relief), the committee also supports projects outside the church when those projects address an area or a need not currently targeted for support from the United Methodist Church.
When disaster strikes, Epworth also takes up special collections to support emergency relief efforts by UMCOR. All contributions to UMCOR go directly to the relief efforts. The administration of UMCOR is financed by contributions to "One Great Hour of Sharing".
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is always a rapid response to disasters at home and worldwide. Remember that a full 100% of your donation goes to the disaster area. All administrative costs are funded through the general church.
Loose Coin Offerings
Loose coins in the Sunday offering are collected to support a mission program selected each month by the Missions Committee. The name of the recipient of the current month’s collection is listed in the church bulletin each Sunday, along with a brief description of the program.
Thank you to all who continue to support the Zimbabwe Food Ministry. As a result of your loose coin contributions in November, 75 chickens were purchased and delivered to the Feed the Hungry Group of St. Mark's Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Additional food was purchased through your on-going support of this ministry, resulting in a total purchase of over $1700 for items reflected below. The food was delivered for Christmas. Another large purchase was made in November. The food is purchased in Zimbabwe and distributed by the ladies of St. Mark's to an orphanage which also feeds street people in the area and a to an area where old people live. To continue to provide food, please annotate your check/offering envelope with the words "Zimbabwe Food".
Food Bank Collections
Groceries are collected year-round for distribution to church neighbors at East 10th Street and Forest Manor churches.
Mission trips for youth and adults provide our members with opportunity for service and personal growth. In June 2008 a group of Jr. Hi youth went to Louisville to live and work in the inner city, assisting residents with upgrading community standards. In July 2008 a group of Sr. Hi youth went back to Mississippi to continue with community needs in a Katrina stricken area. In 2007 groups of adults and youth went on a mission trip to Baker's Chapel near Evansville to help complete the rebuilding of that UMC church along the Ohio River which was destroyed by a tornado.
On one trip in 2006, an Epworth youth group went to the Cayman Islands to rebuild hurricane damage. A different group went to the Gulf Coast in 2007 to help rebuild a community after Katrina, and are going again in 2008. Still others spent over a week in Liberia Africa building more school facilities for the UM mission there. Another group went to Heifer International to observe that worthy effort.