January – Bread for the World
February – Souper Bowl of Caring
March/April – Lenten banks (in 2010, this collection was donated to Habitat for Humanity for Haiti)
April – One Great Hour of Sharing
May – COTS walk (a fundraiser for Burlington’s Committee On Temporary Shelter)
May – Creature Comforts (PINS drive for coloring books, craft supplies and pocket-sized toys)
June – Diaper Drive (PINS drive for diapers and wipes)
August – back-to school backpack/school supply drive
November – “Fill the Cornucopia” drive to provide Thanksgiving dinner to local families in need
December – food drive to provide Christmas dinners and gifts to local families in need
December – Christmas Eve collection, donated to Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP)
Monthly – Birthday Bank offering, donated to the quilting group, which provides quilts, hats, and booties for children in need.
Additionally, throughout the year, the members of this church give generously to help as needed. In 2010, requests included a special request for clothing for a baby girl, toiletries for overnight bags for children in crisis, summer camp scholarships, and more.
Please check the Partners in Service (PINS) bulletin board in the Fellowship Room for many opportunities to help and serve our local area and worldwide. You will also find many thank-you letters posted there, reflecting the fruits of all of our efforts.
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United Methodist opportunities
The UMC New England conference has several opportunities to participate in service trips, such as:
Volunteers in Mission (VIM)
Check the Northeast Jurisdiction website for opportunities: http://www.gbgm-umc.org/umvim-nej
GBGM PRIMETIMERS EVENTS
An educational and mission service experience for adults over 50.
Contact 877-882-4724 or visit here for information.
NOMADS – Nomads On a Mission In Divine Service
Nomads are usually retired or close to retirement, usually with an RV, looking for a purpose and personal mission, want to share their faith, and enjoy using their skills to help others. They work for 3 weeks, 4 days a week at various sites. If you are interested, contact them at 1-800-406-6237, or get more information at www.nomadsumc.org. You can also contact Ernie and Vivian Melin, who have participated in Nomads for a number of years at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and/or to volunteer, please contact the leaders listed above directly or contact Roger Miller at 899-4419.