December 2017 Monthly Mission
Spring Valley, a Title I Elementary School in Durham, gives us the opportunity this month to be generous by purchasing Christmas gifts for students who otherwise might not receive them this year. Thirty-three angel tree tags have been distributed for these students, and we ask that gifts be returned in gift bags, to the Sanctuary or Ministry Center, by Dec. 17th. If you would like to support the school in another way, please consider donating a Barnes & Noble gift card, so that the school librarian can purchase new books for students.
November 2017 Monthly Mission
In November, All Saints' spent a day cooking and eating a Thanksgiving meal with students at AMI Kids, a high school in Southeast Raleigh. Thank you to AMI and to the All Saints' volunteers who participated in this event!
October 2017 Monthly Mission
In October, it was our joy to tend to the yard and garden of a 91-year-old woman from Lumberton, whose home was devastated by Hurricane Matthew. We give thanks for Ms. Pearly and pray that she is able to return to her home within the next few weeks.
Hurricane Response & Cleaning Kits
We are so grateful to the congregation for generously responding to the call for Cleaning Kits. These Cleaning Kits will be sent to areas devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. At last count, we have gathered 34 kits. Thank you!
September 2017 Monthly Mission
In September, All Saints' returned to Urban Ministries of Durham and provided the evening meal (tacos and the trimmings) to our food insecure neighbors in downtown Durham.
August Monthly Mission Update
In August we prepared 32 Christmas Boxes for Project Agape, a NC Conference UMC Ministry. Project Agape serves an area of Armenia devastated in recent decades by earthquakes, genocide, the economic collapse of the Soviet Union, land disputes with neighboring Azerbaijan, and extreme poverty. More recently, Armenia has been flooded with refugees from war-torn Syria. Christmas Boxes assembled will be shipped to Armenia in time for Christmas distribution to Armenian and refugee children from Syria. Read more about Project Agape here.
July 2017 Monthly Mission Update
In July, we collected food and packaged it for Backpack Buddies at Brier Creek Elementary School during the year-round school session in which the Interfaith Food Shuttle does not provide the backpacks. We also served lunch and ate with our friends at Open Table Ministry in downtown Durham.
June 2017 Monthly Mission Update
As the traditional school year closed out, we provided lots of books for children at Spring Valley Elementary School to take home to encourage their reading over the summer.
May 2017 Monthly Mission Update
In May, All Saints' helped with repair efforts at Branch St. United Methodist Church, a congregation that was flooded out of their buildings after Hurricane Matthew. We give thanks for the opportunity to serve alongside these brothers and sisters and look forward to serving with them again in the fall. Contact Tim Cuellar (email@example.com) for more information.
April 2017 Monthly Mission Update
In April, All Saints' learned about the refugees in RTP and gathered items like tea kettles, laundry detergent and gift cards that will help these neighbors to settle in to our community. To learn more about connecting with refugee ministries, contact Brittany White (firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 2017 Monthly Mission Update
In March, All Saints' members purchased food, prepared and served tacos to food insecure individuals at Urban Ministries Durham. Thank you to Urban Ministries for offering this opportunity to care for and eat with our neighbors.
February 2017 Monthly Mission Update
In February, All Saints' members learned about Open Table Ministry, which partners with those who are unsheltered in Durham. In addition to learning more, we were able to prepare, serve and eat a meal with those who visit Open Table's weekly Monday luncheon.
January 2017 Monthly Mission Update
In January, All Saints' members were blessed to serve alongside our sisters and brothers at Branch St. UMC, whose church buildings were severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew. We were able to paint several classrooms, share a meal together and hear how God is sustaining this community as they recover.
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.
A new 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.
Watch this video to see how All Saints' served in mission with Habitat for Humanity in 2016: