2019 Missions Advent Offering

Make an impact in the lives of people in our community, state, and country by giving to the Missions Advent Offering. This offering will support the work of the following local social service organizations, Illinois Great Rivers Conference Golden Cross ministries, and domestic missions:

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS:

The Baby Fold – specializes in working with children and youth who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders and their families

Community Health Care Clinic – provides high quality medical care to the patients in our community who need it most

Faith in Action – provides rides to and from doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping assistance, friendly visits, friendly phone calls, and light home maintenance for seniors in the Bloomington-Normal area

Habitat for Humanity – helps families build and improve places to call home Home Sweet Home Mission – provides case management and other supportive services to the homeless in the Bloomington-Normal area such as shelter, hot meals, clothing and toiletries, and children’s programming

Labyrinth House – offers reintegration services to formerly incarcerated women in McLean County

Park Methodist Food Pantry – provides food to local people in need Safe Harbor – a ministry of the Salvation Army that provides a safe warm environment to sleep, storage of some personal belongings, breakfast & dinner, shower and laundry facilities, and case management services

Twelve Baskets Full – receives unused medications from places like correctional institutions and long-term care facilities and redistributes them to medical mission teams going to countries that cannot easily obtain them

Wesley Assistance Discretionary Fund – allows pastors to assist individuals in need of financial assistance beyond the scope of community social service funds, for purposes like rent, utilities, or emergency shelter. The fund is sometimes used when our own Wesley family members are in need.

Wesley Distribution Ministry – provides essential paper products and food to local people in need

Western Avenue Community Center – social service organization and community center reaching out into the neighborhoods in our community

ILLINOIS GREAT RIVERS CONFERENCE ORGANIZATIONS:

Alton Memorial Hospital – a full service community hospital in Alton, IL

Chaddock – offers hope and healing for severely traumatized children and their families through residential treatment, on-campus school that provides specialized education, foster care and adoption services, treatment for children and adolescents with unresolved trauma, consultation and education for caregivers of children and international consultation and training through the Chaddock Training Institute

Evenglow Lodge – a Continuing Care Retirement Community that is located in the heart of downtown Pontiac, Illinois. Evenglow is a non-profit, faith-based organization that has a mission to “Offer a continuum of retirement choices and services in a Christian environment.”

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – provides quality early childhood development services, comprehensive youth services, individual and family support services, services to older adults, and housing economic development services which will help move individuals and families out of poverty in the East St. Louis area

Methodist Medical Center of IL (UnityPoint Health – Methodist) – a full service community hospital in Peoria, IL

Spero Family Services – provides hope, help, and healing to individuals and families in Southern Illinois through Community Services, Clinical Services,
and Health & Child Welfare Services

Sunset Home
– non-profit ministry in Quincy, IL that delivers all levels of senior care in a Christian environment including skilled nursing, intermediate care, short-term rehabilitation, two independent living communities, and the state’s largest Alzheimer’s unit

United Methodist Village – non-profit retirement community in Lawrenceville, IL that provides skilled nursing, intermediate care, assisted living and independent living

Wesley Village a full-service retirement community in Macomb, IL offering independent living homes, independent living apartments, Wesley-At-Home Homemaker, Home Nursing Services and Home Healthcare, health care center, and a rehabilitation unit featuring a skilled nursing/Medicare wing and a Memory Care wing

DOMESTIC MISSIONS: 

Henderson Settlement Mission – includes a work camp to educate persons in mission and serves as a bridge between dreams and reality for families in the Southeastern Kentucky and Northern Tennessee area

Red Bird Mission – empowers individuals and advocates justice by providing spiritual, educational, health, and community outreach ministries in the
Appalachian mountain area

Give as you can. Every donation is appreciated.

Please contact Sandi Hinrichs for more information about this important mission at sandi.hinrichs@yahoo.com or you can find special Advent Offering envelopes in the pews during Sunday services or at the Welcome Center.

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