With love and compassion for others, the people of this church "reach out" to those who need care. God has blessed us to be people of action.

For Love Sake: Caring for the Youth of Amy Hufnal's Classes

“For God so loved the world …” (Jn 3:16)
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (Jn 13:35)
“If we don't love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? (1Jn 4:20)

This time of the year (January through Valentine’s Day) is a time to love.  Technically, on the church calendar, it is referred to the season of Epiphany – the shining, manifestation, or evidence of God’s love and salvation for all people and all nations through Jesus, the newborn King. This focus begins with the Magi, or foreign Kings or stargazers coming to see the birth of Jesus.  We, as individuals and a church, also have the opportunity to shine forth, make evident, manifest God’s love for people, even people who feel distant or far from God.   We are blessed to have two individuals on the front line of educational ministries to the disadvantaged in Milwaukee by means of their teaching with MPS.  You must be aware that this is a most stressful context.  We, as a church, must be these teachers’ (Jordan Roupp and Amy Hufnal) support system, essential tool providers, and emotional fire retardant to what they regularly face. Last month, before Christmas, you gave very generously to the needs of Jordan Roupp’s class. Now until Valentine’s Day, February 14th, we will do a similar work of support for Amy … this “For Love Sake.”  Amy has four classes of special needs students at Marshall High School. Two classes are moderately handicapped and two classes are severely handicapped for a total of 75 handicapped students. Please see listed below the “needs” for Amy’s classes.  Receptacles will be in the entrance to the church for collection.  Donations are also always welcome.  Simply put on your memo line: Pastor’s Discretionary Fund – Amy’s Class.

Class Wish List

10 boxes of 24 count Crayola crayons (thin style)
10 boxes of Prang watercolor paints
5 boxes of Crayola markers (thin style)
10 boxes of Kleenex
6 boxes of Crayola colored pencils
Electric pencil sharpener
5 boxes of #2 pencils
1 500 sheet pack of copy paper
Fabric scraps and fun craft projects
Packages of plain animal crackers

Agape Meal Program

Buy food (listed on kiosk), prepare food at CUMC, reach out and serve food at Agape! Sign-up on Outreach kiosk! Bring a friend!

Agape Community Center
6100 North 42nd Street
Miwaukee, WI 53209
http://agape-center.org

Volunteers from CUMC purchase and prepare food; volunteers serve food at Agape Community Center every other month.

Food Drives

Please bring food to our entry-way baskets. CUMC continuously collects food to stock food pantries. Donations alternate between these two community-based organizations each month. (NorthcottNeighborhood House, and Family Sharing)

Northcott Neighborhood House
2460 N. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
http://www.northcotthouse.org/
Northcott's mission is to support family stability, provide educational and recreational programs for youth, lessen neighborhood tensions, combat community deterioration, and provide various social services for the residents of Harambee and surrounding neighborhoods.
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Family Sharing of Ozaukee County
1002 Overland Court
Grafton, WI  53024
http://familysharingozaukee.org/
Family Sharing is a nonprofit community organization that provides food to people in need in Ozaukee County. All donations of food are distributed directly to those who need it, at no charge. In addition, they provide clothing, furniture, household items, school supplies, new winter jackets for children, and information and referrals.

Coin Drive

Small coins = big change….find the Coin Donation Box in the entry-way and empty your pockets!
Your change makes a difference for some great programming!
Each quarter a different program is selected.
Change …a few coins at a time …adds up to big change. The first quarter recipient will be Northcott Summer Camp Scholarships.

Past recipients include: Meta House, United Methodist Children’s Services, Midwest Mission, etc

Simple Hope

Simple Hope is a Christian 501(c)3 non-profit organization, working together with all people and faiths to build community and provide hope to those who are compromised in rural Tanzania Africa.  The direct mission of Simple Hope is to empower lives through faith, nutritious food, clean water and education of sustainable processes.  Simple Hope is a registered tax deductible organization in the State of Wisconsin USA.

Paul Webster, Mujla Falls Agricultural Center in Zambia, Africa

www.facebook.com/MujlaFallsAgCentre
http://www.umcmission.org/Explore-Our-Work/Missionaries-in-Service/Missionary-Profiles/Webster-Paul
Donations and special offerings, as needed. Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre is an official project of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. It was founded in the year 2000 with a grant of 2,500 acres of land from a Lunda Chief named Kanyama. Paul Webster, missionary, and his team have been developing this land as a research center and training facility for local entry level farmers. They focus primarily on food production and increasing the protein, vitamin and mineral levels in the local diets and increasing incomes for the local people. CUMC provides ongoing support of Paul and the agricultural center. We have provided seeds and funds.

Mr. Bob's Under The Bridge Ministry

mrbobsunderthebridge.org
Please donate: Hotel-sized hygiene items: soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.

CUMC collects items for this outreach program, headquartered at Advent Church in Cedarburg. This program is dedicated to helping the homeless in the greater Milwaukee area. Items are collected and made into care packets and then distributed by Advent to the homeless living under the viaducts, in empty warehouses and on the streets in Milwaukee. 

Red Bird Mission

Beverly, Kentucky
Rbmission.org
Collect Campbell’s Soup labels and Box Tops for Education.  Look for the basket in the entry-way.

Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in this region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement. Today CUMC supports Red Bird with the collection of Campbells soup labels and Box Tops for Education.  CUMC members have done mission trips to Red Bird to help repair homes. We continue to make monetary donations to make a difference in this area.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Springfield, Illinois
http://www.midwestmissiondc.org

Recycle your ink cartridges; drop them in the basket in the entry-way of CUMC.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center is a disaster relief facility located on an 8 acre campus, 4 miles south of Springfield, Illinois. MMDC is a caring ministry related to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. MMDC is also a cooperating depot in the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Relief Supply Network. CUMC collects used ink cartridges for MMDC to recycle and receive money. We also support MMDC with disaster relief supplies and monetary donations.

Northcott/United Medthodist Children Services Clothing Drive

May 22 through June 5. Held at Community United Methodist Church
Northcott Neighborhood HouseUnited Methodist Children Services

Northcott Neighborhood House and United Methodist Children’s Services make clothing available to their program participants. Please bring clean, lightly worn SUMMER clothing for Men, Women and Children to the Outreach closet during this collection period. Clothing will be distributed to both organizations! These organizations really appreciate the generous donations from CUMC!

• Please use sturdy bags
• Clothes that are stained or missing buttons, etc. are not accepted
• Please, no shoes

Thank you for your kind donations!

Hunger Task Force - Food Sort

Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee

We partner with Mequon United Methodist Church in sorting food donations at the Hunger Task Force warehouse once a year.  They have been doing this for the past 9 years and have always had fun.  Everyone over 12 years of age is welcome, but we have to have one adult for every three youth.  You must wear closed-toe shoes and should wear old clothes and long pants.