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.
Mental Health Updates
CUMC Task Force on "Mental Health & Stigma"
Our CUMC “mental health task force on stigma” had a great meeting on June 22nd. Members focused on the following:
- Our vision: “Work towards reducing stigma of mental health in high school students and young adults (ages 18-34)”
- Stigma – Defined as “A social process that devalues individuals through conferring Me
- We will have four community dialogues during the 2019 – 2020 school year at CUMC from 6:30 – 8:00 on: September 25, November 6 (Postponed to Feb. 5), February 5, April 29
- Our targeted audience will be high school and young adults, parents, grandparents, faith communities, high school personnel, and interested others in the communities of Cedarburg, Grafton, and Mequon/Thiensville
- The 2019 “Community Health Report,” prepared for Washington and Ozaukee Counties
offers valuable demographic information, as well as pertinent information about mental health
Walking the Labyrinth
This young adult group (ages 18 – 34) continues to meet each first and third Thursday of the month at N Seven Coffee Co. in Grafton. We began in January with four members and currently have nine members. Our growth in numbers is due to the bonds that these young adults have formed, as well as advertising in “Meet Up,” an app which reaches many people in this age group (this was suggested and promoted by one of the group members).
We continue to focus on the power of mindfulness and have recently have taken mindful walks at Coal Dock Park in Port Washington, accessed our core values and discussed how they play a part in who we are as a human being (emphasizing being over achievement), and are looking forward to incorporating mindful music and art into our next few sessions (July 18 and August 1). Each of these young adults, as they share their stories, are truly serving as a mentor for each other. If you know of someone who would enjoy being a part of this supportive peer support group, please pass on the information to them. Here is a link to our flyer: “Walking the Labyrinth.” For further information, please contact Pat Morrissey.
Aluminum Can Drive
Start collecting now! Drop off date will be September 29, from 8:00 a.m. until Noon. Our aluminum can drive proceeds will support El Porvenir: Clean Water, Healthy Nicaraguans. 54% of rural Nicaraguans lack access to clean water; 31 % lack adequate sanitation facilities. This project improves the quality of life of rural Nicaraguans through lower incidences of water and sanitation related diseases and mortalities. Wells and latrines are constructed by villagers trained to build the project and carry on its maintenance. El Porvenir provides materials and training. Let's work together for a huge collection to aid this UMC project!
New Beginnings Are Possible Meal Program
New Beginnings is a Christian non-profit organization that was established 21 years ago. New Beginnings focuses on youth. During the school year they operate an after-school program that provides activities, tutoring, and time to do homework in a safe, positive atmosphere. The program opens right after school and runs until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday evenings, which means that the kids are also served dinner, and that is where our participation comes in. We volunteer to cook and serve dinner the third Thursday of every month. Participants will meet at church about 3:30 p.m. on our service days, carpool to the Center to prepare dinner, serve dinner at 6:00 p.m., and be back at CUMC about 7:00 p.m. It is fun and rewarding to meet and interact with the kids and staff, and in this small way to show God's love for them.
Buy food (listed on kiosk), prepare food at CUMC, reach out and serve food at New Beginnings! Sign-up on Outreach kiosk. Bring a friend!
New Beginnings Are Possible
6100 North 42nd Street
Miwaukee, WI 53209
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 of Ozaukee County)
Northcott Neighborhood House
2460 N. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
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.
Family Sharing of Ozaukee County
1002 Overland Court
Grafton, WI 53024
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.
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 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. http://www.simple-hope.com/
Paul Webster, Mujla Falls Agricultural Center in Zambia, Africa
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
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
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
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. We support MMDC with disaster relief supplies and monetary donations.
Northcott/United Medthodist Children Services Clothing Drive
Held at Community United Methodist Church
Northcott Neighborhood House, United Methodist Children Services
Northcott Neighborhood House and United Methodist Children’s Services make clothing available to their program participants. Please bring clean, lightly worn 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.