UMCOR US Disaster Relief Mission Fundraising Effort
The Mission Outreach Committee is launching a fundraising effort to raise $2,000 for the UMCOR US Disaster Relief mission. While this will benefit various needs, it is primarily aimed at those affected by the flooding in Kentucky and the fires in California. While $2,000 is an ambitious goal, we feel that it is within reach, given the generosity that CUMC has traditionally shown. This project will end on Sunday, September 4. We ask that you prayerfully consider what you can do to help those who have lost so much. The Mission Outreach Committee is prepared to augment the amount that is raised in an effort to reach our goal. Please keep those who have been adversely affected by these natural disasters in your prayers. Thank you!
Ongoing Aluminum Can Drive
Pease bring aluminum cans and any items like brass, copper, etc. to church on Sunday, September 11.
Proceeds help El Porvenir, a UM supported program which provides clean water and sanitation
facilities to outlying villages in Nicaragua!
Thank you for supporting El Porvenir!
Meta House Lunch Making
As you probably know, CUMC has been making lunches for the women of Meta House on a monthly basis. There are several ways that you can help with this project. First, please feel free to join us when we make the lunches. This happens right after the 9:00 a.m. church service, and it only takes about 30 minutes. We meet in the kitchen to make sandwiches and pack bag lunches.
You can also help by "adopting" a month. A number of you have already done this, and we are so grateful for your financial support. Food for a full week of lunches costs approximately $130, and obviously less if we are packing for only one, two or three days. If you are interested in adopting a month, please contact Craig Pierce or any of the members of the Mission Outreach Committee.
Family Promise Meals
If you would like to help making meals for Family Promise, please contact Jane West.
Rainbow Covenant Designation
CUMC has once again met the criteria for designation as a Rainbow Covenant Church for 2021. This is a designation that is awarded to those Wisconsin Conference UMC churches who have met their full apportionment, have given to local missions, Special Sunday giving, Conference projects, National projects, International projects, In-Mission Together projects, UMCOR, and have supported a Covenant Relationship missionary.
On average, only about 25% of the Conference churches earn this designation in any given year. CUMC has met the criteria every year that the Rainbow Covenant designation has existed! You may be interested to know that in 2021, through the Mission Outreach budget and your individual giving and fund-raisers, CUMC donated $13,562 to these various missions. What a wonderful blessing it is to work with such a generous and caring congregation.
On behalf of the Mission Outreach Committee and the thousands of people worldwide who have benefited from your generosity, THANK YOU!
United Methodist Missionary Temba Nkomozepi
Most of you will remember that CUMC has had a Covenant Relationship with Paul Webster, the UMC Missionary at Mujila Falls Agriculture Center in Zambia, Africa. Paul retired in 2020, and for one year we temporarily supported a different missionary. That missionary is no longer available for support.
After researching and considering missionaries in various parts of the world, the Mission Outreach Committee has decided to continue our support of Mujilla Falls and its new missionary,
Temba is from Zimbabwe, and was commissioned as a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries in 2017. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from the United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, and he holds Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural civil engineering with an emphasis on water resource management.
Temba will continue Mujila Falls projects in agriculture, education, and health projects, as well as church growth and development. Temba’s favorite Bible verse is from 2 Kings 3, where the Lord fills a valley with water and protects it so people and animals can drink. “This passage,” he says, “shows me that irrigation, or agricultural engineering, can play an important role in the will of God. I have made it my commitment to contribute to bringing together the perfect environment and inputs to grow crops and improve people’s livelihoods.”
The Outreach Committee asks that you keep Temba and all the people at Mujila Falls in your prayers. We look forward to getting to know Temba better through email correspondence, his newsletters, and perhaps a future Zoom meeting with him.
A Word From Outreach Chair - Craig Pierce
As we seek to follow Jesus, the people of The United Methodist Church continue to be
who we have been at our best—a spirit-filled, resilient, missional, deeply-rooted, diverse, connected and faithful people of God.
This is who God continues to call us to be.
Learn more about the United Methodist people of God in these stories: People of God
United Methodist Lunch Bunch at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
The United Methodist Student Ministry at UWM serves a free lunch every Wednesday during the school year. Churches volunteer to bring lunch and serve it to the students and faculty. Our church has volunteered to provide the lunch on April 15. About 70 people are served and we, the Outreach Committee, are asking for your help in preparing the lunch. Only about 3 people need to serve and clean up but we need volunteers to make the food and bring it to CUMC so it can be heated and brought down there. We will be serving Chili with the fixings. We have the recipe, an assortment of vegetables and dip, bread, and cookies. One batch of chili will be vegetarian. A sign-up sheet will be on the kiosk in Fellowship Hall. Please help us reach out to the students! Thank you.
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 fourth quarter recipient will be Harbor House.
Past recipients include: Meta House, United Methodist Children’s Services, Midwest Mission, etc
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.