|money & mission|
Williamsville United Methodist Church will be reaching out in ministry this year with special appeals for mission. Much of what we do as a church in mission comes through paying our Shared Ministries. Too often however, we know little of how our giving is ultimately used, and so, we have decided to highlight several specific mission programs that that the United Methodist Church supports. Our focus over the course of the year on these programs will allow us to grow our Shared Ministry Giving. These following mission opportunities focus on international, national, and local type programs.
Gifts to help girls in an orphanage pursue their dreams
Helping to improve the lives of single parents and their children
Supporting nomads traveling the country helping to rebuild lives
Throughout the balance of the year you will have an opportunity to donate your loose change to these worthy causes. Each Sunday in the Oakgrove entrance there will be a receptacle where you can drop all of those coins that weigh down your pockets and purses.
In addition, there will be opportunities to support these mission efforts through Fifth Sunday special appeal offerings in April, July and October, by making donations online, or possibly giving at church via a giving kiosk in the Oakgrove entrance.
As disciples of Christ we are called to make a difference in the world. What better way to make a difference than to share our resources with those most in need.
|Upcoming Beechwood Events|
April 30th, 2 PM, Red Blazer Quartet with our own Phil Reynolds…come and hear some wonderful music and say hello to our seniors. May 7th, 2PM, we will be planting small pots of flowers with our residents. We need 4-6 volunteers for this event. Summer events to look forward to are: Ben Atanacio and his partner will be providing beautiful “Bells” music; in July we will be looking for wheelchair pushers for the annual outdoor Antique Car Show and root beer floats!; and the Men’s Group will be planning a cookout and will be looking for salads and desserts to be donated by our congregation. Dates for the summer events will be announced in the coming weeks. Contact Lynn Soucise at 573-3676 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering or would like to assist me in planning. Thank you.
|A Note From Seneca Street UMC|
Dear Williamsville UMC,
Thank you so much (again) for your Faithful Giving to help Seneca Street UMC. This time $325.00. Needless to say, nothing could continue at Seneca St. without our Friends of Seneca St. Group friends, both with gifts of time and $’s. You are all angels!! God Bless and keep you always, in all ways. Shalom, Seneca St. UMC
|Thank You From UMCOR|
Dear Friends in Mission,
Thank you for partnering with UMCOR. Through your gift, you are helping to provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
Your gift of $180.00 was received on 1-5-15 for Disaster Response, United States, Advance #901670. Through The Advance, the designated giving channel of the United Methodist Church, 100% of your contribution will go to supporting UMCOR’s response to disasters in the United States. Giving through The Advance enables United Methodists to support one another in mission and ministry around the world. Thank you for partnering with us to “Be Hope” to those who desperately need it.
Grace and Peace,
General Board of Global Ministries
|Church World Service Blankets|
Thank you for your generous contribution to the work of Church World Service – which we appreciate more than ever in these challenging times.
Your compassionate support is helping impoverished communities by providing food, water, shelter and other necessities to families struggling to rebuild their lives and livelihoods after natural disasters and civil conflict.
I have seen the resilience and the resolve of the women, men and children we assist. And I have been deeply moved by the generosity of people like you, who give hope and opportunity to people in need, here in the U.S. and around the world.
May God bless you for your kindness.
Rev. John L. McCullough
President & CEO Church World Service
|Pastor's Discretionary Fund|
Our pastor has a special fund he can use when local families or individuals need urgent assistance. Gifts to this fund give our pastor a valuable tool when he is asked to respond with compassion to those in need. Donations are accepted throughout the year. Checks should be made payable to WUMC, with "Pastor's Fund" written in the memo line.
The Knitting Ministry at WUMC provides blankets and layette sets to children who are baptized at our church. This handmade gift is a loving reminder to families of their child's special day and that they are God's children. If you are able to knit or sew, consider contacting the church about how you can contribute to this unique ministry.