Our Missions Committee has selected the following to be the recipients of our 2018 Advent Offering:
1) Helping Hands Ministry serves people with limited material assistance on an emergency basis, helping with rent, utilities, and/or supportive services and advocacy. Staff and volunteers help the client to prioritize needs and work with community agencies and funding sources to meet those needs. HHM offers someone to talk to and share concerns with, and to receive encouragement from in reaching goals—rejoicing in those accomplishments when goals are met.
2) Catherine McAuley Center offers hope and opportunity thru educational and supportive services that promote stability, skill-building, and connection. Catherine McAuley believed that education was the ultimate answer to the struggles of the poor. CMC continues to share mercy, bringing light and life to where there was little or none.
3) Pierce Backpack Ministry is one of the most important programs we’ve supported and continue to support. In East Central Iowa, 1 in 7 children are at risk for hunger or food insecurity. By addressing this concern, this ministry provides needy students with nutritious, easy to prepare food when other food resources may not be available, specifically on weekends and during school vacations.
4) Argentina 47 supports the Rev. Doug Williams, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC, and pastor relating to the Iowa Annual Conference. Doug serves as pastor and Volunteer-In-Mission promoter of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina. Commissioned in 2015, he is specifically pastor of the Mendoza and San Juan Churches in Argentina, as well as an elementary school chaplain, and host for VIM teams.
Advent Offering cards will be available soon to let us know how to split your Advent Offering donation(s).