Among the Least of These
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat...
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink...
BACKPACK BLESSINGS FOR SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY
Coordinator: Shanna Witcher
In partnership with the guidance counselor, we provide small "Backpack Blessings" of food for students who are likely not receiving proper (if any) nutrition over the weekend. Because the supplies are purchased in bulk, those supporting this ministry make monetary donations to SUMC, For: Backpack Blessings.
WAY OF THE CROSS
Coordinator: Carol Campbell
Way of the Cross is a soup kitchen located in downtown Gadsden which feeds 300-500 people a day as an expression of the love & welcome of Christ. At least once a year, we schedule volunteers to help serve lunch each day of the week (10:45am-1:00pm), as well as for their Friday night meal (4:30-6:30pm).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MISSION PROJECT
Coordinator: Children's Council
Every year during Vacation Bible School, the Children's Council teaches our children about the importance of helping others as a follower of Christ. Sometimes the kids are asked to bring in canned food, school supplies, toiletry items or spare change which are collected for a particular mission focus or project. However, to support our children's growth in serving, our church family collects along with the children to multiply their donations.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL
Coordinator: Andy Yarnell
Every Thanksgiving week, we encourage volunteers to participate in this annual United Way event which provides around 4,000 Thanskgiving meals to the homebound, homeless, elderly, newcomers, displaced and longely across Etowah County. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, volunteers help prepare meals. Then on Thursday, volunteers visit with guests, deliver & serve meals, as well as help with preparation & clean-up.
For I was a stranger and you welcomed me...
POP TOPS FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSES
Coordinator: SUMC Children's Council
The Ronald McDonald House offers no-cost hospitality homes throughout the country for families who need to be close to their sick children but cannot afford housing. Our church children discovered there is an easy way for us to help this caring ministry. Every time we drink from an aluminum can, just "pop the top" and bring it the church. 75 pounds of pop tops pays for one night - and believe it or not, we can collect that many pop tops pretty quickly! Receptacles are located in the narthex and the recycling center outside.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
Every summer, the youth of our church give one week of their summer vacation to help others in need. This summer, our youth will be part of a TEAMeffort mission week in Washington DC, serving through a variety of hands-on projects with homeless ministries, children homes, and working with elderly and disabled individuals. Our church family wants to instill in our young people the desire to help others like Christ, therefore we do all we can to support the mission opportunities.
For I was naked and you clothed me...
Every winter, we ask our church family to clean out their closets & drawers to provide others with coats & clothes to keep themselves warm and dress themselves respectfully. Also, following our biannual Yard Sales, all remaining clothes will be donated. Typically, all donations are given to the East Gadsden Clothes Closet.
DHR ANGEL TREE
Coordinator: Melissa Smith
Every December, we receive the names & wish lists of around 15 foster children from DHR. Church members take an angel from our Angel Tree and purchease the listed toy or article of clothing as a way of sharing Christ's love with these very special children, as well as helping support the foster families who are taking car of them.
For I was sick and you too care of me...
Coordinators: Virginia Witcher & Beverly Sibert
Our congregation has many people who have been an integral and beloved part of our church family for many years. Unfortunately, due to age or changing health, they are no longer able to be a physical presence in the church. To express our continued love and care for them, a team of church members ministers to them through monthly visits, weekly phone calls, and occasionally mailing them cards.
HEARTS & HANDS PRAYER BLANKETS
Coordinator: Ellen Phillips
Every Tuesday from 9-11am, a group of women gather at church to crochet blankets given to those in need of Christ's healing love. As the church becomes aware of needs, we pray over the blankets & those who will receive them during Sunday mornging worship, then the blankets are delivered. For those who don't crochet but would like to support this ministry, the yarn cost is about $20 per blanket. Donations for yarn can be made to SUMC, For: Prayer Blankets.
Coordinator: Wil Montgomery & Dwight Grizzard
At least once a year, our church sponsors a Blood Drive through LifeSouth and/or the American Red Cross. Whenever possible, we hold the drive in support of someone in or connected to our congregation. Volunteers are mostly needed to give blood. However, a few volunteers are also needed to help us set-up, clean-up, bake goodies for donors, and help with advertising.
IMAGINE NO MALARIA MOSQUITO NET DRIVE
Coordinator: Carrie Jones & Tom McElrath
In 2014, we joined together with the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, who set a goal of $1million raised by June 2014 to help eradicate malaria worldwide by 2015. Our church goal was to raise at least $1000 (=100 nets to save 100+ lives) for the Imagine No Malaria Campaign. Through $10 per net donations, we raised $1200 to help save lives & "squash out malaria" forever!
For I was in prison and you visited me...
KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY SUPPORT
Kairos is a ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families, through 3-day weekends of worship, prayer, and Bible study mainly focused on the love, forgiveness & transformation of Christ. In faithfulness to Jesus' command to visit those in prison (Matthew 25:36), we organize various prayer & kindness opportunities for our congregation to support Kairos Weekends at Elmore Correctional Facility. Please click here for support details.