Missions

 



Missions

 

Urgent need, children die from hunger everyday somewhere in our world. We as a church have been dedicated to meeting the needs of the hungry whether it is providing food for backpacks for local community children, community pancake breakfasts, or volunteering at the food bank. There is an international need that we as a church have committed to provide 40,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on Saturday, October 14th from 12:00 till 2:00 PM. You are needed to help with your presence, your prayers and your money. We need 10,000 dollars to meet this commitment.Please search your heart how you can help. Contact Vicky Herrmann to share how you will help. THANKS!!


 The Refuge


My most recent trip to the Refuge was actually two in the same week. I had to laugh each time because I don't think I could found a busier time to be there if I tried. On Tuesday they were having VBS provided by a UM church. The children were engaged as their moms looked on. As I started to unload my car, two moms jumped up to help me. One of the moms told me that she did not like to ask for help, so she was homeless for 8 months. It took me awhile before I realized that it meant she was homeless all winter. Missy later told me this lady lived in her car. I thanked God for the mild winter, and could not imagine what this Mom had been through with her multiple children. Inside the Refuge office was full dealing with a new family arriving. The family was a dad with two young children. I was stunned by the impressive manners of the children. I thanked God that the Refuge was there so that this dad could stay with his children. I was so humbled by my visit. I really do not possess words to describe my feelings at the time.

All I can tell you is that I felt blessed in an unusual way to just be there. A few days later we rolled in with some furniture pieces and a couple of microwaves. On

arrival we squeezed in since the Refuge truck was backed up. It turned out that they were loading to take furniture to someone leaving the Refuge. A few things from our vehicle went right onto their truck, including the microwave. Apparently microwaves are a rare treasured item at the Refuge. We left feeling excited and humbled again. My bad timing wasn't bad at all but actually just part of God’s plan. The first visit was a blessing for me and the second so a family could have a microwave, lamp and a few other items that they would not have had if we showed up at a different time. Please continue to support this life-changing ministry in whatever way you can. Deb Whistler

 

 Monkey Bread for Mission

Ruth King is going to Ghana with her hubby in September so it’s time once again to make some monkey

bread for missions!  My Park Church family has been super supportive of me the last two times I traveled

so I couldn’t resist asking for your financial help to make my dream come true to finally go to Africa!  I

plan to have a sign-up sheet on the table outside my office door OR you can call me at 450-9631 to place

your order.  All you do is let me know the date when you want your monkey bread, and I will deliver to

you for whatever donation you wish to make to help cover the cost of my air fare and room and board. 

Any time in June, July or August will work for me and if you have an occasion that requires something

yummy, we both win!  Thank you so much for considering this mission outreach.  I promise to have

pictures and stories when I return home. 


 

We are hosting a free community breakfast from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday and last Saturday of each month.

 

Ride for the Refuge...Be a Rider, Be a Greeter, Be a Baker

EUMA is once again sponsoring a “Ride for The Refuge” on Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labor Day).  This is a fund raising bike ride where participants seek pledges from individuals while they do the pedaling.  Park UM Church has been well represented in previous years by several riders and many generous sponsors.  Please plan now and spend the remaining days of August getting your biking legs in shape.  There are several routes of varying lengths.  Applications and sponsor sheets are available at the church office.  

Members of our congregation will be present to offer water and snacks on our front lawn.  This is the seventeenth year for the “Ride for The Refuge”.  This “rest stop” is greatly appreciated by the riders.  If you would like to bake cookies or spend time welcoming the riders Labor Day morning, please contact Sue Travis---725-4012.

 


Mission Outreach - Water of Life


Provides safe water for a lifetime! Every day over 4,000 children die from easily preventable water-related diseases like cholera and typhoid (UNICEF).

What can we do about this? Help provide a family a safe clean water system for life. This clean water kit provides a family with a sophisticated filter, a syringe for occasional rinsing and two buckets. Compassion's Water of Life kit lasts a lifetime!

Each unit filters 1 million gallons of water. A child only needs 14,600 gallons of drinking water in a lifetime.

The cost is $79. If you wish to donate, you can give any amout and make your check to Prk Church aand designate it to Water of Life.

Cards are available if you would like to purchase a water kit as a Christmas gift for someone, in honor of someone, or in memory of a loved one. 

 

Ramps of Hope


Over the past year you have heard about Ramps of Hope - a ministry that is helping people of all ages to be able to get in and out of their homes safely. This is a county wide ministry that Park Church was asked to help with on the east side of the county. We did a few last year and have completed several so far this year. It takes an average of about 8 people to install a ramp. I would love to establish an email list of those persons who would like to help when we are asked to install a ramp. If you would like to be included, please email me at rick@chosenima.org">rick@chosenima.org and I will start building a list of helpers.

 

ramps Friday had the team from Park UMC in North East and

some folks from Chosen building in North East. I received

this report from Rick King:


"Park Church and Chosen International Medical

Assistance came together Friday morning at 8:30 to

install a much needed ramp in North East. God provided

a beautiful morning for a ramp as the group of 8 went to

work. After just a few hours work and a fantastic lunch the

ramp was installed and the site was cleaned up by noon. Our recipient was amazed at how fast it was

completed. Thank you God for another successful install."

 

Devotions

 

Park Church has a history of sharing devotions with the folks at Parkside on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Eric, Ruth King and Sharon Shaffer are the “regulars” who participate in this ministry at the moment. Occasionally, we need a “sub” who would be willing to take a turn when there is a conflict for us. Please talk to Ruth if you are interested and she can tell you exactly what happens during this time of fellowship.

 

HOPE LOOMS


"This is Maria. Maria has four children. She lives in a village in Mexico in the state of Yucatán. She doesn’t speak Spanish; She speaks Mayan. She belongs to a different culture than the cities that surround her. Throughout the Yucatán Peninsula there are small villages with women like Maria who have very little means or material and few opportunities for meaningful relationships. In February, I had an opportunity to meet Maria in person. Through a translator (Mayan to Spanish to English), Maria powerfully explained before she heard the name of Jesus she “lived like an animal.” She had no hope. She scraped to provide basic needs for herself and her children. However, one day, a woman by the name of Daisy (the local pastor’s wife) invited Maria to her church in the village. What initially enticed Maria to Daisy’s church was something outside of teaching and scripture. Daisy leads a ministry with a few strings attached. Come to church and you will receive thread to make hammocks. Through Daisy’s efforts, women like Maria receive a new skill and opportunity for some financial provision. Equally, they have the opportunity to fellowship with one another as they are crafting the hammocks; Problems are given to support and relationships develop. Soon, someone who was “living like an animal” knows joy and friendship because they know Jesus. Mayans with language barriers and cultural barriers no longer feel isolated and lonely and are united with neighbors in the name of Jesus. Chosen IMA has a supply of hammocks crafted through this outreach. The craftsmanship is of the highest quality and the hammocks are available for only $50. Your purchase helps the Hammock Ministry and provides a livelihood for the women themselves. If interested, contact us through email: rand@chosenima.org">rand@chosenima.org or telephone: (814)-833-3023

Randal S. King

Mission Outreach Facilitator

Chosen IMA

http://www.chosenima.org 

 

 

                                                                               

Compassion Water of Life

WATER OF LIFE

PROVIDES SAFE WATER FOR A LIFETIME


Every day over 4,000 children die from easily preventable water-related diseases like cholera and typhoid. (UNICEF)

What can we do about this ?  

Help provide a family a safe clean water system for life. This clean water kit provides a family with a sophisticated filter, a syringe for occasional rinsing and two buckets. Compassion’s Water of Life kit lasts a lifetime.

Each unit filters 1 million gallons of water. A child only needs 14,600 gallons of drinking water in a lifetime.

This cost is $79. If you wish to donate, you can give any amount and make your check to Park church and designate it to WATER OF LIFE.

Cards are available if you would like to purchase a water kit as a Christmas gift for someone, in honor of someone, or in memory of a loved one.

 

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Ministry Of Missions

IMG 2302Seven Methodist men (and one boy) took part in the second annual VIM Blitz Build on June 28. A ramp was built at a house on East 21st Street in Erie that enables a woman in a wheelchair to now come and go with ease and safety . This is all part of a Erie County ministry called Ramps of Hope. Park Church is planning to become the Northeastern extension of this ministry. In the very near future we will be installing a ramp in North East and another one in Harborcreek - both are for children. This is a very exciting new way for us to be a blessing to many in our local communities. Please watch and listen for announcements for the dates of the installs of these ramps.

 

 

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