Mission Barn



Mission Barn Satellite








What a fantastic year we had at the UMCOR Mission Barn!


Below is a list of the kits we made for our church:


Health Kits – 729

School Kits – 414

Bedding Kits – 37

Cleaning Buckets – 50

Sewing Kits - 3

   TOTAL KITS MADE – 1,233


Below is a list of kits from other churches that we inspected:


Health Kits – 290

School Kits – 93

Cleaning Buckets – 183

Sewing Kits – 27



This was all accomplished with our faithful volunteers as we strived to do one project each month.


Remember that it is with your support in our mission offerings that we are able to provide these kits to many areas of need both in the United States and other countries.







The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) informed us that there is a need for school kits in many parts of the world.  Our group usually assembles 200 kits in one afternoon.  Supplies have been purchased for an additional 200 kits but we are experiencing difficulty getting the cloth bags completed.  After the bags are surged by Deb Whisler, the handles need to be attached.  It's really an easy sewing task and anyone who has even elementary sewing experience can do it.    If you sew and would be interested in putting handles on school bags, please let me know and I will provide a sample bag and instructions for adding the handles. 

Elsie Holl   725-3014 or 450-5355


Last week in the UMCOR HAPPENINGS note, I neglected to thank all the awesome ladies who help to make the school kits possible.  Deb Whisler is our official serger and fabric locator.  She secures the bags so that they will withstand the weight of school supplies.  She also has the amazing ability to find fabric for bags and handles.  Darlene Orschek had done some serging in the past.

Once the bags are serged, they are turned over to our terrific seamstresses who add the handles.  Those ladies are Barb Fynan, Shirley Lewis, Anita McClelland, Connie Harper, Judy Post, Gerry Bork (Harborcreek) and me.

It takes lots of seamstresses to assemble the 206 bags needed at one time and we are always looking for more individuals who would be interested in sewing.  It's a very simple project.  Just let me know.

Elsie Holl



What is it and how does it work?



The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

UMCOR is a ministry of the United Methodist Church and its goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. They believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. UMCOR collects 6 types of kits for global distribution and cleaning buckets for US distribution after storms.

The six kits are bedding, birthing, layette, health, sewing and school. Each kit has specific contents which must be adhered to exactly in order to pass inspection for distribution in countries outside the US.

Park United Methodist Church became a satellite of the Eastbrook Mission Barn October 29, 2012. As a satellite we are responsible for assembling our own kits and inspecting kits donated by other churches per UMCOR guidelines so that Eastbrook does not have to. Our church houses kit supplies and completed kits at 103 Clay Street, better known as our “Mission Barn”.

Once kits are completed they are delivered to Eastbrook, PA where they are distributed for needs as they arise.

So far this year we have assembled 906 kits and inspected 550 kits that have been delivered to Eastbrook Mission Barn. Numerous dedicated volunteers offer their services any time a work day is scheduled.

Your donation to the mission fund at Park Church helps to support this worthwhile mission project.








We will be assem-bling layette kits on Tuesday, April 21 at 2 PM at the Mission Barn. All are welcome. For more information, see Ron or Elsie Holl.



All volunteers are welcome.  Questions....ask Ron or Elsie Holl.














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