Missions Committee

MISSIONS COMMITTEE

The FUMCAH Missions Committee seeks to empower our congregation to live its values, working for hope and justice for others through acts of compassion, service and generosity. Whether you feel called to help the homeless or hungry, to mentor local families, support missionaries, provide international relief, or fight diseases like malaria, Missions has a place for you and welcomes your help!

 

May Mission May Mission - FUMCAH Haiti Mission Trip

On July 22, a team of 11 people from FUMCAH will be traveling to La Victoire, Haiti, with Sustainable Action International (SAI). While in Haiti, the team will host three days of Vacation Bible School (VBS) for an estimated 300 local children, ages three to twelve! The team also plans to paint the school, and Pastor Melissa will provide a pastoral seminar for local clergy during the week long trip.

While there are many aid programs in Haiti, the Missions Committee has developed a relationship with Evens Paul and SAI over several years. Evens is a current student at Garrett Theological Seminary and was introduced to us by his classmate, Anna Voinovich. Evens grew up in the rural area of La Victoire and is working to provide sustainable living and education to his community. After meeting him and learning about his work, the Missions committee was impressed by all of the work Evens and SAI have accomplished in just seven years. SAI has built three wells, a primary school, a high school, a mission house, a church building, a chicken coop and has improved crops and farming techniques in La Victoire. This spring, Evens will be earning his Masters Degree in Christian Education and then moving to Haiti with his wife and two small children to continue their work. Visit sai-haiti.org to learn more about SAI.

Our goal is to raise $15,000 for the trip. While each FUMCAH mission participant is paying for their own airline ticket, money raised will be used to provide the team with food, transportation, clean water and shelter in Haiti, as well as supplies for projects. Money spent in Haiti will provide income to the cooks, drivers, and translators, and lunches for kids attending VBS. The mission team will be bringing all of the supplies needed for the VBS activities. If you’re interested in donating specific supplies, please view our Sign Up Genius page (go.fumcah.com/ haiti-donate). We need items such as acrylic paint, brushes, yarn, Popsicle sticks, beads and craft thread (new and gently used).

In September, United Methodist Women will host a presentation about the mission trip so we can share what we learned from our experience and how God calls us to help Haiti in the future. United Methodist Women has donated $2,000 to help make our trip possible!

Thank you for your generous donations in support of our mission trip from the Christmas Cookie Sale and Trivia Night! We need to raise approximately $5,000 more to reach our goal. Please consider making a donation this month to help us get to our goal! FUMCAH Haiti Mission Team: Jenny Bornhorst, Sally Bornhorst, Christina Crusius, Keegan Dunnington, Wendy Dunnington, Melissa Earley, Lauren Johnson, Karen Labbe, Jacqueline Raitano, Julia Raitano and Brandon Shook.

 

MISSIONS SERVICE PROJECTS

View the Missions project to find the best fit for your interests and talents. Contact Wendy Dunnington for more information.

 

PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter)

Meets every Monday night, October – April

FUMCAH serves as a PADS site, providing meals and shelter for homeless people in our community.  

journeystheroadhome.org

Coordinator:  Nancy Dorsey

 

Summer Suppers

Second Tuesday of every month, May – September

FUMCAH provides dinner for the food insecure and homeless.  

Coordinator:  Jacqueline Raitano

 

Midwest Distribution Center Trip

A yearly two-day trip to Chatham, IL to pack kits, sort items, sew, help with mailings, build desks, repair bicycles and sewing machines, and help load/unload supplies.  

midwestmissiondc.org

Coordinator:  Naoki Nakamura

 

Faith Community Homes

Ongoing, year round

An initiative of Arlington Heights churches offering mentoring and financial support to low-income families living or working in Arlington Heights.

fchomes.org

Coordinator: Lou Walton

 

Meals on Wheels

Ongoing, year round

FUMCAH supports the Wheeling Meals on Wheels non-profit organization that helps senior citizens in need by providing nutritious meals delivered to their doors.

wheelingtownship.com

Coordinators: Russ and Marlys Guilford

 

OTHER SPECIAL MISSIONS ACTIVITIES

  • Summer school supply drive
  • Valentine’s Day and Mother's Day card sales
  • Feed My Starving Children packing events
  • Holiday cookie sales in December
  • Christmas Gift Giving through ChildServe
  • CROP Hunger Walk in October
  • Hosting missionary visits
 

ADVANCE MISSIONS GIVING

The Advance for Christ and His Church is the United Methodist program for designated mission giving. The Missions Committee works to educate the congregation and raise money for a different Advance program each month.

These funds enable the church to “advance” the cause of Christ by supporting, among other things, new church development, disaster relief, missionary work, scholarships, health services, agricultural and nutritional programs, and other evangelism, education, and humanitarian efforts.

 

Since its 1948 inception, the Advance has given more than $1 billion to selected causes. Because apportionments and other generous gifts cover administrative costs, 100% of every Advance gift goes to the designated cause. For more information, visit http://umcmission.org/give-to-mission/the-advance

 

2017 ADVANCE MISSIONS GIVING

January - Journeys the Road Home

February - Faith Community Homes

March - Justice For Our Neighbors

April - Heifer International

May - Wings

June - Reconciling Ministries Network

July -  Sustainable Action International

August - Sammool House

September - Clean Water Delivery

October - Tree of LIfe

November - UMCOR

December - Poinsettias with Purpose