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!

 

MISSIONS SERVICE PROJECTS

View the Missions project to find the best fit for your interests and talents. Contact Jane Madden 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:  Laura McKevitt

 

Summer Suppers

Second Tuesday of every month, May – September

FUMCAH provides dinner for the food insecure and homeless.  

Coordinators:  Jacqueline Raitano and Terri Passolt

 

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

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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.

 

We are a Rainbow Covenant church which means we make a commitment to support local, regional and international mission projects and ministries through the Rainbow Covenant.  A Rainbow Covenant church must participate in the mission and ministry of the Northern Illinois Conference through 100% apportionment giving and in support of an Advance in each of 6 colors:

Red — International Advance Projects
Orange — Disaster Relief Projects (UMCOR)
Yellow — U.S. Based National Advance Projects
Green — NIC Advance Projects
Blue — NIC District Advance Projects
Purple — Missionary Support
 

 

 

2019 ADVANCE MISSIONS GIVING

January – Reconciling Ministries - Green

February – Imagine No Malaria - Red

March - Heifer International - Orange

April – UMCOR WSH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) - Red

May – Faith Community Homes - Blue

June – Bishops Appeal 2019 TBD

July -  Arlington Cares (Emergency Assistance)

August - Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) - Green

September –– Journeys the Road Home - Blue

October - Tree of Life - Yellow

November –  Advance will be in support of Black/White Divide

December – Haiti Sustainable Action International

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

 

FUMCAH Haiti Mission Trip

On July 22, 2018 a team of 11 people from FUMCAH traveled to La Victoire, Haiti, with Sustainable Action International (SAI). While in Haiti, the team hosted three days of Vacation Bible School (VBS) for an estimated 300 local children, ages three to twelve! Pastor Melissa will provide a pastoral seminar for local clergy during the trip.

The Mission Committee is evaluating opportunities for another mission trip in the near future.

Last Published: January 9, 2019 11:46 AM