As this article is written, Dorian remains off the coast of the USA; its path uncertain; final damages unknown. What is known is that Dorian caused devasting long-term damage in the Bahamas. Other areas in Dorian’s path are reporting damages as well.
The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank (GPFB) gleans from local farms. Gleaning means to gather produce left in the fields after the major harvest is done. Volunteers are needed, sometimes with short notice, to glean – opportunities continue into the fall harvest season. If you are interested, you can sign up for Glean Alerts.
United Methodist disaster response volunteers have been conducting assessments in areas hit by recent flooding and other disasters throughout the USA. It is through your generous support that UMCOR can quickly respond to needs in the USA and around the world.
WPAUMC’s Global Mission Network will host this opportunity to learn more about our Conference’s various global partnerships, explore the importance and impact of our global connections, and consider how God might be calling churches and individuals to get more involved.
In light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.–Mexico border, UMCOR has received numerous requests to respond. The facilities in question are managed in such a way that precludes even UMCOR’s assistance. While this case is in the U.S., migration is a global issue, and the breadth and depth of our Global Migration programming at UMCOR and Global Ministries reflects that. As a church that is united on the need to care for children, we can be in mission together.
Thanks to your support, through individual contributions and through the Outreach Committee budget allocation, Sewickley UMC delivered 50 hygiene kits to Eastbrook Mission Barn.
Look for the cart on June 23rd. Children are out of school for the summer—consider purchasing peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, juice, and other nutritious, kid-friendly foods for June’s collection.
In response to the many weather-related disasters in recent weeks, UMCOR, the UMC’s relief agency, has been assessing needs and has issued initial grants to a number of areas. It is only through the generosity of you and others that UMCOR is able to respond to the many needs. To aid in the long-term recovery efforts necessitated by the recent and future disasters, please consider making a donation to UMCOR, either with your regular offering or via EasyTithe (mark or select UMCOR).
To help replenish hygiene kits at Eastbrook Mission Barn, our AC UMCOR satellite, the Outreach Committee set a goal to assemble 50 hygiene kits. Your Outreach Committee has purchased any items which were not donated in May, and your financial contribution is needed to cover those costs.
Traditionally, SUMC has selected a United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) relief kit to assemble and deliver to AC at Grove City College each June. UMCOR keeps an inventory of relief kits ready for its ongoing ministries and for emergency responses. SUMC will assemble 50 hygiene kits.
EUMA (Erie United Methodist Alliance) and All God’s Children Ministries/Ramps of Hope is holding its Annual Shoe Drive to raise funds for its missions. Sewickley UMC will collect new and gently used CLEAN shoes (pairs only) from now until June 2nd.
Fellowship of the Cross’s new underwear collection for girls in Africa (girls sizes 10-16 & women’s sizes 5-7), to accompany feminine hygiene kits they will also receive, and for young girls & boys, briefs of any size, who have never had underwear, ends on Easter Sunday. The collection basket is in the back of the sanctuary. Financial donations are also welcome for FOTC to purchase for you. Thanks for your help!
The Sale for Missions will be held Friday, May 10 from 5 PM to 8 PM and Saturday, May 11 from 8 AM to 1 PM. We offer gently used household items, dishes, clothing, jewelry, small appliances, books, puzzles, toys, and one-of-a-kind treasures. All proceeds benefit international, national, and local mission projects supported by the United Methodist Women.
UMCOR and its partners are responding to disasters in the United States and around the world. Please join us in prayer for the affected areas and consider giving to UMCOR Disaster Response to support these efforts.
Sewickley UMC is collecting Easter Bags for the food pantry. You are asked to take a bag with the grocery list attached, purchase the non-perishable items, and return the filled bag with the list attached. In addition, SUMC is accepting cash donations in order to provide each family with a Giant Eagle gift card, with which the family may purchase perishable items such as ham and eggs.
While the relay is no longer planned, the Relay for Life group plans other activities in lieu of that fundraiser. The next event is a Havana-themed Cooking for a Cure on April 27th. You may follow Relay for Life of Sewickley Valley on Facebook for this and future events.
The Western PA Annual Conference has a strong connection with the Nyadire Connection in Zimbabwe. This year, Lenten Fines will be collected and applied to the Hearing Impaired (HI) Program at the Nyadire United Mission.
FOTC is collecting new underwear to send to girls in other countries that are unable to attend school for a week every month, and sometimes even drop out of school altogether, because they do not have access to underwear and feminine products.
Brrrr! The weather remains cold, so consider cold weather foods for February 24th. Soup, stews, chili, etc. would all be welcome on a cold day. Muffin, bread, or biscuit mixes would make a nice addition to those items. The grocery cart will be in the sanctuary on February 24th, but your contributions are welcome anytime.
This February, cover some babies with love by donating diapers and wipes! During February, SUMC will again accept diapers and baby wipes to help refugee families through the Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS).