SERVE OUR WORLD
United Methodist Committee on Relief
UMCOR is the humanitarian and disaster response team of the United Methodist Church. They continue to be present long after the disaster or conflict has faded from the headlines. One easy way to help out this organization is by collecting flood buckets, which are five-gallon buckets filled with materials that are necessary to clean up after major flooding. There are also several opportunities for mission work through the group. To read more about these opportunities or to make a tax-deductible monetary donation, click here.
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission
UMVIM is a grassroots movement designed to provide an official channel where Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense.
Their work includes construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world. For more information on the Upper NY Conference chapter, click here.
Daniel & Miranda Vaccaro
Africa Inland Missions – Kenya
The Vacarro’s are one of the missionary families supported in part by our congregation. They are a part of African Inland Missions, which serves in twenty countries in Africa, as well as many other sites across the globe. The Vacarro’s are located in Kijabe, Kenya at the Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for children of missionaries. You can read more about their ministry in our monthly First Fruits newsletter. Find out more information about African Inland Missions here and Rift Valley Academy here.
David & Carol Ingersoll
Proclaim the Kingdom – Newark, NJ
The Ingersoll’s are one of the missionary families supported in part by our congregation. For the past thirty years, they have been a part of World Impact Ministries. They have recently taken on a new positions with the Community Transformation Church in Newark. You can read more about their ministry in our monthly First Fruits newsletter.
OCC Shoebox Ministry
Operation Christmas Child
Each year, our congregation participates in this program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. Many of our families will pack a shoebox full of toys and trinkets to be sent across the globe to a child in need. Each box is prayed over before they are taken to local drop-off locations. The National Collection Week is in November each year. It is one of the easiest ways to spread the love and joy of Christ to others less fortunate than ourselves. For more information on this program, or to print off shipping materials, click here.