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Change the World Day

Thank you to all that joined us for Change the World Day May 20, 2017

As we move toward Change the World Day, our sermon series will focus on populations that are marginalized and many times forgotten. People need our prayers but they also need our love and support. In the coming weeks, there will be sign-ups for Change the World Day.
There are service opportunities for all ages.

5K Race/1 Mile Walk All ages are welcome. 9 am start.
FREE!
Bring care package item for troops. 
Church Location: Start & Finish at Mentor Avenue and Murray Avenue

Care Package Ideas (these are just IDEAS):
Beef jerky, peanut butter, nuts, protein bars, gum, instant coffee, sunflower seeds, drink mix, fruit snacks, hot chocolate, ramen noodle, trail mix, dried fruit, candy, instant oatmeal, cereal bars, Pringles, candy bars, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, chap stick, lotion, insect repellent, wipes, shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, disposable razors, shave gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, foot powder, floss, Q-tips, eye drops, Advil/Tylenol, feminine hygiene, games, cards, magazines, crosswords, Frisbee, balls, washcloths, blankets, batteries, books, hand warmers, Kleenex, antacids, bibles.

Care Package Assembly
During and after the 5K Race collect, organize and pack items as well as write notes for troops.
Church Location: Gallery

Missions Commissions is seeking APO addresses for active duty service personnel.
As part of Change the World Day, we will be collecting items to make care packages and sending them overseas. If you have the address of ANY US service member on deployment, send the address to pmele@mentorumc.org leave in the Church Office or call the office at 255-3496, ext 19.

Experiencing Homelessness and Giving Tree Craft Project Hear from a former shelter guest, learn about Extended Housing Outreach and help make giving trees for a Project Hope fundraising project.
Church Location: Wesley Room

Member Visitation We can Change the World of those that are lonely with just a friendly visit. Choose a shift to deliver similes of encouragement to homebound church members.
Shift #1 ~ 11 am - Noon
Shift #2 ~ 1 - 2 pm
Location: Offiste

Lake County Council on Aging Place Mats Add color to 300 pre-printed place mats for elderly who eat at satellite locations.

Spring Yard Clean-Up Help church members with some tasks that are difficult for them to do. Bring a rake, shovel, trowel, big trash bag, etc. Remember your water bottle!
Shift #1 ~ 10 am - Noon
Shift #2 ~ 1 -3 pm
Location: Meet at Church Gallery Doors

Meal Preparation for Project Hope Help prepare several main dishes that can be frozen until needed for the dinner on the first Wednesday of each month that MUMC provides for 50 at the homeless shelter in Painesville.
Shift #1 ~ 9 - 11 am
Shift #2 ~ 11 am - 1 pm
Shift #3 ~ 1 - pm
Church Location: Kitchen

On Sunday, May 21st, we will share some of the stories of the day in worship – where we saw God as we served others.
Serve others, live out your faith, and change the world.

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. ~James 2:14-18

Updates

UMCOR - United Methodist Committee on Relief

Visit the UMCOR Website to learn about the work they are doing!

Local Missions

Getting Ahead

Click HERE to see the informational flyer about “Getting Ahead”: a 16 week, 3.5 hour a week group about how economic, emotional, social and financial resources affect our lives everyday.

Aldi’s gift cards needed

Mentor UMC Missions and our Food Pantry are in need of $25 and $50 Aldi’s gift cards for the Easter March 21 food distribution. Last year we helped over 100 families in the Mentor area with holiday food baskets.  The gift cards from Aldi’s were a part of this ministry.  You can either put funds in the offering designated for this ministry or the next time you are at Aldi’s purchase a card and drop it in the office or the offering plate.  We need these donations by March 1 so that the gift cards can be ordered through the Aldi’s corporate office.  Thanks for your help with this ministry. 

MUMC More Than a Meal

Please consider joining us. Extra hands are always appreciated for set- up, starting at 4:30 through clean-up,which is usually around 7 p.m. Stop in, lend a hand, eat and visit with some of our guests so that you can share in this wonderful ministry. More than a meal is always the LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH. We are still looking for hosts for our summer meals. If you’d like more information, please contact Karen Martin

Joseph Ministry

Providing year-round home repair assistance to local residents in need of a helping hand. Find out how you can get help or give help. Read More

Project Hope for the Homeless

Find out about Lake County’s only homeless shelter, their new Families Moving Forward program, and how you can help support this important ministry. Read More

We are exited to report that the upcoming months of 2016 have groups preparing meals the first Wednesday night of the month for the Project Hope Homeless Shelter in Lake County. 
January Quincy’s Covenant Group
February StuCo56
March Mission’s Committee
April Tuesday Morning Bible Study
May Monday Morning Bible Study
Many thanks for these groups who have come forward to be a blessing to people in need.  What small group are you a part of?  Can you consider coming together with a group to meet these needs? Help is still needed for June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7 October 5 November 2 and December 7. 

The Homeless shelter of Lake County, located at 25 Freedom Rd. Painesville, relies on volunteers to provide a meal each night for 40 individuals and drop it off at the shelter by 6:45 p.m. Mentor UMC coordinated the first Wednesday of each month and you can help!  Contact Nancy Leyden at 255-1567 and she will help to plug you into a group.

What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty

What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty is the most comprehensive and useful guide available for helping churches understand and reach out to people in poverty. Packed with relevant resources and eye­opening insights, this one­of­a­kind volume supports your heart, mind, and spirit in your efforts to live your calling. This will be offered sometime in 2016.


Facilitated by Pastor Bev Wrobel
Contact Bev for more information
blwrobel@mentorumc.org

Lake County Community Network

LCCN helps needy families and individuals in Lake County, Ohio.
We help with public assistance, provide emergency assistance when other
agencies can not, and facilitate communication with churches to help
the community. We keep client records confidential.  Click here to visit their website.

Royal Family Kids Camp

Royal Family KIDS is the nation’s leading network of camps and mentor clubs for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect.  Click here to check out their website.

Woodlawn Homes

Woodlawn Tutoring Program

Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Donations

Click HERE to get info about how to donate food this holiday season.

Coat Donation Ministry

National Missions

YSP

MUMC Youth have been giving time over the summer to serve others through disaster and poverty relief for over 40 years.

Our annual Youth Service Project (YSP) is a week of service to homeowners who need repairs done on their homes. With guidance from experienced adults, you will be amazed at what you can do!!! We make sure to have some awesome adventures along the way so we can experience the area we are traveling to. It’s a week unlike any other, and it’s a fun way to give back just a little. Click here to learn more about YSP.

McCurdy School

McCurdy Ministries extends God’s love, grace and help to children, youth and families in Española through quality educational and life enrichment programs which instill hope and allow them to live into the future God has for them.  Click here to visit the McCurdy website.

An UMVIM team from Mentor UMC and other churches visited McCurdy in the Fall of 2015.  Read their report HERE.

Flatrock Homes

Flat Rock Homes is one of our United Methodist agencies in Northeast Ohio that seeks to provide outstanding services which transform lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and persons with critical needs through a dedication to caring and excellence that demonstrates Christian values. Mentor UMC helps to support this ministry with Easter offerings and mission giving.  A trip to Flat Rock, Ohio will be happening soon! 

To learn more: flatrockhomes.org

International Missions



UMVIM Training Handbook

3Cs - Churches, Clinics, and Classrooms

Learn more about the missions ministry of 3Cs through the United Methodist Church. Read More

Camphor Corner

The 3Cs Mission is a grassroots ministry of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Through relationships we are involved in clinics, classrooms and churches in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Russia, and Zimbabwe. Exciting UMVIM 3Cs Trips are being planned now. Read More

Camphor Mission Station - Liberia

Camphor Mission Station 2015 UMVIM Teams Camphor Mission Station 2016 UMVIM Teams Groups are being formed for travel to Liberia in 2016.  Kathy is leading a team March 24-April 7, 2016.  Please contact Kathy Dickriede kdickriede@mentorumc.org if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to go and serve.

Visit the “Support Camphor Mission” fundraising web store to purchase products that help support the mission.

100% of the net proceeds from products purchased from this store, will be donated to Camphor Mission. • T-shirts • Tote bags/school bags • Cinch bags • With more products to be added!

Click *HERE* to visit the Camphor Mission Store!

Partners in Overseas Missions

Meet missionaries to Hungary: Mark and Eszti Landerholm

Mark will be preaching on Sunday, January 3rd in iConnect about the work they have been a part of in Hungary with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Update from Mark & Eszti Landerholm in Hungary: Oct. 2015



“And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!” (Mark 13:17).

These difficult words of Jesus echoed in my head as I stood in a refugee camp in Croatia watching pregnant women and nursing mothers come into the camp one after another. I thought of Eszti (my wife) and Samuel (my 13-month old son) and imagined having to decide that it was in their best interest to leave our home and everything we had behind and put them on a raft for a highly perilous sea crossing. And then to make them walk across unknown and often unfriendly countries to settle in a country that doesn’t want us. I cannot fathom the difficulties and fears that such a journey would entail, yet I have encountered thousands who were on such a journey. Thousands who have no homes, no beds, no ability to provide for their children.

These mothers have stuck with me as have these words of Jesus, and they have shed light on one another. I always looked at these words of Jesus as simply be practical: being pregnant or having a nursing baby would make fleeing much more difficult (Jesus spoke these words about fleeing Jerusalem before it was destroyed). However, these mothers had conquered great dangers and difficulties; they had successfully fled with their nursing babies—some had even given birth during their journey (we had a 13-day old baby arrive in camp one night). Yet, in their eyes I saw desperation: a fear of how they were going to provide nourishment, warmth, life to their little ones, a despair as to whether or not they could be the mothers these children that they love more than life itself need. And in them I saw that the extreme evilness that humanity is able to perpetrate can pervert even life’s greatest blessings. Jesus’ words say to me that to have children in the midst of extremely evil days is equivalent to a mother (or father) having their heart ripped out and stomped on. This is what I saw mothers and fathers experiencing as they feared for the provision, future, and life of their children. And my heart ached and continues to ache.

However, the fear and despair were not the only thing I saw in their eyes; I saw HOPE! As I handed them and their children apples, a spark of life came into their faces; they had reason to believe they could go on, reason to believe their children’s needs would be met, reason to believe the future might be brighter than the past.

We want to thank you at Mentor UMC for your generosity in responding to the refugee crisis. Your gifts have contributed to this hope. You have helped apples, bananas, granola bars, juice boxes, blankets, winter jackets, shoes, baby carriers, winter hats, gloves, etc. be purchased. You have helped to enable lunch bags to be made and distributed to the migrants for their journey. You have helped the love of Christ reach these desperate people, and because of that love the hope is conquering the despair.

While our interactions as they enter Europe are few and brief, we strongly believe that how we receive these desperate people—the majority of whom have never encountered the Gospel of Jesus—will make a huge impact in both how they integrate into life in Europe and how they respond to the Gospel. We are excited at hearing news that many in Germany are coming to Christ, and have been encouraged to have the opportunity to look at scripture together with a group of refugees that have settled here in Hungary. Responding with the love of Jesus isn’t to be manipulative or conditional, but His love always moves us to point to the ultimate hope and life in Him.

I want to close with some other words of Jesus. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. . . Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:35-36,40).

Mark on behalf of Mark, Eszti, and Samuel Landerholm