Mission and Outreach

  • Nearly $40,000 given annually for local and global ministries
  • Vital United Methodist Women’s group that donates funds annually for mission work
  • Scholarship support to children and youth attending United Methodist summer camp
  • Volunteer and monetary support for Project Outreach – Urban ministry at Washington Park UMC, Providence
  • In-Church Food Pantry ministry serves 25-40 families a month
  • Thanksgiving food baskets and Christmas gifts program through Angel Tree and in conjunction with the State Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • Medical Assistance Fund provides grants and loans to congregants and supports medical clinics offering free care to people in need!

October Mission Project

During the month of October we will be collecting the following items: socks, underwear, hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants, and gently used
walking shoes. These will be distributed to those in need throughout the area through Open Table. Please help this ministry of keeping men, women, and children clothed as we are entering our colder season. Drop off the items at the giving tree in the church narthex. Contact Sandy Knapp at sknapp719@icloud.com if you have any questions.

NAMI RI Walk

Will you support NAMI-RI and all the work they do to support, educate, and advocate for individuals and their families that deal with mental
health conditions? All of our programming is free to the community, not just to our members. Our goal is to end the shame and stigma that people have out of fear of something they can’t control or completely understand. I know my congregation has dealt as families with our loved ones who daily deal with mental illness. Please join my team in supporting NAMI-RI with not just funds but also your time to come out to the walk and meet the people that are trying to make a difference in people’s lives. Be part of our community of mental health champions and
advocates. The Walk will be held on Sunday, October 24th in Roger Williams Park or virtually by walking 7000 steps for a 5K from anywhere. You can also hold a virtual bake-off, do a 5K on your treadmill or stationary bike, or find some other creative way to fundraise for this organization.
Blessings,
Jeremiah S. Rainville
solomonrain2018@gmail.com
Personal Link: https://www.namiwalks.org/participant/Jeremiah-Rainville-2021
Team Link: https://www.namiwalks.org/team/44130

Social Justice and Activism

You Are Here: First Steps for White Christians on Race and Racism is an online course for Christians who want to acquire a fundamental understanding of race and racism from a biblical perspective. This four-part self-directed course offers videos featuring Robin DiAngelo and Rev. Dr. Anderson Hooker, reflections, and activities to help people of faith to recognize racism and begin to challenge it in their lives. Enroll today!

Shepherd’s Pantry

Thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry. We need vegetables, soup, pasta and pasta sauce, jelly and snacks. Gift cards to help out with things like milk, fruit and meat (or cards that can also be used for gas) would be greatly appreciated. Running low on boxes too! Computer paper boxes are the ideal size. You can drop your donations off under the overhang at the entrance to the Hope Room. Someone is at the church regularly to collect and distribute your offerings.

Community Garden

Our garden is an important source of fresh food for our food pantry, and we continue to need help with harvesting our crops and putting the garden to bed as fall rolls around. Please contact the church office if you are interested. Timing/hours are flexible.

Magazines Needed

Please save your old magazines. AJ, one of our church children, relieves stress by tearing magazines and needs more given the increased tension of these times. Please drop your magazines off outside the Hope Room door (where the food pantry bins are located). We will be sure to get them to AJ.

Medical Assistance Fund

The Medical Assistance Fund was established some years ago to help congregation members with medical bills and related expenses. If you need this type of help, please contact Pastor Effie directly.

Save Your Pop-Tabs!

Keep saving your pop-tabs (soda or soup cans, etc.), putting them in the box in the kitchen, for the Ronald McDonald house in Providence.

Shut-Ins

We have a number of shut-ins who could use a phone call, card, note, or delivery. Contact Pastor Effie or the church office if you can help.

Help Wanted

Audio-Visual Help
We are looking for one or two more people to help on a rotating schedule the AV/Audio system. Training will be provided. If you are interested or want to see if this is something that may interest you please contact Sandy Knapp.
Nursery Help
While we have a paid nursery staff member, an additional person is needed each Sunday. If interested, please contact Lisa Marciniak. There is a television in the nursery to view the worship service.
Ushers Needed
We need two ushers each Sunday as this is a vital part of our worship service. If you are a person who likes to welcome members and visitors and assist in other ways on a rotating schedule, please contact Sandy Knapp at sknapp719@icloud.com