December Communion Offering

With our gifts we will be assisting 12 people (including two youth) from FUMC who are going to the Dominican Republic for a Mission Trip on February 1.  Our offering will be used to help pay for the Solar Ovens, defray the costs to the team, gifts for our missionaries, purchasing meals, hiring the bus driver and local host hospitality.  The goal is to demonstrate the ongoing compassion of Christ and to enjoy the fellowship with people in their churches and communities.

Our team will meet and work with Gordon and Ardell  Graner, our missionaries in the Dominican Republic.  They will work with the Solar Oven project. Solar Ovens slow cook food by using the sun for heat source. In a part of the world where fuel resources are sparse these ovens become valuable to a family.  The family pays $20 for the oven which is valued at $150.  The team will assemble ovens, shop for food ingredients used, help demonstrate cooking, help care for the many children who will attend and eat with the people.  They will be busy!

Christmas Offering

The Christmas offering will be donated to both the Salvation Army and our missionaries, Gordon and Ardell Graner in the Dominican Republic.

We will be supporting the Salvation Army.  Which of these ministries to those in need provided by the Salvation Army are you aware of?  1) Food Shelf for those in need, offering food and household item.  Distributed items come from the community or come from funds through Food Share; 2) Hearty noon meals five days a week; 3) Rooms for the homeless for a limited time.  People are assisted with employment skills (if not employed) and helped to locate housing; 4) Rooms for homeless mothers and their families; 5) After-school program for youth and children for fellowship and homework encouragement.  Leaders help deal with inner personal problems and troubled children; 6) Extra support for families and children especially during Christmas and with winter coats, backpacks and school supplies. That’s quite a list which we help make possible!!

We continue to support Gordon and Ardell Graner in the Dominican Republic, and with this offering we will complete our annual pledge to their work.   They are our UMC missionaries working with the Dominican Evangelical Church. Their goal is to help extend the Gospel of Jesus our Lord.  They assist churches and pastors with curriculum, devotional writing, VBS extension, and teacher training.  They help these churches in encouraging their youth to pursue education, clean water projects, and coordinating/hosting Mission Teams.  These teams have come to assist with medical services and the Solar Oven project.  They have helped the church in outreach to the Haitian refugees along the Dominican Republic/Haiti border.