May Communion Offering
With our May Communion offering we will “ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES” for hurricane disaster relief in Puerto Rico with MN volunteers in the fall (65%), “BE HELPERS” in a Freedom School program for children at Park Ave. United Methodist Church, Minneapolis (20%), and “STAND BESIDE” single women and children with emergency shelter and support services in New Ulm, MN and the surrounding area (15%). In all this we will be partner with other MN United Methodist congregations. These projects have been lifted up as especially important for MN United Methodist outreach.
For the Puerto Rico outreach funds will be used for construction and clean-up supplies as well as some assistance to Volunteers In Mission. We will “roll up our sleeves” with them.
At the Park Ave. UMC we will be supporting their Children’s Defense Fund School Program for kids to have “healthy start, a heart start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life.” Art, cooking, gardening, cooking, music/dance and physical education, as well as youth mentors, are all included. Each year 50 scholars take part in this program designed to address the academic “summer slide.” We will “be helpers.”
In New Ulm we will be assisting in the church’s effort to assist NUMAS Haus in aiding clients with health, financial management, parenting and food preparation skills, and moving clients toward needed vocational training. We will “stand beside” them.