Immanuel United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Missions & Outreach


Our thoughts on missions:

     Jesus said "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind,  AND you shall love your neighbor as yourself."  

John Wesley's motto was :  "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."

      We strive to see every face as the face of a neighbor and do just what Jesus told us in that great commandment and we've found that not only is it not as hard as it may seem, but it brings a kind of joy only found in doing your best for others.
     Immanuel UMC is historically a missions oriented congregation!  Every area, every group is somehow in mission at all times!  We support each other's missions feverishly, making everyone here a missionary for Jesus Christ!  Our women's group, WINGS, our youth musical drama club, GLS, every Bible Study group has their own missions supported by the entire church and each other - that's just to mention a few - but Immanuel as a whole continues to be in mission constantly.

Current Missions/Outreach Program Updates
 You may be eligible for support from Michigan’s “Food Assistance Program.”  Also known as “food stamps” or Michigan’s “Bridge Card.”  Forgotten Harvest volunteers will help you apply online at the following locations:
• Clinton-Macomb Public  Library – main Library and South Branch
• Farmington Community Library
• Harper Woods Public Library
• Oak Park Public Library
• St. Clair Shores Public Library
• Sterling Heights Public Library
• Warren Public Library – Civic Center
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Debra at Forgotten Harvest:  248-210-4159
Medicare paperwork help:  If you would like free assistance and advice with Medicare applications and paperwork, please contact the church office. 
Our food pantry is open by appointment every other Wednesday 9 - 12pm for people with immediate need.  We served 98 families over 519 times in 2007.  Here as we near the end of 2010, we have served 145 different families for a total of 936 times and are running very low on donations. Families can visit our food pantry up to 4 times per year as a rule, but we have been waiving this rule as the needs have been so great.  This is stocked and staffed by volunteers.  If you wish to donate items to the pantry, we are always in need of all canned goods including canned meat, pasta, sauce, juice, cereal, PB & J, soups, prepared dinner boxes, baby formula and diapers, and hygiene products.   Big thanks goes to the US Postal workers for delivering literally tons of food to our pantry in May each year.

Recent special requests filled:  Have a look at our church and society page to see what we've just been able to do for Turning Point!
Other missions we support continually are as follows:  You can help with donations of any of these things:
Gift Certificates from Target, Kmart, and Meijer:  for homeless moms at Turning Point to purchase clothes for their children. 

Eye Glasses:  for the Lions Club to refurbish and give to those in need.
McDonald's Gift Certificates:  for the MCREST office to be given to homeless who haven't had a recent meal. 
Gloves & Socks:  For the homeless in need of warmer, drier feet and hands during the winter.
Campbell's Labels:  Sent to the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky to purchase items for the clinic and the school.
Boxtops for Education:  To support a local school for purchases of classroom items.
Inkjet Cartridges:  Also recycled to support local schools classroom needs.
Pull tabs:  from aluminum cans are given to the American Legion who then trades them for kidney dialysis for those in need.
Immanuel also hosts MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) every August housing, feeding and spiritually nurturing the homeless completing our 14th year and in ongoing support of Eastside Ministries (a day program for developmentally disabled adults).   Our Christmas offering will support those efforts. 
Of course, our church supports UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) which is usually one of the first responders to catastrophic disasters and emergencies such as the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan in 2011, the tornadoes in the south, and starving children in Haiti.

One of our favorite outreach events is our presence at the annual Gratiot Cruise - since we are right on Gratiot Avenue, we take the opportunity every year to reach out to the community thru music, children's tattoos and games, handing out free Bibles and water,  and sharing the love of Jesus to all who pass by.  
Vacation Bible School at Immanuel is open to any child preschool thru 6th grade sponsored by Immanuel's congregation.  This is another highlight of our summer.  Although we have been offering VBS as long as anyone can remember, it has recently grown and each summer for the past 4 or 5 years we served over 100 children for a week of fun, learning and sharing the love of Jesus.  
WINGS has their annual bazaar which raises funds for countless missions locally and worldwide including Solid Ground, Turning Point, Penrickton School for Blind Children, Lighthouse Outreach Center, Salvation Army, Eastside Ministries and more!

Many hands make light the work no matter what size the hands be - so come work with us, bring your children too! - His burden is light - and His joy is found in abundance!