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HERE I AM, LORD, SEND ME missions ministry Spring/Summer 2018

STORIES AND OPPORTUNITIES 1


TABLE OF CONTENTS A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR 3 UPCOMING EVENTS 3 LOCAL MISSIONS ANGEL TREE 4 ART & SOUL 4 BALDWIN CENTER 5 BRIGHTMOOR 5 CASS COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES 6 FOCUS HOPE 8 HOLD (HANDS ON LOCAL DEEDS) 8 METHODIST CHILDREN’S HOME 9 SOUTH OAKLAND SHELTER (SOS) 9 STREETHREADS 10

NATIONAL MISSIONS HENDERSON SETTLEMENT SNEEDVILLE SPIRIT JOURNEY

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INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS COSTA RICA 12 CUBA 14 CZECH REPUBLIC 16 SERRV 16 ZAMBIA 17 HAITI 18 MISSIONARIES WE SUPPORT 20 PROJECTS WE SUPPORT NOAH PROJECT 21 PEOPLES IALAC 21

PARTNERS IN MISSION (PIM) FUND 21 UNITED METHODIST WOMEN 22 VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION (VIM) AND MISSIONS EXPERIENCE TRIPS 23


A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 It is such a blessing to have faith in a God who cares for us and calls us by name. Even more, it is a blessing to serve people who are in need, but loved and claimed in the same way we are by God. God loves us, and God loves all of creation. In response to that generous love, what can we do to make a difference? Oftentimes in the church we say we are the hands and feet of Christ in the world, but I also believe we can’t stop there. We have to be the ears of Christ, listening and relating to the needs of all we encounter. We have to be the eyes of Christ, seeing and responding with love to every act of injustice we perceive. We have to shoulder the load for those who can’t bear the weight of life’s struggles, and walk arm in arm

with the lost and broken. We have to speak the love of Christ with every word that passes our lips, so all may know they are never alone. In this guide you will find many of the ways that Birmingham and Berkley First are seeking to be the body of Christ to the world. We are intentional about partnerships and seeing the humanity in others. I hope you will pray and consider in what ministry God is calling you to participate, to grow in faith, to grow in connection with others, and to see and reflect Christ. Each year members and volunteers from our campuses partner with thousands of people locally, nationally, and internationally, seeking to make life better for those in need and to share the love of God. I hope you will as well! -Pastor Dan Hart

UPCOMING EVENTS Art & Soul

Monday & Thursday Weekly

Funny For a Change Fun-Raiser benefitting Brightmoor April 22

UMW Rummage Sale May 2 – 4

Cass Community Social Services Family Work Day May 5

Berkley/Royal Oak CROP Walk May 6

Art & Soul 8th Annual Gallery Open House & Art Sale May 10 Motown Mission’s Volunteer Day at Foundry House May 19

Volunteer Day at Grace Centers of Hope June 2

UMW Unit Meeting June 11

Brightmoor Volunteer Days July 14 and October 21

Garden Party & Picnic at Brightmoor July 28

Birmingham in the Garden July 21

45Christians Mission Days at Brightmoor July 24 – 25

Brightmoor Eat, Learn and Be Giving Annual Brunch September 30

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LOCAL MISSIONS

ANGEL TREE

ART & SOUL

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO...

In the Fall of every year, the Angel Tree team receives a list of approximately 350 children from Prison Fellowship Ministries. One or both parents of these children are in prison. We contact their care givers and solicit gift ideas. You can select childrens’ names hanging from Christmas trees in Fellowship Hall on Angel Tree Sunday in November, purchase gift items, and return them to the church for volunteers to distribute before the holiday. As some of the care givers are pressed financially, we also organize and deliver food bags to their households.

For over 8 years, Art & Soul has been a ministry that inspires dignity, pride and purpose in the homeless and those in need in Detroit through art; painting, drawing, pottery, sewing, knitting, beading, sewing and more. Our studio offers a safe, cozy and inspiring oasis for participants to explore and develop their creative talents, learn new crafts and techniques, make friends, and obtain some structure as counterpoint and comfort to their life on the streets. Our participants have the opportunity to sell their artwork at various shows, including the Art Prize in Grand Rapids, increasing their self esteem and opening doors not otherwise available to them.

WHEN WE DO IT... Angel Tree Sunday takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving. All gifts are collected through the first Sunday in December, to give the team time to confirm all kids have been addressed. The team also prepares food bags and, with help from Children’s Ministry, makes cards, packs all items and prepares for delivery. . .which takes place the second Saturday in December. “Delivery alone” requires as many as 35 church families. It is a busy month, but an important and caring undertaking, and one well suited to anyone looking to enter the mission field for the first time.

From September through June, the Art & Soul mission team meets every Monday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit. Carpooling is available, departing Birmingham First at 9:30 a.m. We welcome ALL volunteers - no artistic ability is required, but might be acquired! Check us out on Facebook at Art and Soul Detroit.

INTERESTED?

Contact Connie Thompson, Art & Soul Team Leader thompsonconnie43@yahoo.com

Contact Kirsten Layer or Liz Rito, Angel Tree Team Leaders layerbunch@gmail.com, ejrito@gmail.com

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WHEN WE DO IT...

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LOCAL MISSIONS

BALDWIN CENTER

BRIGHTMOOR

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO...

We aid the Baldwin Center in their mission to feed, clothe, educate and empower the men, women and children of Pontiac. The Baldwin Center has over 25 different programs, including meals, a clothes closet, an after-school program, and a GED prep program. One of our team’s major efforts annually is the recruitment and selection of four college-age interns to work in Baldwin’s six-week summer enrichment program for grade school-aged children.

Lots! We supply and staff Free Stores at both Brightmoor and Redford locations, prepare and serve community lunches, provide fresh produce through our community garden and orchard, rehab housing, clean up overgrown lots, board up empty houses, collect and distribute used furniture and clothing, and provide personal care, household, and infant supply items. We recently opened a computer lab and are preparing to begin work in the area of employment training.

WHEN WE DO IT...

WHEN WE DO IT...

The Baldwin team provides various support activities throughout the year. For example, clothing for the clothes closet is gathered from the twice-annual rummage sales, or when a particular seasonal item is in short supply. Baldwin operates a Holiday Store where gifts can be obtained for families in need. You can gather such gifts or work in the Store (Birmingham First’s Merry Mates can be found there!). Birmingham First’s Hunger Ministry is involved in serving meals from time to time. There are also opportunities to help tutor children in Baldwin’s after-school program.

Free Store and community lunch volunteers serve every Saturday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.

INTERESTED?

Contact Mary Pickett or Jean McKeehan, Brightmoor Team Leaders DetroitBrightmoor@gmail.com, jeanmckeehan@comcast.net

Contact Bob Everson, Baldwin Center Team Leader reverso@sbcglobal.net

Community garden, housing rehab, and area lot clean up are projects reserved for the warmer months! We are always grateful to accept used clothing, household items, and furniture along with new personal care and infant supplies.

INTERESTED?

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LOCAL MISSIONS

CASS COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES

Keep Calm and G High School Missions By Mackenzie Hibbard

WHAT WE DO... We volunteer at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, which is an agency dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs for the homeless.

WHEN WE DO IT... There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Organize a date for your family or students to work in the CCSS kitchen, sign up to help spring clean the CCSS campus, attend Empty Bowls Detroit in Eastern Market or the annual CCSS dinner. To support the tiny houses project, donate leftover materials from home renovations. If you’re a sports fan, put together a foursome for the annual CCSS golf outing at Fox Hills in September. Help us bring joy to homeless families by volunteering at the CCSS Christmas party or donating items to the Cass Christmas Store. Bring comfort to the homeless all winter by donating to the warming center.

INTERESTED? Contact Karla Bole, Cass Team Leader karla.bole@yahoo.com

For several years, Birmingham First High School Ministry has served in the Detroit Community. In December at the Cass Christmas Store, students assist parents and grandparents choose toys and clothes for their children. We have participated in the Cass Family Day in the spring, helping to beautify the grounds. And for the past three years, we have spent MLK weekend at the Foundry House in Detroit, installing insulation, hanging drywall and sanding wood floors. We love serving in Detroit, but during our winter retreat this year, we decided we wanted to make a bigger impact. It is our dream to raise the funds and build a Cass Tiny Home to provide a person in Detroit with the same feelings of comfort and pride we experience every day walking into our own homes. We want to be a part of ending poverty and impacting the Detroit community in a positive way. Our goal is to raise $40,000 by this summer and begin building the home. What makes this special to our students is not only gifting a person with a safe

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Get Flocked! space, but being allowed to choose the blueprint, the interior furniture, and even the paint colors! It’s not every day that high school students can change someone’s life in an everlasting way. That’s why we could not pass up this opportunity. Currently, we are in the midst of our very exciting Flamingo Flocking fundraiser! It is the second fundraiser high school ministry has launched for this mission. We began flocking on March 4 and will continue through the end of May. Our high school students and church families are helping to shepherd eight flocks within the greater metro Detroit area and the progress we’ve made in the first month has been incredible! Help us get these flamingos out into the community to raise awareness and funds for Cass Tiny Homes. We are still accepting addresses of friends, family, or coworkers that you would like to flock. Also, if your family is interested in shepherding flamingos for a week, it is fun and simple.

It may be a Tiny Home, but it will make a BIG Impact. If you would like to support the high school youth in their fundraiser and flock a friend, contact: Mackenzie Hibbard at mhibbard@fumcbirmingham.org

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LOCAL MISSIONS

FOCUS HOPE

HOLD (HANDS ON LOCAL DEEDS)

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO...

We deliver food staples from the Baldwin Center in Pontiac to area residents in need, primarily seniors, low income, disabled, single family households, or those without transportation.

We help with housing repairs, principally for those unable to provide for themselves. We have also worked on parsonage repairs, and other special projects in the Detroit area. We focus on rough and finish carpentry, drywall, plumbing, tile work and painting.

WHEN WE DO IT... We do this work during the day on one Saturday every other month. This is a rewarding mission activity, especially for families and for those looking for their first missions involvement.

INTERESTED? Contact Kathy Nauer, Focus Hope Team Leader knauer@finoneinc.com

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WHEN WE DO IT... Suffice it to say our team is “on call.” That said, we’re always looking for good hands and willing workers to increase our depth charts!

INTERESTED? Contact Tom Russell, HOLD Team Leader tomrussell@wowway.com


LOCAL MISSIONS

METHODIST CHILDREN’S HOME

SOUTH OAKLAND SHELTER (SOS)

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO...

We support the Methodist Children’s Home Society in several ways. The Methodist Children’s Home provides individualized treatment, permanency, advocacy and care to children and families impacted by childhood trauma. Our Birmingham First team has sponsored Christmas parties, bowling events, picnics and other activities throughout the year. At Christmas, you can select children for whom you can purchase a gift and an article of clothing. These items are collected at Birmingham First and distributed before the holiday.

SOS is a year-round, rotating emergency shelter for the homeless. Each week, a different Oakland County faithbased congregation hosts and shelters 30 guests. Over 200 volunteers help with our hosting week, which is typically in August. At Berkley First, volunteers help with the hosting week, typically in late November/early December.

The Methodist Children’s Home Society celebrated their Centennial in 2017!

WHEN WE DO IT...

WHEN WE DO IT... We look for volunteers to help in the following areas during our hosting; • • • • • • •

Set up/tear down of the sleeping area (CLC) Breakfast prep/clean up Lunch packers (done at your home) Dinner prep/clean up Evening activities Overnight hosts (three 4-hour shifts, 6 pm to 6 am) Drivers (your vehicle or church van)

Our team is busiest around the Christmas holiday, when we organize gifts for the children. We can use help transporting the collected items to the Home in Redford. In the spring, groups from Birmingham First provide each foster care child with an age-appropriate Easter basket.

INTERESTED?

INTERESTED?

Contact Kathy Nauer or Page Gorman, SOS Team Leaders knauer@finoneinc.com, pagegorman@sbcglobal.net

Contact Nancy Overman, Methodist Children’s Home Team Leader 248-646-5360

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LOCAL MISSIONS

NATIONAL MISSIONS

STREETHREADS

HENDERSON SETTLEMENT

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO... We prepare 400 brown-bag lunches that are served to the homeless in Detroit through the NOAH Project (a missions partner of Birmingham First) at Central UMC.

Along with preparing food, we also collect and distribute travel-size toiletries, new underwear and new socks.

WHEN WE DO IT... We visit NOAH quarterly. Contact the Team Leaders for upcoming dates. We leave Birmingham First at 9:30 am and begin distributing the brown-bag lunches at Central UMC by 10:30 am. We welcome volunteers across the full spectrum of work involved: gathering food items, gathering toiletries and new underwear/socks, preparing food, serving food.

INTERESTED? Contact Kirsten Layer or Cathy Glisky, StreeThreads Team Leaders layerbunch@gmail.com, cglisky@gmail.com

Our focus is assisting the youth ministries’ summer program at Henderson Settlement, which is located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains surrounding Frakes, Kentucky. We teach life skills to 7th – 12th grade students who live within the service area of the Settlement. We teach things like etiquette, resume writing, job interviewing skills, nutrition, sewing, simple woodworking, budgeting and fund-raising skills. We would like to expand our work to include elementary school children.

WHEN WE DO IT... We usually visit Henderson every year in late June. With a large enough group of volunteers, we could expand the scope of our program to include younger children. We also collect Boxtops for Education to help support the Frakes elementary school that is on the property. We welcome all volunteers to come along on the annual trip, save Boxtops, give financially or just pray for the youth and staff of Henderson Settlement.

INTERESTED? Contact Deb Roy or Sue Walters, Henderson Team Leaders debroy277@gmail.com, ssuewalters@hotmail.com

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NATIONAL MISSIONS

SNEEDVILLE

SPIRIT JOURNEY

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO...

We collect, pack and ship clothing to the Overhome Missions Clothing Center in Sneedville, Tennessee, which is located in Hancock County, one of the poorest counties in the U.S. We provide needy children with clothing that makes them feel comfortable attending school (we’ve learned that being taunted for rag-tag apparel leads to truancy). The Center provides clothing to adults and victims of disasters as well. We have recently learned that there are people living in Sneedville who have never had running water in their homes. Missions has begun contributing funds through the United Methodist Jubilee Water Project to help dig wells for some of these people. This is a continuous need, as there are more wells needed before all people will have running water.

WHEN WE DO IT... We do this work on Thursday afternoon of Rummage Sale week over a period of about 2-3 hours. We gather and pack about 20 boxes of used clothing, which the United Methodist Women graciously pays to ship to the Center in Sneedville. Birmingham First has been involved since the Center opened in 1989 and we welcome new faces to our team!

We support programs designed to help and develop Native American youth in the Leelanau Peninsula. Spirit Journey programs include tutoring, mentoring and skill building. Birmingham First has raised money to build cabins and to support tutoring efforts for children, and we work alongside other Methodist churches that are also involved. Our work will focus on helping Spirit Journey become self sustaining.

WHEN WE DO IT... Most of our work is done at the Spirit Journey summer camp location in Northport, Michigan. We have been involved in cabin construction, camp clean up, and various repairs and maintenance work. Our goal is to raise funds to support programs, assist wherever we can, and to educate people about the plight of the Native Americans.

INTERESTED? Contact Laura Dickerson Spirit Journey Team Leader ldickerson@comcast.net

INTERESTED? Contact Barb Pobst, Sneedville Team Leader bpobst@sbcglobal.net

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INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

COSTA RICA WHAT WE DO... For the past 26 years, Birmingham First has helped the Costa Rica Methodist Church build church buildings throughout the country. Since 2008, we have helped support Will and Ella Faircloth as missionaries and have sent VIM teams to assist in the construction of the Costa Rica Methodist Children’s Home. We continue a special relationship with Faro del Este Methodist Church in Mansiones by serving as a “sister congregation” to that church.

WHEN WE DO IT... Members of our congregation are involved with this mission field all year long by making donations to either the Mansiones Church or the Costa Rican Methodist Children’s Home. The women of the Thursday evening group, Unfinished Christian Women, sell home-made pies and boxed lunches to help support the Home, and many members of Birmingham First serve as “Guardian Angels” of the children at the Home.

INTERESTED? Contact Ann Littleton, Costa Rica Team Leader ages101885@aol.com

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Working Together Costa Rica By Ann Littleton

In February, I traveled to Costa Rica to work at Faro Del Este, the Methodist church in Mansiones. The church is one of the sister congregations we support with our time, talent and finances. I was extremely grateful and joyful that the two other members on the team from Birmingham First were our senior pastor, Elbert Dulworth, and his wife, Dawn. This year we were in Mansiones to assist in the completion of the parsonage/classroom building. This is a two story building that sits behind the church and beside the fellowship hall. The first story will be classrooms for the children and the second story will be the parsonage. Our sister congregation has used up every possible piece of the land that was purchased back in 2003. We were delighted to meet the new pastor, Gustavo Vegas, his wife, Yorleny, and their daughter, Nazareth. Gustavo was appointed as pastor in January and the family is very excited about their new home. In appreciation for our help, Yorleny made a beautiful cut out of the church for each team member. Dr. Luis Fernando Palomo, the Bishop of the Methodist Church in Costa Rica, has been very supportive of the Faro Del Este Church. He visited us in Mansiones and was pleased with the progress being made on the parsonage. One morning, Elbert and Dawn were able to meet with the Bishop to discuss program needs at the Methodist Seminary and how our congregation might be able to build a relationship with the seminarians.


On the weekend we visited the village of Tonjibe. Our church sent many teams to this village to construct the church, school and parsonage and we are always warmly welcomed back. It was a wonderful opportunity for Elbert and Dawn to learn about our projects in Costa Rica and meet Pastor Marcos Lopez.

It is always special to spend time with our missionaries in Costa Rica, Will and Ella Faircloth. They serve on the Board of Directors for the Methodist Children’s Home and adopted two sisters from the Home. We visited the project and were amazed at the work being done on the multipurpose building. Birmingham First raised the money for the first home named Esperanza (Hope). The UMW contributes $3,000 from money raised at the Rummage Sale and the Unfinished Christian Women bake pies as a fundraiser for the Home and contribute about $6,000 each year to help toward the cost of providing meals, clothing, and medical and educational needs of the children.

Even though we only had three of us from Birmingham First, we also had eight team members from five different churches. Will Faircloth opened my eyes to how beneficial it is to share the mission experience with other churches. For years we have had members from Ann Arbor First and Westside Ann Arbor join our teams. The Ann Arbor congregations are now sending their own teams to Costa Rica and had 20 members this year. Will said teams can be like the Russian nesting dolls. You never know how many other teams may be hiding inside one team. That is a beautiful metaphor but we really do need to make sure the mother doll is strong! If you would like to be involved with our Costa Rican projects, please contact Ann Littleton at ages101885@ aol.com or 248-723-1929.

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INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

CUBA WHAT WE DO... In 2016, we entered into a new relationship with the Methodist Church of Manzanillo, Cuba. This church will be one of our “sister congregations” and we will send a VIM team to help renovate the church building. In addition, we will assist them financially so they can provide lunch to children on Sundays and help them update their audio equipment for their services.

WHEN WE DO IT... We will send a team to Cuba to work annually.

INTERESTED? Contact Ann Littleton or Jay Shell, Cuba Team Leaders ages101885@aol.com, jay.shell@gmail.com

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Ministry in New and Exciting Ways Cuba

By Pastor Zack Dunlap God is up to great things at our sister church in Manzanillo, Cuba! My wife Rachael and I were able to be there in December for a great revival called “Let the Heavens Open”. A governmentowned theater was rented and decorated, and when evening came, some 2,000 people attended the event. The theater was packed with standing room only, and outside seating was filled with people spilling out into the streets. A hundred and ten people came forward to commit or recommit their lives to Christ, with names and contact information collected for each person. Each of them was given a Bible. In fact, 2,000 Bibles were distributed around the city of Manzanillo before and during the event, with people running from their homes to get a Spanishlanguage Bible of their own.

figuratively knocking down walls to accommodate the growth of their house church. Pray for diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Pray that God would continue opening the heavens over Manzanillo, pouring out the Holy Spirit. Pray that the Government would continue to be open to the church doing ministry in new and exciting ways. If you’d like to see what God is up to in Cuba with your own eyes, plan to come on one of our upcoming mission trips. The next one, geared towards youth and young adults, will take place December 27-January 2 and we can ring in the new year with our sisters and brothers in Cuba.

The church is growing by leaps and bounds, and funding from Birmingham and Berkley First is allowing them to expand their footprint to create additional classroom space, a cafeteria, and lodging for the local seminary that they host. Eventually, they have plans to expand the sanctuary as well. The Methodist Church in Manzanillo has outreach far beyond the city. They are connected with several smaller churches and church plants in the surrounding area. In one, the pastor and his family are literally and

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INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

CZECH REPUBLIC

SERRV

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO...

We support with “pennies, prayers and presence” the United Methodist Christian Help Center just outside of Prague. This Center provides shelter, social services and job training to homeless men, women and children. The Center is a mission of the United Methodist Church of the Czech Republic. Their future goal is to provide similar services to senior citizens in need.

SERRV is a nonprofit, fair-trade organization that helps eradicate poverty with lowincome artisans and farmers in 32 countries. The SERRV team selects items such as jewelry, home décor, etc., and markets these products to the congregation at the annual sale in November. Purchases by members of the congregation help the artisans and farmers share their talents with a larger market and earn a better living for themselves and their families.

WHEN WE DO IT... Birmingham First has a covenant partnership with the Center. Our dollars provide funds to repair and maintain the facilities and support the staff and programs. We are considering taking a small Volunteers In Mission (VIM) Team to assist with these repairs and to further develop the covenant relationships between Birmingham First and the Christian Help Center.

INTERESTED? Contact Donna Haymond, Czech Team Leader dghaymond@aol.com

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WHEN WE DO IT... We prepare for the SERRV sale in the late summer and early fall, selecting and ordering the items to be sold from the SERRV catalogue. On the day of the SERRV sale in early November annually, SERRV team members become passionate salespersons between services in Fellowship Hall. With any luck and the congregations’ usual support, there is little packing-up to do at the end!

INTERESTED? Contact Linda Wilson or Jackie Keller, SERRV Team Leaders jreedwilson@sbcglobal.net, pkeller1@aol.com


INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

ZAMBIA WHAT WE DO... Education is the key to overcoming the harsh realities of Central Africa, and the focus of the Zambia team’s work is the Kafakumba Training Center. The Center provides spiritual and life skills to student pastors, women and children. It is home to several small businesses, such as woodworking, fish farming and honey production. Birmingham First has been sponsoring the Center’s honey production activities for the past few years.

WHEN WE DO IT... In addition to our targeted annual financial support, every 4-5 years in June/July we take a small group of church members to see first-hand the Kafakumba Training Center in action. This time on the calendar is Zambia’s winter so the temperatures are quite moderate, giving our visiting “people to people” mission team the opportunity to learn and bring the message home to share with others at Birmingham First. We are exploring a future trip.

Birmingham In The Garden Self-Paced Garden Tour Saturday, July 21 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Starting at Birmingham First On Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Birmingham First United Methodist Church is conducting their 7th annual “Birmingham In The Garden” self-paced garden tour. Don’t miss what promises to be our best tour yet! Please join us. Tickets remain $10 per person in advance at the church beginning in early May. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour for $15 per person. Proceeds from the tour will be used to aid student international mission participation.

INTERESTED? Contact Jay Shell, Zambia Team Leader jay.shell@gmail.com

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INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

STUDENT MISSIONS

HAITI

45 CHRISTIANS (4th & 5th Graders)

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO...

We do relief work in and around Jeremie, Haiti, a small port city located 150 miles west of Port au Prince. We mostly work on projects that the Circuit Superintendent of the Haitian Methodist Church identifies as priorities among the 30+ churches in the Circuit. In the past 5 years we have built schools, painted orphanages, outfitted schools with computers and other teaching materials, distributed dresses made by Birmingham First seamstresses, worked in clinics and senior citizen homes, and organized mobile medical activities.

This summer, we will serve God’s children in Detroit or Pontiac and then in the afternoon we will enjoy fellowship in the city.

WHEN WE DO IT... July 15 - Meet in our main kitchen to make and pack 300 sack lunches. July 16 - Central United Methodist Church to prepare & serve lunch July 17 - Lighthouse in Pontiac

WHEN WE DO IT...

July 18 - Redford Aldersgate Church – Brightmoor Campus

We typically take a team of 7-9 people for 7-8 days in late March or early April (either before Palm Sunday or after Easter). We like to firm up trip participants no later than November 30 so we can make flight arrangements, including small charter aircraft we use to travel from Port au Prince to Jeremie.

July 19 - Board up abandoned houses in Brightmoor with adult support

Birmingham First’s seamstresses work throughout the year as suits their individual schedules, and provide dresses for our team to take along to Jeremie.

INTERESTED? Contact John or Nancy Smith, Haiti Mission Team Leaders johnsmithjfs@gmail.com, nancyasmithrn@gmail.com 810-678-3327

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INTERESTED? Contact Kim Bowyer kbowyer@fumcbirmingham.org


MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

WHAT WE DO...

WHAT WE DO...

This summer, the middle school students will travel to Columbus, Ohio to serve on the city’s southwest side. We are staying at The United Methodist Church for all People and plan to volunteer in a variety of programs they offer through their Church and Community Development. Some programs include a free store, garden and children programs. It is our hope that students who attend this trip will experience being a disciple of Jesus Christ. The mission of The United Methodist Church for all People for their students who come and serve is to experience a place where “Heaven and Earth collide!”

WHEN WE DO IT...

WHEN WE DO IT... Our trip begins Sunday morning, as we join the congregation in their Sunday morning services and will also serve breakfast to the worshipping community prior to worship. We will assist in the garden on church grounds that helps serve fresh foods for meals during the week. Monday and Tuesday we will help with children summer programs and also help organize donations in the free store.

High school youth participate in a variety of Missions and Service opportunities, both locally and nationally. Opportunities are offered each month for students to be the hands and feet of Christ. Students have initiated a new mission to feed the body and spirit of orphan children around the world, focusing in places of great need like Zimbabwe, Haiti, Cuba and Costa Rica though their mission ministry, FEED.

Opportunities are offered each month for students to be the hands and feet of Christ.

INTERESTED? Contact Mackenzie Hibbard mhibbard@fumcbirmingham.org

INTERESTED? Contact Patrina Hone phone@fumcbirmingham.org

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MISSIONARIES WE SUPPORT These missionaries are supported by our congregation and by other congregations through the General Board of Global Ministries. The salaries of these missionaries are paid through your annual pledge to our church operating budget. We also support each missionary’s projects.

WILL AND ELLA FAIRCLOTH Will and Ella Faircloth are missionaries working with the Evangelical Methodist Church of Costa Rica. For more information or to contact Will and Ella, go to fairclothcostarica.com.

ISAAC DUNN Isaac Dunn comes to the NOAH Project through the service organization US-2, a Young Adult Missionary program supported by the United Methodist Church. Isaac was born in Austin, Texas and grew up in Abilene, Texas. Isaac attended Texas Christian University, majoring in both Religion and Communication Studies. At NOAH, Isaac serves as a caseworker, seeing clients one-on-one for social services and referrals.

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LYNDA SYLVAIN Lynda Sylvain is a US-2 Missionary serving at Motown Mission. She was born in Haiti and came to Florida at the age of 12. She went on to attend MiamiDade College, where she majored in Psychology. At Motown Mission, Lynda serves as the Volunteer and Hospitality Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the work of the teams that come to volunteer their time in the city of Detroit.

GRACE E. OKERSON Grace E. Okerson is a US-2 Missionary serving at the NOAH Project. Grace was born in Haiti, but is a local of Miramar, Florida, where she is a member of the Miramar United Methodist Church in the Florida Annual Conference. She began her studies at Broward College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.


PROJECTS WE SUPPORT

PARTNERS IN MISSION (PIM) FUND

NOAH PROJECT NOAH Project envisions an end to homelessness in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. They are committed to developing relationships that promote healthy change in the lives of individuals who are homeless, especially those for whom it is a chronic struggle. NOAH strives to be a safe haven between the streets and the larger community by addressing critical needs and practicing acceptance of each participant as a person worthy of respect and compassion, despite survival values and behaviors.

PEOPLES IALAC (I AM Lovable and Capable) Summer Program Peoples IALAC (I AM Lovable and Capable) Summer Program is a community outreach ministry of Peoples UMC in Detroit They have provided 38 years of creative learning experiences for youth ages 4-16 during the summer months. The programs provide a safe haven for community youth. They also provide students with techniques and strategies to resolve conflicts peacefully and foster positive self esteem and self confidence. Participants experience information technology and also study in the Peace Center where conflict resolution skills are taught using the Bible as a tool. They participate in arts and crafts classes, tutoring, music, cooking and performing arts. Field trips are also offered.

The Partners in Mission (PIM) Fund receives voluntary contributions from church members. It is separate from the church operating budget to which you make your annual pledge. It is used to support all the local, national and international missions projects listed in this brochure. You can contribute to the PIM fund by contributing twice a year during the special PIM appeals, contribute weekly by using line 3 of your weekly offering envelope, or by making a donation to light the Mission Candle in honor or memory of someone or in celebration of some event. Contact: Janet Smylie office@fumcbirmingham.org

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN One of the primary focuses of the UMW is to plan, support, and nurture mission activities for women of our church. The major source of funding for these UMW mission projects is our rummage sale, which raises more than $100,000 for missions each year. Our rummage sale takes over nearly every room in the church twice each year to raise money for missions projects. It is a wonderful inter-generational event with several hundred members of our church —men and women — involved in running it. Contact: Melissa Peirce melissapeirce@aol.com

Missions at Birmingham and Berkley First are made possible by the congregation’s generosity. Many other ministries, like Hunger, Children’s, Students, Unfinished Christian Women, and others also lend considerable support to various missions teams, year in and year out. Missions extends a special “thank you” to UMW, who generously provide financial support to various teams and projects. Birmingham First’s mission field is, indeed, fertile ground for all the gifts of time and treasure.

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Missions extends a special “thank you” to UMW


VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION (VIM) AND MISSIONS EXPERIENCE TRIPS

MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION TRIP Columbus, OH June 23-27, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TRIP Sneedville, TN July 8-14, 2018

45CHRISTIANS

(4th & 5th Grade)

MISSION EXPERIENCE July 15-19, 2018

CUBA

December 27, 2018 - January 2, 2019

HAITI

April 2019

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said,

“Here I Am, Lord... Send Me” Our purpose is to gather, nurture and equip disciples of Jesus Christ for ministry and mission in the world.

The projects in this newsletter and many more are supported by your generous contributions to the Partners in Mission fund. Please consider making a donation today by filling out a deposit envelope at church or going to our website and choosing Partners in Mission.

Our Missions Ministry equips disciples of Christ to share God’s love through gifts and service, creating hope and sustainable opportunities for those in need. MISSIONS MINISTRY CHAIRPERSON Karen Plants - plantlady365@sbcglobal.net

BIRMINGHAM FIRST MISSIONS ADMINISTRATOR Carrie Morse - cmorse@fumcbirmingham.org BERKLEY FIRST MISSIONS Patty Reynolds - patty1229@yahoo.com

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Missions Ministry Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2018  

A publication of Birmingham and Berkley First United Methodist Churches featuring Missions opportunities and stories of how we share God's l...

Missions Ministry Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2018  

A publication of Birmingham and Berkley First United Methodist Churches featuring Missions opportunities and stories of how we share God's l...