*Sharing *Our *Actions & *Resources
Reaching out in our “corner of the world” we partner with Skyway Elementary, (the school right up the street) seeking to make a tangible impact in the lives of students, staff and families. Each of us is invited to share the time and gifts that we have available. As this partnership develops (est. late 2013) we have artists, librarian helpers, readers, math tutors, after school buddies, morning greeters and treat makers but the list is not complete. We have a desire to offer parenting classes, book clubs and ? Perhaps you have an idea or a gift. Please contact the church office if you are interested in more details or learning how to volunteer your time and gifts 765-8800.
Working with the national and local Family Promise organization and as many as 11 congregations in our area, we help provide housing, food, fellowship, stability, safety and respect for displaced families. Generally five weeks out of the year Community UMC (about 50 individuals of our congregation) seeks to create “home” for families in transition. With many aspects to this mission, people of all abilities, ages and resources are able come together to make “change the world” housing one family at a time.
“Change the course of your parenting today, and change the course of your family history for generations to come.” -unknown
The ICARE program of St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho partners with parents to build stronger families. Our goal is to reduce the risk factors that increasingly challenge families today. We offer strategies for strengthening families in need of extra support. ICARE is a non-profit, child abuse prevention agency serving Kootenai County since 1992. In October 2008, we merged with St. Vincent de Paul, Kootenai County’s largest social service provider.
Research has shown that parents who have the tools, resources and support they need are more likely to raise safe, healthy and productive children. Parents are equipped to: • Handle stress in positive ways, including reaching out to friends, family and community resources for support; • Develop positive bonds with their children and enjoy spending time together; • Have confidence in their own abilities as parents.
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”— John 21:17
Recognizing that our community Food Bank (Community Action Partnership) is a well developed local agency, we partner with them intentionally in these ways:
S3 (Second Sunday Sharing):
- Donate healthy foods to feed the whole person and not just the stomach
- Donate money to help supplement Food Bank Supplies
- Volunteer time to help distribute food at the Food Bank
- Grow extra food in our gardens to provide fresh produce to the Food Bank
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family. Their inspiration for starting the organization can be traced back to the many people who helped their family after their father, Harold, was killed by a drunk driver in 1969. Today, more than 70 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope. We are proud that we work through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.
As part of our connection with Mande Muyombo in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, we have become aware of a great need for fresh, potable water. Digging and setting up a well costs $4000. With the cooperation of the entire congregation, and the help of the children in Vacation Bible School in 2012, we have been able to fund two wells. Both wells are in Kamina, DRC, Africa, one near the university, and the other at the orphanage.
Future Stories Initiative /
Community Action Partnership
(Previously “Circles Initiative”)
Community United Methodist Church works in association with the national Circles movement as described at Community Action Partnership. Our volunteers provide a weekly dinner, meeting space, and encouraging support for persons working their way out of poverty.
Hope for the Children of Africa
The Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church supports the two orphanages of Jamaa Letu in Lubambashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. As a Conference, emphasis for this mission continues to center on our support, education and maintenance of the facilities. Check the link above to learn more about the orphanages. Each year a special offering is taken at the PNW Annual Conference. Just prior to the Conference each year our church takes a special offering to be presented at the Annual Conference. Continued offerings will be gratefully received and sent on.
United Methodist Committee
on Relief (UMCOR)
Church participants provide financial support to UMCOR, as worldwide crises present themselves. Each spring we participate in the annual fund drive to support UMCOR’s administrative costs (One Great Hour of Sharing) In 2015 our Youth Mission Team traveled to the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City. In preparation for their trip and their work on site, the youth and church compiled healthy kits, birthing kits and school kits. Community UMC and specifically the United Methodist Women participate in gathering the elements for all of the disaster relief kits and were supportive of the Youth’s desire to make a difference in person at the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City.