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Eastham United Methodist Church

3200 State Highway Rt. 6
Eastham, Massachusetts 02642
508-255-8774
Reverend Grace J. Chur, Pastor
eumc@c4.net

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EASTHAM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH MISSIONS & SOCIAL CONCERNS

Dear Church Family,

The Mission and Social Concerns Committee's role is to meet regularly and prayerfully seek the Lord's direction for disbursing the gifts the church congregation gives through the Mission budget. It is also our responsibility to educate the congregation about these missions. Here is a brief description of many of the agencies that our mission money supports. God is reaching out through the Eastham United Methodist church in many ways. Because of your involvement and support of Missions/Social Concerns, we truly have a local and global mission ministry.

Click on Program Name to learn more about it

LOCAL MISSIONS


-Lower Cape Outreach Council

The mission of the Lower Cape Outreach Council is to assist struggling families in the lower 8 Cape towns, to make ends meet. This is accomplished through food pantry programs, free clothing, and assistance in paying household bills. The Lower Cape Outreach Council has a food pantry in the Eastham United Methodist Church known as the Love Pantry.

-The Cape Cod Council of Churches

The Council serves God by serving others with special programs to meet human needs on Cape Cod. The Council's programs in hospitals, jail, nursing homes, with youth and the community, are carried on by scores of volunteers supported by a small professional staff.

-The Baby Center

The Cape Cod Council of Churches established a Baby Center that provides baby items (clothing, furniture, toiletries) free of charge to parents in need. The center supplies goods for children from birth to age three. It provides educational opportunities to the parents of infants regarding their care and helps create a safety net for these families.

-Habitat for Humanity

The mission of Habitat is to solve the problem of inadequate housing on Cape Cod through the combined efforts of volunteers and donors. On the Cape they have helped over 29 families to become homeowners and to have a secure, decent place to live.

-Salvation Army

Each year this agency assists thousands of families and individuals across Cape Cod and the Islands. They provide warm meals for the homeless, counseling for young struggling mothers, and provide groceries through the food pantry. Their mission is to change the world one life at a time.

-Interfaith Council for the Homeless

This agency was established in 1991 to combat homelessness in eight lower Cape towns. The council provides individuals and families with assistance securing affordable housing and providing information and referrals for food, clothing, health care and other important needs. Food Certificates are sold most Sundays and receives 5% from each certificate to support their programs.

-Lower Cape Lunch

This group's mission is to meet the human needs of loneliness by providing community meals at St. Joan of Arc Church. Volunteers of differing faith serve both weekly lunches and dinners.

-Camp Aldersgate

Camp Aldersgate is a Methodist Church Camp located in Rhode Island. Our church provides scholarships each summer for youth who wish to attend camp. The Camp is also used for youth and adult church retreats throughout the year.

-Scouts

Our church currently provides financial aid as well as use of our facilities for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior Girl Scouts, Daisy and Brownie troops.

-Parish Nurse Program

This ministry is committed to helping our congregation and the community maintain health and wellness. Parish Nursing integrates the spiritual values of healing the whole person; Mind, Body, and Spirit. For more information and/or a volunteer form click here.

-Holiday Gift Certificates

Each year, our love pantry friends receive a Thanksgiving and Christmas basket for their holiday meal.

-Nauset Workshop

Nauset Workshop is a non-profit agency that provides vocational, residential and recreational services to individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod. They have work centers located in Eastham, Hyannis, and Falmouth.

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN


-Dress A Live Doll

Each year, the Salvation Army provides the names of two children in need of winter clothing. With a donated budget of $150 for each child, they purchase underwear, slacks, tops, winter coats and hats.

-The Giving Tree

A Christmas tree decorated with paper ornaments describing names and needs is displayed in November. The items are donated along with gift-wrapping paper. Last year, 70 families were served.

-We Care

Church volunteers provide transportation to doctor, hospital appointments and provide meals for families during illness or times of bereavement.

-Housing for the Homeless

An 8-unit studio apartment in Falmouth for the homeless was helped with donations.

-Mission Pledge

Each year part of the money raised from rummage sales and a fair is donated to the church mission budget.

-Scholarships

Two qualified students are awarded a $500 scholarship yearly.

-Sunshine

Sunshine Cards are sent to members for illness or a death in the family and shut-ins are visited.

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GLOBAL MISSIONS


-Nicaraguan Covenant

For the past 15 years the New England Council of Churches has been working in Covenant with the Association de Inglesias Cristo de Nicaragua. Both financial aid and material items are given by our church to meet the needs of these people in the areas of health care, education, food, land reform, etc.

-World Hunger in Africa

This program helps feed hungry people and attacks the root causes of hunger and poverty. It provides resources for the development for programs in African countries faced with rebuilding their economies destroyed by drought, civil war, and other disasters.

-Temuco Methodist Scholarship

Gifts help the school provide scholarships to students, such as Mapuche Indians, who otherwise would not be able to attend school.

-McCurdy Mission School-New Mexico

This school provides a program dedicated to the development of the total person through physical, educational, and spiritual ministries. Students include racial and ethnic minority children.

-United Methodist Committee on Relief

The goal of International and Domestic Emergency Response programs are to provide relief and rehabilitation in distress situations both long term and immediate. UMCOR works through local church conferences and when possible forms a partnership with other organizations to pool resources.

-Heifer International

Every family who receives a Heifer Project animal begins a journey toward better health and more income. Families work together to pass on the gift of livestock and learning to others in need.

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United Methodist Special Sundays


-Human Relations Day

Human Relations Day calls the Church to recognize the right of all God's children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with each. The purpose of the day is to further the development of better human relations.

-One Great Hour of Sharing

This Sunday calls the Church to share the goodness of life with those who hurt. Today eight different denominations participate.

-Native American Ministries Sunday

This Sunday serves to remind the Church of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society.

-Peace With Justice Sunday

Peace with Justice witnesses to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world.

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OTHER MISSION OUTREACH


-Champ House

This is a residential house for displaced youth and young adults. While living here they receive assistance with their education, employment needs, and with recovering from substance abuse.

-Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

-Quilting/Crafting Group

Each Monday, women from the church and community meet to create dozens of baby quilts and other hand made items that are donated to needy families and the Cape Cod Baby Center.

-Angel House

A program of the Housing Assistance Corporation, Angel House provides a structured and secure environment where parents and children can be reunited and recover from the dual traumas of substance abuse and homelessness. Residents of the program receive assistance with life skills, career development, parenting, and a variety of educational programs.

-Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor is a specialized shelter program run by the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod. They provide shelter and counseling services for mothers and children who have been victims of domestic violence and are homeless.

-Camp Sunshine

The camp is located in Maine and its mission is to provide a respite to children with life threatening illness. The camp has provided a retreat for over 2900 critically ill children and their families since 1984.

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