Our Savior supports the Methodist denomination’s many missional offering opportunities. The United Methodist Women support many UMW mission projects such as assembling donations of Health, Sewing, School, Layette and Nigerian Kits each year.
We began Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse in 2012, sending 42 boxes. In 2013 we sent 40. In October, 2014, we will be promoting and filling boxes to be sent to the distribution centers in November. Our goal is to fill 50 this year.
On June 23, 2013, Our Savior organized and hosted a benefit brunch/silent/live auction for one of our young families, George and Jodi Lawman. Jodi is suffering from cancer. The benefit grew because community members volunteered to help and the benefit location had to be moved to the high school where there was more room. It was a huge success with 500 eating brunch. The silent auction had over 100 items and the live auction was large also. Also during 2013, we assisted a young mother and her child by purchasing her a good used car with congregation donations.
We began Sidewalk Monday School for five 2013 July/Aug. summer Mondays on the Good Samaritan Society’s lawn. All children between preschool and 6th grade were welcome. Several children of unchurched families came as well as kids from other churches who were between activites at their churches. Prizes were given and the congregation’s generosity in donating the prizes was key to the success of the project. This 2014 summer, we held Sidewalk Monday School again for 8 weeks. Having the experience of last year, we were ready for a great summer and were not disappointed. 35-40 kids was the average attendance with 72 as the high. We also had more volunteers to help. It is a great project of outreach that we will continue.
Starting with the 2013 September Sunday School, the children’s offerings went toward Heifer International during the Sunday School year. During the 2013-14 year, they donated enough money to purchase 2 flocks of chickens, 1 hive of bees, 1 share of rabbits and 1 flock of ducks. In May,2014, the Heifer Fill the Ark project was opened to the whole congregation and we raised enough money to purchase a gift of clean water for a family.