Special Offerings for 2018
January: Africa ELI
February: Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County
Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County (AC) is an ecumenical ministry that builds, repairs, and rehabilitates simple, decent, and affordable houses with participating families; working with volunteers. The need for safe, decent housing in Anderson County is great. Data shows 17% of families live below the poverty line and 30% of the children are living in poverty. Since 1993, Habitat has built and sold 63 homes to AC families, interest free, and completed repairs in over 45 other houses. To address a growing need, Habitat has recently started a program called “Aging in Place” for families whose head of household is 65 or older or handicapped and on a fixed income and cannot afford the entire cost of materials. Habitat makes a significant difference in our community because of partners like First Church and its members. Please consider making a generous donation this month.
The Heart of Christ Ministry in Honduras has been chosen as the FUMC Special Offering for LENT in 2018. In 2005 Gracie Murphee and her husband Lee went to Honduras as part of a short term mission team with their church. On returning to their UMC in Alabama they conceived the idea for a ministry that would reach out to rescue the lost, the suffering, and the dying; and soon they were back in Honduras getting started. They believe “Love is an action and Faith without action is dead!” Their motto is “We will show you our faith by what we do.”
This wonderful ministry now has several buildings on the mission property. Here they provide shelter to victims of abuse and severely physically and mentally challenged children. At the Heart of Christ Mission they seek to meet the practical needs of the people they serve by farming part of the land and raising chickens for food. Mission Teams are welcomed to the Heart of Christ facility to help in building the physical structures needed to house and to care for the people being served. Gracie, the Heart of Christ Director, has created and opened the first ever victims program for Honduras and she works with the Honduras national and international authorities to bring rescue and aid to victims of violence. She stated “we all are called to rescue the lost and those who suffer”.
To donate to this “Wonderful Ministry” please mark your generous donation, “Lenten Offering” and place it in the Offering plate on Sunday mornings or at any Special Lenten Program. Your marked donation may also be mailed or brought to the FUMC office during the week.
March: Project Peanut Butter
PB&J is a staple in American children’s lunches, but in Sierra Leone, peanut butter saves lives. A pediatrician found a way to combine peanut butter with vegetable oil, powdered milk, sugar, and Nutriset vitamins to produce a ready-to-use food supplement for children six months to five years. It needs no cooking or refrigeration for up to four months and is truly a lifesaver for malnourished youngsters. If children are at 85% or below the ideal weight for their age, they are given the supplement. The program is operated with the help of Volunteers in Mission and the Sierra Leone Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Many satellite clinics are now operating and a state-of-the-art production facility produces the supplements as well as providing local employment and self-sufficiency. Drop your donation in the offering plate or send to the church office, marking the check with March Special Offering.
Collection baskets are found in the Fellowship Hall.