Volunteers In Mission – Sign Up Now!
Volunteers In Mission (VIM) is an opportunity for youth and adults (and sometimes children) to do hands-on mission locally, nationally, and globally. Periodically, a group from our church has participated in this wonderful mission program. Several years ago, we sent a group to Guatemala to build an orphanage. A few years ago we sent a team to New Orleans for hurricane recovery work. In addition, we annually send a team to work at the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Depot in Salt Lake City. If you are interested in participating in a team, please contact one of our trained UMVIM Leaders: Mary & Giles Popish and/or Pastor Kathy. For general information, check the website at: UMCOR website
November 13-18, 2017 , is the next VIM trip to UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City – sign up with this form Registration Volunteer in Mission Trip to SLC2017
All are welcome to help in our garden
Our church provides a Garden Ministry by growing fruits and vegetable in our raised beds, our citrus grove and our strawberry towers. Our vision is to raise food and share our bounty through the meal ministry and with others who might enjoy it.
Genesis 1:11- Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
Church members donated goods and services ranging from raised bed installation to plants and seeds for the garden. Methods used in the garden incorporate the Wesleyan principle of “Do no harm.” With that in mind, gardeners learn various ways to enhance the soil for better crops, develop and understanding of the interaction of plants, their pests and predators (parasites, too), and how to prepare the harvest in a flavorful way. Of course fellowship is provided to all that choose to help with and enjoy the garden.
If you are interested in being a part of our Garden Ministry team, please contact the church office.
Elk Grove Food Bank
The Food Bank provides many services for those in need: food, clothing, support works which trains people for employment and much more. The Food Bank helps provide food for our Saturday breakfast and Sunday lunch. For more information, check the website at: http://elkgrovefoodbank.org/.
Elk Grove HART (Homeless Asssistance Resource Team)
Our church is closely connected with EG HART which is an organization which addresses homelessness through providing housing and mentoring. Check out their excellent work: http://www.elkgrovehart.org/ There are many volunteer opportunities
Elk Grove Winter Sanctuary (EG WINS)
Our church serves as the intake site for Winter Sanctuary. For 12 weeks during the winter, our homeless guests check in at our church and then the guests are transported to the host church for the night where they receive a warm meal and have cot and clean sleeping bag. In the morning, the guests are brought back to our church to carry on with their daily activities. There are many oppotunities to volunteer. For more information see their website: http://www.elkgrovehart.org/elk-grove-wins/about-eg-wins/about-elk-grove-winter-sanctuary
Family promise is a nonprofit program designed specifically for homeless families that helps them achieve self-sufficiency and regain a home for themselves and their children. Shelter for the families is provided through a unique, innovative method by utilizing an interfaith hospitality network of 16 congregations and hundreds of volunteers throughout the Sacramento region. It is also unique because it is one of the few homeless ministries that make it possible for families to stay together (most shelters are for mothers and children or single men—few shelters allow fathers to stay with their family.) Family promise has a high rate of success in helping families deal with issues that contribute to their homelessness, get education and training, find jobs and get back into homes or apartments.Our church participates by taking special offerings on Mother’s and Father’s Day and by providing household items when Family Promise graduates move into their first home. For more information check their website http://www.sacfamilypromise.org/
Habitat for Humanity
Elk Grove United Methodist Church participates in area wide Habitat for Humanity projects. From time to time our congregation participates in special builds around Sacramento and/or Galt. For more information, check the website at: http://www.habitat.org/
Heifer Project International
This is a project that offers hungry families around the world a way to feed themselves and a way to become self-reliant. Our Acolytes currently work to provide funding for this project. For more information, check the website at… http://www.heifer.org/
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes in downtown Sacramento is one the many outreach programs that our church is involved in. Loaves and Fishes is a private, non-profit charity run mostly by volunteers that provides many services to the homeless, including meals. Our church’s commitment to this program is to work in the Loaves and Fishes dining Hall on 4th Saturday of the month.
On the odd months (January, March, May, July, September and November) we meet at Loaves and Fishes at 10:30 AM to serve lunch and clean-up. On the even months (February, April, June, August, October and December) we meet at Loaves and Fishes at 8:00 AM to prepare and cook the lunch. We usually make a terrific tasting Tamale Pie!
Before Christmas we collect Christmas stockings that are given to the guests of Loaves and Fishes at their Christmas Dinner. Each Christmas stocking has toiletries, a deck of cards or a game, socks, gloves, hat, a certificate to a fast food restaurant and similar items.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share God’s love with those who are often forgotten, or pushed to the sides. In Matthew 25, Jesus said whenever you fed one who was hungry you fed me. We certainly have the opportunity to see the face of Christ in others when we serve at Loaves and Fishes.
For more information on Loaves and Fishes, check out their website at http://www.sacramentoloavesandfishes.org/ For more information about our church’s participation in Loaves and Fishes and/or to carpool to our next Loaves and Fishes Saturday, contact Norma Heim.
Community Groups meeting at Elk Grove UMC
Other service organizations in our community also use our church. Regular meetings of AA , NA and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) are held here each week–check their websites for more information. Sacramento Self Help Housing (SSHH) meets with people here on Tuesday mornings–call 916-341-0593 for an appointment. The Elk Grove Navigator, who works with the homeless in Elk Grove, has office hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-12. WIC (Women, Infants and Children) also serves clients here on Fridays, 8am-5pm.
Shared Connectional Giving/Apportionments/Tithe
Elk Grove United Methodist Church is not an isolated church in mission and ministry. We join with other United Methodists in sharing mission and ministry around the world. United Methodists have determined that joining forces is the most effective way to do worldwide mission and ministry so we pool our resources. This is known as connectional giving or apportionments. Please Click on this link for more information: SharedConnectionalGiving
United Methodist Committee on Relief
United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church. Compelled by Christ, UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters—those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Check out their website at http://www.umcor.org/
EGUMC supports UMCOR by collecting school, health, layette, birthing and cleaning kits that are shipped nationally and internationally when a disaster has created a need. We send at least one Volunteers in Mission Team a year to the UMCOR Depot West in Salt Lake City. The team works at the Depot in assembling kits for shipping.
We participate in the UMCOR Coffee Project–Good Coffee for a Good Cause. Coffee is sold on the 1st & 3rd Sundays during fellowship time. Both Decaf and Regular coffee is available in Whole Bean, Drip and percolator grind. In addition there is hot chocolate mix and assorted teas. Order forms are available from the church office if you are unable to purchase your items on the 1st or 3rd Sunday. This program helps small farmers around the world. Any excess funds raised during this program will be given back to UMCOR to help in their worldwide work.
We take a special offering during the season of Lent called United Methodist Committee on Relief Sunday which supports the basic work of UMCOR.
Uplift Elk Grove
Our church is heavily involved in Uplift. The Uplift Elk Grove program is designed to help families and individuals help themselves to break the cycle of poverty. What does that mean for the larger community? It means fewer tax dollars will be needed for that family’s support. An average family of 4 in Sacramento County could receive:
Total Annual Costs Per Family
Cal WORKS …………………………$10,692
Cal Fresh (Food Stamps)…………… $7,584
Medi Cal……………….………… …$11,000
HUD Housing vouchers……………… $7,530
Child Care Subsidy…………………… $16,547
Imagine how much more abundant their lives will be when they’re self-sufficient, and how much stronger our community will be when we have more people who are off of public assistance! And over the years this impact multiplies because their children will be less likely to need public assistance (and their grandchildren, and on and on). For more information or to volunteer, contact the church office.
Weekend Meal Ministry
Elk Grove United Methodist Church has taken a magnificent step in helping our community and neighbors who are in need. We offer a warm breakfast every Saturday morning from 8 – 10, and a great lunch every Sunday from 11:30 – 1:00. We are looking for volunteers to sign up for one Saturday and / or Sunday a month to cook, clean, or just help out. If you are unable to donate your time , we are seeking money and food donations of pancake mix, syrup or juice. If you find yourself with a free Saturday morning or Sunday lunch come hear stories and share some with those who love to listen and talk. Make someone’s day. If you have any questions please contact the church office at 916-686-8303.
Please consider donating your time or your money to EGUMC. Monetary donations can be marked to the Weekend Meal Ministry.