Featured Local Mission Project: Out of the Garden Backpack Ministry
Christ Church's Children's Council, led by youth member Kara Gustaveson (for her Gold Award Project), is collecting items for "Out of the Garden" Backpack Ministry and all ages are invited to get involved. This program provides 18 elementary school students from Sternberger and Jones Elementary Schools with packaged food bags to be sent home for their families on the weekends. CLICK HERE for more information and a list of needed items.
Ongoing Local Mission Opportunities
Aldersgate Delivery - Contact: Barbara Crews
Every six weeks, a CUMC crew picks up meals at Hinshaw Methodist Church and delivers them to 15-19 apartments in Aldersgate, a low-income housing project off Merritt Drive. Similar to Mobile Meals, but operates independently. Substitute drivers always are needed.
Crop Hunger Walk - Contact: Kathie Amato & Al Rives
Each October, CUMC walkers join thousands across the country to raise funds to feed the hungry. Walkers raise money by obtaining sponsors from their friends, family and co-workers. One-fourth of all money raised stays in Greensboro to support Potter's House, a lunch program run by Greensboro Urban Ministry (G.U.M.). Remaining funds are used by Church World Service to fight hunger across the globe.
First Food Sunday - Contact: Steve Taylor
This project started in 1985 by asking church members to bring non-perishable food on the first Sunday of each month. Members now may bring food any Sunday and leave it in the designated boxes outside the sanctuary. Once a month, the food is delivered to G.U.M. This year, CUMC has collected and delivered more than 4,000 pounds of food. In addition, $1,200 in cash donations has purchased an additional 2,000 pounds of food.
GUM Sandwich Ministry - Contact: Jo Winchester
Each year, Sunday school classes and other CUMC groups make 3,600 sandwiches for the hungry in Greensboro. On three Saturdays of every month, a group prepares and delivers 100 bologna and cheese sandwiches to G.U.M. They are used wherever there is a need and a sandwich to fill it.
Habitat for Humanity Projects - Contact: Kat Kornecki
It is a CUMC tradition to build or help build a Habitat House every other year. We will work on our twelfth project in 2013 with a home construction - beginning soon and hopefully concluding by Easter. Please see our newsletter for updates and announcements about volunteer sign up. Our portion of building this house is about $40,000. Habitat homeowners contribute 300 hours of "sweat equity" to the building effort. Since its founding in 1987, the Greensboro Habitat chapter has built more than 300 homes. Please click here to learn more about Christ Church's recent Habitat involvement.
Habitat Siding Crew - Contact: Linda Danford
CUMC has a regular crew that installs vinyl siding on Habitat homes. Work days are the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. New volunteers are welcome, no experience is necessary, and you can work when you are available. To get on the email list or for more information, contact Linda Danford.
Habitat Lunch Crew - Contact: Linda Danford
Lunch crew volunteers feed other Habitat workers on the first Saturday of every other month. CUMC supplies the food, and the lunch crew prepares and delivers the food to a central construction site. The job takes from two to four hours, depending on the number of workers being fed.
Harris Teeter Food Drive - Contact: June Farthing and Beth Taylor
Food drives are held twice each year at Harris Teeter at the Shops at Friendly. Volunteers distribute G.U.M. flyers and encourage shoppers to purchase food and place it in donation boxes at the store. Many volunteers are needed for each drive. Recent Christ Church food drives collected nearly 5,000 lbs. of food - the largest collection from a single agency in Greensboro!
Mobile Meals - Contact: Dru Hopkins
Christ Church delivers 20 Mobile Meals routes every fourth Tuesday. Volunteers, who work in pairs, pick up prepared meals at Peace United Methodist Church and deliver them to elderly members of our community who are unable to prepare their own nutritious meals. The job takes two to three hours, and substitute drivers always are needed.
Red Cross Blood Drive - Contact: Dorothy Robertson
CUMC sponsors several drives each year, with a goal of collecting 40 pints of blood. It doesn't sound like much, but even with a church of 2,000, we don't always meet our goal. Sign up to give a pint of life. Volunteers also are needed to donate snacks and staff the welcome station. Sign-ups will take place in the Gathering Space; reservations help your appointment stay within about 30 minutes.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Contact: Paula Trivette
The Red Kettle staffed by CUMC takes in impressive funds each year! Volunteers work two-hour shifts from 10am to 8pm, usually at the Macy's entrance facing Belk at Friendly Center. This is a great outreach activity for all ages, 3rd graders and their Bible Buddies, Confirmation youth and their Friends in Faith, and families.
Senior Wheels - Contact: Betty Kusenburg
Senior Wheels provides transportation for individuals age 55+ to medical appointments and drug stores. CUMC volunteers work the third Wednesday of each month. Drivers can wait at the appointment or leave and return. If they are able, clients pay a nominal fee for the service. CUMC also supports Senior Wheels by hosting its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser.
Weaver House (Hot Meals) - Contact: Laura Berrier
Weaver House, operated by G.U.M , offers year-round shelter to adult men and women. Guests are offered information on jobs, housing, and other services to help them overcome poverty and homelessness. CUMC volunteers cook for 70-100 residents six nights each year - every third Wednesday from April through September. Volunteers work 5:30-8:30 p.m. This has been an ongoing CUMC project for about 15 years. Substitutes are always needed.