Lexington United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Where We Seek, Serve & Share Christ

Missions

 
 
SEEK ~ SERVE ~ SHARE
 

2017 Missions:

 

We hosted a Community Garden for the 2017 Season. We harvested tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelon, okra and more! We hope to have more people join in next spring. Let us know if you would like to be a part of a Community Garden in 2018!

 

We have sent several loads of books and we are continuing to collect Christian literature to be sent to LOVE PACKAGES.  Their vision is simple - to see our excess materials that may be wasted placed with the mission fields of the world.  Bibles, books, CD's, etc. may be brought to the church and they will be forwarded on.  More information is available at lovepackages.org.   If you would like to be a part of our next mission trip to Love Packages, please let us know.

 

We serve as a Harvester's Food Drop Site on the second Monday of each month.  This is a joint project with the Lexington Ministerial Alliance and the Food Pantry.  We will need lots of help!  If you'd like to volunteer, or for more information, drop us a note at patty@reachingforyou.org.

 

On-going Missions:

  
Our Baby Grace Program provides diapers & wipes to mothers in need. Regular distribution days are the 4th Saturday of each month, 8:30 am to noon.
 
We have a long-standing covenant with the church in Quelimane, Zambezia, Mozambique helping support their pastor.
 
We help support the Lexington Food Pantry located at the Presbyterian Disciples Church, 914 Franklin.  The Food Pantry is open 1:00-3:00 pm on 3rd Fridays, 9:00-11:00 am all other Fridays. If you would like to volunteer to help stock, distribute, or deliver please contact us!  Non-perishable donations may be left in the containers just inside our front doors.  Canned items (fruit, vegetables, & meats) are always welcome!
 
We are continuing to collect the following:
Old blankets, non-working electric blankets, neckties, large pieces of fabric, & Knit-Cro-Sheen thread to use on our Ugly Quilts for the Homeless
Dave’s Country Market Receipts ~ 1% rebate towards the Church's local Mission Projects
 
Box Tops for Education (General Mills, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, etc) ~ for Bell School
 
Best Choice Labels ~ for the Church's mission projects
 
Printer Ink Cartridges ~ for Lexington Schools
 
Eye Glasses ~ for Lions 
 
2016 Missions:

 

We hosted Students Today Leaders Forever, a group of 40 college students from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in March.  They were on a spring break trip to Austin, TX and stopped along the way to do service projects.  After spending the night at the church, the Middle School Sunday school class served Sunday breakfast for them; and after their service time in Lexington we all enjoyed lunch together before they headed off for Oklahoma.  What a blessing for all of us!

 

In April the Women of the Church hosted a baked potato bar after worship as a fundraiser for the Baraka Presbyterian Church Nursery in Bethlehem. The meal and a silent auction brought in $1,100 towards renovations planned in the Baraka Nursery.

 

We served at Grand Ave Temple's Lazarus Table 4 times in 2016.

 

We held a project to clean up Lexington's "Goose-Pond" on October 15.

 

 
2015 Missions:
 
Our Christmas Eve Offering was given to the Lexington RV School District to be used for special needs of local children.
 
On November 7 the Wednesday Evening Youth Class sponsored a Cookie Sale with the proceeds of $340 donated to the Lexington Ministerial Alliance.
 
Serve 2015 - Saturday, October 3  seventy-five people joined together to clean up Forest Grove Cemetery, trimming trees, clearing brush, cutting out weeds, cleaning stones, filling holes and a general clean-up of the cemetery.  A huge thanks to Chris Huffman and his crew for the use of his equipment and expertise! 
 
Our "Ugly Quilt" Ladies have completed over 2,000 sleeping bags for homeless - and they're still going strong!  
 
Along with Grace UMC in Higginsville we collected shoes for the Solea Water Project January & February 2015. We surpassed our goal collecting 1,505 pair of shoes.  THANKS to all who cleaned out closets and friends' closets! 
 
KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY MISSION FOR 2015 
 
"We will Seek to form relationships, to Serve the Kids in the Community, and Share Christ's love!" This is the mission statement of the Kids in the Community mission team. We help with the local Angel Tree gift distribution at Christmas, and with the Lafayette County Back to School Fair in August.
 
We have donated over 100 "Blessing Buddies" to emergency personnel for children in crisis.  These Blessing Buddies are small stuffed animals with a tag letting the recipient know that it has been in Worship with us, and carry our prayers along to them. 
 
 
 
 
 
2014 Missions include:
 
We delivered over 100 sleeping bags made by our "Ugly Quilt" ladies to reStart for KC's Homeless in 2014. We have also sent pillows, pillowcases, towels, and coats along with the sleeping bags.
 
March 1 we hosted an all-church Mardi Gras Party as a fundraiser with proceeds of $969 going to "Imagine No Malaria".
 
We helped serve Lazarus Table at Grand Ave. Temple 4 Sundays in 2014. 
 
In July the Women of the Church made a donation to the Lafayette Cancer Coalition.
 
A team of members participated in the annual Cannonball Run, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.
 
Our SERVE Projects were held September 7. We worked on several community projects, church maintenance projects, and outreach.
 
In October the Women of the Church made a donation to Lexington RV School District towards their Wind Tunnel greenhouse project; donated toward Angel Tree gifts, and started a fund for LUMC's new Kids in the Community mission.  After our annual Christmas luncheon, poinsettias were delivered to shut-ins. 
 
 

 

 

2013 Missions included: 

  • Our Christmas Eve collection went to the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign.
  • We hosted the Ministerial Alliance Angel Tree Project this year, distributing 266 gifts donated by the community.
  • The Women of the Church collected monthly donations towards the purchase of Legos for the Waverly Youth Home. In addition, a "Birthday" offering is taken each month - contributions by members celebrating a birthday that month - in order to help provide birthday gifts for the Boys at the Youth Home. A donation of $500 was sent in December.
  • In November we sent a donation to UMCOR towards Typhoon Haiyan relief.
  • October 19 approx. 25 Personal Hygiene Packs & 25 Reading and Writing Packs were delivered to the Festival of Sharing.
  • On our Serve2013 project day several volunteers participated in community missions such as painting lamp posts in Lexington's historical district.
  • We made a $600 donation to Heifer International in honor of former LUMC Pastor, Rev. Paul Smith June, 2013
  • A Team of 10 from LUMC participated in the Cannonball Run, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity June, 2013
  • Collected $550 sent to UMCOR for Oklahoma Tornado Relief May, 2013  
  • "Women of the Church" group purchased 40 bed pillows and collected 18 pairs of sleep pants for the Waverly Youth Center April, 2013      
  • Delivered several car loads of "Ugly Quilt" Sleeping bags to ReStart in KC in 2013.
  • 50 T-shirts & 50+ pr. socks from Women of the Church delivered to the Waverly Youth Center February, 2013
  • Served at Lazarus Table 4 Sundays in 2013, along with delivery of clothing & supplies.
  • We have a long-standing covenant with the church in Quelimane, Zambezia, Mozambique helping support their pastor.
  • For the past several years we have also supported the Mozambique Initiative Coordinator with a yearly contribution.               
 
 
 
Some of our Missions in 2012:
  • On October 8 food packs were delivered to the Festival of Sharing along with a $50 cash donation.
  • Our Serve2012 projects included working at House of Hope, painting railings at the local post office, and collecting trash along the town's streets.
  • In September a group traveled to Della Lamb Community Services and counted clothes for distribution. They also delivered coats, soap and coffee mugs!
  • August 7 we held a Taco Dinner with the proceeds split with the Lexington Ministerial Alliance. We raised $650 for the Alliance!
  • July 15 Rev. Ron Brooks and Sojourners from Grand Avenue Temple gave their witness during morning worship. We collected $557 for their ministry. We have volunteered at Grand Avenue's Lazarus Table 4 Sundays in 2012
  • We hosted a Ham & Bean Dinner resulting in a $506 donation to the Margaret Gray Senior Center
  • We collected $542 for Habitat for Humanity to help with their project in Higginsville