Charity

2022 Special Offerings

Each month we present an organization or project to highlight and with whom to share the gifts God has so graciously given to us! Please give generously! Please make your checks out to St. John's UMC and write the name of the organization to whom you wish to donate in the memo field of your check or donation on-line.

September: Wesley House, UNM

This month we have the opportunity to support Wesley House at UNM. College Wesley Foundations are so important in developing the faith of young adults, as Wesley House has shown over the years. The Wesley House at UNM has housed up to eight students and provided meals, Bible studies and fellowship to many more.

 

But the pandemic has hit Wesley House hard. Fewer students in the house has meant less money from rent. And since Conference funds dried up several years ago, Wesley depends on the generosity of folks like us in the local churches. A Christian home away from home means so much to young adults in a vulnerable period of their lives. Please give generously to Wesley this month.

October: World Communion Sunday

This month we will be remembering our unity with Christians around the world. Our special gifts will go to students like Kennedy who lost her father when she was eight and her family struggled to find enough to eat. But with the help of her church, Lotus UMC in Maryland, and a World Communion scholarship, Kennedy is on her way to giving back to the community as a physician.

 

Far away in Nigeria, Obinna grew up without electricity or clean water. Yet, today with the help of the Global United Methodist Church via a World Communion scholarship, he is studying to be an engineer.

 

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." Please give generously any time in the month of October.

November: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

In November we have the opportunity to give to UMCOR. Gifts this month lay the foundation for UMCOR to share God's love when a crisis such as a hurricane or earthquake occurs. The money we give this month underwrites UMCOR's administrative costs so that 100% of any gift to a specific UMCOR project goes directly to that project. UMCOR is known for its quick and lasting response to crises all over the world. Please give generously.

December: Two in One (Methodist Children's Home and Providence Place)

The offering this month supports troubled children, teen mothers, adoptive parents, and young adults with special needs. The Methodist Children's Home and Providence Place, both in Texas, rely on our support. As one child put it "They (MCH) are here for me when no one else is. They never give up on us. I now know that God is always there for me too." Please give generously.

2022 Past Special Offerings

January: Zuni Elementary Weekend Meal Bags

In the past few months, Pastor Tiffany, Chef Tim and members of the missions committee have been putting together nutritious light meals for needy students at Zuni. The students receive the meals before they go home for the weekend. These meals focus on nutritious foods, such as fruit and milk that doesn't require refrigeration, which can  be expensive. Also, the counselor has recently identified additional students who could benefit from the meals. Now instead of 20 students, we will serve 40. Therefore, this month we at St. John's can provide more funds for more hungry students right next door! Please give generously.

February: Covenant With Missionaries

February is the month we have the opportunity to support United Methodist Missionaries. Desiree Segura-April lives in Honduras with her husband (also a UMC missionary) and son Nikolas. She is a Resource Person for Children at Risk Ministries in Latin America and the Caribbean. She partners with churches and other organizations to provide safe places for children to experience holistic and creative Christian education.

 

Our second missionary is Dr. Belinda Forbes. She and her husband (also a doctor) live in Managua, Nicaragua. She works with Accion Medica Christiana (AMC), a Nicaraguan Christian Medical group, which specializes in health and development in impoverished rural communities. As a dentist, Dr. Forbes works with a community-based primary dental health program where she also mentors volunteers and interfaces with AMC's international partner organizations.

 

So this month, we have the opportunity to help people who don't have access to medical and dental services, and to help children who need a safe and loving place in the midst of often chaotic lives to learn about God's love. Please give generously.

March: Four Corners Native American Ministry

For many years St. John's has heeded the command to love our neighbor by supporting the Four Corners Native American Ministry in developing churches, supporting pastors , providing Sunday schools and Vacation Bible schools and more. 

This winter there has been a new need. There is no homeless shelter in the Shiprock area, and every year people die of exposure. Recently more women are among the homeless. Last fall two doctors who work with the homeless asked the Four Corners Ministry if they could open their dorm area for a winter shelter from October -April and provide some meals, give out hygiene supplies and more. This shelter has made a huge difference for "the least of these" in our state, and our financial donations will continue to make all of these ministries possible. Please give generously.

April: Lenten Offering

Lent is the time of preparation, a time of sacrifice, a time of renewed focus on God, a time of giving. Traditionally at St. John's, the Lenten Offering goes to support many and varied local ministries. In the past we have supported such ministries as, the Ramp Project, Mobile Food Pantry, Hopeworks, Asbury Pie Cafe, Wesley House, McCurdy Ministries, Barrett House, Silver Horizons, lunch bags for the homeless and many more. 

 

During the pandemic this past year, St. John's has been very generous in supporting ministries that help our community, the need being greater than ever this year. So as we think of Jesus' great sacrifice for us, may we sacrifice in our own small way and continue to give generously to those in need.

May: Family Promise

It has been quite a ride for Family Promise during the pandemic. Costs to renovate the permanent site they acquired on San Pedro have skyrocketed and delays abound. The required fire suppression system alone will cost $300,000! But in the meantime, just looking at 2021, Family Promise served 18 families, a total of 77 people including 52 children, in their temporary locations, as well as helped families "graduate" into their own apartments. 

 

St. John's volunteers have continued to prepare many meals the past two years, and now volunteers are once again able to eat with the families! The huge need now is clearly for funds for the renovation, and we have the opportunity to help in the month of May. As we remember how fortunate we are to have homes for our families, let us give to help Family Promise continue to help struggling families in our town.

June: Ministries to Refugees

The number of refugees all around the world seems to only increase.  People from Afghanistan and Ukraine are the latest, and we have a number of opportunities to help those who are settling in New Mexico. We may donate in kind (see separate article in What We're Doing) and/or donate funds.  Lutheran Family Services is the group currently coordinating refugee resettlement in Albuquerque, so we would partner with them. As the Bible tells us, "God loves foreigners and gives them food and clothing, and you too must love foreigners for you yourselves were foreigners in the land of Egypt." (Living Bible- Deuteronomy 10:18)

July: Zuni Elementary School Supplies

It's hard to believe, but school will be starting again soon. So this month we have the opportunity to support our neighbors at Zuni Elementary school. Chef Tim has the back-to-school staff luncheon on the calendar, and United Methodist Women, along with this special offering, will purchase school supplies to be given to the school at that time. There may be more opportunities for continued support in the coming year, so please give generously.

August: Sacramento Methodist Assembly

"Come to the Mountain." "Let God refresh Your Soul". For ninety years people have communed with God at beautiful Sacramento Methodist Assembly near Cloudcroft. You may remember the importance of Christian camping in your youth, or experienced powerful retreats as an adult. God often speaks to us most profoundly when we can leave daily life for a while and spend time in the beauty of God's creation.

 

The existence of the camp at Sacramento depends on our support. Covid has limited some activities. We all pray that in the future many more folks will be able to "come to the mountain" to pray, worship, play and study. It depends on us. Please give generously.