At Platte Woods UMC we believe all people have a call placed on their hearts by God to spread the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ and serve in response to that love. We believe the Holy Spirit empowers and gives us everything we need to accomplish wonderful, adventurous and challenging acts of mission. Our call as part of the body of Christ is to serve those in need. Come serve and seek justice with us! Below are just a few of the opportunities available through PWUMC. For more information about missions and service at PWUMC, please contact Jennifer Simms, director of Missions.
Hospitality Volunteers Needed
We have a growing need for friendly faces to greet and welcome people. We want to ensure a spirit of hospitality from the parking lot attendants, Connect Desk, ushers and beyond. If you can help welcome our members and guests, please contact Colleen Van Nostran.
Our Missions Teams serve throughout the year, receiving notifications of various opportunities and choosing those that fit your schedule. If you would like to join or learn more about any of these teams, please contact Jennifer Simms, director of Missions.
Food Team: If you have a passion for helping feed hungry people, we would love to have you as part of our team. Whether you’re interested in cooking, serving food to homeless families, stocking shelves at a food pantry, organizing food drives, advocating for better access to healthy food … whatever your interest, we invite you to join the team. You’ll receive notifications of opportunities throughout the year, and can choose the times that fit your schedule.
Building Team: Are trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s your idea of fun? Do you enjoy seeing new projects taking shape, or fixing things that have seen better days? Are you passionate about people having safe, adequate housing? We’ll have ongoing opportunities throughout the year to assist seniors in our community, build new homes, make home repairs and more.
Garden Team: Do you enjoy working outside? Making a yard look beautiful? Growing fresh food for others to enjoy? Helping people who can no longer work in their yards? We’re forming a new team of gardeners, landscapers, cleaner-uppers, etc. We’ll have periodic opportunities to serve throughout the year, so there’s sure to be something that will fit your schedule.
In Our Community
Stuffed Animal Collection
PWUMC is supporting Hannah Schuh in her collection of stuffed animals for the Child Protection Center. This organization works with kids who have been through traumatic experiences, and for whom a stuffed animal can be a source of comfort. If you’d like to help, please bring your new stuffed animals to the mission bins (outside the youth center on the lower level) by Sunday, June 3.
Hillcrest Platte County
PWUMC sponsors three apartments at Hillcrest Platte County.
What is Hillcrest? Hillcrest is a transitional housing ministry that seeks to help families and individuals, homeless or nearly homeless, achieve self-supporting and self-reliant status. Hillcrest ministers to singles and families, and you’ll find that the residents range from people who have never learned to budget and need help with lifeskills to people leaving domestic violence situations and beyond. You can learn much more about Hillcrest at their website.
What does it mean to sponsor an apartment? Sponsorship responsibilities range from an annual donation to stocking the apartment to cleaning to working with residents.
How can I help? There are a variety of ways you can become involved with this ministry.
- New residents move into the apartment multiple times a year. Each time, we have a team who cleans the apartment from top to bottom, making it a welcoming place for the new residents.
- Each time a new resident moves in, we stock the apartment with food and personal care items to get them started.
In Our World
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota – Mission Trip
June 16-23 or June 23-30
Two mission teams from PWUMC will go to South Dakota this summer. Adults, youth and children are welcome (under 14 needs a parent to come along). In addition to work at a local church and the opportunity to work with kids, the trip also includes excursions to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Mountain Carving, Custer State Park Wildlife Loop and the Badlands.
Cost: $500 per adult, $300 per child under 14 or $1500 for a family. A deposit of $100 is due May 1, 2018. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Stan Shipman.
Honduras / Guatamala
Serving the poor in developing countries in Central America has been a passion for Dr. Marty Kanne and Platte Woods UMC. Dr. Kanne has been going to Honduras and Guatemala since 1989. He and his team of Platte Woods UMC volunteers have built schools, churches, houses and other projects that establish sustaining resources. In addition he treats as many patients as he can during the stay there.
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