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 Brandi Molina, director of Missions.
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 call the church office at 816-741-2972.
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 Brandi Molina, 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
This year, our Angel Tree will contain Christmas wishes for kids whose families are served by Tri-County Mental Health Services. If you’d like to help by purchasing a gift or two, please stop by the church this weekend to pick your ornament(s). All unwrapped gifts should be returned to the church with the tag attached by Wednesday, Dec. 12. (The tree is across from the Welcome Desk.)
Saturday Go Serve- Link to register for this event is below
The following opportunities are available on Saturday, January 5, 2019 :
Hillcrest Clearance Outlet: (9:00 am-12:00 pm) Volunteers are needed to sort and organize donations as well as clean up the store. Must be 12 years or older to participate and students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers will meet AT Hillcrest Clearance Outlet.
Harvesters: (9:30 am-12:30 pm) Volunteers are needed to sort and repack donated product in the Volunteer Engagement Center (VEC). Activities include: sorting non-perishable items, boxing non-perishable items, packaging fresh produce, sorting and boxing bread and packing BackSnacks. The activity volunteers are placed on depends on the product available and the priority in which projects need to be completed. Must be eight years or older to participate; students 15 years old and younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will meet at the front entrance of PWUMC by 9:15 am. We will provide shuttle transportation to and from Harvesters and plan to leave at 9:30 am and return at 12:30 pm. Please let us know if you plan to drive yourself.
Sign-up genius for both events. If you have questions, please contact Brandi Molina, email@example.com.
Christmas Meal Delivery
Worship through service on Christmas morning by delivering meals to those in our area who work on Christmas Day. If you are interested in helping by either providing food, helping to assemble the food plates, and/or delivering the meals, Sign up now. For more information contact Mara Andrews or Quinton Albright. There will be a sign up table on Sunday morning, December 2 in the gathering space by the elevator.
Christmas Food Boxes-FULL
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our congregation, we have received enough food donations to provide each of the families that we adopt with a holiday meal. We are still collecting $15 gift cards to Hyvee, Price Chopper, or Walmart. We will be distribute these to families in need in our community. Please take gift cards to the Welcome Desk for safe keeping.
Adopt a Family for Christmas-FULL
PWUMC provides Christmas for local low-income families. Without this program, these families may go without gifts for their children. You can sponsor a family by yourself, with your small group or class, as a family project, or even with your coworkers. If you’d like to be added to our “adopter waitlist”, please contact Brandi Molina.
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 American Indian Reservation
Pine Ridge is one of the poorest places in the United States, with over 90% living below the poverty line and a life expectancy rate that is one of the lowest in the western hemisphere. For many years, Platte Woods UMC has been building relationships, and providing hope and encouragement. We now schedule two summer mission trips, during which we provide support for local organizations and ministries. We also connect with the people of Pine Ridge (especially children) through interactive activities, and learning about the culture and history of the Lakota people. At other times during the year, we take up collections to help fulfill needs and provide encouragement. Most notably, before “prom season” we collect donations of dresses and men’s dress clothing, and we collect school supplies before the start of the school year. The trips for the summer of 2019 are scheduled for: June 15 to 22, and July 20 to 27. Look for an announcement of an informational meeting to occur in early 2019. These trips are open to adults, families, and youth (under 14 must be accompanied by parent or guardian).
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.
Puerto Rico Trip Info Meeting: PWUMC is planning a week-long mission trip to Puerto Rico on April 24. If you are an adult interested in this work trip, join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, December 9 at 1 p.m. in room 251. This trip will focus on light construction work. If you’d like to learn more but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Pastor Jake Schneider
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