Ministry Opportunities

ENGAGING OPPORTUNITIES IN LOWER BUCKS COUNTY

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN) Missions is currently looking for volunteers for the upcoming Code Blue season that starts December 1st and for its other missions that run all year long. To make its mission a success, help is needed.

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN) Missions:

Code Blue – Transportation to church shelter from December 1 – March 31 when temperatures plummet. We need 18 volunteers for every night that we call a Code Blue in Lower Bucks County.

Wheels to Meals – Transportation to 35 different houses of worship for a hot meal and socialization, almost every day of the year. We need Bus Drivers (non CDL) and Bus Attendants to help with this mission.

Rejuvenation Station – Transportation to a local church for a hot shower, haircut & shave, lunch and clothing, once a month. We need Bus Drivers (non CDL) and Bus Attendants to help with this mission.

Those in Need (TIN) – Resources and funding for a variety of needs for those who are on the verge of homelessness. We need volunteers to drive those in need to their mental heath or doctors’ appointments; drug court; food pantries; YMCA for a shower; thrift store; or the laundromat.

Volunteer Orientation Dates:

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 2 pm

Thursday, January 4, 2018 – 7 pm

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 7 pm

 Sign up attend a Sign up attend a Volunteer OrientationVolunteer Orientation

 AHTN staff, volunteers, and Board members are busy trying to secure additional funding to #SaveOurMissions. They are in need of additional funding so they can keep their four missions running for the homeless and those in need in Lower Bucks County.

#SaveOurMissions by DONATING

NEXT VIGIL TO END GUN VIOLENCE – WED., DEC. 13

The Philadelphia Chapter of Heeding God’s Call had its first renewed Northeast Vigil to End Gun Violence yesterday afternoon (see photo), and it was highly successful. The sidewalk in front of Northeast Regional Library is a very visible and trafficked location. In an hour the group received 130 horn honks for its sign, “Honk to End Gun Violence,” handed out as many Heeding flyers as they had, and could have handed out more. With all the gun violence incidents in the news (including a lockdown at Wilson Junior High because of a gun being found outside the school), people were ready for this gun violence prevention message.

The people in the picture, left to right, are Pete and Jenny Duskey, Jan Chanin, Marion Brown, and Harvey Chanin.  Dave Brown took the picture.

Most of the flyers went to students from Northeast High or Wilson Junior High who had just been dismissed. A smile and, “We’re working to end gun violence,” and the young people (and adults going by) were eager to take the flyer. And the 130 horn honks included a number from pedestrians who made honking sounds as they went by.

The Philadelphia Chapter of HGC is excited about going back next month, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, during holiday shopping season. And, with more people, they plan to have signs on both sides of Cottman Avenue, and have some of participants ready to engage passers-by in conversation and sign them up with the Philadelphia Chapter of Heeding God’s Call.

Save the date! And plan to join them on Dec. 13 at 3:00 pm outside the Free Library of Philadelphia Northeast Regional branch.  Get in the picture!

CONFERENCE COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRY
The East District is seeking to find someone interested in being part of the Conference Communications Ministry to do some reporting and/or referencing with John Coleman, Director, Conference Office of Communications. If you know of someone willing to serve the East District in such a capacity, please have him or her call (215-878-4607) or email (cakrall@epaumc.org) the East District office.

MINISTER OF VISITATION
Christ UMC in Fairless Hills is looking for a part time Minister of Visitation. For more information, or to submit an application, call the church office at 215-943-2343.

BACKPACKS OF HOPE FILL NEED AT BORDER — ALBUQUERQUE NM (UMNS) – The idea for Backpacks of Hope was born out of the need to help refugees and immigrants seeking refuge from violence in their countries. The Rev. Nema LeCuyer, pastor of El Calvario UMC in Las Cruces NM talks about assisting families on their journey to a safe home. Ali Costello reports for the New Mexico Conference. Listen to interview. To donate.

BISHOP JOHNSON URGES CHURCHES TO HONOR THE 25-YEAR OLD ADA LAW
July marks 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became U.S. law in 1990. In her July 21st Bishop’s Blog essay, Bishop Peggy Johnson recalls some major improvements the law brought to Deaf people during her pastorate at Christ UMC of the Deaf in Baltimore. “The ADA Law set Deaf people free,” she writes. “One of the most important parts of the law was equal access to communication.”

The bishop, whose passionate advocacy for people with disabilities is well known, celebrates the historic law’s provision of accessibility for people with hearing, visual and mobility challenges, including more access to education, recreation, employment, and transportation.

“I urge you to find new ways every year to improve your church’s accessibility–be it physical or attitudinal,” she writes. “Your church can sign onto the new Faith Community Proclamation  in honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA law. The ADA website is a good place to make a commitment to continue the work of accessibility and advocacy; but there are additional resources available as well. The address is http://www.adaannivers  ary.org. Read more of her Bishop’s Blog essay…

PRESSING ON TO THE GOAL IN OUR RACE TO END MALARIA
Be sure to read Bishop Peggy Johnson’s recent Bishop’s Blog appeal for Eastern PA Conference churches to help The UMC reach its goal to raise $75 million in the Imagine No Malaria campaign by 2016. That achievement may effectively wipe out the deadly disease that has taken so many lives, mostly in Africa.

“The Eastern PA Conference has given much toward this effort in the last 8 years,” she writes, recalling that the original Nothing But Nets campaign launched in early 2007 was inspired by the efforts of a 6-year-old member of Hopewell UMC. So far we have raised $66 million. “We are getting close,” writes the bishop, citing many life-saving benefits so far, including distributing 2 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets, training 11,600 volunteers and reducing the infection rate by half. “And it seems only right that we here in the Eastern PA Conference should finish what we started.

“We will launch our new campaign this summer, and we ask that you and your church join us in fervent prayer,” she urges. “We want full participation from all our districts, churches and mission connexions. Our conference can play a big role in helping our entire church push this effort across the finish line. Please give generously and think creatively about how you can raise the needed funds.” Learn more…

MISSION WORK TEAMS NEEDED IN MARYLAND
Super Storm Sandy wreaked havoc on small Chesapeake Bay town, Crisfield, Maryland located in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. United Methodists were there bringing help and hope right from the start. There are still great needs. Over 100 to 200 homes still need repairs and up to five new home builds are coming soon. It is estimated that there is over a year’s more work to do. If you have a mission work team or would like to organize one, you are encouraged to consider Crisfield as a destination. It is between three to five hours from various parts of the East District, just above the Virginia line on the Delmarva Peninsula (the Eastern Shore). To find out more, contact the Rev. D. Richard Walton, Sr., Pastor, Zion UMC, Salisbury, Maryland 21804, and Peninsula-Delaware Conference Disaster Response Coordinator at umcorteamcrisfield@comcast.net or 443-859-4447.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AND PRISON MINISTRY SURVEY
The Conference Committee on Prison Ministry and Restorative Justice is promoting and encouraging the practice of prison ministry and restorative justice. Towards that end, the Committee is trying to determine which congregations are already active in these ministry areas, and who the key contact people are. Committee members are also seeking to learn which congregations are interested in beginning a prison ministry or restorative justice effort. The Committee hopes to help promote efforts already underway in Eastern Pennsylvania, as well as to connect those with experience to those interested in learning more about how to begin, thus promoting learning from one another. It will also be helpful to discover which congregations are not particularly interested in prison ministry and restorative justice at this time, and what factors may be a part of that decision.

To help the Committee, a brief survey has been prepared which will help the Committee to become more aware of what ministries are currently underway, and the level of interest among EPA congregations. Please take just a few minutes to click on the link below and complete the very brief survey. Thank you very much for your interest and support of our efforts to minister to all who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Take the short survey now!

ECUMENICAL MINISTRY TEAM
If you are interested in serving on an ecumenical ministry team, Bishop Peggy Johnson invites you to send an email to ecumenicalmnstry@gmail.com indicating your interest.

ADDRESSING COMMUNITY AND WORLD ISSUES TEAM SURVEY
Click here to participate in a short survey about your congregation’s ministries related to missions.

AREA AFRICA PARTNERSHIPS
Bishop Johnson is sending out a call for clergy and laity who would like to join one of two Africa Partnership Committees — Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anyone interested in serving is welcome to serve, but Bishop Johnson is especially interested in having people from Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo join the committee to add their expertise.  Email Bishop Johnson at areaafricamnstry@gmail.com if interested in serving.

WANTED: PEOPLE INTERESTED IN DEAF MINISTRY
Are you deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, or deaf blind?
Do you have a deaf family member or friend?
Do you have a deaf ministry at your church or want to start one?
Are you interested in working with a ministry with deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, or deaf blind people?
Do you know sign language or want to learn sign language or can you interpret for worship services?
Do you want to help with deaf camp or join a deaf ministry committee in the annual conference?
If so, write to Bishop Peggy Johnson at areadeafmnstry@gmail.com.

UM VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION
umvimhaiti.org  has been set up through a coordinated effort between all five jurisdictional UMVIM offices, the General Board of Global Ministries, and UMCOR. On this site, you will find all applicable information about traveling to Haiti through UMVIM, including contact information for the UMVIM Haiti Scheduling Coordinator, Susan Meister. Also detailed on that site is information relating to the Haiti Response Plan staff, both in Haiti and in the US. All news regarding UMVIM’s efforts in Haiti will now be posted on this site, and all teams will be scheduled through it. Insurance for teams through the Northeastern Jurisdiction will continue to be coordinated through the NEJ office. Information about NEJ’s insurance program can be found at its website, www.umvimnej.org.