Recent Mission Trips
Midwest Mission Distribution Center - August 2015
A team of 15 volunteers traveled to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL for a week of assorted activities. Some worked on prepping UMCOR health kits, personal dignity kits, and school bags. Others worked together constructing or varnishing school desks, and doing work with drywall. Data entry was also on the agenda this year. We worked with a group of lady NOMADS while their husbands did construction work on the newest warehouse addition. We all participated in a prayer circle for the blessing of a shipment of medical equipment and supplies, layettes, children’s clothing, sewing machines and school bags to Haiti. The prayer circle is always an emotional and humbling experience, realizing how much need there is in the world and knowing in a small way we are helping to make a difference.
Summerfield United Methodist Church - July 2015
Six members participated in the Summerfield UMC meal outreach program on July 18, one of four visits this year. We prepared a picnic dinner for approximately 50 people who were seeking a meal and fellowship.
Summerfield United Methodist Church - November 14, 2015 - 4pm-6:30pm.
Upcoming Mission Trips
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
- August 21-26, 2016
- August 20-25, 2017
August 19-24, 2018
Other Mission Trips
International trips have included Senegal and Peru.
Senior High Youth Group
The senior high youth group volunteers spend one week every year completing home repairs. In 2016, they served in Benton Harbor Michigan.
Junior High Youth Group
The junior high youth group volunteers do a variety of minor home repair jobs and small construction projects including building porches, wheelchair ramps, sheds, painting and yard work. In 2016, their activities included church yard improvement and painting the church garage.
Oak Creek Community UMC Food Pantry
The church maintains a year-round food pantry to help members of the church who are in need of assistance. The majority of the donations are provided by the members of the church. The church has also been the recipient of food from some school food drives. Some of the donations are shared with the Oak Creek Salvation Army and Interfaith.
Cathedral Center -Milwaukee, WI
The Cathedral Center provides emergency shelter and case management services for individual women and families who are homeless or experiencing housing crisis. Families served include single mothers or fathers, as well as married couples with children. Volunteers from area churches provide an evening meal, a lunch for the next day and caring, social interaction. Their website is: https://www.womenshelters.org/det/cathedral-center-inc .
Midwest Mission Distribution Center - Chatham, IL
MMDC is a disaster relief facility and caring ministry related to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. It receives donations from churches, organizations, businesses and individuals. These donations are used to make health kits, personal dignity kits, school and teacher bags, school desks, layettes, birthing kits, sewing kits, bedding kits, children’s hospital gowns, quilts, medical equipment and cabinets, sewing machines, bicycles, cleaning buckets, and Personal Energy Transportation (P.E.T.) vehicles. They are used locally, nationally and internationally. Visit their website for more information: www.midwestmissiondc.org .
Summerfield United Methodist Church - Milwaukee, WI
Summerfield UMC has been conducting a weekly meal outreach program in the upper east side for the homeless and lonely since 2011. They provide meals on Saturday evenings, because there are no other programs in the area on that night. It was totally handled by a team at SUMC the first year, but now a number of other churches and organizations offer assistance by preparing meals, setting up, serving, fellowship with the guests, and/or clean up. Visit their website for more information: www.summerfieldchurch.org/mealoutreach/ .
South Shore Regional Interfaith - South Milwaukee, WI
Interfaith Older Adult Program’s South Shore Regional Neighborhood Outreach Program focuses on helping those 60 and older with the assistance of over 200 volunteers and 20 church congregations. They provide transportation to appointments and shopping, make friendly visits and phone calls, do minor home chores, help provide meals, and take part in organizing social events for over 900 clients. Our church provides financial support, collects canned goods for the annual Christmas bag deliveries, and drivers. We also sponsored their Senior Christmas party in 2014. Contact Laura at the Interfaith office, 414-762-1998 for more information on how you can help. There is always a need for more volunteers.
Northcott Neighborhood House, Inc. - Milwaukee, WI Northcott is a multi-purpose community center originated by the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the General Board of Global Ministries in 1961. Some of their services include a food and clothing pantry, employment and training, GED classes, a community learning center, youth sports activities and after school and summer programs. Over the years we have provided funding through donations. We also have the annual Christmas Giving Tree with the names of 100 children who receive services from Northcott hanging from its branches. The congregation purchases gifts, which get wrapped and delivered to Northcott.
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals or families through the Interfaith Older Adult Programs of South Milwaukee/Oak Creek. Volunteers are needed to assist with transportation, shopping, neighborly visits, minor household repairs, errands, information/referrals, advocacy, and seasonal chores. Anyone interested in this important work can contact Interfaith directly at 414-762-1998.
OCCUMC is home to a local chapter of AA that meets Monday nights at 7 pm in the lower level.