Current Missions Update
Peru Newsletter 2/2013
Recent Mission Trips
Upcoming Mission Trips
Cathedral Square Overflow Shelter
Volunteers will be working at the women/children’s overflow shelter in Milwaukee on the evenings of Apr. 5, May 17, June 27, August 29, and October 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Coordinated through Interfaith, this mission involves providing and serving a hot meal at the shelter and preparing bag lunches for the next day. Volunteers also visit with the families and complete tasks (such as sorting donations) as needed. A sign up sheet for volunteers and food donations will be in the narthex prior to each date. Seven or eight people are needed to staff time. Food donations should be to church by 5:00pm that day. We carpool from the church leaving by 5:30pm. Contact Mission Work Area with questions.
Senior High Youth Group
The senior high youth group is going to Norway, Michigan, from June 26, 2011 to July 2, 2011. There are 8 youth and 2 adults going. These volunteers will be spending the week completing home repairs.
Junior High Youth Group
The junior high youth group will be traveling to Mountain T.O.P. this year. There are about 11 youth and 6 adults going. We will join about 100 other youth and adults in camp. We leave on June 25 and return on July 3rd. Mountain T.O.P. is located in the Cumberland mountains of middle Tennessee. While there, we will do a variety of minor home repair jobs. We will also do some small construction projects including building porches, wheelchair ramps, and sheds. There will also be painting jobs and some smaller yard work activities.
OCCUMC Food Pantry
The food pantry is stocked with non-perishable food through donations provided by the congregation. Food is available to local families in need. Excess donations are taken to the Salvation Army food pantry to be distributed. Please contact the church office if you or someone you know is in need of food.
Once a month, April through October, a group of volunteers from OCCUMC work at the Cathedral Center, a women’s overflow shelter in Milwaukee. They work from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The volunteers provide and serve a hot meal to the women and children. They also prepare bag lunches for the next day and complete other tasks as needed. For more information, see “Upcoming Mission Trips" above.
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Located in Chatham, Illinois, the Midwest Mission Distribution Center collects and distributes emergency items such as health kits and flood buckets to people affected by poverty, disease, and natural disasters. Each summer, volunteers from OCCUMC spend a few days along with volunteers from other Midwest churches completing work needed at the distribution center. There are jobs available for people ages 11 to 99. For more information, see “Upcoming Mission Trips” above.
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.