#1 SEVA SIGHT-RESTORING PROGRAM (Seva is Sanskrit for Selfless Service)
Located in a rural village nearly four hours from Phnom Penh, the Doris Dillon School in Cambodia was built in 2008 with funds donated by a student charity club at Bret Harte Middle School. Each year the club and the board of this nonprofit support at-risk girls who attend the school. For $15 a month, a girl from an impoverished family is able to continue her education. We need help in supporting 36 seventh- through twelfth-grade scholarships. An on-site advisor monitors their attendance and grades, and reports to our in-country director. Thus, we are assured that our contributions are used properly. We also have four scholarship girls currently studying at university level. It is our vision that as these students finish their studies, they will help others follow in their steps.
LGUMC Youth Ministry is a safe place where young people can connect with God and with one another. Through study, service, and fellowship, we seek to build deep, life-giving relationships and strive to find how God is making Godself known in the world around us. Every month youth take a break from regular programs to give back to the community. Past projects include constructing a “sidewalk tiny home” for the homeless, purchasing/packaging disaster relief clean-up buckets for hurricane victims, and our annual summer service project. Thank you for supporting our service efforts with your generous donation.
#10 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Keg of Nails or Paint for a Room
Teams of volunteers work together to build Habitat homes for families that are in need. Habitat for Humanity began as an international Christian housing ministry in poor areas of the world, and eventually established affiliates in this country as well. A number of families in the Bay Area are currently living in well-built, comfortable Habitat homes, and more are planned by the East Bay/Silicon Valley chapter. Besides paying an interest-free, 30-year mortgage, Habitat families place a “sweat equity down payment” by working on the project along with volunteers.
A donation to this project can help pay for a keg of nails or paint for a room in a home built with blessings and love by people of many faiths. In addition, we will again organize a Habitat work day in memory of Joan Nunn in the spring.
#11 UMCOR – INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RELIEF
United Methodist Committee on Relief International Disaster Response. A donation has been made for you to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) International Disaster Response Program. When possible, it works with other religious and secular organizations to pool resources and avoid duplication while easing human suffering and restoring economic and emotional stability to individuals and communities.
UMCOR provides long-term recovery as well as immediate relief; as a result, UMCOR workers are among the first to arrive and the last to leave when disaster strikes anywhere in the world. UMCOR maintains a corps of trained response specialists and warehouses stoked with relief supplies to be sent as soon as needed. All donations go to relief and rehabilitation in the targeted area. Administrative costs and staff salaries are paid separately out of the General Budget of the United Methodist Church.
A donation toward providing a heifer and appropriate training has been made for you to the Heifer Project. The first female calf from your cow will be passed on to another family in need, and they will also pass on an animal of equal value, and so on. A good dairy cow can produce four gallons a day — enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors, and still have enough milk to sell. The protein in milk provides nourishment to the children, and money from the sale of surplus milk provides for school fees, medicine, clothing, and home improvements.
A healthy cow can have a calf every year; eventually, your heifer could help an entire community to move from poverty to self-reliance.
We continue to support the Reconciling Ministries Network, Methodist Fellowship for Social Action, and our own participation in the annual San Jose Pride Parade and Celebration.
Social Justice actively supports programs to advocate for a just society, and currently sponsors “Sticky Buns and Sticky Issues”: a continental breakfast, information, and conversations about current issues of concern to our community. We also work with League of Women Voters to learn about the pros and cons on the ballot propositions.
A donation has been made in your name to widen the welcome offered by Jesus Christ so that social justice barriers can be further dissolved.
We help children grow in God’s love and discover the joy of following Jesus. We strive to create a loving, fun environment in which every child feels welcomed and encouraged to BELONG, GROW in faith and SERVE the world with love. In March 2018, LGUMC will launch a new family-centered worship opportunity called Messy Church. Messy Church meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 4-6 PM. It is an outreach ministry designed to reach families with elementary age children. It involves one hour of fun hands-on creativity, 30 min of interactive worship, and 30 min of delicious meal with families. Although the ministry is still young, we have had several new families join us. Your donations help us continue this outreach ministry that seeks to create a new generation of followers. Thank you!
LGUMC, in coordination with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, opens our showers and hearts every Thursday afternoon to the homeless. In addition to a hot shower, we offer a meal and often a pair of new, warm socks . The need does not stop with these simple items. The homeless of our community also need sleeping bags, bus passes, and Safeway cards. Your gift helps provide these items, plus shower supplies, to those truly in need.
The center, operating since 1974, is funded by Santa Clara County, the Town of Los Gatos, LGUMC, and especially by your generosity. This gift will be appreciated by the many participants. For some, it may be their only nutritious meal and opportunity for social contact in the day.
Grace Preschool’s mission is to provide developmentally appropriate, hands-on curriculum where every child knows God’s love. We serve our preschool families, Los Gatos United Methodist church, and the civic community by providing an exceptional preschool staff committed to fostering our student’s academic, social, and emotional growth. Your donation will help fund replacement of the playground structure and equipment (tricycles, balls, sandbox, etc) so that both Grace and LGUMC Sunday school children can continue to enjoy the gift of play. www.GracePreschoolLosGatos.com