#1 SEVA SIGHT-RESTORING PROGRAM (Seva is Sanskrit for Selfless Service)
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.
#9 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
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.
#10 RISE AGAINST HUNGER (FORMERLY STOP HUNGER NOW)
Rise Against Hunger, formerly Stop Hunger Now, is an international hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other life-changing aid to people in developing nations. We serve the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.
Your donation supports Rise Against Hunger’s meal program where volunteers create an assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. For each $10 donated, almost 35 life- saving meals are created.
#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.
KIDS (and families) COUNT at Los Gatos UMC. 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 February 2018, LGUMC will launch a new family-centered worship opportunity called Messy Church. Your generous donation helps provide the seed monies to start this new vibrant ministry. Messy Church is a way of being church for families (all ages) involving one hour of fun, hands-on creativity, 30 minutes of interactive worship, and 30 minutes of a delicious meal with families. Please pray with us as we prepare to launch Messy Church. 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.
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