The Outreach team builds upon LGUMCs Mission by leading SERVICE projects to GROW as followers of Jesus Christ who live God’s Love in the World. We help everyone share their spiritual gifts to God through offering opportunities in our church family, our South Bay community and our world. In 2018, we will offer projects to allow an opportunity to BELONG through humble service . We offer weekly, monthly and annual opportunities:
EVERY SUNDAY Second Harvest food bins are in the Narthex awaiting donations of food to help our local neighbors who are in need.
EVERY THURSDAY LGUMC opens our doors to the Homeless of Los Gatos to receive a hot shower and a meal.
FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH: LGUMC prepares and serves breakfast for the families living at the San Jose Family Shelter on the first Saturday of each month.
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: Hunger Challenge bags follow the regular offering plate: please share your loose change to help support our San Jose Family Shelter Breakfast program. We also sell fair-traded coffee, tea, and chocolates at reasonable prices to support independent farmers who use earth-friendly, sustainable techniques.
SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH:
7pm in the Church Library, the Outreach Committee meets to plan and execute our ministry. We can always use the support of new members with ideas for new projects. Main Contact: Ursula Young.
JANUARY: For a MLK Day of Service, we team with Lighting for Literacy and the LGUMC Youth to building lighting kits. These kits will be installed on LGUMCs Spring Volunteers in Mission trip to Colonet, Mexico to allow children to study.
FEBRUARY: Celebrate the “brief” month. Briefs, boxers, bikinis, and any style, especially diapers, are collected during February and delivered to the residents of the San Jose Family Shelter. Baskets will be available in the Narthex for donations.
March 11th: Learn how the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) helps during disasters throughout the US and the world. A special offering will be collected to help UMCOR’s mission.
New for 2018, the Outreach team will be collecting Preschool – High School appropriate SPANISH LANUAGE books for our VIM team to share with Colonet, Mexico residents. Please start collecting as we will have baskets in the Narthex starting in March.
SAVE APRIL 21, 2018: Joan Nunn 2nd Annual Habitat for Humanity Work Day. Details soon.
MAY 20 SERVE SUNDAY: We provide an opportunity to worship God and offer service to those in need in our local community. We have a variety of projects to fit the congregation; including some that are family-friendly, some that are onsite, and some that include the LGUMC core projects.
JULY/AUGUST SCHOOL UNIFORM DRIVE: Students attending McKinley Elementary, a school located in a low-income district of San Jose, are required to follow a dress code in order to avoid potential gang-color conflicts. Donations (Cash or Check) of any amount will help low-income students to purchase appropriate clothing, and basic classroom supplies.
AUGUST 19th: Show your support for “All Means All” by marching in the San Jose Pride Parade.
SEPTEMBER: Join us as we showcase many opportunities for service at our Fall Service Faire in the Social Hall. There will be over 20 organizations sharing how you can get involved.
OCTOBER: Jackets and Jack-o-lanterns Coat Drive
Partnering with Grace Preschool, we collect laundered warm outerwear for those in need. Preschool sized items are donated to State Preschool near San Jose Medical Center. Larger items are donated to the San Jose Family Shelter. New items are preferred, but laundered gently used items are also welcome.
Children’s Gift Tree: In preparation for Christmas, a “gift tree” is decorated with names of children from low-income families. Member selects a tree decoration with the child’s name, age, and his/her interests; the member returns the tag attached to the wrapped gift in a week or two and places it under the gift tree.
Christmas Gift Faire DEC 1st: Over twenty non-profit programs set up exhibits that explain the work that they do. Donations (cash or check) to any of the groups can serve as a welcome alternative gift for someone who already has everything, or as a stocking stuffer, and as gifts that can remind us of real meaning of Christmas. Each donation comes with a gift card and an explanation of the program that the donor has selected.
SHARING OUR BLESSINGS … and Results of a Couple Recent Programs
Martin Luther King Day of Service: A big shout out to the Youth of LGUMC and the team from Lighting for Literacy for their outstanding build supporting MLK’s legacy. After enjoying a hot lunch, the team powered through many tasks to prepare kits for the upcoming VIM Colonet trip. Here are a couple of photos of the team in action! (insert photos as the layout allows).
Christmas Gift Faire 2017: We raised over $20,000 and supported 23 organizations ranging from local (Live Oak, Lighting for Literacy) to global (Heifer Project, UMCOR disaster relief) to name a few. On March 11 we will learn more about UMCOR and the work it accomplishes throughout the globe. Thank you to all that attended, staffed, baked or “peopled” a table at the Faire.