Missions Report 2020

Tue, February 9, 2021

Missions Report 2020

Hello Everyone! Wow what a year! 2020. I am glad we are fortunate enough to enter the new year of 2021. My prayer this year is for us as a church to be Spirit led. What I mean is, I want all of us to be in tune to the leading of the Holy Spirit and seek to share the Gospel in every opportunity we are called to do. Thank you so much for your support throughout 2020.  Here is our Missions Report 2020.

January:
January Mission Project (JMP): Ghana (Months Worked: January – April)
For January, we decided to keep the theme of having a January Mission Project. In 2019, we did a fundraiser for the country of Haiti and purchased school desks and a generator. In 2020, we supported the country of Ghana in Africa. We partnered with other churches in the Houston area and collected supplies for the city of Kumasi. The six main categories of supplies were school supplies, church supplies, clothing, electronics, medical, and miscellaneous. The collection took over 3 months and we were able to fill a 40 ft shipping container, which was generously donated by one of our members. The shipping container left the Port of Houston and arrived at the Port of Tema, Ghana a month later. The journey from the Port of Tema to the City of Kumasi was long and not easy but all the goods arrived. There the supplies were distributed to the Kumasi Academy High School, the Fordjour Counseling Center, and Church Counsel of Kumasi. During inventory, we categorized over 1413 items in an Excel Spreadsheet and shipped 30,817 donated items. This was quite the project and took several months but we were able to get it done.

February:
Alongside the Fatherless:
In 2020, we formally introduced an outreach ministry to the church called Alongside the Fatherless. This ministry has already been serving the Friendswood community for a couple years but this year we adopted them into the life of the church. No pun intended. Alongside the Fatherless is a Foster Care Pantry which provides supplies to Foster Parents/Relative Care Givers for their child placements. The Foster Care Pantry provides necessary items such as diapers, wipes, clothes, cribs, care seats, etc. to Foster families who need the supplies because the placements typically have a short notice. We moved the Foster Care Pantry from an offsite storage unit to an on-campus room. The Alongside the Fatherless hosts “shopping” days for those in need of supplies typically on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. They collect donations only if they need them and post what they need on their Facebook Page. In December, they hosted a garage sale in the FLC and were able to fundraise over $1,300 for Diapers and Wipes. This is a year-long outreach ministry.

Weekend Warriors (WW):

The Weekend Warriors is a year-long ministry where men and women from our church work to help those in and around our community with home improvement projects that those in need may not be able to do themselves and/or financially contribute to. In the month of February, our Weekend Warriors constructed an 18ft wheel chair ramp for a family in need in Alvin, TX. This was accomplished with 2 WW Volunteers.

April:
Meals on Wheels:
We partner with the Friendswood Nutrition Center and 7 other Friendswood churches to help provide hot and nutritious meals to elderly shut-ins in the city of Friendswood. Meals on Wheels (MOW) consists of church members volunteering to deliver already prepared food to the MOW client’s home each day of the week. Our church serves 6 times a year and help deliver food on two routes in the city. On average, we deliver 28 meals a day, 5 times in one week for a total of 140 meals every 8 weeks. We can always use more drivers for this ministry. The commitment is 6 times in 2021 for 1.5-2 hours on one day of the week (Monday through Friday) to deliver the food with another volunteer. This is a year long ministry.

May:
Weekend Warriors:
The Weekend Warriors rebuilt a 16ft x 6ft Deck and built a new 28ft wheel chair ramp for a family in need in Alvin, TX. This was accomplished with 10 WW Volunteers.

June:
Weekend Warriors:
The Weekend Warriors build a 50ft wheel chair ramp for a family in need in Dickinson, TX. This was accomplished with 7 WW Volunteers.

July:
Bibles for Vets:
This year we collected funds to purchase Bibles for the chaplain at the Houston VA. With your help we were able to purchase 168 Bibles for our men and women who serve or have served in our US Military.

August:
Operation School Supplies:
Our partnership with Wedgwood Elementary is important to us so each year we ask for a list of school supplies we can collect for the teachers and students. This year we collected a number of supplies such as the following: Wide Ruled Composition Books, Packs of Glue Sticks, 8-Pack of Crayola Markers, Scissors, Pencil Boxes, Expo White Board Markers, 1 inch White Binders, Black Pens, Various Colored Plastic Folders, 24-Pack Crayola Crayons, Blue Pens, Pencils, Kleenex Tissues, and Disinfectant Wipes. We also were able to collect close to $2,000 for additional supplies and gave each of the 55 teachers a $25 Walmart Gift Card in case they needed any additional school supplies.

Weekend Warriors:
The Weekend Warriors were busy in 2020, they continued helping the family in May with another home project. In Alvin, TX, the Weekend Warriors rebuilt a 20ft x 8ft back deck and built a new 38ft wheel chair ramp. This was accomplished with 10 WW Volunteers.

September:
Kids Hope:
The church partners with Wedgwood Elementary in Friendswood, TX CCISD every year to provide mentors for children who may need more attention. It is a one on one mentor-student friendship for one hour a week for the entire school year. The 2019-2020 school year wrapped up with over 27 mentors/student partnerships. For the 2020-2021 school year, it has been more challenging. Kids Hope mentors from our church are not allowed on campus (no outside/extra-curricular activities) because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been using an app called “Flipgrid” to communicate with our students. It is not the same as going on campus and actually having face to face conversations but it is better than nothing. Our prayer is for the 2021-2022 school year we will be back in person. Our Operation School Supplies is a part our Kids Hope mentorship program and we also as a church were able to supply 121 children with wired headphones for the computer lab. We continue to navigate how we can be supportive of the elementary school despite not being able to have a physical presence.

Hurricane Laura Relief in Louisiana:
We as a church know all too well the impacts that Hurricanes leave in the Gulf Community. That is why we came together to pull our resources to help out our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in the United Methodist Louisiana Conference. There were two churches in particular that needed our assistance and we were able to fundraise $19,515. The first was University UMC located in Lake Charles, LA and the second was Henning Memorial UMC in Sulphur, LA. The church located in Lake Charles, LA was one of the churches in the UM Louisiana Conference hit hardest by Hurricane Laura and their buildings were severely damaged. The church located in Sulphur, LA also had water and wind damage from the 150 mph hurricane. We donated our Hurricane Relief Resources evenly between the two churches.

We also did a supply run for the victims of Hurricane Laura were we collected and delivered supplies for the recovery effort. We were able to collect tarps, canned food, bottled water, batteries, flash lights, masks, gloves, tools, diapers, wipes, extension cords, and other essential supplies.

Weekend Warriors:
The Weekend Warriors built a 40ft wheel chair ramp in Alvin, TX, added under pinning to match the trailer to meet the subdivision requirements, and power washed the trailer. This was accomplished with 10 WW Volunteers.

October:
Operation Christmas Child: (October-November)
Each year we partner with Samaritan’s Purse to fill shoeboxes with Christmas presents for needy children around the world. The gifts are a “Door Opener” to allow trained members of Samaritan’s Purse to present the Good News of Jesus Christ. This partnership allows us to participate in sharing the Gospel worldwide. Once the shoeboxes are filled, we act as a drop off center of the boxes for this area south of Houston. We package the individual boxes and take them to a distribution center that then helps in distribution around the world. We as a church were able to fill 387 shoeboxes and we processed 2,187 shoeboxes. That means 2,187 children will be told about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how much they are loved by God! There were 14 volunteers who helped process the shoe boxes dropped off at the church.

Weekend Warriors:
The Weekend Warriors replaced outside trim on a house in Friendswood, TX and replaced a sump pump. This was accomplished by 4 WW Volunteers.

November:
Thanksgiving Baskets:
We put together and passed out 27 Thanksgiving Baskets in November. Each basket consisted of turkey, butter, rolls, pie shells, corn flakes, stuffing, instant potatoes, noodles, mac & cheese, cranberry sauce, gravy, canned peaches, apple sauce, pumpkin pie filling, mushroom soup, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, and beans. The recipients of the baskets were some of our regular food pantry clients as well as Wedgwood Elementary parents. We had 15 volunteers help with the assembly and distribution.

Texas Valley Family Mission Trip:
The week leading up to Thanksgiving we normally send out a team of volunteers to go down to the border to help a local Hispanic Methodist Church with their church rebuild. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we were not able to go this year. However, we partnered with the LaFeria UMC and gave them $1,000 to purchase Thanksgiving Baskets for those in the local community in the Mission, TX area. We hope to return in 2021 pending every volunteer has received the Covid-19 Vaccine.

December:
Christmas Joy Party:
Every year we host the Christmas Joy Party and it is our largest all church Missions Outreach of the year. Essentially, we strive to provide families with their Christmas. These are families that could use some extra help around the holidays and we pull them from our food pantry client list, Wedgwood Elementary families, or from a recommendation by a church member. Families come the 2nd  Saturday of December and this year we had to modify it for the safety of everyone involved. We had 5 families come every 30 minutes to walk through each station at the Joy Party. First, they checked in and were paired with a “Shepherd” (a church member who also is a part of the prayer team). Second, the families took a photo with Santa. Third, the children went to the craft station while the parent(s) went to pick out the toy(s) for the kids. Fourth, the family rejoined to get one or two pizzas to go. Fifth, the families picked up their family photos with Santa (printed in house). Sixth, the family picked up their $50 HEB gift card and their $50 Walmart gift cards (they received one per member, so a family of 4 received 4 $50 Walmart gift cards). These Walmart gift cards allow the families the flexibility to get the essentials they need during the Christmas season. Some may purchase more toys or food or maybe they need a specific household item that they may not be able to purchase without the church’s generous gift cards. The seventh and final station is prayer! The “Shepherd” walked the family to their car and offered to pray for them and all of the families welcomed it. In 2020, we had 25 families participate in the Christmas Joy Party. We were able to help provide Christmas to over 112 people. We were able to successfully provide 112 $50 Walmart gift cards, 25 $50 HEB gift cards, over 80 toys for the children, passed out 55 pizzas, gave each child a craft bad full of supplies, and a family photo with Santa. This would not have been possible if it were not for the generous contributions from the FUMC congregation, Sunday Schools, Bright Beginnings, AHG, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts of our church. We had over 35 volunteers participate in this outreach.

Light of Hope:
Every year we do a fundraiser for our benevolence ministry and this is done through our Light of Hope tree. This Friendswood Methodist fundraiser tradition has gone by a couple of names such TLC ministry, Light of Light, and Light of Hope. This year for Light of Hope I was concerned that we may not have the response given the pandemic situation. However, God is faithful. This church really stepped up to help make this fundraiser possible. We were able to fundraise over $30,000! This was possible with an anonymous donor willing to match $1 for $1 up to $10,000. The church came up with $20,000 plus the $10,000 match gave us a total of $30,000. All Glory to God!

This past year in 2020, our benevolence ministry assisted 91 families in the Friendswood (77546) area with Housing, Electric and Water (Other) bills totaling $20,334.60. Again, this would not have been possible if it were not for the generous donations of our members here at Friendswood Methodist.

Food Pantry Assistance in 2020:
Supporting the Hitchcock Police Department:
We as a food pantry supplied the Police Department of the City of Hitchcock with 225 single bags of food for their mobile distribution. The volunteers at our food pantry wanted to support a Police Department who was passing out food to those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hitchcock PD reached out and confirmed they could use the help. We continued to support our local food pantry clients and we had more than enough food to share.

Food Pantry:
In 2020, we were able to get a grant from the Galveston County Food Bank to purchase food from them that they have in stock at no cost. We give each family three bags of food. The three bags consist of protein (Bag #1), fruits & vegetables (Bag #2), and breakfast/snacks (Bag #3). We helped feed over 361 families (which makes up over 1200 individuals) and gave out over 1,083 bags of food. Every 5th Sunday in a month is our quarterly food drive. If you are ever interested in helping us supply food for the food pantry we could always use more pancake mix, syrup, jelly, and soup.

Personal Care Package:
We collected over 350 personal care packages in 2020 to give out to our Food Pantry Clients. Each family receives one personal care package with their food. The personal care package consists of: shampoo, toothbrush, tooth paste, bar of soap, deodorant, and disposable razors. Every Food Pantry Client is always grateful for the PCP because it helps them get through the month and save money on toiletry supplies.

Year Long Ministries:

Seasonal Ministries:

Alongside the Fatherless

Weekend Warriors

Meals on Wheels

Food Pantry

Personal Care Packages

Benevolence Ministry

Kids Hope

Blood Drive

Sunday Ushers / Greeter (Suspended for Pandemic)

Golf Cart Ministry (Suspended for Pandemic)

 

Hurricane Laura Relief

International Outreach: Burn Victim

UM Army (Cancelled in 2020)

Operation School Supplies

Operation Christmas Child

Light of Hope (Benevolence Fundraiser)

Methodist Children’s Home in Waco

Christmas Joy Party

Thanksgiving Baskets

Texas Valley Family Mission Trip

Gideons

Bibles for Vets

January Mission Project: Ghana

Additional Updates:
Baptism in 2020:
Baptism is an essential part of the life of church and in 2020 we were able to baptize 19 people. All Glory to God!

New Members in 2020:
Despite all that occurred in 2020, we had 40 people join our church family! Welcome!

Financials At A Glance:
The cost to do ministry is always provided by our Lord as well as the faithful generosity of the members of the church. We could not have accomplished all that we have without YOU, Friendswood Methodist Church Member! By your relationship with Jesus and His demonstration of what generosity is through His grace we are able to do what we do here at Friendswood Methodist Church.

Alongside the Fatherless

Donations of Baby/Kids Supplies

Weekend Warriors

$5,843.17

Meals on Wheels

$1,500

Food Pantry

Food Donations | $ Donations | Grant from GCFB

Personal Care Packages

Donations of Supplies

Benevolence Ministry

$20,334.60

Kids Hope

$1,403.38

Blood Drive

Donation of Blood | 93 Pints = 279 Lives Saved

Sunday Ushers / Greeter (Suspended for Pandemic)

Donation of Time | Needed for 9:30 and 11 am Services as well as Special Services/Events

Golf Cart Ministry (Suspended for Pandemic)

Maintenance Fees of Golf Cart

Hurricane Laura Relief

$19,515 | Supplies

International Outreach: Burn Victim

$709.33

UM Army (Cancelled in 2020)

None for 2020 but typically $25,000

Operation School Supplies

Donations of School Supplies | $2,000

Operation Christmas Child

Donations of Shoeboxes & $9 per box

Light of Hope (Benevolence Fundraiser)

$30,340 Fundraised for 2021

Methodist Children’s Home in Waco

$1,000

Thanksgiving Baskets

Food Donations | $1,600

Texas Valley Family Mission Trip

$1,000 | Typically $3,500

Gideons

$487

Christmas Joy Party

$9,000 for Giftcards, HEB Giftcards, Pizza, Supplies

Bibles for Vets

$840 for Bibles

January Mission Project

$8,000 | Supplies | 40ft Shipping Container

 

Ways of Giving:

Online Giving: friendswoodmethodist.org/giving
Communion Rail: Special Offering
Offering Plate: Giving Stations
Donations of Requested Items: Giftcards, Supplies, Food, Personal Care Kits

January

Food Pantry

February

Alongside the Fatherless

March

BIG Camp Children’s Mission Week

April

Spirit Singers & Ringers Choir Tour (2022)

May

UM Army | Surf & Serve

June

Gideon’s Support for Bibles

July

Weekend Warriors

August

Kid’s Hope

September

College Students Care Boxes

October

Meals on Wheels

November

Texas Valley Family Mission Trip

December

Methodist Children’s Home - Waco 

Communion Rail Offering Schedule 2021:

 

Missions for 2021:

 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” – Romans 8:14

Dear Friendswood United Methodist Church,

Let us continue to pray that we can be faithful to all that God has called us to do for missions and outreach in 2021. Let us be a people who are led by the Holy Spirit. We are the children of God and we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to everyone everywhere. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to guide us in this new year and may we honor our God with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.

God bless and Godspeed,
Rev. Sam McRae
Pastor of Missions and Outreach

P.S. If you have any questions on how to get involved please email me at sam@friendswoodmethodist.org or call me at (281) 482-7535. Also if you are interested in the following please let me know: Usher /Greeter | Gold Cart |Meals on Wheels Driver/Rider | Weekend Warriors | Kids Hope Mentor