CHAPEL HILL MISSIONS REPORT FOR 2014
The following is a summary of our mission activities for 2014:
We continue to help the Ark Singers with their church and orphanage in Ukraine. Our four quarterly collections this year totaled $5,201.
Many people in our church support the Woman’s Care Center by attending their annual banquet in March, sending in personal donations, and participating in the “Walk for Life” in September. Our youth took an especially active role by working to raise $3,438 for this effort. Our church had 25-30 youths and adults walk in this event.
The Sequatchie Valley Volunteers in Medicine (SVIM) isa free clinic in Dunlap providing free health care to Sequatchie County individuals currently without health insurance. On Sunday April 27th we collected $287 to help support this effort.
In May for our Hands on Mission Project, we sent 25 food buckets to Liberia. We collected $630 and with that money we packed 20 five gallon buckets of food. There were 5 complete buckets donated. The money collected also covered the shipping costs.
We participated in the Bishop’s Special Project – Education in South Sudan with a special collection on June 1st which brought in $232.
We continued our support of the Holston Home with $2,100 collected from 5th Sunday offerings and Sunday School Funds.
June brought a visit from the “Gideons” and a love offering of $195.50 was collected.
Our July project was school supplies for Sequatchie County students to support the “Give a Kid a Chance” event coordinated by a group of local agencies. We collected $286 which allowed us to purchase 225 packs of notebook paper, 200 spiral tablets and pencils for this worthy cause.
On July 8th we were fortunate to have Mandela, a guest speaker from Sudan at our evening service. Brett Burris and his wife (from Burke’s UMC) brought Mandela to Chapel Hill to speak about how the Christians in South Sudan are dealing with their many hardships. A love offering of $355 was collected. The Mission Committee also donated $50 to Brett Burris for his fall mission trip to Sudan. A March bake sale raised $243 for Sudan and our October Craft Bake sale provided another $550 to Sudan for our missionaries Fred and Libby Dearing.
On Sunday September 14th, our church had 52 youths and adults pack meals for Feed My Starving Children at the Chattanooga Convention Center. There were 410 volunteers and together we packed 473 boxes containing 102,163 “Manna Packs” which will feed 280 children for 1year. Missions spent $56 for gas for the church van.
In November we packed Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. A total of 40 boxes were packed by individuals from our church and The Seventh Day Adventist Church. We collected $193 which helped to pay the $7 shipping cost per shoe box.
We also supported our Sequatchie County Food Bank which is run by the Fellowship of Churches in the Sequatchie Valley. We contribute food items all year round and provide volunteers to work every Friday. In November we collected $900 for turkeys and our youth contributed 25 bags of food to go in the Thanksgiving Food Boxes.
As part of our local missions, we conduct a monthly worship service at the Sequatchie County Jail and provide birthday cake and ice cream along with a goodie bag to celebrate inmate birthdays for that month. The money to fund this project comes from the church general fund totaled $493.31.
The Mission Project in December involved providing Christmas gifts for seven foster children through The Department of Children’s Services. A carload of gifts, purchased by individuals from our Church, were delivered on Monday December 8th.
The Sisters in Christ have contributed $200 to the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky from their funds.
The Benevolence Fund isa special fund administered by our pastor to help families and individuals with emergencies. This past year $4,034 was dispersed.
OUR FIVE-STAR MISSION ACTIVITIES
Each year we hold a crafts and bake sale at our October barbecue to raise funds to finance mission activities. We dispersed mission funds to be recognized as a Holston Conference Five-Star Mission Church. To be eligible, a church has to pay its fair share in full, which Chapel Hill pays from general church funds, and:
OTHER MISSION FUNDS DISBURSEMENT
We pledged at our Charge Conference to help support Chattanooga District missions. To do this, we gave from mission funds $150 each to the Bethlehem Center and Camp Lookout.
We have sent $550 from the craft and bake sale funds to The Hands of Christ, a medical mission run by John and Dr. Ana Lamon in Honduras to provide the poor of that country with medical care. They provide medical care themselves and work with mission teams from the USA that do dental, vision and medical care. They have started to build a women’s hospital. On Sunday August 31st Jim Burris, the architect for the Hands of Christ Hospital, presented a slide show about the Hands of Christ and we collected a $455 donation for this project.
A total of $2000 has been dispersed from our craft and bake sale funds for the above mission items.
Thanks to the generosity of everyone at Chapel Hill our mission outreach this year was approximately $21,293 and many volunteer hours of service. This dollar total does not include shoeboxes packed by individuals for Operation Christmas Child, 5 five gallon food buckets for Liberia, food bank food donations, or Christmas gifts for foster children.
Jane Indyk, Mission Coordinator
There is no mission project for January. Below you will find our plan for 2015. Please be in prayer for how you will become involved in missions this New Year and if you have any questions about missions please talk with Jane Indyk at church or call her at 949-4034.
2015 MISSION PLAN FOR CHAPEL HILL
FEBRUARY – ARK SINGERS
MARCH – SUDAN
APRIL – SVIM (SEQUATCHIE VOLUNTEER S IN MEDICINE)
MAY – HANDS ON MISSION PROJECT – Pack Health Kits for ZIMBABWE
JUNE – BISHOP’S SPECIAL COLLECTON 1ST SUNDAY IN JUNE
JULY – SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR SEQUATCHIE STUDENTS”
AUGUST – WOMAN’S CARE CENTER – THE YOUTH WILL BEGIN COLLECTING FOR THE “WALK FOR LIFE”
SEPTEMBER – SAMARITAN’S PURSE – START PLANNING FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOE BOXES
OCTOBER – MISSION’S BAKE/CRAFT SALE AT THE BARBEQUE
NOVEMBER – FOOD BANK – COLLECT FOR TURKEYS FOR THANKSGIVING
– SAMARITAN’S PURSE – SHOE BOXES DUE 1ST WEEK IN NOVEMBER
DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR FOSTER KIDS
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