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Faith United Methodist Church

To Know Christ and Make Christ Known

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Missions Committee

Faith United Methodist Church Mission Committee is made up of members who have a passion for missions.  We look at all the available mission opportunities that are presented and available and work towards helping with the projects we feel are ones that our church family would like to support.

Mission Projects

Upper Des Moines Opportunity - (UDMO)


UDMO has recently been asked to manage the Humboldt County Food Pantry. We are excited about the opportunity to help serve the people in need within our county. As such, we are looking for support from our membership to help provide food for the pantry.

   We will be collecting and donating different items each month for the food pantry to ensure that there is a good mix of products to distribute. We would like to see the donations focused on the designated item for each month since other local churches and groups will also be collecting items that are different than the items we are collecting.

   Our list for the 2019 year include:

January - 64 ounce bottles of juice

February -  Toothbrushes

March  -  Deodorant

April - Shampoo & Conditioner

May -  Bar soap & Dish soap

June  -  Pancake mix & syrup

July - Cream Soups (Mushroom,chicken or celery)

August  -  Canned Vegetables

September -  Canned Fruits

October - Peanut Butter & Jelly

November - Bags or boxes of cereal

December - Ketchup, Mustard, Miracle Whip or Mayo

Mission Ingathering's vision: To show God's love in a practical way so people can meet Jesus Christ; our mission: Mission Ingathering is a way for Iowa United Methodists to address humanitarian problems locally and around the world, including hunger, poverty, and disaster; and a new purpose: To show the love of Christ to the world's people by ministering to their needs.

Mission Ingathering has a working relationship with Midwest Mission near Springfield, Illinois.  Midwest Mission collects, makes, assembles, and restores supplies for humanitarian and disaster relief. The work is done by volunteers who come from all over the U.S. to serve. The 30,000 square-foot facility is located on a 10-acre campus 4 miles south of Springfield, Illinois. It is the second largest of the cooperating depots in the UMCOR Relief Supply Network, and partners with Food for the Poor, Franciscan Mission Warehouse, Christians in Mission, and U.S. South Command donating supplies to humanitarian aid missions. 

We are once again gathering school kits which are still the number one kit requested. Other kits that we are collecting are the hygiene kits which will also be held by Midwest Mission for UMCOR  until called for by UMCOR.

Items in each of these two kits include:

School Kit Materials

  • One pair blunt scissors

    • Round tip only

    • No plastic scissors

  • One box of 24 crayons

    • Only 24-count boxes are accepted

  • Three one-subject notebooks

    • No marble composition books

    • No 3 or 5-subject notebooks

  • One pack of loose-leaf paper

    • 100-200 page packets are acceptable

    • Wide or college rule accepted

  • One hand-held pencil sharpener

    • 1-inch or longer

    • Remove from packaging

  • One ruler

    • 12 inches or 30 centimeters long

    • Sturdy or flexible material accepted

  • Six unsharpened pencils

  • One eraser

    • Two inches or larger

  • One two-gallon re-sealable plastic bag

Mission  Ingathering,  UMCOR  Relief Kits, Health, and School Kits

Hygiene Kit Materials

  • One hand towel (15 x 25 –17 x 27 inches)

    • No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels 

  • One washcloth

    • No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels 

  • One comb

    • Must be sturdy with at least 6 inches of teeth

    • No pocket combs or picks

    • Rattail and combs without handles are acceptable but must have at least 6 inches of teeth

  • One toenail or fingernail clipper

    • No emery boards or metal nail files 

  • Bath-size soap (3 oz. bar or larger)

    • No Ivory or Jergen's soap

    • Do not remove from packaging

  • One adult toothbrush

    • Do not remove from packaging

    • Personal advertising not acceptable

  • 10 adhesive bandages (¾ by 3 inches)

    • Common household bandages acceptable 

  • One one-gallon size re-sealable bag

Christmas Shoe Boxes - Operation Christmas Child

We do the Christmas Shoeboxes each fall for the Operation Christmas Child project.  We have been collecting over 100 shoeboxes the last few years.  This project is being done with all the other churches here in Humboldt and we gather all our kits at Oak Hill Church to be taken to a delivery site.  These gifts are taken around the world and given to children to show the love of Jesus for all.

Change A Child's Story

One million books and a million hours of reading with children – that’s the goal of Iowa United Methodists in an initiative called “Change a Child’s Story.”  We have purchased books to be given to preschool children at an open house at Mease, books given and read to children during WIC hours and also at the Gilmore City Daycare Center.

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