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Missions Outreach...

Bringing the gospel in word and deed to people with the greatest need, so that individuals, families, and communities will have a life-transforming encounter with a living God.

Duluth First UMC Mission Outreach seeks to...

  • Engage in “making disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) by being mature and equipped followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Be Involved in partnerships with ministries, organizations and churches in Gwinnett County, in Georgia, in our nation, and in our world for transformation through life to life encounters.
  • Equip and Empower our congregation to serve in our mission outreach programs as they are called to use their God-given gifts, time and talents.
  • At Duluth First United Methodist Church, you can be actively involved in the mission field in the City of Duluth, in Gwinnett County, in Georgia, in other states and in other countries. If you want to get involved, refer to the current weekly editions of The Sunday Supplement and the monthly editions of The Messenger. They are available for downloading by clicking on Resources.

    If you have an interest in any of the following mission areas, please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 117.


    Family Promise of Gwinnett County

    www.FamilyPromiseGwinnett.org

    Family Promise of Gwinnett County (FPGC) is a network of 29 congregations that provide shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families in Gwinnett County. It was created to mobilize faith communities to partner with social service agencies to end homelessness, one family at a time. Learn more at www.FamilyPromiseGwinnett.org.


    Hands of Christ Ministry

    www.duluthco-op.org

    Hands of Christ ministry serves those in crisis in the Duluth community. They provide food and personal care items, rent, prescriptions and medications, baby items, clothing vouchers and job referrals. The Co-op is open Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10 to 2. For more details visit their website at www.duluthco-op.org.


    Happy Sacks

    Sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Duluth First UMC

    For the fourth year in a row, the United Methodist Women’s Happy Sacks mission will provide healthy snacks for local school children who may go hungry over the weekend. Your help and support has made this mission possible by meeting some of this critical need in our community. It is our prayer that you, as a congregation, will once again contribute food items and/or financial support to keep this mission going.

    In an effort to help some of the children in our own community who do not have sufficient food over the school year weekends, members of the United Methodist Women of Duluth First UMC are once again partnering with four local elementary schools to help children who are not eating sufficiently over the weekend. Free and reduced lunches at school provide nutritious meals for children in need during the school week, but these children may not want to go home on Friday afternoons and cannot wait to get off the bus for breakfast on Monday mornings. Last school year, we provided over 2,000 Happy Sacks and we have packed and delivered more than 5,000 Happy Sacks since our beginning 3 years ago. We are honored to continue this outreach program again this school year.

    We are preparing to provide 70 to 75 Happy Sacks to the participating schools every Friday to be distributed by the school staff to the children identified by school counselors as being in need of extra food for the weekend. In keeping with school policy, no religious information is distributed with the Happy Sacks; however, the prayers of the packers go with them every week.

    You can help us fill the Happy Sacks by contributing the specific, single-serving non-perishable food items from this list:

  • Cheese or peanut butter crackers
  • Spaghetti-O’s, Ravioli, Beefaroni (single serving, 6 to 8 ounce, ready to eat units only)
  • 100% fruit juice boxes (not Capri Sun)
  • Non-perishable milk boxes
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce cups
  • Dried fruit: raisins/craisins (individual servings)
  • Fruit-filled breakfast bars (Nutri-grain brand)
  • Granola bars (Nature Valley Honey & Oat)
  • Goldfish, Cheez-its, Combos, pretzels (individual serving bags)
  • Fruit roll-ups
  • NO CHOCOLATE INGREDIENTS, PLEASE!

    All items should be name brands and MUST be within the expiration date period.

    Click on Happy Sacks List to download a copy of the Happy Sacks list/information.

    Happy Sacks green collection bins can be found in the Fellowship Hall on the stage and in the Family Life Center besides the doors to the portico.

    This is a full school year long program, so your continued help is greatly appreciated! Happy Sacks is a mission many in our church are very passionate about to help less fortunate children in our community.


    Meet The Need is based in Duluth, GA. with 5 ministry homes. They serve men coming out of prison with no place to stay, from county rehab centers, local co-ops, from church referrals or those who just can’t stay with their families. The goal is to make sure each man learns about their relationship with the Lord and then how to overcome their addictions through Biblical principles. For more information visit their website at www.meettheneedatlanta.org.


    Rainbow Village

    www.rainbowvillage.org

    Rainbow Village provides an opportunity for families to recover from the devastation of homelessness, addiction and abuse. Housing, life skills training, counseling and after school programs are provided to families making it possible for families to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Please visit their website at www.rainbowvillage.org.


    SafeHouse Outreach

    www.SafeHouseOutreach.org

    SafeHouse Outreach is an urban program located in downtown Atlanta committed to affecting real change in the lives of those in the margins of society by providing a hand up, not just a hand out. SafeHouse Outreach provides practical, emotional and physical assistance and helps to integrate them back into society to lead healthy, functional lives. Visit SafeHouse Outreach at www.SafeHouseOutreach.org.


    Seneca Street United Methodist Church, Buffalo, NY

    www.SenecaStreet.org

    The Seneca Street UMC partners with the residents and businesses of the Buffalo, NY neighborhood to improve and restore their spiritual, economic, educational and social environment. They provide opportunities for the entire community to acquire skills that build resiliency and self-reliance, enhancing the quality of life, spiritual understanding and potential for current and future generations. Learn more about Seneca Street UMC at www.SenecaStreet.org.


    Randi Outlaw - Kids Director at The Foundry

    Baltimore

    Randi Outlaw is the Kids Director at The Foundry. The Foundry is a church in Baltimore City that exists to see lives, neighborhoods, and the city transformed by the hope of Jesus. They are committed to making Baltimore an even greater place to live, work, and play. The Foundry is a community of people, coming together to pour themselves out for their city. Visit their website at www.FoundryBaltimore.com.


    Ray & Lidia Zirkel

    United Methodist Church, Costa Rica

    Ray & Lidia Zirkel minister with the Methodist Church in Costa Rica. Ray is an ordained elder in the Methodist Church, serves as a professor at the Evangelical Methodist Seminary and helps to plant and develop local congregations. Lidia is the director of the Methodist Childrens Home and they host approximately 25 short-term mission teams each year who work on a variety of ministries. Follow their ministry at www.zirkelministrycostarica.com.


    New Life United Methodist Preaching Point Church and School

    Monrovia, Liberia

    As part of a joint program between the Atlanta-Emory United Methodist District and the Monrovia, Liberia United Methodist District, we support the ongoing development and operation of the school. Pastor Sam Sumo Gaywen and his staff teach vulnerable children how to read and write while ministering to the community through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.


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