When we set up our Angel Tree after Thanksgiving, you’ll be able to pick a tag (or two?) to buy gifts for others not as fortunate as we are. For many years, through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program, Lincoln Park Church has helped (usually three) families, with gifts and more.
The tags on the tree are requests for items like winter clothes, boots, simple toys or crafts for children, and household items. Gift cards to Giant and Wal-Mart have also been purchased through your donations. Your generosity makes Christmas a bit better for those whose needs are so great.
Join what God is doing and pack a shoebox! says Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, led by Franklin Graham. At LP Church, generous participants since 2002 have filled 1,000 shoeboxes for children in need in over 130 countries. Many have never received a gift before.
Brochures in the Wagner Room give ideas on what to buy and how to pack your box. Also, at samaritanspurse.org, you can read much more about the program, print labels that will allow you to track your box so you know what country it goes to, and even pack a box online for $25.
The ministry not only provides smiles and gifts, but reading materials and follow-up to introduce children to Jesus Christ.
If you have extra shoeboxes, you can bring them to our Wagner Room for others to use, and plastic containers can also be substituted for a shoe box.
In the wake of recent disasters in the United States and internationally, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) is working to meet unmet food, clean water, temporary shelter, hygiene supplies, and non-food supplies. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, we stand ready to accompany communities in need of long-term recovery.
Learn more about UMCOR’s response to current disasters:
During the week of June 4–10, seven volunteers, including four from Lincoln Park, traveled to the United Methodist Disaster Response Center in Tarboro, North Carolina. Pastor Dave, Todd Beamesderfer, Dave Gehr, and Sue Race joined others there, working on 800 homes badly damaged by hurricanes of the past two years.
The United Methodist Church has committed two years to disaster relief in the Tarboro area. It also hopes to raise $15,000 for this cause, to match funds appropriated there by FEMA.
The “modest” homes there have been raised off the ground now, about three feet, but they have no walls or flooring, says Pastor Dave. “Our work — in the town of Princeville — included laying subflooring, dry walling, and putting in a kitchen. We got a lot done in a week. We met the families whose homes we worked on; it was meaningful.” Homeowners had little warning before evacuating for Hurricane Matthew, so they took little with them, and three weeks went by before they were allowed back into their homes.
The “quaint” town of Princeville was founded in 1865, the first town in America founded by freed slaves. “There’s a lot of Civil War history there,” says Dave.
During the week of June 4–10, 2017, Lincoln Park UMC will be taking a trip to Tarboro, North Carolina, to help families who are still recovering from hurricanes and flooding over the past several years. Chances are we will be helping to demolish and/or restore homes. Tasks could include: demolition, cleaning, laying tile and/or flooring, studding walls and installing insulation, dry walling, spackling, painting, etc.
Brian Hibshman, a member of Mohnton UMC, general contractor, and veteran of numerous work trips, has graciously agreed to lead our expedition.
I can personally attest to the blessing which comes through these kinds of mission trips to help others. While brief and sometimes challenging, they can be life transforming.
The cost of this one week trip will be between $250–$350. This includes everything: travel, lodging, food, and supplies for our project. I’m hoping to have around twelve volunteers. If you are interested, please contact me.