Category: Missions

Fall Food Drive

Missions Committee 2016 Food DriveIt is time for the Fall Food Drive, which benefits our good neighbors at the Greater Berks Food Bank. New Journey food bank also receives contributions from this larger food bank.

During the month of October, we are accepting donations of the following non-perishable food items:

  • Cereal
  • Cans of fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soup, etc.


Please place items in the designated containers in the back of the Sanctuary in the Wagner Room.

Thank you for helping our needy citizens of Berks County!

— The Missions Committee

Join Our New Young Adult Group for a Service Project

When 11 of our young adults met for dinner on January 31, they shared more than pasta and babysitters — most importantly, a desire to meet again. They agreed on a service project for their first event.

On Friday, March 18, 5:30–7:30 pm, in our Church Kitchen, they plan to make soup for the Greater Mifflin Food Pantry.

Please join them to help out if you’d like to be part of this group. Babysitting provided!

Soup Kitchen

Other shared interests for future events include:

  • Social events like dinners, brunches, picnics
  • A parents’ group
  • Sports — hiking, bowling, skiing, skating, etc.
  • Informative programs (or series of programs) about parenting, family, stress, time management, coping, religion, or other topics relevant to their stage of life.

A second event for spring will possibly be a video and discussion about parenting.

Lastly, there was much enthusiasm for the formation of a children’s choir, and two of our young adults – Krista Gilham and KC Dianna – eagerly volunteered to lead it. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, March 1, 6-6:30 pm, at the church. All children 10 and under are most welcome.

So, the ball is rolling. Now all you need to do is come! If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to be added to our email list, contact Cheri Fallon, Coordinator.

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing
On Sunday, March 6, 2016, we will join with other Methodists to celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing.

This is a crucial Sunday for us because it is the day we come together to empower our disaster relief arm of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, for an entire year. If you remember,

  • When tornadoes hit Mississippi, UMCOR was there.
  • When Syrian refugees needed help, UMCOR was there.
  • When a typhoon in the Philippines displaced tens of thousands of people, UMCOR was there.
  • When an earthquake and a tsunami decimated villages in Japan, UMCOR was there.

This One Great Hour of Sharing covers the operating costs of UMCOR, which allows UMCOR to be where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, for as long as it needs to be there … and allows UMCOR to funnel earmarked donations directly to the designated project.

Together, we can make One Great Hour of Sharing a phenomenal success. Together, we can make sure that UMCOR can go wherever people are in critical need.

Angel Tree Gifts Bring Joy

Angel TreeFrom Jim Eckert

We’ll be setting up our Angel Tree soon after Thanksgiving, so we can help families in need enjoy Christmas, through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program. Last year we gave gifts for three families, by shopping for requests that adorn the tree. For the most part, the tags are for daily needs items such as winter clothing, 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. Thank you!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas ChildThe Power of a Simple Gift

From Jim Eckert

It’s time to fill a shoe box again! Since 2002, generous participants at our church have filled nearly 1000 boxes with small gifts for children, many of whom have never before received a gift. Check in the Wagner Room for brochures explaining the ministry, the suggested gifts, and instructions for preparing the box.

Even non-shoppers like myself have found this to be fun and rewarding. Some boxes will be provided in the Wagner Room. Note that a plastic container may be substituted for a shoe box. Please, also bring in empty shoe boxes for others to use if you have extras.

This ministry not only provides smiles and gifts, but reading materials and follow-up (by Samaritan’s Purse ministry founded by Franklin Graham, son of Billy) to introduce children to Jesus Christ – in over 130 countries. An on-line feature allows one to trace where their box is going. Boxes are due in the Wagner Room by Sunday, November 22.

New Journey Clothing Ministry

New Journey has asked us to collect fall/winter clothing. There is a great need for men’s clothing. Please place your donations outside Bev’s office. Thanks!