Epworth Missions and Outreach
The Missions & Outreach Team serves the Church by developing and facilitating effective ministries that bear witness to the giving nature of Christ -- within our Church membership, locally in the community, and internationally throughout the world. The team members include Frieda Jeffers (co-chair); Kim Ayres (co-chair); Rev. Bill Jones, and others throughout the church. If you have a passion for a current mission area, or a passion for a particular area of missional or outreach ministry that may not be listed on the website -- contact any of the Missions & Outreach Team members, or the church office. The Team is here to serve as a resource and a support system for the various ministry areas of the church and the congregation. Epworth is a missional church focused on shining the light of Jesus Christ to the community, both regionally and internationally. Come join with us in our missions and outreach endeavors! We welcome all ideas and all ages!!!! You're never too young or too old to be involved in missions!
In our "Every One a Missionary" campaign, we've come up with a number of ways you can serve. From the smallest to the largest, every ministry in this list is important. Take time to check it out, and see where you might be called to serve.
1. Baltimore County Christian Workcamp -- Epworth has been participating in Baltimore County Christian Workcamp for many years. Epworth's specialty is building ramps (you can see 2014's ramps in the video to the right) but we make ourselves available for any task that is needed, and all of it takes place in Baltimore County. You can go to the BCCW website for more information.
2. Thrifty Penny Thrift Store -- one of the oldest and most important missions that Epworth UMC has provided for the community. Check out our web page, or drop by to find special bargains! Watch the video at right, or click here for more information.
3. Since its inception, Epworth has been an avid supporter of Empty Bowls, a mission-focused event spearheaded by St. Vincent de Paul, to raise both awareness and funds to fight hunger and homelessness in the Baltimore area.
4. Cockeysville Food Pantry -- Epworth collects and delivers non-perishable food monthly, and purchases meats and frozen meals to the Cockeysville Food Pantry, which is housed in a local church. This ongoing effort seeks to strengthen efforts to assist and alleviate hunger in the Cockeysville area.
5. UCAN -- United Churches Assistance Network (UCAN) is an emergency assistance cooperative organization designed by member-churches to offer financial and referral help to those in need in our local community. The first Sunday of each month, the communion offering goes to UCAN.
6. School Supplies -- Throughout the summer and at the beginning of each new school year, Epworth collects and delivers new book bags, school supplies and new clothing articles to two local elementary and middle schools.
Anna and Nathan Glenn, Liberia
Anna and Nathan Glenn are missionaries serving in Liberia, West Africa and they are supported by Epworth UMC. Anna Glenn (formerly McGucken) has been a member at Epworth ever since she started out at the Epworth Children's Daycare Center. It was through her involvement at Epworth, particularly the youth group, that her faith grew to be her own and it was through participating in various mission trips with the church that her love for missions developed. Anna and Nathan currently work for Hope in the Harvest, a faith based agricultural development NGO whose vision is to see both agricultural and spiritual transformation throughout Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world. Together they work and teach at Liberia International Christian College (LICC) in Ganta, Liberia. They teach agriculture classes, lead devotions/bible studies, oversee a research/demonstration farm, mentor local agricultural businesses and business owners, train teachers, and do outreach with farmers. They have found that in teaching agriculture, there are so many natural parallels that lend themselves to conversations about faith and they are encouraged and excited about the way to in which God has used these conversations to bring glory to His kingdom! They are passionate about continuing to teach agriculture alongside the gospel so that they can continue to help to feed both the stomach and the spirit of those who hunger and are in need of something more. To learn more or donate toward their ministry, visit their blog at www.glennsgoglobal.wordpress.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta, Liberia & Dr. Albert Willicor
In 1926, what started as a Methodist supported health post has grown to a full-fledged acute care referral hospital providing many healthcare services to include community-based primary healthcare, dental clinic, eye clinic, diabetes clinic, maternity clinic, well baby clinic, etc. Ganta Hospital continues to have ongoing needs for building repairs and financial support for ongoing efforts to provide affordable healthcare to a public too poor to afford healthcare fees. Goals & Objectives: 1. To renovate and expand existing hospital buildings. 2. To improve on basic sanitation and hygiene in the hospital environment. 3. To increase preventive health services for up to 150 communities. 4. To provide salary and administrative expenses for staff to include (administrator, comptroller, one doctor).
Dr. Albert G. Willicor, missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church through GBGM Global Health, is the Chief Medical Officer at Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta, Liberia. Dr. Willicor is native to Liberia where he received his elementary, junior high and high school education. He was valedictorian of his senior class and was awarded two scholarships to the University of Liberia where he studied engineering and pre-med. In 1983 he received his Medical Doctor degree from the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in Monrovia, Liberia. John F. Kennedy Memorial Center in Monrovia was the site of Dr. Willicor’s internship before his Resident training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Liberian-Japanese Friendship Maternity Hospital. While there he was Head Resident of the Surgical Contraceptive Program.
Epworth supports both the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta (GBGM Advance #15080N), and missionary Dr. Albert Willicor (GBGM Advance #15151Z).
Shade & Fresh Water - Brazil
Shade and Fresh Water (GBGM Advance #11580A) hleps at-risk children and teens develop character through a national after-school network. When the project began in 2000, there were many street children and teenagers were prone to get involved in drugs, crime, and prostitution. In many cities, vigilante groups that sought to clean up the street, murdered street children. The Brazilian Methodist church consolidated numerous disperse and uncoordinated local projects, creating a netowrk to unify the church´s effort and to strengthen local church programs by providing common materials and regular training. Thousands of children and teenagers are being reached daily under a common vision and framework that develops character and values, provides Christian education material and educational resources for local projects working with children and teenagers at risk between 6 and 14 years of age, teaches basic health, hygiene and nutritional basics, and provides organized after-school activities to enrich the lives of children and teenagers throughout Brazil.
Whenever disaster strikes, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is quick to respond, usually second to arrive on the scene, only behind the Red Cross. And, long after the Red Cross and other organizations leave, UMCOR volunteers stay behind, working alongside individuals and families to meet their housing, medical, and other needs. Epworth has donated flood buckets, school kits, and health kits during times of disaster, and has also spent time on a summer Mission Trip to UMCOR headquarters to make repairs, stock their warehouse, and sew school kits to assist in UMCOR’s missions. UMCOR channels 100% of monies donated directly to relief, keeping no monies behind for administrative costs. A once-yearly offering supports and sustains the mission work of UMCOR.
Samaritan's Purse / Operation Christmas Child
Each November, Epworth collects and delivers over 150 shoeboxes filled with toys, crafts, and hygiene items to Operation Christmas Child to be delivered to children around the world, spreading the love of Christ to children and families through the Samaritan’s Purse program. Several members of the church have received correspondence from families who received their shoeboxes. To participate, stuff a shoebox with crayons & a coloring book or pad, school supplies, a stuffed toys or small toys, toothpaste & toothbrush, soap & washcloths, brushes, a t-shirt and/or other small items, and bring your shoebox(es) to the church in October or November for delivery to a local shipment site. All boxes are then sent to a distribution center where they are sorted, and have a message of God's love included in the proper language for the destination country, and are distributed to children around the world. For more information, contact Rev. Bill Jones.
Did you pre-pay on-line for shipping your shoeboxes and register to have your shoeboxes "tracked" so you'd know to which countries your shoeboxes were delivered....but haven't received notification yet? While some members already know where their boxes were sent (Haiti, Zambia, Peru, to name a few), others have not yet heard. Don't fret! Since many of the small villages are virtually inaccessible to modern traffic and delivery systems, or some areas may be in remote jungle or less-traveled areas of the globe, Samaritan's Purse must rely on the availability and schedules of guides or messengers or other means of delivery in order to gain access to children living in remote or isolated areas. As a result, many packages do not get delivered at "Christmas time" and, instead, continue to be delivered even through August (as many of us are beginning to start assembling items and packing boxes for the Fall!). While your boxes may be in the "later delivery" groups, you can still expect to be notified once your shoeboxes find their way to their eventual destination! Thanks, always, for your continued support of this wonderful minstry to spread the love of Jesus Christ throughout the entire globe!