Missions

“Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can.” - John Wesley


About the Local and World Missions Team

St. Paulians have a long history of putting our ‘faith into action’ by being Volunteers In Mission (VIM) through groups and as individuals. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree… You only need a heart full of grace…a soul generated by love.”

United Methodists have believed, from the beginning, that each of us is called to participate in the outreaching ministry of Jesus Christ. Putting our faith into action is at the very heart of our Christian calling. By volunteering to serve through programs such as United Methodist Volunteers in Mission or the Mission Volunteers program of The General Board of Global Ministries, every person in the church has the opportunity to serve and to live their calling more faithfully.

Local missions involvement includes:
Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry, ACT (Area Congregations Together), reaching out to the homeless community, and other projects.

Volunteers in Mission (VIM) travel to regional, national, and international sites for mission work.

For more information on how you can get involved with the Local and World Missions team, contact Carolyn Aslan (carolyn.aslan@gmail.com).


Immediate Areas of Need:

All organizations have accommodations for the safety of each volunteer.

–> Poor People’s Campaign current projects include: organizing phone banking across the region to register and educate first-time voters; conducting grassroots organizer training; and otherwise helping build a powerful national movement with strong local foundations. In preparation for increasing outreach across the Eastern Southern Tier, you are invited to complete the online NYS PPC interest form HERE which will help greatly in their organizing efforts.

–> Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard is grateful for volunteers who have stepped forward, but still needs extra help with afternoon food distribution shifts. Contact St. Paulian Carolyn Longhouse (hlonghouse@yahoo.com or 607-257-7442) for info.

–> John’s Community Services’ weekday lunch distribution continues. St. Paul’s provides sandwiches the second Tuesday of each month and several other days/dates are open as well.  If you’re able to make sandwiches or gather lunch supplies from your home, St. Paulian Carolyn Aslan (carolyn.aslan@gmail.com) can share info and needs.

–> The Cornell Farmworker Program has been receiving many requests for children’s winter clothing this year. If you or anyone you know has lightly used children’s clothing (especially boots, winter coats, hats, mittens, and clothes of all kinds in the 18 month – 2T range), they would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Amy Stoll (scottamy@gotsky.com) or Kristen Brennan (kmb.ithaca@gmail.com) to arrange a drop-off or pick-up.

CFP is also seeking basic cloth masks for our area’s migrant farmworkers and families. E-mail farmworkers@cornell.edu for patterns and information. St. Paulian Anne Horst, (ahorst@stpaulsithaca.org) can help with mask deliveries.

–> Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition, in partnership with the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance, is seeking housing leads, as well as help with food preparation and laundry, for immigration detainees newly released in our area. Anne Horst is St. Paul’s point person for volunteers.

–> Several area nursing homes and senior centers continue to ask folks to send cards and encouraging messages to residents. For info for Cayuga Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, contact Kevin Dean (kdean@cayugaridge.org);  for Beechtree, contact Kristine Morseman (kmorseman@beechtreecenter.com).

–> Catholic Charities is hosting their annual Share the Warmth event, November 9-13, 16-20. Every year local Rotary Clubs collect thousands of winter outerwear items (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots etc.) that Catholic Charities then distributes to adults and children in need. You’ll find collection bins around the area in grocery and other stores to drop off your donations. Friendly volunteers are needed to wait on customers, especially during morning shifts.  Careful covid-19 safety protocols will be enforced. Contact Michaela to sign-up (Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or 607-272-5062).


COSTA RICA MISSIONS

Follow George Gull and Nancy Potter’s mission blog here.


NEPAL MISSIONS

Read the latest newsletter from Methodist missionaries the Zimmerman family in Nepal here.


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