Opportunities to Serve
The Sand Point UMC Missions Ministry Team is dedicated to serving our community and our world. Our working motto is “To reach out to people in need”. SPCUMC supports agencies in our local community and throughout the world through donations, special offerings and volunteer service. We are involved in various efforts to help people with emergency relief, food, and housing.
Members of SPCUMC provide meals to the residents of Tent City 3 in Seattle on the fourth Sunday of each month. By providing a meal, residents at TC3 have one less meal to worry about while they focus on obtaining a solid roof over their heads. Since 2008, Sand Point UMC has helped to feed over 5000 meals to homeless persons.
Volunteers are needed to:
- Shop for groceries prior to the 4th Sunday;
- Gather in the downstairs kitchen to prepare the meal from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon;
- Serve meal at the current Tent City 3 location, arriving about 5:30 p.m. (Eating and conversation with the residents is encouraged.)
Little Free Library and Little Free Pantry
Little Free Boxes come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box. Designed and built by Dale Hoff, our Little Free Library book exchange and Little Free Pantry food donation box have a unique, personal touch that complement one another and the architectural design of our church’s steep roof, red doors, stained glass, and the wooden arbors.
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. The Little Free Pantry is a grassroots, crowd-sourced solution to immediate and local need. Both are established nationwide movements with efforts to build community those generosity, gladness, and goodwill.
People in our community are taking the opportunity to share their favorite books here with one another. And whether there is a need for food or a need to give, the Little Free Pantry facilitates neighbors helping neighbors, building community. In all places, Little Free Boxes are for those who want and/or need to give.
Sand Point Housing
As part of a neighborhood interfaith coalition, we help stock and staff the Resource Room, providing free household items for those in transitional housing. The Resource Room at Sand Point Housing is staffed the first three Wednesdays of each month by north Seattle churches and synagogues. Our church provides staffing in September.
Seasonally, we collect food goods and other items for Thanksgiving baskets, Welcome baskets and Spring baskets that we put together and deliver.
We also collect household goods throughout the year for the Resource Room. Bedding & kitchen supplies are especially desired.
Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry
Near the end of September every year supports food banks in all of King County. SPCUMC members take shifts at the Safeway at 35th Ave NE and NE 75th St. on that day. Please consider joining us for an hour or two on that day in collecting food for the many people of our area who need this help. Watch for a sign-up sheet in church in early September.
University District Emergency Food Bank
SPCUMC supports our local food bank by bringing in non-perishable food items each week. We also offer financial support each year to this very important ministry.
CROP Hunger Walk
Each year Church World Service sponsors a CROP Hunger Walk in Seattle. CWS is a cooperative ministry of 35 denominations, providing sustainable development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance in partnership worldwide. The CWS mission is to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice at the national and international level through collaboration with partners abroad and in the US. Congregations provide walkers and monetary support. This year 200 people walked around Green Lake, an together with two other Seattle CROP walks raised $21,700. A portion of the proceeds goes toward North Helpline and Mary’s Place.
BEYOND OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Loose change in each Sunday’s offering is given to missions, with a different project/service agency designated each month. We call it “Melodies of Compassion,” since you can hear the change jingling in the offering plates.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) | www.umcor.org
SPCUMC offers financial support to UMCOR throughout the year. UMCOR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the US. Their work provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR assists the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis
100 percent of designated donations go directly to disaster relief.
Jamaa Letu | www.
This is the orphanage that our Pacific Northwest Conference raised funds to build in the Democratic Republic of Congo. SPCUMC supports the children through sponsorships, and has sent mission team members to assist in person. If you would like to sponsor one of the boys or girls, visit www.
Our Missions Ministry Team continues to be an open group. New people are always welcome! Call the church office (206-523-3040) for more information.