Open hearts and helping hands
here are some of the ways our congregation reaches out to the community providing to those who need assistance.
~HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL~
As a member of the Old Southwest Congregations In Action, we are in partnership with 7 other churches and a synagogue to provide needed items and support for the children in this school. We provide school supplies, food items for their pack-a-snack program, “morale” meals for the faculty, Fun Day (a day full of games, crafts, food and fun for the children and staff), tutors, lunch buddies, classroom helpers and other volunteer needs as requested.
The Congregations In Action assist with special needs request; provide Thanksgiving food baskets for 40 families and provide Christmas presents to fifty children.
This is the only program of its kind in the Roanoke Valley. This ministry provides diapers, wipes, and toiletry items to young mothers through requests from our local agencies such as CHIP, TAP, RAM House, etc. This is funded through generous donations from our congregation. We have as many as 55 orders a month from the local agencies.
RAM (Roanoke Area Ministries) provides lunch daily and other services to those in need. Our members prepare lunch at RAM House the 4th Saturday of every month. We take up a collection at our Wednesday Noon day Services to go to RAM House and we sponsor a First Sunday food collection for them collecting specific needs upon their request. We also provide monetary support to RAM House as well as diapers and wipes for their clients.
~FIRST SUNDAY FOOD COLLECTION~
The first Sunday of every month, we sponsor a “food collection”. We collect cans, boxes of food, juice boxes, peanut butter, soup and crackers for LOA and AARP, and other items our local agencies may request. Every month, a different agency is highlighted …..RAM House, Samaritan Inn, Feeding America of Southwest VA, St. Francis House and Highland Park Elementary School are a few agencies for which we have collected.
~FAMILY PROMISE OF GREATER ROANOKE~
We are a supporting church with St. John’s Lutheran in this program. Four weeks each year, the two churches house and feed homeless families. We have members that cook the meals, stay overnight as supervisors, set up and clean up and do other jobs as needed for the entire week. The Family Promise of Greater Roanoke also has a furniture closet and we have provided furniture items to this.
~COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM~
The Community Outreach Program (COP) provides at-risk children hot meals, tutoring, life skills development, etc. Members of the Edith Long Schisler Circle cook and serve dinner for COP every 1st Tuesday during the school year. We also provide supplies, Thanksgiving baskets to families in need and we also provide scholarship money for children to be able to go to summer camp at Camp Alta Mons.
~SATURDAY’S CHILD ~
~SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM~
We began this new outreach project in 2013, with the realization that we have over 600 children considered homeless and struggling . This program was developed to provide a hot meal on Saturdays during the summer break. Food is cooked at the church, delivered to an area in the community with the highest children in need. We serve the food, have some fellowship time and then return to Greene Memorial for clean-up.
The Summer Enrichment Program was founded about 45 years ago by Our lady of Nazareth Church to provide a day camp for children in the West End area during the month of July. Children living in the area had little to do; often they were roaming the neighborhood without supervision. Greene Memorial, during a time of ecumenical emphasis, offered to join OLN to provide funding, volunteers, lunches, and supplies. During the next few years, the program moved twice, once to West End Presbyterian Church and then to West End United Methodist Church. When the West End Center began, Summer Enrichment served their children during the month of July. Over the years, St. Johns Episcopal, Calvary Baptist, Second Presbyterian, Christ Episcopal, Trinity UMC, St. Mark’s Lutheran and, recently, Huntington Court UMC and Central Church of the Brethren joined the partnership. Today the program is located at Trinity UMC and is held annually during the month of July. The program employs a director, cook, seven counselors, and a dance and art instructor. The program serves a hot breakfast and lunch every day as well as snacks before leaving. We enroll 72 children each year and always have a waiting list. Volunteers from all the churches help with meals and provide help to the staff as needed. Greene Memorial gives $4,000 every year to support this wonderful
opportunity for low income children in Roanoke.
~YOUTH MISSION PROJECTS~
From Beaufort, South Carolina to Lyons, New York to Savannah, Georgia up to Cincinnati, Ohio and places in between, the youth of Greene Memorial UMC have made a difference in the community of every location They have been involved with all types of work from assisting in a camp for autistic children to building a ramp for a senior citizen. This has been an amazing opportunity to learn to work with special needs children, understanding how to communicate with Alzheimer patients in nursing homes, building ramps, gardening, running a day camp for children and a lot of painting both interior and exterior homes.
We have chosen our points of destination and work type from the Group Cares Group, which is an official site for working with young people in missions and providing them the opportunity to not only develop skills in building but developing relationships with young people all across the United States. The week long program is funded by fund raisers like our Flamingos in yards, meals and other projects. The Mission Ministry Team helps in our cost through the Easter Offering collection.
Just this past year, we hosted a “One Big Day of Serving” through Group Cares. This brought young people here to provide needed work on homes within the West End Revitalization Plan. We are looking forward to hosting a week long mission camp in 2015!
~HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TRIPS~
2013 marked Greene Memorial United Methodist Church’s 25 years of service with the Habitat for Humanity program!!
Through the years, many of our members have learned new skills such as hanging drywall, putting on siding, painting, roofing, using power tools, preparing the foundation, and doing demolition. This is just a short list of the projects we have taken part in over 25 years. One of the most rewarding is the new friendships we have developed working together!
~VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION~
The United Methodist Volunteers in Mission is the short-term mission agency of the United Methodist Church. There are five jurisdictions for VIM; the Roanoke District VIM operates under the Southeastern Jurisdiction which extends from Virginia to Florida to Mississippi through Tennessee and Kentucky.
VIM exists to promote, encourage, and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love in Action” through short term mission service at home and abroad. The Roanoke District VIM has concentrated its efforts in Guatemala, a small Central-American country. Working with two Methodist missionaries there, the local unit sends medical and construction personnel, as well as those who can do Bible Camps with the children.
Greene Memorial has been represented in VIM by five members over the last ten years. Larry Lance, member of Greene Memorial UMC, is the current Roanoke District VIM Chairperson.
~PERSON IN MISSION~
In addition to supporting our missionary, Greene Memorial goes the second mile and supports an additional global mission project. We support a PERSON IN MISSION in Pakistan at the Children’s Rehab Ministry. This program focuses on women’s health issues and basic health care for women and children in city slums. We do not choose a missionary under this program but can choose the country where a missionary works. We support this program with a donation $1,000.00.
~OUR COVENANT RELATIONSHIP~
A missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, Mark Stransky is a Church and Community Worker serving as director of housing at Project Crossroads in Marion, Virginia, in the Holston Annual Conference.
Project Crossroads is an outreach ministry designed to address the basic needs of people in the Marion area, alleviate human suffering, and provide an avenue to witness the gospel of Jesus Christ. Along with the housing rehabilitation and homeownership programs, Project Crossroads provides a variety of ministries to the community, including a firewood delivery; Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for the poor; and emergency assistance to upgrade homes’ electrical systems, repair or replace plumbing systems, and install heating systems.
Mark was born in Hastings, Nebraska and raised in San Diego, California. His journey toward mission began after struggling with his faith during his college years. Initially attending San Diego State University, where he met his wife Linda–also a Church and Community Worker–Mark later earned a degree in fisheries at Shasta College in Redding, California.
Becoming a member of the Yreka United Methodist Church and serving in Iowa with Linda, who is an ordained minister, were important parts to Mark’s spiritual pilgrimage. The idea of serving others as a way of life began to take shape for Mark during Linda’s seminary years and his Emmaus Walk, and continued to grow as he participated in mission trips, community service, and Bible studies.
Help us cut and stock firewood. We provide firewood to families throughout the winter to ensure that their homes stay warm.
Help build a new home for A low-income family through our Home Ownership program
Through our rehabilitation program, we make homes safe and healthy for low-income, elderly, and handicapped families.
MATTHEW 25 HUB
This program works with local agencies and churches to develop new ministries and work together as the body of Christ on needs in the county. Examples: shoes for school children, a blanket drive, Easter Meal bags and more.
Greene Memorial United Methodist Church participates in other outreach projects serving the Roanoke Valley and beyond
- Rescue Mission: Six times a year, chapel with both men and women at the mission. Annual trunk or treat event and Easter Egg Hunt
- LOA: Meals on Wheels
- AARP and LOA: Collection of soup and crackers
- Prison Ministry: Children make placemats for local jail and we have KAIROS volunteers
- Support West End Center for Youth
- Collection of used eye glasses, soup labels, stamps, small toiletry items, cell phones
- Hat Ministry: The Knitter’s group provides handmade caps and gloves to the homeless
- Heifer Project: Children collect for “buying an animal” to feed a family
- Supervised Visitation Program
- Other projects…