Open hearts and helping hands
here are some of the ways our congregation
reaches out to Help thos in need on the mission field
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 MISSIONARY
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.