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Missions Year in Review 2018

Throughout the Bible, we are called to serve others with a spirit-filled heart, both locally and globally.

All of us on the Missions Team want start with a big Thank You to everyone who made our 2018 projects possible. This past year, our outreach consisted of helping our two- legged and four-legged friends within our community, our neighbors in Joshua tree, the under-served in Mexico and our missionary friends in Cameroon.

We are so excited about our newest partnership with Rancho Domacitas in Temecula. Through the hard work, and an awesome team from MUMC, we were able to help Rancho Domacitas transition from a home for teenagers to a place that will now be home for Mom’s with little ones. Our multi-day community outreach project helped transform a teenage playground into a suitable playground for the new residents. We look forward to all the opportunities for continued service in 2019.

Through our efforts of the monthly Friday breakfast, members of our congregation have served over 1200 hungry souls with warm food and warm hearts.

Our “breakfast stylings” have continued to bless our friends in Joshua tree, as our team served over 500 people during our five visits in the past year.

The team has continued to spread Gods love with the people of Colonia Santa Nino, Mexico with continued support through dentistry care, community outreach, and prayer vigils.

We are gearing up for our 4th Las Posadas Christmas Celebration with another toy drive for an anticipated 200+ children. Our upcoming weekend will be filled with food, fun and praise within the ever-growing church community in the Colonia.

Our pet ministry has had a wonderful year with collection of hundred’s of pounds of food, thanks to the generosity of our congregation, which is delivered monthly to our local shelters for all those four-legged friends in need.

The coat drive is planned for the end of December. Last year MUMC provided over 800 coats to community families in need and we are so excited to do it again! We have continued our commitments of years passed by continuing the support of the Scott missionary family.

Through this support, they have been able to continue their efforts in the translation of the Bible for the people of their region, helping to spread the Word and the Light of God.

We look forward as we carry on our many mission projects into 2019, and with the blessings of everyone, will continue to spread Gods love at home and aboard. Thank you once again for making 2018 a wonderful year of service.

If you are interested in joining us, we meet monthly on the second Sunday at 10:15 in Room 4 or you can contact Meg Matthews (mail@megmatthews.com) for more information.

Meg Matthews Missions Chair

 

Loneliness is an Epidemic

Lonely World

“loneliness is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and could rank alongside smoking and obesity as a major threat to public health.”

Earlier this year, market research firm Ipsos conducted a survey of 20,096 U.S. adults, on behalf of health insurer Cigna, in order to find out how lonely we are. The survey was based on the UCLA Loneliness Scale, a 20-item questionnaire designed to assess subjective feelings of loneliness or social isolation. The primary conclusion was that “loneliness is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and could rank alongside smoking and obesity as a major threat to public health.”

Nearly half of Americans report “sometimes or always” feeling alone or left out, not having meaningful relationships, or believing they are isolated from others.

More than a quarter “rarely or never” feel as though there are people who really understand them or believe they have anyone they can talk with. Only half report having daily, meaningful in-person social interactions, such as an extended conversation with a friend or spending quality time with family. Although loneliness is often thought to be associated with aging, this survey found Generation Z (adults aged 18-22) to be the loneliest. Interestingly, social media users turned out to be a little more lonely than people who never use it. One report on this survey concluded by saying “the findings reinforce the social nature of humans and the importance of having face-to-face communities.”

Interestingly, social media users turned out to be a little more lonely than people who never use it.

It won’t surprise you, I suppose, that I believe the church community can be one of the most effective antidotes to loneliness that exists anywhere. The sad truth, however, is that too often it doesn’t work that way. Surveys related to church worship attendance regularly reveal large numbers of people feeling more lonely and isolated, because they perceive church to be a place where everybody else is connected and they aren’t. We might argue that such people should take more responsibility for asserting themselves; but that’s not something any of the rest of us can control. What we can control is our behavior. Instead of spending the bulk of our before and after worship time visiting with people we already know, we can look for people we don’t know and get acquainted with them. Instead of hoping or assuming our lonely neighbors will find their way to church and get connected, we can bring them with us and get them connected. And instead of leaving it at what happens on Sunday mornings, we can work together to create multiple other welcoming and connecting activities and opportunities. This is one epidemic you and I can help to eradicate!

Pastor Tom

A New Way of Seeing Things

A New Way of Seeing Things

by Rev. Scott Andrews

During a recent Lectionary Bible Study, I noticed how many people around the tables needed glasses. Some wore them all the time, some needed them only to read, and some wear contact lenses. Regardless, in this microcosm of our congregation there was a definite need for corrective lenses (in whatever form). 

I recently did some research and found out that 64% of adults in our country utilizes corrective lenses of some form or another, and 20% of children and youth need them as well. I found these statistics rather alarming. I also found out that these percentages have remained steady for several decades. This got me to thinking. 

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