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Miracle Offering 2016

Since we began the Miracle Offering in 2009, we have been able to give away over $250,000 to our partnering ministries to support them in the important work they do in our community and around the world. Our Miracle Offering helps to:

•         Support Bridge to Home as they provide support services – including an emergency wintershelter, case management, housing navigation, and medical and dental clinics – that help individuals and families in the Santa Clarita Valley transition out of homelessness.

•         Provide support to Dr. Belinda Forbes, a United Methodist missionary and dentist, who serves the very poor in rural Nicaragua.

•         Support local families without homes through Family Promise SCV as they work to provide shelter, meals, and support services. In 2017, Family Promise will continue to meet the 365-day-a-year operational needs of caring for the families as well as offer counseling for the parents and children, offering assistance to local low-income families, and more. Two critical needs are bringing additional congregations into the SCV network, and developing a transitional housing program so that graduating families will have a better opportunity to successfully move back into self-sufficiency.

•         Alleviate malaria from sub-Saharan Africa, through the UMC campaign “Imagine No Malaria.” Globally, United Methodists are making a difference in eradicating this disease. From 2007 – 2015, the number of malaria-related deaths was reduced by half.

•         Continue working with the families who live at Project Chacocente in rural Nicaragua,  and those whose children attend the Chacocente Christian School, to foster educational excellence and motivation for youth and adults. In 2017 they hope to renovate homes in the surrounding neighborhood, and continue working to improve access to clean water.

•         Partner with Tirzah International in their work to reach out to women and girls around the world who are mistreated, abused, or victims in other ways. In 2017 they hope to respond in the Arab world through literacy classes, evangelism and counseling for women in Egypt; discipleship in North Sudan; support for physical, spiritual and psychological needs of vulnerable Iraqi women refugees in Syria; provide health insurance for the Fadhili women (HIV+ widows) in Kenya so they can more readily seek treatment for health care needs. (The government only covers medication for AIDS and TB.) Through a new project in Serbia, they plan to offer a safe space where women can receive counseling and support. Christian women in this part of the world are isolated and many struggle with low self esteem, depression, abuse and feelings of rejection. Tirzah will also continue to support programs in Ethiopia, Burundi, Myanmar, West Africa.

We will collect the Miracle Offering during the Christmas Eve worship hours.

Stop Hunger Now – March 6, 2016

#Hereforgood – 2015 in Review

 

Doorways Campaign a Success!

We raised over half a million dollars!

105 families and 2 institutions participated from July 2012 through June 2015.

Learn what impact the transformation has had on our ministries by watching the video below.

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Helping Others

helping locally“Do all the good you can; By all the means you can; In all the ways you can; In all the places you can; At all the times you can; To all the people you can; As long as ever you can.” 
~ John Wesley

VUMC has a heart for mission and ministry which is expressed by our active support of numerous global, national and local projects. Unpaid servants are welcomed for all of our outreach opportunities.

Click on the links below for more information or please call the church office (661.255.1301).

Helping locally

F.I.S.H.
(Feeding Individuals and Sharing Hope)
Our F.I.S.H. program reaches out to the community by providing meals to local residents once a week.

Food Pantry
Communion Sunday Food Drive

Food is collected on the first Sunday of the month and delivered to the Santa Clarita Food Pantry and Help the Children.

Family Promise
Newly homeless families are assisted in regaining their housing, their independence, and their dignity through a community-wide interfaith program.

Hill’s Angels
Helps incarcerated youth who are searching for redemption, direction, and meaning in their lives.

Senior Ministry
Provide companionship and support for the seniors in our congregation.

Prayer Shawl
Gather together for prayer and to knit and crochet shawls to be given to people on the church prayer chain.

Congregational Care Team
Prayer and support are the cornerstones of this visitation ministry for individuals experiencing a life transition of grief, illness, newly married or welcoming a new baby.

Change the World

On Change the World weekend (May 18 & 19, 2013), one of the ministries in which VUMC participated was “Stop Hunger Now.”

The youth room was a hub of activity as a large group of people of all ages (wearing bright red hairnets,) came together to assemble 10,000 meals in around two hours. Efficient assembly lines were formed to put together family size portions of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and packages of vitamin seasoning.  They were each weighed, packed in boxes, and made ready to be sent to parts of the world where food is most needed. The sound of the gong marks another 1000 meals prepared.

Click here for a video clip.

Click here for photos.

Helping Globally

Project Chacocente
Organizes mission trips and collects funds to help families in Nicaragua move from living in the city dump of Managua to independent living in Masaya.

UMCOR

Once a year opportunities

Change the World Weekend

Santa Clarita Winter Shelter