Giving Tuesday is December 1st

GivingTuesdayChurchadOn Tuesday, December 1, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. Double your gift by giving EARLY.  The first $1 million received online is matched.  Giving Tuesday begins at 12:00 a.m. Central Standard Time, which is 11:00 p.m. our time.

About UMC #GivingTuesday

UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement that builds on the recent U.S. shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting through supporting organizations that have been researched and approved by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. And 100 percent of all gifts made through The Advance are given directly to the designated project.
     Use this link http://www.umcmission.org/give to donate.

Some suggested Advance projects:

East Angola Pastor Support:  Advance #3021453

Refugee and Migrant Response:  Advance #3022144

Missionary Ken Koome, East Angola:  Advance #15148Z

Missionary Kutela Katembo, East Angola:  Advance #3022031

Missionary Ken Cruz, Cambodia:  Advance #3019583

Missionary Chin Cho, Mongolia:  Advance #3022047
 
When you click on the above link and enter the Advance #, you can read more about each project.

About The Advance

Through The Advance, United Methodists can give to more than 800 United Methodist-related projects worldwide. Donors can also provide support for any of the more than 300 missionaries. Together, the projects meet a range of needs, from helping survivors cope with natural or civil disasters to helping communities build churches, feed and educate children, and equip hospitals and clinics. Since its founding in 1948, The Advance has helped channel more than 3 million gifts totaling more than $1 billion to thousands of projects and ministries.

For more information on Giving Tuesday please visit www.umcmission.org/giving-tuesday

* Global Ministries will allocate matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 1, 2015, between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CT. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.



It’s time for the annual Fall Food Drive!

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The Annual BUMC Fall Food Drive to benefit the Gallatin Valley Food Bank began November 1st.

Our goal:  1,000 pounds of nonperishable food donations by the end of the month.  

The Food Bank feeds 1 in 8 residents…chances are you know a few.  An average of 5,502 pounds of food are distributed to families every day.

Food Banks were originally intended to fill the gap when households were out of food and resources due to an emergency.  Emergency situations are now less than half of the client load.  The Food Bank serves the underemployed, households whose income does not stretch to cover food expenses, seasonally employed households, older adults living on fixed incomes, as well as households who are temporarily homeless.  For more information on any of the programs listed below, please visit the Food Bank web page at www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org or call them at 586-7600.

 Food Bank Programs:

Emergency Food Box Program
An average 1,205 households (approx. 2,745 individuals) eat meals from the monthly emergency food boxes provided at our Bozeman location and satellite services in Belgrade, Three Forks and Big Sky.  Food boxes provide roughly a 5 day supply of food.  On average, recipient households turn to the Food Bank less than 2 times a year. 
 
Senior Nutrition Services
We are currently providing extra food for 355 seniors per month in Gallatin, Madison and Park Counties.
 
Healthy KidsPack Program
The Healthy KidsPack Program  provides nutritionally balanced, kid-friendly foods to area elementary students every Friday during the school year to meet the food needs of children who might otherwise go hungry over the weekends.  The KidsPack Program reaches as many as 900 children each week in 26 schools throughout Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin Counties.
 
Community Café
The Café provides a restaurant style dinner service to anyone who eats regardless of their ability to contribute.  They operate on a pay what you can model, allowing those who can contribute to pay it forward for others who cannot.  In 2014 over 50,000 dinners were provided.  Dinner is prepared by the culinary team, served by committed groups of volunteers led by our evening service coordinators.  The Café is open 7 days a week from 5 pm – 7 pm, 365 days a year and is at 302 N. 7th Avenue in Bozeman.
 
Nov. 23 update from the Food Bank: The final numbers are in: MSU: 194,750 lbs and $65,523.47 totaling 260,273 lbs of food. UM: 196,406lbs and $85,227 totaling 281,633 lbs of food. Both communities greatly benefited by the food drives and we couldn’t be happier for them.


Quilted Finger Prayer Labyrinths

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United Methodist Women are actively preparing for the church’s 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016.  As in previous General Conference meetings, United Methodist Women will have an active role in the General Conference prayer ministry.  One prayer ministry activity planned is to offer quilted finger prayer labyrinths for delegates and guests. 

We are seeking UMW members that enjoy quilting to assist us by making the finger labyrinths.  Would you like to help by volunteering to quilt finger prayer labyrinth squares for the delegates and guests?  We need 2,000 and the variety of labyrinths made by women from all over the country will bless the recipients and lend to the support and outreach we hope to extend.  Each labyrinth will be tagged with a card identifying that the labyrinth is “handmade with love and prayer by United Methodist Women”.

The labyrinths are 8″ square and machine quilted.  Instructions and pattern are available by emailing cathy@bozemanumc.org or contacting Jen in the BUMC office.  Please email GCprayer@unitedmethodistwomen.org  with an estimate of how many you might be able to make and to receive further instructions for shipping the completed labyrinths by the deadline.  

Deadline for submission of labyrinths is January 15, 2016.  If there are questions, email Becky Dodson Louder at GCprayer@unitedmethodistwomen.org 

 

 


How do I get involved in Mission Work?

Mission work can involve travel to a site hundreds or thousands of miles away, or it can be as simple as buying an extra can of beans, writing a check or saying a prayer.  There are almost as many opportunities as there are personal levels of involvement, so with a little research you should be able to find at least one project to tie your heart to.

BUMC views mission work as a tangible example of the love of Jesus, a way for you to express that.  Helping others obviously aides them, and it makes you feel better, too.   Exactly how you do that doesn’t matter – what matters is that you do it.

Prayers are stronger than most people realize, and an important part of our church life and mission work.  You can pray on your own or join the BUMC prayer chain.  Please contact Kim Broden for details.

There are many organizations that would greatly appreciate your financial contributions.  Other groups need supplies such as food, clothing, cleaning supplies, or household items.  You can add to their collections or you can organize a fund drive or collection. 

If you want to be more directly involved with people in need, there are many opportunities to serve the homeless and working poor through the Community Café, Warming Center, Community Showers and Love INC.  Spring often brings a chance to work on a Habitat for Humanity house.  The CROP Walk needs walkers and people to fund their walking.  We are starting a group to support military personnel and would love your help.

Perhaps travel is attractive to you – we typically have an adult mission work project in Montana in the fall and the Youth Group has one in the summer (they always welcome more chaperones!).  Occasionally there are VIM trips to places farther away, such as Haiti.  If you don’t want to travel but like meeting people from out of town, we host visitors from Africa and other places once or twice a year.

How about collecting and organizing things?  We collect Christmas gifts for three different groups and have a mitten tree for warm clothing.  Bike to Church Sunday raises funds for World Bicycle Relief and always needs someone to help with valet parking.  We often have collections for UMCOR health, school, birth or cleaning kits – maybe you’d like to store those supplies until they’re sent to the depot?  And we collect food for the Food Bank year round, so you could transport it from the church to the Food Bank.

A summary of Mission Opportunities is here.  If you’d like to join the Mission Team, please contact us.  We love to have active members either for the whole year or just for one project. 

Sherry Schupbach, Mission Team Chair  schupbach_2@msn.com

Cathy Baumbauer, BUMC Mission Coordinator  cathy@bozemanumc.org



Ken Has a Truck — Thank You!

 

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Thanks to your generosity Ken Koome now has a truck so he can better do his work in East Angola.  BUMC members contributed over $1500 and  our WOW Team donated $1000 from their spring Toy Sale.  Together with the rest of the Yellowstone Conference and the Rocky Mountain Conference we raised over $18,000 for this project.  Your generosity is continually amazing!

Ken is the financial officer for the United Methodist Church and its projects in East Angola.  This truck will allow Ken to get from his office in Malange to the Quessua Mission Center which is about eight miles away and does not have regular public transport.  He will also be able to visit pastors in the outlying rural areas on a more regular basis.  He is responsible for providing support services to visiting Volunteer-In-Mission teams, church partners, and conference mission agencies.  That means he needs to haul people and materials such as lumber, concrete and other building supplies, long distances over rough dirt roads.  This truck will make the job much easier.   See more about Ken at this UMC Mission link.



Intermountain, Betty Strook and BUMC

Do you know that Intermountain* was founded by Methodists?  This is from their webpage on Church Partners:

For all of its 100 plus year history, Intermountain has heavily relied on the prayers and financial support of the Christian community to accomplish its mission of restoring hope for children. In 1909, Rev. William Wesley Van Orsdel (Brother Van) cofounded Intermountain with the words,

Under God, brethren, we cannot continue to allow the suffering of children to go unchallenged.”

“Today’s Intermountain has remained true to that call. In addition to providing for the therapeutic needs of traumatized children, we also provide spiritual guidance. The children involved in the Chaplain’s Program at Intermountain are nurtured and their faith cultivated through weekly fellowship, small group study, individual mentoring and fun activities.  Emphasis is placed on teaching children of God’s unconditional love for them, while each child’s individual faith background is honored and celebrated.”

Betty Strook, a member of Intermountain’s President’s Council who also lives in Bozeman, will visit BUMC on Sunday, September 20 to share the powerful story of how Intermountain helped her family through some very difficult times.  She will also describe the other functions of Intermountain, and how we can support their work. She will lead discussions after the 8:30 and 9:45 services in the Friendship Room.

*Intermountain was formerly known as Intermountain Children’s Home, and BUMC has generously supported their work for many years.  They have recently updated their web page which is very user-friendly and informative: www.intermountain.org

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Community Cafe Involvement

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Are you looking for an easy way to help people in your community? Volunteer at the Community Cafe!  Because it’s open 365 days a year for dinner, there are many opportunities for you to help and it’s fun to work with a group of 7-9 other folks.  So far 50 different people have volunteered on BUMC’s first Monday night commitment since December 2014, but you can help out on other evenings, too.  Now there are also openings during the day for volunteers; check out the options at the  Cafe volunteer link
 
The Community Cafe provides a welcoming atmosphere to anyone who wants to enjoy a warm and nutritious meal. The Café is part of HRDC’s Emergency Food and Nutrition Initiative, striving to improve food security throughout the Gallatin Valley.  It provides a restaurant style dinner service to anyone who eats regardless of their ability to contribute.  June 2015  saw a 27% increase in people served over the previous year – 2,686 diners were served.  In July over 4,580 meals were served to 2,763 hungry folks, a 14% increase over last year.
 
The Cafe operates on a pay what you can model, allowing those who can contribute to pay it forward for others who cannot.  This has been working well, but the Cafe has not made a profit yet.  Fixed costs to run the Cafe are $70,800 per year.  These include water/sewer, insurance, utilities, staff salaries, mortgage payments, maintenance etc. The Cafe does receive the bulk of food served from the Food Bank but there are some food items that need to be purchased as well. A coffee hut is in the works and sales will support the Cafe.
 
The Community Cafe is at 302 North 7th Avenue in Bozeman, dinner is from 5-7 p.m. daily.  You are invited to come and eat any day!


Carol, Clean Water and Sanitation, and Kenya

Carol Baumbauer grew up in BUMC and Youth Group was particularly important to her during middle and high school.  The mission trips and  weekly discussions influenced her world view, and she has been a vital part of Engineers Without Borders at MSU for the past three years.  She spent five weeks in Kenya for each of the last two summers and recently shared some of her experiences with our church.  
 
EWB-MSU is “a student-run non-profit organization which has a long term partnership with primary schools in an area of western Kenya.  It works with them to improve access to clean water and sanitation facilities,” Carol explained.  EWB students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just engineers, and they work hard through the school year to generate community involvement and buy -in, and to plan projects for the summer.  There are weekly meetings, as well as weekly phone calls to the coordinator in Kenya, and a variety of fundraising events through the year.  Five teams visit Kenya during the course of a summer, each spending 5-6 weeks at a site and staying with a host family.  Some students do assessments prior to construction, some take bids and award contracts for work, others oversee construction and do past project follow-up.  The overarching goal is to have the community own the project, literally and figuratively, so that they are willing and able to maintain and repair the facilities as needed.
 
If you would like more information on Engineers Without Borders – Montana State University you can like their Facebook page or email them at ewbmsu@gmail.com .
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Water projects include improvements to springs and a water tank/pipeline project.  Composting latrines are an important improvement and can work very well.  EWB provides a chance to work hard, make a difference in the lives of others, and make some terrific new friends both at home and in Kenya.
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Khwisero latrine


Are you interested in prison/jail ministry?

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Here’s an opportunity for you to join a potential new ministry in our Conference:
The Rev. Doug Walker, National Coordinator for Criminal Justice Reform, United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, will be coming to Montana this summer to explore developing a partnership between the YACUMC, Freedom in Christ Prison Ministry, and the General Board’s Healing Communities Partnership program. We would like to identify members of our conference with an interest in prison/jail ministry, restorative/transformative justice, and successful re-integration of returning citizens back into Montana communities. Please email Pastor Melanie Martin-Dent, Intentional Interim Pastor, Grace UMC, Dillon to express your interest or learn more about these conversations. Click the link to learn more about Healing Communities Partnership. Click the link to learn more about Freedom in Christ Prison Ministry.


Africa University

AFRICA UNIVERSITY GRADUATES FEEDING AND EDUCATING THEIR HOMELANDS

 Africa University has been supported by the Methodist Church for many years, and its graduates are helping feed and educate people in a variety of African countries.  This article is from the July issue of the Yellowstone Conference United Methodist Mission News:

Africa University is a “private, Pan-African and United Methodist-Related institution.” It has more than 1,200 students from 22 African countries.  It is located 17 km northwest of Mutare, Zimbabwe.  It grants both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in various programs. 

Students who graduate return to their home countries to work to improve the lives of their people.  Or, in the case of Kutela Katembo from the DR Congo, he is being sent as a  new missionary going to the East Angola Conference, to work in agriculture.  Read about how Africa University graduates are impacting their countries.