UMCOR Disaster Relief

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UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is a 75 year-old Methodist organization dedicated to relieving human suffering “without distinction of race, color or creed.”  BUMC was honored to have the Rev. Jack Amick, Assistant General Secretary International Disaster Response, visit on March 22 to thank us for our support and to explain what UMCOR does.  His visit coincided with our celebration of One Great Hour of Sharing, the Special Sunday when donations are collected to cover the administrative and overhead costs of UMCOR.  You gave $8000 that day!  One Great Hour provides a “platform” for immediate action, allowing UMCOR to use 100% of funds given to specific projects for those projects.
When a foreign disaster strikes, UMCOR works to quickly deliver funds to local partner organizations which already have established relationships with them. Grant requests are typically reviewed and funded within 10 days.  Enabling local groups provides income and meaningful work to folks who know local techniques and resources without the added burden of transporting and housing volunteers from outside the region.  Additionally, the assistance must meet international standards for best practices.  UMCOR staff views their use of your donated funds and oversight of partner organizations as a sacred trust, and they work hard to uphold that trust.
Support may go to disasters that are well-covered in the news, such as Typhoon Haiyan or the more recent Cyclone Pam that hit Vanuatu in March 2015.  There are also many under-reported disasters that UMCOR responds to.  In September 2013 a blizzard hit the Andes in Peru, killing six people and most of the sheep, alpacas and llamas that were their main source of livelihood.  Because of their relationship with PROVEA, UMCOR was able to supply food to 700 individuals.  You can read more here.  
For more information on UMCOR, visit this link to an article by Denise Honeycutt, deputy general secretary for UMCOR, the UMCOR website or contact Cathy Baumbauer, Mission Coordinator, at

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing is one of six churchwide Special Sundays. One Great Hour of Sharing calls United Methodists to share the goodness of life with those who hurt.  Your gifts lay the foundation for UMCOR to share God’s love with communities everywhere. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering underwrites UMCOR’s “cost of doing business.” This helps UMCOR to keep the promise that 100 percent of any gift to a specific UMCOR project will go towards that project, not for administrative costs.  You can learn more about One Great Hour at this UMC website – .
BUMC will celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on Sunday, March 22.  In recognition of our long and generous support of UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief), we will also have a special guest speaker from the national offices.  Jack Amick is head of International Disaster Relief and will present a Mission Minute at each service.  He will also lead discussions downstairs following the 8:30 service, and during the latter part of the 9:45 service.  We hope you can attend and learn more about the tremendous impact your gifts to One Great Hour and UMCOR have on people in the United States around the world.

Looking for Mission Stories

Have you been on a mission trip with BUMC? In celebration of the 75th anniversary of UMCOR we are creating a summary of UMCOR and UMVIM mission trips sponsored by this church. Please write a short description of the project, location and date and any compelling stories associated with the trip; you may also include a photo or two that we will scan and return. Mission stories need to be submitted by MARCH 10 to either the office or Cathy Baumbauer at
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Love To You from the WOW Team

The annual “Love to YOU Tea Party” is hosted by WOW Team members and is a chance for them to show their love for the older members of our congregation.  “WOW” stands for Wesley’s Outreach Wednesdays and meets Wednesday afternoons during the school year so kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade can have fun while making a difference in other people’s lives.  In preparation for the Tea Party the WOW Team prepared snacks, practiced table manners and learned about making meaningful conversation with adults.  Invitations were sent to members of our congregation who are over 70 years old, and everyone dressed up for the occasion.  It was a wonderful way for different generations to get together, and ended with everyone singing If You’re Happy and You Know It… followed by genuine, caring bear hugs.
If you would like to be involved with the WOW Team, or learn more about it, please call Janna at 586-5413.
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Dorothy Eck

Family Promise and BUMC

FPGV  An important way that BUMC serves the homeless in our community is through our support of Family Promise of Gallatin Valley, a nonprofit  network of interfaith organizations working together to “end homelessness, one family at a time.”  Family Promise helps families in Bozeman become self-sufficient and find lasting solutions to their unique situations.  Since its inception in 2006, Family Promise of Gallatin Valley has provided shelter and opportunities to 426 people, including: 127 separate families, 232 children and 194 adults. They have hosted 71 babies 0-2 years, 46 preschoolers 3-5 years, 88 children ages 6-12, and 27 teens.  
Families are referred by local agencies and screened before being accepted into the Family Promise program.  Families must work hard to complete the program – they must agree to participate in case management, self-sufficiency, and life skills classes; remain drug and alcohol free; follow guidelines for staying in host churches; find or maintain employment and start a savings plan.  During the day school-aged children must attend school and younger children must be enrolled in preschool so the parents can work or seek employment.  With the help of many faith communities and  volunteers, families receive  food, shelter and clothing for 90 days at no cost to participants.  
BUMC is one of 11 host congregations which means that several times a year we provide a place to sleep, meals, and compassionate hospitality for up to four homeless families for a week at a time.  At each site, volunteers cook meals, socialize with guests, play with children and stay overnight.  Volunteers can sign up to cook dinner or spend the night, typically for one night at a time.  BUMC hosts families about four times a year, so there are many opportunities for you to help out.  Volunteers who would like to do direct service with families must complete a 2-hour new volunteer orientation (the next one is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17).  There are a wide variety of other volunteer positions available.
Gloria Edwards is founder of Family Promise of Gallatin Valley and an active member of our congregation.  After nine years as their Executive Director she is retiring, and was featured in a lovely article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle on February 1, 2015.  She is a tremendous resource, and a very compassionate person.  A farewell potluck for Gloria Edwards is planned on Saturday, Feb. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at Bozeman’s Lindley Park Center.  Family Promise friends, families and well-wishers are invited. 
For more information on Family Promise, visit their website at or contact one of the BUMC Family Promise Coordinators – Sally McConnell or Irene Eidet Martin – or our Mission Coordinator, Cathy Baumbauer, at  

Haiti Five Years After the Earthquake

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The major earthquake that struck Haiti happened five years ago. In response, BUMC sent three teams down to help with recovery efforts; the last one traveled in January 2013.  Some teams helped provide clean water, others helped with reconstruction and building relationships.  All of this work was overseen by the UMCOR team in Haiti.  UMCOR has provided updates on many aspects of the recovery work, and a summary is included below.  This piece is from the January 2014 UMCOR Hotline.
Volunteers move rocks together in Tapion, Ouest, Haiti.

January 12 marks the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 from an epicenter just 10 miles southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. An estimated 3 million people were affected by the quake, more than 2.6 million people were displaced from their homes and more than 200,000 lives were claimed.

On that day, Rev. Tom and Rev. Wendy Vencuss of the New York Annual Conference were in Haiti for partnership meetings. Tom became the coordinator for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM)  in Haiti and his wife, Wendy, worked with health and education projects of the Methodist Church of Haiti. Wendy now serves as an emotional and spiritual care consultant with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

The disaster touched the hearts of many and ignited their desire to give and act. The needs of survivors inspired partnerships to form, including the Haiti Response Plan, a three-year partnership between UMCOR, EMH (Methodist Church of Haiti) and UMVIM to coordinate recovery efforts.

In the years following the earthquake, UMCOR established other key partnerships which helped cement livelihood opportunities  through construction training,improve food securitypromote agriculture production , provide new homes, and much more.

Read more  about Tom and Wendy’s journey with the Haitian people, the unique collaboration of UMVIM, UMCOR and EMH staff, and the outpouring of volunteer support over the last five years.

Click here  for an overview of UMCOR’s work in Haiti. Support UMCOR’s long-term recovery and development work around the world with your gifts to UMCOR Sustainable Recovery and Development, Advance #3021951.

Six Special Sundays

Each year, the United Methodist Church has six Special Sundays – opportunities to give to on-going vital ministries.  Here’s a brief explanation of each.  For more details, please visit the UMC Giving link.
January 18, 2015 – Human Relations Day  Together, we can extend a hand to those in crisis so they can overcome formidable obstacles.  This may include building relationships with troubled teens, leading recovering addicts towards healing, or helping find work for ex-offenders. 
March 15, 2015 – One Great Hour of Sharing  UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is often one of the first responders to natural disasters both in the U.S. and internationally. One Great Hour funds, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover UMCOR’s overhead costs. Because of One Great Hour gifts, UMCOR is able to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.  For more information click here.
April 19, 2015 – Native American Ministries Sunday  When you support Native American Ministries Day, you equip seminary students who will honor and celebrate Native American culture in their ministries. And you empower congregations that are finding fresh new ways to minister to their communities with the love of Christ.  Together, we empower local spiritual development and educate Native American seminary students to serve God faithfully. 
May 31, 2015 – Peace With Justice Sunday  Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, The United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice.  Your giving is vital for the UMC to continue its global ministries of reconciliation.
October 4, 2015 – World Communion Sunday  Your giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.  Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”  and this is one way that powerful tool  can be in more hands.
November 29, 2014 – United Methodist Student Day   These gifts support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The offering supports qualified United Methodist applicants through United Methodist scholarships and the U.M. Student Loan Fund, which is administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).

Figgy Pudding & Christmas Eve Offering Recipients

Because of your continued generosity, BUMC is again able to give away the offerings received at our Figgy Pudding musical celebration and our Christmas Eve services.  Each year the Mission Team determines the recipients of these funds.  Recently the Figgy Pudding offering was given to the Haiti VIM Trip, the Warming Center, Bozeman Homeless Youth and Intermountain.  The 2014 recipient is Haven.  The Christmas Eve offering is traditionally split between the Angola Pastor Support Fund and a local group such as Intermountain, the Helping Hand Fund or Haven.  This year money will go to Angola Pastors and the Helping Hand Fund.
Figgy Pudding will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 in the Sanctuary.  The offering will go to Haven, an organization that has provided quality service and advocacy for all domestic violence survivors in need for over 30 years.   These services include Client Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, Counseling, Emergency Shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, Adult Support Group, Children’s Support Group and Community Education. These services are all vital to both intervention and prevention of domestic violence in the Gallatin Valley.  Your gift will help provide new beginnings for survivors of domestic abuse across the Gallatin Valley.  For more information, click here.
Our Christmas Eve offering will be split between the Angola Pastors  and the Helping Hand Fund.  
BUMC’s Helping Hand Fund is a source of help in time of need for members of our church,  our community, and people who are traveling through the Bozeman area.  The fund provides emergency help to people facing unexpected hardships. Recipients of the vouchers are screened by the Salvation Army or HRDC prior to receiving help.  Assistance may be in the form of a rent voucher when finances are suddenly impacted; a gas voucher to someone carrying a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance, a bus ticket to Billings or ……; one or two nights at a local motel, or even a McDonald’s (or equivalent) gift card.  The Helping Hand Fund is essential and exists through your generosity and donations.
The Angola Pastors Support Fund provides cash salary to pastors in an African country still recovering from the effects of many years of civil war.  Currently 60 Methodist pastors receive salary support of $40 per month through the UMCOR Advance, which is primarily supported by the Yellowstone Conference.  For almost all of them, it is the only cash salary they receive.  Many pastors are paid “in-kind” with eggs, cassava, sweet potatoes, a chicken or a rabbit.  Although $40 a month does not enable a comfortable lifestyle, it does offer hope and evidence of our Christian partnership with them.  Ken Koome, Global Ministries missionary, writes, “Without the pastor support Advance, the United Methodist Church in East Angola wouldn’t survive.”    This fall we received a letter of thanks from the Angola pastors.  Your continued support of this partnership is needed and gratefully received.​
Christmas Eve donations will be split evenly unless you specify otherwise by writing your wish in the memo line of your check.
Your generosity is amazing!  Haven received $3500, the Helping Hand Fund received $7600 which will be matched by Rob Cox Funds, and Angola Pastors received $7400 which will also be matched by Rob Cox funds.  Thank you!

“Be Hope, Be UMCOR”

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The first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday of Hope.  The United Methodist Committee on Relief, commonly referred to as UMCOR, offers hope to people in a wide variety of situations around the world.  UMCOR is a well-known and respected organization that is often one of the first responders to natural disasters and scenes of conflict.  You support UMCOR through special offerings on One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday and other offerings, or Advances, collected through the year for specific projects.  Some of these are immediate response to a natural  disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake, and some are on-going relationships, such as Angola Pastor Support.
 UMCOR Stories of Hope was recently published online.  Each story in this booklet comes from the work of a different UMCOR program.  While the situations and locations change, there is one constant throughout; one word that ties them all together and, in doing so, perfectly defines what UMCOR is. That word is “hope.” UMCOR is hope. Be hope.
The stories shared in this book were possible because of people like you. It is generous donations and tireless volunteers that allow UMCOR to make a difference in so many lives. You are the ones who have made it possible for UMCOR to be present when people are in crisis. As you read through the stories in this book, remember you had a role in each of them. Remember that you are UMCOR. Be UMCOR.

Responsible Giving – you don’t have to do it all

The way we spend our time and money shows who we are and what we really value.  Just as there are many different types of people, there are many different ways to give, and different organizations to give to.  Right now it seems everyone is asking for food, or clothing, or money, or time – and you do not need to answer every request.  At church, we hope you view these as opportunities, rather than obligations.
If you make gingerbread for the Figgy Pudding celebration, that’s a great contribution!  If you donate non-perishable food items to the Food Bank, you’ve helped others.  If you give money to the Angola Pastors Fund, you support Methodists who work in one of the poorest countries in Africa.  If you pray for the sick, that’s just as important.
Bozeman United Methodist Church is home to an extremely generous group of people. BUMC supports a wide variety of organizations and causes.  You are invited to learn more about them and decide which ones you’d like to support.  Some are described in older Mission blog posts, and you can scroll down to find them.  Others are listed on the back page of the “How to Belong” booklet that was mailed out with the November Chimes.  You can ask your friends and other church members about what they support.  Or you can send our Mission Coordinator an email at
There are also two reputable websites that may help you make decisions regarding charitable giving.  Charity Navigator and Charity Watch have tips on effective giving, alphabetical and topical lists of thousands of charities, and ratings of their financial health, accountability and transparency to help donors make informed decisions.  
Thank you for your support!