2022 Engage & Mission Schedule
Spark has planned for 2022 Engage status by selecting the missions marked with asterisks to be supported. Each month a particular mission will be highlighted. However, donations are accepted for any of these missions throughout the year to support others locally and globally. Mark your giving envelopes and/or checks to designate a contribution to a given mission. Make all checks payable to Good Shepherd UMC. Thank you for your generous support of people needing assistance around the world.
January/February: Souper Bowl Challenge (Food Pantry)
March: UMCOR Ukraine Response*
This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries. The United Methodist community in Ukraine, though quite small, is actively engaged in assisting neighbors in need. Global Ministries is in touch with the church’s leadership as well as with church leaders in countries welcoming those who are fleeing from violence in Ukraine.
UMCOR Sunday is March 27!
The U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan created conditions in which many people panicked as an incoming Taliban government caused many Afghans to flee their country out of fear of losing their lives. These evacuees need significant support in order to successfully resettle in the U.S.
There is a continuous need to increase the volume of beneficiaries as the Ebola virus left behind school going kids with single mothers. This project provides basic needs, education, counseling, and healthcare to children.
The Bishop Craig Children’s Village has been in operation since 2000 with primary support from the Detroit, West Michigan, West Ohio, Indiana, and Liberia Annual Conferences. The center provides counseling, healthcare, education, and shelter to destitute youth in war-torn areas. Children orphaned by Ebola have found help and hope at the Village.
Since its early days Red Bird Mission has worked to meet the health care needs of people in the Red Bird River Valley. The health center provides health programs for low-income, underinsured, and uninsured people in remote mountain areas.
August: Heifer International* and Local School Supply Collection
There is a great need for Heifer International’s work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth by partnering with poor smallholder farmers. Heifer seeks to provide 5,000 original families from 200 women’s self-help groups with a total of 6,000 swine and 75,000 poultry.
September: Centro Familiar Cristiano*
Centro Familiar Christiano UMC operates children's programming and English as a second language.
October: NOAH Personnel (Emily Palm)*
The NOAH Project operates a Community Center in downtown Detroit for homeless and low-income individuals. They use their Bag Lunch Program as the beginning of a trusting relationship with their clients. NOAH provides case management, wellness counseling, a computer lab, an art program, a quarterly Earn-A- Bike Program, and quarterly dental clinic. The mission of NOAH is to empower low income and homeless Detroiters to achieve stability by serving as the first step on the journey to self-sufficiency. We will be supporting Emily Palm’s work in the project.
November: Cass Community Social Services*
Cass Community Social Services is a Detroit-based agency with a person-centered philosophy, dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs.