Missions

MISSIONS

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In the gospel of John Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples. if you love one another”.  This verse reminds us we are loved, but it also tells us we are to love AS we have been loved by Christ.  The love we show to others through caring for them and their needs is what shines a light on not just who we are, but whose we are.  When we serve through the outreach ministries of the church, people come to see and know Jesus Christ through the expressions of love our actions show.  The following ministries are part of who we are and are all opportunities for you to care and thereby lead others to deeper walks with Christ.
 
 
Christmas Sharing Shopping Experience
This year, our church decided to help those in need at Christmas in a little different way.  Our members graciously purchased items and decorated our Fellowship Hall like a store, placing all the purchased items on display.  Parents of our regular Friday “Snack Pack” kids were sent invitations to come and shop for items for their children.  It was a wonderful experience for both the parents and the church!
 
 
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Thank You Tour!  
 
There are so many people that are such an integral part of our community but go virtually unseen.  Our church has begun an exciting service ministry where we are reaching out and providing a meal or small token of appreciation to let them know that they are loved and appreciated by God and Park Avenue!
 
 
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Homeless Ministry:
We are very active with the local homeless shelter, LAMP.  We provide many meals (including one on Thanksgiving Day), clothing, care packages, shelter repair and maintenance, as well as a day at the beach for those living in the shelter each July.
 
Snack Packs:
Every Friday our church delivers packs of food to hundreds of children at the Clyattville Elementary School who would otherwise have little to no food to eat through the weekend.  We have groups that purchase food and packs the bags through the week in preparation for delivery.
 
Food Pantry:
We house a food pantry for our congregation members who are struggling to provide for their own nutritional needs.  It is stocked and maintained by the congregation.  In addition, we also host a community food pantry that is open each Wednesday from 9-10 am.
 
 
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Military Appreciation:
We provide meals throughout the year to young airmen in conjunction with the base Chapel.  We also provide Parent’s Night out child care experiences for the spouses of those who are deployed to give them an evening away.
 
Helping Hands:
Throughout the year we offer help to the elderly and others who are unable to care for physical needs around their homes.  This can range from changing light bulbs to yard work and many things in between, 
 
Trunk or Treat:
Candy and costumes galore!  Every year we offer a “Trunk or Treat” experience in our church parking lot for our congregation and community as a safe alternative to Trick or Treating.  The trunks of cars are popped open and decorated to share treats with a parade of bedazzled and painted children.
 
Boys and Girls Club:
We periodically offer to provide meals for events and classes they are sponsoring for parents in our community.  We have taught Bible Club at different times throughout the year to children attending the weekly program.
 
Congregational Visitation:
It is important that we take care of the body of believers that is Park Avenue United Methodist Church as well as those in our community.  Periodically, we perform “Cookie Drives” where we visit our members to say “We Missed You” and sometimes even just “Thank You” for being a part of the body of Christ.
 
 
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Early Responder Team:
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is the arm of the United Methodist Church that responds to disasters throughout the world.  Our church is home to a certified early responder team that is dispatched by UMCOR to disaster areas.
 
International Mission Team:
Our church has participated in many international mission trips and will continue to pursue them in the future.  The main areas of focus for us have been Belize, Costa Rica, and Brazil.  We have wonderful relationships throughout the world through our missionaries in these locations as well as Haiti, Honduras, Russia, and the Philippines.  We look forward to coming experiences in the lands where God will lead us.
 
 
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Mother-Son Luau:
Our church hosts the Mother – Son Luau as an opportunity for moms to help teach their sons how to treat ladies as they spend the evening dancing and laughing together. This is one of our main fundraising events that helps us continue our outreach ministries.
 
Dinner Theaters:
Love a good “who done it” mystery?  Boy have we got the place for you! We host dinner theaters in our Fellowship Hall from time to time to raise money for continuing our outreach.  These are widely loved and loads of fun!
 Christmas Trees:
We are blessed to provide an opportunity for people to order from an assortment of Fraser Fir trees, wreaths, and garlands to decorate their homes for the holiday season.