Holidays for Humanity
The annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, “Holidays for Humanity”, was held at the Stockport Mill on Sunday, Dec. 11th. The auction was very successful and raised $11,000, which will be of great benefit to Habitat in helping to build homes for those who need them! They wish to thank all who helped make this possible!.
What is Cents-ability?
A Strategy for raising awareness– and funds—for the fight against hunger
Cents-Ability is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. Congregations invite every member — of all ages — to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus' command "You give them something to eat." When members bring their offerings to church on the appointed Sunday, all of those coins "make a joyful noise unto the Lord" as they are received and dedicated.
These small acts of faithfulness can add up: One hundred persons in a congregation will contribute $180 a month at two cents a meal. That's $2,160 dollars a year. A 30,000-member presbytery has the potential of raising over $1.6 million annually at a nickle a meal.
Cents-Ability originated in 1976 as "Two-Cents-A-Meal," a project begun by Presbyterian Women to involve individuals and families in a corporate response to world hunger. Over the years, presbyteries have developed similar programs entitled Pennies for Hunger, Nickle-A-Meal, etc. Many of these programs benefit local hunger ministries as well as the national and international projects of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. (PHP).
Members of both congregations participate in the Cents-ability Hunger Offering.
So All May Eat Community Meal
So All May Eat is one of our county's newest missions. Churches are joining forces to offer a free monthly meal on fourth Saturdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m., in the “Underground” at Trinity United Methodist Church. Prayer requests are gathered from those attending by members of the Hunger Committee.
Volunteers do this:
- so that:people will be fed
- to engage in fellowship with those who come
- so relationships of trust and caring can develop
- so those who do not yet know Christ experience God’s love through us
- at some point they may ask about, or we may be able to share, our faith with them without making them uncomfortable
- they may come to want to know more about Christ
- they might be issued an invitation to worship
- they may accept Christ as their personal Savior
Anyone who wants to come and join in the fellowship, whether to eat or not, and for a few minutes, or the entire time, is very welcome. It is a rewarding time of fellowship.
Walt Jones, Trinity UM charge pastor, writes, “A HUGE thank you to all who are contributing to the success of this effort. Lives are being touched by the love of God.”