Missions & Outreach


July 2 – Appalachia Service Project (bread pan will go 50% to ASP- and 50% to 2018 Team) – making homes safer, warmer, and drier (Walter Crouch, CEO of ASP, will be the speaker on July 2, along with the 2017 ASP Team!).

July 9 – Grand Rapids La Nueva Esperanza Church – This Grand Rapids based Hispanic Church is working toward revitalizing the ministry in their community.  New goals include organizing Sunday School for adults, youth, and children and reorganizing their food pantry.  They also hold Bible studies in people’s homes in the community.

July 16 – Mujila Falls, Zambia Agricultural Project – Rev. Paul L. Webster, commissioned in 1992, is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving at the Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre in Kanyama, Zambia.  Paul’s ministry as a rural economic development specialist serves the needs of poor, rural peoples in both countries. Each project promotes major programs in education, health, sustainable and appropriate agriculture, community development, evangelism, and church construction.

July 23 – Mongolia Initiative – Even though Helen Sheperd has retired from mission work, this bread pan will continue to help keep the Mongolia Initiative work going that she faithfully served for 15 years.

 July 30 – Salvation Army Congregational Partnership Project (Homelessness) – This program helps prevent homelessness by connecting members of the faith community with individuals and families facing a housing crisis. Each year, we are partnered with the Congregational Partnership Program, where we walk alongside an individual or family, providing rent assistance, support, and guidance to help with housing (to prevent homelessness).

August 6 – Grand Rapids Vietnamese UMC – Described as a contemporary worship service, other services provided include Baptisms, Christian Counseling, Community Services, Counseling, Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Premarital Counseling, Spiritual Counseling, Weddings.

August 13 – Clark Retirement Home – Clark Home was established in 1905 as a home to shelter retired ministers and their wives and widows.  Today it is a residence for many retired persons and provides a community of dignity, compassion, and respect centered on the lives of these residents and those who care for them.  Clark Home depends on the United Methodist Church congregations and individuals to raise the funds needed to care of those who have run out of personal resources.

August 20 – Equest Center – Their mission is to improve quality of life through equine-based therapy to physically, mentally, and socially/emotionally challenged individuals. Their unique program integrates academic, social, and physical skills, using the horse as a catalyst.  The first therapy class began in February 1991 with 16 riders.  Today 125-150 riders, ranging in age from 2 to 90, enjoy the benefits of Equest each week, with a waiting list of disabled children hoping to participate in their programs.  Vital to the program’s success has been the contribution of an army of volunteers.

August 27 – Heifer Project International – Heifer International writes:  “Young children too weak to run and play have grown healthy and strong from the nutritious milk of a goat.  Families once surviving without basic necessities now send their children off to school each day — thanks to the additional income earned from the sale of eggs or cheese.  In so many ways, the gifts your congregation has given in the past are now paying off for families and communities in dozens of countries around the globe.”

The Salvation Army is collecting items to be given to families who are moving off the streets/out of shelters into homes. The items needed are:  small laundry baskets, toilet paper, soap, detergent, all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting wipes, Windex or other cleaning products, paper towels, and washcloths.
Beginning July 2, please place items in boxes in each Narthex by July 30. Thanks!


Barrel in Narthex Since the first Sunday of every month is communion Sunday, we would like to make a commitment on the first Sunday of each month to bring something in for the North Kent Connect barrel located in the coat closet off of the Sanctuary Narthex.  They are always in need of rice, meal helpers, boxed potatoes, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soup, peanut butter and jelly, jello and pudding, cake mixes and frosting, cereal, salad dressings, canned fruit, cereal and granola bars, coffee and hot cocoa, toothpaste and toothbrushes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo and condition, and anything else nonperishable.  THANK YOU FOR THE CONTINUED SUPPORT!

NKCS is in dire need of laundry detergent and feminine products (tampons and napkins).

 North Kent Connect (formerly North Kent Community Services) connects people to the resources they need – anything from food to job training to fellowship – to help residents in northern Kent County meet basic needs and work towards economic independence.

In order to help even more people in the community, we are opening North Kent Connect Store beginning on Friday, August 4, to everyone. Anyone can shop here for high-quality, gently-used clothing and household goods at affordable prices. It is located at 10075 Northland Drive.  Every purchase will help local families better their lives through North Kent’s empowerment programs.  NKC also needs your help during the day. If you have time to volunteer during the day, please call NKCS at 866.3478.


It was a beautiful day for RUMC to work on the house at 820 Arianna, N.W. in Grand Rapids on Friday, June 16. Eric Smith, Scott Bright, Barry Fraser, Rob Kerbyson, Kris Russo, and John Cochrane worked putting up siding, soffit, fascia, and stucco.  Amy, Jacob, Emily, and Grace Smith served lunch. Others from Habitat and the Habitat Carpenters Club also shared the lunch provided by RUMC (including subs, chips, fruit, and desserts).  Muffins were also served at morning break time. Everyone enjoyed the lunch so thank you all who donated.  And Fun Was Had By All!!  Thank you for your continued support of Habitat for Humanity

Hand2Hand Opportunities – We are a part of a group of other churches sponsoring the Rockford Public Schools, feeding hungry children and families through HAND2HAND and our school is Parkside.  Please pray that the children would feel God’s love for them and that doors would be opened so that we could reach out in other ways as well.   For more details call our Hand2Hand coordinator, Danielle Crowe, at 616-914-7050.