Missions & Outreach


Please Mark Your Calendars for these Important Mission and Outreach Dates:

  • September 1-17 – Hand2Hand Food Drive
  • October 15, 2017 – CROP Walk (1:30 registration/2:00 walk) – we need walkers and pledgers!
  • January 7, 2018 – ASP Informational Meeting for 2018 Trip (Fellowship Hall)
  • February 11, 2018 – ASP Soup-Salad Lunch/Cake Auction (Fellowship Hall)


September 3 and 10 – Hand2Hand – RUMC is sponsoring the Hand2Hand program for Parkside Elementary and River Valley Academy in Rockford, feeding hungry children and families on the weekends (they are provided breakfast and lunch at school during the week). Please pray the children will feel God’s love for them. Our hope is to break the cycle of poverty as they are able to learn, concentrate, and excel in school. Being fed is necessary for children to reach their potential. An amazing benefit of Hand2Hand is when children experience joy as they are blessed with a bag of food each week and knowing people in their community care. Feeding one child for the school year costs approximately $150. Thank you for donating to Hand2Hand through the bread pans! To read more, go on line to hand2handbackpack.org and check out the food drive list on that page.

September 17 and 24 – Church World Service-Crop Walk (#982380) (Lane 4) – Malnutrition is an underlying cause of the death of 3.5 million children each year. For $1.20, CWS provides micronutrient supplements that contain 14 important vitamins and nutrients for a child for a year. For $12 you can help save 10 children! Over 50% of the world walks at least an hour for drinkable water and edible food. The Church World Service Crop Walk began in 1969 (it is the Grandfather of walks!) and 75% of the funds raised at the Cedar Springs/Rockford Crop Walk go to alleviate world hunger; 25% stay locally (split between North Kent Community Service Center and the Cedar Springs Community Food Bank). (Only 3.5% of funds raised for CWS go to administration costs.)


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!

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.

Starting September 1 through September 17, RUMC is collecting the following food items for Hand2Hand: 200 cans of spaghetti sauce (no glass jars please), 200 bags/boxes of any kind of noodles (except egg noodles), and 200 boxes of macaroni and cheese. You can sign up at SignUpGenius (http://rockfordumc.org/hand2hand) or just bring the items to either narthex.

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.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) 2017
The 2017 Appalachia Service Project Team is back from their mission trip in Logan County, West Virginia, and they appreciate all of your support to make this senior high youth mission happen. The four crews repaired roofs, floors, walls, electricity, installed drywall, etc. We were also fortunate to have the ASP CEO Walter Crouch with us on ASP Sunday (July 2). Thank you everyone who supports this mission (XO)!

Join the walk on October 15, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at RUMC (1:30 registration). CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. Walker Packets will be available beginning October 1. If you can’t walk, please pledge someone who is walking (a list will be posted in Sanctuary Narthex with walker’s names).


Thank you for your continued support of Habitat for Humanity