“See then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” —James 2:24
The missions ministry of Strawbridge provides a wide variety of opportunities to share God’s love. Opportunities are available locally, regionally, and internationally. Want to know more about mission opportunities at Strawbridge? Contact Jeff Deerhake
In Our Own Back Yard
Family Promise: Strawbridge UMC is a host church for Family Promise of Lake Houston, a local non-profit created to help homeless families bridge misfortune and regain self-sufficiency. Four times each year, Strawbridge welcomes up to three families for a one-week period, providing overnight accommodations, preparing dinner each evening, plus providing food for breakfasts and lunches. Just as important as supplying basic needs is the love, hope, and guidance which church volunteers provide to these families as they struggle to get back on their feet.
Feed My Lambs: Just beyond the boundaries of our Kingwood community, there is an opportunity to serve the poor and disadvantaged through an outreach ministry appropriately named Feed My Lambs (FML). Coordinated by The Mission Northeast and supported by area churches and civic organizations, FML volunteers prepare and deliver lunches twice weekly to residents of the White Oak Apartments in Porter. Visits are more than just delivering food — volunteers offer a blessing and take the time to check on the well-being of residents.
Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) is an interfaith ministry which temporarily satisfies the basic needs of those in financial crisis, while providing assistance toward self-sufficiency. Strawbridge, a covenant partner with HAAM, provides financial support and in-kind donations through food drives and various seasonal collections.
The Mission Northeast aims to help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of economically disadvantaged residents of East Montgomery County. Strawbridge provides financial support, as well as in-kind donations to the organization’s Food Pantry and Christmas Store. Visit www.missionne.net.
Society of St. Stephen is a 501(c)3 community outreach assistance ministry serving families in the Humble, New Caney, and Splendora school districts. SUMC supports the organization’s annual Back-to-School drive with a financial contribution, along with in-kind donation of school supplies.
Habitat for Humanity: In early-2009, Strawbridge volunteers began work on one of the first new homes in Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County’s new 37-acre Cedar Creek neighborhood, which will ultimately provide the opportunity for home ownership to some 100 low-income families. More info to come on future projects.
HAND BAGS OF HOPE takes the new or gently used purses that are donated and makes them into a welcome kit for women who have left their living environment with little or nothing. If you would like to know more about this wonderful ministry here at SUMC contact Lana Walker
The Interfaith Quilting Guild is comprised of women from diverse backgrounds who work year-round, together and individually, to create quilts and fabric products that are distributed to a host of local charitable organizations. Among these are: Family Promise of Lake Houston, Family Time Crisis & Counseling Center, and Village Learning & Achievement Center. Some of the members have also worked to supply clothing to the Sister Domingas Orphanage in Angola (Africa). For more information, contact Lynetta Campbell.
Elm Grove Elementary Readers
Sunday Sing Out