MISSIONS

The missions ministry of Strawbridge provides a wide variety of opportunities to share God’s love. We invite you to find your place and join us!

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BORDERSVILLE

Strawbridge UMC volunteers support the senior citizen's 3-H Community Center in the historically-disenfranchised community of Bordersville located in the shadows of an unincorporated area of Humble. Our volunteers prepare and serve lunch to the participants at the Center and provide fellowship through games like Bingo and participating in sing-alongs. Strawbridge volunteers typically visit the Bordersville 3-H Community Center on the second Thursday of every month.

Contact Laurie Jones for more information.

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ELM GROVE
ELEMENTARY READERS

We have a long-standing, loving partnership with our friends at Elm Grove Elementary (EGE). One of the ways we support EGE is through our Readers program.

Our EGE Readers volunteer weekly and read aloud to the children and encourage them to share in our volunteer's enthusiasm for books, learning and imagination.

The Reader mentor is a positive role model that provides consistent weekly attention to the students. All EGE Readers must be Safe Sanctuary certified. (link to )

If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry, please contact Pastor Emily Bankston.

The help of volunteers helps to donate free food to the starving people.

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 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.

Contact Natalie Whitley.

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HUMBLE AREA ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES (HAAM)

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.

If you would like to be part of this ministry, contact Mike Mayfield.

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KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY

Kairos is a Christian faith based ministry which addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives and impact the world. Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from the 4th Day movements such as Cursillo, National Episcopal Cursillo, Presbyterian Cursillo, Lutheran Via de Cristo, The Upper Room's Walk To Emmaus, and independently ecumenical Tres Dias as well as volunteers from independent and non-denominational churches. As a ministry, Kairos embraces a diverse group of volunteers working together to fulfill Christ's call to action in Matthew 25:36. If you would like to be part of this ministry, contact Gary Buchler.

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MISSION Northeast

SPECIAL COLLECTION! For the month of June, we are collecting plastic jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly on behalf of Mission Northeast. Collections boxes are located on the Mission's Table in the Activity Hallway. Thank you!

Mission Northeast is a faith-based social services non-profit that was established in 1995. They provide free programs and services to individuals and families living at or below the poverty line – or are experiencing temporary need for assistance due to life-changing circumstances. They fill an important role in 3 counties, covering 11 zip codes. Their funding and support comes from the community. They do not apply for Federal funding and do not operate a retail business.

Their programs/services include, but are not limited to: food, clothing, and household items; adult education and job training, primarily through Lone Star College; on-site English Second Language (ESL) courses; morning chapel services; care partners; financial assistance (for elderly/disabled) for utilities, rent, and prescriptions; Thanksgiving meals; Christmas food and gifts; disaster distribution site; many other programs that promote a healthier, safer, better quality of life for people in need; referrals to other assistance programs. They are the original site (2002) for Feed My Lambs (see above) and their kitchen space is available for current participants. Visit www.missionne.org for further information.

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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. For more information, contact Carla Hopkins.

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BE A HERO | SAFE A LIFE!

Why donate blood? While 1 in 7 hospitalized people will need a blood transfusion in a lifetime, only 1 in 20 eligible blood donors actually donate.  There is no substitute for blood - your donation saves lives.

We have blood drives throughout the year at SUMC. Our next donation day will take place in the fall - be on the lookout for the date to be announced soon!

Questions, contact Skip Richardson.

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RISE AGAINST HUNGER

Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies. There are many ways to help and Strawbridge takes part in meal packing each year. Visit their website for global information

The next meal packing dates will be posted here so you can plan to join in! Contact Pastor Emily Bankston to see how you can help at SUMC.