Mission Team Statement of Purpose: "To inspire and equip members of the congregation of Clarence United Methodist Church to put their faith in action, patterned after the servanthood of Jesus."
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?Isaiah 6:8
And I said ... Here I am Lord, send ME“
Have you heard the Lord calling? Are you looking to put YOUR faith in action? Here are some of the possible answers - local, regional, and global organizations traditionally supported by CUMC:
Edna Scherf serves as the Chair for the Mission Team.
|Asbury Shalom Zone||John Brewer|
|Care-A-Van Ministries||Mission Team|
|Clarence Community Pantry||Marian McAllister|
|Family Promise||Marian McAllister|
|Future in Our Hands||Sandy Warner|
|Habitat for Humanity Buffalo||Kevin Scherf|
|Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action||Edna Scherf|
|Henderson Settlement||Clay Carson|
|International Students, Inc.||Kathy Alm|
|Journey’s End Refugee Services||Kathy Yu|
|Seneca Street United Methodist Church||Pat Carson/Sherri Schaus|
|ShoeBox Project||Kitty Strickland|
|Young Life||Kathy Yu|
Please call or email the church office for more information or for the phone number of the contact person.
Care-a-Van Ministries (Batavia)
Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc. (CAV) was established in May of 2000 to be a street outreach. The purpose of CAV is to bring church to those in the community that otherwise would not receive the message of the good news of Jesus Christ. The CAV truck and bus are the tools to bring food, clothing, compassion, love and hope to many areas of the city of Batavia, NY.
The Care-A-Van team ministers on Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings, and Sunday afternoons to approximately twenty eight areas in the city. Over the last eight years approximately 20,462 needs have been met with food and all other areas of the ministry. Clarence United Methodist Church supports this ministry with donations of toiletries, food items, and other items as requested. The CAV Van comes to CUMC for the Apple Festival, so everyone can tour the bus and learn more about this incredible ministry. Volunteers are always needed.
Family Promise of Western New York
The mission of Family Promise of Western New York is to unite religious and other organizations in responding to the needs of homeless families in our community. Uniting heart and hands, the network provides a way for homeless families to receive temporary shelter, meals, and assistance while seeking their own independence. It's more than providing shelter, meals and support. It's about keeping entire families together while they work toward having a home to call their own.
CUMC serves as a support church for Family Promise in the Buffalo area. Family Promise also receives funds from our church's annual Apple Festival.
Future in Our Hands
Future in Our Hands - USA, is a non-governmental organization created in response to the dire needs of the poor in Kenya. Founding members of FIOH-USA, Buffalonians, Michele Sprada and Sister Linda Glaeser, SSJ, have traveled to Kenya for several summers and worked closely with FIOH - Kenya. Through their first hand experience of seeing extreme poverty in Kenya and the good work that FIOH - Kenya had started, they realized that much more needed to be done. They responded by founding FIOH - USA in order to give generous individuals an opportunity to participate in the fight against poverty in Kenya and other locations around the world. Several members of the Clarence United Methodist Church currently serve on the board of FIOH-USA, and we support this organization with funds raised at our annual Apple Festival.
Habitat for Humanity Buffalo Volunteer Group
Habitat for Humanity Buffalo has been providing simple, affordable housing for the less fortunate for the past 25 years, right here in our own backyard. We have formed a group of people to volunteer on the 2nd Saturday of the month. No special skills are necessary, just a willing spirit to do God’s work. Please contact Kevin Scherf at 998-6260.
Henderson Settlement's mission is “Meeting Basic Needs in Appalachia”. Its goal is to display the love of Christ through service. This is accomplished by partnering with individuals and churches across the country to touch the lives of the families it serves in the heart of Appalachia. Clarence United Methodist Church has sponsored many mission trips to Henderson Settlement throughout the years. Another trip is planned for 2015!
Hearts & Hands: Faith in Action
Since 2003, volunteers at Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action have helped the elderly in Clarence and other communities in Erie County maintain their independence. Services are provided free of charge, thanks to support received from a coalition of local churches and community organizations. Clarence United Methodist Church is proud to be part of that coalition! The mission of Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action is to "connect the elderly, those with health concerns and their caregivers with trained volunteers to uphold their dignity, improve their quality of life, and enhance their ability to live in their home of choice". CUMC supports this organization with funds from our annual Apple Festival; we provide volunteers as well.
Befriend an International Student with ISI
Journey’s End Refugee Services
Journey’s End Refugee Services is a Christian non-profit organization sponsoring legal refugees through Church World Service and Episcopal Migration. Our Church has sponsored 4 families over the last 20 years, from Cambodia, Vietnam, Sudan and Somalia. They are presently sponsoring cases from Burma, Nepal, Irag and Somalia.
New refugee families arrive on a regular basis, and there is a need for household items such as furniture, kitchen items, and linens. Journey's End receives funds from Clarence United Methodist Church's annual Apple Festival as well as items requested for refugee families' homes; congregation members have also served on its board and as active members.
Operation Christmas Child - Shoebox Project
For several years, Clarence United Methodist Church has taken part in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse is a Christian ministry led by Franklin Graham, the son of Dr. Billy Graham. People across the country fill shoe boxes with small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and other meaningful gifts.
This Christmas season, a needy child overseas will receive your shoe box, along with Christian literature in his or her own language. In 2014, Clarence United Methodist Church congregation members filled 114 shoe boxes! This is a great opportunity to teach your child the joy of giving. Information is available from the church office.