Upcoming Outreach & Mission Trips
*Please contact Michelle Clark, mission and outreach coordinator, to register to for any of the below events.
Confirmation Class Food Drive
January 29-February 19
The Confirmation Class is sponsoring a food drive to benefit Arlington Charities. Drop off non-perishable meals, snacks, and toilet paper in the main hallway through February 19. Below is a list of items that are most helpful:
*Toilet Paper (specifically requested) Canned beef, ham, chicken, salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat. Canned or dried fruits: peaches, pears, raisins, oranges, prunes Boxed meals Cheerios Peanut butter Instant oatmeal, instant grits Cans of beans Pasta, pasta sauce Biscuit or baking mixes (again that only require water) Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk Juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars Spices like cinnamon, salt, pepper
Lenten Mission and Outreach Opportunities
Lenten Offering: Heifer International
Throughout Lent, FUMCA has a goal to raise $5,000 to buy an ARK of animals through Heifer International. A Gift Ark donation includes two water buffalos, two cows, two sheep and two goats, along with bees, chicks, rabbits, and more. Donating a Gift Ark will help:
- Care for entire communities with milk, eggs, honey, and wool.
- Provide income by supplying an abundance of goods to sell.
- Sustain farming by providing livestock to work the land.
- Improve the lives of families for generations by multiplying and passing on the Gift.
Your Gift Ark donation goes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Wherever there is hunger, poverty and hopelessness, Heifer answers with the animals, training, and encouragement provided by your generous gifts. We know that no single organization and no number of isolated projects can address the systemic causes of poverty and hunger. Our approach involves enhancing the capacity of vulnerable small-scale farmers, especially women, to secure their livelihoods. Multiplied by strong social capital and women’s empowerment, our work results in a sustainable solution to world hunger and poverty.
Sewing/Crocheting/Knitting Project for Animals
Tuesday, April 11 | 6 pm in the Banquet Room
Spend time at home and/or together in a group on Tuesday, April 11 creating various types of blankets for abused, neglected, and abandoned animals in Arlington. Begin your projects at home if you wish, then bring them on Tuesday, April 11 for a joint fellowship to finish them, bless, and attach “created by FUMCA member” cards. Contact Michelle Clark for patterns.
Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, April 15 | 10 am-12:00 pm on the lawn near the Literacy House
In the Scriptures, the act of blessing means the imparting of power or life. The person performing the blessing is mediating that power from God or Christ. To bless is more than an expression of goodwill and caring. To bless is to impart God's power in person! The blessing of each animal, by name, means that health, healing and life are being mediated from God for the benefit of the animal in its relationship with its human partners.
Bring your dogs, cats, reptiles, and other beloved pets to be blessed in a come and go format. If they are not on a leash, be sure to bring them in a crate.