John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, placed a strong emphasis on putting faith into love and action. Macedonia UMC strives to continue that heritage through a wide range of local, national, and international mission and service projects. We invite you to help us fulfill Christ’s calling in Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Swift Creek Elementary School Partnership
Macedonia is working with our community partner school, Swift Creek Elementary, to respond to the needs of students, families, and staff. These include providing Backpack Buddies food items, classroom snacks, school supplies, and onsite volunteers to support the school’s reading intervention program, serve as test proctors, or assist with school events. Additional information about these outreach efforts is provided below:
In support of Swift Creek Elementary School’s Backpack Buddies program, -perishable food items for monthly donation to the school. On Fridays, the school provides students in need with backpacks filled with healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items. The students carry the backpacks home for the weekend and bring them back to school empty on Monday. You can support this important food ministry by donating the following items:
- canned fruits and vegetables
- soups, stews, canned meats (e.g., Campbell soups, canned chicken or tuna, beef stew)
- noodles (e.g., mac-n-cheese cups, ramen)
- fruit cups (pop top cans)
- breakfast items (e.g., individual-size cereals, packets of instant grits or oatmeal)
- individually wrapped snacks (e.g., raisins, granola bars, goldfish)
- shelf stable milk boxes (individual size)
- juice boxes
The school also has a need for bulk quantities of individually wrapped snacks that can be distributed across classrooms. These are given out to students who are unable to bring a snack from home each day.
Food donations can be placed in the designated collection bins in the Missions Depot (located outside the Sanctuary). For more information, contact Susan Kinsey at email@example.com.
Swift Creek Elementary School also works to improve the reading skills of struggling students through its “Read a Book” program. Staff and volunteers work one-on-one with students to help them learn to read selected books. As they master a book, the students get to take it home and keep it. Volunteer readers are needed at the school each morning, Monday-Friday, from 8:45-9:15am. All volunteers are required to register with Wake County Public Schools and undergo a background check. Volunteer registration can be done in the school Media Center.
School Supply Drive
Macedonia also supports an annual school supply drive, sponsored by the church’s United Methodist Women (UMW) unit. The goal of the drive is to provide students with new backpacks and other items they need to succeed in school. Classroom supplies, such as tissues and hand sanitizer, are also collected. Donated items support both Swift Creek Elementary School and Macedonia’s Preschool. The drive is held each summer.
Oak City Outreach Center
On Christmas Eve morning, 2010, several families from Macedonia UMC and Macedonia Baptist Church provided a hot breakfast, warm socks, and the message of the Christmas season to homeless men and women living in and around Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. This transforming experience led our church to begin its “Moore Square” mission to help feed the homeless in our community. In October 2014, we became one of the area faith organizations that are helping feed the homeless and hungry at Raleigh’s Oak City Outreach Center, located on Person Street, across from Moore Square. On the first Saturday of each month, volunteers from the church help prepare, deliver, and serve lunch to 130-150 men, women, and children in the safety and comfort of the Outreach Center. On our lunch day, volunteers meet at the church at 9:45am to finalize meal preparations, and then depart for the Outreach Center about 11:15am. We serve lunch at the Outreach Center from 12:00-1:00pm. To participate in this monthly hands-on outreach effort, sign up online at www.signupgenius.com (see “Oak City Outreach” signup page) or through the church office (919-851-1551, firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information about Macedonia’s support of the Oak City Outreach Center, contact Sharon Albrecht at email@example.com. Additional information about the Oak City Outreach Center is available athttp://www.endhomelessnesswake.org/oakcityoutreachcenter/.
Habitat for Humanity for Wake County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has joined with individuals and local organizations to build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families living at poverty income levels who cannot qualify for mortgages at market rates. Habitat for Humanity helps people build and buy their own homes, and works by creating opportunity, not dependency. Macedonia UMC has a rich tradition of partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Wake County. Last year, 2015, marked the 30th anniversary of the first “Methodist” build in Wake County. Macedonia worked with other area faith groups to provide work teams and financial support to construct 6 homes as part of Habitat’s “Building on Faith 2015.”
In 2016, we are excited to be partnering with other area Methodist churches in a “Methodist Coalition Build” for Habitat, scheduled to begin in summer 2016. Stay tuned for additional information about the construction schedule and volunteer registration.
For additional information about Habitat for Humanity and how you can volunteer to work at active build sites in our area, contact Steve McCulloch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raleigh Rescue Mission Project
Macedonia’s Friendship Circle has long-supported the Raleigh Rescue Mission through collection of paper products, non-perishable food items, and clothing. Currently, there is an urgent need for men’s and women’s winter coats in sizes 2X and above, as well as insulated gloves, hats, socks, and full-size microfiber or fleece blankets. Donated items can be placed in the designated collection bins in the Missions Depot. Contact Nancy Worth (email@example.com) for more information.
United Methodist Women (UMW) Mission Projects
Macedonia’s United Methodist Women (UMW) support a wide range of local, national, and international missions through hands-on service and fundraising. Examples of ongoing projects include:
- Swift Creek Elementary School Outreach: Monthly teacher appreciation gifts or refreshments are provided for faculty and staff at our neighboring school, Swift Creek Elementary, and at Macedonia’s Preschool. The UMW also hosts an annual school supply drive and teacher appreciation luncheon, and encourages volunteerism for school events.
- Angel Tree: The UMW has long-supported the Wake County Guardian Ad Litem program through its annual Angel Tree project. Each Christmas, Macedonians take angels from the tree in the Narthex and purchase gifts for the 15-20 children who are being sponsored. The children are typically in foster or kin care situations, but have a guardian ad litem appointed for them by the Court system. The Angel Tree is an outward and very meaningful way of celebrating children and sharing Christmas joy.
- Helen Wright Center: On a bi-monthly basis, the UMW provides breakfast to women being served by the Helen Wright Center. Named in honor of Sister Helen Wright, the first Director of Urban Ministries of Wake County, the center works to reduce homelessness by providing temporary housing and support services to promote independence.
- Social Action Project: Campbell soup labels (barcodes) and Box Tops for Education labels are collected on an ongoing basis and donated to Methodist colleges and area schools to help them obtain equipment for students. Used eyeglasses are also collected for donation to organizations serving in developing countries. Donated items can be placed in the collection bin in the Missions Depot.
- Methodist Home for Children: In additional to annual financial gifts, the UMW donates a large basket of items from its annual bazaar for the Home’s annual fundraising auction. For over a hundred years, the Methodist Home for Children has provided Christ-focused service for children, youth, and families at risk or in crisis.
For more information about these and other UMW missions and service projects, contact Cindy Nolte, UMW President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.