We are in service in a lot of ways through Lebanon UMC! Here are some ways we are at work in our community and beyond.
HAITI SCHOOL HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
All loose change given on Sunday mornings go to feed hungry school children in Haiti. Clean the loose change out of your drawers, car glove compartments, and anywhere else loose change collects dust. Remember, about 70% of all Haitian children go to bed each night hungry. During the Sunday offering, give these coins to feed poor Haitian school children.
LISTEN Dinners Every Fourth and Fifth Friday
Volunteer to help with the LISTEN dinners every fourth and fifth Friday of the month at the LISTEN Center in White River Jct., Vermont. LISTEN helps to set the menu and supplies the ingredients. We prepare and serve the meal. If you are interested in and able to serve those who are hungry and lonely in the community, contact Dianne A-L about the fourth Fridays and Alita G. about the fifth Fridays.
LISTEN Mission Express
Canned and boxed food and other non-perishable items are collected the third Sunday of each month. Of course, you can bring contributions any day of the month and leave them in the LISTEN Mission basket that is either in the sanctuary or the entryway to the church.
The “Autumn Swans” is the name chosen by a small group of women who were traversing the mid-life terrain and wanted companionship on the journey. The focus of the group is not strictly spiritual, although all current members are also active members of the Lebanon United Methodist Church. Together we have explored some of our questions and hopes about growing older. We’ve tried our hand at some new, creative challenges and also spent quite a few of our monthly just “hanging out” or going to see a play or concert together. Participation in the group is completely by self selection. If you think this appears to be something you’d like to try, contact the church office and someone will get in touch with you.
Road Side Clean Up
Through the New Hampshire Road Side Clean Up Program, our church takes care of a two mile stretch of Route 120, heading south towards Claremont from the church. Three to four times each year, we gather to work together to care for the creation God has given us. People aged 14 and up are welcome to assist in this project.
United Methodist Women
The organization know as United Methodist Women is recognized in the Church Discipline. Each United Methodist Church is encouraged to have a Unit. The PURPOSE as stated in "The Book of Discipline": "The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church" (P255.4)
Emphasis on mission is the primary focus of UMW. Our programs concern mission to women, children and youth; throughout this country and around the world. There are no "dues". However, each woman contributes in what ever way she is able toward the mission emphases. The Unit at the Lebanon church is small but active. Any woman can be a member, even if she is not a member of the Church. We usually meet once a month, contact the church office for an updated schedule. Each meeting has a program relating to some mission project of UMW as well as conducting business. Click here for scedule of activities.
The Knitting Circle has been meeting quite regularly but not always in the same place. Call Ruthie B. 603-442-5715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in fellowshipping with us. Prayer Shawls are also being worked on regularly. Should you know someone that you would like to give a shawl and have the Pastor or Congregation pray over it for the person, please speak with Ruthie B.
United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP)
Our congregation is a proud member of the United Valley Interfaith Project, a coalition of faith communities working for social justice in our region. Questions? Interested in joining UVIP in its work? Click here
to connect to UVIP Website.
VBS in Haiti
Again this year, Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Haiti is providing a week long Vacation Bible School for the Croix de Mission children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. During the last week of July, we will nourish them spiritually and physically. One of the big incentives for the children to attend is lunch for them and their families. The cost of food, potable water, and the labor to prepare the food is $2000. Please help us to feed the hungry. Make out your checks to: Lebanon UMC memo: VIM Haiti. Contact Bob P. for more information.