Is there anything more exciting than the knowledge that the God of the universe wants to work through you? Jesus tells us in John 15:16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” We have been commissioned to do a good work!
As the church, we have all it takes to do God’s work. We are not only called to serve but we are also gifted. Only you know what God has called you to do, and our Missions and Community Outreach Committee encourages each individual to become involved in a missions or outreach program. Grace UMC offers multiple opportunities for all age groups for participation in missions activities both locally as well as worldwide. In addition to providing financial support to programs and agencies in South Bend, Grace members are often seen around town assisting different groups to serve the needs of their ministries.
We are always in need of donations and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help with the Paper Pantry, or make a donation, please contact the church office.
During the Christmas season, members of our congregation acquire (through a committee leader) names of children of local prisoners, purchase presents and deliver them to their homes.
Grace UMC regularly hosts Blood Drives sponsored by The South Bend Medical Foundation. Please check our calendar for the next date and register to donate at givebloodnow.com.
BROADWAY CHRISTIAN PARISH BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Six times a year, Grace UMC volunteers assemble a lunch and serve at Broadway Christian Parish. Nine times a year, breakfast is assembled and served.
We work in correspondence with Lincoln School and purchase uniforms throughout the school year. The clothesline hangs in the Welcome Center with the clothing item details. The items are purchased then brought back and placed in the clothes basket. A representative from Lincoln School takes the items to the school and delivers them to the children.
Grace UMC members are annually involved in the CROP Hunger Walk that takes place downtown South Bend.
Every Sunday we collect nonperishable food items, toiletries and diapers for Broadway Christian Parish. If you would like to participate by donating any of these items, bring them to worship on Sunday morning and place them in any of the shopping carts placed around the building.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Each year Grace takes the challenge of contributing to the building of a home through Matthew 25 Church House in St. Joseph County. We contribute both physically and financially in preparing a home for a family in need.
During the last two February’s, Grace has hosted Luvability Ministries Winter Retreat. Luvability is a Christian-based educational and spiritual program that serves adults with developmental disabilities.
The Paper Pantry at Grace United Methodist Church supplies hundreds of families in the area with items such as toilet paper, soap, detergent, paper towels and cleaner. The Pantry is open to the public the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.
Project WARM is a Christ centered outreach providing overnight weather protection during the coldest times of the year for the South Bend homeless population. The aim of this project is to provide food and shelter as we bring the transforming power of the Gospel to men who live on the streets.
Each year, Grace UMC sets up several teams to ring the Salvation Army bell at specified locations around South Bend during the Christmas Season.
CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM
If you would like to view the news segment on WSBT in which Pastor David was interviewed about Children of Abraham and the Interfaith Dialogue, you may see it online at http://m.wsbt.com/news/finding-faith-interfaith-project/37947208.