What do you get for your family or friends who have everything or do not need more things?
Here is a perfect gift idea for you. Give a gift to that person through giving to some of our Saint John Mission Partners. We asked some of our partners to provide us with a Christmas Wish List for your shopping convenience. Each Mission Partner has a donation website that you can click on to donate or you can mail them a check. For Clothing Closet donations, write a check to Saint John United Methodist Church listing Clothing Closet Mission in the Memo. You can let your friends or family members know that you made a donation to one of our missions in their honor rather than mailing them a package. We would love to know if you participate.
We are featuring two of our local missions and two international missions this year. Below you will find a description of each Mission group and gift suggestions. Happy shopping and Merry Christmas Giving to Missions.
Mead House Clothes Closet is a long-standing mission of our church located in the Mead House, 430-432 8th Street in Augusta. We are open to the general public and also provide adult clothing at low or no cost to those with limited means. We purchase underwear and socks for our homeless friends. Any amount will be appreciated. We find that we can make our contributions go farther if we purchase in bulk instead of asking church members to bring underwear to contribute. We serve adults and no longer accept children’s clothes.
On the church website, click on Give now, then on the Donate page, designate the amount under Other and add ‘for clothing closet” in the Message box.
Hale House Foundation Inc. Is a 501c3 non-profit which operates a transitional program assisting men over the age of 18 suffering from substance abuse problems to recover in a safe home like setting. The facility is located at 402 Walker Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901.
They added Valor Station which will be a treatment facility for first responders (law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMT’s and Dispatchers) suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction and other problems associated with the unique stresses associated with their professions. It will be the first facility of its type in the United States. Contact Nesbit Dasher for more information at 706-294-2494.
Click on Donate Now to choose whether you will give to the general work of Hale House or the new Valor Station for First Responders.
The Kenya Project , operating out of Atlanta, developed Mountain Park Academy in Kenya . It includes a school for children grades K -8, a trade school, children’s homes, women’s programs, food programs, a poultry project and a dairy cow program. A former Saint John member, Becky Moon, has been a constant supporter of this mission school raising funds and traveling there each summer to work with students. Several current church members sponsor students. The Kenya Project website gives an overview of the activities of the Kenya Project and describes many options for giving.
For example, you could help fund
1. A Christmas gift sweater or shoes for each student
2. Trade school equipment
3. Classroom supplies
4. The poultry project to pay for a chicken for a family
Ronnie and Angie Hopkins, Missionaries in Nicaragua The Hopkins are from Georgia and come back to visit churches here each summer. We have been able to host them when they return home each year. They requested the following items for their growing program.
www.tms-global.org/give The number to use on the website is 0287. Contributors will get an electronic thank you
Mail in contributions are sent to: Acts 1:8, P O Box 618, Cedartown, GA. 30126
Make checks payable to: Acts 1:8. Sewing Program. Acts 1:8 is a 5013c non profit for our Missionaries in Nicaragua
Specific requests for their Sewing Program where local residents make craft items to sell to help to support their families include:
1). 2 tables @ $62.00; 2) 1 small table @ $20.00 3) Notions storage cabinet @ $70.00
4) Cloth storage cabinet @ $145.00 5) 3 Sewing Machines @ $220.00
6) Treadle Sewing Machine for remote area @ $250.00
Specific requests for their Sunday School Program include:
1) School Supply Kit plus a backpack @ $50.00 2) Bibles, 1 case of 26 bibles @ $85.00
3) Health Kit with vitamins and milk for malnourished children @ $100.00
4) Sunday School Kit with tripod and flannel board stories with bible, books, and scissors. $100.00
5) Leadership Kit with one year of teaching and devotional materials. $50.00
Photos of some of their gift requests are on the mission bulletin board.
Prepared by St. John UMC Mission Committee 2022