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“Giving is not a matter of can or cannot, it is a matter of will or will not.”
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. – Albert Einstein

VUMC supports many missions. We have been blessed in many ways and it is our responsibility to share these blessing with others not so fortunate.

Check out the several of the many missions we support. You will find three ways you can contribute to the missions of this church.

• Financial Giving
• Sharing Your Time
• Sharing Your Talents

It is our prayer that you find something(s) that encourages you to join us in making life better for others. The Mission Team is always looking for individuals or groups that can contribute time to help. Some of the tasks only invoice a half hour or an hour every other week. Please call the office if you can do any small job. We meet the first Monday of the month at 6:30pm. You are always welcome to join us.

Sharing the Holidays

As usual we are partnering with South County to make the holidays a little brighter for children in our area. Gift giving is being handled a little differently, this year in hopes to make not only the gift meaningful, but to also assure that you are spending your money on gifts that will be used. Unfortunately, due to financial restrictions, there will be no adult gifts this year.

Click here to download the printable gift giving options form. Look the options over and feel free to participate in any that fit you. Please feel free to contact Missions if you have any questions, Tom Aitken (649-4300) or Rexalee Goecker (327-6332)

food basketSCCS Christmas food baskets, Personal Items and Angel Tree Gifts This year we are partnering again with SCCS to help provide food baskets, personal items baskets for adults, and Christmas gifts for children. SCCS is asking for donations, in any amount for food baskets, which will be purchased from Family Fare, who will package the food as well as give a substantial discount. Envelopes will be available on the Mission table (make checks to VUMC, memo SCCS food). They are also asking for the following items for personal baskets for the families. These were very popular last year. Please place one or more personal items in the baskets in the hall by December 6th.

Laundry Soap • Shampoo/conditioner • Dish Soap • Feminine Hygiene products • Deodorant • Toothbrushes • Tooth Paste • Razors • Shaving Cream • Hand or Bar Soap • Paper Towels • Toilet Paper

After Thanksgiving, the angel tree will go up. There will be gifts to purchase or envelopes for donations and the Mission Team will do the gift shopping. Please bring angel tree gifts unwrapped with the angel attached by December 15th. If anyone would like to deliver gift packages, please contact Tom Aitken at 649-4300 or let the Church office know.

A Big Thank You!! to all that contributed to the Lend A Hand (school supplies program). You helped make the program a success and will help many children get off to a great start this coming school year.

The Haiti Hot Lunch Program
The Hot Lunch program provides the 22,000 children in The Methodist Church of Haiti schools (103 primary and 10 secondary) with hot, nutritional meals that many children otherwise would not receive. Before the program, children would attend school relying only on the breakfast eaten at home or snack foods purchased in the street. This program ensures access to nutritional meals, cooked on-site, to provide energy to learn throughout the day.

Goals & Objectives
Over the next 5 years, L'Eglise Methodiste d'Haiti (EMH), The Methodist Church of Haiti

  1. To transition program management to BEMHEG (Education Department of the EMH).
  2. Hire and train program staff to serve as educators in nutrition and hygiene as well as program monitors over 5 years.
  3. Provide basic cooking materials, utensils and cooking gas to schools.
  4. Provide training to kitchen staff.
  5. Integrate development programs such as school gardens and composting into Hot Lunch activities.
  6. Promote community ownership and contribution through Parent-Teacher associations and trainings.

Your loose change in the offering plate goes to this vital program so don’t forget to throw in an extra quarter or two. Ongoing Missions, Imagine No Malaria and UMCOR health Kits. Remember the dollars with the 7’s, place them in envelopes on the mission table and slip them under the office door. Next Month is Sing Out.

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Loaves and Fishes
loaves VUMC, in cooperation with SCCS, hosts and supplies all the volunteers for this food distribution project, the third Saturday of each month. Loaves and Fishes truck the food in. Over 100 families, which represent many more individuals, get food at no cost, to help their food budgets go a little further. Sally Kohler organizes this amazing ministry. The volunteers unpack, sort, distribute the food, and then assist in carrying the food to recipient’s vehicles. If you are interested in helping, arrive at the church at 8am. You are usually finished by 10am.

Generous Hands
logoUMC assists when needed in loading the backpacks that are distributed in the local schools, providing the children with high protein, nutritional food on the weekends.
VUMC also collects food for the program in Vicksburg and is a financial donator to the program.
South County Community Services (SCCS) VUMC is very involved in projects that serve our local people. We donate financial support, adopt families at Christmas, supply food baskets, help with personal items and continually collect food for the food pantry.

UMCOR (United Methodist Council on Relief)

logoWe are very involved with UMCOR responding to requests when asked after any disaster. We are also a financial supporter of the hunger program, especially with the annual “Sing Out”.


cropwalkThe CROP Walk is an annual fundraising event held in April. You recruit supporters and then spend an enjoyable time walking for hunger. If you are unable to walk, rocking chairs are provided so that you may still support this worthwhile cause. Brad Addis is the capable coordinator of this event and can answer any questions you may have.
CROP is the name given to community fund-raising events sponsored by the Church World Service, an international relief agency. Money from the CROP Walk is used to provide food, medical aide, disaster relief and self help development efforts for people in need through the world. 25% of the funds collected remain in the community being donated to SCCS. As much as $12,000 has been raised by just walking with friends!

TRASH (yours) to TREASURE (helps somebody)
  • Pop tabs: United Methodist Women saves these for missions
  • Pop cans: Money from pop cans is deposited in Missions Undesignated
  • Campbell Soup labels: These go to the Heart and Hands Preschool for educational supplies
  • Box Tops for Educations: Generous Hands uses these for their local program
  • Spartan Food Labels: Money from these is used in Missions Undesignated

You may very well throw these things away, but collectively they do a lot of good. Please save them and bring them to church. Place them in the labels area in the Missions area. Thank you!

Keep an eye on the “NEEDS BOARD” in the Mission Area
Got some things at your house that you do not need, but perhaps somebody in the area needs? They do not have to be new, but do need to be in good condition. We will be coordinating this with SCCS. Remove the note from the Needs Board and return it with the item someone needs. Return it to the mission area.

SEWING: Is sewing your thing?

sewingCheck out the SEW WHAT NOW GOD group. They meet every Tuesday at 6:00pm and enjoys the leadership of Kathy Phillips. She can give you more information.
African Dresses for Girls: Other sewing projects are African dresses. Some of these kits are in a basket in the Mission Area.

Bronson Hospital: can use pediatric unit pillowcases (kid friendly prints, fleeces, fleece with a satin border on the open end), quilts or blankets, kids 23X30, teens and children 40X60.

YWCA can use quilts or blankets.


yarnDo you enjoy knitting and/or crocheting and want to put it to a mission use? While the knitting group is not meeting together on a regular basis, you can still enjoy this at home. Some of the projects have gone to:

UMCOR: baby sweaters for layettes

Bronson Hospital: newborn hats (no embellishments), red scarves for women with heart disease (5” wide, 50-60” in length); afghans for preemies, 12X!@ and afghans for newborn, 23X30 afghans for child or teen, 40X60” SCCS: children’s and adults hats and mittens or gloves

DISABLED VETERANS: lab robes, approximately 24X40” Contact Barb Addis for additional information and ideas.

Calendars: This year VUMC collected calendars to donate to nursing homes. Many of us get several calendars from many organizations and just throw them out. This year we offered a place for these and our trash was gratefully received by others.

Warm Coats: People generously cleaned out their closets and donated many warm coats which were donated to the Salvation Army for their Warm Coat Give Away. The coats did not have to be new, but just in good condition.

HPI: VUMC donated over $2500 to Heifer Project International. This money is being used to donate animals and to teach the people how to use them to improve their food source and learn better ways to grow crops. The Pass It On part of HPI requires that the families pass on the first livestock offspring to help others.

It is not possible to explain each of the missions, but listed are some of those to which money was donated:

KITS: School and Health We have assembled and donated many kits, school and health. If you are interested, check out the Mission console for a list of items required.

RIDES for medical appointments (FREE) SCCS is now offering free rides for medical appointments. They can travel as far as the Veterans Hospital in Battle Creek. Call SCCS (649-2901) on Tuesdays and schedule your ride for the following week.


Blood Drives: VUMC houses and provides the workers and food for 2 blood drives in the Vicksburg area every year. Mark your calendar for the third Friday in September and November. Occasionally another group also uses our facilities, but we have total responsibility for September and November.

Fix it Up Guys: The group of handy men is glad to do small jobs at your house. They will come to your house to evaluate to see if it is a job they can handle. Call Tom Aikten

Plus 10: People agree to donate $10 on a Sunday. The notebook to volunteer to be a Plus 10 Family is located on the Mission credenza. This money is divided between Generous Hands and SCCS.


Vicksburg United Methodist Church participates in the following United Methodist Programs.

We are a 6-lane Church:

1. Missionary support
2. Global Projects
3. National Projects
4. UMCOR/Hunger
5. Racial Ethnic churches
6. Local Projects

We participate in the following Special Sundays:

Human Relations
One Great Hour of Sharing
Native American Ministries
Peace with Justice
World Communion Sunday
United Methodist Student Sunday

UMC Ministry Shares

Jesus said, "You will be my witness in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and the ends of the earth." We choose to live out this by contributing about 12% of our church budget to the larger mission of the United Methodist Church throughout the world. The missions we support through ministry shares include:

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• World Service & Conference Benevolences
Includes basic support for the ministries of the denomination - as opposed to the administrative costs - as well as the ministries of our annual conference such as the Board of Christian Camping, the Board of Global Ministries, and the Board of Higher Education & Campus Ministry.

• Ministerial Education Fund
Provides financial support to our 13 United Methodist theological seminaries, provides loans and scholarships to seminary students from our conference, and provides money for continuing education for clergy now serving in our conference.

• Black College Fund
Provides support to 11 historically African-American colleges and universities related to The United Methodist Church.

• Connectional Ministry
Pays for the expenses of our 6 district superintendents plus various other costs such as the Equitable Compensation Fund - which supplements the salaries of pastors service churches that cannot meet the minimum salary set by the conference - retiree health care, and the moving expense fund - which covers the moving expense of pastors changing appointments.

• Africa University Fund
Supports the United Methodist university founded in Zimbabwe in 1992.

• General Administration
Our share of the administrative cost of the denomination as a whole, the North Central Jurisdiction, and the bishop's office, as well as administrative officers and committee of the annual conference such as the conference secretary, the conference chancellor - who serves as legal advisor to the bishop and the annual conference - and the conference treasurer.

• New Church Development
Used to establish new congregations and nurture them to sustainability.

• Kalamazoo District missions and administration

• West Michigan Conference missions and administration

To learn more about these funds, please pick up a "Who We Are" booklet from the Welcome Center or go the the United Methodist Web site at

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Who's Who in Missions?

Tom Aitken and Rexalee Goecker are presently co-chairing the Mission Team. Other members that help are Larry and Sally Kohler, Sherri Shane and Vicki Worthington. However, these are just names. No missions are ever accomplished without the generosity and support of the congregation!

Mission Focus of the Month

While VUMC supports many missions, we will concentrate on a mission each month. This, of course, does not mean you should ignore any of the other missions! Watch for the MISSION OF THE MONTH!!


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