Community Engagement

 

Statement of Purpose

The Community Engagement Team is the organized response of the congregation to Jesus’ call to love God, to love neighbor, and to demonstrate compassion to the “least of these.’  This response is expressed through: Study – to understand human need in light of the biblical vision for human community. Service – to provide immediate and direct service to people in need. Action – to strive for systemic change in an effort to create a more just world.

Work of Community Engagement Team

Food Pantry/Clothing Distribution

Serves over 100 individuals and families monthly.  Preparation/packing – 3rd Wednesday of month, 5:00 to 6:30pm.  Distribution – 3rd Thursday of month, 5:00 – 6:30pm.  Volunteers and donations welcome.

Peace Camp

Organizes annual summer “peace camp” where young children explore God’s Shalom as applied to hearts, homes, school, neighborhood, and the global community.  The week-long program includes crafts, outdoor games, music, drama, etc.

Prison Holiday Gift Bag Project

Supports Wesley UMC in Fresno by collecting throughout the year greeting cards and hygiene products for holiday gift bags for inmates at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla distributed by UMC Wesley in Fresno.

LGBT Advocacy

The church has been a “Reconciling Congregation” since 2009 which mean it openly affirms all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, to participate fully in congregational life.

Educational Forums

Sponsors forums on a variety of issues of interest to church and community members. Past sessions have focused on world hunger, war in Iraq, prison reform, children’s issues, immigration, death penalty, LGBT topics, etc.  Forums are free and open to the public.

International Day of Prayer for Peace – September 21st

Sponsors local observance of the World Council of Church’s International Day of Prayer for Peace, offering an opportunity for Merced’s faith community to pray and act together to nurture lasting peace in the hearts of people, their families, communities and societies.

“. . .what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.”  – Micah 6:8