Mission Outreach Committee continues to strive towards reaching out to people both locally and beyond our community and all of the world. Our goal is to educate our members of the giving opportunities available at our church. It is through missions we can be the hands and feel of Christ - sharing what we have to those who have less - joining our gifts with those of other United Methodists to touch lives across the word - bringing hope to lives in ways we will never know. Mission giving is the Good News in action to the world. Thank you for being mission minded at Epworth!
Oil Field Ministries
In 2013 our congregation supported the Bakken Oil Field ministry with an offering of $807. This amount added together with all of the other Methodist church donations in the conference totals more than $260,000. The vision for the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry is to touch lives with Jesus’ love while expanding the kingdom of God and the United Methodist Presence in the Oil Rush of North Dakota. This is possible because of the generosity of our membership at Epworth and so many others across our region. In addition another $160 was sent to Miracles in Minot assisting with purchases of tools to assist with rebuilding after the flood of 2012.
Meals on Wheels
The members of Epworth faithfully continue to deliver meals on wheels both on the fourth Sunday of the month as well as many who serve as volunteers during the week.
In November of 2013, members of the committee served Epworth's Youth Group an early Thanksgiving dinner on November 20. In addition to the dinner and short program that followed, 11 meals were delivered to other members of Epworth. Five meals were delivered to VCSU college students from Hawaii and Texas who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Each year the mission outreach committee supports the youth by serving a meal for their Wednesday night meetings.
The Christmas Shoebox project for the Children of the Harvest serves to assist the children of the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation along with other reservations in both North Dakota and South Dakota. Gifts are donated to children of all ages in hopes of making their Christmas holiday brighter by their receiving a gift giving in love from a stranger at a time when many of these children may receive nothing else but the shoebox gift. If you would like to participate in this ministry, you may find detailed information on this year's 2015 Shoebox Christmas flyer. For more information about this ministry, please visit the Spirit Lake Ministry Center website.
A special financial gift to a ministry in need in our community is being planned with the additional advanced giving donations received during December. The congregation will be invited to share in this project with more details to be announced.
The mission outreach committee continues the prayer shawl ministry which have been given to several members of our church family over the past few years. These shawls have been presented with love in hopes of bringing comfort and peace to those who have received them. Others have begun to create shawls as well. Other ways to be involved with the prayer shawl ministry include sharing the name of a friend or loved one in need of God's blessing or with financial support for the yarn needed.
We are in need of additional members to serve on the mission outreach committee. We generally meet every month or two the first Wednesday of the month. We have a few members of our committee retiring this year. They have served for many years and we thank them for their gifts to missions - their time and their talents! They have truly made a positive difference in the lives of many others, both locally and around the globe with their generosity.