Mission Team 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!

Bridges Backpack Food Program

We believe that when a child is fed, they are equipped to learn, grow and imagine a future filled with opportunity. Childhood hunger has an impact in our communities. During the school year more than 33,000 children across North Dakota qualify for and greatly rely on the federal free and reduced lunch program to meet their daily nutritional needs. Nearly two-fifths of Valley City students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. On weekends, many of these children struggle with hunger. Learn more about the backpack program.

Open Table

Looking for Community?  Hungry for Connection?

On the last Tuesday of each month, Epworth UMC hosts The Open Table, a community meal. Meal begins at 5:30 pm, served until 6:45 pm. We invite you to come and share with us this month!Families Welcome!

Open Table

Christmas Shoeboxes

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. For more information about this ministry, please visit the Spirit Lake Ministry Center website.

December Giving

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.

Prayer Shawls

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.