Central United Methodist Church of Decatur AL
Mission of the Month

Central missions extend our reach

-Kathy Littrell, Missions Chair
  Our congregation has an excellent reputation for outreach. Not only do we have several members who direct many of Decatur’s nonprofit organizations, but we have many who volunteer their time and who give financially to everything from prison ministry to feeding the hungry to packing birthing kits! You are a giving bunch---But can you really out-give God? Of course not!

  The Mission Team for 2018-19 wants to encourage each one of you to continue the wonderful things you do for the poor, the uneducated, the sick, the marginalized; yet we want to offer you new opportunities in which to obey the Great Commission given by Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations.

  Each month we will have a “Monthly Mission” for you to participate in as a church family. Many will be local/area missions; however we really want to increase our focus on Global Missions, especially working to make salvation available to those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. Soon we hope to announce who we will support globally and how this will impact the salvation of others.

  Thank you for all you do. We welcome your ideas for ways Central and the Mission Team can help others.

Monthly Mission Opportunities for August 2018

-Kathy Littrell, Missions Chair
Local Mission: The EXCEL Center
  Decatur City School System opened the EXCEL Center in August of 2016. The goal was to help middle and high school students become proficient in the English language. Students spend half of their day studying the 4 core classes: English, math, science and social studies and the other half at their local school studying electives. There are also 2 “newcomer” classes where students who speak no English are immersed into the English language.

  Recently I visited the EXCEL Center and the principal, Ressa Chittam, provided me with a glimpse into the day in the life of an EXCEL student. How exciting it must be for these students to get better each day in their understanding of the English language. How proud they must be to share with their parents what they have learned!

  The most exciting thing is YOU have an opportunity to help them! Our church will be collecting the following supplies for the EXCEL Center in the month of August:
Glue Sticks
Post it Notes
Composition Notebooks
Marker/Colored Pencils
Expo Markers
Chapter Books (5th-6th grade level) slightly used or new

  Each student will also be receiving a book mark from CUMC encouraging them to read!
Global Mission: Shoe Boxes
   Many of you are already familiar with the Shoe Box ministry. Through these boxes, we share tMissions2he love of Jesus at Christmas with children who would otherwise receive no gift. The boxes are filled with small items of clothing, crayons, toys, etc. and a coloring book of the Christmas story in Spanish. In 2017, more than 5,000 requested shoe boxes did NOT get filled. This means 5,000 children did NOT get anything for Christmas! This year we have received requests from United Methodist Missionaries for 7,700 more shoe boxes than last year!

   You can help them! Central UMC will have shoe boxes available for you to fill by purchasing items from Missions1the list below. Organize a “packing party” with your class or small group. One grandmother said, “Decorating is fun. I have not had this much fun since I kept my grandkids.” If you would like to make a monetary donation, that will help with shipping the boxes. The filled boxes are due back in the church by Tuesday, September 4! This is the perfect opportunity to get us all in the Christmas spirit! Please consider filling a box today!

   Boxes should be marked with ages (2-12) and whether it is for a boy or girl.

                      Hot Wheels Cars                             McDonalds Toys
                      Small Dolls                                     Marbles (no more than 5/baggie)
                      Small balls & Hand pump                 Wash Cloth
                      Soap                                              Toothbrush
                      Comb and Brush                             Small Hand Mirror
                     1 pr Flip Flops (one pr/box)               Underwear (underpants & t-shirt)
                     1 pr Socks for Sunday                      Dresses        
                     Shorts & tee-shirts (boys & girls)     
                     (No candy or gum!)
School Supplies: Pencils (limit 4), paper, 5 crayons, colored pencils, small pencil sharpeners, etc.
Little Girls:  Barrettes, ribbons, bows, headbands, scrunchies, ponytail holders, etc.  All liquids should be in a zip lock bag.  If you are doing one for a girl, age 9 or older, it is important to include a small training bra (Size 28 or 30) and blouse.


Living It Out
Sunday, 12 August 2018

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