The Missions and Social Concerns Committee has the following activities planned for the coming year:
July 1st to August 16th -- CCSA Back-to-School Backpack program
CCSA (Community Christian Service Agency) is once again seeking filled backpacks for the upcoming school year. If you would like to help but find the task of buying a backpack and filling it with the necessary supplies a daunting task, we’re here to help. Just put a check or cash in the collection plate, any amount will do. Be sure to put “CCSA backpacks” in the memo line of your check or if you would like to give cash put it in an envelope and put “CCSA backpacks” on the outside of the envelope. The deadline for this is August 4. Thank you in advance for your generous participation.
George Ann Wurster and Laurie Rahe
September 29th (Sunday 2-4 pm) -- Rise Against Hunger food packing event (Mark your calendar!)
December -- CCSA Christmas Baskets
January 11th to 25th -- Interfaith Shelter
These are activities that all of us in the church can participate in and support. Please send any ideas or concerns for our committee by emailing to Stan Johnson
Katherine Parker, a UMC missionary to Nepal, spoke to members of our congregation in the Sanctuary on Monday night, June 3, 2019. Nepal has a population of 30 million in an area that is one-third of the size of California. The people speak more than 120 different languages and the geography runs from sea level plains to the top of Mt. Everest. We learned about the 65-year history of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and the involvement of the United Methodist Church from its beginning. UMN is a united mission of people from many organizations, denominations and parts of the world joined together in the name of Christ to serve Nepal, alongside Nepali colleagues. UMN focuses on five areas for community transformation: education, health, hospitals, peacebuilding, and sustainable livelihoods. UMN works with the aim not of owning projects and institutions permanently, but of training Nepali people and building the capacity of Nepali organizations. UMN has provided a means for Christian churches to serve in Nepal even though there is a ban on proselytism.
Katherine is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Health and Community Transformation Advisor with the UMN. She is part of the fifth generation of her family to serve through the Methodist connection. Before serving in Nepal, she was in Cambodia where she was involved in the organizational development of the Social Concerns Committee of the emerging Methodist Church.
Katherine began serving in 2013 as part of the Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal. Her work in Nepal is focused in three areas: 1) adolescent empowerment, including sexual reproductive health and rights and menstrual hygiene; 2) maternal and child health; and 3) water, sanitation, and hygiene. We learned about 4 to 6-hour trips in Jeep followed by several hours of walking to the remote villages that she served. Her mission work includes visiting schools to conduct workshops on sanitation, drinking water, and other hygiene issues. The youth with their new knowledge transform families and the whole community. We saw how contributions to UMN improved schools by adding flooring and insulating the walls, developed hospitals and community health outposts, upgraded the training of nurse midwives to the level of skilled birth attendants, and provided material support necessary for a safe birthing environment in 10 extremely remote Health Posts.
It was made very clear that this mission to Nepal is transformative. The projects all have multiplicative effects that improve the lives of the Nepali people in a lasting manner. It was also very easy to see that Katherine’s work and dedication shines as an example of Christian values for the people of Nepal.
A reception hosted by United Methodist Women followed Katherine’s presentation.
If you would like to receive Katherine’s quarterly email newsletter, please send a message to her at .
If you would like to contribute to Katherine’s mission in Nepal, please write a check to our church with a notation that it’s for “Nepal mission” and your donations will be forwarded for her mission.