WHY MISSION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE?
The mission & vision statement of Westlake United Methodist Church calls us to be active in social justice awareness and in mission to others as foundational to our identity as a community of faith. As our faith deepens, we seek to be more like Christ; speaking up for the oppressed, being agents of justice and being in service thru acts of compassion.
In support of this, there is a wide range of opportunities for people to become actively involved in social justice and mission, in our homes, in our nearby neighborhoods and around the world. In addition to rolling up our sleeves to help, WUMC targets nearly 10% of our annual expenditures to be used for mission, primarily through United Methodist organizations and agencies.
Learn more about opportunities available to you to live your faith.
WUMC MISSION TEAM
The people of Westlake UMC are committed to respond to the needs of others through tangible acts of mission, using our God-given time, talents and resources on behalf of others in response to God's love for us.
The Mission Team works to connect all WUMC members to the myriad of opportunities available to serve others. Check out the suggestions below! If you are interested in serving as a team member, speak with Rev. Mollie Brown.
WUMC provides significant financial and volunteer support for agencies such as:
- The Twice Blessed Store at Nehemiah Mission, free store with clothing and household goods
- Sister church relationships with inner-city Cleveland congregations, including Simpson UMC
- "Volunteer in Mission" projects - hands-on work projects locally, nationwide, and in Russia
- Flat Rock Homes and Care Center, a residential care facility for children and young adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities
- Westside Community House, inner-city agency serving low-income neighborhood families with child care, senior programs, meals on wheels, and other programs
- And many other organizations
For more information about mission projects and opportunities for service, watch the Monthly Messenger and weekly bulletin.
CLOTHING & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Gently used clothing and household items, for the Twice Blessed Free Store at Nehemiah Mission, are always needed. All clothing must be washed and stain free. Items need to be for the current season as they don't have the room to store out of season items.Place in the large wooden box in Fellowship Hall.
"Pass It On", a Christian outreach organization in Lorain County provides furniture and household goods free to families in need http://www.passitonministries.org/content/.
In Cuyahoga County, St. Vincent de Paul sponsors the Furniture Bank, with a similar mission. www.svdpcle.org
An Abitibi Paper Retriever Bin is located in the church parking lot. By providing this bin we help our community be good environmental stewards. Abitibi provides the bin, empties it monthly and pays the church dividends based on the weight of the paper. The collected paper is manufactured into recycled newsprint, saving an estimated 2.2 million cubic yards of landfill each year.
We need ALL Your:
- Shopping catalogs
- Office & School Papers
Please do NOT include:
OTHER GOOD USABLE ITEMS?
Check out the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District web site for a wealth of ideas about how to recycle and reuse just about anything! www.cuyahogaswd.org
SUPPORT FREE TRADE!
Buy Equal Exchange brand free trade coffee, tea, chocolate and other goodies! They are sold by the Mission Team, two Sundays a month during coffee hour in fellowship hall. This is done not as a fund raiser but as a practical way to express our values. and get a great cup of coffee! This is the easiest mission project you'll ever do!
Equal Exchange is a nonprofit group that buys from collectives of small farmers in Central America. By eliminating most of the middlemen, EE insures that much more of your coffee dollar goes directly into local farming communities, greatly improving the quality of life for the farming families. Equal Exchange also encourages ecologically-sound farming practices and community development activities.
Consider spending a day, a weekend or a week in the great city of Cleveland, Ohio for the glory of God. The Nehemiah Mission (6515 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102), a ministry of the UMC North Coast District, has work for you in homes and churches that need your help!
Work can include building porches or ramps, painting houses, fixing up Sunday School rooms, doing yard work, working in soup kitchens and food pantries, sorting clothes in resale stores and free stores, helping with Vacation Bible Schools, etc. What you will be doing depends on your skills and interests.
Whatever you want to accomplish in the city, Nehemiah Mission can find a place for you to do it! Check out the Nehemiah website for more information: