Missions for Mt. Comfort

Missions for Mt. Comfort UM Church want to be three-fold: local, national, and international. We remember Christ’s words, “As you do this to the least of mine, you do it to me.” We have a committee that does planning to carry out our goals, but everyone in our congregation is encouraged to participate and to help our church to serve those in need of our expression of love. We joined with those churches in our Cluster to raise enough money to provide an Arc (over $5,000 for animals to be used to feed and provide for needy families worldwide) for Heifer International. We collected nearly $1,000 (nearly 4,000 meals) to help Kids Against Hunger provide meals for U.S. and foreign children. We had volunteers as Salvation Army bell ringers for Hancock County.

LOCAL

We collect food every Sunday to provide local food pantries with supplies. We give to the Hancock County Food Pantry, Fletcher Place, and C.O.M.E. (Community Outreach organized by 10 local churches to provide food for Buck Creek, Sugar Creek, and Warren Townships) C.O.M.E. also provides some financial assistance for rent and utilities when money is available.

We provide hot meals for 100-125 people at Fletcher Place on a regular basis. Dates set so far include February 19, April 16, and June 18.

We are collecting items for Hancock Hope House Shelter to assist with their program to help people of Hancock, Shelby and Rush Counties who need a place to stay for a while as they look for jobs and get help in bettering their lives. These items will be collected the first Sunday of each month: laundry bags, electric alarm clocks, liquid laundry detergent, Kleenex, paper towels, tall kitchen trash bags, multipurpose cleaners, fabric softener sheets, bleach, furniture polish, reams of #20 white paper, postage stamps, new pillows, blankets, x-long twin-sized sheets, shampoo and conditioner, shower shoes, deodorant, window cleaner, plastic shower totes, rubber gloves, hair brushes, shaving cream, shower curtains. We also collect shoes which can be used in their thrift shop as sales or that will be bought by an outside organization to be made wearable for those in need of shoes throughout the world.

We provide food at Thanksgiving and presents at Christmas for local families. We provided four Christmas gifts for each member of five families (23 people) in 2013.

NATIONAL

In addition to the projects such as Fill the Ark and Kids Against Hunger, we have a mission trip each year to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky. It is a week of activities which include morning worship, three meals a day, 8 hours of work a day, and special programs in the evenings. We assist the families in the Appalachian area of Kentucky and Tennessee with home improvements which may include various stages of building a room addition or shed, flooring, roofing, sometimes some electrical, plumbing or dry walling work if any attending are qualified. There are also opportunities to work in the thrift store, the food pantry, or other parts of the campus. We pay our room and board and for the materials for the project(s). There are modern dormitory facilities and a pleasant cafeteria.

INTERNATIONAL

Mt. Comfort Church is a relay center for collecting shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. In addition to those boxes donated from our members we collect all boxes brought in from the surrounding area for eight days. This year’s collection dates are November 17-23. These boxes are filled with hygiene supplies, such as tooth brushes, tooth paste, combs, wash cloths; shirts; school supplies, such as paper, pens, crayons, rulers; small toys; books; games. We transport these boxes to their next destination. Over seven and half million shoe boxes were sent throughout the world to poor children with a book about Jesus and–where possible–a chance for a follow-up study.