At LHUMC, Missions is at the heart of our relationship with Christ. Because of His sacrifice for us, we serve faithfully in His name, especially with our brothers and sisters in need. The missions team works to keep our Church Family aware of Christian service opportunities, with a desire to lead each person to honor God by compassionately serving His people with our time, talent and treasures. We are active in serving through ministries that feed, house, aid and support our neighbors of all ages locally and around the world.

Heavens Kitchen

Heaven’s Kitchen Meal Ministry: Brooklyn Community United Methodist Church (BCUMC)
110 Townsend Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21225 LHUMC volunteers meet at BCUMC
every 3rd Saturday at 10:30AM where we cook, serve a meal and share the Good News of the Gospel for our guests from the neighborhood that arrive that day. Heaven’s Kitchen provides a giveaway “Goodie Bag” to our guests along with clothing donations when they are available. 

Food For Thought

 
The third Wednesday of each month (Oct- May) volunteers meet and pack close to 300 bags of food, one for each child at Belle Grove Elementary.  The bags are distributed on Friday to the students.
 

First Fruits Farm

A few times a year volunteers from LHUMC go to First Fruits Farm in Freeland Maryland to harvest fruits and vegetables. First Fruits Farm is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to providing fresh, nutritious produce to those experiencing hunger in the Mid-Atlantic region. Since 2004, thousands of area volunteers have helped harvest over 13.4 million pounds of fruits and vegetables to share with local food banks, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other food providers.
https://www.firstfruitsfarm.org/
 

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s purse, a non-denominational Christian organization. Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts – filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys – and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. LHUMC serves as a collection center for OCC in the month of November.  As well as providing materials for our Sunday school children to pack more than one-hundred boxes each year.

NCEON

The North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON) is a Christian all-volunteer organization comprised of more than 35 churches and 5 civic organizations from the Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Pasadena, and Severn areas.
LHUMC parishioners routinely bring non-perishable basic food items to church with them on Sundays as an extra offering for our neighbors in need to supplement those with limited budgets.
Each year, the LHUMC Church Family donates nearly 500 bags of food that helps NCEON meet their mission throughout the local community of need.
Opportunities:
1. Bring canned goods to church in a bag on Sunday (e.g. tuna; canned meats/vegetables/ fruits; peanut butter, spaghetti sauce and pasta).
2. To volunteer with NCEON, please call them direct at
(410) 766-1826.
 

Crop Walk

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Together, we can help end hunger in our community and around the world!
 
 
https://www.crophungerwalk.org/

Winter Relief

LHUMC was one of the founding churches which joined with the Salvation Army in 1992 to provide winter shelter for homeless men in the Glen Burnie area. That effort has now grown to more than 75 churches and synagogues participating in this Winter Relief ministry of the Arundel House of Hope (AHOH) serving men, women and families.
Each November The LHUMC family has faithfully opened its doors every winter since 1992 for a week to house AHOH clients. No ministry at LHUMC involves as many volunteers each year as Homeless Week. A kind helping hand or a caring word can make a difference to someone who has little.
 

Church World Service

One-day mission trips to New Windsor, Maryland are held through the summer and fall months. These Christian journeys begin in our church parking lot and then venture in faith 43 miles to the Church World Service (CWS) Center in New Windsor.
 
Disaster response items are collected and shipped to the CWS Center from all over the United States. At CWS, volunteers process, assemble and package items to create hygiene kits and other disaster response aids. These kits that ‘the hands of Christ’ assemble find their way into the hands of disaster victims from severe storms, tornadoes and hurricanes; the homeless and others with urgent needs in this country and around the world.
 

Classroom Kits

Many collect and donate school supplies when the school year begins. By mid-year teachers report that many of the school supplies that arrive in September are gone and, for many students [and teachers], the need continues. We recognize this as an opportune time to provide additional classroom supplies.
 
As a result, our Missions Ministry appeals for school supplies from our Church Family during the month of December with special emphasis on giving because ‘Christ is the reason for the season’. Supplies collected are distributed to teachers in 15 classrooms at Belle Grove Elementary to use and distribute as needed.

Jail and Prison Ministry

Church family volunteers continue to support this important ‘loving our neighbor’ ministry by:
· Reviewing and providing feedback to Bible study answers from inmates
· Providing financial support
· Supporting on site Chaplains who minister directly to inmates.
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry places Christian chaplains in jails and prisons to minister to the spiritual needs of inmates and staff. Chaplains serve as evangelist, pastor, counselor, mentor and friend to those who are incarcerated and the staff who guard and protect them. Good News Chaplains share the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world – in 25 countries and 22 states in the US including the Ordnance Road Correctional Center and the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Anne Arundel County.
Opportunities:
Become a ‘Good News Volunteer’, teach a Bible study, provide financial gifts and support local chaplains in their efforts to reach inmates and staff with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Annual Missions Trip

Since 2006, this multi-church team coordinated by LHUMC has traveled to other states to rebuild homes [and hope] for/with families in need; generally after disasters like Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast and, more recently, Hurricane Sandy which damaged 253,000 homes in New Jersey.
 
As the hands and feet of Christ, team members minister to families as their most important task while working on homes. Over the years Baptists, Catholics, Independents, Lutherans, United Methodists and others have joined together to serve quickly realizing they were one in Christ, that they received more than they gave and that their personal Christian journey found greater focus. Each evening, the team re-energizes through sharing, prayer, message and music to prepare for the next day’s mission.

Where will you serve?

Contact Bob Abel to connect with a outreach. abelrobert@verizon.net