Methodism’s founder John Wesley said, “I look upon all the world as my parish.” Wesley reminded us that we are called to step out of our little corner of the world to spread the good news, transform hopelessness into hope and help God’s children wherever they may be.
The United Methodist faith is deeply rooted in the Scripture and in the basic beliefs of all Christians. Out of that theology and the faith have grown some specific actions that mark United Methodists as Christians engaged in ministry to the world. The early members of the groups that eventually became The United Methodist Church:
  • took strong stands on issues such as slavery, smuggling, and humane treatment of prisoners;
  • established institutions for higher learning;
  • started hospitals and shelters for children and the elderly;
  • founded Goodwill Industries in 1902;
  • became actively involved in efforts for world peace;
  • adopted a Social Creed and Social Principles to guide them as they relate to God’s world and God’s people;
  • participated with other religious groups in ecumenical efforts to be in mission.

Missions Activities

Potato Filling Fundraiser
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Potato Filling Fund Raiser Date: Mon, Nov 25, 2019 Cost: $4.00/ qt Makes a nice addition for Thanksgiving or Christmas or any supper. Can be frozen. Order sheets will be on sign-up board mid-Oct. We need orders by Nov 11 as some ingredients need to be ordered by 13. Fill out order sheets and leave in designated location or e-mail Barb Hartmann at ebhartmann1722@gmail.com or call Barb @ 215-896-3350 (leave message). Extra potatoes day of pick-up if available but not guaranteed.

Annual Giving Tree Project
Annual Giving Tree Project will begin mid October for supporting 3 agencies to support holiday gifts for families in need. They include Laurel House, Methodist Services, and Glad Tidings. Cards will be on trees in Stringer Lobby with suggested items needed, gift cards, or cash donations for children, teens, or family. Any checks should be made to LUMC. Pick card(s), make purchases, and return (with tag attached on each i t e m ) o n N ov 2 4 worship service for gift dedications, so they are ready to take to agencies. Agency distribution to families start Dec 7 and we will deliver to agencies only once. If necessary, please leave gifts in conference room at office in advance of November 24.
Our conference camp ministries are an important outreach for children, youth, & adult camping, retreats, open houses, etc year round and is an extension of our local ministry at LUMC.   Camp Innabah is special to many of us who have participated in providing work teams, Grandparent & Me program directors, women’s retreats, men’s retreats, sending grandchildren to camp, youth nights, to name

The next Carpenters Calling mission trip is scheduled for October 20 to 26, 2019. The team will be going to Fayetteville, NC. for on-going repairs of homes damaged by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Carpenters Calling has been active for many years, which means that they could use some new blood (young or old). Approximately seven LUMC members or friends will be part of a group of approximately 22 or more volunteers from other local churches as well as churches in the Lancaster area. There may be room for a last minute volunteer! Contact Barb Hartmann, (Multi Church)Team Coordinator ebhartmann1722@gmail.com or 215-896-3350 for details, cost, & space availability

Be in prayer for those in our church, in our community, state, and USA and around the world who have been afflicted by natural disasters of tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes, fires, and ravages of war and terrorism.  May God bring Peace and Hope to our world and aid those who have been displaced, sick, lost their homes, lost loves ones, lost their jobs, and are hungry and alone.  Remember to make donations in July and August, reach out and give a helping hand, and pray for all those in need!!
The Blue Envelope Mission Emphasis for October is designated to help UMCOR again. The August Blue Envelope was specifically for national assistance. This month’s Blue Envelope is designated for international assistance. With the recent damage caused by Hurricane Dorian, donations can be put to good use. Please Note: Recent announcements in the Sunday Bulletins mention ways that you can contribute directly to the conference for hurricane relief. Using the Blue Envelope lets the conference know that the donations came through LUMC. The blue envelope for August, which supported The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), raised $450. Missions thanks you for your support. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by war, conflict or natural disaster. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response to people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. After flood waters have receded, wounds have been tended, basic needs met, and the world’s attention has faded, The United Methodist Church continues to be present by providing ongoing assistance.
If you would like to be part of the Mission Team, and you are over 18 years of age, contact Ed or Barb Hartmann at ebhartmann1722@gmail.com for more information, or call the church office at 215-855-9346.