Mission and Outreach
Gary’s Mission and Outreach supports a variety of local, regional, and international organizations, enabling individuals to live their faith through prayer, hands-on work, financial support, donations of needed items, companionship, presence, and/or systemic change. In addition to these missions, many of which arose from the interests and passions of our congregation, we support other causes of the United Methodist Church that allow us to combine our offerings with those of other United Methodists, nationally and globally, to enact change around the world.
Current Mission Opportunities and Needs
Redbird Mission: October is not a month when we normally spotlight our support for Redbird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky, but Appalachia coal country has been hard hit by the dual pandemic and economic crises. You can contribute on the electronic giving page of this website or by sending a check to the Church Office.
ESSE: Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly recently re-opened their adult day care centers in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and Warrenville. To help, you can donate monetarily through the church or provide treats for our seniors. For the latter, please contact Nancy Berrie directly at 630-260-3773.
Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip: To be part of our team going to Layfayette, IN October 26-30, contact Gerry Schmidt through the Church Office. No building experience is required.
Radical Time Out (RTO): Because the RTO prayer teams are not able to visit prisons, letters would be greatly appreciated. Contact Judy Grote through the Church Office for addresses.
Fundaniños Orphanage, Guatemala: Due to the pandemic, purchase limits have created food shortages and inflated prices. Monetary contributions can be made on the online giving page of this website.
People’s Resource Center: The food pantry remains open with a pick-up service of pre-packed food bags. Pantry volunteers, food, and monetary donations are gratefully accepted.
International & Domestic Mission
Christopher and Michelle Hays, Mission to Columbia Provides transformational theological education to Latin American pastors and theologians.
Feed My Starving Children Provides low-cost, nutritional meals to hungry children throughout the world.
Fundaniños Guatemala Mission and Teaching Fund Provides support of Fundaniños Orphanage near Guatemala City.
Habitat for Humanity Builds houses in partnership with low income families.
Heifer Project International Offers families a way to become self sufficient through the gift of farm animals.
Red Bird Mission School, Kentucky The only K-12 Christian school in this area of Appalachia provides high quality education regardless of students’ ability to pay.
South Sudan Voices of Hope Efforts to provide humanitarian support for this war-torn region.
Bridge Communities A transitional housing program focused on the achievement of self-sufficiency.
Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center Affordable, professional, pastoral counseling and educational services to the community.
Christmas Sharing A community-wide program of outreach to families and individuals in need.
CROP Walk Raises funds to support hunger needs locally and internationally.
ESSE (Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly) Provides on-site daycare and meals to seniors.
JUST of DuPage A ministry to the incarcerated men and women at DuPage County Jail.
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Vets Transitional living facility for U.S. veterans.
NIL Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) A ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
Outreach Community Ministries Provides mental heath and social services for children, families, and seniors.
PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Area churches provide hot meals and overnight shelter for the homeless.
PRC (People’s Resource Center) Serves thousands of DuPage County families each month, with a food pantry, clothing bank, and educational programs.
Radical Time Out Ministers to former prisoners and their families with a weekly meal and Bible study.
United Voices for Children A coalition of congregations, agencies, groups, and individuals in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church that speaks and acts on behalf of children, youth, and families in need.