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.
Help Christmas Sharing with monetary donations
Families in District 200 need our help. As we prepare for a drive-through Christmas Sharing experience similar to last year, please consider donating at garychurch.org/give. Guests will receive food, toiletries and household supplies—all bought in bulk. Christmas Sharing needs money by Sunday, Nov. 21 to purchase those items, plus provide gift cards to families. Check future editions of the e-news to learn how you can volunteer for the event on Saturday, Dec. 11.
Join the Habitat for Humanity fall trip
Tuesday, Nov. 2–Saturday, Nov. 6, Lafayette, Indiana
We’ll work with Habitat for Humanity to build a two-story house with a crawl space. Come for the entire time or for a day or two. Contact the Church Office for more information or sign up here. No experience required.
Relief for Afghanistan
If you're looking to help, check out the following resources: Church World Service (cwsglobal.org), Amnesty International (amnesty.org), International Rescue Committee (help.rescue.org/donate/afghanistan), UMCOR (umcmission.org).
Help for Haiti
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the earthquake disaster in Haiti. For more information on how you can help, visit umcmission.org.
Support Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
This non-profit agency, located in Wheaton at 433 S. Carlton Ave., Wheaton, provides housing, supportive services, and community outreach to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families achieve self-sufficiency. An easy way to help them is to shop their Amazon wishlist. Items you purchase will be delivered to MSHV.
Educate a Girl / Change the World: Gary Church Makes a Difference
Prior to the pandemic, 132 million girls did not attend school worldwide. Less than half of girls who start primary school do not enter secondary. Their fate is child marriage, a life of household duties, or worse yet, human trafficking. This is a human crisis for girls across the globe and COVID-19 has only worsened the problem. Yet, when girls attend school, everyone wins. Multifaceted gains occur in family health, women’s wages, and community welfare.
The good news is that Gary Church is making a difference by supporting impactful educational programs through UMCOR and Kenya Children’s Fund. Gary Church is funding scholarships for Kenyan girls in primary grades at the Kinyago Dandora School in Nairobi, Cambodian teenagers via UMCOR Project 3020791, and a college student at Africa University, a Methodist school located in Zimbabwe. You can contribute online or by sending a check to the Church Office with "Educate a Girl" in the memo.
Christopher and Michelle Hays, Mission to Colombia 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.