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.
Heifer Project International
Give a gift in honor of a friend or loved one and help families around the world become self-sufficient. You can find the gift catalog at heifer.org/gift-catalog/index.html or contact the Church Office for a list of prices. Send a check with Heifer in the memo to the Church Office or donate on the giving page of this website. If the donation is a gift, cards are available from the Church Office.
Koinonia House National Ministries UNBANQUET
The pandemic has put heavy stress on prisons, prisoners, their families, the recently released, and the ministries that strive to serve them. Koinonia House, which includes RTO (Radical Time Out), is one such ministry. A significant portion of their financial support comes from their annual banquet, which because of COVID-19 restrictions will not occur this year. Instead, they have kicked off this year’s fundraising with their UNBANQUET, requesting that individuals donate as if they actually attend the banquet. To contribute, send a check to the Church Office and specify Koinonia/RTO. You can find more information at koinoniahouse.org.
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.