MONTHLY MISSION EFFORT
DECEMBER MISSIONS PROJECT:
During the holiday season, the Missions Ministry Team has traditionally divided the December offering among three charities: a local missions project, a conference missions project, and an international or national level missions effort. This year we have selected the following: the Children's Advocacy Center, Golden Cross, and the UMCOR response to the California Wildfires.
Our local cause is the Children's Advocacy Center located in Charleston. It serves a ten county area. They work as a team to make a difference in the lives of sexually and physically abused children. They believe that the investigative process should not add to the pain the child has already suffered. It is a safe child-focused environment. At the CAC the child tells their story to a trained interviewer; therefore, not re-traumatizing the child. The team makes decisions together about how to help the child based on the interview. Their goal is to make a plan that best meets the needs of the child and family.
Our conference cause is Golden Cross which is a ministry of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Golden Cross benefits ten facilities in our conference for Older Adults, Children & Families, and Hospital Pastoral Care. These facilities care for people of all ages and at all stages of life. More than 30,000 individuals are served each year, 19,000 hours are given by more than 2,000 volunteers, and $10 Million of benevolent care is received.
Our national focus is to support UMCOR's response to the horrific California Wildfires. Thousands of people have lost their homes, and officials say there are two new fires. The death toll is now 44 with hundreds still missing. The Camp Fire, in northern California, already the most destructive in the state's history, burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in the town of Paradise and burned through 117,000 acres. Outside Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire has killed two and burned nearly 100,000 acres. As of Monday night, November 12, both fires were just 30 percent contained.
If you would like to donate to these missions projects, please make out your check to Wesley UMC with ADVENT on the memo line or if you prefer to make a cash donation, there are blue mission envelopes in the pew backs. You can also click on the $ button at the bottom of the page. Thank you so much for your support.
The Missions Ministry Team