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Bethia United Methodist Church Mission Ministry

WHO WE ARE 

With Our Faith Centered in Jesus Christ we experience God’s love, grow in God’s love and share God’s love with the world.

The purpose of Mission Ministries is to exemplify the grace and love of God to our community and our world through Christian faith in action. 

"And the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

At Bethia UMC, we believe we are called to be the living gospel, combining our actions with our witness so that God is honored and Christ revealed in all that we do.  Through ministries that impact those who struggle on the margins in our own community, to those far away who hunger for the hope that will sustain them, we are seeking always to be Christ’s hands, feet, heart and voice in the world.

Each of the outreach ministries Bethia engages with is dependent on the passion and commitment of volunteers who give of themselves so that others might know the transforming power of a living, loving God.  The Mission Ministry leadership team are committed to supporting and equipping volunteers in their call to ministry.

We, at Bethia, encourage our church family members to answer the call Christ has for them.  We support many mission activities and agencies.  This year we are Rethinking Mission using the words of Acts 1:8 to guide us, we will continue to strengthen our partnerships with existing ministries, and will also be exploring new opportunites with a focus on our own United Methodist agencies.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, it is our prayer that Bethia truly reaches out into the community locally, nationally and globally in meaningful ways building relationships and partnerships.

LOCAL (JERUSALEM)

Chesterfield, Colonial Heights Alliance Social Ministry (CCHASM):

Bethia food pantry donations
http://www.cchasm.org
Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Christmas Mother http://www.chesterfield.gov/content2.aspx?id=2716
Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter (CARITAS) http://www.caritasshelter.org
Back to School Blessings:

School supplies for Grange Hall and Bensley Elementary Schools
 
Pathways http://www.pathways-va.org/
The Hermitage – United Methodist retirement living facility http://www.hermitage-vumh.com/overview.shtmll
Collection of eyeglasses for Friends of Barnabas http://new.gbgm-umc.org/about/us/mp

Bethia Prayer Shawl Ministry

 


VIRGINIA (JUDEA)

Cell phones for Northfield Foundation http://www.northfieldfoundation.org
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry http://www.goodnewsjail.org/
Henry Fork Service Center, Rocky Mount, VA

We collect Campbell product labels to earn points for this organization
http://www.gbgm-umc.org/hfsc
Kairos Prison Ministry http://www.kairosprisonministry.org
Used stamps for Petersburg District UMW  
Virginia Blood Services http://www.vablood.org


NATIONAL & MARGINS OF SOCIETY (SAMARIA):

Red Bird Mission, Beverly, KY

http://gbgm-umc.org/mission/news/redbird.shtmll
UMCOR Sager Brown http://www.sagerbrown.org/


GLOBAL (ENDS OF THE EARTH)

Equal Exchange, UMCOR Fair Trade Project: 

Linking congregations with small farmers and their families through fair trade

http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/work/hunger/fair-trade/

Old Mutare Mission Hospital, Zimbabwe: Hospital Revitalization Advance Project #982168 of UMCOR Health

Revitalizing and coordinating UMVIM teams partnering and serving at Old Mutare Mission Hospital

 
UMCOR kits http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) mission teams http://www.umvim.org/newsite/umvim/web-content/index.shtmll
Virginia Annual Conference UMC Mission Ministry http://vaumc.org/Page.aspx?pid=418
ZOE Ministry: A Special Advance of the United Methodist Church Giving Hope to Orphans in Africa in a sustainable way http://www.zoeministry.org

 

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the non-profit agency of the United Methodist Church.  Through UMCOR we will continue to train and send team members needed to respond during times of emergency and disaster.  Bethia groups will continue to assemble and send UMCOR kits and bring more awareness to programs such as UMCOR’s Equal Exchange partnership promoting fairly traded goods.

Partnering with the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Bethia will train team members and team leaders to partner and serve with United Methodist Mission sites throughout the world.  Team leaders and members are needed in the areas of evangelism, construction, healthcare and teaching. 

Working through the United Methodist agencies UMCOR and UMVIM offers us the opportunity to better work towards the goals of the United Methodist Church as it reaches out to a broken world in sustainable ways.

As we step forward to embrace the vision of the Mission Ministry we are called to renew our commitment to be good stewards of God’s planet and ways to live a “greener” life and in turn model that example out into our communities and beyond.  If you are interested in leading and developing this focus area, please join us.

If you are being called to volunteer in mission outreach please contact Jeannie Fee by email at markandjeanniefee@Reagan.com. They will help you discover exciting ways that you may use your gifts and talents in the mission of the church.

If you wish to designate your giving to a mission project, please make your check out to Bethia United Methodist Church and in the memo specify the area you wish to support:

801
General Mission
803
Mission Scholarship Fund
804
Bethia Family Outreach
805
Kairos
806
Hospitality for Mission Teams serving in our community
807
Noble Warriors
808
Old Mutare Hospital Zimbabwe
809
Caritas
810
Pathways of Petersburg
835
Old Mutare Hospital Zimbabwe – designated for UMVIM team supplies or to support specific Mission Trip Team Members

 

Mission Ministry Reading List 

There always seems to be a good time to pick up a book to read while relaxing. Why not read a couple of books with a focus on different areas of our society or other cultures. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

This book focuses on appropriate ways for a North American congregation—and its missionaries—to participate in poverty alleviation at home and abroad, taking into account the God ordained mission of the church and the typical church's organizational capacity. However, the concepts, principles, and interventions described in this book are applicable for a wide range of settings. In particular, nonprofit organizations and individuals will find that the principles and strategies described in this book transfer very easily to their ministries

  • Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life – Rethinking Ministry to The Poor by Robert D. Lupton

The urban landscape is changing and, as a result, urban ministries are at a crossroads. If the Church is to be an effective agent of compassion and justice, Robert Lupton notes, we must change our mission strategies. In this compelling book, Lupton asks the tough questions about service providing and community building to help ministries enhance their effectiveness. What are the dilemmas that caring people encounter to faithfully carry out the teachings of Scripture and become personally involved with "the least of these?" What are some possible alternatives to the ways we have traditionally attempted to care for the poor? How do people, programs and neighborhoods move towards reciprocal, interdependent relationships? To effect these types of changes will require new skill sets and resources, but the possibilities for good are great.

  • Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

This is the true account of an unlikely friendship and love between two men and the woman that brought them together. It is a touching story of faith and the kind of compassion that transcends race and cultural boundaries.

A poor, black man who is bitter and penniless ends up graciously loving those who hate him and closing a few high-level art deaks, while a self-absorbed aristocrat ends up serving at a local homeless shelter and inviting the poor into his home.

  • What Difference do it make? By Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent

In their follow up to Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall and Denver Moore offer a look at what was going on in their lives while they were writing their breakout hit and what has happened to them afterward. It is also sprinkled with short stories of people the book has Influenced, and the impact they have had on their community.

  • The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

"The Hole In Our Gospel" challenges Christians to expand their personal and transforming faith into a public and transforming relationship with the poor. "The gospel, or good news, proclaimed by Jesus was so much more than a private transaction between God and us," Stearns writes"It was a vision of a changed people challenging and changing the prevailing values and practices of our world." Stearns hopes the stories, scripture and statistics recounted in "The Hole in Our Gospel" will inspire readers to see God's heart for the poor and respond with wholehearted obedience to a complete gospel.

He offers numerous examples of Christians who creatively use their influence, skills and money to make a difference and encourages readers to consider how they can do the same. Stearns believes the combined efforts of 2 billion Christians worldwide, each doing his or her small part, can change the world.

  • Red Letters: Living a Faith that Bleeds – Tom Davis

In many Bibles, Christ's words are set apart with a red font. It should be obvious, but this distinction helps remind us that when God becomes Man and that Man speaks - it's probably something we cannot afford to miss. So why doesn't the Church take these "red letters" to heart? Why aren't we doing more to be Christ's hands and feet to the poor, the disenfranchised, the weary, the ill, the fatherless, the prisoners? It's all there - in red letters. Why has the Church shirked its responsibilities, leaving the work to be done by governments, rock stars, and celebrities?

The Gospel wasn't only meant to be read - it was meant to be lived. From the HIV crisis in Africa to a single abused and lonely child in Russia, the Church must seize the opportunity to serve with a radical, reckless abandon. Author Tom Davis offers both challenge, encouragement, and resources to get involved in an increasingly interconnected, desperate modern world.

Tom Davis is an author, consultant, and the president of Children's HopeChest (http://www.hopechest.org), a Christian-based child advocacy organization helping orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa. His first book, the self-published Fields of the Fatherless has sold over 60,000 copies. Tom holds a Business and Pastoral Ministry degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Master's Degree in Theology from Criswell College.

  • Harvest for Hope – A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall

Renowned scientist and bestselling author Jane Goodall delivers an eye-opening and empowering book that explores the social and personal significance of what we eat. In HARVEST FOR HOPE, Jane Goodall presents an empowering and far-reaching vision for social and environmental transformation through the way we produce and consume the foods we eat. In clear, well-organized chapters that include The Organic Boom and Thinking Globally, Eating Locally, readers will discover the dangers behind many of todays foods, along with the extraordinary individual and worldwide benefits of eating locally grown, organic produce. For anyone who has ever wanted to know how they can take a stand for a more sustainable world, HARVEST FOR HOPE reveals the healthy choices that will support the greater good.

  • After You Believe – Why Christian Character Matters by N. T. Wright

In his latest book, Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright of Durham, England, calls for a return to virtue as the means to reorient the church and society at large.  Bishop Wright believes Christians have become so preoccupied with who gets their eternal reward and who doesn’t, that they’ve lost sight of the bulk of the New Testament, which instructs believers on how to live this life, here and now.  Rather than a polemic in support of a more strident legalism or a treatise on what some might call “cheap grace,” he argues that the idea of virtue – moral strength – is the best way forward through troubled times.  This is the heaviest of the books.


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