We are proud of our Mission Program at FPUMC. These missions reach local causes, as well as national and international causes. The generosity of the members of the church shines in this ministry.
Here are some of the many missions we support in action and deeds.
Love, Inc. in Sheboygan County
Local Churches and their members responding to Christ’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” in a wide range of ministries. As Volunteers reach out to others, their own faith and community connections are strengthened. We are members of Christian Churches, united in purpose and living out our faith through loving service to the people in our communities. Opening our hearts to give and receive love, truth, and compassion as we are joined together in Christ. This spirit of “working together” is evident in our communities through –
• Churches in partnership.
• Service Organizations learning and succeeding in realizing their missions.
• Everyone making progress
This is a nonprofit, community-based ecumenical group of Sheboygan County churches that have banded together to provide a peer support group for families who have experienced significant loss. When a death, divorce, separation, or abandonment occurs, it deeply affects everyone in the family. Rainbow Kids provides peer support groups for ages four through adults led by trained volunteers who will guide participants through the grieving process. Website: www.rainbowkidswi.org
Salvation Army – Emmaus Meals
The Emmaus Meal is a free meal offered to the community each Saturday from 11:00am-12:30pm at the Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Avenue, Sheboygan. Everyone is welcome! The meal is provided by a rotating contingent of local churches. Volunteers from Fountain Park UMC participate in this local mission opportunity. Website: www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_sheboygan.nsf
Support for Our Military / Active & Veterans
During the Christmas season we support our military members in three ways. 1) Holiday mail for hero’s where church members write Christmas cards to be sent to both active and veteran military members; 2) DVD’s4Vets, were we collect and send used DVD’s in good taste to three Wisconsin Veteran Homes; 3) Collect flavored powered drink mixes to be sent to active members stationed in hot climates.
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
Chaplain Rick Cawthon serves the inmates and employees in the Sheboygan County Detention Center. Fountain Park UMC has been a supporting church since 2004 when the ministry began. The purpose of this mission is to meet the spiritual needs of both inmates & staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the correctional facility. Website: www.goodnewsjail.org Click on this link to learn how this ministry transforms lives: http://www.goodnewsjail.org/stories/Jon/
New Missions – Haiti
Located just 600 miles southeast off the coast of Florida lies the island of Hispaniola. Haiti occupies the western third of the island and it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. It is a country of 9 million people with 80% unemployment without government assistance. The same percentage does not have access to fresh drinking water. Watch this video to learn how New Missions is providing hope for future generations: http://vimeo.com/45521694
Fountain Park UMC has been associated with New Missions in Haiti since the early 1990’s, with various church members sponsoring Haitian children through the mission. Sponsorship provides a Christian education, school materials and uniform, access to the mission medical clinic, and most importantly a hot meal for each student. The mission feeds each student physically, intellectually and spiritually. Today New Missions does ministry in 28 villages and has over 10,000 Haitian students attending schools from elementary to high school to trade schools and their university.
In addition, numerous members of Fountain Park UMC have traveled to New Missions in Haiti to do mission work. Volunteer work includes visiting villages evangelizing, bringing gifts from Jesus, playing with the children, helping in the mission clinic, schools, distributing food and doing some repairs. Website: www.newmissions.org
Mickelda Moise, Born 11/17/2006
Village of Belle Fortune, Haiti
Attends Darbone School
Mom, Elinette Moise. Has 1 brother & 2 sisters.
Lives in 2 room wood home with tin roof.
Members of FPUMC can write to Mickelda anytime by logging onto www.aux.newmissions.org. Your letter will be translated and delivered. Enter Mickelda’s ID number, C26715, and her full name. You will need to register an account with a user name and password.
Mahali pa Maisha
Dave & Jennifer Bell – Kenya
Missionaries Dave & Jennifer have been serving the Lord in Kenya since 2005. Their organization, Mahali pa Maisha means “A Place of Life”. They entered full-time ministry ten years ago and served as the short-term mission coordinators with Life Promotions. After traveling to Kenya in 2003 and witnessing the devastating effects of the AIDS pandemic, they felt called to move to East Africa. Daily they strive to share the saving power of Jesus Christ as well as educate Kenyans to make healthy choices. For additional information about their work in Kenya, click on this link: www.mpmkenya.org
Wycliffe Bible Translators: FPUMC is proud to sponsor James & Sarah L. through their work with this organization as they continue to support translation of the Bible into dozens of languages and make those Bibles available throughout the world. Numerous countries and people groups do not have Bibles written in their native language. Through careful research and study, this organization diligently translates Bibles into these languages where none have been available before. They are currently working in Asia. Website: www.wycliffe.org/partner/305472
Meals and Special Suppers (MASS): On the first Sunday of each month, FPUMC provides a community meal from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall. There will be a time for devotions, fellowship, and food for those in our community in need. Contact Mary Tryggeseth for details and how to help.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
UMCOR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. Website: www.umcor.org
Additional Organizations We Support
Family Services Association / www.cccsonline.org
Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child / www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Christmas Shoe Project / www.lifetoday.org/outreaches/christmas-shoe-project
The Hugs Project / www.thehugsproject.com
James Breeden of NEWTC of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Green Bay) / www.intervarsity.org
Senegal Mission Initiative Project #12594A / www.umcmission.org