St Paul United Methodist Church in Gainesville has a strong commitment to Missions - local, stateside, and foreign.
On the local level, the people of St Paul find ways in their hearts to assist many people in the local Gainesville and Hall County community.
St. Paul UMC has supported missions outreach in a number of ways over past years. Currently we have service volunteers and provide regular financial support to the following organizations:
- Center Point - The largest financial commitment in our Missions budget goes to support the Center Point organization which provides mentoring programs in our local primary and secondary schools within Hall County and Gainesville. Additionally, it provides counseling and guidance to students as well as an off campus meeting facility for religious based studies/fellowship. Some church members volunteer at Centerpoint throughout the year.
- Good News At Noon – St. Paul’s second largest financial commitment is the Good News at Noon outreach. This organization provides spiritual support to many struggling individuals, help with meals, medical and dental care and other ways to help the poor and needy.
- Good News Clinic – As a supplement to Good News at Noon offering, a separate financial offering is made to the Good News Clinic which has recently moved into an expanded facility.
- Challenged Child & Friends – This organization provided ongoing support to families and children within our community. Our annual monetary gift is an important to making this work possible.
- Food Pantry – St. Paul and several sister congregations attempt to meet the urgent need for food to those in desperate situations. Our financial commitment and , personal involvement of church members contributes to real help.
- Gainesville Action Ministries – The GAM organization works to provide counseling, financial aid and transitional housing to people in need within Gainesville. This includes a wide range of support from a professional staff, supported by area churches and others.
- Family Promise - St. Paul teams with other churches in the area to provide short-term housing for families with children who otherwise would be homeless.
- One Harvest - Other Missions related activities have distributed food packages to local families in need at low cost or no cost.
A growing tradition in the Gainesville area is the monthly First Monday Café, a soup lunch event focusing on fellowship, evangelism and fund raising for our missions events.
National Missions: Our congregation is also committed to performing “on hands” help each year. Mission teams, usually involving 10-15 volunteers) have traveled to disaster sites to repair homes where help was needed. The most recent teams include:
Mississippi: Biloxi and Ocean Springs for storm repair.
Georgia: Americus for storm repair.
Kentucky: RedBird Missionary Conference, Frakes , Kentucky: Room addition for a needy family.
North Carolina: Storm repair in Swan Quarter, Hyde County, N.C.
International Missions: In recent years, a Mission Team has been working in Honduras to help remotely located families to build adequate sanitation facilities and improve housing construction.
These annual events also include some teaching and fellowship emphasis.
The stateside work is usually coordinated with UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The Honduras team coordinates mission activities through HOI.org. Both HOI and UMCOR work to address issues of health, sanitation, poverty, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and food security.
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St. Paul’s spirit and culture encourages personal spiritual growth, building up the body of believers, with our central tenet being the call to reach out in love to others on behalf of the Savior who reached out in love to us.
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