Missions & Social Responsibility Commission for the 21st Century (MSRC)

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May 17 Change the World Sunday Update

Due to the continuing uncertainty about the present Pandemic and the need for social distancing, we have decided to cancel our planned Change the World Sunday event scheduled for May 17. We ask that you consider reaching out to someone to share Godís love in a personal and unique way on that day. Perhaps a phone call, email or text. Cards and letters are always appreciated.


Church World Service and the Crop Hunger Walk

Each year, a dozen or more children and adults from our community join the Castleton Crop Hunger Walk, held the third Sunday in October. Walkers solicit pledges prior to the event and then join others from our community and other churches on the 3.2 mile walk through Castleton-on-Hudson. Twenty-five percent of the money that is raised goes to The Anchor Food Pantry. The rest funds Church World Service (CWS) development projects to provide food security, clean water sources and increase the earning potential of women in developing communities.

Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Walkers from FUMC, Reformed and Luthern Churces of Castleton



Four scholarship recipients wearing First United Methodist Church of East Greenbus tee shirts.

Qholoqhoe Mountain Connections board members Linda and Roger Gorham returned in early March from working with the Qholaqhoe community and staff at Qholaqhoe High School in Lesotho, southern Africa.   They report that the food crisis outlined by the United Nations and World Food Program is indeed affecting the students and villagers.  While recent rain has enabled corn and sorghum to grow, these two staple crops require four months and warm weather to mature and as they were planted late and the weather is usually 40 degrees at night, there is little hope of a bountiful harvest.  The rains have, however allowed green crops such as kale, swiss chard, beets and cabbage to do well.

Young scholarship recipiets wearing First United Methodist Church of East Greenbus tee shirt.

The Emergency Food Fund now provides monthly food supplies for 60+ students, up from 22 students last year. Teachers refer students who appear to need food support and after being interviewed, they are added to the EFF. The donations from sponsors have enabled QMC to send $4500 to purchase food for the next six months.

The Lesotho Nutrition Initiative has also continued to donate nutritious pre-packaged meals which will be given to the students as well.

While in Lesotho, Roger and Linda were able to present scholarship recipients supported by our church members with t-shirts. We are hoping for a visit from QMC board member Lynn Minderman later this year. Please visit the QMC website for more information or to make a donation.

blanket on rocking chair


Joseph's House and Shelter

Kevin Connelly and Janet Schmidt volunteering in kitchen at Joseph's House and Shellter

Three or four times a year, our community prepares and serves dinner for Joseph's House and Shelter in Troy. Joseph's House provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of Rensselaer County, including emergency shelter, street outreach, and support services. Ordinarily, dinner is planned for 50 adults and children, but when temperatures drop below freezing, we plan for 90 persons. This is the Code Blue period when the shelter expands its capacity to accommodate street-homeless persons who are brought in out of the cold for overnight stay. Church members pitch in to prepare dinner after the Sunday morning service and serve it on Sunday evening. Rather than deliver the meal to the shelter, we serve the meal ourselves and join residents at the dining table. Our intention is to make a connection with - and see Christ in - those who are experiencing homelessness. Please consider joining us as we prepare a meal on the morning of Sunday, June 30.  Contact Kevin Conley for more information at e.kevin.conley@gmail.com (518) 253-4907.



Missionary Mozart Makafui Adevu of Accra, Ghana, West Africa

The missionary we have selected for a special relationship with our church is Mozart Makafui Adevu of Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Contact has been made with him and we have received past newsletters and information about his ministry in agriculture methods, livestock management and disease control. The area in which Missionary Adevu works as regional coordinator includes Sierra Leone, from which our past missionary (now Bishop) Rev. John Yambasu comes. In addition to the specific information about Missionary Adevuís work, we have had the opportunity to learn about the political and cultural issues in the region.

Missionary Adevuís ministry is through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). In lieu of a covenant relationship, we have chosen to support him through the UMCOR-Sustainable Agriculture and Development Advance.

If you would like to know more, please ask any member of the Missions and Social Responsibilities Ministry.

Missionaries witness and serve in different locales and cultures and engage in a range of professions and activities. They are a tangible connection between the church and mission. These commissioned individuals are usually called to serve outside their country of origin, as pastors, teachers, doctors, nurses (or in other healing ministries), social workers, church planters, evangelists, and in a variety of other ways through denominational or ecumenical ministries.