FOOD BANK COLLECTION
At Hope UMC we continue to collect non-perishable food and household items for the three Belchertown Food Banks. Each month we like to request a particular type of item to ensure that we are collecting what is most needed at the pantries. The items are then distributed equally amongst the three food banks.
For the month of May our feature item is soap: dish soap, laundry detergent, bath soap, etc. Any other nonperishable food items, paper goods or cleaning supplies are always welcome. Baby items, especially diapers are always in high demand. Food bank items may be left on the missions table in Fellowship Hall or in the back corner of the sanctuary.
Hope’s Place is a ministry of Hope UMC that takes place on the 4th Tuesday of each month. We provide a free hot meal, time of fellowship and an interesting after dinner speaker to anyone in Belchertown or the surrounding communities who would like to come.
Tuesday, April 26th at 6:00 pm
The Menu: Sonya Hawkins Memorial Meatloaf (Sonya loved Mary’s meatloaf!)
Our guest speaker this month will be Brian Meehan who is this year’s co-ordinator of the Leadership Team for Relay for Life of Quaboag Valley. Brian, a BHS teacher, is a cancer survivor himself and has been involved with Relay since his diagnosis about 10 years ago. Come and hear all about this American Cancer Society event.
The Missions Team is always looking for volunteers to serve in the prison ministry program. We participate by conducting worship services in the Men’s Correctional Facility located in Ludlow and in the Women’s Correctional Facility in Chicopee. Our next visit to the Men’s Prison is on May 3rd. Volunteers should meet at the Ludlow Correctional Facility visitor’s area no later than 1:30PM. The next visit to the Women’s prison will be on May 24th at 2:00PM. See Rev. Jack Moss for information and registration forms if you would like to participate in this ministry.
Spring Clothing Collection
The Missions Team will be having a spring clothing collection on May 17th. Please check through your closets and drawers for warm weather clothing that you no longer wear! Clothing should be in clean and in good condition. Please separate men’s/boy’s clothing from women’s/ girl’s clothing and label accordingly. Look for the collection area in Fellowship Hall on May 17th. The clothing will be donated to the Amherst Survival Center to help those in need. See Hatsumi Moss if you have questions.
Kate’s Kitchen in Holyoke is operated by Providence Ministries. Since 1980 they have been serving a noon meal 365 days a year to anyone who comes, “no questions asked”. We volunteer our service at Kate’s Kitchen on the first Saturday of each month and we need additional people to serve in this important ministry. Volunteer service is from 11:30 am till 1:30 pm. This includes, serving, and clean-up. The folks who come to eat have great need for meals. There are also other ways to help, such as providing furnishings for a new men’s facility when it is completed. See Dawn Kresge for details. This month we will be going to Kate’s Kitchen on May 2nd. Meet in the church parking lot at 11:00 AM to carpool.