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Heritage Missions and Hurricane Relief

The Heritage missions area continues to be very active in all sorts of ministries and projects.  Here is an overview of just a few:

Spaghetti Dinner Ministry – This year we sent 26 Micronesian kids to the Warren Willis camp in Leesburg where they spent a week fellowshipping with children from all over Florida and learning of God’s love.  The spaghetti dinner ministry raised $6,000 to help make that happen.  Thanks to all that come and donate.  We have a very special program after our October 6th spaghetti dinner, Desmond Doss Jr will be here to tell the story of his father, Desmond Doss Sr, who was a medic in World War II and was eventually given the Medal of Honor and is the only one that received that medal with firing a shot.  It is an inspirational story of heroism and faith.  I hope you can be there on October 6th.

International Trips – We had a wonderful trip to Brazil in June and we are in the process of planning for 2020.  We are looking at trips to Brazil, Zambia and possibly Costa Rica next year so start praying about how you can be part of these trips.  It is an unbelievable way for you to see God working in areas and people that we here in the U.S. would consider to be extremely poor.  What they are rich in is the love of Jesus Christ.

Food Pantries – We continue to support three food pantries in our area.  These pantries fee approximately 500 families between them each month.  We still need non-perishable food donations each week that can be dropped off here at the church and we will deliver them to the pantries.  We support the Mattie Williams Community Center food pantry in Safety Harbor, Church and Community Outreach in east Clearwater, and Safe House at Mount Olive AME Church in downtown Clearwater.

Hurricane Relief – While Heritage is not doing anything directly to send money and supplies to the Bahamas, we are working through the conference and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) who has more resources and the contacts necessary to deliver meaningful services.  For now, they are asking us to donate money and not supplies.  There is a problem getting supplies to the people because of all of the devastation.  When the time is right they will let us know what the needs are and we will get that word to you.  You can donate safely by going to www.umcor.org.

As always there are many more things to look forward to and to get involved.  Pack-a-Sack starts soon, we feed an average of 700 homeless people each month through our Street Ministry program, we are starting to prepare for the Drive-Thru Nativity, and much more.  We are also exploring new opportunities that will give many people an opportunity to serve and to see God working in our community.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jakea@heritageumc.com.