Spark has planned for 2021 Engage status by selecting the missions marked with asterisks to be supported again. The District mission is still being determined (to replace Midland Flood Response) Each month a particular mission will be highlighted. However, donations are accepted for any of these missions throughout the year to support others locally and globally. Mark your giving envelopes and/or checks to designate a contribution to a given mission. Make all checks payable to Good Shepherd UMC. Thank you for your generous support of people needing assistance around the world.
Step 1: Give 100% of Michigan Conference Ministry Shares (formerly called Apportionments
Steps 2-10: Donate to the following 8 ministries within Engage guidelines and selected by Spark (Administrative Board):
Disaster Response United States (March)
Supporting UMCOR's response to disasters. UMCOR works in partnership with United Methodist Churches and other local partners to address immediate relief and achieve sustainable recovery.
Heifer International (April)
Investing in individuals and communities to help them create lasting change.
Haiti Children Project (May)
Providing a Christian home to homeless children
“We are making a real difference in the lives of children and young people by assisting them out of poverty through education.”
The Bishop Craig Children’s Village has been in operation since 2000 with primary support from the Detroit, West Michigan, West Ohio, Indiana and Liberia Annual Conferences. The center provides counseling, healthcare, education, and shelter to destitute youth in war-torn areas. In recent months children orphaned by Ebola have found help and hope at the Village.
Red Bird Clinic Community Health Center (July-August)
Providing health programs for low-income, underinsured, and uninsured people in remote mountain areas.
The Noah Project in Detroit (October)
Jinnia Siironenf is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service with the Michigan Annual Conference. She was commissioned in August 2018. Jinnia is from Franklinville, North Carolina, where she is a member of Grays Chapel United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. She holds a degree in culinary arts from Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina and has worked as a cook in summer camping programs. A call to mission service came to Jinnia in a “small and quiet voice” and she is excited to see how God will use her in the future.
Cass Community Social Services (November)
Cass Community Social Services offers programs to people living in areas of concentrated poverty in Detroit. The four program areas are: food, health/mental healthcare, housing and employment.
The Redford Brightmoor Initiative is a nonprofit organization in service to the neighborhoods of Brightmoor (Detroit) and Redford, Michigan. They are committed to resident engagement and providing basic amenities.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.