Soldotna Food Pantry–
Soldotna United Methodist Church, offers a Food Pantry for residents in the community who are experiencing food shortages. The Soldotna Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 11a.m.- 2 p.m. To support these efforts, the church is accepting non-perishable food donations, which may be dropped off at the church any Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. To make monetary donations, go to our Support Our Ministries page, mail a check to the address above designating it for the Soldotna Food Pantry or drop it by the church. For more information, contact the church office at 262-4657 or by email at email@example.com
If you would like to volunteer contact Cosette at 262-7610. Please feel free to drop by any Wednesday to see the operation in action and view our beautiful community garden.
God bless everyone who has kept this ministry in their prayers and who has been the hands and feet, the heart and lips of Christ with our community families in need of food assistance. We are making a difference!
Community Garden- From Spring through mid Fall we have a Community Garden whose first purpose is to grow fresh produce for the Soldotna Food Pantry. That takes up about 1/2 of our garden space. The other half is for people in the greater Soldotna area who are interested in having a garden plot of their own. That could be you! With a master gardener available to coach you in planning and growing your own produce and the promise of good stewardship of the garden for you and others who are gardening here you too could enjoy some fresh veggies on your table.
Kenai Peninsula Food Bank-
We financially support their fundraising efforts as well as volunteer at the facility throughout the week.
Wednesday Night Dinner-
Every Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm a dinner is served to anyone who wants a meal and fellowship. Help is appreciated in preparing the meals.
Kenai Alternative High School-
The Soldotna United Methodist Church serves breakfast two mornings each week. Mondays we serve breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs and ham and fried potatoes with salsa and hot sauce on the side. Wednesdays we serve bisque’s and sausage gravy and you won’t find a better breakfast this side of the lower forty-eight. Juice is also served at the meals. The volunteers from SUMC are there from 6:30am-8:30am.
The Kenai Lions Club is one of our financial supporters for this project.
Many of our church volunteer at the local hospital doing various jobs like greeting, hospitality, hand massage, etc.
Wildwood Yarn Ministries-
There is a weekly crochet program teaching and working with the women through yarn.
Donations of yarn are very welcome.
Hospice and NODA-
Hospice is a program in the community to help in times of dying and extended care.
Call for training or information 907-262-0453.
NODA means no one dies alone. Volunteers can be trained and are needed.
Pigs on a Mission- www.umcgiving.org/how-we-give#sundays
There are 6 times a year that we financially support denominational offerings to help around the world and here at home. See above link for more information.
We stay at the ready to help financially and with physical strength in times of disaster and personal need.
Wildwood Correctional Center
Church members continue to work with those at the Correction Center.
February 2017 was the most recent Kairos at the Wildwood Correctional Complex. This is a yearly occurrence.
Kairos is God’s Special Time
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Kairos volunteers represent the Christian faith and present a Christian perspective.
Kairos volunteers come from many Christian denominations, but present only those principles that all share in common.
Kairos leadership is drawn from lay persons, although clergy play a vital role.
Kairos is an overwhelmingly volunteer organization, with over 20,000 volunteers worldwide.
Kairos ministers to incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them.
Walk to Emmaus-http://www.upperroom.org/emmaus/whatis/
The next Walk to Emmaus is happening this Fall 2017. November 9-12 at Alaska Christian Retreat. If you never been on one here is an opportunity to change your life to the good forever.
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”
The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The “Emmaus community,” made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.
During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations. The three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.
The Upper Room, a ministry unit of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, sponsors the Walk to Emmaus and offers it through local Emmaus groups around the world. Although connected through The Upper Room to The United Methodist Church, The Walk to Emmaus is ecumenical.
Birchwood Camp News-
Summer schedule is done and oh what fun there has been. Keep posted for upcoming Winter events. This is a camp that has fun and learning opportunities throughout the year.
Contact us if you are interested! 688.2734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMCOR or United Methodist Committee on Relief-
UMCOR, or the United Methodist Committee on Relief is a denomination wide disaster response organization. Any of the disasters we have been hearing about across our nation and around the globe (hurricanes, fires, earthquakes) have some level of UMCOR presence on the ground with needed resources in the early hours and days of response. Often UMCOR is on the ground as early or even earlier than response teams like Red Cross but we do not seek publicity so you do not hear about us very often. Our church supports and empowers this work through an annual offering to help cover the administrative costs and then special offerings as needed through the year of which 100% of those offerings goes to the actual response. If it is on your heart to support these much needed efforts to bring help and support to those trying to survive after a disaster, go to UMCOR.org and click on their donate button.