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The Purpose of Mission Ingathering is to show the love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs
August 21, 2020
Mission Ingathering will look different this year due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, but our purpose of showing the love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs will carry on. The Mission Ingathering Task Force met on August 14. Here are answers to many of your questions:
YES, we will partner with Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Pawnee, Illinois, to collect kits at all of the sites on Saturday, November 7, 2020. These kits are vitally important this year due to all of the disasters that have happened. MMCD is providing phenomenal assistance at each of our collection sites. MMDC is an UMCOR affiliate.
NO, we will not be hosting large group activities; such as, youth retreats, bazaars, mission presentations, luncheons, bake sales, quilt auctions, and worship services
Mission Ingathering will be a “drive through” process this year. Volunteers will meet your vehicle, take your kits, collect your remittance form (with check stapled to it, please), and off you go. You will not need to leave your vehicle.
Assembling kits? Many churches are actively assembling kits that are being requested by people in the U.S. and around the world.
Cash donations accepted and needed! Please consider donating funds for the Mission Ingathering 2020. Much of the money for these District Hunger Grants comes from auction, bake sales, luncheons, and bazaar sales, none of which can happen this year on site. That will leave a huge void. These grants, available in January each year, assist Iowa food pantries and help fund community meals right here in our conference. Last year, $32,000 was granted to Iowa churches from Ingathering giving to go back into their communities. How sad it would be to have to cut back our work right here in Iowa.
Has your church been working on a quilt this year? How about auctioning it off, face to face or virtually? Did you have to cancel your bazaar? How about a sale on Facebook? Maybe a no-calorie, no-work, pay-what-you’d-have-spent dinner could raise some awareness, extra funds, and a little laughter! Perhaps a special offering can help alleviate hunger through these grants.
Include your contributions to Church World Service blankets, Heifer International, Self-Help International, and Mobility Worldwide of Iowa. There are places on the remittance form for these donations. Information on these programs can be found in the Ingathering booklet and also online at www.iaumc.org/ingathering.
Remittance forms can be found in the current bright yellow Ingathering booklet or downloaded from iaumc.org/ingathering. Since we will not be processing the forms in person this year it is more important than ever to have contact information, especially a phone number for a real live person, who actively worked with the kits, knows about the remittance form, AND can be contacted on that Saturday or Sunday. We would also like an email for that same person, if possible. The church phone or church email will NOT work as a contact.
Will your congregation be participating in Ingathering 2020?
1.Yes! Fantastic!! If you’ll be bringing kits, please email the coordinator of the site you plan to attend and give your best guesstimate of what you will be bringing, so we have enough volunteers to give you service, and enough truck space. Please do this asap, by mid to late September. Now more than ever, planning is critical.
2.Yes, but we’re not physically creating kits. Wonderful! You may mail your Ingathering form and check to either your site treasurer before November 1st or to Iowa Annual Conference, 2301 Rittenhouse Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321-3101. You can also deliver your check for kits onsite on November 7th. Just mark clearly what it is for.
3.We still don’t know for sure. Contact your site chair. It’s not too late!
Our 41st Mission Ingathering will be like no other. We can be flexible, because our purpose is clear – to show the Love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs. We can and will be difference makers. Watch your email, Facebook, and the conference and district websites for more updates. Peace and joy to you all from you Ingathering Task Force.
Cedar Falls Site
Coordinator: Jan Benson, 319-269-2211, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Bonita Davis, 704 Pine Drive SW, Independence, IA 50644
Coordinator: Sally Wilkie, 712-437-2519, email@example.com
Treasurer: Pam Mitchell, 3412 South Nicollet, Sioux City, IA 51106
Coordinator: Marilyn Schirman, 515-490-9688, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Marilyn Jensen, 2706 Fallow Avenue, Fontanelle, IA 50846
Mount Pleasant Site
Coordinator: Judy Brotherton, 563-264-5372, email@example.com
Treasurer: Lucas VanTol, 1450 Westview Drive, Iowa City, IA 52241
Webster City Site
Coordinator: Tami Hejlik, 515-571-7858, Tami.firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Tami Hejlik, 2485 Virginia Parkway, Webster City, IA 50595
Our relationship with Midwest Mission Distribution Center, an UMCOR–cooperating depot near Springfield, IL, is growing stronger. Their philosophy is to collect and distribute to those in a time of crisis as quickly as possible – and to include a prayer card in each kit, signed by the kit-maker! That personal touch makes a difference, to both giver and recipient.
Midwest Mission collects, makes, assembles, and restores supplies for humanitarian and disaster relief. The work is done by volunteers who come from all over the U.S. to serve. The 30,000 square-foot facility is located on a 10-acre campus four miles south of Springfield, Illinois. It is the second largest of the cooperating depots in the UMCOR Relief Supply Network and partners with Food for the Poor, Franciscan Mission Warehouse, Christians in Mission, and U.S. South Command donating supplies to humanitarian aid missions.
Mission Ingathering – continuing for 41 years, evolving to meet the changing needs of God’s people, wherever they may be.