Making God’s Love Real in the World
2020 was the year when everything changed for everybody. We had to find new ways to worship, keep our connection, and serve our community.
Here are many … but not all … of the ways that we found to do that … together.
One of the best ways to grow your faith is to get involved.
We have people serving in all kinds of ways at Joseph UMC to serve kids and teens, greet guests, run production, and many other things that make our ministry come alive.
And there’s room for everyone.
Even if you’re not sure about Christianity yet, we’ve got a place for you to serve.
We think by serving you’ll grow. And you might discover what so many other people have discovered: that while you think volunteering requires something from you, it will actually do something good for you and in you.
So join the mission. You’re invited. Sign up today. at email@example.com
Worship is for all people. If you have a gift to share in the arts, be it music, visuals, graphic design, the spoken word, or you like to help in the background, we are looking for you. Our mission is to provide a worship environment that helps people to connect with God that make people feel alive in God’s presense. If you would like to help us, please contact the church office at 541-432-3102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the church we often call this “outreach,” but what we’re really doing is helping our neighbors near and far. These are usually short projects that happen throughout the year. We put together disaster relief kits for people in need. These can be hygiene kits to keep people healthy until basic services resume, cleaning buckets to provide the supplies for clean up after a fire, tornado, or hurricane. They can be school bags to help bridge the gap until kids can go back to school or have supplies once they get there.
We have a monthly collection for the Food Bank on the first Sunday of the month, but we also have a Blessing Box at the corner of Main St and 3rd St in Joseph that is available 24/7 for urgent food needs.
In December we normally have our Children’s Christmas Store where the elementary children of Joseph, Oregon are invited to come and shop for their families for $.25 an item. Would you like to be a personal shopper that helps a young person pick out the items for the people on their Christmas list? Maybe you would like to help them wrap their gifts, so they can transport everything home? You could visit with the parents as they wait for their child to pick out just the right thing for mom or dad.
Adult Bible Study
Part of the mission of Joseph UMC is making disciples for the transformation of the world. An important part in the disciple making process is Bible study. If teaching is one of your gifts, we have opportunities for both short term and long term studies and Sunday School. Contact Pastor Cherie for more information on how to get involved.
Prayer is another way that we develop our relationship with God. Praying for other people also help forge relationships with others. You can be a part of our prayer chain network or may submit a prayer request to our coordinator, Betty Cosgrove at email@example.com.
United Methodist Women
We are women with a Purpose! One of our biggest yearly projects is the Children’s Christmas Store, which allows children from Joseph to buy Christmas presents for their family and friends at a very affordable amount. We also have monthly education programs, opportunities for leadership development, and great fellowship. Our local unit meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1:00 pm (except in July and August).
“United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” We do that by equipping leaders, organizing for growth, educating to transform, serving & advocating, fostering spiritual growth. Our local unit meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1:00 pm (except in July and August). More information at www.UnitedMethodistWomen.org.
The Magic Garden Project was inspired by members of the congregation of the Joseph United Methodist Church and was the first school/community garden project in Wallowa County. The partnership with Joseph Charter School started in 2010 for the purpose of growing fresh vegetables with the students. A combination of grants from local individuals and businesses allowed the establishment of a garden at the school and near Imnaha which extended the growing season. Three-four tons of food from the garden is utilized by the schools, food bank and volunteers each year. Community volunteers are invited to help with this project.
The Magic Garden 2.0 starts in the growing season of 2019. We are moving location closer to Joseph, but we will maintain our mission to provide food to the food bank and other charitable groups in the community. Contact the church office at 541-432-3102 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
Wallowa Lake Camp
JUMC has a close relationship with Wallowa Lake Camp located 7 miles from the church near beautiful Wallowa Lake. Many congregation members volunteer at the camp – constructing new buildings, working in the kitchen, doing laundry and clean-up. It’s a great way to support youth and adult ministries.