Grants Endorse Community-Focused Mission Projects
Did you know that money is earmarked and available via the Moody Permanent Endowment Fund for churches wanting to develop or expand outreach oriented ministries?
In fact, out of the $500,000 available this year for Texas Conference grants, $250,000 is being targeted for core leadership, $125,000 for local church ministries, and $125,000 for affiliated institutions.
As an “idea generator” look at this list of grant money invested in TAC so far this year:
· Blessings of Grace Marion County Food Pantry received funds to offer nutrition classes and publish a nutritional cookbook.
· Covenant Glen UMC was able expand its after school program to the satellite campus.
· New World UMC received funds to sponsor community holiday celebration outreaches such as back to school fair, Thanksgiving meals, and other holiday events.
· Newgate Cooperative Ministry has been able to hire a youth ministry director to help reach the community.
· First UMC Red Lick needed a grant for the construction of a children and youth facility.
· First UMC Sweeny requested funds for instruments and music to start a chime choir with children they serve lunches to in the housing projects in the summer, and with the elderly during the winter.
· The Watershed UMC grant helped fund the new church plant/capital campaign.
· Woodville UMC has been able to expand part-time youth director to fulltime.
· WordServe Church is applying its grant for food boxes and weekend backpack food program for kids in Fulshear.
Up Close with the Smallest to Largest
For several years the First UMC of Sweeny has sponsored a summer feeding program for the underserved population in the community, feeding approximately 150 children three times a week this summer. This is a particularly impressive feat for a church with an average attendance of 77. “As our teams went out to the low income housing projects during the summer months, it became obvious these children needed something to occupy their time,” says Rev. Nancy Cobbs. Thanks to the PEF Funds, Sweeny UMC received about $2000 to fund their vision to take musical instruments out to the children and teach them to play as they gather for their sack lunches. “We proposed using the Tonechimes (sister to handbells) for the youth during the summer and the retirement community during the school year,” Nancy adds. “If the children and seniors are working on the same music, it would be wonderful to have a combined concert for the town!”
First UMC Wharton, received the largest grant this year to employ a full-time director for the Victory in Jesus Recovery Center which aids adult men in recovering from substance abuse and addiction. This extension ministry of the church is a collaborative effort involving volunteer and fundraising work of the church youth, women and community. Residents staying at Victory at no charge, hear the Sunday sermon during their Monday chapel services, and receive help with their challenges through the spiritual disciplines as well as the 12-step program. “In it’s first two years, the Center ministered to 35 residents, 33 of which were from Wharton County,” says Rev. Meredith Wende, “also offering family services to the families, bringing that number closer to 100.” Monies are also needed to help purchase the facility VIJ is currently leasing.
Grant administrator Vivian Pinard says that local church ministries are handled in two grant cycles per year. The first step is to have the district superintendent send a letter of recommendation that serves as the letter of intent for the board. If the board agrees to receive the full proposal, the church will receive an application form for their detailed submission. Each D.S. may recommend a maximum of 3 local ministries per year.
The deadline for applications for full proposals is December 1 for the February decision and July 1 for the August decision. For more information, contact Vivian Pinard at 409-744-0508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.