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Projects

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Every July, St. John’s United Methodist Church hosts a “Christmas in July” project.  It’s “Operation Christmas Child” is a way for individual persons to get involved with children in another country providing special Christmas gifts.  Last year approximately 168 Christmas boxes were supplied.

 

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The St. John’s United Methodist Church is involved in many mission projects, including CROP – raising funds to fight “world hunger,” a yearly bazaar and yard sale with all proceeds going to missions, and a Christmas Tree Lot with all proceeds going to missions.

Suzanne Frye, social worker at Hunter elementary sent us this URL on Students who are homeless and attending schools.  Yes, it is true even in America, and even in Greensboro.

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Alternative Giving during Christmas is offered through the Greensboro Urban Ministries (GUM) Greeting Cards.  This is a special way to recognize colleagues and business associates.

During the Advent Season, a table is set up in the narthex of the sanctuary.  Cards are sold for $5.00 per card with all proceeds going to GUM.

Your gift to the Greensboro Urban Ministry can be made in honor of someone or in remembrance of a loved one. Your designee will receive a special acknowledgement card informing them of your generous gift.

Gifts may be made throughout the year by contacting GUM through the attached links. Make yourdonation online and enter a Dedication or Gift Message or donate by mail using our Donation Form and fill out the appropriate fields.

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For more than 30 years, Greater Piedmont Teen Challenge has helped many young men struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. If young men want to change, we want to help!  Troubles with drugs and/or alcohol, family and the law are symptoms of a deeper need. Teen Challenge GPTC helps men ages 18-45 break the bonds of drug and alcohol addiction and along the way invites them to discover the ultimate answer – a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

St. John’s hosts the men for a November meal every year.  This provides  an opportunity for one-on-one contact between the church members and those in the program.  Some of the proceeds from the Christmas Tree sales and the Bazaar/Yard Sale go to benefit the GPTC.

Weaver House

Weaver House offers year-round shelter to adult men and women. These are dorm type rooms with beds that offer additional space during the cold winter months. Guests are offered information on jobs, housing, referral services and other means by which they may be helped to overcome poverty and homelessness.

Each second Thursday from January-October, at least 10 volunteers provide food for the men and women through Greensboro Urban Ministries’ “Feed the Homeless” program.  This food is mostly prepared at St. John’s and then taken to Weaver Center to be warmed and served.  The group gathers at St. John’s at 6:00 PM.