What are the four F’s and what have they to do with Outreach at Sudbury UMC? When we choose to support an organization or a project we rely on the four “F”s:
- Faith – Partnering with organizations that share our values
- Focus – Missions that have a clear focus in line with our UMC beliefs.
- Face – Programs with a personal connection with members of our church.
- Fishers – Projects which help others to help themselves.
We invite you to choose the outreach area that speaks to you and volunteer regularly.
New Horizon School, Paraguay
New Horizon Methodist School serves students with limited resources. For several years, SUMC (and congregation members individually) have funded scholarships for the students and families who pay a small portion so they have a vested interest in their children’s education. NHS currently has 715 students from 4 years old through the 12th grade. The school’s vision is to form leaders through academic excellence in order to develop integrity, discipline, wisdom, honesty, respect, and love of God and neighbor. The Executive Director, Sue Givens, has visited SUMC and corresponds regularly with our Outreach Commission.
The church contributes to disaster relief and world hunger through UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, whether by war, conflict or natural disasters, with open minds and hearts to all people.
We are pleased to support missionaries in their work including
- The Persons in the Congo, who retired after 35 years of service, and continue as volunteers at the Mulungwishi Theological Seminary teaching and training pastors.
- Belinda Forbes who serves in Nicaragua.
- Danielle Martinelli, serving as the Intern Coordinator for Serge to assist others as they seek to go to the “ends of the earth” to aid Serge’s long- term teams and also seek God’s will for their lives.
Hurricane damage in 1979 has led to a long term relationship between churches and individuals. Dr. Mel Meyer, and his wife, Betty, began a medical mission in Dominica in 1980, and moved there with their family. In 1981 the Meyers initiated the Family Sponsorship Program, which enables individuals and families at SUMC to support families, students, and shut-ins in the towns of Marigot and Wesley. Over the years, the SUMC-Dominica relationship has grown significantly. Teacher salaries at the Marigot pre-school are funded by SUMC, and multiple work teams of SUMC adults, and/or youth have traveled to work hand in hand with our Dominican brothers and sisters on projects ranging from church repairs to play ground construction. 2016 saw the completion of a 6-year joint effort to construct a church hall adjacent to the Ebenezer Church in Wesley
Local Efforts and Ongoing Commitments
- The Advent Conspiracy
- Food Pantries
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- Greenwood Shalom After School Program
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hagar’s Sisters
- Heaps of Hope
- Household Goods
- Jeff’s Place
- Massachusetts Bible Society
- Matty Eapen Foundation
- Metrowest Free Medical Program
- Open Table
- Pathways Family Shelter
- Pine Street Inn
- UM Economic Ministry of Northern Maine
- Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
The Latest News from the Outreach Commission
Advent Conspiracy: Love All! Thus far, we have talked about Worshipping Fully, Spending Less and Giving More. The fourth tenet of the Advent Conspiracy is to Love All! God gave us the perfect gift at Christmas – his presence through his only Son. God’s Christmas list included everyone. And when God’s people serve the poor…