Missions

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? --Micah 6:8

ADVENT GIVING TREES

Giving Trees are set up in the CLC, DC and Crossroads with 600 tags from New Horizon Fellowship Church’s Christmas Store, which provides new toys to children in low-income families. Suggested price range is $10-15. Return unwrapped gifts to any Giving Tree by Dec. 3. Questions? Contact Mary Morris.

OUR MISSIONS

Apex UMC reaches out in myriad ways to our neighbors in Apex, the Carolinas and all over the world. From building Habitat for Humanity homes in Apex and Chatham County, to housing and feeding homeless families, to sharing vegetables from our community garden, to traveling to El Salvador, Africa and Haiti, we seek to be the hands and feet of God in so many ways. We have opportunities for those taking their first steps in missions to the seasoned mission traveler.

For more information on all of our missions, contact Becki Leeland, director of missional discipleship.

Adopt-a-Highway
adopt_highway_iconClean up a stretch of Salem Street from the water tower to the Hwy. 64 overpass. Work days are announced in the bulletin and Crosspoints. This project is sponsored by the United Methodist Men, and our church as worked on this stretch of highway for over 25 years. For more information, contact Chris Finch.
Adult Appalachian Service Project (Adult ASP)

adultasp_iconWhile your home probably shelters you and your family from cold and wet weather, many Central Appalachian families experience fall’s damp chill, winter’s ice and snow, and spring’s showers quite differently. Help make their homes warmer, safer, and drier by volunteering in the fall, winter or spring at an Appalachia Service Project Center in Kentucky, Virginia or West Virginia.

Amaze yourself at what you can accomplish for a family in need. Please prayerfully consider what you will do to help. For more information, please contact Jack Rosko.

American Red Cross Mission Team
redcross_iconSupport our local community in response to emergencies and disasters with humanitarian care through the American Red Cross (ARC). Our campus was recently certified as an American Red Cross Disaster Relief Shelter. Volunteers are certified by an American Red Cross Trainer in Mass Care Overview and Shelter Simulation with training available through Apex UMC or directly through ARC. For more information, please contact Becki Leeland.
Apex Outreach Service Project (AOSP)

aosp_iconThe Apex Outreach Service Project (AOSP) provides the opportunity for youth and adult volunteers to serve God by serving others. For one week each summer, youth and adults from our family of faith communities make repairs on the homes of seniors in Apex and surrounding areas. Those who participate should be prepared to work hard and examine their Christian response to the needs of others. Typical work includes: painting, replacing siding, flooring, building ramps, etc. Volunteers stay at the Apex UMC Discipleship Center.

2018 Dates: TBD

Eligible Participants: Rising 9th graders through graduating seniors. Adult leaders must be 21 years of age or older. These adults will serve as work team leaders during the week providing leadership and serving as a Christian role model for the youth. Adults should enjoy working with youth. For more information, please contact Mandy Wilkins.

Christmas Store

christmasstore_iconThe Christmas Store exists to provide new toys at Christmas to children in low-income families by engaging volunteers in meaningful community service. The store is hosted by New Horizons Fellowship in Apex. Each client receives an appointment time upon registration and has an opportunity to “shop” at the store on that day and time. Free childcare is provided for clients who bring their children. The children will visit with Santa’s helpers, hear the Christmas story, and enjoy crafts, snacks or games. Meanwhile, the parents will speak with a volunteer, and are then given an opportunity to select 2-3 gifts for each child registered. When clients have finished shopping, the gifts will be wrapped.

Opportunities to help exist in every part of the Christmas Store – you can purchase toys, make a donation, or volunteer to work in the store.

We will have tags to purchase toys in the DC and CLC in December. Purchase a gift for that gender and age, then bring it back by the date specified.

For more information, please contact Mary Morris, or visit the Christmas Store website.

El Salvador

elsalvador2_iconAUMC volunteers travel to El Salvador to build homes with Volunteers in Missions or Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Those on the mission work as part of an international team to help build homes for the poor. El Salvador is far away, but it is a place of great poverty and great need. A typical income is $4 per day. Many jobs can be seasonal and there is a great lack of opportunity. Between 1980 and 1992, a civil war killed 60,000 people; left thousands of children orphaned and further hurt the fragile economy. The economic conditions are further complicated by natural disasters. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch caused extensive flood damage and in 2001, a series of devastating earthquakes caused widespread destruction of housing. Right now, there is a need for 500,000 homes.

For more information, please contact Bob Lempp or Randel Sink.

Habitat for Humanity

habitat_iconImagine not having a home to return to each night. Habitat for Humanity offers safe, affordable homes for God’s people in need to help end the cycle of poverty for generations. No special skills are required. Crew members provide on-the-job training. Serve one time, every month, or on a weekly basis.

Build dates are listed in the bulletin and on our News & Events page. Anyone age 16 and above can participate. People ages 16-18 must be accompanied by a parent. You can sign up online for work dates. To see pictures from our recent builds, please visit our Facebook page. For more information contact Jack Rosko.

Mat Makers
In partnership with Raleigh Rescue Mission, volunteers make mats for individuals in need to weather the elements by using plastic yarn made from plastic grocery bags. For more information, please contact Sandy Dukeman or Ellen Aiken.
Panera Bread Ministry
panera-bread_iconVolunteers pick up donations each Monday from Panera at Beaver Creek and deliver them to Western Wake Crisis Ministry. For more information, please contact Suzannah Holland Harris.
Paper With a Purpose
Paper with a Purpose gathers monthly in the Fellowship Hall to make cards to be used by prison ministries such as MATCH and Pardoned by Christ (and other organizations). No card making experience necessary. For more information, please contact Lori Fahs.
Prom Shoppe

promshoppe_iconWe need your help to make a wonderful memory for someone special! Attending the prom is important to many young women, and often the expenses associated with the event make it extremely difficult for many families – especially in difficult economic times.

The Prom Shoppe, an outreach ministry of the Apex UMC Family of Faith Communities, works to alleviate this burden. The shop provides prom dresses — as well as shoes, jewelry and accessories — to area teens. It serves the entire Wake and Chatham County areas. Monetary donations will be accepted. Dates for the 2018 Prom Shoppe TBD. For more information, please contact Stacy Kivett.

Simple Gifts Community Garden

garden_iconThe Simple Gifts Community Garden was started in 2009 as a community mission of Apex United Methodist Church. From the start, this effort has been inclusive of the entire community. Membership is not dependendent on one’s address, faith, church, gardening ability or even ability to pay the $10.00 annual family fee (full and partial scholarships are available). Members of the garden share all the efforts and bounty of the garden. Through a communal approach, we work the soil, fight with the weeds, plant, harvest and share in the bounty and beauty of the garden. Food from the garden is shared with Western Wake Crisis Ministry.

For more information, contact Fred D’Ignazio, Anne Harrison, or visit the garden’s website.

Family Promise

wihn_iconFamily Promise (formerly Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network) is a nonprofit corporation that responds to the needs of homeless families in Wake County. The specific purpose of Family Promise is to provide temporary stability to homeless families as they work toward permanent independence. Apex UMC hosts up to five families in the CLC four times a year, for a week each time. In order to have successful host weeks, we need to have approximately 50 volunteers to help in the following areas: setup/takedown, overnight host, evening host, van drivers, laundry crew and dinner host.

For more information, please contact Pam Keenan or visit their website. To volunteer during one of our host weeks, please sign up online.

2017 WIHN Host Dates: Jan. 1-8, May 21-28, Aug. 6-20

Western Wake Crisis Ministry (WWCM)

wwcm_new_iconWestern Wake Crisis Ministry provides help to Apex and Holly Springs residents. Families may visit once every 30 days for food assistance and once every 12 months for financial aid due to an emergency situation. Information, advocacy and referral assistance is also available as needed. WWCM is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and typically sees about 20 families in need each day.

Food Donations: WWCM serves approximately 300 families per month, so food is always needed. Apex UMC sends different food items each month – see the weekly worship bulletin for the month’s donations. You can drop off food in the WWCM bins in the CLC lobby.

Become a Volunteer: During office hours, volunteers weigh and sort food, pack grocery bags, interview clients, help clean up and run errands. Opportunities for after-hours assistance include picking up food from local grocery stores and organizing special projects.

For more information, please contact Vicki Versprille or visit WWCM’s website.

Youth Engaged in Service (YES)

yes_iconYES (Youth Engaged in Service) is a mission weekend developed specifically for the middle school youth of our faith communities. It is designed to be an introduction to mission work – why we do it, for whom we do it and how we do it. Participants will experience the same things they can expect to encounter during more intense, week-long projects like AOSP and ASP, but in a condensed timeframe.

2017 Dates: Sept. 22-24

Eligible participants: 6th, 7th or 8th grade (traditional and year-round calendars) student. Adult leaders must be over 21 years of age. Work projects will range from landscaping to childcare to working at a local food pantry. For more information, please contact Mandy Wilkins.

ZOE Ministry

zoe2_iconThe ZOE Ministry’s Giving Hope Empowerment Project is about community-building, empowering lives, and God-sized dreams. The core focus of Giving Hope is to empower orphans and child-headed families in Africa to become self-sufficient in 2-3 years so they will not require lifelong assistance from outside relief programs. The program brings them back into both their local communities and into the loving, nurturing body of Christ.

While they learn and grow in the Giving Hope program, an annual investment of about $300 per family for 2-3 years yields life-giving change for generations to come. By the end of 2014, ZOE hopes to have 28,000 children active in a ZOE empowerment program in Africa, India and Guatemala. Apex UMC has the opportunity to change lives and futures of thousands of suffering children. Please consider linking hearts and resources with ZOE Ministry as we all work together to care for some of the most vulnerable children on the face of the earth.

For more information, please contact Lee Riddick or visit the ZOE Ministry website. You can also view a report on the Ihirwe Neighborhood (Kigembe Sector, Rwanda), our partner with ZOE since 2012.

2017 Mission Date: TBD