Trinity United Methodist Church designates specific charities each month to which the monthly mission offering is given. Our offerings reach both near and far to a variety of ministries. Together we can do more than we can do individually. Thank you for giving generously as you are able.
Here is a list of the charities designated for 2023.
January: Good Neighbor Cupboard
This is a vital ministry in our community. It serves as a food bank to serve those in need of food. Trinity collects canned goods to donate to this charity.
February: Rebuild Upstate
The February Monthly Mission funds will help cover costs in all areas of the organization.
Rebuild Upstate’s approach to affordable housing differs slightly from other affordable housing organizations, in that they don’t offer total new home construction or provide affordable rental housing. Instead, they focus solely on home preservation and repair as means to keep residents in their own homes.
By understanding the needs of the people inside a home, they gain a better insight to the repairs that will help them the most. Whether addressing safe entry and exit by building a new wheelchair ramp or ensuring that a family is healthy and dry under a new roof, the goal of every home repair is to make sure the residents may remain comfortably in place for years to come. That’s why Rebuild Upstate takes a holistic approach to affordable housing by partnering with other fantastic community organizations to help address the symptoms of subpar housing and empower individuals to break the cycle of poverty.
March: Safe Harbor
The mission of Safe Harbor is to provide a continuum of services to victims of domestic violence and their children; and to eliminate cultural acceptance of domestic violence through a coordinated community response, education, and prevention. Individuals and families impacted by domestic violence have inherently been exposed to traumatic events in their lives. Safe Harbor is committed to providing programs and services that are designed with an understanding of the impact of trauma on individuals and families, as well as a recognition of a survivor’s resiliency and ability to heal. They use a trauma-informed approach to services and community work that aims to support and empower survivors, to respect and honor each individual’s experience and to avoid re-traumatization. For the March Monthly Mission Offering we will be collecting monetary donations for Safe Harbor. More information can be found at www.safeharborsc.org.
April: Anderson Emergency Kitchen
The mission of Anderson’s Emergency Kitchen (AEK) is to address hunger. It is a weekday (M-F) feeding program that provides a hot nutritional meal to all in need who come through our doors. In the United Way of Anderson County’s terminology, the AEK focus is to address basic needs. Our strategy is not a lofty strategy, but it is an essential one to the clients we serve. Many of them may not be able to get even one meal a day, and others are pressed to be food secure without these meals.
The AEK strategy for fulfilling its mission is to provide one hot nutritional meal to anyone who comes through our door five days a week. The AEK is located at 1527 South Main St. Our April Monthly Mission Offering will go to the Anderson Emergency Kitchen. For more information see andersonemergencykitchen.org
May: Epworth Children’s Home
Trinity receives an offering twice a year for this ministry. Epworth does not receive funds from apportionments. The first offering is always in May for the Mother’s Day Offering. The home is located in Columbia, SC and provides a safe and stable atmosphere for children and youth by demonstrating God’s love and supported them with basic needs, education, etc. It provides a home where they feel they can belong and learn their potential and worth. (epworthchildrenshome.org)
June: S. Main Chapel & Mercy Center
We refer to it as the “Mercy Center”. Trinity collects bottled water and gatorade for this ministry. This ministry serves the homeless and persons in need in Anderson offering opportunities for meeting their spiritual needs as well as food, support for medicines, transportation, housing, counseling, etc.
July: TUMC Youth
Details will be available soon.
August: Aldersgate Special Needs
Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry: This is a ministry that was formed by families and friends seeking to prepare for the future of their loved ones with developmental disabilities. They maintain homes for adults with special needs, so that they can live in a Christian environment with a professional staff dedicated to providing a loving home. (aldersgatespecialneedsministry.org)
September: Epworth Children’s Home (also see May)
Trinity receives an offering twice a year for this ministry. In September, it is called the “Work Day” Offering and supports the needs of the home. (epworthchildrenshome.org)
October: UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
This committee receives and distributes every penny to people and areas hit by disasters in our country and around the world. They are often first-responders when it comes to those hit by natural disasters and they may be the last ones to leave, continuing to serve as long as there is a need. They also supply flood buckets, hygiene kits, school kits, and kits of other kinds to persons in need.
November: Connectional Ministries (College Scholarships)
Connectional ministries is part of our giving through our apportionments each year. Your giving also supports camps and retreats, our congregational specialists, our Methodist retirement homes, our college campus Wesley foundations, and many other ministries. This offering will be specifically designated for scholarships for students attending Methodist colleges and universities.