Faith United Methodist Church of Orland Park
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From The Trustees
As we begin a new year, the Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank the congregation for its continued support of our Maintain Faith Fund. Because of the ongoing support we have had from all of you, we have been able to accomplish a number of projects and improvements to our church. Following is a short recap of the major items completed during 2020:
*The main outside sign on the northwest corner of 80th Ave & 151st St. has been completely upgraded to all new LED lighting and new signage.
*We have begun the upgrade to the fire alarm system for the building. This will be an ongoing project during 2021 and will further insure the safety for all.
*The entire parking lot was seal coated and restriped.
*Most of the gardens around the church received a fresh layer of mulch. This was accomplished at no cost to the church due to a generous donation of the mulch.
*All the trees throughout the parking lot area were trimmed to remove broken and dead branches.
*The project to refinish all of the cabinets in the kitchen was completed over the summer.
*The lights that eliminate the cross at the front of the sanctuary have been upgraded to LED giving our AV team more flexibility with color choices. You’ll be able to see this as we go forward with the live streaming of church services.
*All the lighting in the fellowship hall has now been upgraded to LED lighting.
*There were several smaller projects that were completed during the Year, but this will let you know that even through our church was closed for most of the year, the Trustees have continued to make sure our building is well maintained and improvements will be ongoing.
Thank you again for your continued support of the Maintain Faith Fund. These projects could not have been accomplished without your help. We all look forward to the time when we can again be back in the building for church and all other activities that we enjoy there. Please be assured the we will make certain that the building will be ready when that time arrives. The Trustees wish everyone a blessed 2021.
Pastoral Emergency Fund
Objective: Provide monetary assistance to our neighbors in need.
Background: Faith currently has a designated fund that provides bill assistance and gift cards to our neighbors who express need. Foreseeing the economic repercussions for our neighbors who receive hourly wages and are unable to work for two weeks, we are anticipating a significant increase in assistance requests. By donating to the Pastoral Emergency Fund your resources will be used by Faith’s pastors to assist with bill payments and gift card assistance.
How to help:
You can donate to the Pastoral Emergency Fund by mailing a check to
Faith United Methodist Church
15101 S. 80th Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462
Please make checks payable to Faith United Methodist Church. In the memo line of the check write Pastoral Emergency Fund for your donation to be used towards bill assistance. Or, in the memo line of the check write Pastoral Emergency Fund- Gift Cards if you would like for your donation to be used to purchase gift cards for assistance.
How to Help:
You can also donate to the Pastoral Emergency Fund through Online Giving. Online Giving is an easy and convenient way to donate to the Pastoral Emergency Fund. CLICK HERE or click on the "Give Now"
button at the top of any page of the website. When entering a "One Time" donations, simply enters your email address, name, address, payment method, payment amount then submits a donation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Caitlyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-474-3136 (cell).
The Mission Committee, along with the Pastors, have been trying to think of ways our congregation can serve each other during this health crisis we're facing. One thing we have decided to do is place a large bin outside the church to encourage people to donate nonperishable food for those who need it, and for people to drop by to take food if they need it. The recipients of the food will be on the honor system so please take only what you need. If you drop off food donations and the bin is full, please leave your donation behind the bin. When you drop off items in the bins, please make sure they are latched securely. Thank you again for your generous donations. Someone will come by daily to check to make sure the food is stored in the church until it can fit in the bin.
Contact: Genie Lang (email@example.com)
Micro Pantry Changes
Micro Pantry Changes: The weather is warming up so we are now accepting canned goods for our outdoor Micro Pantry. Location: outside main doors of church. Thank you for your support.
Objective: To facilitate contact with other friends & family of Faith UMC and support one another while worship services and programming are suspended.
Responsibilities: Call (or send a card). Specific names (3-10) will be assigned. Contact at least 1x a week.
Contact: Sandy Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for this easy but vital ministry to help us feel connected.
We have a team of 23 callers (and growing), whose mission is to reach out to friends and family of Faith UMC and offer support while worship services and programs are suspended.
Out of food? Need medicine? Stockpile of TP (toilet paper) exhausted? Down to less than 20 rolls? Who ya gonna call? GROCERY GOPHERS! Phone or text your requirement to the gopher coordinator, Dale Carver @ email@example.com. He’ll put you in touch with one of our volunteers. Details for each delivery are worked out on a call-by-call basis.
We have a team of 5 "gophers" and the deliveries have begun.
Some of us do not have a techie person at home. So, Faith is forming a Techie Team to help you watch our devotions and worship services. Note: they are not computer experts. They are friendly volunteers wanting to help.
If you need assistance (or would like to join the Techie Team,) contact Linda Bitzer
in the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 708-444-8560).