The Outreach team builds upon LGUMCs Mission by extending our service and giving to people in need. Throughout the year, we create opportunities for church members to make a difference through charitable giving and hands on projects.
Second Harvest food bins are in the Sanctuary entrance awaiting donations of food to help our local neighbors who are in need.
LGUMC opens our doors to the Homeless of Los Gatos to receive a hot shower and a meal.
First Saturday of the Month
LGUMC prepares and serves breakfast for families living at the San Jose Family Shelter on the first Saturday of each month.
First Sunday of the Month
Hunger Challenge bags follow the regular offering plate: please share your loose change to help support our San Jose Family Shelter Breakfast program. We also sell fair-trade coffee, tea, and chocolates at reasonable prices to support independent farmers who use earth-friendly, sustainable techniques.
Celebrate the “brief” month. Briefs, boxers, bikinis, and any style, especially diapers, are collected during February and delivered to the residents of the San Jose Family Shelter. Baskets will be available in the Sanctuary entrance for donations.
We support our annual mission trip to Colonet, MX by donating Spanish language books (preschool – high school age) to be shared with families in Colonet.
School Uniform Drive:
Students attending McKinley Elementary, a school located in a low-income district of San Jose, are required to follow a dress code in order to avoid potential gang-color conflicts. Donations (Cash or Check) of any amount will help low-income students to purchase appropriate clothing, and basic classroom supplies.
Jackets and Jack-o-lanterns Coat Drive Partnering with Grace Preschool:
We collect laundered warm outerwear for those in need. Preschool sized items are donated to State Preschool near San Jose Medical Center. Larger items are donated to the San Jose Family Shelter. New items are preferred, but laundered gently used items are also welcome.
Rise Against Hunger Sunday:
Once a year we worship and then package over 10,000 meals to be distributed around the world in developing countries to help end global hunger.
Children’s Gift Tree:
In preparation for Christmas, a “gift tree” is decorated with names of children from low-income families. Members select a tree decoration with the child’s name, age, and his/her interests; the member returns the tag attached to the wrapped gift in a week or two and places it under the gift tree.
Christmas Gift Faire DEC 1st:
Over twenty non-profit programs set up exhibits that explain the work that they do. Donations (cash or check) to any of the groups can serve as a welcome alternative gift for someone who already has everything, or as a stocking stuffer. These gifts remind us that Christmas is about giving love and changing the world for the better. Each donation comes with a gift card and an explanation of the program that the donor has selected.
In addition, each year we have a Joan Nunn Habitat for Humanity Work Day. Dates vary depending upon the work available.
Want to Join the Outreach Team?
SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH:
7pm in the Church Library, the Outreach Team meets to plan and execute our ministry. We can always use the support of new members with ideas for new projects. Main Contact: Ursula Young.