Missions

For information about current projects and updates about recent projects, visit the Missions Minute page.

Contact Pastor Kirstie Jeanette Engel (kengel@saintpaulumc.org or 402-477-6951) with any questions about Saint Paul Missions.

About the Mission, Justice and Caring Team
The Mission, Justice and Caring Team of Saint Paul Church will lead the congregation in responding to God’s call to serve others and work for justice.  We believe Christians are called to two kinds of responses to the needs of the world: acts of mercy and charity, and action to change the situations that cause suffering.  We will provide information, educational events and resources, opportunities for conversation and understanding, additional opportunities for hands-on mission experience, and ways of working for social change to “build a world where love can grow and hope can enter in.”  To this end we will work in five areas. In addition we will promote the six special offerings of The United Methodist Church.


Feed Hungry People and Fight Poverty
The Food Pantry and the BackPack Program provide food to needy families through community agencies. Volunteers help at several shelters and soup kitchens. The CROP Walk raises funds to fight hunger. Heifer International provides livestock to families so they can build a sustainable food source. Ten Thousand Villages offers Fair Trade products that pay craftspeople in many nations a fair price. Our orphanage in Nigeria provides an education, nutrition and life skills to children orphaned by AIDS and other causes. Habitat for Humanity helps families build and buy homes at an affordable and sustainable price.

 

Promote Health and Fight Disease
Clinic with a Heart provides immediate health care and referral to other health services to people who are uninsured or underinsured. The United Methodist Global Health Initiative and the United Methodist AIDS Fund are working to eradicate malaria and AIDS. Project Homeless Connect provides services to the homeless and near homeless.

 

Provide Housing and Respond to Disasters
Habitat for Humanity works with families to build affordable, efficient homes. Interfaith Housing Coalition operates a low-income housing complex downtown. United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds to disasters in the US and around the world.

 

Welcome the Stranger and Work for Justice
We work with Heartland Refugee Resettlement to help families adjust to life in the US.  Lincoln Literacy offers English classes for immigrants. The TeamMates mentoring program connects at-risk youth with adults who care. The Peacemaking Workshop brings noted speakers to Lincoln and brings people together to work for peace and justice in a number of areas including immigration reform.  Bread for the World provides a way to influence public policy to fight hunger and poverty.  We have committed to assist with Syrian refugee resettlement as well as being a leading voice in our community.

 

Provide Fellowship and Care for Members
The Caring Committee prepares luncheons and receptions for families at funerals. Poinsettias and Easter Lilies are taken to the homebound. Heritage Sunday and Golden Weds recognize our longtime members and long-married couples.