EUMC supports many missions and missionaries, locally and globally.  It is part of our DNA as a church to support those in need, wherever they can be found.  Listed below are the ongoing missions but we also support short term endeavors by various groups within the church.

Family Promise

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Family Promise serves homeless families with compassion and dignity. The organization pools existing community resources and enriches the volunteers and local host congregations who participate.

Englewood United Methodist Church and it’s members serve as partners with Family Promise of South Sarasota County which is part of a nation wide network of over 203 affiliates that have touched the lives of over 750,000 homeless family members. Our goal is to help families help themselves by giving them tools and the support they need to work through this life crisis. Family Promise’s model is nationally recognized for its effectiveness and success with over 74% of participants obtaining self-sufficiency within 9 weeks due to intense case management and community support. 60% of those served are children, most under the age of 6.


Englewood Helping Hand

Englewood Helping Hand is a community supported social services agency that distributes food and assists with utilities to Englewood residents. It is located on EUMC’s campus and we are one of several churches and groups that provide funds, food donations and volunteers. They are open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-2:30 for food distribution. To volunteer, call Lance Anderson at 941-474-5864.


Medical Lending Closet

Medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, transport chairs, bedside commodes, shower chairs, canes, and more are available to the community for free. The equipment comes and goes on an honor system. Call the church office or stop by during office hours to borrow or donate.


Kid’s Emergency Dental Solution (KEDS)

Kid’s Emergency Dental Solution is a dental ministry administrated by EUMC helping children in need to obtain preventative and corrective dental services. It provides financial assistance to at risk children, ages 5-18, in the Englewood community. There is an application process and a monetary limit to receive service.


Shoes for Kids

EUMC supports this local program with an annual shoe drive to supply area children new shoes. The shoes are given out to the schools who give the shoes to children in need. We collect shoes and cash donations in July of each year.


Disaster Response

Disaster Response Team

The recovery after a major hurricane or other disaster takes 5 years. Working through UMCOR (United Methodist of Relief) we send out small teams to help with the aftermath of a storm in other locations including clearing brush, rebuilding and repairing homes. These trips can be one day or several depending on the mission. Carpentry trade skills are not needed but can be useful. Men and women are welcome. A new leader is needed for this ministry. If interested, please contact the church office 941-474-5588.

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Community Emergency Response Team for Charlotte county’s mission is to serve and safeguard our community through efficient and effective volunteer service, which helps protect life and property ensuring “the greatest good, for the greatest number.” EUMC has a group formed for Englewood and they welcome new members. Training will be provided. To volunteer contact Greg Sabo 941-830-9169.


Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Appalachia Service Project

Repairing homes, transforming lives. ASP brings thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. Since 1969, they’ve made homes, warmer, safer, and drier. EUMC usually takes a group once or twice a year. If interested in this ministry, please contact Margie Kennedy mkenno1@hotmail.com 207-233-3200 or Martin Bencsik pinesandbox@sbcglobal.net 734-788-1065.


Prison Ministries

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Kairos

Kairos Inside Program brings positive and negative leaders of a prison together for a 3 1/2 day weekend based on a series of presentations, discussions, chapel  meditations, and music led by a same gender team of volunteers. Every aspect of the weekend is rich in listening and loving from the weekend volunteers and a Christian community will start to form. Incarcerated participants who are released re-enter the outside world with a God centered perspective and  a new desire to become productive citizens. EUMC Kairos ministry augments the Kairos Inside Program with special prison visits that include the 3 1/2 day “retreats” and half day reunions. Matt: 25:40 To Volunteer contact Joe Chirillo joechirillo9@gmail.com.

Helping Our Returning Neighbors (HORN)

Helping Our Returning Neighbors works to create opportunities for previously incarcerated men enter society through transitional housing, life skills and job training. The program begins while participants are still incarcerated. This is a new ministry to EUMC and God is working in an exciting way. To volunteer or support this ministry, contact Steve Kennedy at 941-809-2191.


Global Missions

Ryan Kaminski - Uganda

Rising Star – Kayanga’s Hope

A school for orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda, Africa, founded by Ryan Kaminski. Ryan was called to this mission as a young man out of high school. Through his vision and God’s blessings, Rising Star Junior School opened in 2012 to 295 children. The school and outreach to families has continued to grow.  www.k-hope.org

Ox and buggy in Cuba

Cuba

EUMC works with the United Methodist Church in Cuba through the Florida Conference. When possible, we take regular trips to Cuba to visit and support our 3 sister churches that we have committed to support financially with monetary donations, spiritually with prayers, and by donations of items desperately needed in the area. 100% of all monies given goes directly to a sister church. Dan Christopherson, Cuba Coordinator www.christforcuba.com

Ecuador

Dr. Jane in San Lorenzo, Ecuador has built a medical practice for the impoverished. www.lambonline.org/clinic

Galcom International

Solar-powered audio Bibles in the native language of the receiver. galcom.org

InterAct Ministries

George Walker uses his many years of experience as a Bible translator and missionary to Papua New Guinea, to now serve as a trainer of new missionaries.  interactministries.org

Kiersten Hutchinson

Kiersten Hutchinson serves at Karanda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe, Africa. Email: khutchinson@teamzim.co.zw team.org

Heifer International/Alternative Gifts

Heifer International supplies farm animals to families to enable them to start small businesses, providing wool, milk, eggs, and more. Animal donation can provide a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood. www.heifer.org

Operation Christmas Child

An annual program ran by Samaritan’s Purse, EUMC collects hundreds of filled “shoeboxes” in November to go to children in need in the USA and around the world.  Our Mission’s Committee runs our local Christmas drive for this global Christian outreach.


Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Located in Enterprise, Florida, the Children’s Home strives to create wholeness in children and families through Jesus Christ. The children live in 14 individual homes with dedicated house parents. Some of them are orphaned, but most are there due to abuse or the breakdown of their family. Over 70% of their annual budget comes from supporting churches.


United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

UMCOR United Methodist Committee on Relief is a global charity that works to alleviate human suffering, whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster, and advance hope and healing. 100% of donations are earmarked for the cause (example: Hurricane Irma) stipulated by the donor. The local churches pay the operating costs of UMCOR for this purpose.