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Support a new Mission Endowment Fund
You have a new opportunity to support the outreach work of GPUMC by donating to the recently established Mission Endowment Fund.
The fund, which has been approved by the Church Council, has already been created using proceeds generated through the Palooza events in 2020 and 2022.
As with other endowment funds, the goal is to build up ample capital over time so the principal is secure and generates enough investment income to support future mission “projects that aid people in need.” Outreach Committee chair Beth Blunden said the plan is to never let the balance drop below $10,000.
The yearly church budget will still provide basic funding for many projects, but the Outreach Committee hopes the mission endowment fund will eventually grow to the point where the committee will not have to start from zero to raise money for every future effort.
The fund will not replace fund-raising for such activities as the youth mission trip to Henderson Settlement, Blessings in a Backpack, Empty Bowls, Gift of Reading, the Immanuel UMC Food Pantry, and Shelter Week. But, if, for example, a group of GPUMC members want to plan a relief trip in response to a natural disaster, the endowment fund might eventually provide start-up financing for such a project.
You can donate now by referencing “mission endowment fund” on your check or donation. You also can include the fund in your estate or retirement planning.
If you’d like to learn more about the fund, please contact Beth Blunden.
Reminders for parents of young children
Our children’s ministry at GPUMC has been growing so it’s time to remind parents of a few necessary points.
If you have children from infants to age 3, Heli Kharod is available to care for them during the worship service in the nursery, which is located just outside the sanctuary doors in the narthex. The ushers can direct you to the exact location. Parents should complete a registration form for each child in the nursery.
Children from age 4 through 5th grade will be taken upstairs for Sunday school after Chancel Chat. Parents should complete an information sheet for all children attending Sunday School so teachers have necessary information in case of an emergency.
If parents would like younger children to join Chancel Chat, Emily will drop them off at the nursery following Chancel Chat so they can play and color with Heli.
Help feed others
Immanuel UMC in Eastpointe depends on our donations to stock the shelves of its food pantry.
The food pantry is open every other Tuesday evening and every other Wednesday morning.
You can drop off food items in the activity entrance at church or on the front porch of the Blunden home, 86 Willow Tree Place, Grosse Pointe Shores.
If you need ideas to help with your shopping, consult the attached list.
As always, the church also appreciates receiving gift cards in smaller sizes ($10 to $15) to Meijer or Kroger which enable individuals to make their own choices.