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Missions

Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church reaches out to people next door and a world away. Below are the mission efforts we support. A special gift may be made by check to Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church, designating the organization. Web addresses are provided that include information on how to give directly.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." - Acts 1:8


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Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM)

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Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry

Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) is an independent, nonprofit, ecumenical service center dedicated to providing short-term social services for residents of the Beaches. BEAM seeks to provide social outreach to help people through periods of financial crisis with the goal of assisting them to become functional, economically productive, self-reliant, and fulfilled in their lives. PVUMC supports BEAM through a portion of the weekly offering and the twice yearly collection of groceries. Visit http://www.jaxbeam.org for more information.



Blessings in a Backpack

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Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack is a national program designed to feed elementary school children who qualify for the free and reduced meal program and may not have any or enough food on the weekends. Each Thursday during the school year, volunteers from PVUMC meet to pack backpacks for 25-50 students at Osceola Elementary School in St Augustine. The students return with their empty backpacks on Monday fed and ready to learn. Contact Sharon Kehoe if you are interested in helping with this ministry; visit http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org to learn more.



CROP Hunger Walk

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CROP Hunger Walk

Each fall, PVUMC hosts a team of people for the CROP Hunger Walk in Jacksonville Beach to benefit the cause of hunger in our community and throughout the world. Contact Sharon Kehoe for more information.



Hart Felt Ministries

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Hart Felt Ministries

Hart Felt Ministries is seeking volunteers to help frail, elderly seniors maintain their independence and "age in place" with dignity. Regular visits, telephone reassurance, light chores, building wheelchair ramps, transporting to medical appointments are a few of the opportunities. It's all about neighbors helping neighbors. For more information please contact Loree Reed, 285-8796. More information on Hart Felt can be found at http://www.hartfelt.org.

PVUMC supports Hart Felt through a portion of the weekly offering.



Home Again St. John's

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Home Again St. John's

Home Again St. John's is a food sharing program in St. Augustine. Each evening a group of volunteers provides food to hungry and homeless people behind the Lightner Museum in downtown St. Augustine. Debi Russillo leads those willing to provide and/or serve a meal at 5:30pm the second Friday of the month. For more information or to help, contact Debi Russillo, 823-9601.

PVUMC supplies paper goods for this effort.



Mission House

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Mission House

PVUMC's Cornerstone class prepares and serves a Sunday meal at Mission House the second Sunday of odd-numbered months. A women's team prepares and serves lunch each fifth Monday. The Thursday morning women's Bible study covers lunch the third Thursday of odd-numbered months. Between 95 to 130 plates of food are typically served. The expense of providing the meals is borne by our church. The Cornerstone coordinator is Brett Merrill (273-4593); the women's team coordinator is Jill Bennett (285-2134).

Mission House is located at 802 Shetter Avenue in Jacksonville Beach. PVUMC supports Mission House through a portion of the weekly offering.



St. Francis House - St. Augustine

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St. Francis House

Located in St. Augustine, St. Francis House seeks to create an atmosphere and lifeline of hope that minimizes the suffering of the homeless and the less fortunate. The House provides essential shelter, food, and resources, centered on faith-based principles, to the area's hungry and homeless population. St. Francis House serves as advocates for the homeless and unfortunate and assists individuals in developing personal independence. Contact Cooper Agent or Barry Durden to volunteer for the first Wednesday evening meal team. (Carpool from/to church 4:00pm/8:00pm if cooking. Closed toe shoes required.) Contact Sue Morris to volunteer for the last Thursday of the month lunch meal team. (Carpool from/to church 9:45am/12:45pm. Closed toe shoes required.) For more information on this ministry, see http://www.stfrancisshelter.org.

PVUMC supports St. Francis House through a portion of the weekly offering.


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Florida United Methodist Children's Home

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Florida United Methodist Children's Home

Our church is a proud supporter of the Florida United Methodist Childrenís Home in Enterprise, Florida. The home's purpose is to create an atmosphere which enables children and families with special needs to experience God's love and care as presented in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Combining Christian influence with a healing, caring, therapeutic community, the Home provides highly specialized services designed to strengthen individual and family life. We've begun sending teams to serve the Children's Home. Contact George Garcia for more information.

We receive a special offering for the Florida United Methodist Children's Home every fifth Sunday.



JAARS

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Home Again St. John's

The mission of JAARS ( http://www.jaars.org) and Wycliffe Bible Translators is to translate the Bible into every language on earth and distribute Bibles to as many as possible. PVUMC sponsors trips to the North Carolina site in order to do practical mission work. For information on the next experience, contact Dan Thomas.


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Cuba

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Methodists United in Prayer

As part of Methodists United in Prayer we have a sister church in La Sierra, Cuba. Folks from our church have been traveling to Cuba with increasing fequency since spring of 2004. We received a visit from our sister church pastor Damian Pacheco Diaz in February, 2011. Check out our La Sierra Methodist page for information on the covenant we share with our sister church in Cuba.

Like more information? Get in touch with George Reed, 285-8796.



Faithful Servant Missions

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Faithful Servant Missions

Faithful Servant Missions seeks to improve the physical, educational and spiritual health of those whom society has forgotten. In Costa Rica, FSM operates a Christian community center that serves the Bajo Tejares district of San Ramon. Bajo Tejares is a very poor community of displaced Nicaraguans and Costa Ricans that is rife with poverty, drugs, violence, and despair. Programs serve the community by providing educational assistance to both children and adults, recreational programs, and a ministry dedicated to proclaiming Godís love and grace to members of the Bajo community.

In western Panama (Plaza de Caizan, Chiriqui), a food distribution/community outreach program is in place and construction is underway for an orphanage. The focus population is the Ngobe-Bugle indigenous people. The overall vision in both Panama and Costa Rica is helping people develop a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

PVUMC has sent members to Costa Rica in 2011 & 2013 and Panama in 2012. For more information contact Kelly Minter, 280-5141 x304. Learn more about Faithful Servant Missions at http://www.faithfulservantmissions.org.

PVUMC supports Faithful Servant Missions through a portion of the weekly offering.



Honduras Medical Mission

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Across the Globe

Each spring the Honduras Medical Mission serves alongside the staff and volunteers of Jungle Hospital in Rio Viejo, Honduras through an 8-day Saturday to Saturday mission trip. Participants serve over 200 people through medicine, dentistristy, education and more in this mountainous jungle area near La Ceiba, Honduras.

Several from our congregation can be seen in this 2014 team video. For more information contact Lauren or Doug Senecal . Learn more about Across the Globe at http://goacrosstheglobe.org and their partner organization Jungle Hospital at http://junglehospital.com.



Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. This program of Samaritan's Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on mission project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus Christ, God's greatest gift. Along with shoe box gifts, millions of children are given Gospel booklets in their own language.

Our church sponsors this mission by filling shoe boxes for the children each November. For more information visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org.


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