UNITED METHODIST VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION (UMVIM)
May 12, 2020
Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) will be picking up donations on June 16, 2020 at locations throughout the Conference. Each location has different drop-off days, times, and instructions. Please check each listing carefully and contact them to confirm the information below. We still plan on collecting items at Annual Conference in September for both MMDC and Eastbrook Mission Barn, but this June collection is to help meet the immediate needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many locations will be ‘no contact’ drop-offs. If you need help unloading, please bring someone with you or contact the site and see if they can arrange for someone to help. Please respect physical distancing and wear a mask/face covering when dropping items off.
The sites will not be handling monetary donations. You can either send those to the East Ohio Conference and indicate that the money is for Fund 9944 MMDC, or send directly to MMDC.
Canal | Montrose Zion UMC | 565 N Cleveland Massillon Rd., Akron, OH 44333
Drop-off: June 8-12 & 15, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bill Liming (330) 665-9817 | E-mail
Drop-off will be at the back entrance by the rear parking lot, leave items outside of the locked doors under the overhang and we will bring them inside. If dropping off over the weekend, leave items under the overhang of the back entrance outside of the locked doors. This will be a “no personal contact” site. Those making a delivery will need to unload their vehicle and bring the items to the building.
Firelands | Trinity UMC | 214 E Jefferson St., Sandusky, OH 44870
Drop-off: June 10-12, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and June 13 & 14, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Sue (419) 625-8669 | E-mail
Pull up to lower level narthex door, with portico and phone church office. Masks/face covering required.
Mahoning Valley | Poland UMC | 1940 Boardman Poland Rd., Poland, OH 44514
Drop-off: June 8-12 & 15, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Connie (330) 757-1553 | E-mail
Drop-off under church portico then call (330) 757-1553 to let them know it’s outside.
Mid-Ohio | Ashland First UMC | 220 Sandusky St., Ashland, OH 44805
Drop-off: June 8-12 & 15, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Alan Bevere (419) 289-7551 | E-mail
Contact church for drop-off instructions.
North Coast | Strongsville UMC | 13500 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136
Drop-off: June 8-12 & 15, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Felicia Weisbrod (440) 238-6135 | E-mail
Please leave donations under the roof of the outdoor pavilion located on the north side of the property at edge of parking lot. They will be moved inside and secured daily.
Ohio Valley | First UMC | 253 S Lisbon St., Carrollton, OH 44615
Drop-off: June 8-12 & 15, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(330) 627-7671 | E-mail
There will be signage on the main entrance, which has an enclosed lobby. Items can be dropped inside there anytime. A staff member will bring the items into the building several times a day.
Southern Hills | Old Washington UMC | 120 Old National Rd., Washington, OH 43768
Drop-off: June 10-15, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Clayton Coffey (618) 267-5226 | E-mail
Leave by the garage of the rectory house next to the church, call Rev. Coffey to let him know you’re dropping items off.
Three Rivers | Roscoe UMC | 475 High St., Coshocton, OH 43812
Drop-off: June 8-12 & 15, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dale Sutton (740) 622-7780 | E-mail
Enter the parking lot off High Street and drive behind the building to the south-west corner. The double doors into the gym will be unlocked from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., June 8-12 and June 15. If you need to drop-off on the weekend (June 13-14), or in the evening, or if you need help unloading, call the church (740) 622-7780 and leave a message for Pastor Dale. He will call you back and arrange a time that is convenient. Otherwise, this will be a “no personal contact” site, bring the items into the gym.
Tuscarawas | Faith UMC | 300 9th St. NW, North Canton, OH 44720
Drop-off: June 8-12 & 15, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(330) 499-6040 | E-mail
Enter the circle driveway off 9th Street and go to Door #4 under the covered driveway. Drop-off times are 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. June 8-12 and June 15. On the weekend (June 13 and 14) you can leave items outside the locked door under the covering. This will be a “no personal contact” site. Those making a delivery will need to unload their vehicle and bring the items into the building.
Western Reserve | Mentor UMC | 8600 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060
Drop-off: June 8-12 & 15, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(440) 255-3496 | E-mail
Enter the parking lot at the rear of the church and proceed to “Preschool Entrance” on the west side of the building. Items may be left at the entrance. Drop-off times are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. June 8-12 and 15. This will be a “no personal contact” site. If you need assistance with unloading or need to arrange another time for drop-off, please call the church office at (440) 255-3496.
April 30, 2020
UMVIM Team Leader Training
East Ohio has hosted two online UMVIM Team Leader trainings this spring. They both went well and if there’s enough interest we can host another! This FREE online training is limited to 10 participants. If you’d like to lead folks on a journey into the mission field locally, nationally, or internationally, this training is for you! UMVIM will be back to traveling again and the needs will be great. Some of the things we cover in the training are:
Let’s be a community ready to get back to the ministry of presence and mission in Cambodia, Liberia, Cuba, Haiti, Ukraine, Mexico, and to the work of rebuilding Puerto Rico and other long-term recovery projects! The world needs you and me to be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.
Contact Kathy Dickriede, East Ohio UMVIM Coordinator if you would like to be a part of a future Zoom UMVIM Team Leader Training.
Virtual Mission Journeys
While we are not traveling to many of our partner mission sites, there is a way to be connected to our partners by creating a virtual mission experience. Kathy Dickriede, East Ohio UMVIM coordinator, attended a terrific UMVIM webinar called Going on a Virtual Mission.
Additional resources from the webinar are also available.
East Ohio UMVIM is here to help you and your team have a transformative mission experience! We hope the information presented helps in your mission outreach and planning not only during these uncertain days of pandemic, but also for future teams and outreach. Let’s continue to be God’s agents of transformation in the world!
Mask Making Mission
The world needs masks! Whether you live in Ohio, Cambodia, or Liberia, masks are needed and recommended by health experts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As a Conference, we have been focused on the scripture of John 15:1-17 and “bearing fruit that lasts” for 4 years. In 2020, the focus is on being connected. As people connected by faith, we know that what one person does impacts another. As people connected by faith, we need to love one another and strive to keep each other safe. Therefore, we are calling you to put your faith into action by wearing a mask or face covering when you’re in public. Congregations and communities can also help in the making and distribution of protective cloth face masks for outreach centers, nursing homes, community centers, mission sites, food pantries, and more. These are not meant to be PPE quality but rather what is sometimes called "cough etiquette.”
Here’s how to get involved:
We need people to be coordinators in districts areas or communities in East Ohio. Let me know if you are willing to help be a resource to folks in your area for locations, pick-up of supplies, and/or completed masks. If you would like to send masks locally or internationally, let me know how and where. Then we can find you partners for this mission.
We are hoping those who sew will commit to at least 10 masks per week for 4 weeks. Once you have made a couple, this should be only a few hours per week time commitment. We will assess the continued need at the end of 4 weeks to see if we will continue the outreach project, modify, or stop it.
If you don’t sew, do you have 100% cotton fabric and elastic that you can donate? We will be more than happy to pick it up from you and get it to sewers. Another way to help would be to cut fabric to the appropriate size for our sewing volunteers.
If you have a mask pattern you have been using, please feel free to continue with that pattern. However, if you need a pattern, below are a couple of links to tutorials for mask making:
How to Sew a Face Mask with Fabric Ties // TUTORIAL
How to Sew a Face Mask
Kaiser Permanente Fabric Face Mask Instructions (sewing machine needed):
University Hospital in Cleveland (uses a pattern that does not use interfacing. If that works better for the supplies you have on hand, please review those instructions at this website)
Easy 3-minute mask tutorial with pocket
For a more fitted mask, that is closer to PPE requirements this website has a few videos with instructions and general information. I think the second one is the best. The third gives you some supply options.
If you are willing to volunteer, have questions or need to have materials or masks picked up from your home, please contact Kathy Dickriede or call (330) 492-3972 ext. 102.
If you can’t help with the production of the masks, we welcome, appreciate, and need your prayers.
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH,
near Akron-Canton Airport.
8800 Cleveland Ave. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Local: (330) 499-3972
Toll Free: (800) 831-3972
Fax: (330) 499-3279
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8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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