Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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MIssion Giving Opportunities

Mission Sundays Designations

  • Noisy Fifth Sundays in 2018-- Months with 5th Sundays are celebrated in our church with giving going toward missions.  On these special Sundays, members bring their loose change and pour it in a contraption making it extremely “noisy.”  Fifth Sundays in 2018 are April 29,  July 29, September 30, and December 30.  

Upcoming 2018 Mission Sundays Designations

  • March 4 and 11, UMCOR Sunday
  • April 1 and 8, RELC/Native American Ministries
  • May 6 and 13, South Africa Mission Trip
  • June 3 and 10, Global Refugee/Migration 






Mission Trip to Henderson Kentucky 2017

HendersonAdditional pictures are posted on the Henderson Settlement Facebook page.  Henderson Settlement Facebook Page 

Twelve people representing the Shepherd United Methodist Church left on Saturday, October 21, 2017, to participate in an adult mission trip at Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY.  This was our fourth annual fall trip and something seems to continue to call us to return again and again!!!

Frakes is located high in the mountains near the Tennessee border and the scenery is absolutely beautiful!  Henderson Settlement provides many services in this small community and the surrounding area including agriculture, crafts marketing, emergency family aid, fellowship lunches, home repair, thrift stores, senior day care, and youth ministries.  There is a United Methodist Church and an elementary school located on the grounds as well, so it is a busy place!


The Village Messenger Past and Present

The Village Messenger is published quarterly as a service to the community by SUMC.  The project was created after a fire in our downtown area in 2015 destroyed our local printing company, which published a weekly paper.  The newsletter is mailed to approximately 3,000 households with the 48883 ZIP code.  Additional copies are available in several locations in Shepherd.  Past and current issues are available at the following links:

The Village Messenger Vol. 9 (January, February, March 2018)

The Village Messenger Vol. 8 

The Village Messenger Vol. 7

The Village Messenger Vol. 6   

The Village Messenger Vol. 5

The Village Messenger Vol. 4

The Village Messenger Vol. 3

The Village Messenger Vol. 2

The Village Messenger Vol. 1

2016 Mission/Outreach Report


A review of 2017 Missions will be available soon.

Review of 2016 Missions

Financial Assistance

* Pay 100% of our Ministry Shares and support of all Six Lanes of the Advance

* Gideon’s International

* Zach Frederick Scholarship Fund

* Stone Lodge Senior Supportive Senior Living

* Tri-Township Firemen’s Christmas Outreach

* Rose and Garry Cowden’s mission trip to Madutle, South Africa

* 30th annual CROP Hunger Walk with three other churches and high school cross country teams with 25% of funds collected returned to three of our community organizations