Missions & Outreach

Pastor Liz Whitford

Concern and Action Ministry Team

The Concern & Action Ministry Team puts faith into action through programs to address social and cultural challenges, including: poverty, discrimination, mental illness and environmental stewardship.

Through local mission work and education, we strive to incorporate John Wesley’s three simple rules, including

1. Do no harm

2. Do good

3. Stay in love with God

Our ministry team is focused on spreading God’s love in our community and congregation while demonstrating Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors to all people.

For more information, please contact Heather Baker at  920-954-6871.

As the Concern and Action Committee for First Church Appleton, we want to let you know we are working even harder on ideas for our church to increase our awareness and racial literacy in the wake of the social unrest, injustice, and horrifying murder of George Floyd and other people of color throughout history by those in power. We know as a church committed to loving people unconditionally as Jesus did, helping them reach their greatest Christian potential and feel safe surrounded by community, this has had a devastating effect. We might feel helpless, disgusted, enraged, determined. We want you to know our committee is working hard to allow us to gain something from this and to be a part of the solution.

 

We want to communicate and acknowledge that we understand the government and system does not allow equal access to all. We recognize as a church and those of us not of color, we need to listen more to learn and talk less. We recognize, there are things we cannot understand due to inherent privilege. We know privilege is not something we asked for, nor does it mean our lives are not hard, but it does mean, each of us not of color have not had our lives made harder by our race. We strive to become “anti-racist,” not just “not racist.” So, we are prepared in order to increase our racial literacy and do better, we ask ourselves and we will be asking you to engage in some uncomfortable conversations, including…

  • How can we recognize our own privilege, even if it’s hard?
  • How can we initiate conversations honestly about race?
  • How can I learn about and begin moving away from my implicit biases?

We will be announcing opportunities for these conversations from the committee for discussion, self-reflection, awareness building and putting ideas into practice. Watch for these announcements and challenge yourself to engage in the discomfort of learning!

We would like to share the following videos with you:

 

Privilege/Class/Social Inequalities     Bishop's Call to Action for Racial Justice

 

Local Missions

Be part of the “Pillars” crew to prepare an evening meal. Share your building skills with Habitat for Humanity. Walk in the CROP Walk in October. Weed at Riverview Gardens. Look for notices in the newsletter and bulletin for ways to be in mission locally.

 

 

Adult Mission Trip

Volunteers in Mission (VIM) usually travel in the fall for a week of mission work. In 2018 the VIM team went to UMC Pine Lake Camp in Wisconsin where we worked on the camp grounds, and buildings. If you would like to find out more information about the next adult mission project, talk to Jeff or Shelby Knezel, 920-734-1001.  

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Connectional Missions

Through The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) we are in mission with God’s people here in Wisconsin, in the United States and around the world. We have sent boxes of supplies to Russia and Sierra Leone; raised funds to help eradicate malaria as part of Imagine No Malaria, shared in relief efforts for victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. Through the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) we provide on-going support to Mbwizu Ndjungua who, with her husband Nkemba, serves as missionary in Camaroon.

 
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