Missions & ministries
College Heights United Methodist Church has always been very mission minded.
We support missions locally, as well as globally. Some of the missions we support are:
Aid for Haiti,
Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM),
Habitat for Humanity,
Imagine No Malaria,
Back Pack Ministry
The College Heights Back Pack Ministry provides a back pack of food items to students a Dixieland Elementary School who have been identified by he school as not having enough to eat over a weekend.
Although we continue to refer to this program as the Back Pack Ministry, in place of back packs we will be using environmentally-friendly brown paper tote bags. Not only will these be easier to pack with the weekly supply of food, but their smaller size will make delivery easier each week.
The Back Pack Ministry exists because of the faithful efforts of our congregation as it is not part of the budget and does not receive funds from regular pledges and offerings. Donations must be specifically designated for “Back Pack Ministry” to be made available to the program. Your generous response of donations and/or actual items to the special programs - - - “Food of the Month,” Thanksgiving Boxes, Angel Tree Christmas gifts, “Undie Sunday,” and school uniforms; and donation of your time are vitally important as contributions of funds and items would be of no use without the dedicated volunteers who purchase, organize, pack, and deliver the food and other items to the school.
Over the past couple of years, the number of volunteers has dwindled, leaving a relatively small group of faithful members to keep the program going. We ask you to seriously consider joining our team. Tasks include setting up the food in preparation for packing, packing the bags, delivering the filled bags to the school, and picking up the empty bins from the school. We especially could use more Delivery Volunteers, which includes carrying bins of packed bags from the Food Room to your car, driving to Dixieland Elementary, and carrying the bins up a few stairs into the office.
Contact Sheila Dyer (863-660-7006) or Dale Alderman (813-754-3917) for more information. Training is provided!
Prayer Shawl Ministry(Ministerio de Oración Chal)
The Prayer Shawl Ministry makes shawls for those who are ill, or have lost a family member, or in praise of children who have been baptized. More recently, prayer shawls have been made to give as Christmas gifts to our Back Pack Ministry students and to Guardian ad Litem children.
This ministry no longer meets as a group, but shawl materials are available to anyone who wants to participate from home. Just come to pick up supplies, then return shawls when completed.
Triangular Shawl Pattern
Cast on one st. using 15 needles. This pattern takes 2 1/2 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn available at JoAnn's or Michaels.
You may use straight or circular needles.
Row 1: Knit into the front and into the back of st (increase made): 2 sts.
Row 2: Increase. K1: 3 sts
Row 3-6: Increase. Knit across. End of row 6: 7 sts
Row 7: K3, YO, Knit across: 8 sts
Repeat row 7 until piece measures approximately 32” from cast on edge, ending with an even number of stitches.
There are approximately 132 or 134 stitches on the needles at this point.
Next row: K3, YO * K2 tog. YO* repeat from * across to last 3 sts. K3.
Next 4 rows: Increase, knit across.
Bind off row: K2 tog. *K1, pass second st. on right needle over first st: repeat from * across to last 2 sts. K2tog.
Pass second st on right needle over first st and finish off.
Design by John Feddersen, Jr.
Rectangular Shawl Pattern
Use size 15 needles and 2 1/2 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun Yarn.
This yarn is available in JoAnn’s and Michael’s.
The needles can be straight or circular.
Cast on 51 stitches.
For all rows *k3 p3* and repeat across.
Continue for approximately 60 inches in length.
Our intercessory Prayer Group meets every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. They pray for each person on our prayer list. Cards are signed and sent to those who are known to have a special need.
Parent support group
This group meets monthly at a local restaurant for dinner. These members of the "sandwich generation" offer fellowship and support to each other. Participants have children of different ages and/or find themselves helping their parents deal with the problems of aging.
Outreach is an inter-generational and ecumenical group that meets monthly for social activities. This is a great way for fellowship outside of worship. In November we sponsor Angel Tree Christmas gifts for children in our Back Pack Ministry. Each month activities are different and are decided at a January planning session. We welcome all. Details are in the monthly newsletter and weekly bulletin. Contact the church office for details.