Mission Work at Ramona UMC
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.” Teresa of Ávila
The Mission of the United Methodist Church: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
In Our Church
Prayer Quilt Ministry
Our women’s group, UMW, has had a Prayer Quilt Mission for over 35 years! Talented women donate their time and money to make something special to give to people in need. The quilts are prayed over by the women and we always have a few ready to give away. We also do an Adopt-A-Family tree during Advent, along with supporting other worthy missions through the year.
In Our Community
Open Door Dinners
We are one of the many churches in Ramona to host this no cost weekly dinner every Monday at the Grange Hall. RUMC has been active in this endeavor for over 20 years. There are many opportunities to volunteer including food donations, preparation, delivery, and serving the food. All are welcome and sign up’s begin 2-3 weeks in advance of the meal which we do 4 times a year.
We collect food, especially from Panera Bakery, clothes, household goods from folks at the church and elsewhere. These items are given to people in Ramona one day a week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also provides food to be given to people in Ramona once a month. The work is done outside at In His Steps in downtown Ramona from 7-11 a.m.
Golden Share Foods
Ramona United Methodist Church is the food distribution site for Ramona residents. Golden Share Foods offers a variety of food packages to fit your needs. This is the only food program of its kind and there are no eligibility requirements, no membership fees, no commitments to purchase, and no quantity limitations. EBT is accepted. Everyone is welcome to participate and RUMC distributes food orders once a month. To place your order with Golden Share Foods, you can do so online at www.goldensharefoods.com or on the phone, (866) 570-5099.
RUMC started serving turkey dinners on Nov. 12, 1981 in the Ramona Elementary cafeteria to bring together the church and community to enjoy an affordable Thanksgiving meal. Many helping hands not only make this meal possible, but also fun and rewarding. A big part of the dinner is the free meals to those in need.
Good Samaritan Fund/Food Pantry
Among the many teachings of Jesus is the story of the Good Samaritan where Jesus calls us to love and serve our neighbor. The Good Samaritan Ministry was established to help our neighbors and those in need. For those in need of assistance, gift cards are available for local grocery stores and gas stations. These cards are available in the office during business hours (Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00-1:00).
In Our World
Ark for Heifer International
Heifer International is an organization that provides resources and training for struggling small-scale farmers in the U.S. and around the world in order to give them a chance to change their circumstances. This is done by providing animals to the farmers. Our children collect quarters every month to fill the Ark to support Heifer’s work in the world.
Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria is a program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief to combat malaria in Africa by providing insecticide-treated bed nets and supporting other areas in the fight against malaria: environmental clean-up (stagnant water and trash), basic sanitation (latrines and water), treatment, education, training more health care workers, and improving our existing hospitals and clinics. We support this mission by having pancake brunches.
Local members are in Lesvos, Greece helping refugees that are arriving by rafts from Syria. They help them come to shore, get dry clothes, food and try to make them and their children as comfortable as possible. Eventually they get them to local camps where they can get registered. Our members Kyle and Molly support themselves while in Greece. If you would like to make a donation to help support Kyle and Molly and their mission work, please go to mk4refugees.wordpress.com.
Mission trips provide opportunities for members of Ramona UMC and friends to experience firsthand the joys and challenges of helping people and communities outside of Ramona. We recently sent a mission team to Costa Rica to support Strong Missions – a Christian organization that offers programs to help the people of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, especially children and families, gain the basic resources necessary for a healthy life.
We also support the Joint Commission for Church Extension in Mexico activities including health kits for the border and construction at the Encinal Camp near Tecate, Mexico.
If you are interested in RUMC missions please contact the church for more information.