Missions

At Lake Magdalene UMC
 
 

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Lake Magdalene is actively involved in missions locally and around the world.  For more information on how you can get involved and help support any of these missions, contact the Champions listed below!

 

Hungry and Homeless

Heaven's Kitchen provides food, fellowship, and Bible studies to the homeless, hungry, and poor at Oak Grove United Methodist Church on Waters Avenue & Habana.  We prepare meals on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, allowing us the opportunity to provide and demonstrate God's love. We welcome anyone who can serve, clean, cook, and translate for us. Please contact Champions Lesia Redeske at lesia@a-accuracyins.com or Linda Livingston at slllel99@aol.com for more information.

Trinity Cafe serves more that 260 hot and nutritious meals daily. Located on Nebraska Ave., we do more than provide hot meals; We allow the homeless, hungry, and working poor to dine in dignity with meals prepared by a professional chef and served by volunteer service staff on white linen covered tables with flatware and china. Anyone who comes through Trinity Cafe is welcome without question or qualification, and we are open 365 days/year including holidays. The mission of Trinity Cafe includes "Faithfully treating all of God's children with acceptance, compassion, love, and respect" just as Jesus once did, and still does. Please contact Champion Bob Blagg at baldguy@lmumc.org for more information.

Food Pantry proves it is not necessary to go overseas or to another country to see that people are in need. The Food Pantry, operated right here from our very own church office, serves up grocery bags of food on a daily basis to those in need. Simple pantry items help families live week to week right here in our Carrollwood community. Monetary and of course physical donations of food are always needed and welcomed, but helping bag the groceries and organize the pantry is also a necessity. Please contact Champions Tom or Phyllis Stentz at 813-926-6654 for more information.

Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) is a global humanitarian aid organization that reaches over 65 countries with those in need of a meal and other life-saving aids. This organization has distributed over 140 million meals, with 88.5% of the money donated going straight to the food program. With the help of global distribution, and small groups like our church, the Stop Hunger Now organization packages and serves hundreds of thousands of fortified rice meals, that cost only .29 per meal for us, but give help and hope to those who are receiving them. Please contact Champion Brent Worden at twisteffect@aol.com for more information on how you can help be a part of this world-changing mission. You can also visit http://www.riseagainsthunger.org/ for more information. 

Church Women United Clothes Closet The Clothes Closet is physical located on Franklin Ave. in Tampa, and gives out clothing and toiletries to the indigent and homeless community. We are open Wednesdays from 9am-12pm, and always need volunteers. Please contact Champions Anne Clark at 8grits@uvresident.com or Nella Griffin at nellagriff@aol.com for more information on how you can help.

 

Children, Youth, & Families

Cornerstone Family Ministries/Rosa Valdez Center provides connections for over 28,000 disadvantaged children each year through nutritious food, early childhood education and the hope of Christ through a connection with the local churches. From donations both physical and monetary to hands-on participation, you can be a part of this powerful organization right here in our Tampa Bay community. The Wonder Walk is the annual fundraiser that takes place each year along Bayshore Blvd. to raise money for scholarships for their students at Rosa Valdez, which is the early learning center Cornerstone Supports. If you would like more information on how you can support this mission, contact Champions Chuck Peterman jcpeterman@verizon.net, Margaret Masters mmasters2@tampabay.rr.com, or Cindy Sisco at lasisco@mindspring.com. You can also visit cornerstonefamilyministries.org for more information.

Florida United Methodist Children's Home/Tampa Bay Open Hearts is a private, faith-based, non-profit agency that provides a continuum of care to children, youth, and families throughout Florida. Children come to UM Children's home because of sexual abuse, abandonment, or because of family breakdown due to divorce, drug abuse, illness, or death of a parent. You can help by of course continual prayer for these children, but also by volunteering to work with groups. They often have wish list items or gift cards that can be purchased to provide items for the kids. Please contact Champions Terry or Cindy Sisco at lasisco@mindspring.com for more information on how you can help. In addition, these children also need foster parents. If fostering is something you may be considering, please contact the Children's Home directly at 813-988-2969 and they will answer any questions you may have about fostering.

Steadfast Mentoring this program's mission is to "Reflect the light of Christ Jesus in every juvenile offender and their families." They do that with programs that are Christ-centered, prayer-dependent, connected with local churches, and volunteer driven. Their goal is to love each child ages 13-18 with the unconditional love of Christ. Ways to help are through volunteering for weekly Bible studies, pancake breakfasts, sewing programs, recreational events, church services, choir, chaplaincy services, life skills, speaking, grief groups, and more. Please contact Champions Bob and Melissa McNamara at risingabove4them@earthlink.net or Deborah at deborah@steadfastmentoring.org. Visit them online at steadfastmentoring.org for additional information about the program. 

Operation Christmas Child is a global ministry of Samaritan's Purse which proved the opportunity for US Churches to share the gospel with 7.5 million children from around the world with gift-filled shoe boxes. This mission happens annually between the months of October and November where we as a church host packing-parties and take home shoe boxes to fill and send world-wide. Please contact Champions Randy and Donna Costello at donnacostello@verizon.net for more information.

Wesley Foundation at USF is working to build an intentional Christian community in and among our college-aged community both at USF and HCC by bringing the word of God into these secular spaces. Help by praying for, or volunteering for their weekly Wednesday evening meals at the Wesley Building at USF.  In addition to Wednesday evening discipleship, the Wesley Foundation hosts a weekly Sunday service at 11am and members are invited to attend and participate. Please contact Champion Paul Griffith at paul_griffith@glic.com.

Kairos Prison Ministry brings Christ's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them. This ministry greatly assists with the transition as these men and women become productive citizens. You can volunteer to become a team member (training required) or a prayer partner. Contact Champions Jerry and Charlotte McBride at charsweb@tampabay.rr.com, 813-264-4005 or Phil Wilson at phildirt2009@gmail.com for more information.

VA Fisher House indirectly serves the James Healy VA Hospital by making and delivering meals to the Fisher House the 3rd Wednesday of each month. These meals serve family members of Veterans who are in rehabilitation at that Hospital. Please contact Champion Brian Forrester at bforrester550@vandykmortgage.com to find out where your gifts and talents could help this cause. 

 

At-Risk Women

Heartdance Foundation is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to the restoration of men, women, and children recovering from addiction and sex trade. This foundation also provides education and training to help abolish all forms of modern day slavery. You can pray, train, and volunteer for our speakers bureau, spiritual retreats, or strip club outreach. Financial support and supplies are always needed including recovery Bibles, bus passes, gift cards, and toiletries. Please contact Champion Dotti Skipper at heartdance@verizon.net for more information.

Love Covers All similar to Heartdance, is a outreach ministry for those in the sex industry, but specifically in Tampa and a direct mission of Lake Magdalene UMC. They work in cooperation with other local teams and ministries to reach vulnerable women for Christ within Tampa strip clubs. You can pray for Tampa's large sex industry and our monthly outreaches, as well as help put together gift bags on a monthly basis. Please contact Champion Mary Byerman for more information at marybyerman@gmail.com
 
New Life Solutions is the Ministry Head of the Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County, More2Life Youth Development Program, Passages Post-abortion Grief Support Program, and the Breath of Life Women's Health Services and Birth Center. This Christ-centered ministry offers hope, help and healing for women, teens, and families by promoting healthy lifestyle choices and relationships. If you are interested in finding out how you can help, contact Mary Byerman at marybyerman@gmail.com for more information, or visit their website, newlifesolutions.org.

Other Missions That Touch Home

Animeals is a program of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Without this program, many senior citizens who are homebound in our community would go without food, shots, and spay/neuter services for their pets. If you would like to help this furry friendly mission, you can donate dog or cat food in the designated basket in the Narthex of the big Sanctuary on Sundays, or drop it off in the Church Office any other day of the week. Please contact Champion Lanie Obrien at Mobrien60@verizon.net for more information.

Local Community Needs Missions as we receive word of any critical needs that are in our immediate community of Tampa and Carrollwood, we will address those by assembling teams of volunteers to take on projects for those who might be homebound or elderly and cannot accomplish the tasks themselves (example: lawn mowing, general cleaning, upkeep). Please contact Champion Bob Blagg at baldguy@lmumc.org or Taylor Toothman at ttoothman@lmumc.org to notify them you are available should these missions pop up.

Prayer Shawl Ministry If you like to knit and/or crochet, we need your skills! Our Prayer Shawl Ministry comes together twice on Tuesdays (2pm-4pm or 6pm-8pm) to create shawls and blankets that are then blessed and taken to people who battle with long term health issues, hospitalization, preemie babies, or are battling with grief or pain. Please contact Champion Margaret Newell at englishrose10@verizon.net if you have any questions about how you could utilize your talents for this special ministry.

Salvation Army This ministry serves many aspects of our community, from the Christmas Angel Tree, to Christmas Stockings, and Bell Ringing. You can help by volunteering to be a Bell Ringer, purchasing items from the Angel Tree and Filling Christmas Stockings with toys for children. Please contact Champion Kathy Vevang at rvevang@verizon.net to find out when and where this ministry needs volunteers.

Nursing Home Ministry is consisted of a group of volunteers who regularly visit and minister to the elderly in local nursing homes. This visit takes place on Thursdays from 1-4pm. Please contact Champions Peggy Smith at 813-949-1655, Joan Bush at 813-926-8730, or Sally Walden at 813-501-4280 for more information.

 

Corners of the World

Methodists United in Prayer (Cuba Sister Church) this mission is operated under a covenant between the Florida conference and the Cuba conference of the United Methodist Church. This Holy covenant allows us here at LMUMC to support San Juan UMC in Santiago de Cuba, and vice-versa. We support San Juan UMC by traveling to Cuba to assist in the construction of their church and to bring supplies, money, and goods that the Cubans may not have access to otherwise. We also need daily prayer and donations to help support this church that is so close in distance to the US, but yet, so far in commodities, technology, government, and support. Please contact Champion Linda Livingston at slllel99@aol.com for more information about how you can help. 

Missionary Support of the Lynch Family The Lynch family moved across the world to Thailand to work with the Phu Thai people so that they may develop relationships with God and then spread the word. This family continues their missions through the prayers of our church and financial gifts. Please contact  Champions Kathy Hobart at kathyhobart@verizon.net, Sally Walden at 813-523-2000, or Mike Lynch at mike_lynch@ntm.org for more information.

 

Our Youth

Hands and Feet of Christ is the ebb and flow of our amazing group of young people here at Lake Magdalene. They take mission trips each summer to meet needs both here in the US and abroad. They build, paint, lead Vacation Bible School, spread the grace and love of our God and more! Please help these young people continue their ongoing goal of being the Hands and Feet of Christ by praying for them, sponsoring scholarships and trips, supporting their fundraising efforts and being supportive of their efforts to make a difference. Contact Champions Bob Blagg at baldguy@lmumc.org or Taylor Toothman at ttoothman@lmumc.org for more information on how you can help!