Bethesda Cares same as CCUMC Cares?
The Missions and Social Concerns Committee coordinates the church’s efforts to extend the love of Christ to the communities in which we live (local, regional and global). The following are specific programs:
We provide small “Care” bags for members to hand out to homeless they pass as they travel throughout the area. The zip-lock baggies are filled with small bottles of water, cereal bars, applesauce and other snacks plus a card listing support agencies in the area. The contents are contributed by church members and the mission committee and the bags are filled by groups of volunteers. As of June 2016 we have distributed 870 bags in an area extending from Ballston to Gaithersburg.
Growing out of a wish to increase diversity in our congregation, in February 2012 we began a series of citizenship classes to prepare immigrants to pass the test required to become an American citizen. With the leadership of volunteer teachers and mentors, the classes continue in series of 10 classes each on Saturday mornings at 10 am.
Volunteers from CCUMC participate in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Meals-on-Wheels program on the 4th Thursday morning of every month. They deliver meals to seniors in need and others who are unable to shop or cook for themselves because of disability .
Nepal Mission (click here for more information)
Both the Mission Committee and the United Methodist Women support Nepal Teachers Training Innovations (NTTI) which focused on encouraging teaching that develops critical and creative thinking in often remote areas of Nepal.
Missionary in Nicaragua
CCUMC sponsors Dr. Belinda Forbes, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving in Managua, Nicaragua with Accion Medica Cristiana (Christian Medical Action). Belinda is a dentist and many members of the church have been to Nicaragua to assist in a dental program in isolated villages in which she participates.
Our Lady of Lourdes Feeding Program
CCUMC provides food for a homeless feeding program at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda on the third Sunday evening of every month.
On the third Thursday morning of every month volunteers prepare sandwiches for the homeless in downtown D.C. which are then distributed by Martha’s Table.
A Wider Circle
For several years we have worked with A Wider Circle, an agency providing gently used donated furniture to homeless moving into transitional housing. Besides donating surplus furniture from our Rummage Sale and Christmas Bazaar, we have raised funds to purchase new mattresses. Members have also been invited to pick ornaments from an Angel Tree, each one listing gifts for one member of an adopted family, which our members can then purchase.