During this time of global crisis, it’s important to remember that we can make a difference.
The very act of giving can lift a person’s spirits and connect them with the giving nature of Christ.
The unique nature of this crisis poses many challenges, but there are still many ways in which you can help:
Giving to Disaster Relief
Whether wildfires, hurricanes or other natural disasters, the United Methodist Committee on relief is always part of the response team. They have been active this season in places such as Haiti, Tennessee and New Orleans. If you’d like to see what they are doing and to donate, simply visit their website.
Other Ways To Help
1) Give to your local church, as their work is so important now and will be in the months to come.
The money you give also supports community and global ministries.
2) Volunteer where possible and where it is safe; our local soup kitchen is still in operation offering take-out only.
3) The Sayville Food Pantry is accepting food donations, as well as gas and supermarket gift cards, which can be dropped off during the operating hours; just knock on the door 9:30-12, Tuesday-Friday. You may also give to the Sayville Food Pantry by bringing non-perishable food items to our church and placing them in the bin in the sanctuary.
4) Remember that outreach and mission are not necessarily big words. Outreach can be as simple as calling an elderly or ailing neighbor, friend or church member, sending them a card or offering to pick up groceries for them. And mission can be as simple as radiating peace wherever you go, in the name of Christ, soothing anxious spirits and hearts.
Our Church’s Regular Mission Activities
Clams for Christ!
The Sayville UMC participates in a number of outreach programs throughout the year. The church is best known for the annual Clamfest, which takes place during Sayville’s Summerfest on the second Saturday in August. During this event, the church prepares and sells clams, clam fritters, clam pies, clam chowder, lobster bakes, baked goods and more, then gives all of the proceeds away to local and global missions. The event is a shining example of what God’s children can do when they team up for a good cause. Note: While the 2020 Sayville Summerfest was cancelled, with God’s help we were able to raise an equal amount in house!
Mission Trips: Periodically, the church participates in mission trips to disaster-afflicted areas; more regularly, the youth group donates a week of its time to participate in YouthWorks, a Christian-based outreach program with mission locations throughout the nation (as well as a few international locations).
Joy in the Harvest Mission Support:
We are active supporters of the mission work led by Lowell and Claudia Wertz in Tanzania. Joy in the Harvest ministers to thousands of needy people on a daily basis. For further information on the Tanzania mission, please contact Al Croce or the church office.
Sharing a Meal:
We staff the local dinner outreach every other Thursday at the Sayville UCC. As the cost of living keeps rising, the need for free meals has never been greater. Volunteers prepare and serve the food for an average of 20-30 guests, then do the dishes afterwards and leave happy: “I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink.”
Other annual missions include Missionary Sunday and Shoebox Santa. Ongoing missions include our Thrift Shop, which offers low-cost alternatives to the community; and various missions sponsored and supported by the United Methodist Women.
The Sayville United Methodist Church has always stepped up to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) during times of global catastrophe. When tornados hit Joplin, MO, our Love Offering was sent to a local restaurant that fed the homeless and volunteer workers; after the devastating Tropical Storm Irene hit upstate Prattsville, NY and nearly wiped out their UM church and parsonage, we sent our Love Offering directly to the church for immediate repair work. We are now responding to the current coronavirus crisis by matching needs with volunteers, and are constantly striving to direct our help where needed.
History of United Methodist Churchwide Special Sundays with Offerings
Human Relations Day
The 1972 General Conference established Human Relations Day to promote support for Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Services and Police-Community Relations programs. In 1989, the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program replaced the Police-Community Relations Program. More than 30 church-based Community Developers work in racial- and ethnic-minority communities in the United States and Puerto Rico (57 percent of the offering). A multiracial network of grassroots social-justice organizations related to United Methodist Voluntary Services provides vital outreach (33 percent). Christ-centered Youth Offender Rehabilitation projects give teenagers a chance to succeed (10 percent.
In 1946, One Great Hour of Sharing began as a special effort of the Episcopal Church. In 1949, the observance became ecumenical. Originally, congregations reserved one special worship hour during the year for people of faith to contribute over and above their regular offerings. Today different denominations celebrate UMCOR Sunday on various dates, but the cooperative spirit remains.
Native American Ministries Sunday
In a petition to the 1988 General Conference, the Native American International Caucus proposed and delegates approved Native American Awareness Sunday. The 2000 General Conference changed the name of the observance to Native American Ministries Sunday.
Peace with Justice Sunday
The 1980 General Conference created a churchwide Peace with Justice program assigned to the General Board of Church and Society. The 1984 General Conference voted to support the program with an annual Special Sunday offering on World Order Sunday, established more than half a century ago to build recognition and support for the work of the United Nations. While World Order Sunday was set traditionally in October, churches were encouraged to observe it any time during the season of Pentecost. The 1988 General Conference established Peace with Justice Sunday as the first Sunday after Pentecost to give churches a single, more convenient date for the offering and a name that clearly identifies the ministries it supports.
World Communion Sunday
In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America established Worldwide Communion Sunday as a global, interdenominational event. Prompted by the impact of World War II, the Methodist Church received an offering on this Sunday for the Fellowship of Suffering and Service. In 1971, The United Methodist Church changed the name of the observance to World Communion Sunday and redistributed the offering to support the Crusade Scholarship Program (begun in 1944), the Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program and the Division of Chaplains and Related Ministries. In 1980, Chaplains and Related Ministries was moved to World Service funding, but the World Communion Sunday offering continued to assist racial- and ethnic-minority persons pursuing various avenues of ministry. In 2008, “Crusade Scholars” became “World Communion Scholars.”
United Methodist Student Day
In 1866, a special fund was established for the advanced education of Sunday-school children and the educational preparation of persons for the ministry and missionary service. The 1940 General Conference established Methodist Student Day with a churchwide offering. The 1968 Uniting Conference continued this connectional student-aid program to be funded by the United Methodist Student Day offering. Dates for taking the offering have changed through the years.
Support our Good Samaritan Fund!
This is a fund maintained by the Pastor for the aid of those in need. Remember the less fortunate!
THE SAYVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IS PLEASED TO SUPPORT A NUMBER OF GLOBAL SERVICES, LOCALLY AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD! Following is a list of these dedicated persons and their work:
Lowell & Claudia Wertz (Tanzania)
P.O. Box 496
Lansing, IL 60438
P.O. box 1344
Children of Zion Village (Namibia)
PO Box 413
Churchville, MD 21028
Rosie and Nick Brackett
Global Service in Thailand
Please send financial contributions to:
Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle Church (checks payable to church & please include a note, designating funds for THE BRACKETT FAMILY: Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle (Outreach, Brackett Family)
1 Higbie Drive
Smithtown, NY 11787
Lighthouse Mission, Inc.
1543 Montauk Hwy.
Bellport, NY 11713