Bridgton United Methodist Church

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Our Missions and Outreach programs are intended to glorify God as we share the blessings He provides us.

cross and flameUMW - United Methodist Women is an organization of approximately one million members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice.  Members raise nearly $25 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.  The Women's Division is the national policy-making body of this group.
The Purpose of United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.


How You can Help

All contributions are gratefully accepted and are a charitable tax deductible donation. Please make checks payable to "Bridgton United Methodist Church" and note which Mission you are supporting. Cash should also be designated as to which Mission you are supporting.

cross and flameBridgton Food Pantry - Deborah Davenport (Director), 207-787-3904, Providing food and other basic necessities for needy families. open Tuesdays 12-2 pm and for emergencies

cross and flameCaring for Christ's Creatures - Mission Statement: To offer a safe haven for native injured and orphaned wildlife and provide care for them as long as needed in accordance with God’s intentions. To promote community awareness, education, understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of our wildlife to eliminate or alleviate conflicts between humans and local wildlife, in order to conserve it.

This program is an important outreach ministry for our church as it fills a niche seldom recognized by church leaders. Wildlife without an advocate often succumbs to extinction. God made ALL creatures and scripturally we are commanded to care for all of His creation, wildlife included.

Caring for Christ’s Creatures has, in reality, been in existence without a name or a sponsor for over 40 years as a private individual’s passion to care for all God’s living creatures. Permitted by the State of Maine since July 1978 to conduct wildlife rehabilitation, Karen Hawkins cared for native wildlife, either personally rescued by her or brought to her by caring, concerned citizens. She has since been permitted by the Federal Department of Fish & Wildlife to care for federally protected wildlife as well.

It is with much gratitude Karen wishes to express her heartfelt thanks to the Bridgton United Methodist Church for their willingness to support this ministry by allowing her to operate under their 501c3 non-profit status. This will allow her to offer potential donors a tax exempt receipt as well as allow her to canvass for various items needed to properly care for the wildlife that needs her care. For more information visit: www.cforcc.org

cross and flameHeifer Project - The Bridgton United Methodist Church is pleased to announce their participation in the world renowned Heifer Project. We are pleased to announce over $600 was raised in 2006 to send to Heifer International. Praise God!

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Heifer's Mission to End Hunger
Heifer envisions…
A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.
Heifer’s mission is…
To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.
Heifer's strategy is…
To “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.
Heifer’s History
This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.


It's Not Just About Cows at Heifer
Across the globe, Heifer donors, volunteers, staff and project partners strive daily to build communities, distribute resources fairly, improve access to education and preserve our environment.
In Afghanistan and refugee camps in Pakistan, we’re supplying hungry people with Fayoumi chickens, which are appropriate for the arid conditions and scant resources there.
In the high Andes, we use alpacas and llamas for wool and packing power. We’ve used elephants in Thailand and camels in Tanzania.
From Chinese silkworms to Nepalese water buffalo, Heifer has learned that no resource is too small or too large to help lift families from hunger and poverty.
Bringing an End to World Hunger Through Unimaginable Blessings
Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.

Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses.
Children who once headed out to the fields to do backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read.
And people who never thought they’d be in a position to help someone else will be experiencing the joy of charitable giving.
How is this possible?
With Heifer’s proven approach – almost 60 years in the making – to helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.
Cornerstones guide our efforts to end world hunger and care for the earth.
Long-Term Solutions emphasizing community involvement distinguish our work from that of global relief organizations.

“Passing on the Gift” means recipients agree to share the offspring of gift animals with others in need, making them equal partners with Heifer in the fight to end world hunger.
Environment and Sustainable Development is taught to our project recipients to help them achieve sustainable agricultural production.
Improved Animal Well-Being guidelines are strictly reinforced with professional veterinary training staff.
Disaster Rehabilitation, with long-term, sustainable development the goal of Heifer's rehabilitation projects.
How We Measure Success shows how people's lives have permanently changed since Heifer came along.

cross and flameToy Project - Bev and Patti Larimore (organizers) Please bring new or gently used toys to our church for distribution to needy children this Christmas season or donate money or gift certificates to be used to get children's "wish list" items. Click here for photos

 

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