We are called to GO into all the world, open to the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through everything we do so that we may be people sharing the good news of abundant life in Christ by loving our neighbors (Matthew 28.19-20). Click on the links to learn more about the different ways Benson Memorial UMC is active in our community and world.


 

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward has asked the churches of our Capital District to offer relief, clean-up, and rebuilding assistance for the people affected by Hurricane Florence. Our immediate response is to donate funds through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). One hundred percent of your donation goes to response/relief efforts. You can give online and mark it for UMCOR, and we will direct it specifically to NC Storm Response. You can also put a check in the offering plate with UMCOR on the memo line. We will be collecting cleaning kits (flood buckets) for hurricane relief until Sunday, October 21. 

 

CLEANING KIT (FLOOD BUCKET) INSTRUCTIONS

Bring to Benson Memorial UMC Church Office or Narthex by Sunday, October 21.

 

CLEANING KIT MATERIALS

• One five-gallon round bucket with resealable lid (14.35”H x 12.19”W x 12.19”D)

• No screw lids

• May be used, but must be free from all residual product

• Advertisements on the outside are acceptable

• One 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent

• No powders are acceptable.

• One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner

• No spray cleaners

• No powders are acceptable.

• One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap

• One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener (three solid, or three gel fresheners also acceptable)

• One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)

• Pump spray bottles must have protective covers

• One scrub brush

• With or without handle

• 18 reusable cleansing wipes

• No terrycloth, microfiber, or paper towels

• Remove from packaging

• Five scouring pads sponges

• No stainless steel pads with soap in them

• Remove from packaging

• 36-50 clothespins

• One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)

• 24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon sizes)

• Remove from packaging

• Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3mm thickness)

• No surgical masks

• Two pairs kitchen gloves

• Durable for multiple uses

• Remove from packaging

• One pair work gloves

• Cotton with leather palm or all leather

 

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place all liquid items in the bucket first.

2. Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items.

3. Scouring pads and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all the items in the bucket.

4. Clothes pins may also be placed in a small resealable bag.

5. Secure the lid on the filled bucket.

6. Bring to BMUMC Church Office or Narthex by Sunday, October 21.


WE NEED YOU! Our Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event, scheduled for Sunday October 7, at 1:15 in the Fellowship Hall, is still in need of volunteers (a total of 60 volunteers is needed for the event). Register as a meal packaging volunteer on the Rise Against Hunger website, or sign up in the narthex after worship service on Sunday. Volunteers are also needed at 12:15 for setup and afterwards for breakdown. For more information, please contact Ginny Wise.


Your Calls Are Working!

Protect SNAP!

The fate of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as "food stamps" is again up for discussion in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

In mid-May, the House of Representatives considered legislation that would have reduced or eliminated nutrition assistance to an estimated 2 million men, women, and children in the United States. Thanks to the advocacy of United Methodists and people of good will across the country, this legislation was defeated. But Congress is likely to try to pass these cuts again in June so our faithful calls and letters and visits are still needed.

 

The United Methodist Church has set “no lesser goals than repentance for the existence of human hunger and increased commitment to end world hunger and poverty.” (Book of Resolutions #4051: The United Methodist Church, Food, Justice, and World Hunger) Today, even as the US economy is working for some, too many of our neighbors continue to struggle to find resources to feed themselves and their families. An estimated 40 million US residents experienced food insecurity at some point during the last year.

 

While our churches continue to answer the Lord’s call to feed the hungry in our communities, we also understand the critical role government programs have in providing basic nutrition assistance. The most efficient and effective of these programs is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) still commonly referred to as ‘food stamps.’ The House version of the farm bill (HR 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018) contains over $20 billion in cuts to SNAP, placing additional requirements and penalties for many recipients that would reduce or eliminate benefits for an estimated 2 million men, women and children.

 

When this legislation was considered on the House floor in May, a group of Congressmen withheld support until separate immigration legislation was brought up for a vote. To understand the connection between these two critical issues, you can listen to our Facebook Live explainer video here. But while this immigration connection contributed to the bill’s defeat, the reality is the bill failed because it is a bad bill that breaks with decades of bipartisan cooperation to strengthen nutrition assistance programs like SNAP.

 

So today and in the coming weeks, we must raise our voices once again. Please contact your Member of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to protect SNAP and to oppose efforts that would reduce or eliminate critical food assistance for struggling families.

 

Thank you for your faithful advocacy!