Mission Work Area

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Mission Statement:

We are a Christian fellowship whose mission is to educate, coordinate, and involve the congregation in mission and service projects in our community, our country, and our world. 


The Mission Work Area provides opportunities for members to do God’s work and grow as a faith community. Projects include local, regional, and international efforts.  

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Internal Mission Work Area Activities

Chili Cookoff and Silent Auction for Apportionment

January 28, 2017 the Mission Work Area put together a Chili Cook-off where a small group of cooks and bakers donated chilies, cornbread, brownies and hot cider. About 30 people came to test and vote on ten very tasty and different chili's. After voting for their favorite chili everyone went back for as much chili as the wanted, adding a variety of condiments, homemade cornbread and chips, and if they had room for dessert, they could top off the night with homemade brownies topped with ice cream.

The top three chilies came in close. The first prize chili was a spicy vegetarian chili made by Elise Hawkins, with Sue Jacobs and Liz Imoehl taking second and third places.

A free will donation raised $200.00 and the sale of left-over chili sold Sunday morning raised an additional $60.00 which all went to Apportionment. 

In addition to the cook off the Apportionment task force thought it would be fun to have a Silent Auction so nine church members donated silent auction items that brought in $698.00. 

Fun was had by all and no one left hungry !

Other Mission Activities

DIACONIA - Emergency in Ancash, Peru

March 14, 2017 heavy rains generated floods, mudslides, and flows of mud and stone. Twelve regions were declared in state of emergency due to the rainfall and flood impacts. Unfortunately, when a weather event such as El Nino takes place, a big emergency like the one they are currently living occurs. Anash is the region with the highest number of severely affected people. In an emergency, access to potable water is affected. The lack of drinking is a major threat to heath, with young children and elderly, most susceptible to an infectious disease.

Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church donated hygiene kits (*) and safe water. On August 19, 2017, World Humanitarian Day, DIACONIA (the Lutheran church organization in Peru) was invited to a gathering organized by the UN Peru Office where the Peruvian president was the host. The actions in the emergency area included numerous projects, one of the projects was created to hand out the Oak Creek donation that helped 48 families from three remote villages.

(*) 1 family hygiene kit included: 5 toothbrushes, 1 toothpaste, 1 razor, 1 shampoo, 1 body soap, 1 bag of detergent, 1 laundry, soap, 1 nail clipper, 1 hair comb, 1 Pack of hygienic towel, 1 hand towel , 1 pail (medium size), 1 repellent, 1 disinfectant blister, 10 pairs of socks, 10 underpants (for men, women, children), 1 Transport to the emergency area

DIACONIA message to OCCUMC: May God give you more health and motivation to keep sharing His seeds of joy and hope.


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