Mission and Outreach
July 4th — Water will be distributed to neighbors making their way to the Glencoe beach for Independence Day fireworks.
North Shore United Methodist Church (NSUMC) is active in service to others through its Mission and Outreach Committee. In the spirit of the Wesleyan tradition, we are constantly seeking new opportunities to serve those most in need. A few of our most active service engagements include:
A Just Harvest in Chicago (formerly Good News Community Kitchen). We provide a complete dinner on the fifth Wednesday of every 5-week month for approximately 175 needy persons and families. Between 6 and 8 parishioners will then help serve the meal and help clean up afterwards.
We provide interim housing to homeless families in partnership with Family Promise , an agency dedicated to serving local needs by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. They provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families, along with advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. They accomplish this work through independent Affiliates in 41 states (and counting), community-by-community, guided by experts… the people who live there and know it best. At the heart of each Affiliate is an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). The IHN marshals existing local resources (like NSUMC) to provide for homeless families as they work to get back on their feet. These resources include available congregational spaces, donated goods, and – most importantly – volunteers.
We are also actively involved with Glencoe Interfaith Builders (GIB). In combination partnership with the other houses of worship in Glencoe, we are part of GIB which has already built four houses with Habitat for Humanity in a community in North Chicago. GIB is presently raising money for a fifth house.
Our church, as part of the New Trier community, actively supports and provides supplies for the New Trier Food Pantry in Winnetka.
In partnership with Christ United Methodist Church in Deerfield and Family Service of Highland Park, our members tutor English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the area.Our church is part of a cluster group with other surrounding United Methodist churches in the North Shore area. The cluster group churches actively support each other and their projects, and most importantly, sponsor many annual service projects in our local communities and abroad.
Through its apportionment to the Northern Illinois Annual Conference as well as District Council and individual contributions and donations, NSUMC also actively supports other valued organizations and projects.