Ongoing Missions


Getting Ready for Christmas in Kentucky


No….it’s not a mistake.  Just when you thought Christmas was over, we’re bringing it back!  CUMC has supported Red Bird Mission for many years through Joyful Noise and collecting box tops and labels for education.


Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky since 1921.  The residents of this area live with chronic poverty, lack of jobs and poor housing in this isolated, rural distressed area.  Red Bird meets the needs of residents through ministry in Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity and Community Housing Improvement.


For our Lenten Missions project, we have chosen to support the Red Bird Christmas Assistance Program, which provides Christmas gifts to over 1,000 low-income families annually. Please visit our table in Reeves Hall through Easter Sunday and start your Christmas shopping early!  Thank you for helping to make Christmas a little merrier for these impoverished families.







Our Easter missions project is “Operation Chillout”.  Help support our homeless veterans.

We are collecting the following items:


  • Cases of bottled water
  • Men’s tee shirts (new, sizes L & XL)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Baseball caps (new)


Or visit our table in Reeves Hall to make a monetary donation so we can purchase these items.


Thank you for your support.



Heifer update: We raised $420!



Support HEIFER….Buy an Animal

What a Great Christmas Gift!

The tradition continues…… CUMC has supported Heifer International for many years.  We are pleased to continue our partnership this Christmas season.  Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 7 million families in the United States and around the world to improve their quality of life and move toward greater self-reliance by providing animals both large and small.  They have shown that there is no better way to help a family escape poverty and hunger than to provide them with a means of supporting themselves.  When you support Heifer, you will be helping to give a family a wonderful gift that will last.

Visit our table in Reeves Hall through December 21 and purchase an animal or two.  Please give generously to Heifer and help lift families out of poverty to health and hope.


Sharon Kessler

Missions and Outreach Chairperson



Making Dreams Come True

Our “Dream Bike” campaign was a big success. We collected enough money to buy three bikes. Now three lucky young girls will be able to attend school on a regular basis. They will not just receive a bike, but the gift of an education and a chance to emerge from poverty and lead happy, fulfilling lives.

Thank you for helping to make their dreams come true!



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 A Successful Missions Day!


August 21 was a great day at CUMC. Thank you to everyone who came out to be part of Missions Day.  It was wonderful to see about 20 children and adults working side by side to help those in need.

In just a few hours, we made 200 lunches and sorted a big box of toiletries for Bridges and assembled 50 Health Kits for UMCOR.  In one short afternoon, we helped 250 people!

If you were not able to attend, there will be more opportunities to come.  Watch for our next Missions project.

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For the Society of St. Andrew

Don’t forget to bring in your pennies and fill our cans.

For just 2 cents per serving, we can bring fresh fruits and vegetables to hungry Americans.

We have collected $249 so far.

We have reached OVER ¼ mile!

Isn’t it amazing what two pennies can do!


Sharon Kessler, Mission Chair






Our recent campaign for USO Operation Phone Home was a big success. Through your generosity we collected $300 which will provide 840 phone calls for the men and women serving our country, to call home.






I am happy to report that we collected $247 through the Pink Tree Campaign.  The funds will be sent to CUMAC, Community Food Bank of NJ and the Cranford/Elmora Soup Kitchen.

Since we started the “Pink Tree” in 2009, we have raised $1,823 for local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Thank you for “thinking pink”!

Sharon Kessler, Missions and Outreach Chair



Thanks to our members’ generosity, we have raised $123 during our

Joyful Noise Collection for the “Souper Bowl of Caring”.

This money will be given to the Cranford/ Elmora Soup Kitchen.


For more information on this organization, you can visit their website at:





200 Lunches in Two Hours



November 14 was a glorious day!  We invited all interested members and friends of CUMC, both adults and children, to help prepare 200 lunches for Bridges.


Work stations were set up in Fellowship Hall and the kitchen and as 3pm approached, I wondered how many helpers we would have.  I’m delighted to report 24 people worked together to prepare 200 lunches in about two hours!  Brown bags were decorated (I even saw Pastor Manny coloring a bag!), cookies, pretzels and condiments were counted and bagged and sandwiches were assembled.  Then all the bags were filled.  Each decorated bag contains a sandwich, juice, banana, cookies, pretzels, mustard, a napkin and this time we added some donated Halloween candy.  For someone who is homeless, this may be the only meal for the day.  All the lunches were loaded into my van for delivery to Bridges on Friday morning.


It was a great time of outreach and fellowship and I look forward to doing it again.  Thank you to everyone who came out to help.


Sharon Kessler

Missions and Outreach Chairperson


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