Every fourth Sunday of the month, we as a church collect for what we refer to as Penny-Pantry Sunday.
These funds are divided quarterly into four separate charities: Bishop Appeal, Crete Food Pantry, PADS Ministry and the Helping Hands Ministry. The Bishop Appeal is collected by all the districts.
Bishop Sally Dyck is pleased to announce this year’s Bishop’s Appeal (2019) will go toward the Northern Illinois Conference Outdoor & Retreat Ministries, which operates two camps and retreat centers in Dixon, Illinois and Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The money raised will help support two District summer week-long programs and provide opportunities to children and youth who otherwise may not financially be able to attend camp. To learn more, click here
For 2018, the Bishop Appeal helped with the issue of global migration. Did you know that not since the ravages of World War II have we seen so many people displaced from their homes and countries? Our present reality is that over 65 million people are living this way.
In 2017, Bishop’s Appeal special offering raised more than $71,400 dollars for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. Twenty-five percent of the money will stay in the Northern Illinois Conference for local projects including education on prevention and resources for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Aurora District took home the Bishop’s Appeal traveling trophy for raising the most funds per capita. Sales of postcards featuring the annual conference artwork by the Rev. Kristine Marshall raised an additional $300. Bishop Dyck thanked everyone for their contributions which will help to eradicate this disease. An offering for the Ministerial Education Fund totaled $4,043.20. To learn more about the Bishop Appeal for 2017 click here.
The Crete Food Pantry provides groceries twelve times a year to families in need who are residents of Crete Township.
Providing Advocacy Dignity Shelter (PADS) provides temporary shelter, job training, and meals to the homeless. On the fourth Thursday of every month, Crete UMC volunteers at PADS. To learn more, click here.
Helping Hands Ministries which is a ministry of Crete UMC provides an assortment of special services to those in need within our community. For instance, this ministry can provide clothing to wear during a job interview, transportation or gas for a doctor's visit or job interview, pay an electric bill, etc... Please see the pastor if you are in need as the funds are distributed at the discretion of the pastor.