Mission

We are about the business of transformation – a transformation of ourselves and our community and a transformation of our world. We do this by extending community through going out in mission and outreach. May your journey of faith be an adventure of transformation.
 
Local Mission focuses on the relationship between St. Paul’s and the Helena area by promoting service opportunities such as:
  • Collecting diapers for Good Samaritan and dollars for bus tokens for the Health Department.
  • Support for the Cruz Overlook Community Garden behind Susanna’s Place.
  • Collecting food and/ or financial donations for Food Share.
  • Collecting Christmas gifts for low income children at the Helena Indian Alliance, the Health Department and other agencies with a Giving Tree project.
  • Hosting Family Promise which is a ministry to help those who are homeless secure work and a home.
  • Working with God’s Love and at times collecting items such as socks or toiletries for the homeless. 
  • Challenging Helena to look at issues of poverty and injustice, and to then attempt to change the systems that cause them.
Mission Beyond Helena identifies and selects mission projects beyond Lewis & Clark County, coordinating and facilitating giving and service opportunities. Some of their projects are:
    • The Fair Trade Market in November which offers the opportunity to support Fair Trade ventures and other international aid programs by selling their products.
    • Monthly Equal Exchange coffee, tea and chocolate sales.
    • Mission Trips. Some past trips have been: Hurricane Katrina reconstruction work in New Orleans; medical mission teams to Mozambique and Brazil; and construction trips to Haiti.
 
 
 
United Methodist Women support many mission projects throughout the world through their pledges and are in service in many ways to each other and our congregation. There are currently five active Fellowships which are led by the UMW Mission Team. Some of their fundraising and outreach projects include:
  • Collecting gently used clothes for the clothing store in Browning and developing a relationship with the pastor and congregations of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish.
  • Collecting items for UMCOR Health Kits
  • Collecting School supplies for the Helena Stuff the Bus program 
  • The Harvest Bazaar and Dinner
  • The Fall Art Walk and Dinner

 

 
 

Brazil Mission Update 1

Our Mission Team has sent another great group of disciples to Brazil this February to help build a church.  However, a church is not all they are building.  I learned from Don Skillman our team leader that the relationships they are forming, the personal care, and mostly the prayer they are providing are building bigger things that churches.  Don described praying with a person riddled with disease and the powerful experience of sharing grace and love with another.  Continue to pray for the team and enjoy the pictures.
 
 

by Pastor Tyler



With Comfort Food, Everyone Wins!

By Kit Johnson – Team Leader of our winning Comfort Food Challenge Team
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About three weeks ago Marcia Armstrong asked me if I would help cook for the comfort food challenge. I was honored to be asked, and always up for a good challenge. Comfort food; the first thing that came, to my mind was home made chicken pot pie. Visually stimulating, and palate pleasing. We assembled a small but efficient team, Marcia, Susan, and myself. Cooking went well into Saturday night, and final prep Sunday afternoon. Then the big event, Susan decorated our table beautifully. The pies were served at a feverish pace for two and a half hours.
 It was a humbling expirence seeing the outpouring  of generosity from local churches and businesses.  And the biggest winner of the night was Family Promise and people in need.
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A Freezer for Food Share

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 On Valentine’s Day 2016 we want to send some LOVE to Food Share by collecting enough dollars to purchase an upright freezer. After a conversation with the staff at Food Share, it became evident that their current ‘biggest need’ is an upright freezer to help store food. We decided that instead of our traditional Souper Bowl Sunday we would raise funds to buy that freezer! If each of us gave $5 we would probably have enough! Let’s join our dollars together to help Food Share. Mark your checks “Food Share Freezer”.
Donations of food are always welcome and can be placed in the Food Share bin in the Foyer anytime.


Want to help build a church? – Brazil Trip February 2016

  • building2 amazonDepart Montana on 19 February
  • Arrive in Manaus 20 February
  • Work in Boa Vista 22 – 27 February
  • Leave Brazil 28 February
  • Arrive back in Montana 29 February

 

 The church is in a small town called Boa Vista, in a region referred to as “Alto Manaquiri”. The nearest real town is 40 minutes away, called Manaquiri. Manaus is about 4 hours down the Rio Solimoes from Manaquiri, by fast passenger boat.

 

Construction still needed:

Concrete sub-floor                    Doors                      Windows

Electrical work                             Bathrooms

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In the photos I can see a lot of wood planks on the ground. These are for the walls. They will be nailed up. There may be some brick work, but a lot of bricks are not waiting there.

 

 

 

 

Tools On Site:

1 electric saw             1 big electric screwdriver             1 big square

1 small drill                                    Various screwdrivers                       Shovel, hoes

 

Tools NOT On Site:

Hammers                      Tape measures                                    Hand saws           Anything else

 

Other Information:

We can sleep in the Methodist Church in Manaus when there. On mats on the floor, for free.

Or we can get rooms in a nice hotel when in Manaus. About $65 per night x 3 nights total (the 5 of us coming from Helena have opted for the hotel.)

 

During the work week we will stay in a hotel in the town of Manaquiri

50 reais per person per night (US$14.00 x 6 = $81)

Air-conditioning; Real beds; Television (Portuguese)

Breakfast and Supper will be in Manaquiri

It’s 30 – 40 minutes by boat to the work site (this will be enjoyable)

Transport boat rental is 500 reais/day ($135/day x 6 days = $810). Boat holds 12 people

 

Lunch and afternoon snack will be in Boa Vista

Cook’s pay and food for the week = 5,000 reais = $1,351

Tools can be safely stored at Mr. Neca’s house (The community leader.)

Breakfast and Supper in Manaquiri ( ?? $20 per person per day ??)

 

Building Supplies: Estimated to be 13,000 reais.

1 dollar = 3.7 reais currently                         13,000 reais = US $3,513

 

Team Expenses (in US dollars):

Building Materials                                               3,513

Daily Boat, Manaquiri to Boa Vista             810

Cook and Food, etc in Boa Vista

1,351

Total = $5,674

[Fund raising has already reached about $1,500 for Team Expenses. So make this Total = $4,174.]

If the team is 10 people = $420 per person

If the team is 7 people = $600 per person

PLEASE NOTE: The exchange rate of reais per dollar can change at any time, for better or for worse. So these numbers are not exact.

 

Individual Expenses (In approximate US Dollars):

Manaus Hotel                                                         200 (total for 3 nights)

Manaquiri Hotel                                                    81 (total for six nights)

Meals in Manaquiri                                             85 (total for six days)

Meals in Manaus                                                  100 (total for 3 days)

Tourism

100

Total =   $566

 

Adding it All Up:

Team costs, assuming 7 people     600

Individual costs         566

Total = $1,166

Plus 10% because you’d be crazy not to plan for it = $120 + $1,166 = $1,286

 

Plus

Brazil Visa if you need one, costs about $200

Plus

 Your airfare (We have paid $952 – $1350 each coming from Helena).

 

NOTES
I have applied for $2,000 from our church which will be used to further reduce team expenses. If we get all of it, the total cost will go down by $285 for each mission team member.

 

Point of Contact
Don Skillman;   406-461-8061;                   Donskillman24@gmail.com


The Giving Tree was a great success this year! 

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Thanks to your generosity we provided gifts for 12 mothers at Florence Crittenton, 32 pairs of pajamas for Intermountain children, 40 gifts for 10 Helena Indian Alliance families and 65 gifts for 12 families in the Health Department Outreach program.  Christmas has been brought to all these families due to your generosity!  And thank you to Joan Sheline for her organization and passion for this ministry.