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

 

 
 

Guatemala Mission Team Report – 2015

GuatemalaA group of youth and adults from St. Paul’s went to Guatemala to share in mission this past summer.  On Sunday, August 30th they shared a powerful reflection during church.  We invite you to learn more about the work our team did, and consider supporting or going on Mission Trip with St. Paul’s in the near future.

Click Here to read about the adventures on the team’s blog.



Mission Focus – January

January Mission Focus

Human Rights

This month at St. Paul’s we are looking at Human Rights as our mission focus. Currently, issues of race are front page in our nation, human trafficking remains a problem, and we continually see cycles of poverty causing more problems for our society. During times like this it is important to remember God has a dream for our world for us to live into. Part of that dream is shared in our Book of Discipline:

“The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.” Paragraph 162, 2014 United Methodist Book of Discipline

This month find some way to engage in acts of solidarity with anyone who finds themselves in a position of not receiving all the rights and privileges of our society. It might be as simple as making sure someone has a pair of socks in our sock drive or helping with the Point in Time survey to count the homeless. Human Relations Sunday is January 18, so join us this month as we focus on Human Rights in our community and around the world.

by Tyler Amundson



Mission Focus – December

Christmas Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

It is a red blur.  Christmas flies by every year and rarely do we remember the gifts we opened last year.  The stories people do remember and share are about when their heart was touched.  Perhaps people remember the look as they brought a warm meal to a family in need.  Others remember watching their child share a gift with another for the first time.  When hearts are warmed, traditions are created that are worth keeping.

The mission focus this month is an invitation is to uncomplicate Christmas by focusing on creating a memory that you can remember next year.  The invitation is to share the message of God’s love in small and surprising ways.  The birth of Christ demonstrates to us each year that small packages develop in world changing realities of love.  We invite you to choose a way to give that is simple this season.  Here is a list of simple gifts you might have already participated in or might yet be a part of through the church:

  • Shopped for gifts at the Fair Trade Market to share a just wage with people worldwide
  • Shoebox to Blackfeet United Methodist Parish (Due Dec 3)
  • Pajamas for Intermountain (We got all we needed with one Sunday request!)
  • Gift Tag off the Giving Tree to help a family in need
  • Share the gift of music with your talents (Christ Child’s Birthday Party Talent Share!)
  • Bring your family to the Christ Child’s Birthday and donate to UMW’s mission work
  • Give to our Christmas Offering for local mission.

Perhaps there is something else in the community that touches your heart.  Whatever you give to this season doesn’t need to be complicated, just let it be from your heart.  Giving from the heart is true hospitality, it is a great tradition, and that is church.