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Outreach

Outreach is focused on reaching out into our community and world. We support numerous projects within Sun Prairie and the world. Below is a list of organizations that we support.

We would love to hear your ideas and your interests for our Outreach team. We invite you to become involved with us. To contact the outreach team please connect with our church office.

Sunshine Supper-

Sunshine Supper is a FREE community meal offered to anyone on Monday evenings.  Sun Prairie United Methodist Church provides a meal quarterly – once in January, April, July and October. We ask for donations of certain foods, beverages and desserts and people to help serve the meal. We also ask for monetary donations to purchase food to serve. Watch the website, social media and announcements during worship to donate food items or money to purchase food items or to sign up to help. Families can volunteer together – kids 11 -16 can volunteer with an adult.

Ingathering Donations –

Once a year, at the time of our United Methodist Annual Conference, we collect items to be taken to the Midwest Distribution Center to be taken around the country to areas of disaster relief. The items we collect each year is different, so watch the website, social media and announcements in May and early June to find out what we are collecting and how to donate.

Loose Coins –

All of the coins put into the offering plate that are undesignated, are given to a specific mission project, which is designated quarterly. Look at the Outreach page of the church website to see where those coins are designated.

Cookie Walk –

Every year in December SPUMC holds a Cookie Walk. Beautiful cookies are donated by church members and sold by the pound. All proceeds go to a mission chosen by the Outreach Team. Watch the website, social media and the announcements during worship to see when the next cookie walk is and plan to donate cookies as well as shop!

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus is a volunteer group that distributes backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in the Sun Prairie School District who’s families request help. This year, we will be delivering 1500 backpacks to Sun Prairie youth and children. Sunshine Place can get the supplies at a reduced rate, so this year again, they are asking for donations to cover the costs of the supplies. It costs $25 for a backpack filled with the appropriate school supplies, but you can donate any amount you would like. You can click here anytime between July 12 and August 1 to donate directly to Sunshine Place for Stuff the Bus https://www.facebook.com/donate/588610732151531/ or you can send a donation to Stuff the Bus at Sunshine Place, PO Box 307, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. You can also drop off donations at any Bank of Sun Prairie location.  Donations mailed or dropped off can be made anytime before August 1.  Thank you for helping Sun Prairie kids in need!

Faith in Action Day –

Faith in Action Day is put on by SPUMC’s Outreach Team.  On a Saturday morning we meet for a light continental breakfast and then choose a mission that we would like to work at. There are usually 2-4 opportunities and something for everyone to get involved and help our community!  These days are typically held in the spring or fall, so watch the website, social media and announcements during worship to find out when our next Faith in Action Day is and how you can sign up to help!

Spirit of Giving

The Sun Prairie Spirit of Giving Program matches families in need of gifts and food for their children during the December holiday season with community members who want to help.  This program provides assistance to families who live in or attend the Sun Prairie Area School District. Watch our Website, social media and the announcements during worship in November to find out how you can help by purchasing a gift for a child or children in need.

Christmas Eve Outreach Bags-

Every year on Christmas Eve we have bags of snacks and candy for anyone to pick up after worship and take to those who may be working on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to let them know we’re thinking of them.  After Christmas Eve worship, you may pick up a bag, or 2 or 3 and deliver yourself with a warm Christmas greeting!

Northside Elementary School Community Partner-

Our church serves as a community partner with our neighboring school Northside Elementary. Throughout the year we partner through providing donations of items need or volunteering to help with school projects. To learn more about Northside Elementary click this link: Northside Elementary Home – Sun Prairie Area School District (sunprairieschools.org)

To learn more about Sun Prairie Community Schools click here: Community Schools – Sun Prairie Area School District (sunprairieschools.org)

Helping our Friends in Texas-

Cindy Johnson is a United Methodist Women’s  Deaconess who works with immigrants in Brownsville, TX through La Posada. La Posada is the only shelter in the area that provides holistic services for migrants and has been around for about 30 years. The Rio Texas United Methodist Church, District and Global Ministries has been providing support. They are in need of additional support, as they are trying to serve more and more people coming through.  

There is an Amazon wish list where you can order t-shirts, socks, underwear, diapers & wipes or toilet paper to be shipped directly to Cindy Johnson.  She then takes them to La Posada or the Bus Station where migrants prepare for their trips to sponsors across the country. 

If you are interested in helping, click on this Amazon wish list link where you can have items sent directly to Cindy to distribute.  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1BLEA0RQJYZMZ/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist

To read more about La Posada Providencia or to donate, please click here. https://lppshelter.org/

Explore Children’s Museum-

Our very own Kelly Nelson is one of the co-founders of the Sun Prairie’s Explore Children’s Museum, which will be opening in Sun Prairie soon!  We are collecting the following supplies for the museum:
 
– New Black Sharpies
-Small Low Temp Glue Guns
-Packages of glue sticks for small low temp glue guns
-new paint brushes (sponge brushes and brushes for art supplies)
-Pony Beads
-New or gently used wooden train track cars
-New or gently used LEGOS
-New or gently used brown or green LEGO plates
-Clean cardboard egg cartons
-Craft feathers, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms
-New or gently used hot wheels cars
 
If you would like to donate any of these items, please put them in a bag labeled “Children’s Museum” either drop them off at the August Food Drive which is Saturday August 14 from 10-noon or Sunday August 15 between 8:30-10:30. Or you can drop them off in the purple drop off bins anytime before August 31. 
 
To read more about the new museum, click here https://www.explorecm.org/

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