Often times during Lent we talk about what we give up, but it is also about what we can do. During our regular Worship Service there will be envelopes in your bulletins. You can use those to give to one of our Mission Focuses for this year, Turning Point Day Center in Columbia (make checks payable to Marceline UMC and we'll write one big check after Lent).
Turning Point is a program that helps homeless folks find what they need. It may be something as simple as showers and laundry, and may be as important as directing them to other services or providing mail services so they can get back on their feet.
We spent a day down there last Summer doing some work for them that they have a hard time taking care of, because they are caring for so many.
Just for their main day program, they averaged 81 people coming through every day. They also help organize a hot meal 363 nights a year that serves 100-125 people.
Turning Point is a ministry of Wilkes Blvd UMC. They are in a building that is similar in age to ours, but gets a lot more use. They've recently had to make start working on a crumbling bell tower in addition to their ongoing needs to support their ministry.
Your giving during this season will be a great help to those who need it.