I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least
of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
A commitment to helping others in need in our community, our nation, and around the world is a cornerstone of HUMC’s philosophy “Love In Action”. We are an active community of faith in mission, with opportunities available to people of all ages, interests, and abilities to make a difference in the lives of others. From helping the homeless to people facing natural disasters, HUMC offers many opportunities to serve. Everyone is invited to be part of the team that does God’s work in the world. The pastor and program directors understand one of their responsibilities is to give ministry away! This is what it means to equip others. Involvement by all shapes who we are as a church and your involvement deepens your growth as a servant of God.
“and his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to full humanity, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…” Ephesians 4:11-13
If you have any questions regarding HUMC’s mission activities or would like more information on ways to serve, please contact the church office at 630-325-1280.
DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter, or PADS, provides hope for people who are homeless in DuPage County by offering an array of services that builds toward self-sufficiency and helps to stop the cycle of homelessness.
On any given night, about 60 adults, children, and babies arrive in need of a warm meal, safe shelter, and respect. HUMC supports PADS by fully staffing and supplying a night site at Community Presbyterian Church in Clarendon Hills on the third Saturday of every month from October through April and during the summer months at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale.
Do you want to help? Volunteering in the Overnight Shelter program is the mission activity that accounts for the most widespread participation by members of HUMC; however, newer members and associates might not yet have had the opportunity to become involved. We always need on-site volunteers of all ages to set up the shelter site on Saturday evenings, to serve dinners, to clean up the kitchen following dinner service, to staff the site through the night, prepare sack lunches, to prepare and serve breakfast on Sunday morning, and to clean up the site before the arrival of the congregation for Sunday morning service. We also need off-site volunteers to cook dinners and to do laundry after each weekend.In addition, we are often able to provide warm clothing donated by HUMC members. We encourage you to get involved in this meaningful service. Please contact the church office for more information or to volunteer.
HCS FAMILY SERVICES
The mission of HCS Family Services is to provide focused interim services, counseling, and education to help vulnerable families and individuals in Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont, and Willowbrook to avoid food insecurity and homelessness, and achieve improved quality of life for their families and long-term economic self-sufficiency.
As members of the local church coalition, HUMC refers people in need to HCS and during the month of May we collect non-perishable food items and cash donations to support their pantry operations and the many other services that HCS provides. We also encourage our members to donate to the food pantry throughout the year.
HSC’s low-income clients have access to the food pantry free of charge. Among these clients are residents from our communities: Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont, and Willowbrook. Within the Village of Willowbrook, HCS services the Willowbrook Corner; this neighborhood came to be when some of the residents from Cabrini-Green and/or other public housing projects were relocated to this community in the 1970s and 1980s. Many of these families and senior citizens live below the federal poverty level. HUMC Youth have been participating with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to serve this area and distribute meat, fresh produce, and bread once a month.
Your support is critical to meeting the needs of hungry families in DuPage County. No family should go hungry simply because they cannot afford to buy food. Please consider helping HUMC support HCS Family Services.
Hinsdale Junior Women’s Club has partnered with HCS Family Service for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 philanthropy years. HSC expanded their operation and opened a new food pantry at a heated, indoor location at Anne M. Jean Elementary School at 16W631 91 St. in Willowbrook (two blocks west of Rt. 83). Because of our involvement in the past, HUMC has been asked if we could regularly send a group of volunteers on the third Wednesday of each month. Our commitment is at 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you are able to help, or are interested in helping in the future, please contact the church office.
Bridge Communities is a non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families through partnering with community groups to provide transitional housing and mentoring to empower families focused on moving towards a goal of self-sufficiency.
Hinsdale UMC sponsors and mentors a local homeless family for a two-year period, providing housing, material needs, life-skills training, and moral support. Two to three Hinsdale UMC members serve as trained mentors, meeting weekly with the family and are supported by a church committee that meets periodically to support the mentors and assist with needed services.
Rebuilding Together’s mission is to improve the homes and lives of elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety, and comfort. Volunteer groups gather across Chicago each April to provide the labor, materials, and passion essential to helping those in need.
HUMC sponsors a homeowner in need each April, planning the repairs and renovations necessary to improve their living conditions and support independence. A team of church volunteers and friends spend a day providing a home make-over by renovating a kitchen or bathroom, painting rooms, building wheelchair ramps, re-roofing, installing hand rails, and more while making a personal connection with the homeowner. Volunteers young and old, with professional experience, no experience, and something in between, each year find the day rewarding beyond their expectations.
Rebuilding Together 2017 took place on Saturday, April 29, 2017. HUMC volunteers helped a very nice woman in Robbins, IL with various indoor and outdoor projects. Click here for more details about this wonderful hands-on ministry.
HUMC supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) by soliciting voluntary donations at times of crisis. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR’s work on behalf of United Methodists is global and includes countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. UMCOR also serves in long-term disaster recovery in the US.
UMCOR works to enable those affected by disasters to take responsibility for relief and recovery work. Recognizing that disasters cause disruptions that can last for years and often create permanent changes in people’s lives, UMCOR works within a community to address the long-term effects of a disaster and assist people in rebuilding and adjusting to change.
RAINBOW COVENANT PROJECTS
Throughout the year, HUMC supports various Rainbow Covenant Projects of the United Methodist Church Northern Illinois Conference. As a faith community, we pledge to provide voluntary, designated mission giving to eight HUMC-selected causes. Special appeals throughout the year raise donations of which 100% go directly to the designated local, regional, and international mission projects and ministries. In the past, HUMC has supported many organizations through monetary donations and through active, hands-on mission work. These organizations include Rebuilding Together, Junior and Senior High Missions Trips, missionaries, Venezuela Water Filters, UMCOR, Heifer International, JUST Of DuPage, HCS Family Services, Bridge Communities, Harvest 2020, Cookson Hills Center, Grace Children’s Hospital – Haiti, Methodist Youth Services, ChildServ, and DuPage PADS (Public Action to Delivery Shelter).
Youth Mission Trips
Our youth have worked with Group Work camps, Appalachia Service Project, and Rebuilding Together in such places as Anchorage, AK, Magoffin County, KY, Indianapolis, IN, and Memphis, TN and Chicago. The youth love these mission trips because they meet new people, help out people in need, and, whether they know it or not, widen their cultural view. It is so exciting to see the changes in the group when they realize that the whole world is not like Hinsdale, IL.
Adult Mission Trips
Natural disasters can strike anywhere. HUMC recognizes and responds to the overwhelming needs of others in cases of flooding, hurricanes, and tornadoes by organizing adult work trips to areas struggling to rebuild after disaster. Recent trips have focused on renovating homes devastated by tornadoes in El Reno, Oklahoma, flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Nashville, Tennessee, and by hurricane in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
Our Spring 2016 mission trip was to Tulsa, OK, where we helped families who lost homes in the tornadoes that struck that area. Learn more about the trip here.
Annual trips to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL have provided manpower to collect, prepare, store, and distribute food, child education supplies, and disaster relief items to those in need throughout the Midwest, the US, and the world.