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Mission of the Month—December
90% will support the God's Country Cooperative Parish in the Upper Peninsula 10% will go to the Ferris State University Wesley House Campus Ministry

The area of GCCP encompasses all or a portion of four counties in the Upper Peninsula. The number of families living in the parish who are at or below the federally established level of poverty is above state and federal averages. Unemployment averages are also above the state and national averages. Employment opportunities are limited and many jobs are seasonal depending on the tourism industry. There is a transient population in some communities associated with local prisons and those who move to the area to be near those imprisoned. These circumstances provide a challenge and an opportunity for ministry to those who struggle to live in this area.

The major goal of the GCCP is to remain a beacon for Christ in each of seven communities, by keeping the seven small churches open and serving in those communities. This provides the asset for having a place in each community from which to provide the ministries of support and sustenance. The long term impact would be that no one in each of the communities would go without food, warm clothing, medical care due to lack of transportation, houses that were not properly winterized, or needed pastoral care.

Mission of the Month—January
90% will support Missionary Valerie MossmanCelestin and HAPI (Haitian Artisans for Peace International) 10% will go to the Ferris State University Wesley House Campus Ministry

Haitian Artisans for Peace International works to break the cycle of poverty, maternal and infant mortality and broken family systems by changing the trajectory of individuals, families and communities. Focusing on community health, holistic education and economic empowerment, HAPI embodies the love and mission of Jesus Christ. It seeks to impact Haiti through developing a transformative community that can serve as a reference model for women's empowerment, maternal health, education and economic development.

Wesley House is open-armed and open-minded United Methodist Campus Ministry. Its mission is to create a safe and comfortable environment for Ferris State University Students to socialize and discuss everyday student life and the mission of the Christian Church. Wesley House meets weekly and begins its meetings with a free, home-cooked meal followed by an optional discussion about issues relevant to college students and based on the Bible. They are open to believers and non-believers alike. Annually, they take a mission trip as well.

Recent Mission Receipts
Habitat for Humanity: $389.70
UMCOR: $125.00
World Communion Sunday: $71.00

Human Relations Day—Special giving opportunity, January 14, 2018
Gifts given on Human Relations Day support neighborhood ministries through UM Community Developers (57%), community advocacy in the United States and Puerto Rico through United Methodist Voluntary Services (33%), and work with at-risk youth through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation program (10%). Your gifts help build community across all races and peoples.

Thank for your generosity!
Blessings, Carole Lee,
Outreach Coordinator