NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY
Native American Ministries Sunday is one of the six church-wide Special Sundays of the United Methodist Church. This year at St. Andrew UMC, we are celebrating Native American Ministries Sunday on April 14. The Native American Ministries Sunday Offering nurtures mission with Native Americans by providing scholarships to Native American seminarians, encouraging them to become pastors and nurturing them in their journey; planting Native American churches; and cultivating Native American outreach. Native Americans Ministries Sunday serves to remind the Church of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. Visit www.umcgiving.org to learn more about the United Methodist Special Sundays and the Native American Ministries Sunday Offering. Your generous gifts help develop and strengthen Native American ministries. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!
MAY COMMUNION OFFERING
Our custom at St. Andrew UM Church is to present an opportunity for giving to a Missions project as we come forward to receive Holy Communion on Communion Sunday each month. Our May Communion Offering will be given to our St. Andrew Youth for their 2013 Summer Mission Trip. This summer our St. Andrew Youth will be in New Jersey helping with disaster recovery efforts by engaging in Superstorm Sandy related mission work. Thank you for your prayers and generous financial support of our Youth as they give of themselves to help neighbors in need in New Jersey!
MAY MISSION PRAYER
Please lift up in prayer those who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy. Although Sandy hit our area six months ago, many individuals and families are still displaced and many homes are in need of repair. Pray also for the disaster recovery efforts now underway, especially for the work of our UM Greater New Jersey Conference organization, A Future With Hope, which is committed to giving comprehensive and long term assistance to the poor and elderly in New Jersey who are affected by Sandy. This commitment involves matching resources to needs on a case management basis; establishing host sites to house volunteer teams; and booking volunteer teams at host sites in the areas of need. Pray for resources, guidance, volunteer teams and host sites, as this need will be ongoing over the next 3-5 years, working on 300-500 homes. Likewise, please pray for the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group which is working with A Future With Hope and other organizations to bring disaster recovery and hope to many in our area.
HELP FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY The St. Andrew Families (SAF) Sandy Relief Committee would like you to know about the efforts within the Greater New Jersey Conference to help New Jersey residents who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy. As recently announced by Bishop Schol, A Future with Hope, Inc. is a nonprofit organization started within the Greater New Jersey Conference to lead those relief and recovery efforts. A Future with Hope, Inc. will be raising funds from foundations and other sources for this important ministry. Proposals were recently submitted to the Red Cross, the Robin Hood Foundation and the State of New Jersey to assist with the $23 million vision for this long term recovery ministry. Through this ministry, 300-500 homes will be repaired, case management will be provided to 500 families, counseling will be provided to more than 100 families, and up to 15,000 volunteers will be recruited, housed and deployed. To our St. Andrew Church members and friends: If you know someone in your community who needs help because of Superstorm Sandy, here is important information about how you can get help. A Future With Hope, Inc. uses a case management system to identify needs and resources to assist people with their long term recovery needs. Liz McDevitt oversees the case management ministry and may be emailed at email@example.com or called at 732-359-1034.
Be encouraged to also visit our St. Andrew Website at http://standrewtr.org where the Home Page has a Superstorm Sandy Relief information and recovery link. By clicking on the Superstorm Sandy Relief image, you will be connected to our outreach ministry page containing the latest Sandy related recovery information. Share this information with neighbors in your community to assist them in the recovery process.
Invitation to Next “K-Team” Meeting: May 5. 2013
Young Children and Their Families in Mission
The “K-Team” is a Mission Focus Group for families with young children. We are reaching out to seniors in assisted living near church by making greeting cards. Our next meeting is Sunday May 5 at 10:10 AM in Memorial Hall. We meet for about 30 minutes during the time between Sunday school and 2nd service. Also mark your calendars to join us on June 2nd this year. If any questions, please contact Missions Coordinator, Lucy DeBarge, through the church office.
NEW COVENANT MISSIONARY
The Missions Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine as our new covenant missionary for the next 3 years beginning in 2013. Kabaka is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). She visited St. Andrew last May with her husband, Rev. Mutwale Wa Mushidi, and spoke to our congregation on Pentecost Sunday about her ministry projects in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Those projects include a Women’s Development program which teaches sewing and cooking skills as well as Malaria and HIV/Aids Prevention, and a Preschool for Orphans which helps vulnerable children to have access to basic education and Christian training. Kabaka’s biography, provided by the GBGM, is posted nearby this article. Information about Kabaka’s projects in Tanzania may be accessed on line at http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/Women-s-Development-and-Preschool-for-Orphans-Dar-es-Salaam .
Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine
Location: Tanzania, Africa
Home Country: Tanzania, Africa
Spouse:Mutwale Ntambo Wa Mushidi
Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries assigned as coordinator of women's activities and training for the United Methodist Church in Tanzania and director of the United Methodist preschool in Dar es Salaam.
"My function," she says, "is to proclaim Christ to the world while striving for God's reign of grace, peace, and justice." Her work includes Christian education and health education, especially concerning HIV/AIDS.
Kabaka and her husband, the Rev. Mutwale Ntambo Wa Mushidi, also a missionary, have been in Tanzania since 1992. Over the years, Kabaka has assisted refugees and worked closely with her husband in evangelization, church planting, and caring for the developing church community.
The church in Tanzania has become firmly rooted since it began through mission outreach by the North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kabaka is from North Katanga and has seen United Methodism in Tanzania flourish and move toward annual conference status. Rev. Wa Mushidi, an ordained elder in North Katanga Annual Conference, is the legal representative of the North Katanga bishop in Tanzania and district superintendent in Dar Es Salaam.
The couple has four daughters: Muloko Ntambo, born in 1982; Malale Ngoy, 1984; Mukalay, 1989; and Wilma Ndala, 2002: and two sons: Kita, born in 1987; and Mwenze, 1993.
Supporting Conferences: Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Greater New Jersey Annual Conference
· Make an online donation to: Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine #15161Z.
Other Missionaries We Support
Rev. Lowell and Claudia Wertz – UM Missionaries serving in Kigoma, Tanzania. Joy in the Harvest is involved in numerous ministries, including a computer school, a destitute camp, a feeding program, a crisis relief ministry, a community center, a radio ministry, a refugee ministry, a reforestation ministry, and more. It was our joy to host their recent visit to St. Andrew in August 2012. The ongoing projects of Joy in the Harvest and their 2013 Container Project are the work areas supported by the “Joy 52 Team”, a Mission Focus Group at St. Andrew.
Mission Focus Groups
The purpose of Mission Focus Groups is to present “hands on” mission opportunities within a small group context. These opportunities will match an individual’s or family’s passion with mission outreach projects. The “Tanzania Team” meets to further support the work of Rev. Mutwale Wa Mushidi and his wife Kabaka N. Alphonsine in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Kabaka is our new Covenant Missionary beginning January 2013. The “Joy 52 Team” meets to support the work of Rev. Lowell and Claudia Wertz, UM Missionaries in Kigoma, Tanzania with Joy in the Harvest Ministries. “The K-Team” engages families with young children who meet to make simple craft projects which are delivered to senior citizens who reside in our local community. The “Little Blessings Mission Team” likewise engages moms and their preschool children who make simple craft projects which are delivered to our St. Andrew Homebound folks. Look for new Mission Focus Group to be announced.
Additional “hands-on” mission trips and opportunities are scheduled throughout the year, such as gleaning at The Society of St. Andrew gleaning events and trips to the Good Shepherd HUB (part of Mission Central).
JOY IN THE HARVEST 2013 CONTAINER PROJECT
The “Joy 52 Team”, a new Mission Focus Group at St. Andrew, is sponsoring a donation drive to support the Joy in the Harvest 2013 Container Project. Rev. Lowell and Claudia Wertz with Joy in the Harvest plan to send an ocean shipping container of supplies to Africa this summer. We will be collecting specific items now through April 28. A storage bin is located in the Fellowship Hall Lobby to collect these items. Shown below is the list of items we will be gathering for the 2013 Container Project. Anyone interested in the work of Rev. Lowell and Claudia Wertz with Joy in the Harvest is invited to our next “Joy 52 Team” Meeting on Sunday April 21 at 12:00 Noon in Room #4. Please contact Lucy DeBarge through the church office if you have any questions about this Mission Focus Group or the 2013 Container Project. Thank you and God bless you!