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The Messenger

  January 2018  
RAINBOW Mission Programs
Mission's Committee Chairs: Carol Winterboer and Sue Van Dyke
RAINBOW COVENANT -- Mission Choices

     Here at Carroll First United Methodist Church (FUMC) we are involved in many outreach projects right here in our neighborhood and throughout the world.  We are proud to be a Rainbow Covenant church.  To be designated a Rainbow Covenant church, a congregation must pay 100% of its apportionments (or conference obligations). The projects in each of the seven bands of the rainbow represent different aspects of mission... world, community, and so on. 



World Advance


National Advance


UMCOR Advance




Iowa Advance


Parish Dev. 



Imagine No Malaria

Personal Transportation Energy

Habitat for Humanity

Red Bird Mission

UMCOR  Medicine Box

Haiti Solar Oven

Heifer Project 

Feed My Starving Children 

Society of St. Andrews

Bidwell Riverside 

Women at the Well 

Burns UMC Central

Special Sunday Offerings

You can scroll down the page or click each title above to read more about a specific mission. 


   To be a First Mile Giver a church pays apportionments in full.  Second Mile Giver church supports chosen missions with $1/member, except for those in green and then $6/member (i.e. membership count is 558 so then $3348/green).  Third Mile Giver, complete 1st and 2nd miles then church contributes an additional $3/member.  Two dollars goes missionary support (Jim Perdue) and one dollar goes to local and institutional needs.





Our church & youth support the missions of Bidwell Riverside Center.  Bidwell has been in Des Moines since 1893.  In addition to a childcare center, they also have a food and clothing pantry.  Every year they help about 30,000 people who live in poverty.   

If you would like to support Bidwell you can send a check through Carroll FUMC memo "Bidwell" or give at [].


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 Feed My Starving Children


 Visit their website at [] to learn about these hand packed meals formulated specially for starving children.  Shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.  


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Henry Muller Hall

 Henry Muller Hall establishes and supports suitable housing for homeless men with disabilities within which residents receive supportive services necessary to work toward recovery and independence.   The goal is to provide a more independent living environment while reducing the symptoms of mental illness.  The present facility is the 4 bedroom parsonage of Whitfield UMC in Sioux City.



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Build affordable homes that are simple and sturdy in parnership with families in need, using donated materials and labor [].


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Haiti Solar Oven 

  A hunger ministry aimed at bringing solar oven cooking technology to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  Eliminates the need for expense fuel.  This project teaches and delivers the appropriate technology for solar cooking. 

UMCOR - Advance # 418812




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Heifer Project

 Work with Communities to end hunger and poverty through gifts of livestock 

and training.  Visit [] for project information.



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 Imagine No Malaria    

Every 30 seconds someone dies from Malaria! 

       Each March our Mission Commission will be accepting your $10.00 donations to purchase nets during MARCH MADDNESS!  Funds purchase nets which combat malaria, one of the largest killers of children in Africa. The United Methodist Church is one of the primary sponsors of this campaign.  (click logo for link)




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PET (Personal Energy Transportation)

Provides three-wheeled, hand-cranked wheelchairs to people in developing countries.  Some are produced in Hawarden, IA.  Click logo above for website. 


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Red Bird Mission 


 Visit them at [] to learn more about how this organization provides ministry to the people of the region of the Appalachian Mountains.



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Faith based ministry that salvages fresh produce and delivers it to food banks and soup kitchens through-out the United States of America. (click logo for link).  Able to provide yearly, for just pennies, the USDA's recommended amount of veggies and fruits.


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Special Giving Sundays


Human Relations Day

(Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth. More

One Great Hour of Sharing

(Fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace. More

Native American Ministries Sunday

(Third Sunday of Easter) nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. More

Peace with Justice Sunday

(First Sunday after Pentecost) enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. More

World Communion Sunday

(First Sunday of October) provides scholarships for U.S. (racial- and ethnic-minority) students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels. More

United Methodist Student Day

(Last Sunday of November) furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities. More  


      The Six Annual Giving Sundays enable United Methodists to offer refuge in times of disaster, promote peace and justice, provide scholarships and student loans, reach out to the community, teach skills to encourage self-sufficiency and share the love of Jesus Christ with God's people everywhere.  Connected together with our gifts, we can do big things. 


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Burns United Methodist Church Central

Burns is on the edge between downtown Des Moines and a neighborhood in transition.   Their building is in poor condition and needs to be replaced to aid in congregational outreach.


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  UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) [] offers emergency relief throughout the world.   Relief includes long-term access to potable water, cash for work activities to help clean up affected areas, school kits, cook stoves, and building materials.  Checks can be placed in the offering plate or mailed to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.  Or call 1-800-554-8583 or click and give online at any of the "Give Now" links.  100% of gifts are given to help the people.


Please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.


UMCOR - The Medicine Box

This project provides essential medicines and medical supplies to clinics and hospitals in countries that have experienced sudden natural disasters.   The Medicine Box contains 18 essential drugs and medical supplies in sufficient quantity to respond to common illnesses in a population of 1000 adults and children for a period of three months.


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Women of the Well

 Congregation within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Des Moines.  There are times when they allow church groups to take part in this weekly worship service, Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.  Each person must have clearance prior to visitation.  The church is located at Mitchellville, IA contact their pastor at:


Women at the Well United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 93241
Des Moines, IA 50393  or (515) 967-4236 ext. 265


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