Missions and Outreach
Operation MAGI is the Christmas ministry that the Pendleton United Methodist Men have sponsored since 2003. Together with fifteen (15) other churches, we put the twinkle in the eyes of 287 children from 102 families. Again this year, the schools of the district will provide us with the names of families that need assistance this Christmas with gifts for their children.
Each child will receive three gifts. Three (3) colored stars will be placed on the MAGI Tree for each child with their shirt size, pants size, and two toys listed for us to select one. Each family will also receive the ingredients for a Christmas meal. Appropriate children’s Christian literature will be provided for each family. Each of us will be given the opportunity to select stars from the MAGI Tree on December 2nd and December 9th. There will be a large number of stars on the tree, so do not hesitate to take multiple stars. Gifts will be brought to the church on December 9 and 16 and will be distributed to the families on the evenings of December 19, 20, and 21.
Contact Howard Corbett for more information or to volunteer.
In Anderson School District 4, fifty four (54) percent of the children receive free or reduced lunches, so there are many families that need assistance with school supplies. This is done through the PACK4 Ministry. This ministry began in 2007 after the churches participating in the MAGI Ministry decided that we could assist the families by providing schools supplies. This year 15 churches participated and contacts have been made with others. We were able to provide supplies for 205 children from 98 families in the schools of District 4. In addition to the supplies for each child, we were able to also provide enough supplies to the schools to support these children throughout the school year, reducing the need for teachers to assist with supplies. The average cost for supplies and backpacks for each child is about $25.00. Due to the current economic environment, the demand for our assistance increases. Local businesses are being contacted to contribute to this ministry. JanSport provided many of the backpacks. Wal-Mart of Central cooperated by letting us have the supplies at the lowest possible prices. If scheduling allows, the supplies are bought on the Tax Free weekend.
Contact George Atkinson for more information or to volunteer
Weekend BackPak SnackPak Program
It has been determined that there are children in Anderson county who do not have food to eat over the weekend. The Weekend BackPak SnackPak program provides food for these children. Each Friday afternoon a Ziploc bag with food for the weekend is slipped into the back packs of children who qualify for the program. Golden Harvest Food Bank provides the food but they are funded in part by donations. Each snack pack costs $5.00. The cost of sponsoring a child for the whole year is $160.00. It will cost $21,600.00 for every child who qualifies in District 4 to receive snack packs for the whole year. The United Way of Anderson is working to see that all children in Anderson County receive this service. Please help us feed the children in Anderson School District 4. If you would like to make a donation to the Weekend BackPak SnackPak Program please make checks out to Pendleton United Methodist Church with Weekend BackPak SnackPak on the memo line.
Each year, hundreds of youth gather from May to August at Salkehatchie Camps all over the state of South Carolina. Pendleton United Methodist Church is a host site during the month of July for one week of the Foothills Salkehatchie Camp. Click here for more information about Salkehatchie Summer Service.
How you can help the Foothills Salkehatchie Camp?
- Volunteer as a camper or supervisor – Youth willing to work and adults with skills to share are needed.
- Volunteer to cook/serve a meal – The campers are served a hot meal for breakfast, lunch, & dinner in the fellowship hall at PUMC. Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve the campers and supervisors. Contact information to serve in this area will be posted closer to the 2013 Camp.
- Donate Supplies – Lumber, paint, caulking, plywood, linoleum, paneling, nails, etc. may be brought to individual camps.
- Financial Support – Cash contributions are needed and appreciated. If you would like to make a donation please make your check payable to: Pendleton United Methodist Church, put “Foothills Salkehatchie” in the memo line, and mail to: Pendleton United Methodist Church, PO Box 646, Pendleton, SC 29670. You may also attend one of our Salkehatchie Luncheons held each month on Sunday’s after the worship service and make a donation there.
Released Time is a time set aside in the school day when parents can release their children from public school during an elective class to leave campus and receive Christian instruction.
There are more than 250,000 public school students across America leaving school each day to attend released Time Christian Education Programs.
Christian Learning Centers of the Upstate (CLC) is the Non-Profit sponsoring organization of Released-Time Christian Education in Anderson and Pickens County. They provide a paid teaching staff and a dedicated team of volunteers.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Several crocheters and knitters in our congregation participate in our Prayer Shawl Ministry. They make prayer shawls or lap blankets for people to show our support for those not only in sickness or grief, but also to share the joy of those who are new mothers and graduates. Angel Ruff is the lead on this ministry. They accept donations of yarn or funds to buy yarn and also accept suggestions for recipients.
The Kairos Prison Ministry is a Christian, volunteer, lay-led, ecumenical, international prison ministry, in which men and women volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and to their families. PUMC provides prison ministry for Women at Leath Correctional Institution in Greenwood, SC. In addition to financial support, PUMC members have baked thousands of homemade cookies (which are an integral part of a Kairos prison weekend), written notes and letters to men and women in prison, and participated in the 72 hour prayer vigil during Kairos weekends. Our church donated 60 dozen cookies in 2012 for this ministry.
For more information about the Kairos Prison Ministry in South Carolina, visit their website.
Family Promise is a program that helps homeless families find housing. While the families are in the program several churches in the area host them for a week at a time for evening meals and overnight. PUMC is a host for 4 weeks out of the year (usually once a quarter). The group is currently on hiatus while they are raising funds so we do not have the next time on our schedule. Visit their website at https://familypromiseanderson.org/ for more information.
Coats for Kids
Each year in the month of September, Pendleton United Methodist Church accepts “Coats for Kids”. As the weather changes to cooler temperatures, some children have a need for winter coats. PUMC collects the coats and delivers them to Pendleton Elementary School (PES), where the coats are distributed to those in need. This past Fall we gave approximately 70 coats to PES to help protect needy children from the cold.
The Steve & Esther Smith Family who are on a mission to Senegal in West Africa. Follow Steve & Esther on their blog for more information.
The Ben & Jenny Reyes Family who serve in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.