VOICe Christmas Gifts
Dutilh Church Cranberry Campus is partnering with Victims Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe), a domestic abuse shelter located here in Butler County. We are providing Christmas gifts for the women and children who will be at the shelter over Christmas. This ministry will begin on Sunday, November 19th.
To participate, visit the “Angel Tree” at Cranberry campus, located in the Greeting Area. On the tree will be a series of tags (each tag has 3 parts). On each tag will be the age and gender of a shelter resident, along with several suggested gifts.
Take one or more tags – leave part of the tag in the container at the display. Buy at least one of the suggested gifts. Follow the instructions for wrapping your gift, and return it to the display at Cranberry Campus no later than Sunday, Dec. 10th.
Mars Area Christmas Gifts
Our Mars Campus will be working with Mars Area School District to provide Christmas gifts for families in need. This ministry will begin on Saturday, November 18th.
To participate, visit the “Angel Tree” at Mars campus, located at the rear of the sanctuary. On the tree will be a series of tags (each tag has 3 parts). On each tag will be the age and gender of a Mars area resident, along with several suggested gifts.
Take one or more tags – leave part of the tag in the container at the display. Buy at least one of the suggested gifts. Follow the instructions for wrapping your gift, and return it to the display at Mars Campus no later than Saturday, Dec. 9th.
Hat & Mitten Tree
Both Cranberry and Mars Campuses will feature this ministry. We are working with our partners on Pittsburgh’s North Side, who work the homeless population and low income families.
It is easy to participate! Simply purchase hats, mittens, gloves or scarves, and hang them on the Hat & Mitten Tree at either Campus. At the Cranberry Campus, look for the Tree in the Greeting Area; at Mars Campus, look for the Tree at the rear of the sanctuary.
The Hat & Mitten Trees will be ready beginning the weekend of November 18/19. The deadline for donations will be the weekend of December 9/10.
Food Ministry Donations
Once a month we make a donation to VOICe (Victim Outreach Intervention Center) of the food items listed on our food donation sheet. Please click here to see the list of items we are accepting for donations! As always thank you for your support!
The Nyadire Connection “Friend Raising” Event
The Nyadire Connection (TNC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit faith based organization that supports the Nyadire United Methodist Mission in Zimbabwe. TNC consists a group of United Methodist Churches and members in the Pittsburgh area, partnered with the United Methodist Churches and members in the Nyadire region of Zimbabwe.
TNC will be holding a “Friend-Raising” event on Thursday, September 21st, from 4:00-8:00pm, at Calvary United Methodist Church and Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF). Half of the attendees will start at Calvary Church and move to BBF; the other half will start at BBF and move to Calvary Church.
Brother’s Brother Foundation (www.brothersbrother.org) has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 100 U.S. Charities, one of ten charities with 100% fundraising efficiency and one of eleven charities with 99% or higher for charitable commitment. BBF operates warehouses on Pittsburgh’s North Side where they collect, sort and ship donated medical and educational supplies to impoverished countries throughout the world. TNC is proud to partner with BBF to send ocean containers to Nyadire.
Calvary United Methodist Church is a beautiful, historic church known especially for having three of the world’s largest Tiffany stained glass windows, which were installed in 1895. Calvary Church is located at 971 Beech Ave., Pittsburgh, 15233.
There will be appetizers and desserts at both locations and guests will move from one location to the other mid-evening.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend to learn more about TNC’s programs and how you can get involved with this international ministry. Tickets can be purchased for $25, a portion of which is a tax-deductible donation. Questions? Contact Debbie Little at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nyadire Connection Update
The Nyadire Connection is a partnership between the United Methodist churches here in the Pittsburgh Area, and United Methodist churches, people and institutions in the Nyadire region of Zimbabwe. The Nyadire Connection (TNC) just celebrated its 10th anniversary!
The work done by TNC has been amazing! Here are some facts, information and observations about TNC:
* TNC got its start on September 21, 2006, when a group of 10 people met at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park. A team was created, priorities set and work began! In subsequent years, additional churches joined as partners.
* Dutilh Church became a partner church in 2012.
* There is currently a core of 7 partner churches here in the Pittsburgh District of the United Methodist Church, and a number of additional churches that participate in smaller projects.
* We partner with the churches, pastors and people of the Mutoko-Mudzi District in Zimbabwe, an area that includes Nyadire.
* The first United Methodist missionaries came to Zimbabwe in 1891, and the Nyadire Mission was founded in1923.
* Nyadire is both the largest and most rural of the three United Methodist missions in Zimbabwe.
* Zimbabweans with a connection to Nyadire live all over the world, and frequently find TNC through Facebook.
* TNC is 100% volunteer! There are no overhead costs, and ALL donations go directly to programs!
* TNC has sponsored 39 trips to Zimbabwe, involving 98 different people, who made 190 person trips. 4 members of Dutilh Church have participated in mission trips: Ralph Duckworth, Tim Wesley, Mark & Logan Boyer.
* People from Nyadire describe Pittsburgh as “just over the next hill!”
* Mission Team members traveling to Zimbabwe try to carry all their clothing and personal items for two weeks in their carry-on, so they can fill their suitcases with donated items.
* Even if all the contents are donated, and therefore free, it still costs about $12,000 to ship a container from Pittsburgh to Nyadire, and shipments typically take 5 months. TNC frequently works with Brothers Brother Foundation to arrange shipments.
* If you added up all financial donations, plus the value of all donated items in all the TNC Programs, it would total nearly $2,000,000!
NYADIRE HOSPITAL AND CLINICS
* The main hospital is located on the ground of the Nyadire mission.
* In 2012, Nyadire had running water after nearly eight years without. Imagine carrying water for all your daily needs!
* Dutilh Church has taken the lead in the Rural Clinic Renovation project.
* In 2014 Chikwizo Clinic was completed. In 2015 work on Nyahuku Clinic was begun, and it has since been completed.
* In total, about $660,000 was donated for the completion of these two clinics, with half coming from Dutilh Church
* Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park has committed enough funds (over $300,000) to complete Dendera Clinic.
* Three clinics done! Three more to go!
* Electricity is frequently off three or more days each week at Nyadire. Surgery can be (and has been) conducted by the light from a cell phone!
* Friends from Norway helped purchase the last ambulance.
* In 2015 a new program to provide eyeglasses began, with 2,600 pairs being carried over by team members. 514 people received eyeglasses at the eye clinic conducted by the July 2016 mission team.
* Engineers Without Borders is working with TNC to install solar lighting at several locations.