By First United Methodist Church Orlando Ministries Council
The generous bequest of Mrs. Ruth Toler in memory of her husband, W. Bramell Toler, a former member of First Church, has blessed us with an opportunity to expand our work to build God’s Kingdom.
The Endowment Committee proposed giving the Ministries Council a mission tithe of $230,000 to create, support and implement present and new ministries.
We received 15 applications, with 10 fulfilling the requirements. The other five are also excellent and we will work with each requester to pursue the steps to grant them this opportunity as well.
The Ministries Council is pleased to announce the awarding of $202,882.00 to the following recipients:
Faith Project International
We’ve asked for $34k to purchase a piece of land and build a new mission complex that will accommodate families. We are a full service mission that operates year round in the village called San Antonio Ilotenago, in the state of Quiche in an area of rural Guatemala characterized by it’s indigenous Mayan inhabitants. We operate three programs: Stoves, Scholarships and Vision. We feel God calling us to expand our mission to accommodate more families wishing to do short term international missions and our current mission complex will not accommodate families.
Brad Cowherd $34,000
Holiday Food Give Away
The First Church project would End Childhood Hunger in a designated location over the Winter Break 2012. There is a two week holiday break for schools. When school is out, hungry children do not receive the breakfast and lunch they usually get during school. While school ends, hunger does not. Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) purchases or receives food donations and packages food into food gifts for each family consisting of: box of canned items, 20 pound bags of fruits and vegetables, and bag of baked items. The SHFB Semi Truck will deliver approximately $10,000 of food for 500 families to the designated location.
Lora Gilbert $6,500
Members of five downtown Orlando churches, including ours, founded IDignity in May 2008. The mission is to restore dignity and hope by providing identification. This is a three-year plan to become sustainable and asks for the following.
IDignity is requesting funding to hire a full-time Development/Communications Director to assist in volunteer, donor and grant management. This position will enable IDignity to transition our various databases into a holistic Internet cloud-based software platform called Salesforce, which will be provided as a $9,000 annual in-kind donation. One-time consultant expenses of $8,000 will be required to customize the software and to manage the transition. Utilization of this software platform and the staffing of this position will significantly increase IDignity’s capacity to raise and manage additional financial support. Currently IDignity is staffed at below 50% of the average staffing for a nonprofit with our budget. It is mission critical that IDignity increases its investment in human capital in order to maintain ongoing support and to generate new support.
The desired impact of hiring a full-time Development/Communications Director is to enable IDignity to better manage its current volunteer, donor and grant databases. It will also increase communication to nurture IDignity’s relationships with our various supporters. This staff position will help IDignity further develop funding strategies, which will enable us to serve more clients.
Michael Dippy $84,000
First Church-Based Ministries
Children’s Ministry-Newcomer Families
The goal is to create and maintain personal connections, relationships and a sense of belonging especially for “first timer” families with children /new babies /baptism families through a tangible and inviting culture starting from the very first visit. Information and gifts will be given to the families that support Christian parenting.
Vandie Loper $800
United Methodist Churches are called to serve and reflect the parishes they serve. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world. As we look at the demographics of our downtown area, focusing on the 1-mile radius of our church, the largest demographic is age 24-35 at 15%. Commune aims to be used by God to make a difference in the lives of young adults through the transforming love of Jesus, in the power of the Spirit.
Brian Johnson $10,482
Divorce Recovery for Kids
DC4K is a special group to help children heal from the hurt caused by separation or divorce of their parents. Children will learn how God’s love can strengthen them and help turn tears to hope. Parents are encouraged to create stronger bonds through weekly parenting pages which provide a common ground for meaningful discussions at home as well.
Vandie Loper $700
Food Service/Kitchen Start-up
Our goals for a First Church Kitchen Ministry are: Establishing a family connection to the church; Christian fellowship with encouraging new folks to attend Wednesday Night Dinner; service provided by a volunteer-run kitchen, including a volunteer coordinator; meals to support and dovetail with other ministries of our church; opportunities to introduce our church to outside groups; and a part-time Director of Food Service for coordinating the daily ministries of the kitchen. Completing the acquisition of all needed kitchen equipment will be possible with this grant as well.
Candie Whitney $50,000
Mothers of Preschoolers
MOPS International exists to encourage equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential, as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ. Our local group focuses on communicating the message of God’s love while creating supportive relationships with mothers of young children. We submit our resources for God’s purposes through service projects. Annually we participate in Operation Christmas Child, and we provide a scholarship for a Guatemalan young woman.
Evelyn Sechler/Jessica Mills $750
Our First Church music ministry will offer workshops for Orange County high school students with some of the most creative minds in American music. The one-day intensive experiences with composers would include examining the creative process in general and then applying these thoughts to individual works. The composers will share the genesis of the works and discuss specific aspects of why the music is written in a certain way to illustrate the text. Choral students will sing the anthems they are examining under the direction of the composer. Of the several thousand students who will attend these workshops, some will be inspired to work in the church as a professional musician but most will be inspired to spend their adult life participating in their church as a volunteer singer or artist. Most high school students do not realize the potential the church has for them as an outlet for their creative talents.
Bill Shortal $15,000
Wednesday Morning Guys
To assist Barry Clay with projects that his staff has neither the time nor the skills to accomplish. To assist organizations within First Church with maintenance items; construction or assembly of items, etc. To provide consultation services to Barry upon request.
1. Improved working conditions in the workshop
2. Shorten Barry’s ”to do list”
3. To use our God-given skills for the benefit of the First Church community.
Ed Cepull $650
Buddy Break – Children’s Ministries
Buddy Break is designed to provide caregivers of children with disabilities a three hour respite once a month on a Friday evening or Saturday morning. While their parents are taking a break, trained volunteers engage the children in special activities at the church. Toler grant funding will be used to purchase sensory equipment, develop a new monthly activities program for special needs adults and create an enhanced support program with speakers and fellowship activities for the parents of special needs children.
Vandie Loper $2,500