Our December Mission of the Month is Golden Cross Ministries which includes ten social service agencies from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
They include four ministries to older adults: Evenglow Lodge in Pontia, Sunset Home in Quincy, United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville, and Wesley Village in Macomb.
Two hospital pastoral care ministries are included: Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton and Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in Peoria.
There are also four ministries to children and families: Chaddock in Quincy, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, East St. Louis, The Baby Fold in Normal, and United Methodist Children’s Home, Mt. Vernon.
As you can see, individuals of all ages and in all stages of life are blessed by our Golden Cross agencies. More than 30,000 individuals are served each year; 19,000 hours are given by more than 2,000 volunteers and more than $10,000,000 of benevolent care is given by these ministries.
Your giving to our December Mission of the Month will enhance the impact of these ministries. However, one of these ministries, the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, is facing quite a cash crunch due to a decline in state funding. Consequently, all offerings given in our red-tabbed Christmas envelopes (which you received at the beginning of the year) will be directed to the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House.
As always, your support of missions should be above and beyond your regular tithes and offerings.