Missions at Windsor Hills UMC
“But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” ~ Hebrews 13:16
WHUMC is a mission-minded church.
A very strong Mission Committee, chaired by Dave Tanis, helps drive the mission work of Windsor Hills, reaching out in the love of Christ beyond our walls. Yet, everyone in the whole congregation is encouraged to find a way to be a part of the Mission Team. There are plenty of opportunities to do so.
AfterCare Social Club
In the spring of 1983, AfterCare was formed to provide a social setting where adults with mental disabilities come together for fun in games, music, arts and crafts and refreshments. The AfterCare Social Club meets twice a month at the church and also goes on special outings for pizza, baseball games, bowling, shopping and a picnic. Club members live in homes for adults, in group homes or independent housing and are referred by Blue Ridge Behavioral Health Care. Twenty-five or more church members volunteer with this ministry that has provided more than 200 club members with program since WHUMC participation in the program. This is a powerful ministry both for members of AfterCare, as well as the volunteer servants, who give untold hours throughout the year.
Polly McFarlane leads this powerful ministry.
Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
The Rise Against Hunger events are a powerful means of serving those in need around the world. In recent years, we have provided 100,000 meals through this remarkable packing event. These events allow 70 or more persons of all ages (4-94) to put their hands to serving and feeding others.
Lenten Mission Offering
This annual offering in the season leading up to Easter provides generous support to a number of organizations or missionaries, both inside and outside the church. We support prison ministry, missionaries, feeding and educating ministries and so much more through the generosity of many people.
Kid's SOAR is a MISSION of the Virginia Annual Conference of the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Kid's SOAR is another way the Lord Jesus is waiting to put you to work for the children in the name of our Lord God.
Kid's SOAR serves inner city children in Roanoke City by providing meals and programs several evenings a week whenever Roanoke City Schools are in session. It is located at Trinity UMC, 305 Mountain Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016.
We at Windsor Hills UMC, are responsible for preparing, serving and cleaning up for a meal on the 3rd Friday evening of each month when the Roanoke City Schools are in session.
Norma Tompkins is the coordinator of this feeding ministry, utilizing several groups within the church.
And so much more!
Through a variety of partnerships with other organizations, we send materials and people to share in the work that enhances many lives in the Roanoke Valley and beyond. Below is a sampling of a number of our partner organizations:
Virginia Heights Elementary School—an evolving and growing partnership
Oak Grove Elementary School-classroom reading partnership
Operation Christmas Child—sharing of God’s love through shoebox full of gifts
Roanoke Area Ministries—a team serving monthly for decades
Restin House—a home for disabled veterans
Rosalind Hills Food Pantry—helping feed our neighbors who are food insecure
Appalachian Service Project—an occasional week or weekend project to assist those who need home repair in Appalachia
Military Family Support Center—to help those families with service members who may be away and veterans in our area