Mission and Outreach

We grow in LOVE through mission and outreach…

At Leonia United Methodist Church, our focus throughout 2012 and 2013 has been “radical hospitality for the stranger.” Through the leadership of our pastor and Outreach Ministry Team, through preaching, small groups, fellowship dinner learning opportunities, personal study, and outreach and mission opportunities, we have grown in our ability to recognize, lovingly serve, and befriend the stranger in our midst.

Organizations We Partner in Ministry With:

The Community of Friends in Action is a community organization in Eastern Bergen County that assists workers and their families. They provide occupational safety and health training with no fee, ESL classes, wage theft recovery assistance, and a workers’ link program that connects homeowners and small businesses with workers who need casual or occasional work.

CUMAC feeds people and changes lives. It works to alleviate hunger and its root causes for those in need in Paterson, Passaic County, and northern New Jersey.

Family Promise of Bergen County  provides services and shelter to working homeless families in Bergen County.  It keeps families with dependent children together in times of crisis, shepherding them through temporary periods of homelessness by helping them create an achievable vision and develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency.

A Future with Hope repairs and rebuilds homes, communities, organizations and systems by strengthening community leadership, engaging neighborhood people, and releasing local assets.

Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County. Their mission is to provide decent, affordable homes for hardworking Bergen County families.

International Students Inc exists to share Christ’s love with international students and to equip them for effective service in cooperation with the local church and others.

Sa Leone Health Pride is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by our own member, Florence Dorwie. The geographic focus of SLHP’s activities are in Sierra Leone and other West African countries. Education is the organization’s primary strategy for helping to reduce maternal / fetal mortality rate in this region. The “Each One Teach One” model will be used to empower and educate healthcare workers, women, mothers and the community.

Center for Hope and Safety (formerly known as Shelter Our Sisters) Center for Hope and Safety’s mission is to assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. The agency provides emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, and a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment, and self-sufficiency.

UMCOR The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.


Stamp Out Despair

More than 2500 asylum seekers are being detained in jails and detention centers in New Jersey. Isolated and with no money to contact their families, First Friends of NJ and NY distributes phone cards, writing materials and stamps to the detainees. Supplies are especially needed at the holiday season. The Outreach Ministry team at Leonia Church invites you to assist in collecting the following materials: Size #10 (business size) envelopes With Forever Postage Stamps Blank 2 Pocket Folders Loose Leaf Paper Blank Colored Paper (not construction paper) Note pads Greeting Cards (Including Christmas Cards) Soft Cover Books (non-violent) Stick Pens (no metal inserts) Leave any donations on Ellie Spiegel’s front porch, 187 Leonia Ave., by December 1. 

#GivingTuesday: Connect Your Passion with God’s Mission

#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, November 28 Now is a great time to start thinking about where you want your GivingTuesday gift to go. Visit UMCmission.org/give and select from more than 600 United Methodist Church related projects and more than 300 United Methodist missionaries who bring hope and healing to a world in need. At UMCmission.org/give, you can search for projects and missionaries that align with your passion. When you specify a destination for your gifts, that’s exactly where every dollar goes; not one dollar of your gift goes to overhead.

Leonia Community Thanksgiving Celebration

Tuesday, November 21, 8:00 p.m.
Sanctuary at Leonia Church
Nursery provided

This year Leonia Church will welcome the entire Leonia faith community in giving thanks for all of God’s blessings at the 2017 Leonia Community Thanksgiving Celebration. An offering (cash or check) and gifts of food and toiletries will be taken for the Center for Food Action.

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Give A Child In Paterson A Christmas Gift

CUMAC Holiday Wish List Program
Dedication During Worship on Sunday, December 3

Every year, CUMAC’s Wish List program matches area youth with donors to make holiday dreams come true. Last year, holiday gifts were collected and distributed to over 1,200 children living in shelters or dealing with illness, poverty or other difficulties. Thank you to all the donors that help bring joy to youth in our community every year. We couldn’t do it without you. 

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Family Promise Walk In Dinner at Hackensack Shelter – November 26

Sunday, November 26

Family Promise has been committed to feeding the hungry since 1991.  Every day of the year, a different group is scheduled to prepare and serve dinner at the Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack. Up to 120 people are served a nutritious meal each night. Many of the guests utilizing the program are residents of the shelter. However, the program is open to anyone in the community, no questions asked.

There are two ways you can help:

  1. Bring part of the dinner. Cook something and bring it to the Leonia Church kitchen between 1 and 3 p.m.
  2. Help serve the dinner. Join us at the Hackensack Shelter from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Help a Stranger in Need – Give to the Elijah Fund

The Elijah Fund was established years ago by our congregation to provide emergency aid to people in need.  Pastor David has administered this fund with great care and Christian love.  Every two to three years we have a fund raiser to bring the fund back up to the $4,000 dollar level that we like to maintain. This year the fund needs money, so Peter Slane and John Stott have hatched a fundraising plan. On March 18, Peter and John will run a 13-mile half-marathon in Brooklyn, N.Y. to support the Elijah Fund. We are asking everyone we know to pledge $10 (more or less) per mile for one or both or our runners up to 13 miles. For instance you can pledge one mile for Read more...

Faith Exchange Program With Mehfil-e-Shahe Khorasan

The Leonia Church Outreach Ministry Team and Shiraz Hussain (lay leader for Mehfil-e-Shahe Khorasan, a Moslem educational and religious center in Englewood) invite you to participate in a faith exchange program. Two individuals or two families, one from each congregation, will be matched together for casual social interaction such as emails, coffee/dinner, going to a movie, etc. Then on a Thursday of your choice, the family from Leonia Church will attend the Thursday night program at the Mehfil center along with their partnered family from that congregation. The next week, the family from Mehfil will join their partnered family from Leonia Church at our Sunday morning worship.  If you are interested in participating in this faith exchange, or have questions about it, please talk to Pastor Dave (david@leonia.church, 201-972-5279), John Read more...

Donate to the Sandy Relief Fund

The best way to help right now is by donating to the GNJ Sandy Relief Fund.  The GNJAC has established the GNJ Sandy Relief Fund to help with the relief, recovery, rebuilding, and renewal of those affected by Superstorm Sandy, with a focus on the elderly and low-income residents as well as parsonages and church buildings.

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