Angel Tree Ministries
When Mom or Dad is in prison, Christmas doesn’t always mean gifts and celebration for the kids in the family. For many years, Chardon United Methodist Church has reached out to children of prisoners, who face the holidays without the presence of a parent. Since it began in 1982, Angel Tree Christmas has touched a cumulative 6 million children’s lives through the participation of thousands of churches, according to Prison Fellowship Ministries. It is one of three elements in the organization’s Angel Tree program, which also includes camping and mentoring elements. Prison Fellowship Ministries was founded in 1976 by Chuck Colson. Colson, a former aide to President Richard Nixon, pled guilty to Watergate-related charges and entered Alabama’s Maxwell Prison in 1974, where he served seven months of a one-to-three-year sentence for obstruction of justice. More information on Prison Fellowship Ministries and its Angel Tree program is available at the organization’s Web site http://www.pfm.org.
Chardon Church hosts a community meal on the 4th Sunday of each month. The meal begins at 11:30 am. This meal is open to all and we encourage everyone to come and share food, conversation and fellowship with members of our church and our community. There is no charge. Donations are, of course, welcome.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Chardon Church – Hayden Hall, Chardon OH
The church has provided a home for Cub Scout Pack 92 since 1994. The pack was organized and chartered at that time largely through the efforts of an adult scouter, Brenda Cvanciger. The pack started with 55 boys and 10 adults. Stan Zupon was the first Cubmaster. The pack currently has 60 boys and 10 adults leaders. Mark Hinesley is the current Cubmaster. Vern Kempf served as the liaison between the church and the pack (Charter Representative) until 2002. Lisa Zupon now fills that role. It is noted that Board minutes from the mid-fifties to mid-sixties indicate that a Boy Scout troop was using the second floor of the parsonage barn at that time. There is also mention of Cub Scouts.
Geauga Hunger Task Force
The Geauga Hunger Task Force was established in 1977 to serve the emergency food needs of our county. This organization is a coalition of churches and social service agencies. It is completely dependent on the generosity of civic-minded individuals, agencies, and area businesses. The Chardon United Methodist Church has supported this mission for many years, through the food pantry at Pilgrim Christian Church. There are seven neighborhood-based food pantries that distribute food throughout the county.
- Burton Congregational Church
- Chagrin Falls Park Community Center
- Pilgrim Christian Church (Chardon)
- Christ Presbyterian Church (Chesterland)
- First United Methodist Church (Middlefield)
- United Community Church (Newbury)
- Grace Lutheran Church (Thompson)
The Geauga County Department of Human Services provides an after-hours pantry. Volunteers from this pantry along with community leaders form the GHTF Executive Committee who defines the mission and policies. Residents in need of food use the Infoline Volunteer Center at 211 or 285-3194 and Copeline at 285-5665 to request assistance. The Geauga Hunger Task Force and this community thank you for your continued support.
Holiday Food Donations
During the seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, the United Methodist Church congregation collects food donations for needy families. A sign-up list of required food donations will be available in the church lobby and on the website for members to see what we need. Volunteers package the food into family packages, and other volunteers deliver the food to local families in need. We appreciate all the donations from the community.
Chardon Church is developing this mission to provide mentoring and other assistance for those who are in the program. Recently we toured their facility, which resulted in the following:
- A Next Step gentleman was hired for roofing by Frank & Amie Walland’s company. Thanks!
- We paid a modest amount & arranged for delivery of steel tubing from Chardon Welding to the Next Step gentleman, who is pursuing his Auburn Career Center welding certification. Upon completion of the certification, he has a welding internship with a local company.
- Two websites were provided to Andrea Pollack (NS Director) that assist in helping Next Step clients with career choices and descriptions.
- And Andrea Pollack has offered to find the right person to help others with yard work, painting, moving furniture, or general clean-up.
We have hopes that this mission will become a very “hands-on” local mission. Next Step Projects
For The Homeless “Responding to the human hurts and hopes of persons in Lake County who are homeless by providing emergency shelter, care and guidance, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ.” Having a roof over one’s head can’t always be taken for granted. Project Hope for the Homeless is a temporary emergency shelter serving men, women and families who find themselves without a roof and homeless in Lake County. (25 Freedom Road, Painesville, OH 44077) Referrals are made through local social service agencies, churches and police departments. Currently overnight shelter is available November through April from 8 PM – 8 AM. Read more…
Red Cross Bloodmobile
It doesn’t take much to help save a life! Just an hour or so out of your day could mean a lifetime to someone’s child, best friend, grandparent or spouse. So, what does it take? Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. We ask that you bring a valid photo ID and a list of all current medications with you when you come to donate. You many donate blood every 56 days.