Hardinsburg United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds


Ministries of the Hardinsburg UMC

      December Community Outreach      

December Outreach Focus (1)


The December Ministry Focus will be Christmas Bags for the inmates at the Breckinridge County Detention Center. There could be some in our community who would ask the question, why do anything for those who are in prison, are they not getting what they deserve? Yes, they are paying the consequences of their actions. But as Christians, God calls us to reach out in love to everyone, and that includes those who are in prison.

First we need to remember, “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

Secondly, the Bible tells us to visit those who are in prison.

Matthew 25:35-36 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Listed below are some items that are needed for the Christmas bags for prisoners. We need to have items at our Church by Sunday, December 9. If you would like to help assemble some of the bags, there will be work days on December 12-14 from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Community Praise and Worship, Lighthouse Road, Hardinsburg.

Homemade items needed (in baggies): cookies, breads, muffins, candy, fudge, Rice Krispy treats, brownies, etc.

Store bought items: Little Debbie snacks, peanuts, peanut butter crackers, all types of candy, coffee (instant only), coffee creamer (instant only), drink mix (packages of instant drinks to mix with water), hot chocolate (instant), chips

Puzzles: Crossword, Seek & Find, Sudoku, etc.

Other items: white socks, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, soap (bar), body wash, shampoo (full sizes please)

Women’s items: lotion, powder, Kleenex tissue, feminine hygiene items

They cannot accept the following items: anything wrapped with foil or metal ties, no popcorn, no suckers

The following is an excerpt from a letter received from Chaplain Sherry Payne with the Breckinridge County Jail Ministry: Thank you for any and all help you can offer. We covet your prayers above all. Please pray that there will be many that leave this place having come into the knowledge and wisdom of knowing that Jesus Christ is the Savior King.


December Outreach Focus (2)
Another Outreach option for this month will be sponsoring families for Christmas. According to the local Family Resource Coordinators (HES, BCMS, BCHS), there are several families in need of assistance this year. If you are interested in adopting a child or a family for Christmas and purchasing gifts* for them, please contact the Church Office. If you prefer to make a monetary donation*, please mark your check or offering envelope “Christmas Gifts.” The average cost per child will be between $50-$75.
* Gifts and monetary donations need to be at Church by Sunday, December 9.







 Blessing Box Ministry

Blessing Boxes are appearing all over the United States. They are being erected by churches, businesses and individuals. A Blessing Box is an emergency standalone miniature food pantry. In pursuit of community outreach, the Hardinsburg United Methodist Church has erected a Community Blessing Box. HUMC is grateful to Mr. Larry Welch, a member of the congregation, who crafted the Blessing Box using reclaimed wood from the church’s former main entrance. For protection from the weather, the Blessing Box is located under the porch of Memorial Hall, facing the street. The box is never locked and contents are available 24/7 to anyone.

The Blessing Box is for anyone who experiences need when other resources are not available. The contents of the Blessing Box are donated by the congregation, although anyone in the community is welcomed and encouraged to donate. Non-perishable items which will withstand high and low temperatures are the best selections. The stock will vary from day to day according to use and donation. Sometimes there may be a full pantry, and sometimes not; but the hope is that there will always be something there for someone who is hungry. TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, LEAVE WHAT YOU CAN. LITTLE BECOMES MUCH IN THE MASTER’S HAND. 

Items for the Blessing Box:



  First Responder Appreciation Baskets

from September
There is a special group of amazing people who have chosen to make their career one of service to the general public. They are our Policemen, Firemen, EMS Responders, Air Evac Team, Sheriff's Office Staff and the Dispatch Staff. As a way of saying thank you to these local men and women who work to keep us safe, come when we are hurt, fight our fires and are available 24/7, baskets of treats were presented to each agency on Tuesday, September 11. Thank you to everyone that donated items and to those that pitched in to fill the baskets and deliver them.

Other Ministries Supported by the Hardinsburg United Methodist Church

· Breckinridge County Schools Youth Services
· Center for Senior Food Distribution
· Communion for the Homebound
· Cops for Kids
· Detention Center Ministries
· Funeral Meals
· Salvation Army
· The Good Samaritan Center
· Vacation Bible School
· Blankets of Praise for children in crisis
· Camp Loucon
· United Methodist Children’s Homes in Versailles and Owensboro
· Wesley Manor