If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:17
American Baptist Church Ministries
United Mission is the main arm of support for our American Baptist Church (ABC) denomination. American Baptists have always been a people of mission. Our United Mission (UM) contributions give concrete expression to this and help us to be the hands and feet of Christ. UM is the organization through which American Baptists pool financial resources to maximize the amount of good we can do. United Mission giving goes directly to: regional missions; the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary, creating new partnerships to extend God’s kingdom, providing helpful resources, promoting American Baptist identity and history, encouraging missions and ministries, and bringing together American Baptist representatives for missional activities and the Biennial Mission summit; international mission, national mission and leadership engagement; and American Baptist partners and institutions.
In addition to our United Mission support, MVCC parishioners can support American Baptist work beyond the walls of our church through four additional discretionary offerings:
American For Christ Offering – The America for Christ offering is for mission in America. Our donations impact thousands- through ministries for marginalized children, disaster response, prisoner re-entry and aftercare programs, immigration and refugee resettlement, resources that equip Christian leaders and chaplains. The offering is distributed in three parts: 59% supports the ministries of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), 29% supports regional ministries, and 12% supports the offering’s promotional costs.
One Great Hour of Sharing – The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is the American Baptist response to worldwide disaster relief and development. One Great Hour of Sharing, in cooperation with other denominations, is a channel for national and international aid in times of crisis. Disbursing funds is the responsibility of the World Relief Committee (WRC) whose responsibility it is to support, enable, and encourage emergency relief, refugee work, disaster rehabilitation, and development assistance.
World Mission Offering – The World Mission offering helps to support the work of global servants who engage in international missions. International Ministries (IM) works cross-culturally to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God’s reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation. IM does not ask global servants to raise all the funding that they need but comes alongside them in financial support as well as in ministry. IM can support global servants with services such as training, networking, promotion, and pastoral care; and address crises whenever they arise.
Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering – The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering is the American Baptist thank you – and response to emergency needs of – retired ministers and missionaries, and surviving spouses.
Camp Sentinel – The mission of Camp Sentinel, located in the foothills of the Ossipee Mountain range in Center Tuftonboro, is to create a welcoming environment for Christian relationship building and spiritual renewal. Established in 1949, Sentinel offers fun, quality Christian overnight and day camp for youth, adults, and families. Camp Sentinel is about the mission so if there is a child or family in need of financial assistance scholarships are provided. Last year over 700 campers attended Camp Sentinel. MVCC Outreach funds support the Sentinel Capital, Operating, and Scholarship Funds.
(Note: Funds for Camp Sentinel are sent to ABC of Vermont and New Hampshire to be distributed to Sentinel)
L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry – The mission of L.I.F.E. Ministries is to operate a food pantry, which will provide food to qualified people in need, in quantities appropriate to the family size and nutritional requirements. The pantry was established in 1985 in Wolfeboro to provide food to neighbors in need. Today, the Pantry is an outreach program of seven local churches, including Melvin Village Community Church, open every Wednesday distributing food to over 125 families per week and serving neighbors in Wolfeboro, Ossipee, Alton, Tuftonboro, and 20 additional local towns. In addition, the Pantry helps feed school children on vacation who qualify to receive free lunch and breakfast, as well as help feed residents of Hope House in Wolfeboro. MVCC supplies funds, food, and volunteers to the Pantry. Two MVCC members sit on the L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry Board. In addition to the amount donated as part of the Outreach Annual budget, discretionary offerings are taken up at Thanksgiving, Palm Sunday, and during the L.I.F.E. Ministries Summer appeal.
Meals on Wheels – The Wolfeboro Area Meals on Wheels is a daily program for housebound elderly and disabled clients who are unable to prepare their meals due to physical or cognitive impairments. Each day, Monday-Friday, volunteers deliver hot noon-time meals prepared by the Huggins Hospital kitchen under the direction of the Food and Nutrition Services department. The program services clients in Wolfeboro, Wolfeboro Falls, Brookfield, and Tuftonboro.
Housing and Health Ministries
Families in Transition/Hope House – Families in Transition- New Horizons’ (FIT-NH) Hope House is located Wolfeboro. The Hope House, the only short-term emergency family housing in Carroll County, provides a temporary, safe, and secure place for families in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. Hope House provides temporary housing for seven families at one time, totaling an anticipated 43 parents and 84 children per year. Hope House also provides referrals to medical care, connection to Department of Education homeless school liaisons to help ensure that school-aged children remain in school, nutritious hot meals, and connections to employment and community services.
White Horse Addiction Center – White Horse Addiction Center (WHAC) provides effective resources to those with substance use disorders. The center’s goal is to help people find a way to live a life of recovery and prevent substance misuse. At this time, all programming is provided to clients 18 years of age at two locations: Center Ossipee and North Conway. Clients can receive individual and/or group therapy and participate in WHAC’s Intensive Outpatient Program. The Recovery Community Organization at both locations are walk-in centers offering a variety of recovery resources, peer recovery support events, a hot cup of coffee and good conversation. WHAC also operates a non-profit Thrift Store, which receives donations from the local community, which in turn helps to support the Addiction Center.
Adult Day Programs Huggins Hospital – The mission of the Adult Day Program is to help loved ones maintain their independence and well-being while providing caregivers with needed respite assistance. The center is open 5 days a week from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and includes two snacks, hot lunch, an RN&LNA as well as numerous activities for adults who may be experiencing physical or cognitive impairment, dementia, or social isolation. The Adult Day Program does receive a stipend from Huggins Hospital, but our donations help to purchase materials for craft and cooking projects as well to help fund entertainers.
Habitat For Humanity - Ossipee Mountains Habitat for Humanity (OMHFH) serves central New Hampshire by building new affordable, safe homes for families. Partner Families reside in Tamworth, Ossipee, Wolfeboro, and Wakefield. As of March 2019 OMHFH has a building permit in place for their next build in Wakefield. They plan to break ground in the spring. They are also trying to roll out a new program for critical home repairs.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice – The mission of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is “Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services.” The organization offers home healthcare services to Lakes Region communities by providing Home Care (nursing services in the home), Rehabilitation Services, Pediatric Care, and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Services provided include Registered Nurses, Physical Therapy, I.V. Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Home Safety Evaluations, Wound Care, Disease Management, Hospice, Bereavement Services, Spiritual Care, Pediatric Home Visits, Prenatal Home Visits, Community Clinics, Mother-Baby Postpartum Visits, and much more.