The Hillcrest congregation supports many organizations. We invite congregation members to help with their hands and hearts as we strive to create a better world for God’s children.
We provide financial and physical help to VEAP and Bridging. We serve meals at Loaves and Fishes, and we give significantly to Simpson Homeless Shelter and Emma’s Place for single parents. The world is our parish. Through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). we provide assistance during times of disaster, war and hunger. Our outreach efforts reach around the world.
Prayer Chain: Our church has a very special group of people who have faithfully committed themselves to our Prayer Chain. Prayer requests are passed along from one member to the next member on the list. Each person is asked to pray immediately upon calling a request in and to continue to pray faithfully in the days/weeks ahead. There is also an e-mail list of faithful prayer partners.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: The Prayer Shawl Ministry has become a significant ministry of Hillcrest, as we reach out to those who are going through difficult or stressful times. Shawls have been given to new moms and to individuals who are dealing with cancer, are having traumatic surgery, or are in hospice care.
Methodist Hospital Outreach: At Hillcrest, we make over a thousand items each year to give to Methodist Hospital for use in their Neo-natal and Pediatric units. Items include finger puppets, preemie hats, blankets, and quilts.
IN THE LOCAL AREA
V.E.A.P. (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)
Phone: (952) 888-9616
A Bloomington-Richfield-Edina social service agency, VEAP has a food shelf and provides transportation & social services for residents in need.
VEAP provides an opportunity to support our neighbors in need and lift them up during tough times. Consider hosting a food drive at work, collecting food in your neighborhood, buying an extra bag of groceries when you shop for the food shelf or making a financial donation to VEAP. Consider forming a team for the Walk to End Hunger on Nov. 25th at the Mall of America and raising funds designated to VEAP.
Food donations can be dropped off at VEAP between 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday and on Monday and Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm at 9731 James Avenue South, Bloomington MN 55431.
Cornerstone Domestic Violence Agency
Phone: (952) 884-0376
Cornerstone’s purpose is to prevent violence and provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic abuse and their children.
Phone: (952) 888-1105
Bridging distributes free beds and furniture to people in transition. One must get a referral to receive support. People can donate used furniture to this group.
Simpson Housing Services
Phone: (612) 874-8683
Housing for homeless in the Metro area
Emma Norton Residences
Phone: (651) 224-1329
Emma Norton Support Services are available for women and their families facing homelessness. These include transitional housing, chemical dependency and mental health programs, family reunification programs, and other similar services.
Loaves and Fishes
Phone: (612) 377-9810
Loaves & Fishes is a non-profit, volunteer driven agency fulfilling a basic need by feeding the hungry in the Twin Cities metro area.
Methodist Camping Retreats
Kingswood Camp and other religious getaway opportunities for all ages.
Heifer Project – animals for families to improve living.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) – Humanitarian aid to refugees, victims of natural disasters, providing food, water and housing.
Thiu Rancho Project – Hillcrest sponsors Gordon & Ardell Graner in their work at Thiu Rancho in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where they provide tutoring and after school activities, as well as teach pastoral care to lay pastors.
Imagine No Malaria – An effort put forth by the UMC focusing on ending deaths caused by malaria in Africa.