Living out the Love of God made plain by Jesus
Outreach to others is a centerpiece of the Mt. Tam UMC mission of seeking to "follow the teachings of Jesus." Outreach is directed to people in need both locally and globally.
On a monthly basis, support is provided for worship services for shut-ins at the Redwoods retirement center.
Also, meals are regularly shared with others in the church social hall. As a conscious part of local community outreach, the church campus is used during the week for a nursery school, a music school, concerts, and a large and active program of Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery groups. The church supports housing initiatives, both on adjacent property and in other communities in Northern California.
World hunger is addressed through support of Heifer Project International and an annual local CROP walk sponsored by Church World Service (see photo of walkers).
International humanitarian aid is supported through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Specific mission projects in Latin America are supported through Seeds of Learning (the Nicaraguan Service Project) and Faith in Practice (see the above photo from Darrel and Elaine Snyder's March 2005 medical mission).
After a year in Ghana, working on a project to test local drinking water quality (see the photo of her on a motorbike that she used to reach outlying villages), Katherine Parker, whose home church is Mt. Tam, has been assigned by the General Board of Global Ministries to Cambodia, where she serves in Community Health and Agricultural Development with the Methodist Mission in Cambodia. CHAD's 2008 Christmas newsletter is here and its 2009 Lent newsletter is here. CHAD's work is within one of the four principal focuses of United Methodism for this quadrennium, the alleviation of poverty. Through Katherine, and in other ways, the entire local church participates in the United Methodist mission of making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. Other outreach is proudly supported through the local church tradition of meeting 100% of its Annual Conference "apportionments" for World Service and Benevolences.
Plus, the church provides support to Larry Kies and Jane Kies, missionaries at Africa University in Zimbabwe. Click here for Larry Kies' six-minute streaming video and here for the Kies June 2009 newsletter.
United Methodist Church
410 Sycamore Avenue
(Camino Alto at Sycamore)
Mill Valley, California 94941