SIDNEY — Sidney First United Methodist Church has an active congregation both inside and outside the walls of the church. Past Community Foundation Match Day gifts have supported work done to the facility, but this year’s gifts will help with programs to serve others.
“We plan to use this year’s proceeds for Mission Outreach, which includes support of several local efforts assisting those in need and work trip projects to repair homes for low income individuals and families,” said the Rev. David Chivington, pastor of Sidney First United Methodist Church. “We have planned two adult trips and one youth trip in 2020. The adult trips are in Jackson County, Ohio, where we will work on improving the homes of individuals in need. We will also be taking applications after the first of the year for a local home to help. We are still exploring locations for the youth mission trip.”
2018 Match Day gifts were used as part of the church’s ongoing capital improvement project, which has included interior and exterior restoration and improvement work, parking area improvements, and preservation of the church’s treasured stained glass windows. The effort to improve the church building, known as the ‘6:20 Campaign,’ raised funds to ensure the church building is in good shape and functioning for many years.
The 6:20 Campaign derived its name from 1 Timothy 6:20 in the Bible where Paul, nearing the end of his earthly life, told his young student “Guard what is entrusted to your care.”
The Sidney United Methodist Church participates in Match Day, because part of its Foundation is held in an organization fund at the Community Foundation.
To support Sidney First United Methodist Church on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Sidney First noted on the memo or in an accompanying donation form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at commfoun.com and at Sidney First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Main Ave, PO Box 376, Sidney. Gifts must be received on or before Dec.3 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money. Credit card gifts may be made on Dec.3 only on the Community Foundation site.