Lenten Offering Impact and Celebration

You may know that here at Argyle UMC, our mission is to grow together as disciples, working with God, to transform the world one life at a time.  Over the last seven weeks of the Lenten season, we raised money each week to go to specific missions of our church, all with the intent to transform the world one life at a time.  As the Wired 4 Service team collected statistics on your generous contributions to these missions each week during Lent, we thought that it would be fun to share some other statistics.  Typically, we track donations and lives transformed...but what if we told you exactly how many grains of rice your donations contributed to?

Lenten Offering Infographic

Week 1 of Lenten Offerings provided a meal catered by Babe's for the first responders in our community.  In total, we fed 47 very hungry and very appreciative fire fighters, EMS, and police officers.  Did you know that 47 hungry first responders can tackle twenty three and a half pounds of mashed potatoes?!

Week 2 of Lenten Offerings provided college care packs for 70 of our church youth.  With our college students attending college from coast to coast, our college care packs traveled over 12,375 miles!

Week 3 of Lenten Offerings benefited the Shiloh and Argyle Food Banks in our community.  Over four thousand pounds of food were donated, which means we were able to feed over seven thousand meals to the hungry.

Week 4 of Lenten Offerings allowed Argyle UMC to host our annual dinner for the widows and widowers of our church.  Our youth helped to love on 39 of these sweet men and women.

Week 5 of Lenten Offerings will help thirty of our church youth attend mission trips this year.  We are estimating that this also equals approximately 150 "Are we there yet?' from the youth as they travel this summer.  Craig & Carla - does that sounds about right?

Week 6 of Lenten Offerings will provide transportation for 55 economically disadvantaged kids to attend UP Summer Camps at Argyle UMC.  The wheels on the bus will go round and round for 138 miles that week!  Through your generosity, we were also able to donate two bicycles to Borman Elementary to be presented to two students that achieve perfect attendance, which we know will bring endless hours of childhood joy.

Week 7 of Lenten Offerings will help Argyle UMC host Rise Against Hunger for our annual Worship Without Walls event.  Our goal is to provide 20,000 nutrient-rich meals that will feed approximately 700 families.  As we alluded to earlier, if your wondering how many grains of rice that is...don't worry, we did the math.  There are 48 grains of rice in one gram.  There are 200 grams of rice in one meal.  There are 9,600 grains of rice in one meal.  There are 192,000,000 grains of rice in 20,000 meals.  Come to Worship Without Walls on April 29 and help us package those 2 million grains of rice!

HS Mission Trip Summer 2015

This mission trip meant a lot to me because it was my last big event as a student in the Argyle UMC youth group. It also was important to me because I was able to go back to the place where I had my first experience with the youth group. The summer before my freshman year i was able to go on the mission trip to South Dakota and I worked on a Community Center. During this trip, I was able to go back and see that the work that we did four years ago was still intact. I had a lot of fun both on the trip to and from South Dakota and during the week at the work site and on the college campus. I made some great relationships while on the trip with other students, leaders, and children that I was able to hangout with throughout the week while on the worksite. I hope to continue my friendship with these people as I go on to college next semester. Through a relationship I formed with some of the neighborhood children I was able to talk to them about God and hopefully I made a positive impact on their lives. At the end of the week one of the boys, Jason, that I had become really close to gave me a note/drawing that made me truly understand the impact I had on their lives. The drawing said “I believe God” and had a picture of a cross surrounded by stained glass and he had drawn a picture of me, Kaylie Pool, and him with some of his siblings all sitting at a church. I will never forget him and his siblings and the impact that he had on my life. I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to return to Rapid City because the trip brought me closer to God, helped me create new relationships, and was a great end to my time as a student of the Argyle UMC youth group.

HS Mission Trip Summer 2015

Mission trip is a very special week to me. Every summer, I look forward to spending a week with so many amazing people. My favorite part of the week would either be the worship that Jon leads every night or the friendships that are made throughout the week. Every time I go on a mission trip with Argyle UMC, I always end up growing closer to God because our church has such amazing leaders and student role models. I learned a lot on this mission trip—I learned how thankful people are for the work we do for them and I learned how blessed I am with the life I have. This past week meant a lot to me and I encourage other students to branch out of their comfort zone and try a mission trip at some point in their lives. 

HS Mission Trip Summer 2015

Mission trip this year was a huge success! It is always a pleasure serving in Rapid City with Mission Discovery but this trip in particular was extra special. That partly has to do with the fact that it was the last mission trip that I will ever be a student on! Mission trips to me mean an incredible way to serve those less fortunate. Jesus says in the book of Matthew that “whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters you did for me.” That is exactly what we do on our mission trips. Whether that be building houses, painting walls, running a vacation bible school, or even making a peanut butter and jelly, we are working for Jesus.  My favorite part of mission trip is always the worship. That kind of fellowship and feeling of the intense glory of our God can only be achieved when we are serving him! I have been on many mission trips throughout high school all teaching me many lessons, the most powerful of which is the importance to love. As mission discovery says: “to love is to serve.” Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another, it was his commandment and ultimately what he died for.

In Him,

Tanner Watson
John 15:13