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THE MISSION OF HAMMER MEMORIAL IS TO “EVANGELIZE our community, DISCIPLE our church family AND CARE for the concerns of others.”  IF WE ARE NOT ABOUT THIS MISSION, WHAT ARE WE AS A CHURCH?  IT IS OUR SINCERE HOPE TO SHOW OTHERS OUR CARE AND CONCERN, AND BE THE LIGHT THAT JESUS WANTS US TO BE IN OUR COMMUNITY.
 
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MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE
Our local Ministerial Alliance is an active organization, made up of area ministers and lay persons from each congregation. Representatives from each congregation volunteer to be part of this team.  The group meets on a regular basis for the purpose of doing the Lord’s work in the community, and providing assistance to those in the area who need help.  Christ taught that in order for people to be ready to receive spiritual “food”, they must have their physical needs met.  The Ministerial Alliance sponsors the local Food Pantry, a center that distributes food twice monthly. They also help sponsor the Tri-County Resource Center, a thrift store that serves our community and beyond.  One of the most important ministries of this alliance is the heating and utility assistance given to area families in need, especially during the winter months.
The Ministerial Alliance believes in the importance of all the churches coming together to serve the needs of all, and in keeping with this wonderful mission, there are events sponsored during the course of the year when we all worship together, as one in Christ.
Following is pertinent information about the missions and events sponsored by the Alliance ministries:
FOOD PANTRY– The pantry is located in the Tri-County Resource Center house, across the street west of the Methodist Church.  The entry door is on the southwest corner of the building- parking is on the west side of the building. The pantry is open from 9:00am til noon on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. For more information regarding times, please call Cindy Anders- 660-535-6327. 
Volunteers are needed each month to serve this ministry.
 
TRI-COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER-The Thrift Store is located in the house across the street west of Hammer Memorial United Methodist Church, the address is 117 N. Connecticut. Parking is along the street to the north of the building or in the Methodist Church parking lot.  Anyone may shop here or contribute items.
Store hours are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. For more information please call Stephanie Weddle- 660-483-0111
The Resource Center is always in need of volunteers to help sort, categorize, and display donated items, and  to man the store during business hours!
 
EASTER CANTATA– Each year on Palm Sunday evening, the Alliance sponsors the Easter Cantata, a community choir that presents the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, in song, the spoken word, and interpretive selections, all designed to move us to share our faith in Christ with others.  See more information about the cantata on the Music Ministries page of our website.
The Cantata is an all-volunteer choir, and we are always looking for new talent to join us!
 
HOLY WEEK SERVICES– The week before Easter is called Holy Week and all the churches are participants in the special services each morning.  Each takes a turn to host the 6:30 AM lay service, with breakfast following.  Those who attend come back year after year because this morning fellowship means so much, and most will profess that Easter would not be the same without these early worship experiences.  There are also evening Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at several area churches.  Don’t miss this!
 The early morning services are led by lay persons- if the Lord is leading you to be part of this wonderful ministry, please make it known to someone in your congregation!
 
4TH OF JULY SERVICE IN THE PARK– The Sunday before July 4th the community comes together to worship at the City Park.  There is seating under the shelter house and on the grounds under the shade trees.  Each church has a part in the service, and the local American Legion Post 132 provides the flag ceremony.  It is all very patriotic, but also very inspiring. Services begin at 11:00 am.  Bring a lawn chair, and come worship with us in nature!
 
THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY SERVICE– This community worship experience is usually held on Sunday evening, the week before Thanksgiving. The site rotates among the churches.  It is a time to give thanks for what the Lord has done in our community.  Service begins at 7:00 pm.
PROJECT SERVE
Project SERVE is a Methodist project, and takes many forms.  Hammer Memorial has done everything from painting houses in town, to helping spruce up the Tri-County Museum grounds and buildings, to cleaning up yards for older members of the community, making signs for upcoming events, etc.  All ages are involved in these local projects.  A date is chosen, always a Saturday, people gather at the church, sign up for one of the projects, are given the necessary tools and equipment, pray, and then leave as teams to their chosen locations.  If it is an all-day affair, all meet back at the church for a break and lunch before completing their tasks.
Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?  Yes, it is, but it is always very rewarding, and the fellowship is unbelievable!  These projects are Methodists at their best!
Who knows what our next project will be.  I hope you will be part of it!
KING CITY MANOR
All the local churches take turns at the King City Manor Nursing Home/Assisted Living facility.  Friday morning Bible Studies and Sunday afternoon services are held each week at the Manor, with pastors and lay persons from each congregation leading the worship.  Hammer Memorial considers this one of the ways we can give back to those who have given so freely of themselves over the years to build the churches in which we now worship, and take so for granted.  They can continue to worship on Sunday even though they are unable to attend a church.
We are always looking for people to go to the Manor for these services, to help with worship, or just to be part of the crowd!
OTHER LOCAL PROJECTS
At Hammer Memorial, people believe that reaching out to those who need help in our community is one of the most important things we can do as a church.  We have missions we support as a church, but smaller groups within the church also support many different missions.  Sunday School classes, Women’s groups, Men’s groups, we all have projects we support in one way or another. Examples are:  The Christmas Store, the Food Pantry, Project Milk at King City R-I school, Project Prom, Orphan Foundations, individual families in need because of fire, illness, financial, etc.