We are committee to service within and beyond our church community. Special attention is paid to Environmental Justice, Social Justice and Missions, as described below.
Caring for God’s Creation—Greening the Church
Our church is committed to individual, church and community actions working for sustaining the wonders of God’s earth and ensuring a safe environment for all God’s children. Some of the actions we have taken include but are not limited to:
- Going solar—see our sanctuary roof
- Going paperless for coffee time and receptions
- Using free trade coffee at church and setting up a buying club through the church
Joining California Interfaith Power and Light, the Cool Davis Initiative, and becoming certified as a Greening Congregation though Earth Ministry. Jim Cramer, Coordinator
Low Carbon Footprint and Carbon Footprint Calculators
Using various tools including a workbook, discussion groups and on-line calculators, members work come to understand their impact on the environment and changes they can take to lower their footprint. The tools provide the ability to assess not only the potential benefits but also the costs, providing information on which changes are cost effective. Jim Cramer, coordinator
Cool Davis Initiative
This nonprofit works in partnership with the City of Davis to help implement the city’s goal of becoming carbon neutrality by 2050, The Cool Davis, through educational and other programs works to inspire our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to a changing climate, and improve the quality of life for all. Jim Cramer, DUMC representative on the Board
Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter
Provides meals and overnight shelter for the homeless of our community. Our church usually hosts two-nonconsecutive weeks of shelter. The shelter runs from November through February each year. (Wanda Kennedy, coordinator)
In 1997 at an all church conference, members of DUMC voted overwhelmingly to became a Reconciling Congregation .As a Reconciling Congregation DUMC welcomes all as full members of our fellowship regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our congregation works with the Reconciling Ministry Network to remove all the discriminatory language from the Book of Discipline. We also work with other organizations to work for full equality for LGBTQ persons in our society. (Helen Roland, Chair)
Letters for Peace and Justice
Help write letters to make others aware of world social injustices. (Karen Hudson-Bates, coordinator )
Feed My Sheep Food Collection
The church collects cans and other nonperishable food on the 2nd Sunday each month for delivery to our local food banks, STEAC, Grace in Action, and Community Meals. (Wanda Kennedy, coordinator)
Grace Garden is a sustainable garden, growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers on 5/8 acre at the back of our campus. In 2012 over 1200 pounds of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans and cantaloupes were distributed to hungry people through our partnership with the Davis Korean Baptist Church’s Friday Harvest Food program. (Cid Barcellos, coordinator)
DUMC in Mission
The United Methodist Church of Davis sends volunteers all over the world. Some trips are coordinated through the United Methodist Volunteers in Program (VIM) others are coordinated through partner organizations. (Jim Cramer, coordinator)
Since 2007, DUMC has made regular trips to various missions in India. Places our missions have taken us include, but are not limited to:
The Comprehensive Rural Health Project at Jamked
Community Outreach Program and Sharanam Center for Girls, Mumbai, India
Navjeevan Center–school for children of sex workers, near Mumbai,India
Asha Community Health and Development Society, Delhi, India
(Mary Philip, Alex Achimore, Coordinators)
Our adopted daughters: In 2009, our church adopted three girls at Saranam Center (a project of the Community Outreach Program in Mumbai. pledging to support them for 10 years by sending $400 for each girl annually. The support provides shelter, food, health care, education and a loving environment for the girls.
Our sponsored daughters: Harshada, Nasrin, Deepali
VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF THE BLACK SEA AND NORTHEASTERN TURKEY
MAY 15-28, 2016
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. Our small group will travel to parts of Turkey not generally seen by Western tourists. Our adventure begins in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, with a private tour of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Highlights of the trip include: stays in historic Ottoman era towns located along the original Spice Route, a morning cruise along the Black Sea, a visit to Sumela Monastary, a thousand year old UNESCO Heritage Site, a day hike through Turkish Alpine Villages, exploration of Ani, the ancient capital of Armenia, and a few days to wander in Istanbul.
This will be the third trip to Turkey hosted by Linda Deos and Eva Brock from our church. Linda lived in Turkey and is familiar with the culture, history, and language. We will also have the services of a local Turkish guide who is an expert in Eastern Orthodox Church history, Ottoman history and culture, and modern Turkey. Many of the folks joining us for this trip have been on our prior trips to Turkey and are coming back for more!
The cost of the tour, land only, is $3728.00, (an additional $7480.00 for a single room traveler). The cost includes 13 nights (3-4 Star Accommodations), Entrance fees to all sites covered in the tour, Licensed Turkish guide/escort, One way flight from Kars to Istanbul, 12 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, & 5 Dinners, Private airport transfers to and from Airport to Hotel, Local taxes and 18% VAT. Supplemental costs includes international airfare, $25.00 Visa for US Citizens (apply on line), meals not included in the itinerary, personal expenses, and travel insurance. Please contact Linda Deos at LDDeos@yahoo.com or at 530-753-4612 for more details about the trip. Come see what everyone is talking about!
Keyes Missionaries at Africa University, Zimbabwe
Our church is a covenant partner supporting the missionaries Larry and Jane Keyes. The Keyes teach agriculture and English at Africa University, a United Methodist University. They also serve as an anchor for UMCOR missions to Zimbabwe. This covenant is especially important to members of our congregation because the Keyes were members of our church when Larry was studying for his Masters in Agricultural Management. The Keyes were members of our congregation when Larry was studying for his Masters in Agricultral Management. The Keyes visit us every four years and regularly correspond with us.
Seeds of Learning
Seeds of Learning is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in rural Latin America. We work with North Americans and Central Americans to build and equip schools in Nicaragua and El Salvador, educate children and adults, and promote cross cultural understanding. Each year, Seeds of Learning sends ten to sixteen work groups of volunteers to Central America In XXXX several church members including youth comprised part of a team that built a school in a rural Nicaragua village. Our church has also helped raise money for the organization.
In our local community
Community Meals/Sandwich Brigade
This ministry works with a local non-profit to prepare meals and sandwiches for low income people
Susan Padgett, coordinator
Grace Garden is a sustainable garden, growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers on 5/8 acre at the back of our campus. In 2012 over 1200 pounds of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans and cantaloupes were distributed to hungry people through our partnership with the Davis Korean Baptist Church’s Friday Harvest Food program.
Cid Barcellos, coordinator