Manna Food Pantry featured Items for November include boxed stuffing & potatoes.


Sufficient Grace is requesting donations of rolled fleece blankets, 50″ x 60″, gently used children’s books, men and women’s deodorant, and individually wrapped bars of bath soaps. Please place your donations in the Sufficient Grace receptacle at the church.


Thursday, November 3rd South Charleston United Methodist Church will be offering Surviving The Holidays. This presentation has been created by GriefShare.

We will start at 6:00 pm and meet until 8:00 pm. There will be refreshments, followed by a short video and discussion. Materials are provided at no cost.

As one of the facilitators I would like to invite anyone who is struggling with grief as the holidays approach. There is no time limit on grief. This may be your first year or perhaps it has been several years since losing your loved one. You are welcome to attend.

Please call the church at (937)-462-8043 to register. The number of participants are limited due to space constraints.


Bring all boxes of gently used clothing and household items to church by Sunday Oct. 16th.   The list of urgent needs includes:

Men’s Clothing Men’s and Children’s Coats Children’s Winter Clothes Good Pots and Pans Socks and Underwear Christmas Toys – New and OldProcessing Plant Needs: Coffee & Creamer Paper Towels Black 13 Gallon Trash Bags Coffee Cups Plastic Cutlery & Paper Plates Windex Lysol Spray

Our Mountain Mission pick up dates will be October 17th thru October 19th.  The last day for new boxes to be brought in will be October 16th.  Please continue to put the new boxes on the east side up the stairway to the left and place them by the desk.  Please make sure they are marked MM and taped well.  I want to thank and appreciate everyone who has participated in this wonderful mission for people in need. 


Church Family, we are collecting items for Operation Christmas Child, Christmas Shoeboxes.  There are age appropriate gift lists on the back table in the sanctuary.  Please bring in your donations between now and November 13th.  Financial donations can also be made.  Please make checks out to South Charleston UMC with “OCC” in the memo.  It cost $10 to ship each box, so monetary donations are a huge blessing!  

We will have a Shoebox Packing Party with refreshments served.  Stay tuned for more info!

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Sufficient Grace fed over 650 students weekly to students from Southeastern, Northeastern and Tecumseh in Clark County, Jonathon Alder, London City, Madison Plains, and Jefferson Local districts in Madison County, and Fairbanks in Union County. Almost 14,000 boxes went out to elementary students during the school year, the equivalent of 84, 268 meals. Middle and High School students chose 39,000 food servings using a pantry method.

COMMUNITY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – July 10th and 11th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Preschool through 5th grade children are invited to register for this annual event, sponsored by South Charleston churches: United Methodist, First Presbyterian, St. Charles Borromeo, and Journey of Faith. Phone SC United Methodist at (937) 462-8043).


The 2022 WOC Special Offering is designated for UMCOR Disaster Relief to the Ukraine and disaster relief kits for use in the United States. 100% of donations will go towards disaster relief.


We have the 5 gallon buckets for each cleaning kit as well as the liquid laundry detergent and cleaning wipes.     

The following items may be placed in the bucket by the mission shelf.  Please use the size directions and descriptions below. 

  • One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner     No spray cleaners
  • One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap
  • One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener 
  • One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent (pack of 10-20 wipes also acceptable)
    • Pump spray bottles must have protective covers
  • One scrub brush  –  With or without handle
  • Five scouring pads
    • No stainless-steel pads with soap in them
    • Remove from packaging
  • 36-50 clothespins
  • One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)
  • 24 count roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45-gallon sizes)
    • Remove from packaging
  • Five N95 particulate respirator dust masks (1-3 mm thickness)
    • No surgical masks
  • Two pairs kitchen gloves
    • Durable for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
  • One pair work gloves
    • Cotton with leather palm or all leather


  • One hand towel (15 x 25 –17 x 27 inches)   — No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels
  • One washcloth    —- No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels
  • One sturdy comb with 6” teeth
  • One toenail or fingernail clipper
  • Bath-size soap (3 oz. bar or larger)   (No ivory or Jergen’s soap) 
  • One adult toothbrush
  • 10 adhesive bandages (¾ by 3 inches)

Pack above items in a one-gallon size re-sealable bag.  Place on the mission shelf or in the white bucket.  


GriefShare will be held every Thursday at 6:00 PM starting January 20th through April 14th, 2022. To register, phone the church at (937) 462-8043 or email at socharlesumc@att.net . Questions – Contact Pastor Cathy or Lori Huggins at lorisstudio2@yahoo.com.


In Our Community

Manna Food Pantry

The Manna Food Pantry serves the Southeastern School District in Clark County Ohio and is housed in the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in South Charleston. It is supported by area churches and community members. As a congregation, we provide monetary donations periodically throughout the year for vouchers, and we supply food on a monthly basis. Contact FPC at 937-462-8479, extension 3 for more information.

Sufficient Grace

The goal of Sufficient Grace is that no child experience hunger after school. We provide financial support as well as volunteers each week to help pack the boxes of food. The boxes then go home with children who have been identified and recommended to participate in the ministry within the Southeastern School District. Schools in Union and Madison Counties are also served by this ministry.   

In the United States

Mountain Mission in Kentucky

For 70 years the United Methodist Mountain Mission has offered moderately priced items in their eight opportunity stores, which residents of Eastern Kentucky can then affordably obtain. In addition to providing employment to 70 area families, items are donated to families who’ve experienced loss. Our church members box and donate gently used clothing and household items. Trucks from the mission come twice a year. 


The United Methodist Committee on Relief lives out signs of Christ’s extravagant grace nationally and internationally by prayerfully working with communities overwhelmed by natural or man-made disasters. UMCOR builds on the strengths of what is already available in a community and actively involves the people affected in recovery efforts.   Our church provides cleaning, hygiene and school kits, as well as special offerings.   

Around the World

Heifer International

Heifer International is on a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities. They work to end hunger and poverty in with the they serve. The participants are given both livestock and seed, which is then followed-up with training. Heifer International programs support entrepreneurs around the world, creating lasting change from the ground up.

Annoor Sanatorium

For over 50 years the Annoor Sanatorium for Chest Diseases has been treating tuberculosis among the Bedouin people of Jordan. It was founded by Dr. Eleanor Soltau and nurse Aileen Coleman in 1965 as a small Christian medical facility. In 1973 the addition of a new building was added. It was built by a member of our church — Lester Gates. The staff at this facility now treats nearly 20,000 people each year, serving patients from Jordan and the surrounding countries in the Middle East.