Guest writer:  Alli Henry, Mission and Outreach Committee Chair

First Church Evanston was one of 43 congregations awarded a “Mission Links Church” designation at the 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference. The Mission Links program enables churches to “live out the beatitudes and be a blessing for projects around the block and around the world.” Churches achieve this status by contributing 100% of their apportionments and supporting project in each of the 7 giving areas.

These areas and the specific contributions made by First Church include:

  1. Special Sundays: Donation to United Voices for Children
  2. Global Advance Projects: Donation to Living Well with AIDS
  3. Missionary Support: Financial support for Helen Robert Evans
  4. UMCOR/Emergency Relief Projects: Donation of money and hygiene kits to UMCOR
  5. U.S.-Based Advances: Donations to the African American Methodist Heritage Center, Caretakers of God’s Creation, Tree of Life Lakota Reservation, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission 
  6. NIC Conference Projects: Donations to University Christian Ministries (NU) and Reconciling Ministries
  7. NIC District Projects: Donation of money and meals to The Night Ministry

The Mission & Outreach Committee intends to maintain First Church’s status as a Mission Links church by supporting ministries locally and globally.