• APRIL MISSION PROJECT – Pennies for Potatoes

During the month of April, the Children’s Time project is Pennies for Potatoes.  This project started in 1983, when two United Methodist pastors saw truckloads of potatoes being taken to a landfill in the state of Virginia. They inquired and were told this was being done to get rid of surplus potatoes in order to prevent a major drop in the price of potatoes.  The pastors were able to negotiate to have the potatoes given to the hungry.  The potatoes are free and the pennies really pay for the transportation of the potatoes.  The headquarters for the Pennies for Potatoes Project is:  The Society of St. Andrew in Big Island, Virginia. Our Church got involved in this project in the early 1990’s.  There are two glass jars on the shelf at the back of the Sanctuary for collection of pennies, other coins and bills.  The jars are there year round.  Over the years, this Church has collected and sent thousands of dollars to The Society of  St. Andrew.  Please continue to support this very worthwhile project. 


    During the month of May, we will be collecting summer clothing and shoes for all ages.  The items do not need to be new, but in good condition.  In addition to collecting for the residents of the Frederick Rescue Mission, including Faith House (for homeless women and children), the items are provided to everyone in need.  There will be two large boxes at the front of the Church Sanctuary during the month of May to collect summer clothing and shoes.  You can also donate money which the Frederick Rescue Mission can use to purchase summer clothing and shoes.  Use an envelope on the back of the church pew, mark it: “Frederick Rescue Mission” and place your donation in the offering plate.  Checks should be made payable to:  Providence U. M. Church.  You can mail your donation to our Financial Secretary, Julie Thompson, 3716 Kemptown Church Road, Monrovia, MD. 21770.  With God’s Blessings.


    The following quote is the first paragraph of a letter from Operation Gratitude thanking our church and others for Christmas cards written and sent to the troops:

    “On behalf of Operation Gratitude and the heroes who receive our care packages. I thank you for your generous donation of 464 Christmas cards and your dedication to our mission.  Your contribution will enable us to send over 200,000 ‘chock full’ Care Packages this year to the tens of thousands of brave men and women still deployed overseas in harsh and remote areas; to their children anxiously awaiting their return; and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Heroes, and their Care Givers. Signed by  Kevin M. Schmiegel, CEO”

    We had a second shipment of 50 cards for a total of 514.  In 2018, we hope to get an earlier start on this project and our goal is to write 1,000 Christmas cards for the troops.


Grace Bag Ministry
Care and Concern
Local Mission
VIM Trips
Nursing Home Visitation
Sick and Shut-in Visitation
Chancel Choir with instrumental support for local  Nursing Homes
Local school support to Kemptown Elementary,  Base Damascus School, and Urbana School  Supply Drive
Urbana Food Drive
Board of Child Care Support
Mission of the Month for Children and Adults
Frederick Rescue Mission
Native American
Heifer Project
Imagine No Malaria
Heartly House
Pennies for Potatoes
Board of Child Care
Damascus Help
Toys for Tots
Red Bird Mission
Kemptown Christmas Project
Vacation Bible School-free to the community
Support Ministry to Troop 1023, Pack 369, Adventure Crew
Welcome Visitors
UMYF Local Mission to Community