LOCAL OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Community Outreach Ministries of OVUMC

Ocean View Local Outreach Ministries

Ocean View Church has a fruitful ministry of outreach to our local community. We strive to recognize needs, which we view as opportunities that God affords us to share the love of Christ in the world.

“For we are His creation-created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

“GOD HEALS” MINISTRY

A “God Heals” bag full of scriptures and prayers are sent to those battling cancer.
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! ~ Isaiah 38:16

C4C PUBLIC SCHOOL OUTREACH

Congregations 4 Children (C4C) congregation embodies the love of Christ with children in public schools who are living in poverty. Ocean View Church seeks to enter into partnerships with schools to help provide support and encouragement.

ADOPT-A-SCHOOL

Gifts are provided to all of the staff at our local area schools. In addition to these gifts Ocean View supports our schools by helping with end of school year proctors and with our prayers.

VO@OV VETERANS OUTREACH

VO@OV recognizes that our area veterans often have unique and special needs, so we seek to reach out to them in recognition and support

*MEALS ON WHEELS

Every 4th Saturday Ocean View prepares and delivers meals for home-bound adults 60 years of age and older who are eligible participants of the Brunswick County Meals on Wheels program.

WILMINGTON AREA REBUILDING MINISTRIES (WARM)

Ocean View members help with one-day work projects to help complete urgent repairs and accessibility upgrades for low income families. WARM

THANKSGIVING BASKET MINISTRY

Ocean View Church helps local families with food baskets at Thanksgiving, to ensure everyone who desires to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal will have all of the necessary fixings. Ocean View also has a tradition of hosting a covered dish Thanksgiving Day Meal.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY FAMILY ASSISTANCE

Ocean View supports the Brunswick County Family Assistance through two of their programs, the July Back-to-School program and the Tree of Hope. Our members purchase school supplies for students in the Brunswick County area as well as provide Christmas presents for children and the elderly.

WINTER NIGHTS HOMELESS SHELTERING PROGRAM

As part of the Southport-Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship Ocean View provides food, shelter, comfort, and encouragement. Each church takes one week during the winter months to house the homeless.

"CONNECT"

We desire to build bridges among the denominations and peoples, and to meet short-term human needs.

Southport/Oak Island Inter-Church Fellowship

The Southport Oak Island Inter-Church Fellowship is a non-profit voluntary gathering of representatives of congregations in the Southport-Oak Island area who seek to offer a united witness of Christ in this community by working together. We desire to build bridges among the denominations and peoples, and to meet short-term human needs. During the Easter Lenten season every Wednesday at noon a Lenten Service is held at one of the churches followed by a light lunch.

CREATION CARE TEAM

Our mission statement is: As disciples of Christ, we are committed to fulfilling God’s covenant with His believers to care for ALL his creation. Through prayerful service, we will raise awareness for the responsible use of natural resources and the protection of our environment to promote equality and justice in our church, our community, our country and our world.

OCEAN VIEW FOOD PANTRY

Ocean View’s Food Pantry is available to anyone in need. The purpose of the Food Pantry is to provide “short-term” food aid to persons in need in our community. Distribution is made Wednesday and Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional questions concerning food distribution please call the church office at 910-278-5973.

Whom do we help?

Anyone in our area who comes to the Food Pantry for the first time with proper identification will be given food. Food distribution to an individual or family is limited to no more than once a month. When long-term assistance is necessary, we provide information regarding aid from the Interchurch Fellowship Food Pantry.

FARM - TO - TABLE

RAFI - Rural Advancement Foundation International-USAFarm to Table at Ocean View is a Produce Program made possible by OV volunteers, local farmers, participating neighbors and funds from grants.

This is a three pronged mission addressing, 1. HEALTH by providing produce to our local food insecure families, 2. ECONOMICS AND EQUALITY by purchasing produce from our local farmers which goes directly to families and 3. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY by supporting agricultural small footprints.

The program provided 40 bags of produce per month in 2022 and is slated to triple produce giving in 2023. The families receiving produce commented:

“I loved the fresh vegetables and fruit this summer. Everyone was very nice and I thank you very much.”

“They have been a blessing “

“All produce is wonderful and very much appreciated.”

The FARM TO TABLE AT OCEAN VIEW program is doing great things in our community! For more information contact: Paula Vise at 314.402.984. To view more click on RAFI-USA.

RAFI Groups with Food