Icy December led to low special offering for Methodist Family Health

On Dec. 8, one of the two designated special offering Sundays for Methodist Family Health, many churches in the central and northern parts of the states cancelled services due to ice and inclement weather. As a result, many church-goers missed the opportunity to support Methodist Family Health through a church offering. 
“The Christmas offering is vital for the large population of children and families in our care,” says Maggie Beeler, director of development for Methodist Family Health. “We do not receive apportioned funds from the Conference, so we rely heavily on this special offering and support from local churches, UMW groups, individual church members and mission teams.”
As of Jan. 21, Beeler said, the organization was more than $50,000 shy of its Christmas offering goal for 2013, a shortfall she blamed on the early December snow and ice. The funds are needed to provide care through a network of therapeutic group homes, a behavioral hospital, residential treatment centers, emergency shelter, day treatment programs, community- and school-based counseling clinics and other programs.
“We invite churches and individuals to help us catch up in February,” Beeler said. She suggests the following ways to help:
1.  Make a gift online at www.methodistfamily.org.
2.  Hold a special church offering for Methodist Family Health in February.
3.  Make a contribution via mail to the Methodist Family Health Foundation, P.O. Box 56050, Little Rock, AR 72215.
Contact Beeler at 501-412-6178 or mbeeler@methodistfamily.org to learn other ways to support this mission in your own backyard.
Methodist Family Health has served children and families in Arkansas since 1899. Initially created as an orphanage, today’s Methodist Family Health offers comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral healthcare to more than 1,400 clients daily via inpatient, residential and outpatient venues of care, including the programs of the Methodist Children’s Home. For more information, visit www.methodistfamily.org.