The 43rd annual Ingathering event will look different this year because of the pandemic. While separate but together, each district has designed their own Ingathering event, but we will ALL be spending time this October and November making an impact in our communities, Arkansas and around the world. Each district in some way is supporting feeding ministries, UMCOR and Arkansas Disaster Response as we have always done with Ingathering.

Let’s ALL get IN for Ingathering!

New for 2020:

  • Click on your district’s tab for more information, instructions and a list of Ingathering activities happening in your district.
  • Report only collections, donations, and volunteer activity related to this year’s Ingathering. No more year-end reporting is done on this form.
  • Reporting and online donations can be done through the link below.
  • Look for links on Facebook to share with your congregation and friends.
  • Contact your district administrator for more information.

Congregations have a great opportunity to make an impact in their local community, across the state and around the world with Ingathering 2020 Central District activities.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
10am-12pm
Arkansas Food Bank
Collection Drive & Drop Off

  1. Go the Central District’s Ingathering Facebook Event Page and click on “Going;” comment “I’m in!” and, share with your friends!
  2. Monetary or Non-perishable Food Donations to the Arkansas Food Bank
    • Food items that the Arkansas Food Bank is collecting right now include:
      • Canned meat
      • Canned fruit
      • Canned vegetables
      • Canned or instant gravy
      • Canned sweet potatoes
      • Cranberry sauce
      • Mac & cheese
      • Mashed potato mix
      • Cornbread / stuffing mix
    • As a church, raise money for a donation designated for the Arkansas Food Bank. This can be paid online by the church filling out the Ingathering Form.
    • Drop off ONLY on Saturday, November 21 from 10am-12pm.
    • Click here for guidelines for safely dropping off collections at the Arkansas Food Bank.
  3. Collect Gently Used or New Children’s Books to be given to Central District UMC feeding or literacy ministries as part of 200,000 More Reasons.
    • Count the books donated for the Ingathering Report Form
  4. UMCOR Relief Kit Supplies – Hygiene Kits and Cleaning Kits/Flood Buckets
    • Financial donations for the purchase of needed supplies are preferred to replace supplies taken from kits because of the pandemic.
    • Click here for a list and assembly instructions for Hygiene Kits
    • Click here for a list and assembly instructions for Cleaning Kits/Flood Buckets
  5. Donate to Arkansas Disaster Response/Volunteers in Mission for their storage facility.
    Monetary gifts will support construction of a staging/storage facility in central Arkansas for supply kits, tools & trailers for a quicker, more effective response. The goal is to raise $15,000 from Ingathering.
  6. Complete the Ingathering Report Form! If you are not able to complete your report and donations online at the link above, click here to download a PDF of the Ingathering Report Form with instructions for submission.

Congregations have a great opportunity to make an impact in their local community, across the state and around the world with Ingathering 2020 Northeast District activities.

  1. Collect non-perishable food items and donate to your favorite local feeding ministry!
    • Make sure to calculate and report the number of pounds of food donated.
    • Click here to download ideas for measuring the amount of food.
    • Click here for a list of feeding ministries – UMC sponsored and food bank agencies in NEA.
  2. Compete against other Churches, Youth and Children’s Ministries!
    • Challenge your congregation to collect the most meals through donated food items or monetary donations throughout the month of October.
    • Click here to view competition rules and prizes.
    • Click here to submit a weekly report of the number of pounds of food donated.
    • Follow the link to church or individual donations.
    • Report final numbers on the Ingathering form by November 1st to be considered for prizes.
  3. Donate to UMCOR Relief for the purchase of needed supplies. Financial gifts will go forward to replace supplies taken from kits because of the pandemic.
  4. Donate to Arkansas Disaster Response/Volunteers in Mission for their storage facility.
    Monetary gifts will support construction of a staging/storage facility in central Arkansas for supply kits, tools & trailers for a quicker, more effective response. The goal is to raise $15,000 from Ingathering.
  5. Complete the Ingathering Report Form! If you are not able to complete your report and donations online at the link above, click here to download a PDF of the Ingathering Report Form with instructions for submission.

Congregations have a great opportunity to make an impact in their local community, across the state and around the world with Ingathering 2020 Northwest District activities.

NORTHWEST DISTRICT DAY OF GIVING

Saturday, November 14

  1. BROWN BAG IT! Food Collection and donations!
    • 5 strategically selected ministries around the state have been selected to receive donations. Drop your donations off at one of the following sites on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 am-12 noon. Or donate your brown bags to your favorite local UMC food pantry; contact them to plan when to take your donations.

      Alma United Methodist Church
      22 Ash St, Alma, AR 72921

      Dardanelle United Methodist Church
      100 N 2nd St, Dardanelle, AR 72834

      Huntsville United Methodist Church
      500 W Main St, Huntsville, AR 72740

      Mission United Methodist Church
      721 N 10th St, Fort Smith AR 72901

      Waldron United Methodist Church, Food Distribution Site
      527 Featherston St, Waldron, AR 72958

    • Bag the following items and note how many bags you collect for the Ingathering report form. Each bag should weigh approximately 9.5lbs. Items to be packed in every bag are (click here for a PDF of the list):
      1 40oz. jar peanut butter
      2 boxes of mac and cheese
      32 oz bag of rice
      32 oz. bag of beans
      2 32oz. shelf stable milk (NOT powdered milk)*
      2 cans of chicken
      *Can be found much cheaper at Dollar Tree
      Make sure to report the number of bags of food donated on the Ingathering form.
    • Make a cash donation to one of the collection sites above! Each bag that is being collected costs around $15.
  2. This year, the NW District will be taking ONLY CASH DONATIONS for UMCOR Relief Supplies. The money raised will purchase needed supplies taken from kits because of the pandemic as well as supplies needed for kits. Your congregation can select to give to:
    • Arkansas Disaster Response
    • UMCOR Sager Brown
  3. Donate to Arkansas Disaster Response/Volunteers in Mission for their storage facility.
    Cash gifts will support construction of a staging/storage facility in central Arkansas for supply kits, tools & trailers for a quicker, more effective response. The goal is to raise $15,000 from Ingathering.
  4. Complete the Ingathering Report Form! If you are not able to complete your report and donations online at the link above, click here to download a PDF of the Ingathering Report Form with instructions for submission.

Congregations have a great opportunity to make an impact in their local community, across the state and around the world with Ingathering 2020 Southeast District activities.

  1. Collect non-perishable food items and donate to your local backpack program or blessing box!
    Make sure to calculate and report the number of pounds of food donated.
    Click here to download ideas for measuring the amount of food.
    Click here for a list of SE District backpack programs and blessing boxes.
    Click here for tips on which foods to donate.
    • Food requested for backpack feeding ministries:
      • Canned fruit
      • Canned meat- tuna, vienna sausages, beanie weenies
      • Shelf stable milk
      • Cereal bars
    • Food requested for blessing boxes – Any canned goods- canned vegetables, fruit, meat, meals, etc.
  2. Donate to UMCOR Relief for the purchase of needed supplies. The SE District will only be accepting financial gifts which will go forward to replace supplies taken from kits because of the pandemic.
  3. Donate to Arkansas Disaster Response/Volunteers in Mission for their storage facility.
    Monetary gifts will support construction of a staging/storage facility in central Arkansas for supply kits, tools & trailers for a quicker, more effective response. The goal is to raise $15,000 from Ingathering.
  4. Complete the Ingathering Report Form! If you are not able to complete your report and donations online at the link above, click here to download a PDF of the Ingathering Report Form with instructions for submission.
  5. Join District Superintendent, Rev. Mark Norman, on November 7th via Facebook Live for a celebration of Ingathering in the Southeast District.

Congregations have a great opportunity to make an impact in their local community, across the state and around the world with Ingathering 2020 Southwest District activities.

  1. Collect non-perishable food items and donate to your favorite local feeding ministry!
    • Make sure to calculate and report the number of pounds of food donated.
    • Click here to download ideas for measuring the pounds of food.
    • Click here for tips on which foods to donate.
  2. Fill the Van to Fill the Tummies!
    • Use this template to ask your local Wal-Mart or grocery store if you can park your church van in their parking lot on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21. Local shoppers can buy grocery items that can be used by your UMC FOOD PANTRY.
      • [Coming soon] Click here for a sign for your van that says donations stay local!
      • Click here for a list of how volunteers can use safely accept donations during the pandemic.
    • Don’t forget to measure how much you received! Report this on the Ingathering form.
  3. Collect UMCOR Relief Kit Supplies or make a financial donation for the purchase of needed supplies. Financial gifts are preferred to replace supplies taken from kits because of the pandemic.
    • Click here for collection spots around the district.
    • Click here for a list and assembly instructions for Hygiene Kits.
    • Click here for a list and assembly instructions for Cleaning Kits/Flood Buckets
    • Click here for a list and assembly instructions for School Kits.
  4. Donate to Arkansas Disaster Response/Volunteers in Mission for their storage facility.
    Monetary gifts will support construction of a staging/storage facility in central Arkansas for supply kits, tools & trailers for a quicker, more effective response. The goal is to raise $15,000 from Ingathering.
  5. Complete the Ingathering Report Form! If you are not able to complete your report and donations online at the link above, click here to download a PDF of the Ingathering Report Form with instructions for submission.