Minnesota United Methodist Builders Call - Spring 2020

Minnesota United Methodist Builders Call - Spring 2020

April 2020

Dear Minnesota United Methodist Builders and Friends,

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For every one who asks, receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

– Matthew 7:7-8

Every spring and fall, the Board of Directors of the Minnesota United Methodist Builders reviews applications and selects one project in the Minnesota Conference to be the recipient of our Call grant. We are very pleased to announce that the 2020 Spring Call is in support of Richfield United Methodist Church addressing their need to provide security for two external doors and one internal door in their building.

Richfield UMC operates an early learning center, serving children from infancy through pre-school age.

Their goal is to have the ELC remain open throughout this Covid-19 situation to provide quality childcare for families with essential workers. In addition to many community activities usually hosted either in their building or outside on their parking lot, the congregation operates the God’s Hands Thrift Store that provides clothing, housewares, and other resources for people in their community. That means secure building access is especially crucial now, as well as later, when they are able to return to their 7-day per week schedule of families, members, and user groups in and out of the building.

At Richfield UMC, this situation is complicated by exterior doors not being visible from the church’s offices. So, the congregation has decided to install keypad entry on their doors to provide both security for children in the early learning center, but also to more efficiently respond to those knocking “in need.”

This MnUMB Call will provide building safety, as people in both the Richfield church and their surrounding community ask, seek, and knock for assistance, guidance, counsel, and celebration in Jesus’ name. The enclosed brochure describes in more detail both the mission and ministry of Richfield UMC and how this security system will provide the assurance of safety as the congregation continues to be in ministry in their community.

To support Richfield UMC for the 2020 Spring Call, you may send your check to Minnesota United Methodist Builders, 122 W Franklin Ave, #210, Minneapolis, MN 55404, making the check payable to the Minnesota United Methodist Builders (MnUMB), with “2020 Spring Call” noted on your check. You may also Give Online. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota United Methodist Builders, I invite you to be part of this important request.


Rev. Larry W. Mens
Field Director