A caring committee has been formed at Highland Avenue which will focus on our church missions and outreach. They will have mission projects each month to benefit our community and beyond. You can read more about it in our latest newsletter (Highlander News) Current members of the committee are: Gene Anastasio, Sandy Batten, Kay Gregory, Bev. Fernald LaPlante, Patti Martin, and Judy Meserve. If you have any questions or ideas, please talk with any of the members. Check out the upcoming missions:
May Mission Focus
Chrysalis Place: Our mission focus for May at Highland Avenue United Methodist Church is on financial support for Chrysalis Place. Because of the current situation with the Covid-19 church closures, we are not able to collect food items for the food pantry. It is our wish at this time to offer financial assistance to an institution that has played a large part in our Church history. For anyone who may not know, Chrysalis Place is a local food bank serving the towns of Gardiner, West Gardiner, Randolph, Farmingdale, Pittston and Chelsea. Anyone with a need for food support can go to their town office and receive a voucher which enables them to once a month receive food assistance from Chrysalis Place. Also, once a month, food is distributed to shut-ins. Also known as the Gardiner Area Food Center, Chrysalis Place was established on November 21st, 1983, by Nancy Hudson and Maryanne Griffin. These ladies saw a need in this area for a food center so with Father McDonald and Reverend Hudson, along with St. Joseph’s, HAUMC, First Baptist, Free Methodist, Winter Street Baptist and the Congregational Church, the food bank was started in a janitor’s closet at HAUMC with a grant of $1200 from FEMA. The first week they served two families. They soon outgrew this space and, in 1985, the food bank was moved to Mechanic Street in the Court Yard building. That space soon was too small and the Center moved up over Log Cabin Fuel and became a not for profit and applied for 501C3 non-profit status. The Center moved to 323 Water Street in 1992. At that time, the center served between 400 and 500 persons a month. An all-volunteer organization, Chrysalis Place has between 70 and 75 volunteers, some having been there since the center was established. Chrysalis Place has a board of directors led by Executive Director Clarence Pelletier and a fund raising committee. Chrysalis Place depends on the community and area churches for their support with donations and prayers allowing this ministry to continue. In February of 2007, Chrysalis Place moved to its current location at 576 Brunswick Rd. in Gardiner. Nicholas Beaulieu, owner of a local real estate agency, arranged for the land to be donated and headed up the fund raising effort of $225,000 to build the 44 x 46 ft building. He and Dolly Platt were instrumental in creating Chrysalis Place as we know it today. Please send your donation to the church at 35 Highland Ave., Gardiner, Maine 04345. If you are writing a check, please make it out to HAUMC with Chrysalis Place noted.