Our United Methodist Bashor Children’s Home will celebrate 100 years of faithful life-changing ministry this Spring! 100 years!! Think about all the lives changed because of the faithfulness of God and the generosity of God’s people. 100 years of providing the love of Jesus Christ to children and youth right here in the North District.

Marking this occasion is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am calling on the North District to pull out all the stops as we celebrate this historic moment in our United Methodist witness with a 100 for 100 drive. Here are some of the ways you can participate:

  • Gather 100 School supplies and donate them to Bashor. A list is attached to this email with the needs of the school. You can either bring these items to Bashor directly or drop them off at one of the following locations throughout the district prior to April 20, 2023: Munster Ridge UMC, Valparaiso First UMC, Door Village UMC, South Bend First UMC, Elkhart Faith UMC, Plymouth Trinity UMC, or Warsaw First UMC.
  • Send a monetary donation of $100 (feel free to add another zero or two 😊) directly to Bashor Children’s Home. Please do not bring monetary donations to any of the drop-off locations. Send them to Bashor directly. We got things rolling last summer at Stronger Together with a combined total donation of $10,000, but we can do more. You can give as an individual, small group, or as a church. More information about how to make a donation can be found here: https://bashor.org/GETINVOLVED/Donate.aspx
  • Attend the anniversary festivities—complete with Bishop Trimble preaching–on April 23rd. A Save the Date flyer is attached to this email. Please print it out and share it with your congregation. From 2-4 pm ET/1-3 CT on April 23, 2023, tours and refreshments will be available during an Open House. At 4 pm ET/3 pm CT, there will be a celebration worship service with Bishop Trimble preaching.

What will they say about us when Bashor celebrates 200 years? I pray that they will thank God that United Methodists in 2023 put aside their differences and focused on what mattered most—serving vulnerable children and youth with the extravagant love of Jesus Christ. Let us not waste this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.