Rev. Rares Calugar, Pastor of Way of Faith UMC, and the equivalent to our District Superintendent for the three United Methodist Churches in Romania, is visiting the United States January 12th-22nd, preaching at Hyde Park Community UMC, at all three services on January 14. Pastor Rares has a passion for connecting with people labeled “less than” and “unworthy”.
Hyde Park Community UMC’s newest partnership is with Pastor Rares and the church he’s appointed to, The Way of Faith UMC church in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Way of Faith UMC is new to the UMC worldwide, and our partnership with them allows for their vision to become reality.
In 2017 we helped provide The Way of Faith UMC the opportunity for sustainability and growth within their programming. Alfa Grup is one of the main outreach missions for the church and its members. Working with the orphans in the city of Cluj and its surrounding villages (spanning about 90 km in any direction) is only possible if the group’s leadership has provision as well. Through our partnership, the program directors are able to continue to focus on building into the lives of orphans ranging from infancy through teenage years without worrying about whether they will have to find another job.
In 2017, HPCUMC committed $3,500, from the Christmas and Easter Global Ministry offering in support of the ministry of the Way of Faith UMC in Romania. Your extravagant generosity to the Christmas and Easter offerings is an investment in the transformation of the lives of orphans in Cluj-Napoca, as well as encouragement and support of those who are on the front lines of working with them. In addition, the Servant Leadership Board approved a grant from the Carl and Alice Bimel Endowment for support of the Alfa Grup. Thank you for your support!
We welcome our Brother in Christ, Pastor Rares, and celebrate the many ways The Way of Life UMC is partnering with God to bring God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. I look forward to seeing you in Church!