My Coins Count

My Coins Count
 

Download 2019 information sheet2019 posterjug label

 

Projects of Virginia Mennonite Missions:

E3 Collective

Strengthening the worldwide body of Christ

E3 Collective is an initiative of VMMissions that invites followers of Jesus to participate in healthy and holistic short-term (a week or more) mission experiences. As the name “collective” suggests, these are team-based experiences. Collectives focus on being, rather than simply doing, challenging a works-based approach to Christianity and re-orienting us to a gospel-centered, Spirit-empowered way of being and building the body of Christ across the boundaries of geography and culture.

Help VMMissions strengthen the worldwide body of Christ through your donation to My Coins Count, which will be used to support refugees in the Middle East. VMMissions joins local church partners in hosting soccer camps and medical clinics that serve refugees in Jordan.
 
Jason Wagner

Sharing the good news with those in prison

“Remember those in prison as if you were doing time.” (Hebrews 13:3)

Jason Wagner’s chaplaincy at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Jail is growing into a dynamic prison ministry. Dozens of inmates have come to faith in Jesus and turned their lives around. Through Jason and a dedicated team passionate about restoration, healing, and renewal, there are abundant opportunities to bless men who are currently incarcerated, and also those who have been recently released. It is not an easy process to reintegrate into society, especially when old habits, contacts, or temptations are around, but Jason and the team are intentional about walking alongside men as they desire God’s transformation through growing discipleship.

Your gifts to My Coins Count will help Jason share the healing love of Jesus to inmates and disciple them in faith.
 

Project of Mennonite Central Committee:

A student from the Bassa primary school, takes a drink of water from the school’s tap. (MCC photo/Meghan Mast)
Gena Alelah Mohammad, a student from the Bassa primary school, takes a drink of water from the school’s tap. (MCC photo/Meghan Mast)
 

Improving the health of communities through water and sanitation in Jordan

Green Schools Water Conservation: MCC partner Madaba for Supporting Development (MSD) operates the Green Schools program, which is improving access to water and encouraging water conservation at nine schools (over three years) in the Madaba governorate of Jordan. MSD updates water infrastructure such as pipes, tanks, faucets and washrooms to reduce loss of water from leakage and improves the safety of drinking water. They also install grey water tanks that collect waste water from drinking and washing hands. The project installs gardens on the school grounds, which are irrigated using the grey water, and paints the outside of schools and some classrooms to improve the overall learning environment at the school.

Your gifts to My Coins Count can provide water piping, tanks, and pumps for a school, and pay for a school garden.
 

What is My Coins Count?

My Coins Count is a fun way to raise money for projects of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMMissions). It is the program formerly known as Penny Power. Funds raised will be shared evenly between VMMissions and MCC.

Collect coins in a container in your church, school, home or business. Tape the label onto a jug, jar or can. Blue water jugs are the most popular option, and can be picked up at Virginia Mennonite Missions, 601 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, Va. After the relief sale, keep your jugs for next year, or collect for My Coins Count throughout the year!

Place promotional materials in a prominent spot in your church or organization near the jug(s). Then simply drop your coins into the container and watch it fill up! Bring the containers to the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale on Friday evening or no later than 9 a.m. on October 5 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds near Harrisonburg. The coins are sorted by volunteers and counted in machines from Park View Federal Credit Union, whose staff calculate the total value of each congregation’s coins. Currency and checks are also welcome.

Checks should be made payable to “Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale,” designated for My Coins Count. Put checks in your congregation’s jug or bring them by 9 a.m. to the counting shed beside the main auction building.

How can we promote it?

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Designate My Coins Count as the offering project for Sunday school classes or Vacation Bible School.
  • Have a special church fundraiser for My Coins Count.
  • Highlight MyCC during your Sunday morning worship service. This could be every Sunday or just once a month.
  • Have children fill a small container with coins at home, then give them a reward for each full container of coins they bring to church.
  • Match the amount of your church’s contribution! Match $250, $500, $1,000 or the whole amount your congregation raises. Make it a contest!

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