2023 Second Mile

Your Mission Choices

In Matthew 5: 1-12, Jesus offers a portrait of the ways in which it is possible to be a good person with respect to others – a description of the various forms human goodness can take – within the eight categories of the beatitudes.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called the children of God.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

A full copy of Living the Beatitudes: A Call to Action and Connection is available here

The Missions Committee has selected these Mission Areas for CUMC Second Mile giving opportunities for 2023. 

Disaster Relief Projects (UMCOR

UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response in the United States and internationally. These undesignated funds allow UMCOR to allocate funds to disasters as they arise. 

Honduras Childen’s Fund (Becas Con Bendiciones)

This fund provides uniforms and school supplies for needy children in Honduras.

 Hunger Commission 

This CUMC group raises and distributes funds to provide relief, refugee aid and rehabilitation in the area of hunger worldwide. UMCOR is the primary channel through which these funds are sent to relieve hunger.

Kids Above All 

This organization serves 3,500 children and families through group homes, foster care, childcare, the teaching of parenting skills for at-risk mothers, tutoring and advocacy programs. One of their homes is in Naperville on Sleight St.

Hesed House 

This fund supports and provides transitional housing and meals for the homeless.


DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter provides food and shelter for our area’s homeless. In 2022 they purchased and occupied a motel in Downers Grove to give clients more stable interim housing. 


This faith-based mental health center offers counseling both for individuals and families.

Katherine Manor

This Naperville facility helps physically disabled people become independent by providing housing and assisting them with personal care. Funds are also provided for adaptive devices.

Loaves and Fishes 

The mission of this organization is to provide food and leadership in the community by uniting and mobilizing resources to empower people to be self-sufficient.

Mission Trips 

Each year CUMC organizes local, national, and even international mission trips. Financial support is much needed.

Greatest Need 

The Missions Committee administers this fund to provide for critical needs in the global, national and local mission arenas.