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Catalyst Ministries


This September, our Mission focus is Catalyst Ministries, a local organization run by Neal Nelson, whose mission is to connect churches with the needs of the Painesville community.  Their main ministries are the Painesville School Partnership Program (SPP) and Woodlawn, both of which are supported by MUMC.

While other agencies (such as Salvation Army) donate school supplies to children in the summer, this is the only donation of school supplies during the school year.  These supplies go to the teachers to help their students.  (Teachers often use their own money to provide these replacement supplies).  MUMC collects these supplies in Sep, Oct, Feb, and March. 
Place your donations in the bin in the Community Center.

Pocket folders with prongs     Pink Pearl Erasers
24 pack Crayola Crayons       Dry Erase Markers
Highlighters (varying colors)    Glue Sticks (not purple please)
Supply Boxes                   Fiskars Blunt Tip Scissors
Earbuds                         Post-It Notes
Ziploc bags (quart size)        Composition notebooks
Ziploc Bags (gallon size)    Jump ropes     Basketballs       Soccer balls
Playground Ball – rubber kickball style, rugged     Playball - smooth ~15”    Snow toys

Adult volunteers are a vital part of the ministry. Volunteers don’t need to be professional teachers to assist in the classroom or tutor. Your kindness and willingness to help can make all the difference to a student. For information on volunteering, contact Neal Nelson

Woodlawn Homes is made up of 70 units of townhouse apartments for low-income families located in Painesville. Catalyst Ministries reaches out to these residents with practical help and fun for the kids throughout the year. Some of the 2021-2022 planned activities include:

Christmas party Winter apparel distribution   Easter Party   School meal kit distribution

Box fan distribution   BBQ School shoes Fall Party

MUMC participates in many of these so watch the Weekly Update or contact Neal Nelson

If you have questions please contact Neal Nelson at or 440-497-8506.