FUMC understands the importance of its missional approach to faith. As we are called to understand and embrace Jesus’s messages, connections, preaching and commandments, we are called first of all to serve our neighbors. All of them. In whatever ways we can. Every day. Our missions are our testimony, and our testimony breathes life into faith.
Jesus modeled a life of mission work, providing for the least and the lost by
We are called to do the same.
We are intentional about being in missional outreach in a variety of ways:
- Support with your gifts of funding
- Volunteer with one of the outreach organization (see Community Partners)
- Volunteer to server on the Missions Committee
You’re sure to find a place where your interests and gifts match the needs of the world as we offer mission opportunities that are local, regional, national and global.
The needs of the world are great, and the opportunities to offer support are endless. At First United Methodist Church, we prioritize our financial support of missions based upon our local connection to outreach ministries such as Hope Center, Hebron House, and the Women’s Center. In addition, we support those regional, national and global ministries that are recognized by the United Methodist Church as having the highest standards of accountability and reliability. Every United Methodist mission organization receives 100% of each donation to be used directly for the ministry and relief efforts because the overhead and administrative costs are funded through other giving by local churches
Upcoming FUMC Mission Opportunities
- PLARN factory is open for anyone to help make plastic yarn, then crochet the plarn into mats for the homeless
- Hebron House needs
- UMCOR International to help with all the natural disasters
Loaves and Fishes
Along with other downtown churches, we participate in Loaves and Fishes, a meal program that serves the homeless a mid-day meal every Sunday of the year. We make salads and desserts, cook the main entrée at the Hope Center, and volunteer our time to set up and serve. If you like to cook, this is for you! If you are strong and enduring, can put a welcoming and generous smile on your face, this is for you! Come serve with us when it is our turn to step up. Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin boards.
For the past several years, we have worked alongside other downtown churches and Hebron House to help raise money to support especially the Emergency Response Shelter. In 2013, our church sponsored for this effort a Concert to Shelter which raised over $17,000. More recent efforts have raised substantial funds for the ongoing needs of Hebron House, focusing this past winter of 2015 especially on the Warming Center efforts. While not an ideal solution to the problems faced by the homeless, this Warming Center did at least help keep men from freezing to death on our streets when the wind chill index fell below -15.
The Women’s Center is an independent, non-profit human service agency founded in 1977. Its mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support to women and their families and to facilitate their development. The Women’s Center provides free and comprehensive services designed to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse.
The services offered by The Women’s Center include emergency shelter for abused families, transitional living, counseling, child abuse prevention programming, legal advocacy and employment counseling. The Women’s Center also provides Hispanic outreach, community education programs, information and referral services, and a 24-hour hotline. 262.542.3828