First United Methodist is involved in a variety of missions and ministries. Members can take advantage of opportunities within the church like teaching Sunday School or serving on a committee, and can also volunteer with local organizations like New Hope Ministries. We also provide financial support to different organizations, from local groups like Mission Central to those meeting international needs like the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Here are some other missions and ministries our church supports:
Children: Our children’s Department sponsors or participates in several mission projects annually, including Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, UNICEF, a mitten tree for the Neighborhood Center, and care kits for New Hope Ministries.
Youth: The Youth Department supports and/or participates in a number of mission projects. Examples include our annual Sleep Out for the Homeless and the Souper Bowl of Caring, both done to support local missions, and sponsoring a child through Compassion International.
Sunday School Classes: The adult Sunday School classes of First Church support a variety of mission projects. Each class is unique in the type of support provided.
Backyard Missions: We have a huge mission field in our own backyard. Connecting volunteers to people in need is the focus of this ministry. Past projects have included jobs such as eldercare, lawn mowing, weeding, gardening and snow shoveling for those in need.
Mission Trips: First Church coordinates numerous opportunities for youth and adults to participate in mission trips, ranging from three-day weekends to week-long trips done in the summer. Recent trips include Sierra Leone, Louisiana/Mississippi (for hurricane relief), Tennessee, and Minnesota.
Missionaries: First Church sponsors several individuals involved in international missions for various organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ.
Sierra Leone Initiative: The Sierra Leone Initiative seeks to promote knowledge of issues that exist in, and global development of, Sierra Leone. We have helped first-hand in that country with projects that address basic health needs and educate villages about malaria and proper sanitation.
Penny Lady: A collection bucket for pennies is located in the church gathering area where coffee is served on Sunday mornings. This money is sent to Sierra Leone to support well drilling projects.