First United Methodist Church delights in proclaiming and showing the good news of God’s love to all people. We work to make a difference here in the U.S. and globally through various mission trips, serving in such areas as medical, construction, and Vacation Bible School. We also support many mission efforts, both within the church and out in the community.
Serve Throughout the Year:
Construction Ministry – These volunteers help with building Habitat for Humanity houses and other missional construction opportunities.
Disaster Relief – These volunteers sign up to be trained and serve in debris clean-up and other tasks needed when an event like a hurricane, tornado, or another type of disaster occurs.
Family Promise – Family Promise is a ministry that provides temporary housing for families that have nowhere to rest their heads at night. When our church hosts the families, we have volunteers who bring meals, who play with the children at night, who stay overnight as a church contact, etc.
Fix-It Shop – This ministry takes things that are broken and in need of repair and restores them. If you have something broken, you can bring it in to the Fix-It Shop to be mended. They like a good challenge. And if you are handy, you can sign up to be a part of the Fix-It team.
Respite Ministry – Respite is a ministry that provides care for persons living with dementia and Alzheimer’s while providing a break for their caregivers. It meets Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Volunteers help to lead games, set up lunch, lead singing in worship, and so much more to provide a loving community for those living with these diseases.
Tutoring – We have a long-term relationship with various local schools and community partners.
Gift Hope – Gift Hope is a yearly event that raises funds for local non-profit organizations at Christmastime. It allows families to give a nontraditional gift to a loved one that honors them by supporting a meaningful local non-profit. Each year volunteers are needed to help execute all the different facets of the event.
Rise Against Hunger – Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives, and responding to emergencies. This is a yearly ministry opportunity offered to people of all ages and capabilities. We package meals together that are then sent to those who are in need.
Pancake Run for Missions – This yearly fundraiser for our Missions Ministry is run through Cloverdale at different distances for all ages. Volunteers are needed to give directions on the trail, cook pancakes, check people in, run in the race, and more.
Fall Bazaar for Missions – The United Methodist Women sponsors this fundraiser each year to raise money for our Missions Ministry. A sale of goods donated by organizations and individuals, they need volunteers to help prepare for the sale doing tasks such as event planning and organization, cooking, baking, helping set-up the different rooms such as the garden room, silent auction room, nice as new (garage sale kind of room), and more.
Domestic Mission Trips – FUMC engages in a variety of domestic adult mission trips, working with partner agencies to determine a location and services needed. The main projects are then chosen by the skills of those in the group. From construction to teaching Bible lessons to children, there is a role for anyone willing to serve. The youth serve on a domestic mission trip every other year. One of their biggest needs for these trips is financial support and prayer partners. By supporting the youth through these avenues, you can also be part of the mission experience.