Here at First United Methodsit Church, we are commited to building healthy, whole, beautiful, true relationships with God, with one another, and with our world. We know that at the core of whole, healthy relationships with one another will always including caring for one another. Led and supported by our Caring Ministries team, we are are committed to taking care of the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of one another and the world. We seek to bring wholeness to everyone we serve.
Greetings to the Good People of FUMC!
It's been a long pandemic, and we are all ready for life to feel different than life during covid days! Well, we are adjusting and doing our best to be the people that God created us to be. Some days that is easier than others, but we are all created to be God's beloved children!
I encourage you to continue to reach out to one another in Love: call the person who used to sit near you in worship; reach out to the person who lives next door or across the street; call some of our elderly and frail church members; write cards to our homebound members; volunteer to help out with various tasks related to Sunday morning worship; pray for one another. These are all acts of ministry that YOU can do! You can make a difference as you honor God through serving others!
Let us remember:
"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers."
It's good to be sisters and brothers in Christ. Let us reach out to one another offering God's love and grace! With gratitude, we give thanks for you!
Take good care of yourselves and others. God is good!
Blessings upon you and your family!
Praying for you,
Rev. Ann McClellan
Caring Ministries: Ongoing Opportunities to Serve
As Christians we are called to serve and love. That is exactly what Caring Ministries does! Caring Ministries is the arm of FUMC which cares for our own people. Many compassionate volunteers help out by visiting church members in their homes, offering people the love and grace of God, listening with empathetic ears, and generally showing TLC to our FUMC folks. We strongly believe that through serving others you are serving God!
"Since God loves us so much, we also ought to love one another."
1 John 4:11
There are opportunities for you to serve! We have needs for people to serve in the following ways:
Bus Driver, Visitor to Homebound People, Communion Server to Homebound People, Prayer Shawl Knitter, Visitor to Hospitalized Members, Flower Delivery Person, Grief Support/ Bereavement Minister, Phone Caller or Card Writer to FUMC members.
Thank you for reaching out and offering love and care to our people who may be lonely, hurting, or could use a gentle smile or comforting hug. YOU can make a huge difference in someone's life! Thank you for prayerfully considering becoming a part of Caring Ministries at FUMC!
For more information, please contact Rev. Ann McClellan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 719-471-8522
We are all called to care for one another but some of us are called to care in a specific way, with compassion and courage, bringing God's love and hope in more specific, structured ways. We would love to add you to our team. Please just take a moment below to let us know that you are interested in becoming part of this team at First United Methodist Church.
Lifting one another up to God is an important way we care for each other. Prayer cards are available in the pews. After they are dropped in the offering plate on Sundays, they are disseminated to FUMC clergy and to concerned prayer servants for prayerful intercession. You can also place your prayer requests HERE.
We have a variety of prayer ministries throughout the church: in the building and online. In this way, we lift one another up and bring the healing presence of Christ. If you would like to learn more about the ways in which we care for one another please visit our Prayer Request page HERE.
Intercessory Prayer Group
I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.
There is an intercessory group who regularly lifts up all the prayer requests on-line. All prayer requests are handled with extreme care and confidentiality as we pray for your situation.
Flowers of Love
Each Sunday after worship, the altar flowers are delivered by the Flowers of Love team to church members who are hospitalized, homebound, or going through a difficult time.
People who are hospitalized and have notified the church that they are in the hospital, are visited by a dedicated group of volunteers and by the ministerial staff. Our ministers, when asked, also make pre-surgery prayer visits. In addition, you may request post-hospitalization home visits during your recovery. If you would like a visit while in the hospital, please call the church or contact the minister of visitation, Laura Whitmore, 471-8522, ext. 213.
Home Communion Servers
Every month, homebound members are visited by communion servers who bring them communion in their own homes. This group of volunteers touches the lives of others by sharing one of our most sacred sacraments in a loving manner.
A variety of books on religious matters are available at the library to be checked out. Books available for check out are located on the bookshelves in the Friendship Lounge.
When a person has experienced the loss of a loved one we offer assistance and care through our lay Bereavement Ministers. A book series, Journeying Through Grief, is used during the first year to help guide and support folks through the initial year of transition following a death. Bereavement Ministers are available to meet one-on-one with anyone who is grieving. In addition, we offer an annual grief support group and a December ‘Service of Remembrance’ for those grieving during the Christmas season.
Caring for our Homebound
This team of dedicated volunteers visits homebound church members. Through these visits, we show them our love and concern. For those who are unable to attend services at the church each week, we also provide a live broadcast of our 11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship service on FOX, channel 21. Worship services are also live-streamed through Facebook and on the website at www.fumc-cs.org/livestream.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
NOT IN PERSON MEETING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Prayer Shawl Ministry, comprised of 15-20 active members, knit and crochet together as they pray over those who will receive the tangible warmth and comfort of their labor and prayers. If you are interested in joining any of the above prayer ministries, contact Rev. Patty Walker at 719.471.8522, ext. 204.