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Mission and Outreach Ministries

Mission work is woven into the fabric our church.  Many of the groups, classes, organizations, and age related ministries are engaged in reaching out in the name of Christ.  In addition, our Missions Committee helps connect people from the congregation and the community to those most vulnerable and in need.  Our mission work includes opportunities locally to touch the lives of our neighbors, and globally to share the love of Christ across the globe.  There is a chance for everyone to participate through giving and hands on ministry.  We are the hands of Christ!  Come, help make a difference!    

For additional information, check out our Missions & Outreach news page or contact Rev. Heather McDuffee at heatherm@fumc-cs.org, 719-471-8522 x151. If you would like to volunteer for any of our mission and outreach activities, please submit the Volunteer Sign-Up Form at the bottom of this page.


 

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What we are doing together locally...

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English Tutoring

     Mondays & Wednesdays starting 8/29 | 9am-12pm | heatherm@fumc-cs.org

This fall, FUMC is hosting an adult English-Language Learner (ELL) class that is a collaboration of Lutheran Family Services and D-11. This is a wonderful continuation of our community’s extravagant welcome of the Afghan families last fall and is in line with our church's history of welcoming the refugee into our midst. It will be so exciting to see English students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. If you would like to volunteer for this program, please contact Heather. 


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Rides for Rubbish is Back!

Rides For Rubbish Volunteers Needed
Monthly on 3rd Sundays - 9/18 | 1:00pm | Marian House | 14 W Bijou St. | Dave or Lorna (719) 636-3277

Mother Theresa said “not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” It is sometimes difficult to figure out how to respond to the homelessness and extreme poverty in our midst. We can give money to organizations that support the folks we see on the street every day, and that is a good thing, but maybe you are looking for the personal connection that can provide understanding. FUMC has a ministry to this community that allows you and your family to touch lives. Once a month, a small group of volunteers walks with clients of the Marion House to pick up trash in downtown parks. The clients earn bus passes to help them for the next month, we get a bit of exercise while helping clean up downtown, and maybe provide a bit of comfort to someone. The clients are very appreciative and often speak of how important it is to them to earn their bus passes. Consider signing up to help this ministry; it is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The group meets at the Marion House on the third Sunday of every month. Please come walk with us. Contact Dave or Lorna for more information.


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Monthly Food Collections

FUMC collects non-perishable foods the first Sunday of every month.  Volunteers deliver the food to local food pantries, so we can support the many persons in our community who are hungry. Currently, we are supporting on a rotating basis: Westside Cares, Meadow Parks Community Center, and One Nation Walking Together. We remember “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Thank you for your generosity in donating non-perishable foods every month.  The food can be put in the wooden missions donation boxes by the church doors.   

October Food Mission Partner
Sunday, October 2 | Donation boxes | heatherm@fumc-cs.org

The Food Pantry mission partner for October is One Nation Walking Together (ONWT). ONWT provides hope and services to 30,000-40,000 Native Americans in Colorado and eight surrounding states. ONWT is requesting the following items: Top needs include canned meals, such as SpaghettiOs or raviolis; canned meats, such as chicken, spam, tuna, mac'n'cheese, and canned pasta sauce. Other ideas include soups and sauces, low-sugar juices, dried fruits, nuts, canned and powdered milk, coffee, rice, pasta, beans, and baby food.

Just drop off your food donations at the church in the Missions Donation boxes found by the doors. Thank you so much for your support! 


 

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The PlaceĀ 

This is a shelter and community support for teenagers who find themselves homeless and in need of some extra help and a home.  We have volunteers who cook meals for the teens, and do other miscellaneous projects with and for the teens.

The Place ignites the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives.

Their vision is that all Colorado youth have safe housing, supportive relationships, and the opportunity for self-sufficiency and success.

The real life challenges of youth experiencing homelessness can be overcome. That’s where The Place comes in – they offer three vital programs that support young people on their journey. At The Place, youth find skills, support and insight that allow them to step off the streets and step toward a brighter future.

The Place is the only non-profit organization in the Pikes Peak region solely focused on programs to support youth experiencing homelessness. Young people from age 15 through age 24 can access shelter*, housing, education and employment support, healthcare, case management, life skills courses, meals and more.

Urgent: Current Needs at The Place

In-kind donations are tangible needs of the youth served in our outreach, shelter and housing programs. If you are able to support via donation of items at this time, please contact the development office at (719)338-9257 to set up an appointment for drop off. Donations are not accepted at the shelter.

Needs include shampoo, conditioner and body wash (travel size & regular size), deodorant, men’s and women’s underwear (size medium and large, new only), individually wrapped snacks without peanuts, chocolate bars; cleaning supplies, including mops, mop buckets, brooms, kitchen size trash bags, Clorox wipes, all-purpose cleaner (wipes and spray), disinfectant spray, dish soap, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, water bottles (reusable or cases of water), backpacks for young adults, wallets; Walmart and grocery store gift cards (such as King Soopers or Safeway): gift cards ranging 50 to 60 dollars help youth get staple items when they get moved in. Thank you for your support of The Place!


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FAMILY PROMISE

(Schedule and activities are currently altered due to CoVid19.)

First United Methodist Church participates in a cooperative program with other churches in Colorado Springs, called "Family Promise." Each congregation in The Network provides overnight lodging and meals for up to 16 people (three or four families) for one week, two to four times each year.

Our guests are families that are temporarily without a home, due to accident, illness, or other emergency. each family has been screened by social workers before being accepted into the program. Families stay in the church for seven nights, starting on Sunday evening through the following Sunday morning. Families arrive "home" each day around 5:00 pm and leave by 7:00 am the following morning. Families go to the Family Promise day center each morning to prepare for school or jobs or pursuing affordable housing. They receive counseling and support from licensed social workers. Most families regain economic stability and are able to leave The Network within two or three months.

Volunteers in the Family Promise program provide homeless families with basic human needs - shelter, safety, and sustenance - with a spirit of warmth and hospitality. In addition to setting up rooms, furnishing meals, and overnight hosting, volunteers do simple but immeasurably important things. They talk to guests, listen to them, and treat them with respect. Volunteers can be a source of hope when hope can be lost.

If you are interested in more information about the Family Promise program at FUMC, you can visit www.ihn-cos.org or contact Katy Adams at katy_adams@comcast.net  or Rev. Ann McClellan at annm@fumc-cs.org.

If you would like to volunteer for Family Promise, please submit the Volunteer Sign-Up Form on this page.


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FIRST STARS

A special ministry to local families at Christmas time

At Christmas, we participate in a gift drive for local families that are unable to afford Christmas presents. The First Stars mission gathers names of local school children, along with their clothing and toy gift ideas. Our volunteers make “stars” with the student information and our members select one or more stars and purchase the requested items. The wrapped gifts are returned to the church and our hard-working 'elves' organize and distribute the gifts to the students at schools, during the week before Christmas.

This mission truly captures the meaning of Christmas and spreads Christ's love to children and their families in need. First Stars is a wonderful and very intensive labor mission that requires many 'elves' (volunteers) during a very hectic time of year.

If you are interested in helping to bring special joy to some hard-hit local families and would like more information about how you can be a blessing this Christmas through our First Stars program, please contact Carol McCallister at tundra77.cm@gmail.com or sign-up online by filling out the Volunteer Sign-Up Form on this page.


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United Methodist Committee on Relief

As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. Visit UMCOR at the UMCOR UMC Website: http://www.umcor.org/

UMCOR comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – be it famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire or other events—to alleviate suffering and to be a source of help and hope for those left most vulnerable. We provide relief, response and long-term recovery grants when these events overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on their own. UMCOR also provides technical support and training for partners to address emerging and ongoing issues related to disaster relief, recovery, and long-term health and development.


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Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit.

Hunger becomes hope and it starts with food. FMSC meals allow children to develop healthy bodies so they can go to school, earn a living and bring prosperity to their families, communities and nations.

What is FMSC?

  • Meals are donated around the world in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs in up to 102 countries to break the cycle of poverty and deliver hope.
  • In the 2018/2019 fiscal year 347,746,728 meals were delivered to 78 partners in 58 countries.
  • FMSC does not receive any government aid and pays for the meals through donations.
  • One meal costs 25 cents. 91% of the donations are spent directly on the feeding programs and 99.8% of the meals are securely delivered.

What does the meal include?

  • There are 3 Manna Packs, 1 rice and two potato. They are packed based on the needs and ages of the children. The Potato-W formula is for the infants and the Potato-D formula assists with symptom management and rehabilitation from diarrhea. The rice formula is appropriate for children and adults age 1 year and older.

What is a mobile pack?

  • FMSC brings a semi-truck filled with ingredients and supplies to the host site. The host volunteers sign up to pack the individual meals.
  • The host site does collect donations to cover the cost of the ingredients and also has some additional costs for supplies related to the pack.
  • Anyone between the ages of five and 105 can volunteer.

For more information about the Feed My Starving Children organization, volunteer sign up, and donations visit https://give.fmsc.org/cosprings.

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COVENANT RELATIONSHIP

First United Methodist Church has named a covenant relationship with missionary Ken Koome Nkando, who serves the east Angola Episcopal area as Missions Finance Executive. Ken is educated in finance and community development; he oversees the management of programs and project funds to the Methodist designated beneficiaries. Ken and his wife, Faith, have two daughters. They are members of the Charles New Methodist Church  in Nairobi, Kenya.  We look forward to serving together with them in their mission.


Volunteer Sign-Up Form

We are all called to bring healing and wholeness to the world around us but some of us are called to missions and outreach 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.

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