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, please contact Rev. Ann McClellan at [email protected], 719-471-8522, ext.214. If you would like to volunteer for any of our mission and outreach activities, please submit the Volunteer Sign-Up Form on this page.
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, visit their website fmsc.org
Local Food Pantries
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. 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.
(Schedule and activities altered due to CoVid19 through 2021)
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 temporarely 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 immesurably 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 [email protected] or Rev. Ann McClellan at [email protected].
If you would like to volunteer for Family Promise, please submit the Volunteer Sign-Up Form on this page.
A special ministry to local families at Christmas time
At Christmas, we participate on 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 llike more information about how you can be a blessing this Christmas througn our First Stars program, please contact Carol McCallister at [email protected] or sign-up online by filling out the Volunteer Sign-Up Form on this page.
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/