Outreach programs at First United Methodist Church “help Christians respond to God’s call to serve their brothers and sisters who are in need through gifts of money, time, talent, and love.”
For more information regarding Outreach Ministries at First Methodist, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These ministries are recipients of special monetary offerings each month and also provide opportunities for service
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
UMCOR is an international emergency disaster fund.
This is a United Methodist missionary in Jerusalem.
Africa University (part of Education Outreach)
This is a fund that supports Africa University and provides assistance to Eben Nhiwatiwa and his work with the university.
For more information, contact the church office at 332-6396.
Volunteer Task Force
The volunteer task force is a group charged with the task of enhancing our ability to connect the passions and gifts of our parishioners with the ministries of the church which is moving into a new phase of its work. In the coming months, the task force will be offering opportunities to take a spiritual gifts inventory and/or a survey of available volunteer options in our church. By utilizing our church database, we hope to improve awareness and communication, and energize our congregation.
In addition to these financial and service projects, First United Methodist Church offers various opportunities for volunteer ministry throughout the year.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “A Day On, Not a Day Off” offers volunteers a chance to serve the community by working on their day “OFF.”
Mission Work Trips
Mission trips are sponsored at various times of the year.
Local Emergency Assistance
This is a fund maintained for the purpose of assisting with shelter and food needs through a variety of agencies and projects.
Hat & Mitten Tree
The Hat & Mitten Tree is a fund that provides hats and mittens for children in need.
The Outreach Commission seeks to coordinate the efforts of volunteers, financial backing, and projects identified by First Methodist as needed by both the world and Bloomington communities. In choosing to remain a downtown church, First United Methodist Church and its Outreach Commission truly affirm the church’s mission: “CONNECT people to one another and to God, to GROW in faith, and SERVE others through Jesus Christ.”
Supported Outreach Programs
First Methodist supports these community ministries through special offerings and volunteer efforts.
Shalom Community Center
The Shalom Community Center is organized to be a resource center for those who are homeless, potentially homeless, and in poverty in South Central Indiana. The Center provides a safe drop-in gathering place where anyone – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or socioeconomic background – can find hospitality and compassion. For more information about the center and volunteer opportunities, visit the Shalom Center website at shalomcommunitycenter.org.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity assists in building homes for families who are in need of housing in our area. Visit the Habitat for Humanity website at http://www.monroecountyhabitat.org/.
Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)
Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) is an organization which provides day care and other emergency services to people in Monroe County. Find more information at http://indianapublicmedia.org/communityminute/monroe-county-united-ministries/.