Outreach Ministries

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 Church, contact us at fumcb@fumcb.org.

These ministries are recipients of special monetary offerings each month and also provide opportunities for service

Outreach Programs

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
UMCOR is an international emergency disaster fund.

Covenant Relationship
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.

FUMC Wednesday Food Pantry
In late 1992, several First Church members started a program offering sack lunches for people in need to take with them. On Wednesday afternoons these lunches were prepared by volunteers and distributed from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Over the last 21 years, the number of people served has grown.

With the advent of the Shalom Community Center and its decision to serve a hot lunch, the volunteers affiliated with the sack lunch program decided to change its focus to one of offering groceries for people to take with them. To reflect this change, the name of the ministry was changed to FUMC Wednesday Food Pantry. Distribution is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

The Pantry is a guided grocery store providing people a selection of a canned vegetable; canned, frozen, or occasionally fresh fruit; protein; a sweet; sometimes chips; and sometimes cereal, bread, and extras delivered by the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Wednesday afternoons just before opening. All food comes from the Food Bank at a cost of 14 cents per pound or from donations. Bread from the food bank is free, but availability is not guaranteed.

The Pantry serves families with young children, newly unemployed, the working poor, the disabled, the elderly on low fixed incomes, newly arrived immigrants, and the homeless. An average of more than 100 people are helped each week.

For more information, contact the church office at 332-6396.

ANNOUNCEMENT: PAPER BAGS NEEDED FOR FUMC WEDNESDAY PANTRY

Due to the increased numbers of people being served at the Wednesday Pantry, we are in constant need of paper grocery bags – both with and without handles. Please leave the bags in one of the boxes stationed at each church entrance in the space designated “Wednesday Pantry.”

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 Day
Martin Luther King 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.

Hoosier Housewarming
Hoosier Housewarming organizes volunteers each fall to assist with such chores as leaf raking, gutter cleaning, and storm window preparation.

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.

Mitten Tree
The 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 Church 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

FUMC 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/.