Local | Global Commission
With your generous contributions during the Christmas services, we will be able to continue supporting our local and global outreaches. Some of the local groups are Habitat for Humanity, Kids Hope, A Woman’s Place, Abundant Life Lunches, and others; Globally -- Peace Corps-Ghana School, Kenya Methodist University and more. For more information, contact any member of the Local and Global Commission . We can be proud of the outreach, of First United Methodist Church of Greeley, to help feed the hungry and provide help for those in need in our community and around the world. Thanks to ALL of you!
The Local & Global Concerns Committee is asking for your help. We have a commitment to provide a meal for the homeless at The Abundant Life Church on the second Saturday of every month. Some food is available from the food bank for these meals, although not all that is needed. Various groups from our church volunteer to make and serve these meals, but we are still in need of a couple of groups to volunteer; one for June and one for July and possibly one other month, depending on people's schedules. You might be an organized group at church or two groups who would work together, or you might be an informal group of "you and friends" who would be willing to sign up for one of these commitments. Please prayerfully consider participating in this ministry, and contact Angie Rains (970-9784257) or Joyce Langham (970-702-4482) to volunteer or to ask questions. Thank you if you are already a part of this ministry! Thank you for considering this request, and God bless you!
Our Local | Global Commission is in charge of all outreach ministries at FUMC. Below is a list of the local, national and worldwide projects this commission over-sees.
Backpacks for Kids
The Backpack Program at Weld Family Food Bank provides food for children who are at risk for hunger over the weekend. Over half the students in Weld County qualify for free or reduce priced meals. However, on Saturday and Sunday those meals are inaccessible which makes these kids even more vulnerable to hunger. They work with school counselors and teachers throughout the county to identify students who are in great need of food over the weekend. Volunteers fill the packs with child friendly food including shelf stable milk, juice, a high protein meal, and three or four snacks. We then drop the packs at schools and the children take them home every Friday. Currently, the Backpack Program operates at schools in Greeley, Evans, Windsor, Fort Lupton, Milliken, Hudson, Lochbuie, Keenesburg, Platteville, Gilcrest, Dacono, Frederick, Firestone, and LaSalle.
Join us and serve in this most worthy ministry!
"Backpacks for Kids" was very successful this (2017-18) school year. Our First United Methodist church members, family and friends (182 of them) filled a total of 12,245 backpacks. A big "thank you" to all who took time out of their day to help make the day for some very happy children on a Friday afternoon at school when they take their backpacks home for the weekend.
School Year Filled Backpacks
2011-2012 7, 094
2012-2013 7, 698
2013-2014 7, 499
2014-2015 9, 537
2015-2016 7, 710
2016-2017 10, 145
2017-2018 12, 245
Abundant Life Lunches
Once a month a group from the church will plan, cook and serve a meal on a Saturday to the homeless. Typically they meet and fix the meal here at the church and then it is served at Abundant Life Church.
This ministry meets the 2nd Saturday each month.
The annual Habitat for Humanity breakfast is coming up on the 26th of July. It is from 6:45 am - 8:00 am. It is a free breakfast where they share with the community all the exciting work done throughout the year with the support of partners. If yo would like to attend please RSVP to Cheri Witt-Brown, Executive Director, at cheri-greeleyhabitat.org or call 970-351-6766.
Habitat for Humanity Ministries
Our church is one of more than 20 area churches that are joining together again to build a home for a Habitat for Humanity family. This year the United Methodist Churches in Windsor and Fort Morgan are also part of the Faith Build. The Ground Blessing for the home will be Saturday, April 6th at 12 noon. The address is 1338 29th Street Road. Pastors from the participating churches will be there to bless the ground. You are invited to attend, too. FUMC will have a work day and a “lunch day” when we provide a meal for volunteers from another church.
Watch for more information about these opportunities to be involved. Work days will be Tuesdays through Saturdays, so we might be scheduled during the week, not the weekend. Roofing Sheets and Habitat Speaker Many of you wrote blessings on the large sheets of plywood for the roof of the Faith Build home last year. New roofing sheets will appear again at our church on Sundays, April 28th and May 5th. We hope you will write a message of hope, encouragement, love, or blessings for the Bocanegra-Tejeda family. A representative from Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity will speak at the services on April 28 about the Faith Build and other Habitat projects.
Our Local and Global Commission has sponsored KIDS HOPE program for many years. It matches an at risk kids with a mentor. You meet with one child, for one hour a week at Pete Murich School in LaSalle. The training for Kids Hope is done on line now so you can train at your own convenience. The principal has asked if our church could provide more mentors next year. Many church members have been or are mentors, Donna Hettinger, Beth Hyde, Kim Hilmes, Linda Kautz, Linda Beattie, Lee Hewitt, & Suzi Jones. The mentor gains as much from the relationship as does the child. If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life call the office 353-5522.
You can change a child’s life and that’s no small change.
Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
Each year at Christmas, tags with suggested gifts are attached to a tree for needy children. Members take a tag and help provide a gift or 2 for a child's Christmas. Adopting these little "angels" in an expanding Christmas tradition that makes the season brighter for both the gift giver and receiver. \
Grow a Row
GROW A ROW - At the Plumb Farm - For the Weld Food Bank. This is a garden my partner, Jackie Johnson, and I started last year. The idea was conceived after a visit to a food bank garden that Ft Collins has. We grew 6 rows of vegetables last season with the help of volunteers, many from our church (Angie Rains, Marian Ruge, Donni Clark, Vicki Bottenberg, Anna Faulkner, and Barbara and Jim Shaw.) We were able to give 1000#’s of fresh produce to the Weld Food Bank. We were given an award for our efforts at the WFB’s Blue Jeans Ball. This inspired us to grow more crops this season. We’ll have 9 rows plus we’re adding 3 raised beds: one for wheelchair gardeners, one for kids, and the third for herbs and lettuces. We’ve been heart warmed by the help of our volunteers and the support we’ve received from donations from community businesses.
If you have an interest in helping with “The Garden of Weedin’” call Lee Hewitt at 356-1058 and come by and see us.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos is an interdenominational, worldwide ministry that brings the love of God and the light of Christ into prisons. An army of volunteers rally to become the hands and feet of Christ for inmates who come seeking a new way of life. Their Vision: A community spiritually freed from the effects of
imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope and faith found in Jesus Christ. Their Mission Statement: The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. How you can help: Prayer (greatest need), serve on a team, attend a closing, sponsor an inmate or donate new bibles. For more information please contact RuthMary Lyons at 970-405-0263 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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