Local | Global Commission
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
Progress on the Faith Build home for Habitat for Humanity continues. If you have a Thursday or Saturday free, stop by 1314 29th St Rd and lend a hand. The dedication for the home will be in July. Watch the Local and Global bulletin board in the hallway, and the church bulletin, for details.
If you would like to attend the Habitat for Humanity “Love in Action” breakfast on Thursday, July 26th, please contact Marian Ruge at 970-584-4199 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The breakfast is free, but we will be asked for donations. The program at the breakfast will include a video of the Faith Build home construction. It might show some of us hard at work, as well as feature the Sewing for Service group. Come and see your favorite new movie stars!
Thank you for your support of Habitat for Humanity, providing affordable housing for Greeley and Weld County residents.
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.
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