Local | Global Commission
Habitat for Humanity Faith Build 2019
The ground for the Faith Build Habitat for Humanity home was blessed on a warm sunny day, April 6th. Pastor Sione joined pastors from many of the 23 churches involved in the Faith Build 2019 in offering prayers at the ground blessing. (Can you spot him in the photo?) Roofing sheets for the Faith Build home will be in the hallways at our church on Sundays, April 28 and May 5th. Please write a prayer, thought, or blessing for the BocanegraTejeda family. A vase will be near each roofing sheet if you want to contribute to Habitat. Have you been waiting to find out when you can volunteer to help with the Faith Build Habitat for Humanity home? Here’s the answer: Work Day will be Saturday, May 4th. The address is 1330 29th Street Road. Lunch Day will be Thursday, June 13th. We will be providing the meal for the youth group and sponsors from Fort Morgan United Methodist Church. They will spend three days working on the Faith Build home, and sleep at our church on two nights. Sign up for either or both Habitat activities in the narthex or on the Habitat website. Click on the volunteer button and then add your name to the list for one of the above dates. Questions??? Call Marian Ruge at 970-584-4199 or email her at: email@example.com Who will live in the Faith Build home? The Bocanegra-Tejeda family of six are longtime residents of Greeley. Guadalupe and Raquel have four children; daughters Maria (16), Herminia (14), Rosalina (10) and son, Jose (7). Guadalupe has been a loyal employee of Cargill for over 17 years. Maria is in her first year of college at UNC studying Business Administration. Hermina is a high school student. Rosalina is a middle schooler and Jose is in elementary school. The family currently lives in an older, 3-bedroom trailer with constant sewer problems, broken windows and a leaking roof. They are disciplined and live within their means. They have worked hard to achieve and maintain a great credit score, even on a modest income. They have already saved their down payment for their Habitat home! They look forward to building alongside the church members.
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 (2018-2019) school year. Our First United Methodist church members, family and friends (248 of them) filled a total of 16,360 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 Faith Build 2019
The ground for the Faith Build Habitat for Humanity home was blessed on a warm sunny day, April 6th. Pastor Sione joined pastors from many of the 23 churches involved in the Faith Build 2019 in offering prayers at the ground blessing. (Can you spot him in the photo?) Roofing sheets for the Faith Build home will be in the hallways at our church on Sundays, April 28 and May 5th. Please write a prayer, thought, or blessing for the BocanegraTejeda family. A vase will be near each roofing sheet if you want to contribute to Habitat. Have you
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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