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!
 

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. 

Habitat for Humanity Ministries

First United Methodist Church is one of 15 churches participating in the Faith Build, a Habitat home that will be built and funded by members of local churches.  Each church will have one work Day, when we help with construction at the site and one Lunch Day, when we provide the noon meal for the members of another church working that day.  Our tentative dates are Saturday, April 14th to work and then Saturday, April 21st to provide the meal.  These dates could change as construction schedules change, so watch for more information.  Please plan to sign up and help build or provide lunch, or both. 

The Faith Build house is for the Bonifacio family.  Originally from Peru, the family consists of Chela and her three (3) children, Albert (25), Keley (23), and Ariana (6).  Chela came to the US 14 years ago, leaving Keley and Albert behind with her parents.  Both Albert and Keley got their college degrees in Peru and are working on transferring their degrees.  Chela has worked at the WalMart Distribution Center for the past five (5) years.  Ariana has Down Syndrome   They currently live in a basement apartment.  Chela is eager to have a home with enough space for Ariana an her special needs.  We can be part of helping Chela achieve her dream.

Several members of the Local and Global Concerns Commission attended the ground breaking ceremony in January for the Bonifacio family.

Meanwhile, Sewing for Service provided beautiful quilts for the seven children in the two Habitat homes dedicated on February 24th.  One family is originally from Burma and the other family is from Eritrea.  These homes were build by the Jefferson High School Construction classes.

For additional information on this ministry contact Marian Ruge, 970-584-4199.

Please stop by a Habitat station at the church and write a blessing for the family of the new Faith Build house.  These sheets of wood will be part of the roof of the house and your blessings will cover the family living there for years to com.  You may also make a donation to Habitat for Humanity.  Leave your donations in the vase next to the board.   

This is a mentoring program designed to place the volunteer one on one with a student at a local elementary school.

Mentors spend just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing and listening to a child at school. By helping the child feel loved and valued, they help that child to learn, grow and succeed.

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. \

Hat & Mitten Tree

This tree is also up during December.  We collect hats, mittens and scarves and take these donations to a local school to provide warm hugs to children in need.  

Mobile Food Pantry

Working in conjunction with the Weld Food Bank,  FUMC hosts and provides volunteers for the food truck at the church two times a month.  (2nd & 4th Friday - 9:00 am)

To find out more about these programs and other Local | Global supports, please click the link below: