“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
– James 1:22 NIV
We invite you to live out your faith by helping to transform the world through acts of service.
Our church has a long history of generously giving to support the work of the church globally and locally. Part of the mission of First United Methodist Church is to make a difference in the world. As a result, we seek to be engaged in mission efforts that are impacting our community and communities around the globe.
One way we support missions is through our giving to the Indiana Annual Conference. We give 11% of what we receive to the Indiana Conference. This giving provides us the chance to do together what no one person, or church, could ever do alone. This type of giving provides the opportunity to multiply and share God’s gifts with the World. We have renewed this commitment for coming the year.
We also place an emphasis on our second mile giving through Faith Promise as well as providing special emphasis offerings during the year. These offerings go beyond our regular giving and annually provide an additional $20,000 in mission support.
During the coming year, we will continue to expand our efforts to invite the community to engage our church through various activities at the church and in the community. We will again lead an Adult Mission Trip in the Spring and we will offer a mission trip opportunities for youth and adults during the summer. We will also seek to offer more local volunteer opportunities for people of all ages throughout the year.
We will also continue to explore new ways to be involved with our mission partner, Tom Heaton of Mission Guatemala. In addition to our financial support of Tom, we provide meals from our packing event and plan to travel to Guatemala to continue our support in person. We also sponsor two children that are part of the original feeding program.
We also continue to focus on poverty and hunger issues in our community through our monthly hosting of Gleaner’s Mobile Food Pantry, our work with the local Thrift Shop, our community dinners, and our Community Garden.