The Columns – November

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“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

Your local missions team is excited to share our new vision of local missions through First UMC. We are currently reworking our website www.firstserves.org to be a place to connect you to our community’s serving opportunities. It will also be a place to celebrate the great work being done currently! In the meantime, pray as we consider the following goals for 2016:

1. Refocus our scope of work to care for people in a transformational way
2. Foster community relations with our partners and those we serve
3. Involve membership through meaningful volunteer opportunities
4. Monitor our resources/donations
5. Improve communications with membership and community

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Goodwill Clothing Drop-off:
We have a Goodwill clothing drop-off on the first Sunday of each month – 9:30-10AM. Look for the Goodwill signs near the motor lobby, pull
up to the curb, and volunteers will grab your bags for you! Vouchers earned through your donations will purchase warm outerwear for our Love Feast attendees!
Needed – Volunteers to man this station. Would your family like to take a month? It’s a simple way to make a big impact! Call Michelle at 424-7771, ext. 108 for more information!

Love Feast:
First UMC serves the only community meal on Christmas Day – The Love Feast! Call the church office to lend a hand – early and late help are especially needed! We will also be taking donations of warm wear, toiletries, and desserts.

Bear Collection & Christmas Stars:
Stuffed bears should be placed at the altar rail in the sanctuary or in FaithLink, to be donated to JS Clark students Dec. 14-18. Choose a “Christmas Star” from a tree in the nursery, children’s area, or Faithlink to donate a gift for a neighborhood child – deliver to Michelle Osborn at FUMC office by December 13.