The Columns – January


Community Ministry Partner funding is provided for projects and missions that complement the mission and vision of First UMC. Your Local Missions Team identifies organizations and projects that reflect our goals of caring for people in a transformational way, especially those affected by poverty and those confronting crisis in their lives. We partner with organizations in our local area that need volunteers as well as financial assistance.
After much discussion, vetting, and review, First UMC is overjoyed to fund SIXTEEN partnerships in 2016 with grants totaling $112,900 – a 12.9% increase from last year’s program. These grants are in addition to agencies and services funded through our operating budget. Our church is abundantly blessed with physical, relational, and financial resources, and what a joy it is to share those gifts with local groups simply trying to serve God’s people by improving their lives!

Samaritan Counseling Center
Providing subsidized counseling for low-income individuals and those who fall in the gap. Our partnership goes toward their client care fund.

Food Bank of NWLA
Center of food distribution for deserving individuals and programs. Our partnership will purchase 200,000 pounds of fresh food which will serve 75,000 people.

CRI Allendale Friendship House
Serving the children and families of the Allendale community. Our partnership helps with afterschool programming for these at-risk students.

Martin Luther King Health Center
Offers free physician care, medication, and health education. Our partnership funds much of their testing and supplies for wellness care.

NWLA Interfaith Pharmacy
Provides ongoing, free medication to underinsured residents, with a focus on chronic disease. Our partnership will help them purchase much-needed software to run their program.

Gingerbread House
Provides investigation and support for children going through physical and sexual abuse cases. Our partnership helps fund interviews, investigations, and counseling.

The Hub
Outreach to homeless and poverty level individuals, serving around 500 a month. Our partnership helps funds their Springboard Housing program, which provides transitional housing to the homeless.

Hope Connections
Guides and fosters a comprehensive, coordinated homeless services system. Our partnership allows them to provide much needed ID’s and birth certificates as well as funding bus passes for those trying to get back to their families.

Renesting Project
Gathers household donations to help fully furnish and outfit homes of those moving out of homelessness. Our partnership helps them with warehouse and moving expenses.

Christian Service
Provides two meals a day, 364 days a year. Our partnership helps purchase food for around 75,000 meals per year.

Holy Angels
Cares for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our partnership will help fund their Angel University, which trains their direct care workers.

VOA Travis Street Lighthouse
Provides high-risk students after-school care and tools to improve their lives. Our partnership will purchase iPads and accessories for students to use in tutoring services.

Common Ground
Works to build relationships and serve the people of the Cedar Grove Community. Our partnership will provide funding for their wildly successful basketball program and their afterschool programs.

Highland Center Ministries
Provides community services for the working poor of the Highland Community. Our partnership will provide new uniforms for school children and diapers and other needs for babies.

Providence House
Offers a temporary home for the homeless through their residential development center. Our partnership will help fund their Child Development Center, which provides daycare so resident parents can work while also providing growth for the children they serve.

Fuller Grocery
Provides the residents of Allendale and Lakeside with a source of fresh, healthy food, as well as job training and opportunities for those working at the store. Our partnership will help them purchase fresh fruit.

MICHELLE OSBORN • Director of Local Missions •

Serving Opportunities & Upcoming Events
Goodwill Clothing Drive – Volunteer to man the drop-off location on the first Sunday of each month, only 9:30-10AM, or to bag and deliver clothes to Goodwill. Earned vouchers will be used to purchase coats each year. And please drop your clothes donations with us on those first Sundays! Look for the signs near the Motor Garage.

VOA Travis Street Lighthouse – Assist Staci Zeagler each Wednesday, 4:30-5:30, with her Wacky Wednesday program, or volunteer to tutor or mentor any time that works for you!

Common Ground – Participate in the Cedar Grove community dinner, served every Thursday evening through cooking, greeting, or working the clothes closet and pantry.

Fuller Center for Housing – We need volunteers to help finish the three homes sponsored by First UMC in this year’s Legacy Build.

Stay Up To Date
on opportunities to connect, grow, serve & lead.

• View/Print this month’s events calendar.
• View/Print this month’s connect, grow, serve & lead opportunity descriptions.
• Check out our online events calendar.