Current Mission and Outreach Activity
Backpack & School Supply Drive
During July and the first week of August, we had another successful backpack and school supply drive for the United Methodist Economic Ministry in Salem, ME. We collected 24 backpacks and lots of school supplies, including folders, notebooks, filler paper, glue sticks, pencils, erasers, index cards, rulers, markers, colored pencils,
Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Thank you to the five members of our church who volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity worksite at 100 Parker Street on July 19. They were Paul and JoAnn Carlotto, Paul Rabs, Pastor Deb Shipp, and Andrea E. K. Vannett. They enjoyed another successful day of working to transform this former convent into affordable housing for 10 families in Lawrence. We have tentatively scheduled another build
Bread & Roses Dinner
On Saturday, August 30 members and friends of First United Methodist Church prepared the meal at the Bread & Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence. Thank you to those who donated food and to the volunteers who gave up part of their Labor Day weekend to serve a meal to hungry individuals. Our church's next opportunity to prepare dinner at Bread & Roses will be Saturday, November 29 which is Thanksgiving weekend. If you will be in town that Saturday, please consider volunteering to cook a meal for those who do not have anywhere else to go.
"The members of First United Methodist Church of North Andover, MA are committed to living out our faith by practicing love, embodying hope and doing justice. We believe this part of our mission statement calls us to embrace Jesus' message of grace, love and reconciliation for all people. Our welcome knows no boundaries of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, economic reality, family status, sexual orientation, diverse ability, faith history or social standing.
We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination within the church. At the same time, we recognize that there are differences among us. We do not seek to erase our differences and believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all people. We welcome everyone in our journey together toward greater love, understanding and mutual respect.
We are a Reconciling Congregation committed to the full inclusion of all people in the life, mission and ministry of our church . We pledge ourselves to love and support one another and to be a safe sanctuary for everyone. We will work actively to change general church policies and practices to allow the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people, in the ministry and life of the global United Methodist Church."
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