Current Mission and Outreach Activity
Diaper and Underwear Drive for Communities Together
Since we are collecting for the UMCOR Health Kits during the first part of Lent, we will start the diaper and underwear collection on Sunday, March 22 and continue through Easter Sunday, April 5. However, feel free to bring these items in at any time. We also understand that not everyone can participate in all of the collections that we are doing. Please give what you can to the cause or collection that is most meaningful to you.
Critical Needs at Bread & Roses
Health Kits for UMCOR's 75th Anniversary
This year, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) celebrates its 75th Anniversary of helping those in crisis around the world. The celebration will take place on March 15, as part of One Great Hour of Sharing. United Methodist Churches have been asked to assemble relief kits for UMCOR as part of this celebration.
We will begin our collection on the first Sunday in Lent, February 22, and continue collecting items on March 1 and 8. The kits will be assembled during coffee fellowship on Sunday, March 15. We will also accept cash or check donations (made out to First United Methodist Church) to cover the cost of toothpaste, shipping costs, and to purchase additional items to complete the kits.
The items included in each health kit are listed below. Please read the item descriptions carefully as the requirements are very specific. Remember that these items should be durable and of good quality since they are typically given to people who have nothing. We already have a donation of 20 toothbrushes. Let's do our best to donate enough other items to complete 20 kits with these toothbrushes. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please see the Beacon for a complete list of items.
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