Current Mission and Outreach Activity
Thanksgiving Food Collection
Each year, First United Methodist Church collects food for Thanksgiving meals to be donated to Neighbors in Need. Neighbors in Need distributes this food to hungry families in the greater Lawrence area through partnerships with local social service agencies. Our collection will run for four weeks, starting on Sunday, November 2 and ending on Sunday, November 23.
Below is a list of suggested items to donate. You may also make a monetary donation by placing a contribution in the offering plate and marking it “Neighbors in Need.” We encourage you to bring the food to the front of the sanctuary and place it on and around the altar table.
Food Collection Schedule
November 9: canned vegetables, nuts, Goya pink beans, Goya pigeon peas, rice (not instant)
November 16: pie fillings, pie crust mix, evaporated milk, cake & frosting mixes, other dessert mixes, coffee & tea
November 23: fresh produce that does not require refrigeration, such as potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, baking apples
Bread & Roses Dinner, Saturday, November 29
First United Methodist Church prepares dinner at the Bread& Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence every 5th Saturday of a month. Our next opportunity to help is Saturday, November 29 during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. If you are available that day, please consider joining us. We meet at 2 pm in the Bread & Roses kitchen at 58 Newbury Street to prepare the meal of American chop suey, garden salad, bread, and dessert. We also need donations of food to prepare the meal (pasta sauce, tomato soup, pasta, bread, salad makings, Italian dressing, and dessert) and money to purchase hamburger. A signup sheet for helpers and food donations will be on the table near the front door of the church, or contact Susan Lewis if you can help.
United Methodist Student Day, November 30
Sunday, November 30 is United Methodist Student Day. This is one of six denomination-wide Special Sundays that we support with a special offering each year. Donations to United Methodist Student Sunday provide scholarships to young people who need assistance to be able to attend college. To learn more about United Methodist Student Sunday and to make a donation if you will not be at the November 30 worship service, visit http://www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/united-methodist-student-day.
Holiday Care Packages for Bread& Roses
This year during Advent we will be assisting Bread & Roses with their outreach to needy individuals in the Lawrence community. Each year during the holiday season, Bread & Roses gives out approximately 500 duffle bags containing essential toiletry items to their guests. Their supply of these essentials is currently low and they have asked area churches to help them restock. Our church has been asked to provide disposable razors and deodorant, both men’s and women’s.
We will begin our collection on Sunday, November 30, the first Sunday in Advent. You can donate razors and deodorant, or money to purchase these items. Please also bring any deodorant or razor coupons that you may have so that they can be used to purchase additional items. Thank you in advance for your support of this important mission project.
#GivingTuesday, December 2
On December 2, United Methodists are invited to participate in UMC #GivingTuesday, when gifts made online through The Advance will be matched dollar for dollar by the General Board of Global Ministries, up to the first $1 million. UMC #GivingTuesday builds on the recent US shopping traditions of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. It reminds us to extend the generosity and thankfulness of Thanksgiving into the Advent season and offers United Methodists an opportunity to give instead of get through supporting projects and missionaries that are transforming the world.
Last year was the first time that the United Methodist Church participated in #GivingTuesday. It was a record-breaking day of giving. Over 880 mission projects and missionaries were supported by more than 16,300 gifts to The Advance, totaling $6.5 million. Nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries participated.
The Advance is the United Methodist Church’s giving channel that ensures that 100 percent of each gift supports the project designated by the donor. More than 850 Methodist-related projects and 300 missionaries are supported by The Advance. Go to UMCmission.org/give on December 2 to donate.
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