LOCal Mission

The church exists for the sake of the world and is called to participate in God's mission.  FUMC seeks to participate in God's mission through serving in local and international settings.  We seek to make Christ known as we incarnate his love in relationship with those outside our walls.   While providing for physical needs is important, we also seek to develop relationships with those who are our neighbors.  Here are the ways we are in mission:

  • Monday Morning Community Breakfast

    Serves between 50 and 60 community residents every Monday morning at 7 am.  Servants prepare breakfast, lead time of worship, join in fellowship, pray for community and just eat with neighbors. 

  • Jobs For Life

         Serves those who struggle finding and keeping employment.  Servants provide job preparedness, Biblical job training, and ongoing assistance and hope to transform lives through the dignity of work.  

  • Community Food Bag Ministry

          Serves neighbors in our community in need of food.  Servants contribute groceries, organize food, distribute bags once a month and individually pray with persons who have specific prayer requests.

  • Backpack Buddies

         Serves approximately 80 elementary-aged students weekly throughout the school year.  Servants fill backpacks with food, deliver packs to schools by Friday, stock inventory, and pray for families.  Each week, select students receive a backpack filled with food to be eaten over the weekend. 

  • La Estrella Hispanic Ministry

          La Estrella Resplandeciente (“The Shining Star”) is a Hispanic Methodist ministry that meets on Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm, in  Stanhope. When FUMC helps out, we lead the children with a time of fellowship, prayer, praise and worship songs, and an interactive time of learning about people, stories, and lessons from the Bible.  After this we break into groups that usually divide their time among activities such as soccer, kickball, computer and board games, and art projects. We  also provide assistance with homework tutoring before providing and eating lunch.



  • Summer Feeding Ministry

          Serves children in low income, residential areas who receive free/reduced lunch during the school year.  Servants prepare sack lunches and distribute in nearby neighborhoods while playing with the kids and getting to know the families.

  • Gatekeepers

           Gatekeepers is an annual, church-partnering summer work camp for youth.  The Mission of Gatekeepers  is to provide a hands-on, Christian mission experience for youth in grades 6-12 in an ecumenical setting and to provide free home repairs for homeowners who are unable to maintain their homes because of financial or physical limitations. The goals of Gatekeepers Workcamp are to provide hands to work for Christ, ears to listen as Christ, and hearts to be changed by Christ; to expose young people to the needs of their city and their communities; to help youth to become involved in the lives of others, especially those different from themselves; and to provide free home repairs for individuals and families in need.

  • Tutoring

    This ministry expanded out of a partnership with Hubbard Elementary through Backpack Buddies.  Tutors go into the classroom and work with students to make sure they are at grade level and prepared for End of Grade Tests.

  • Meals on Wheels

    At the core of the Meals on Wheels service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of our seniors.  FUMC serves with other volunteers on various days of the week.               

International Missions

  • COSTA RICA MISSION PROJECTS

    Costa Rica Mission Projects (CRMP) is a non-profit mission headed by Wil and Yolanda Bailey. They have been blessed with the opportunity to facilitate the construction of church facilities and the building of relationships within the Body of Christ in Costa Rica. They have been called to provide opportunities for churches in Costa Rica and churches from other countries to serve one another and explore what it means to be part of a body that extends far beyond the walls of individual churches. Wil & Yolanda's hope is they may be able to help foster long-lasting, fruitful relationships between the congregations who participate in this ministry of Costa Rica Mission Projects. For more information, visit their website at


    http://costaricamissionprojects.com/

  • SALVADORAN MISSION PROJECTS

    Salvadoran Mission Projects (SMP) is a partnership between the Evangelical Methodist Church in El Salvador and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in the U.S. whose purpose is to improve the spiritual and physical lives of economically disadvantaged people living in El Salvador.  SMP uses volunteers and funds provided by Evangelical Methodist Churches in El Salvador and United Methodist Churches in the U.S. to build and repair church buildings, build and staff medical clinics, provide food for the hungry and build homes for people who do not have sufficient financial resources to obtain a home through any other program. Brian and Ellyn Dubberly serve as missionaries here. For more information, visit their website at


    http://www.salvadoranmissionprojects.com/

  • AGAPE ORPHANAGE

    Started by church members Mickey and Jackie Bailey, The Agape Village Foundation is a Christian nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide care for orphaned children in Zambia that will enable them to thrive and to eventually become self-supporting adults. For more information, visit their website at


    http://www.agapevillagefoundation.org/