Serving

 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)

We have all been given different talents, gifts and abilities. God works in different ways through each of us, and we all serve him faithfully as we use our gifts to glorify him. We should use our gifts and abilities to honor God and to bless, encourage, and strengthen others. 

Are you looking for a place to serve….a place to love? If so, please consider being a part of our wonderful servant ministries. There is a place for you. Contact Tamika Parker in the church office for more information. Click here for our service opportunities.

"Helping our passion for education." Hope Academy cares for individuals with developmental disabilities and encourages them to reach their full potential. Hope Academy is a ministry that is tailored to meet the very specific needs of each student. Hope academy is designed to serve students age 18-30. Activities that take place here every Wednesday from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. include art, music, PE, games and field trips. Families, friends and staff are invited to take part in these great activities. Hope Academy is free of charge and has a classroom size of nine students. If you know someone who could benefit from this ministry or interested in serving in this ministry please contact the church office at 931-526-2177.


Jere Whitson Elementary School is a Title 1 school, which means greater than 40% of students must be on free or reduced meals. Title 1 schools lack some of the basic resources and tools that other schools may take for granted. Jere Whitson does not currently have a Parent/Teacher Organization. In addition, there is usually significantly less parental and volunteer support, leaving teachers with a very heavy load. This is where FUMC steps in! We provide small treats for the staff, help improve the appearance of the school grounds, serve as classroom assistants and reading buddies, and donate items needed for students and classrooms. Our partnership is designed to serve and care for staff and students in our community. In Christ's love, every child is our child. If you are interested in serving at Jere Whitson, please contact the church office .

The quilting ministry creates beautiful quilts, blankets and other useful items that provide care, comfort and encouragement. These items are a tangible sign or symbol of God's love for them. We make warm fleece blankets, pieced quilts, and flannel baby blankets for Food Pantry families, baptismal quilts for babies baptized in our church, capes for warmth. and walker caddies. The group generally meets the second and fourth Tuesday afternoons in Jeff Wall Hall. We welcome and invite new members to the group. Call the church office for more information.

God's Grace Food Pantry provides healthy food choices and promotes the value of nutrition and self-sufficiency. We seek to serve and care for the immediate needs of our neighbors. Our goal is to offer food for their physical hunger and generous portions of kindness and grace to feed their spiritual and emotional hungers. Food Pantry guests are invited to share in Holy Communion with each other and the volunteers. In addition to providing healthy food choices, God's Grace Food Pantry provides information to our recipients about other local resources to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency. The pantry is open every Tuesday from 2:30-6 p.m. We serve about 275 families per week, totaling around 3,000 people per month. Food is donated by the congregation, other outside sources and purchased from Second harvest at an extremely discounted rate. To serve in the food pantry please contact Tamika Parker in the church office. If you are in need of food and live in Putnam County. please visit on a Tuesday from 2:30-6 p.m.

The Financial Assistance team is a ministry that cares for our neighbors when they may be at their lowest point. Every day people walk into the church needing assistance with rent or utilities. We focus on trying to keep people in their homes and their utilities on. Once an application is submitted it is reviewed and the applicant is interviewed. Then the team discusses the application and tries to care for and meet the applicants' need. We also provide information to the applicant about other local resources available to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency. Ongoing budgeting and financial counseling is also available. If you are interested in serving on this team please contact the church office. If you are in need of assistance, applications are available in the church office at 165 E Broad St.

Mission Meal is a ministry that provides a nutritious meal the first Tuesday of every month to guests at the Rescue Mission. Sunday school classes, circles, or other small groups prepare and serve a meal to our neighbors at the mission. The visit and fellowship that takes place during this time is just as important as the meal. Through fellowship we provide a listening ear and information on ministries of the church or other community resources that might be of benefit to our neighbors. Please contact the church office to sign up to prepare a meal for the Mission.

Angel's Attic is more than a way to clothe people; it is an expression of the church's concern for God's people. This ministry distributes donated clothing to families, the homeless, those in transition from relocation or re-entry into the workforce, or anyone with an identifiable need. Guests are invited to choose clothing, accessories and household items for free. For more information on Angel's Attic please contact the church office at 931-526-2177.