First United Methodist Church Wauchula
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Know God - Love Others - Serve the World

SERVE the World

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Communion Offering

It is a blessing to take part in communion every week.  As part of sharing God's grace, we offer you the opportunity to share with those outside of our church family who are in need.  If you are able to place a small offering at the altar rail during the communion service, it would be greatly appreciated.  These offerings will be used to support the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, which allow Pastor Danielle to help provide for any individual who is in need of emergency transportation, medication, or groceries.

 

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Churches from throughout the community join together to offer a Thanksgiving dinner for all those who would like a hot meal on Thanksgiving.  The meal is held in the fellowship hall of 1st Methodist Church of Wauchula each year.
 

Stop Hunger Now

We filled  2000 bags with rice and beans for children in countries that are less fortunate than our own.  
 

 Feed My Sheep

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35
 
Twice a month the FUMC of Wauchula provides groceries to needy families.  Approximately 150 packages containing canned goods, meat, and other staples are distributed each month.  Our major distributions are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Singular distributions are made throughout the month on an as needed basis. Most of the food is purchased with money provided by FUMC Wauchula and by private donations.  In addition, members of the congregation are encouraged to bring canned goods and other non-perishables. While the people wait for their food, our pastor and praise leader provide a short time of worship and music in order to attend to their spiritual needs as well as their physical needs.
 

Missionary support

A golf tournament is held each spring to support missionary Frank Zajicek, who is affiliated with the South America Mission organization and lives in Colombia. Lunch is provided for the participating teams by the members of the FUMC and Bowling Green Methodist Church. Proceeds from the tournament average approximately ­­­­­­­­­­­­$14,000.00. 
 

Red Bird Mission 

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”    1 John 3:17-18
 
The Red Bird Mission, Clinic, and School minister to people living in the Appalachian Mountains.   In this area of the country there is widespread poverty, few jobs, and poor housing. The mission provides education, a health and wellness clinic, community outreach, economic opportunities, and community housing improvements. The FUMC Wauchula sends “labels for education” to the mission, which provides money to the school for much needed educational supplies and playground equipment, among other things. Members of the congregation are encouraged to participate in this ongoing project. For more information about the Red Bird Mission, visit their website at: http://rbmission.org/ .
 

Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

”Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14

 
“Helping Troubled, Neglected and Abused Children”. Each fifth Sunday a special collection is taken at FUMC Wauchula and sent to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, Fl. Children reside at the Children’s Home because they have been victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, abandonment, or because of the breakdown of their family, perhaps due to drug abuse, illness, or the death of a parent. Pastors, families, schools, and the court system refer children to the home. Additional information can be found at http://www.fumch.org/fumch/.
 
 

 

Special Olympics

Each summer the FUMC sponsors two special Olympians by providing money for them to attend the state competition that is held in Florida. The money is used for food and lodging.
 

Bag Lunch Ministry

”What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
 
This ministry was begun by our church secretary many years ago. FUMC is centrally located in the town of Wauchula and is within walking distance of the residents of the town. As a result, people in need come to our church for food. Bag lunches are prepared at church and distributed as needed. There is an average of ____ bag lunches given out each week. Funding for this ministry is provided by the United Methodist Men.
 

Christmas baskets    

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
 
Each year at Christmas FUMC Wauchula obtains names of families who are experiencing financial difficulties and we purchase food and other supplies for them, including blankets and toys for the children.  We generally serve approximately 30 families. 
 

Back to School Backpacks

We will provide a backpack and standard supplies for children and deliver them to a school.  

 

Dinner for the clients of Hardee Home at Thanksgiving

The women of the FUMC have traditionally provided a delicious turkey dinner for the clients of Hardee Home. 
 

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Each year the FUMC of Wauchula joins with several other churches in the community to provide a turkey dinner for needy people in Hardee County.  
 

Habitat for Humanity

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”   Matthew 25:40
 
Several members of the FUMC of Wauchula are the driving force behind Habitat for Humanity in Hardee County. At this time, they have built 11 houses. In addition to the members providing manual labor, our church also contributes a monetary donation to the projects.
 

Health Kits – United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

FUMC of Wauchula periodically responds to disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes by sending health kits to UMCOR.   This excerpt from UMCOR website describes the ministry: “Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Health kits, sewing kits, school kits, bedding kits, birthing kits, and cleaning buckets are collected by generous donors across the United States. These items are then sent to one of two supply depots, where volunteers assemble, verify, and pack the kits so that they can be sent to where they are needed most.  Kits also help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives. “ (UMCOR)   For information visit this website: http://www.umcor.org/ArticleDocuments/232/healthkits11.pdf.aspx
 

Hardee Help Center:

Our church budgets $100/ per month to the Hardee Help Center. The Hardee Help Center works with community agencies and churches to assist needy people in Hardee County by offering emergency food, clothing, and household items.   They are an “extension ministry of the Hardee County Ministerial Association, a United Way Agency, the local Salvation Army Unit, and a Department of Children & Family Services Community Partner”.
 

Change Collection

 There is a large jar in the Sanctuary in which the congregation deposits change. We use the money from the change jar to give a money donation towards children who have need of school supplies. We have shared this money with some of the elementary schools.
 

Apportionments One Great Hour of Sharing 

“For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special One Great Hour of Sharing offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.   Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover the costs of doing business. They make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects that donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs. UMCOR doesn’t receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without these offerings, UMCOR would not exist. Most congregations celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on the fourth Sunday of Lent. If this conflicts with other events, local churches are encouraged to choose other dates that work for them. Resources such as bulletin inserts, posters, liturgical materials, and sermon starters are available here.” (excerpt taken from the UMCOR website)
 

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)

"The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.  UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States.  They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and their goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. UMCOR believes all people have God-given worth and dignity.

While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend their reach, their most important partners are the people they serve. They are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects their  donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ."