Our purpose is to spread the Good News. We do this locally, regionally, and beyond with our prayers, our gifts, and our service. We coordinate mission activities within our church; evaluate programs to assure that they meet the mission and vision of our church; educate; and seek new opportunities to be in mission. We take seriously John Wesley's words, "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
March 24, 2018
With over 200 people serving at our first event on October, we hope to make this upcoming one even more significant.
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WHAT IS MOCITY1ST CARES?
This is a day when hundreds of our church members and friends gather together for fellowship and service to our community. Some focus on projects at the church. Others travel and work at different sites throughout Fort Bend County, serving our friends and neighbors. It's an amazing opportunity for all ages to be involved -- children, youth, adults, families and YOU!
Take a look below at the video highlight from October 22, 2016.
East Fort Bend Human Needs
FUMC is one of the founding partners in East Fort Bend. EFBHN provides limited financial assistance for rent, utilities and medicines, and offers a food pantry. Proceeds from the Resale Shop located in the building help to support the Food Pantry. FUMCMC provides support for EFBHNM through donations of time from volunteers, Board Members, on-going food collections, special food drives, donations of clothing, and household items and financial support throughout the year.
East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry (EFBHNM) is located at 425 Stafford Run Rd., Stafford, TX 77477 Phone number: 281.261.1006.
HOURS OF OPERATION
10 am - 4 pm Mon. - Sat.
Closed on Sundays
10 am - 1:30 pm Tues., Thurs., Fri.
6 - 8 pm on Wed.
Closed Sat.- Mon.
Armstrong Elementary is a Title I, bilingual school located less than one mile from FUMC. Opened in 2008, it had no Parent-Teacher Organization and very little parental volunteer support. Our church adopted Armstrong as a community outreach endeavor. During our time at Armstrong, we have provided teacher appreciation breakfasts and lunches, volunteer assistance in the classroom, established a reading buddy program to mentor students, held book drives, provided a male presence at the school to encourage fathers to participate and formed a prayer partner group to pair a church member with a teacher or support staff member. One of our younger church members asked his friends not bring him gifts for his birthday. Rather, he asked that they bring sporting equipment to outfit the school. Parents have now formed a group to provide the appreciation meals and last year, for the first time, kindergarten students took a field trip and fathers chaperoned!
The InnerChange Freedom Initiative is a revolutionary, Christ-centered, values-based, pre-and post-release prison program supporting prison inmates and parolees through their spiritual and moral transformation into a new life in Christ.
This program is a U.S. pilot program, which began in April 1997 at a minimum-security prison (the Carol S. Vance Unit in Sugar Land, Texas), and is a joint effort between the Prison Fellowship Ministries, Houston-based churches, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The program begins 12-18 months prior to an inmate's release and continues for an additional 6-12 months of aftercare once the prisoner has been returned to the community. Inmates volunteer for the program and must meet several criteria before they are accepted.
Volunteers can serve as tutors, lead a Bible study or prayer group, or mentor an inmate pre-and post-release.
MoCity First additionally supports the aftercare program with quarterly financial donations to facilitate the transition from prison to a new faith-based community. At the present, MoCity First has over 30 volunteers who work in this area of mission ministry.
Weekly and Monthly Mission
On select Sunday mornings, the Missions Ministry sells breakfast tacos before, during and after all church services. The cost for each warm, homemade taco is only $2. All proceeds of the sales go to various outreach projects.
MoCity First is a part of Family Promise, which was created to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support to local families in need through a program entitled Interfaith Hospitality Network. Countywide, 110,000 volunteers contribute their time and talents to over 134 local networks.
Each year, our church does a one-day mission project with other United Methodist churches in the area. H.O.M.E. means Helping Others, A Methodist Experience. This mission was organized by members of Methodist churches in Ft. Bend County as a way to serve the community. Each spring, volunteers donate their time, skills and money to repair the homes of our neighbors. When we have an event, we are looking for lots of volunteers from our church (and others) to work on homes in and around Ft. Bend County.
CanCare: Sponsoring Member
CanCare Inc. of Houston, a ministry of our congregation, has the mission to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors and their families. CanCare recognizes that cancer is a family disease. Family members are matched to trained caregivers for support, to learn how they can cope and become a member of the "healing team." Cancer survivors and family members can now apply their cancer experience to help others
Methodist Children's Home:
Support is provided through quarterly donations and a special offering through the year. More than 200 children reside in the residential programs on the Waco campus, including 66 boys at the Boys' Ranch. Outreach offices located in Dallas, Houston, and Lubbock provides foster care for another 110 children. Visit www.methodistchildrenshome.org for more information
Our group imagines a world where every little girl owns at least one dress. We have made over 350 dresses and have sent hundreds with missionaries to Cuba, Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Cambodia. We joined with other Dress a Girl groups in the U.S. and sent 10,000 dresses to Cambodia through the sponsorship of Hope 4 Women International. There is a never-ending need so we meet weekly to cut, match cute trim and sew these dresses for impoverished girls. Then, we arrange to have them delivered.
Not to leave the boys out, we also make pants from t-shirts! Girls in cooler climates can also have t-shirt dresses with a gathered skirt.
Can't sew? No problem! We also need people to cut, iron, match trim and pockets to dresses as well as donating material, pillow cases, lace, wide bias, buttons, etc. There is a drop box outside the church office.
For more information on this program, visit Dress A Girl Around the World at http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/.
FUMC has joined with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in saving lives through their Commit for Life program. Gulf Coast needs 1,000 units of blood per day to fulfill the needs for the 26 counties they cover.
We would like to invite you to come donate and be a part of our program. Our drives are held in the comfort of our church on Sunday mornings from 8 AM to12:30 PM. Sign-ups for donations are held in advance but walk-ins are welcome as well.
Seafarer Box Collection
Seafarers Boxes: FUMC MC provides gift boxes for crewmembers on vessels visiting the Port of Houston during the Christmas season. Items in the boxes include: pencils, paper, personal grooming items, socks, treats, etc. Help make the holiday season a little brighter!
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We 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 our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.
While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We 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 our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.
To learn more about UMCOR, visit the UMCOR website at: https://www.umcor.org