One of the three rules for living a Holy Life as set forth by John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, is
Do good, "of every possible sort, and as far as possible, to all"
As such, we, the congregation of the First United Methodist Church, engage in concrete actions that make the community a more just and loving place. We feed the hungry, support mission projects, offer comfort and feed those who are suffering, and encourage everyone to participate in actions that protect God's creation. Our current missions are below:
Small teams of people serve a hot and nutritious dinner each month to up to 50 people living at the nearby homeless shelter for families. The teams are made up of a handful of people from FUMCOR who share the shopping, cooking and serving duties. Part of the evening includes sitting and eating with the families and sharing light conversation. A separate effort partners with Calvary Presbyterian Church to make and serve lunch sacks to people who are in need. To join the hunger ministry, contact the church office at (951) 683-7831.
When the fruit trees and the gardens are overflowing, we bring some of the produce to church for the congregation to share. Members of our congregation are wonderful gardeners and this is an opportunity for them to share the "fruits" of their labor and benefit those in need. All donations return to missions work of the church.
Holiday Food Collection
In recent years, our holiday food drive s have resulted in many carloads of food and other items going to the Salvation Army of Riverside, which serves the needy of a large Inland Southern California population. We share their motto: "In fighting hunger and poverty, we can feed and nurture the spirit. And, in living and sharing the Christian Gospel by meeting tangible needs, we give the world a lasting display of the love behind our beliefs."
Local colleges offer support programs for young people who have "aged out" of court ordered foster care. Their early lives are often chaotic and full of transition, neglect, abuse and broken promises. Foster families definitely do much heavy lifting, but after the age of 18, this young person is officially declared an adult. So if the college residence hall closes for the holiday, is there a place to take them in? If there is a Christmas dinner, where will that be? If they need advice from a parental figure, who is there to ask a question or offer sympathy or bring food? Guardian Scholars have a place to go and some support to help them graduate from college. FUMCOR offers grocery gift cards and moral support.
These missions are lead by the Church and Society/Missions committee and they welcome new members to help guide the congregation on these efforts. Please contact the church office to become a member of Church and Society/Missions