“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35
Christian discipleship is not fully itself unless it is in mission to others. At First United Methodist Church, we endeavor to serve in mission to the needs of those in our community, our country, and in the world. To that end, we have a variety of mission groups who focus on different aspects of need. We attend to homeless families of Cheyenne while simultaneously working to help bring clean water to the Dominican Republic. We provide space for healing for those recovering from addiction while supporting our denomination’s quest to “Imagine No Malaria” http://www.umc.org/topics/imagine-no-malaria. Read more about how you can become a part of Christ’s mission to the world through ministry here at FUMC.
Our mission committee is the administrative arm wherein we organize and administrate local mission projects. Currently, the committee is examining ways in which it can address the shortage of affordable housing in Cheyenne and will work with other faith communities to mitigate that shortage.
In partnership with Pastor Juan, FUMC has been serving the community of Patualupe in Guatemala for over a decade. In 2017, the church donated and built latrines and will continue that project again in June of 2018. This is a mission that is open to all who want to get their hands dirty and work hard. Young. Old. It doesn’t matter. Come join God’s community in service to the world!
In conjunction with Family Promise of Cheyenne http://www.familypromiseofcheyenne.org/, every six to seven weeks, FUMC hosts families without a home for one week as they try to get back onto their feet. The church becomes the home for the family providing meals, a place to sleep, shower, and do their laundry. This group is always looking for volunteers to meet those needs; so, please, come join us!
This is a new partnership for the church. Wine to Water’s mission is to bring clean water to the world https://www.winetowater.org/, and our pub theology and young adult/family groups are leading the way to involve the church in this important ministry. We will be hosting our first fundraiser in November of this year. Come back to hear more soon.
While the church is not directly involved in the following missions, we do have folks in the church that help out with these groups, and the church often provides space for them to hold events and meetings. Some of these groups include: Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, and Relay for Life.
Our United Methodist denomination remains committed to mission in the broader world. To that end, it devotes an entire arm of the denominational body, UMCOR, to this work. UMCOR missions can be found on every continent of the planet (except Antarctica). UMCOR is supported by local Methodist churches (like FUMC) who donate 13% of their annual budgets to this work. Local members often also help in person, and we at FUMC are happy to assist those who feel a call to broader, world-wide mission through UMCOR.