Local and Global Commission
Our Local and Global Commission oversees all outreach ministries at FUMC. Below is a list of some of the local, national and worldwide projects this commission is in charge of. Check the bulletin board in the church hallway for updates and pictures.
Local and Global is responsible for ordering the Christmas Poinsettias and Easter lilies and spring flowers for the sanctuary.
Habitat for Humanity – 2023
First United Methodist Church of Greeley has been part of the Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity affiliate since the beginning. In fact, the organizational meetings for Greeley-Weld Habitat were held in our church. The annual Christmas Party for Habitat home owners and families continues to be held every year in Fellowship Hall.
Over the years FUMC has participated in home construction, fund-raising, providing meals for volunteers, financial contributions and other outreach. Our most visible (and warmest) donations to Habitat are the colorful quilts made by the Sewing for Service group. Every child in the Habitat family is presented with a new quilt when their forever home is dedicated. So far in 2023 12 quilts have been given to children in four families.
The Annual Cookie Walk will be held in December. Plan to do your Christmas ‘baking’ on Saturday, December 16th from 9 am to 12 noon at Zoe’s. Donations of cookies and other sweet treats are also welcome. Funds raised go towards the Habitat Faith Build home.
Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity partnered with the Greeley History Museum to create a display celebrating 35 years of building homes in Weld County. Stop in the Museum to enjoy the Habitat exhibit, as well as the exhibits celebrating history in Greeley and Weld County.
The Backpack Program at Weld Family Food Bank provides food for children who are at risk for hunger over the weekend. Free lunches are provided for students in Weld County. However, on Saturday and Sunday those meals are inaccessible which makes these kids even more vulnerable to hunger. The Food Bank works with school counselors and teachers throughout the county to identify students who need food over the weekend. Volunteers fill the packs with child friendly food including shelf stable milk, juice, a high protein meal, and three or four snacks. The backpacks are then dropped off at schools and the children take them home every Friday. Currently, the Backpack Program operates at schools in Greeley, Evans, Windsor, Fort Lupton, Milliken, Hudson, Lochbuie, Keenesburg, Platteville, Gilcrest, Dacono, Frederick, Firestone, and LaSalle.
In 2011-2012 we filled 7,094 backpacks; in 2019-2020 we filled over 16,000 backpacks. The numbers have increased as the need in Weld County has increased. We fill an average of 1000 backpacks per month.
A big “Thank You” to all who take time out of their day to help make the day for some very happy children, on a Friday afternoon at school, when they take their backpacks home for the weekend.
Kid’s Hope USA
Our Local and Global Commission has sponsored KIDS HOPE program for many years. It matches an at risk kid with a mentor. You meet with one child for one hour a week at Pete Murich School in LaSalle. The training for Kids Hope is done on line now so you can train at your own convenience. The principal has asked if our church could provide more mentors. Many church members have been or are mentors: Donna Hettinger, Lee Hewitt, Kim Hilmes, Beth Hyde, Suzi Jones, Linda Kautz, RuthMary Lyons & Laurie Poeschel. The mentor gains as much from the relationship as does the child. If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life, call the office 353-5522.
You can change a child’s life just by being a friend and that’s no small change.
Salvation Army Angel Tree
Each year at Christmas, tags with suggested gifts are attached to a tree for needy children. Members take a tag and help provide a gift or 2 for a child’s Christmas. Adopting these little “angels” is an expanding Christmas tradition that makes the season brighter for both the gift giver and receiver.
Hat and Mitten Tree
This tree is also up during December. We collect hats, mittens and socks and take these donations to a local school to provide warm hugs to children in need; or add them to the hygiene kits we make for the Blessing Box, which is filled with food and hygiene kits weekly.
Water For People
Our new international mission is Water For People. Their commitment is helping end the global and sanitation crisis and improve the quality of life for peoples of people around the world who still need access to safe water and sanitation. They operate throughout Latin America, Africa and India.
Their Everyone Forever impact model means working until every single person has access to water and sanitation services.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos is an interdenominational, worldwide ministry that brings the love of God and the light of Christ into prisons. An army of volunteers rally to become the hands and feet of Christ for inmates who come seeking a new way of life.
Their Vision: A community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment, reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope and faith found in Jesus Christ. Their Mission Statement: The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
How you can help: Prayer (greatest need), serve on a team, attend a closing, sponsor an inmate or donate new bibles. For more information please contact RuthMary Lyons at 970-405-0263,