Local and Global Commission
Our Local and Global Commission oversees all outreach ministries at FUMC. Below is a list 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. Elaine Bornemier then beautifully decorates the sanctuary and narthex for the holidays. Stay tuned for more information!
Habitat for Humanity – 2021
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 family is presented with a new quilt when the Habitat home is dedicated.
The Annual Cookie Walk is returning in 2021. Plan to do your Christmas ‘baking’ on Saturday, December 18th 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.
Weld Food Bank – Backpack for Kids
The Backpack Program at Weld Family Food Bank provides food for children who are at risk for hunger over the weekend. Over half the students in Weld County qualify for free or reduce priced meals. 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 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.
“Backpacks for Kids” was very successful during the 2019-2020 school year. Our First United Methodist church members, family and friends (248 of them) filled a total of 16,011 backpacks. A big “thank you” to all who took 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.
School Year Filled Backpacks
2011-2012 7, 094
2012-2013 7, 698
2013-2014 7, 499
2014-2015 9, 537
2015-2016 7, 710
2016-2017 10, 145
2017-2018 12, 245
Join us and serve in this worthy ministry!!
Abundant Life Lunches
Once a month a group from the church will plan, cook and serve a meal on a Saturday to the homeless. Typically they meet and fix the meal here at the church and then it is served at Abundant Life Church.
This ministry meets the 2nd Saturday each month.
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” in 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 scarves and take these donations to a local school to provide warm hugs to children in need.
Mobile Food Pantry – (Currently on hold because of Coronavirus)
Working in conjunction with the Weld Food Bank, FUMC hosts and provides volunteers for the food truck at the church once a month, on the 2nd Friday – 10:00 am)
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,