Mission Opportunities at Burlington First United Methodist Church
Goal of the Mission Committee for Burlington First United Methodist Church: To support existing
mission activities, encourage participants in mission activities, and promote new mission opportunities
Ongoing, Year Round Mission Projects-
Bridges Out of Poverty Meal-
On the first Tuesday of the month different groups within our church alternate in providing an evening meal for about 100 people who are taking a series of classes on work and communication skills to improve the economic status and goals in life.
At the back of the church in the narthex, a grocery cart is the receptacle where people can place donated grocery and toiletry items each week that will be delivered to the local food pantry.
End of the Month Meal
In collaboration with other churches through Shared United Methodist Ministries, a meal is provided on the last Thursday of the month at Grace United Methodist Church on a rotating schedule.
Our missionary who is a agricultural instructor at African University in Zimbabwe, Larry Kies, is supported through the sale of Hy-Vee grocery cards at the Welcome Center in the narthex. Five per cent of the value cards goes to his support.
Loving Opportunities Fair Trade or Loft Market
Our retail fair trade store on the first floor of the Loft building sell unique merchandise produced by artisans and farmers in developing nations who are paid a fair living wage. Profit from this shop is donated to local and international missions and charities.
New greeting cards are made from re purposed old cards. The funds from their sales are used for postage to send these cards to invalids and those who are hospitalized. Gloria Jewett leads this ministry.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Knitters and crocheters make shawls which are gifted to those individuals who are facing difficulties in their lives. Barb Evans and Roger Stauffacher can be contacted for more information.
United Methodist Women
Besides the mission work done by the three individual circles- Miriam, Sarah and Quilters, the UMW serves funeral luncheons. See Mary Taeger or Marilyn Lancaster for more information about these and other UMW mission activities.
A gift bag of a loaf of bread and other goodies is given to visitors attending worship service to welcome them to First United Methodist Church. Bob Adams and Tim Votaw, our head ushers, have more information about the ministry.