Missions We Drive
We drive several missions both in and beyond our neighborhood. Here are they:
Alternative Gifts Fair
The idea of the fair is to offer our members and the Denton community an alternative for their holiday shopping. Over 35 vendors sell their one-of-a-kind artisan items and crafts providing an alternative for gift giving and, at the same time, raising money of which 100% benefits the non-profit organizations represented. Fairtrade goods, handmade merchandise by third-world-country artisans and merchandise donated by both First United Methodist Church members and Denton locals make the fair an event not to be missed. People from around our region come to the fair year after year to buy creative and unique items in a fun and safe environment, avoiding the rush and craziness of the malls. Click here to learn more.
First Meal is our Sunday morning ministry that seeks to offer physical and spiritual nourishment to whoever walks through the doors, regardless of social or financial class or background. It’s a reality that too many persons in our community are familiar with hunger. It’s a constant companion that accompanies them in their search for housing and work. This ministry offers a place of community as well as a hot meal.
We launched First Meal on February 7, 2010. What began as a small, monthly ministry has now grown into a partnership with other United Methodists in our community to serve any who come through our doors.
Donations of complete pancake mix, pancake syrup, and canned fruit are always welcome in this effort to provide a meal to start the day. We also accept monetary donations to purchase bacon, sausage and eggs. Your donations of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, deodorant, shampoo, and other personal hygiene items will be available to the attendees of First Meal at the necessity table. To volunteer contact Bunny Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lenten Rebuild Project was the second annual Lenten mission project initiated by FUMC-Denton. This year's project continued the FUMC tradition on of helping folks in need by helping provide a clean and safe home. Click here to learn more.
Mission trips are a great way for our members to extend their service to different communities in need. Our church provides opportunities for all ages, including adults. We have been partnering with UMC Saratov in Russia, Heifer International and the Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya (ODIM) with great impact.
In 2013 and 2014 we organized mission trips to Saratov, Russia and Guatemala and made a real difference in those communities. In 2017, youth and adults from our church went on a mission trip to Costa Rica. Click here to learn more.
Our mission to the Rivera Elementary School community is to provide volunteers who will support students, staff and parents.
One in every three children that attend Rivera has limited English proficiency, meaning that they struggle with understanding and speaking the English language. Based on the Texas Education Agency's assessment of student performance from previous school years, two out of three students at Rivera are already considered at-risk of dropping out of school. Click here to learn more.
The Prayer Shawl
Crocheters and knitters in our church make shawls, baby/child blankets and lap robes. After completion of the handmade article, the individual who made it brings it to the Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting, which is held the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm in Cole Chapel.
At that time the maker of the shawl, blanket or lap robe presents it by placing it on the altar and collectively they are blessed by one of our pastors. Then each article is wrapped and delivered to its recipient by a Stephen Minister.
The Prayer Shawl ministry is a ministry that brings love and caring into the lives of each recipient.
We accept donations of Lion Brand, Homespun style yarn all year round. Three matching skeins are needed to make a shawl.
UMC in Saratov, Russia
In 2002, FUMC-Denton church members Janet and Dennis Fisher began traveling to Russia to visit the Saratov UMC and have continued to make annual trips. On three occasions groups from our church have joined the Fishers. As a result of these relationships, FUMC-Denton signed a covenant with Saratov UMC to help them.
The Saratov church has come a long way. They are currently self-sufficient and have a steady membership of about 30 and are recognized as one of the most successful Methodist churches in Russia.