Missions We Support
The Salvation Army Angel Tree allows our members to fulfill the Christmas wishes and needs for 250 individuals who live in Denton or the surrounding areas. It was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White. Today, more than 400 area corporations, churches and organizations participate in the program in the Metroplex and together with the local communities made it possible to help more than 50,000 North Texas children and seniors each year.
All the Angels have been authenticated of their needs and verified that they are not participating in a similar program through other agencies. You can read more about the Angel Tree program by clicking http://dfwangeltree.org.
Every year we make Angels available in Miller Center on Sundays, during the month of November (check calendar for specific dates).
For details, contact Greg Ankeney, our Angel Tree coordinator at email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization that builds and repairs houses with the help of volunteers and donations. Their partner families buy houses through non-profit mortgage loans or other methods. The program relies on donations to build decent, affordable houses to serve low-income people.
Habitat for Humanity-Denton was founded in 1994 and in 2003, after merging with the Lewisville chapter, became the Habitat for Humanity of Denton County. FUMC-Denton built some of the first HFH homes in Denton. So far, the church has sponsored or co-sponsored nine homes.
The partnership with HFH takes many forms:
Welcoming and signing-in volunteers
Tool trailer coordination
"When I first became involved with Habitat for Humanity I was primarily thinking of something to fill my time after retirement and I did not realize the impact it would have on my life. It was at the dedication of the first house I worked on that I saw the impact on the family. There were tears as they accepted the keys to their new home and thanked all the volunteers that had made their dream come true," said John Carpenter, FUMC-Denton member and Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
Heifer Project International
Heifer envisions a world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Heifer's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. By "passing on the gift," or actually sharing their animals’ offspring with others, along with their knowledge, resources, and skills, they expand a network of hope, dignity and self-reliance around the world.
This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for 70 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.
FUMC-Denton has supported Heifer through Alternative Gift Fairs, the Read to Feed program for children, adult work groups volunteering at Heifer Ranch for more than two decades, Christmas and Easter mission outreach offerings, volunteering and other programs and activities.
Interfaith Ministries provides emergency financial assistance with rent and utility payments, prescriptions, school supplies, winter coats, eye care (through Lion’s Club) and other needs to residents of north Denton County. An expansion of the Manna Program begun at FUMC, Interfaith has been helping people in acute crisis since 1993. Each year Interfaith serves approximately 3000 people in need. FUMC-Denton helps fund their work through monthly Communion offerings and Christmas and Easter offerings.
We are directly involved with Interfaith via the Health and Safety Fair, the Apple Tree Project and the Coats for Kids, among others.
Our Daily Bread
This weekday lunch program for the homeless and hungry opened in June of 2000 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. It serves about 200 people from Monday through Friday, providing a substantial lunch. Supported by several area churches and other community groups, Our Daily Bread receives financial and volunteer support from our congregation throughout the year.
Carol Rogers, one of very active members, volunteers at Our Daily Bread once-a-week as a program coordinator helping the guest clientele with mail service or food stamp programs, signing up to see a doctor (which ODB has in their location on a regular basis) or filling out printouts of jobs recently listed, among other tasks. “It is amazing to see the outpouring of support that this church gives to this program,” she said.
Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities.
Red Bird Mission
Red Bird Mission (RBM) is a mission of the United Methodist Church located in Beverly, Kentucky. The mission has been in existence since 1921 when it’s Christian school began serving students in the Appalachian Mountain region of southeastern Kentucky. The school currently serves students in Pre-K through 12th grades.
Since that time many other ministries have grown out of the mission. There has long been a large community outreach helping feed the hungry, providing training for young mothers in proper child care practices, elder care, and dental/medical care to those in need in the tri-county area.
There is also a community housing improvement program where work camp volunteers bring hope to low-income families through home repair. Volunteers and the individuals and families they serve are both also blessed by the relationships that are “built.”
There is a community resale shop of donated goods that provides affordable clothes, shoes, housewares and furniture at reduced rates. FUMC-Denton supports these artisans by selling their handmade wooden items, toys, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and household items at our Alternative Gifts Fair.
Donna Gregory, a long-time FUMC-Denton member, remembers when she first got involved with supporting RBM assisting Mike Mizell at the Heifer Fair (which developed into the Alternative Gifts Fair) where they supported and sold RMB merchandise.The Red Bird Mission has a table at AGF every year.