Engage: Community Service
"Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (James 2:17)
At FUMCCB we believe that it's important to engage the larger community as the hands and feet of Jesus. While everyone is encouraged to serve wherever s/he feels most passionate, our church-wide service focus is on helping at-risk kids through the public-school system, especially Roosevelt Elementary School and our own VPK program. Those who are looking for a place to serve are provided multiple options both in personal and group settings that can be adapted to fit different schedules.
In addition, we offer various levels of support to other ministries:
The Kairos “inside program” brings inmates and volunteers together for a 3½-day event of carefully coordinated talks, discussions, chapel meditations, and music led by a same-gender team of volunteers. The goal is to build Christian community inside the prison.
The Kairos “outside program” brings the hope of Christ to women whose husbands, relatives, or friends have been incarcerated. In a 2 ½-day retreat setting, women openly and confidentially share. Talks and meditations are designed to address the pain of enduring separation from their loved one(s) and the judgment of others in their community. Through the respect, love, and warmth they experience in interactions with volunteers, they open-up and find support.
The vision of Kairos is to cultivate a community that is spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment, reaching all who are impacted by incarceration with the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.
The mission Kairos is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with incarcerated men, women, and youth, as well as their families, to help them become loving and productive citizens in their communities.
For more information, contact Rick White (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Community Meal, Food Pantry, and Clothes Closet: Volunteers gather on the first, third, and fourth Sundays of the month from 4:00-6:00pm to serve a community meal for the financially disadvantaged. During this time, people can also get needed items in our food pantry and clothes closet. Those who are homeless can take a hot shower, and sometimes get a free haircut. This ministry is provided according to the availability of volunteers, so please contact the office for a detailed schedule.
United Methodist Women: This multi-generational group focuses on serving in the following areas:
Visiting homebound men and women.
Providing meals for youth and children's ministries.
Collecting and distributing food for the church food pantry.
Supporting a variety of church activities including Red Bird Mission.
If you are interested in serving with the Women in Mission group, please contact Sonja Gherman at email@example.com.
Surfer's Helping Kids: Pastor Mark and Dan Colburn lead surfing mission trips in Central America. For more information, check-out this video.