Staple food donations may be placed in our HFP bin located at the end the main hallway downstairs. The following items are always needed:
Canned Tuna & Chicken
Low Sodium Veggies
Fruits Packed in Juice
Spaghetti Sauce (No Glass)
Canned or Dry Beans
Hot & Cold Cereal
Whole Grain Snacks
FRESH PRODUCE and non-perishable food items may be donated.
Fresh produce may be brought to the Hopewell Food Pantry, located at 212 E. Broadway, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-3 pm.
Donations by checks should be made payable to "Hopewell Food Pantry" and may be dropped in our Red Box or mailed to P.O. Box 1532, Hopewell, VA 23860. Your food and monetary gifts are greatly needed for the HFP to provide for the growing numbers of qualified Hopewell residents. Donations are tax deductible.
For more information or to volunteer please contact Dick Commander at 804-530-3546.
Here's a nice habit to get into: every time you come to church, reach in your pocket or purse and locate the change you've accumulated during the week. Put it in the RED BOX just inside the parking lot entrance. This money will be collected and donated to the Hopewell Food Pantry.
The Missions Committee is giving you the opportunity to indulge in high quality coffee at a very reasonable price. Your orderentirely goes to support the small coffee farmer in developing countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru. Any additional tips you wish to add will go to our Missions Budget.
This UMCOR Coffee Project is an innovative way to reach out to small-scale farmers in the developing world while enjoying fellowship and an excellent cup of coffee. As Christians we can address a consumer dilemma by buying coffee that is fairly traded. United Methodist congregations that participate are helping small scale farmers in Latin America, Africa and Asia earn a fairer share of income, obtain access to credit and technical support, and gain a trading partner they can trust, a fair trade organization called Equal Exchange.
Coffee sales will be available on the fourth Sundays of every month in our greetings foyer. There will be several flavors to choose from. The price of the regular flavors is $7 and the price of decaf flavors is $8. You will be impressed by this certified organic coffee flavor which undergoes strict regulation to ensure top quality coffee.
Volunteers are needed. If you would like to help with the coffee sales please contact Dale Lipke
Thanks to each and every one of you who is serving as a team member of the Ushers and Greeters Ministry at our church. You are a blessing to First UMC and your service is appreciated. If you are not already a member of this important ministry, please consider volunteering for this rewarding - and totally painless - way of making a contribution to our church.
The time commitment is approximately 30 minutes on Sunday morning and we ask that you make a commitment to serve at either the 8:45 am or the 11:00 am service for the entire month. We are also in need of substitutes who can fill in when needed.
If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please call Verna Brundin (Greeters, 862-8749), Bunn Armstrong (Ushers, 541-8510) or you may leave a message for us with Patti Williams at the church office (458-8076).
For your convenience, a donation bin has been set up near to crib room to collect items needed for the support of the private, non-profit Hopewell Humane Society, Inc. This will be an ongoing project. Some of the items needed are listed below:
Canned and dried cat or kitten food, any brand
Kitty litter, any brand
Cardboard scratching boards.
Towels, dish towels, paper towels
Peroxide, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, bleach, baking soda
Old cell phones, used ink cartridges
The Hopewell Humane Society greatly needs volunteers. Pick up a volunteer application at 3412 Oaklawn Blvd. Opportunities include building maintenance, yard work, as well as animal care such as human socialization, helping with fund raising, and transport of cats. Volunteers may set up a specific weekly or monthly schedule or may help when they are available.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the many migrants fleeing war-torn regions such as Syria. If you would like to make a donation to UMCOR for aiding the European refugees, you may make your check payable to UMCOR Global Refugee/Migration Advance #3022144. This specific wording will direct 100% of your donation to this mission. You may put your check in the offering plate Sunday mornings or your donations may be made on line through the UMCOR website by clicking here.
More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people. The conditions are becoming more dire as the count of refugees are ever increasing. The vast majority arrived by sea but some migrants have made their way over land, principally via Turkey and Albania. Winter has not stemmed the flow of people - with 135,711 people reaching Europe by sea since the start of 2016, according to the UNHCR. Hundreds have perished taking this dangerous journey. Those who do survive are facing dire conditions as they attempt to travel on to northern Europe.
REFUGEE AND MIGRANT RELIEF
Your gently used magazines are greatly appreciated by our local nursing homes. The magazines that are not of interest to them are enjoyed by the customers at the Shepherd's Place. Bring them with you and place them in the designated bin at the end of the education wing main hallway.
The excitement is spreading. Community gardens are springing up in church parking lots all over the country. In the growing season, the grass lot adjoining our parking lot on 5th Street will be transformed! We will install raised beds for our neighbors and our members to grow vegetables.
The garden teaches at least two key purposes beyond that of vegetables or lady bugs. One is for our church: to share, to cooperate with, to relax, to enjoy each and everybody whatever their faith or worldview. The other is for the community to get to know Christ through us.
Anyone who wants to participate with this project may contact Bunn Armstrong.
<<< That's Farmer Bunn and Percy Yeratt turning the soil
CRISIS ASSISTANCE RESPONSE EMERGENCY SHELTER
For over 30 years, CARES has delivered critical support to more than 1,200 of the area's neediest residents each year. It operates the only emergency shelter for women and children in the Tri-Cities area. Last year, they provided 5,512 shelter nights to those in crisis as a result of homelessness or domestic violence. In addition, they provide non-shelter services including food, clothing, furniture, personal hygience and household items to low income community members who are at risk of homelessness: senior citizen, disable, veterans, single men, and intact families.
Your donations are critical!
Our membership mails Christian note cards to persons incarcerated. If you know of someone incarcerated please let Pastor Chris know the name and address so that we can mail that person a note card. Strict confidentiality will be respected unless otherwise requested.
Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries (DBOM) is a mission-based ministry of the UMC. In the prisons DBOM provides Bible studies to incarcerated men, women and youth. There are several areas that are included in Prison Ministries: (1) Disciple Bible Studies – Begun in NC it has spread beyond that into Virginia. It costs about $1,200 to put these materials in a prison. Both financial support and volunteers are needed. (2) Kairos – God’s Time – this is a 3 day weekend for volunteers to learn how to go into prisons once/month and counsel inmates (3) Grace Inside – this is the Virginia Chaplain Services. Chaplains are not paid state employees. Contributions can be made to a specific prison so that the chaplain’s hours could be increased. For more information please contact Gene Mimms of the James River District at 804-733-8632 or by email.
Dick Commander, director of the HFP, appreciates the prayers, staple food donations and the generous lose change collected by FUMC every month. He reports, "FUMC is one of the most supportive churches in the area."
Christmas is coming! The UMCOR certified organic coffees make practical, unique and impressive Christmas gifts. Our Missions Committee will be selling coffee on November 27th and December 19th in the lobby for your convenience.
We have recently installed a Little Free Library outside for community use on the 5th Street side of the church.
“Little Free Library” is a nonprofit organization to offer free books in dollhouse size containers for community residents. The organization, founded in 2009, is based in Wisconsin. Today over 15,000 Little Free Libraries have been registered worldwide on their website: www. littlefreelibrary.org.
The goal of the Little Free Library is to promote literacy and the love of reading by designing and building free book exchanges. No check-out is required.
As one of their ongoing community programs, FUMC will continue to restock like-new books for all ages to this Little Free Library. The public is welcome to take a book, read it and then pass it along to a friend or return the book to the Little Free Library. For more information on this or the church’s other community projects such as their community garden or monthly snack dinners, contact the church office at 458-8076.
DONATE YOUR STUFF - EARLY!
You can now donate your unwanted stuff to our storage unit for our fall church yard sales any time between now and November. Thanks to Wilfred and Linda Frederickson, FUMC now has a large storage unit available for our use. The PRINCE GEORGE SELF STORAGE is located at 4110 Commerce Road, Prince George, VA 23875. Please call the office at 452-2001 for assistance. Sturdy boxes (with content labels) are preferred for easy stacking.
Bring your stuff, even furniture. In addition to the November 11th UMW sale, the UMW will also have a presale at the storage facility unit in October. Good condition books and clothing that are not sold will be donated to other charitable organizations.
Hope House is currently located in the 700 block of W. Broadway, just two blocks from FUMC. The Hope House is a faith-based, community-driven, volunteer service program that addresses the needs of the homeless, the at-risk, and those looking to improve their situations.
For more information please pick up a Hope House brochure in our church lobby or contact Hope House at 804-513-8045. If you would like to make a financial donation, checks made payable to Hope House may be put in the Sunday offering or taken to our church office.
Click here to read more about Hope House!