First United Methodist Church has an active missions focus.  We offer a variety of missions opportunities which vary from month to month.  Our outreach efforts are lead by our Missions Team.  If you are learning more about our outreach efforts, please contact Linda Leese, the head of our Mission Team, or Rebecca Delbridge in the church office.
 

Resources for those in need 

Medical Driver Ministry

If you find you need someone to drive you to and/or from a medical appointment, our church offers a Medical Driver Ministry.  This ministry is a free gift of love to members and friends with no charge or fee.  We look forward to providing medical transportation whenever and wherever needed.  To schedule a medical driver, please contact Harold Masteller at (937) 885-7481. 

Caregiver Resource Group

Hospice Care of Middletown, The Woodlands of Middletown and Catholic Charities have joined forces to offer a caregiver support group.  The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the second floor activity room of The Woodlands of Middletown, 3000 McGee Ave, Middletown.  For more information, please contact Care Line at 513-869-4483.

 

Upcoming Mission Opportunities
 

Christmas Offering

As our Christmas gift to God in celebration of Jesus’ birth, our church will give all of the undesignated Christmas Eve offering to the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR).  In times of disaster, 100% of all donations to UMCOR go to relief efforts.   As you decide how much to give to this Christmas offering, please consider how much you will spend on Christmas this year.  Some have felt led to tithe on that amount.  Others have felt compelled to match that amount.  Please bring your special offering in honor of Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve or put it in the offering anytime during December.
 

Veterans Socks/Underwear Collection

The Cornerstone Sunday School class is collecting men’s white sports socks and underwear sizes L and XL for the Veterans Hospital.  In addition, there are needs for undergarments for women veterans—please see Bev Haun (513-228-0332) for details.  There will be a collection box marked “Veterans” in Fellowship Hall beginning November 27.  Financial donations are also welcome—please give them to Garry or Bev Haun or Rebecca in the church office.  Donations will be collected until noon Wednesday, December 17. 

 

The Giving Tree/Stocking Stuffers

The Giving Tree will be in the Narthex beginning November 19!  The Franklin food pantry has supplied us with children who need help this season.  Each child has five tags (for socks and underwear, for hats and mittens, for clothes, for shoes, and for something they really want!)  You are more than welcome to take all of the tags for the child you choose or just one.  Please place unwrapped items in a bag with the tags attached. 

 

We are also collecting “stocking stuffers”.  Please place new, small gifts in the marked container next to the Giving Tree. We’re collecting for boys and girls age infant-18 years old. They will be distributed by the UMCH Family Services, Franklin Food Pantry and Springboro Community Assistance Center.  

Please bring the gifts and stocking stuffers to church by Sunday, December 3.

 

Music Providers

We are looking for a few people to provide music prior to candlelight services on Christmas Eve.  If you are interested, please contact the church office (937-748-2612).

 

Five on the Fifth

December is the fifth Sunday in December.  Please consider including a $5.00 donation to United Methodist Family Services (Formerly, United Methodist Children’s Home.) Your donations support children in need through adoption services, treatment foster care, and mental health services. 
 

Interfaith Hospitality Network Fundraiser

The weekend of November 4/5, we will be celebrating the time change by participating in an Interfaith Hospitality Network fundraiser – Time for Change.  Please save your change and throw it into the bucket to support IHN.  This year they plan to do some much needed maintenance on their vans and buses and will replace car seats that are nearing the end of their life cycle.  To learn more, visit their website

www.ihnwc.org/time-for-change

.  Bring your change to help this great organization help others!  There will be containers in the fellowship hall for collection. 
 

Otterbein Avalon:  Share the Love of God with our neighbors

Pastor Dan Renfro has started a worship service at Springboro’s Otterbein Avalon center on Sundays at 1:30.  We invite those who worship in Springboro on Sunday mornings or Saturday evenings to join with the Otterbein residents as they worship and praise God.  During this worship, we will sing favorite hymns, share the Word and pray as the Body of Christ.  David Finney, CLM, assists Pastor Dan with this service.  Please bring a warm smile, a desire to help with wheel chairs, and a love of Christ to our weekly worship services.

With worship now occurring on Sunday, the weekly BINGO game has moved to 1:00 on Wednesday.  Join David Finney as he engages with the residents in this favorite game.  Again, bring smiles and a fun-seeking attitude to Otterbein Avalon, Springboro, located off of Bunnell Hill Road.  For more information, please contact David Finney.

 

 

Box Tops

Our Mission Team will continue to collect box tops for Red Bird Mission throughout this school year.  There are bins in which to place the labels and box tops located in the black stand  across from the music room.  Thank you.

 
Medical Driver Ministry
If you find you need someone to drive you to and/or from a medical appointment, our church offers a Medical Driver Ministry.  This ministry is a free gift of love to members and friends with no charge or fee.  We look forward to providing medical transportation whenever and wherever needed.  To schedule a medical driver, please contact Harold Masteller. 
 
 
 
Recent Mission/Outreach Efforts

 

Treats for Veterans

A big thank you for your support in our mission to the veterans at the VA Hospital in Dayton.  Through your generosity, we were able to provide 900 treats and many chapsticks and flip flops. 

 

Bags for Foster Children

Thank you to all who donated book and duffel bags for foster children.  The bags were donated to the Bair Foundation, a local Christian organization that places foster children. When children are removed from their homes, often everything the children own is placed in garbage bags.  After parenting a number of foster children through Bair, Molly has made it  her mission to help make sure every child has a nice bag in which to carry their things.   The heroin epidemic going on has drastically increased the number of children in need.  Thank you to all who provided bags for this worthwhile mission.

 

Jackson Area Ministry Seed Collection

Thank you so much for your generous donation of seed packets and money to enable to people of the Jackson area to grow their own food for their families.  Through your generosity we were able to send them 272 seed packets and $225 toward bulk seeds and plants. Thank you again.

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our IHN guests feel at home during spring break.  As always, we couldn’t do this without your continual support!  Both were in their new housing by the end of April.