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 Jennifer Fry, the head of our Missions 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
 

Interfaith Hospitality Network

The Interfaith Hospitality Network families will be with us April 1 through April 8.  Please consider giving the gift of your time and work in preparing meals or doing activities with the children or most importantly, being an overnight host or hostess (the easiest job).  Please contact Jennifer Fry if you can help out.  Or you may sign up online at http://bit.ly/2BSTvur.
 

Seed Collection

It’s time to get ready for spring!  The Green Thumb Garden Project of the Jackson Area Ministries helps people who have lost their jobs, senior citizens, families on low or fixed incomes by providing seed packets.  The seeds needed for this year are beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, green bush style beans, lettuce, radishes, spinach, greens, squash, pumpkins, and turnips.  They will also take cash donations to purchase bulk corn and bush bean seeds and seed potatoes and tomato plants.  The deadline for the seed collection will be Easter Sunday, April 1.  Thank you for your generosity in prior years!

 

Five on the 5th for UMCH Family Services

First United Methodist continues to support UMCH Family Services in Columbus through their “Five on the 5th” program.  UMCH Family Services is an outreach program of the West Ohio Conference which finds, provides and strengthens homes for children.  On the months with five Sundays, they ask people to make a $5 donation to the organization.  April  2018 is a month with five Sundays.  If you would like to contribute, simply place the $5 donation in one of the pew envelopes and mark it UMCH Family Services.  Your generosity is making a difference in the lives of children in need!

 

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

 

Easter Meals for Local Families

Wow!  What a giving church family we have.  This year, we asked the congregation to “sponsor” families that would be given a $20 Meijer food only gift card to spend on the food they choose versus being given something they might not want/need. We helped 130 families last year; this year we stepped that up and sponsored over 180 families!  Thank you for your generosity!
 

Valentine’s Day Cards for Veterans

Thank you to the Cornerstone Sunday School class for coordinating once again the creation of Valentine’s Day cards for veterans.  There was a display area in the narthex with supplies for making homemade cards.  The children of the church and Bright Beginnings had a wonderful time making cards for our veterans!  
 
Treats for Veterans

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the collection of items for the Dayton VA Medical Center at Christmas time.  You generously gave 700 items for our veterans.  That translates into about $1,300 in value!  With the help of the church and preschool families, we had approximately $4,100 in donations of various items in 2017!  Thank you so much for opening your hearts to our veterans over the holiday season.  It was truly appreciated.

 

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.