Missions and Outreach

Local

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Family Promise

What: About 13 congregations take turns hosting, and another 13 congregations support the hosts in the housing of homeless families in the community for a week at a time as they transition from homelessness and un- or under-employment, to stable housing and employment.  There are opportunities for setting up the rooms the families will stay in, providing evening meals, serving as daytime hosts on the weekend, serving as evening hosts during the dinner hour until bedtime, serving as overnight hosts, assisting in teardown at the end of the week, washing of linens afterward, and providing pantry items during the week.
Where:  FUMCWP, Matthias Family Life Center
Age range/skill level: youth and above, volunteer training provided
Frequency: 5-6 times/year
Upcoming Dates: Dec. 3-10
Registration: sign up at fumcwp.org/at-fumcwp 2-3 weeks prior to each event
Contact:  Laura Toshie

Restoration CircleRestoration Circle

What: As the body of Christ, we will spread awareness about human trafficking throughout our congregation so that we can help prevent it and provide healing and spiritual restoration for those affected.
Where: FUMCWP campus
Age range/skill level: high school and up
Frequency: monthly meeting dates TBD
Upcoming Dates: TBD
Registration: N/A
Contact: Laura Toshie

Daily Bread

What: Daily Bread offers a free nourishing noon-time meal to anyone in the community who is hungry. Come by yourself, get some friends together or recruit your small group. Sign up and join in to serve lunch.
Where: Christian Service Center (808 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, 32805)
Age range/skill level: high school and aboveDaily Bread
Frequency: twice/year, Timeframe:  11:00am-1:00pm
Upcoming Dates:  TBD
Registration: sign up at fumcwp.org/local 2-3 weeks prior to scheduled event
Contact:  Laura Toshie

Family Serve Opportunity at United Against Poverty (formerly Community Food & Outreach)

What: Bring your family and join with our church family in the spirit of service for Family Night at Orlando UP Center (United Against Poverty). There will be dinner, music and a whole lot of fun as we work together to help organize the Cost Share Grocery Program, the Emergency Food Pantry and the Community Thrift Center.
CFOCWhere: 150 W Michigan St, Orlando, FL 32806
Age range/skill level: all ages, family/child friendly, no skills needed – on-the-job training!
Frequency: 4 times/year
Upcoming Dates: TBD
Registration: sign up at fumcwp.org/local 2-3 weeks prior to scheduled event
Contact:  Laura Toshie

Jobs PartnershipJobs Partnership logo

What: Mentor and coach Jobs Partnership students during their 12-week class.
Where: classes held at various locations locally
Age range/skill level: adults
Frequency: twice/year
Upcoming Dates: TBD
Registration: sign up at fumcwp.org/local 2-3 weeks prior to scheduled event
Contact:  Laura Toshie

Sole to Soulshoes

What: Donate gently used athletic shoes for distribution to those who need but can’t afford them
Where: FUMCWP (drop in big red bins or in the Wesley kitchen)
Age range/skill level: all sizes of shoes needed
Frequency: ongoing
Upcoming Dates: N/A
Registration:  N/A
Contact: Laura Toshie

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What: Assemble bags of non-perishable food for distribution to our homeless friends locally
Where: FUMCWP campus, or wherever your small group meets
Age range/skill level: all ages, no prior experience needed
Frequency: periodic, great for small groups, including children’s groups
Upcoming Dates: as desired by small groups
Registration: not required, just coordinate with Laura Toshie
Contact:  Laura Toshie

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What: Help feed our hungry brothers and sisters around the world by participating in this fun, fast-paced meal-packing event.  Our church has purchased and packed over 150,000 meals to date!
Where:  FUMCWP or South Street Campus (2113 E South St, Orlando, FL 32803)
Age range/skill level: all ages, family/child friendly, no skills needed – on-the-job training!
Frequency: periodic
Upcoming Dates: TBD
Registration: sign up at fumcwp.org/at-fumcwp 2-3 weeks prior to each event
Contact:  Laura Toshie

Food DrivesThanksgiving

What: Summer – bring the requested item of the week to church on Sunday.  Help sort and deliver food to the Christian Service Center and/or United Against Poverty Orlando.  November drive: Pick up a grocery bag on Sunday, fill it with the items listed on the front of the bag, return filled bags to red bins at church.  Shortly before Thanksgiving, help deliver/distribute filled bags to South Street Ministry and Reeves Terrace.
Where:  FUMCWP/South Street Ministry, Reeves Terrace
Age range/skill level: great family activity
Frequency: twice yearly:  all summer and November just before Thanksgiving
Upcoming Dates:  TBD
Registration:  not required
Contact:  Laura Toshie

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“Soup”er Bowl Sunday

What: Bring in cans of soup on Super Bowl Sunday to be donated to various local entities.
Where:  FUMCWP campus
Age range/skill level: N/A
Frequency: annually
Upcoming Dates: February 4, 2018
Registration:  not required
Contact: Laura Toshie

 


 

Regional

Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

What: On each 5th Sunday during the year, all loose offering, as well as designated offerings, are donated to the Children’s Home in Enterprise.  AdditioUMCHnally, we host an annual picnic in September, and need lots of volunteers to provide and serve the food and visit/play with the children.
Where:  FUMCWP and Children’s Home in Enterprise, FL
Age range/skill level: all ages, great for families
Frequency: Every 5th Sunday (for offering) and annual picnic in September
Upcoming Dates:  (2017) TBD
Registration: none for 5th Sunday giving, sign up at fumcwp.org/local 2-3 weeks prior to picnic event
Contact: Laura Toshie

 

 

Family Mission Trip to LeesburgWarren Willis

What: Bring the whole family and your sleeping bags, and have a great time camping and serving at Warren Willis Camp!  Arrive Friday night for fun and fellowship, and serve around the camp on Saturday before heading home after lunch.
Where:  Warren Willis Camp, Leesburg, FL
Age range/skill level: all ages, great for families
Frequency: once/year
Upcoming Dates:  TBD
Registration: sign up at fumcwp.org/register 2-3 weeks prior to event
Contact: 
Laura Toshie

 


 

National

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What: The Sager-Brown Depot in Baldwin, LA is the headquarters for UMCOR’s relief-supply operations. Each year, about $4 million in supplies are prepared for shipment from the Baldwin campus. Locally, UMCOR Sager Brown reaches out to Baldwin neighbors through food distribution and housing rehabilitation projects, engaging volunteers in these projects that help families and the elderly.
Where: Baldwin, LA
Age range/skill level: families with older children, adults 
Frequency: annual in summer
Upcoming Dates: October 28 – November 2, 2018
Registration:  fumcwp.org/register
Contact: Lauryn Garriss

 

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)ASP_Logo_

What: Home repair for low-income families
Where: rural, central Appalachia
Age range/skill level: adults, construction or repair/maintenance experience helpful but not necessary
Frequency: once/year
Upcoming Dates:  TBD
Registration: 
Contact: 
Lauryn Garriss

 

Rebuilding HopeRebuilding Hope logo

What: Disaster Relief and Reconstruction Ministry
Where: North Georgia (Dalton)
Age range/skill level: adults, construction or repair/maintenance experience helpful but not necessary
Frequency: once/year
Upcoming Dates:  TBD
Registration: sign up at fumcwp.org/register
Contact:
  Lauryn Garriss

 


 

International

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Panua

What: A joint ministry between FUMCWP and the United Methodist Churches of Kenya, this is a 3-year program for orphans and vulnerable children and youth in the slums of Naivasha, Kenya.  Youth receive financial sponsorship for 3 years, business, vocational and life skills training, and spiritual guidance and encouragement.  Show the love of Christ and share your blessings with our brothers and sisters in Naivasha!  You may sponsor a youth for one, two or all three years of the program (sponsorship entails $365/year financial support, daily prayer, and exchanging two letters/year), and/or join a mission trip to Naivasha to meet these inspiring and motivated youth and their families.
Where: Naivasha, Kenya
Age range/skill level: Sponsorship:  anyone – singles, families, small groups.  Mission trips: high school (with parent) and up, no skills required, except for medical mission trips
Frequency: one-two times/year
Upcoming Dates: TBD
Registration: fumcwp.org/register
Contact: Jensie Gobel
Website: Panua.org

Agua Viva

What: Help drill water wells, provide Vacation Bible School to community children, build a church and/or help local students learn English.  Along the way, worship and build community with our neighbors in Costa Rica.Agua Viva Serves
Where:  Los Chiles, Costa Rica
Age range/skill level: middle school (with parent) and up.  Construction skills welcome, but not necessary.  Different trips offered for various ages.
Frequency: multiple times/summer
Upcoming Dates: June 16-23, 2018 and June 23-30, 2018
Registration: fumcwp.org/register
Contact: Lauryn Garriss
Website: aguavivaserves.org

 

VIM (Volunteers in Mission) Panama

What: UMVIMShare the love of Christ with new friends in Panama.  This is our first year making this trip – join the team to build something beautiful!  The plans for this trip are to assist in heavy construction with the building of a two-story concrete community building, with the possibility of starting work on a sanctuary.  Additionally, our team will be actively engaged in relational ministry in the community.
Where:  Santiago, Panama
Age range/skill level: adults.  Physical strength and/or construction experience a plus, but not mandatory.
Frequency: inagural trip in 2016
Upcoming Dates:  TBD
Registration: fumcwp.org/register
Contact: Lauryn Garriss
Website: missionpanama.com


Ministry Partners

Below is a list of local organizations that our church has partnered with that have regular service opportunities available outside of our specific planned events.  You may contact them directly to find something that fits your passions and schedule.

Jobs Partnership

Family Promise

Christian Service Center

Health Care Center for the Homeless

UP Orlando (formerly Community Food and Outreach)

Grace Medical Home

Faith Alliance


Other Opportunities

Students

Check out our Student Google Calendar which includes serving opportunities for grades 6-12 here.  Summer trips, local events during the year, it’s all here!  For up-to-the-minute events, sign up for the weekly e-newsletter here

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Visit our Act II page here to find year-round service projects for empty-nesters.