FUMC has a small food pantry that we keep stocked all year long with basics for those that are in need who stop by the church. We are always collecting food for those in need. Please check our weekly newsletter for must-need items!
This is an annual mission-in-action day for the church and community every September. Following an early breakfast on a Saturday morning in the fellowship hall, church members and volunteers go out into the community in groups to help with various organizations and projects. The next date for the Jeremiah Project will be announced over the summer.
For the past several years we have partnered with Rise Against Hunger as a part of the Jeremiah Project. Last year, FUMC packed over 10,000 meals for the hungry. Many volunteers of all ages come together to sort and pack food. The next date for Rise Against Hunger will be announced over the summer.
In 2016, FUMC received a grant from the Randolph Health Community Foundation to plant a community garden. Since then we have provides thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables to programs throughout the community. Organized work dates for the garden will be announced over the summer. Check out our Facebook page, First Garden, for frequent updates!
“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action” (1 John 3: 17-18). Katie’s Closet, inspired by these words from scripture and created in memory of Katie Bunch, is a clothing ministry located in the Asbury Center of First United Methodist Church. We are here to help all who are in need of clothing.
We accept seasonally appropriate donations during the following open hours:
Check out our Facebook page, Katie’s Closet, for recent updates on needed items for the clothing closet!
Habitat for Humanity seeks to provide everyone a safe, decent place to live in Randolph County and beyond. FUMC supports Habitat through donations and through participation with building projects throughout the year. Check out the church newsletter for the next organized work date!
FUMC is partners with McCrary Elementary School. Our volunteers tutor children, collect school supplies at the start of the school year, give grants that allow students to attend school trips, and support the staff with an annual appreciation lunch. In 2017, FUMC started a new project; we received a C4C [Congregations for Children] grant from the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church to help children in poverty reach their corresponding grade levels in reading. Some of our tutors work with children from Kindergarten and First Grade. As part of our commitment to the schools in our community, we participate in the Communities in Schools BackPack Program by providing bags of food for children to take home over the weekend. If you would like to volunteer at McCrary Elementary School, please look at the attachment here.