Outreach is our faith in action, living out Christ’s love beyond our church walls.
This ministry expresses our love and concern through focused action consistent with United Methodist Social Principles, reaching out to those in need in the local, national and world communities. A variety of projects provide opportunities for compassionate service at the same time encouraging Christian connections and relationships.
Opportunities for Ministry:
LifeSource Blood Drives ~ These are hosted as part of our Change The World United Methodist weekend held during May, and at periodic intervals.
Work Trips ~ Youth and Adult Mission trips are coordinated annually to help communities in need. Occasionally, children will choose a project to help with as well.
Crop Hunger Walk ~ A community wide event that brings awareness to the issue of local and world hunger is coordinated with other churches and held in the fall. Proceeds benefit Church World Service and our local Maine Township Food Pantry.
The Giving Tree ~ Holiday gifts for children and food baskets for families offer an opportunity to be generous during the Christmas season and support the work of HPUMC and ChildServ, helping underserved children and their families in Chicagoland.
Sunday Suppers ~ First UMC partners with local churches and other community organizations in providing a meal on Sunday evenings for the hungry. Meals are served at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church which serves as the host site September through May.