First UMC has begun a 5 year vision plan. This plan includes a goal of 10,000 hours of service to be completed within those 5 years. We have always been good at serving our community quietly, but now is the time to celebrate. Together, we can show how fun and meaningful service can be for us and those we serve. In order to celebrate and help us reach our goal I will be recording all service projects that we do for our community and beyond. The really exciting part is we have already spent 200 hours in service during this strange year. If you are involved in a service project, I would love to hear about it. Please call the office,. If you are interested in becoming involved in missions and service I would love to talk to you and connect you with the many ongoing service opportunities as well as share with you the ones we are currently developing. It is an exciting time in the life of our church. I hope we can become the church that is known for our work in the community and that we are focused on helping our neighbors. “But the one who is greatest among you will be your servant.” – Matthew 23:11
Mission Coordinator 816-229-8108 ext. 108
Current Mission Opportunities:
Each month our church focuses on a different mission projects in which we can serve our mission field.
First UMC collected 2031 pairs of socks!! These socks will be delivered to local organizations that support our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Thank you for your generosity.
First UMC will be helping to stock the Community Services League Christmas Store again this year. There is a Christmas tree with tags in the church lobby. Each tag has an item printed on it. When you find one that you would like to purchase, take the tag, make the purchase, and bring the item, unwrapped, back to place under the tree. If it’s more convenient, follow this link to Amazon ( https://bit.ly/CSLtree) and order items to be delivered to the church no later than Sunday, November 28. The families that CSL serves will shop at the store for gifts. We get to provide those gifts!
We have been providing meals for many years which includes making, delivering, and serving lunch on a Sunday every other month. This is a wonderful way to support our homeless neighbors. Our dates for 2021 have been reserved and we need groups or families to sign up. We have ONE remaining date left.....December 19. Lots of time to make plans with your group. For details and to sign up, contact Patty Stock at 816.210.4840.
Calling all sewers! You have been so faithful with sewing dresses and shorts. Now you have another great opportunity to serve through sewing.
Sew Powerful is a Christian ministry that works to combat extreme poverty through sewing. Their goal, among many other things, is to make Cross-Body Purses for girls in Zambia. These bags are combined with hygiene supplies and given as gifts to the girls during health class. This allows girls to stay in school all month and improve their educational outcome.
To download the pattern and learn more, visit www.SewPowerful.org.
When you have completed some bags, drop them off at the church office and we will ship them to Sew Powerful.
Dresses and Shorts Ministry
First UMC Blue Springs has been sending dresses and shorts with mission teams around the world for many years. We have a good supply but could always use more.
If you are still stuck at home and can sew, we are looking for simple dresses, sometimes called pillowcase dresses, in all sizes for girls. These dresses do not have to be made using actual pillowcases. Here are some links to free patterns or use your own.
Can’t forget the boys! We need elastic-waistband shorts in all sizes for boys. Here is a link to a simple pattern.
Bring your completed items to the church office.