Category Archives: Mission and Outreach

Little Free Pantry COVID-19 Update

This post is a Little Free Pantry update. Yesterday the little free pantry received so much use that it was restocked four times. In an indication that it isn’t being misused, a different person came to collect items from the pantry each time. I’m sharing this to thank those of you who have contributed for your ministry and to encourage those of you who haven’t participated to do so. God made us to look out for one another, to care for one another, to serve one another. We are our siblings keepers.*

You can bring donations to the church office, drop them by the Divel’s house (the two story pink house on Cedar street across from the church—you can’t miss it) or simply keep them in the car and restock the little free pantry when you drive by. If you do the latter, please send me an email or text so we can keep track of how many times it is refilled.


*I know that in Genesis, Cain said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (NRSV) But Cain had just murdered his brother out of jealousy. Cain’s question is a cautionary tale, not an example to follow. The entire life of Jesus Christ affirms that we are indeed our siblings keepers.

Hat and Mitten Tree

This year the Mission and Outreach Team is again sponsoring a “Hat and Mitten Tree” in the narthex (lobby). We’re collecting hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, underwear, and socks in all sizes from pre-k to high school. (Underwear and socks go under the tree!) We’ll turn these items over to employees of the Abilene school system around the first of the year.

UMCOR Already at Work

The United Methodist Committee (UMCOR) on Relief is already at work in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. We’ll be taking up an offering on September 15, 2019 (we’re going to try something new and we want to give folks advanced warning about it). If you prefer to give online you can go to the giving page on our church page on tithe.ly and select UMCOR. We’ll split anything we receive 50/50 between domestic and international hurricane assistance (UMCOR does both).

Link: https://bit.ly/2lGI2He

Little Free Pantry Sunday Tomorrow

This coming Sunday (July 7, 2019) is the first Sunday of the month, the Sunday we collect items for the little free pantry. Here are a few essential items if you want to help out:

  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • canned soup
  • canned meat
  • cereal
  • breakfast and granola bars
  • macaroni and cheese
  • ramen
  • spaghetti (and spaghetti sauce)
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • crackers (especially saltine crackers—they’re good for putting peanut
  • butter and jelly on)
  • add water only pancake mix and syrup
  • fruit snacks
  • canned milk

A few final encouragements: 1. peanut butter, jelly, and crackers go really fast; 2. Ask yourself if you would eat what you are bringing; and 3. remember that the Little Free Pantry is, well, little.

May is Food Pantry Month

May is the month First UMC traditionally provides food and funds for the operation of the Community Food Pantry which helps supply food and utility funds for those less fortunate. The following is a list of the immediate needs of the food pantry:

Baking Supplies: cake and muffin mixes, frosting, oil, flour, and sugar
Canned Foods: fruit, vegetables, soup, condiments, and meat substitutes
Cereal: hot cereal, cold cereal, cereal and breakfast bars
Cleaning Supplies: laundry soap, dish soap, and hand soap
Paper Goods: toilet tissue, paper towels, napkins, and facial tissue
Pasta: macaroni, noodles, and spaghetti
Personal Hygiene: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, women’s feminine products, disposable diapers, men’s shaving supplies, hand and body lotions, and creams
Meats: any kind of canned meat and fish, especially tuna
Miscellaneous: peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, ramen noodles, rice, dry beans, crackers, juice, syrup, instant potatoes, hamburger helpers, spices, salt and pepper, jello, and pudding mixes

Grocery bags (complete with a list of needs attached) will be available on Sunday mornings beginning tomorrow (May 5, 2019) and then throughout rest of the month to take home with you and fill, and then return the following Sunday or to the church office during the week. This year everything we receive will be going to the Community Food Pantry (not the Little Free Pantry on site), so feel free to bring larger items.

Help Us Restock the Little Free Pantry

This coming Sunday (April 7, 2019) is the first Sunday of the month, the Sunday we collect items for the little free pantry. Here are a few essential items if you want to help out:

  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • canned soup
  • canned meat
  • cereal
  • breakfast and granola bars
  • macaroni and cheese
  • ramen
  • spaghetti (and spaghetti sauce)
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • crackers (especially saltine crackers—they’re good for putting peanut butter and jelly on)
  • add water only pancake mix and syrup
  • fruit snacks
  • canned milk

A few final encouragements: 1. peanut butter, jelly, and crackers go really fast; 2. Ask yourself if you would eat what you are bringing; and 3. remember that the Little Free Pantry is, well, little.

Little Free Pantry Collection This Sunday

This coming Sunday (January 6, 2019) is the first Sunday of the month, the Sunday we collect items for the little free pantry. Here are a few needs if you want to contribute: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, and canned meat; cereal, breakfast, and granola bars; macaroni and cheese, ramen, spaghetti (and sauce); peanut butter and jelly, crackers (especially saltine crackers—they’re good for putting peanut butter and jelly on); add water only pancake mix and syrup; and fruit snacks.

A few final encouragements: ask yourself if you would eat what you are bringing and remember that the Little Free Pantry is, well, little.