Blood Drive: A Blood Drive is held every month on the fourth Friday in the Family Life Center. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center sends a staff of seven to service the 40-50 donors. Our church won the 2011 year award for church sponsored blood drives out of 135 churches in the Houston area. This has been an outreach mission for more than fifteen years. Consider being a blood donor.
Grace’s Table: Grace’s Table is held at the COC (Community Outreach Center) on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. A meal is served by various groups in the church from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The meal is free. Flyers are put in the food pantry recipient’s bag on the 3rd week of each month. Anyone in the community is welcome (food pantry recipients, church members, community leaders, etc.). Come one, come all.
Hospitality Committee: This group organized in the spring of 2010. It is a group of ladies who volunteered to work together on special receptions for the church, i.e. Farewell and Welcome receptions at the time of a pastoral change within the church. They also hosted the Open House in October 2010 for the newly renovated COC (Community Outreach Center) for both members of the congregation and the community. Other special receptions will be planned on an as needed basis.
Senior Care Ministry: First United Methodist Church has a wonderful Senior Care ministry. We visit the various senior homes once a month, sing hymns, have a devotional and Communion with the residents. We would love to have you join us in this celebration of our Senior Citizens!
Lay Speaker: Lay Speaking Ministries offers training opportunities for laity who would like to use their witness, leadership, and service to inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. Lay Speakers often lead worship services when a minister is not available.
Confirmation Class: Confirmation is when a person responds to God’s grace with intentional commitment, publicly reaffirming his/her baptismal vows before the congregation. Most Confirmands are youth between the ages of eleven and fourteen. First United Methodist Church, Columbus offers a yearly confirmation class for youth in the 8th grade. This is a deliberate time of preparation to teach the Confirmands about the meaning of Christian faith, the history and teaching of The United Methodist Church, and an explanation of the baptismal and/or membership vows they will be professing.
Food Pantry: The Columbus Food Pantry Inc. is sponsored by our local Ministerial Alliance of churches. Two of our church members have been the coordinators of the Food Pantry for over ten years. The local Food Pantry serves approximately 250 households or 800 individuals within the Columbus and surrounding area. Eagle Lake and Weimar are excluded as they each have their own Food Pantry. One-third of the clients are age 62 and over. Another one-third of the clients are under the age of 18. The eligibility of Food Pantry clients are determined by the financial guidelines set by the State of Texas.
Groceries are ordered once a month from the Golden Crescent Food Bank in Victoria, Texas and some purchases are made locally. Our Community Outreach Center serves as the Distribution Center. Groceries are delivered on the third Thursday of each month. Volunteers are rotated from the Ministerial Alliance group of churches to assist with the unloading of groceries and sacking process. Approximately 300 sacks of groceries are distributed to recipients the third Friday of each month, which takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete. Volunteers are always needed to help with this service.
† 3rd Thursday of the Month: 9:00 a.m. — Assist with unloading groceries/sacking
† 3rd Friday of the Month: 10:30 a.m. — Assist with distribution to the clients
Share Your Christmas (SYC): Share Your Christmas is a ministry to share Christ’s love and light to families in Columbus, Glidden and Alleyton during the Advent season. The purpose of the committee is to reduce the financial burden of the congregation in November and December; to know how much money is available for purchasing groceries and linens; to continue to Share Your Christmas project, i.e. providing groceries, linens, toiletries and gifts to families in need, and have a more manageable project. The SYC Committee is responsible for hosting the fundraising luncheon, collecting toiletries, reviewing applications, deciding on and ordering grocery items, preparing for the distribution of groceries, linens and gifts, and maintaining a count of donated items and keeping the congregation informed of the needs of the angel families. They meet the third Tuesday of each month except December, January and February. In December they meet on the first Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The SYC Committee is made up of women and men age 18 to 80.
Jimmie Faye Schilling Memorial Sock Tree: The Sock Tree was started after Jimmie Faye and L. D. Schilling adopted their son from the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio. Each September Jimmie Faye collected socks of all sizes for children at the Methodist Mission Homes. After her death the Outreach Committee decided to continue this ministry in her memory. The congregation donates socks every September which are then mailed to Methodist Mission Homes in both San Antonio and Waco. One person handles the collection and mailing of the socks.
Thanksgiving Dinner: This Outreach project is directed primarily toward clients of the Food Pantry; however, all in the community who lack resources or immediate family in the area and wish to have a Thanksgiving meal are welcome. To advertise the meal a bilingual announcement is placed in the food pantry bags several months prior to the meal. Those who reside in assisted living facilities are also invited. To-go plates are also available for those who are unable to attend on their own. The Thanksgiving Dinner is served the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in our Community Outreach Center. The exact time of the meal will vary depending on school dismissal. If it is a noon meal, it will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. If it is a dinner meal, serving time will be between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm. This is a catered meal consisting of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and dressing with all the trimmings. Six to eight adult volunteers are needed to dish up the meal. Our Youth group serves the recipients their meal, beverage and dessert. Following the meal, additional volunteers are needed to assist with clean up. The cost of this catered meal runs in excess of $1,250. We solicit and receive donations from the congregation. This fund raising effort begins in September.