“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.” – Mother Teresa
Faith is more than a belief, it is an action. On every 4th Sunday of the month (subject to change), the youth and children of First UMC put their Faith in Action, by working together during Sunday School to perform a gracious act of service. The project rotates between service for the church family, the local community, and our global community, as we learn what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ serving in the world.
November 2019 – Kindness Placemats
For November’s Faith in Action, the Sunday School children created “kindness placemats” for homebound members to remind them of our love and care for them. Our Congregation Care Associate Anne Premer took the placemats to the members as she visited with them throughout the month.
October 2019 – Blessing of the Animals
The Faith in Action kids cut out their hand-prints to create their own unique hanging birds for The Blessing of the Animals exhibit, Big & Small: Take Flight. The kids also made peanut butter and seed plates to put out in their backyards to feed the birds.
August 2019 – School Supplies for Upward Bound House
Every year First UMC collects backpacks and school supplies for Upward Bound House’s Family Place. Thanks to generous donations, we were able to supply Upward Bound House with 60 backpacks packed with all the essentials to start the school year off right. This year we made 30 backpacks for children and 30 backpacks for adults heading back to school to finish/start their degree. These backpacks will ensure that the Upward Bound House residents are ready to hit the books feeling prepared and confident. Thank you to all who donated!
January 2019 – Valentine’s Day Cards for Homebound Members – The children decorated cards with loving messages to spread God’s love to our homebound congregation members that will be hand delivered by Anne Premer, our Congregation Care Associate. The children also made piggy banks to help raise money for Pennies for Haiti. All the profits will go towards buying Goats for a village in Haiti during the upcoming service trip.
December 2018 – Stockings for the Homeless – Jamie Jones (wearing Santa hat) leads Sunday School’s Faith in Action with the help of Dot (far left) and Emily (far right) Plukas. The group assembled stockings stuffed with hygiene supplies for the homeless that were distributed later that morning by Jamie and her mom, Sandra Jones.
November 2018 – Place Mats for the Elderly – The children decorated construction paper with messages to let our seniors know that they are loved and thought of. First UMC Congregation Care Associate, Anne Premer, then hand delivered them to our home-bound community.
October 2018 – The Kindness Rock – Intended to spread love and kindness, kids painted rocks and included a positive message or affirmation. They were then placed where people can easily see them (like a front yard, porch, public park, school garden), and even pick up and give it to someone who needs a little love.
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