Faith in Action

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“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.” – Mother Teresa

Faith in Action is held on the 4th Sunday of each month.  It is a day when the children and youth work together to perform a gracious act of community service.  You can see some of their past projects below.

Save the Date: Sunday March 22, 2020

All are invited on March 22nd as Faith in Action Sunday will be extended to the entire First UMC community for the first ever all-church Faith in Action Together project!  The children and youth will lead the congregation in assembling 100 lunch sacks and care cards for The People Concern.

The People Concern is a local organization that believes everyone should be housed, healthy, and safe and strives to empower the most vulnerable and traumatized members of the community – those who are chronically homeless, dealing with severe mental or physical illness or substance addiction, victims of domestic violence and challenged youth.

So, bring the whole family and invite your friends and let’s put your faith in action together as one community.

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 Community 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.

Past Projects:

Homelessness Response

The children put their faith into action by making Christmas-themed care kits for those experiencing homelessness.  Each kit included hygiene products, candy, and a homemade Christmas card.  The kits were given to people through Martha’s Kitchen, a program through The Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills that provides a home cooked meal for over a hundred people every week.

Kindness Placemats

The 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.

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.

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!

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.

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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.


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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