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Matthew 28:19

The Mission Committee oversees the many mission opportunities sponsored by First Methodist Church. Every church member is encouraged to be active in any of the projects during the year. These are areas where our members often volunteer:

Limestone County Churches Involved LCCI
This is an organization consisting of volunteers from over 30 churches. LCCI provides emergency food, general assistance, and Christian counseling to the families and individuals of Limestone County. Several small church groups, Sunday School classes, and individuals from our church make food donations to LCCI and assist with LCCI throughout the year. Sarah Chadwell is the Volunteer Coordinator. Max Tomlin, John Hamner, Amy Caldwell, Laura Sims, Miles Ward, and Anne Carter are members who would be happy to discuss this effort in more detail. Volunteers are always needed in various areas of this service.

For more information, call 256.262.0671 or pick up a volunteer form at LCCI.

When: Monday - Friday 9:00-11:00 at LCCI

Where: LCCI  201 N. Jefferson St Athens, Al 35613

Needs: monetary donations, non-perishable foods, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries (including travel size), laundry detergent, household cleaning supplies

Contact: Sarah Chadwell is the Volunteer Coordinator



God's Blooms
This ministry creates and delivers beautiful flower arrangements for individuals who cannot leave their homes or recover from illness or injury.

When: Mondays 10:00am

Where: Church Parlor


Needs: mid-sized vases, ribbon, flowers from your yard or an arrangement, volunteers when there is a greater need, or volunteer absence.

Contact: Shannon Book or Church office


Full Tummy Project
This ministry fills weekly snack bags for school children at Athens Intermediate School.

When: Tuesdays 10:00am

Where: Youth Building

Needs: monetary donations for funds to purchase food items in bulk. Delivery Athens Intermediate School, and packing.

Contact: Youth Director

Wheelchair Ramp Ministry
This ministry builds wheelchair ramps for homes as requested from Family Resource Center and occasionally private individuals. 

When: Meets as needed

Where: Bus Barn

Needs: Volunteers to build and install ramps

Contact: Bernie Sims & Tom Forse

Manna Meals
This ministry provides cooked meals and delivers them to our shut-ins.

Needs: Finances to purchase meals and/or help in delivering meals (not preparing food)

When: Wednesday evenings

Where: Beasley Center Kitchen

Needs: finances to purchase food and/or help in preparing food

Contact: Julia Young


 

Hospice of Limestone County
 Hospice of Limestone County is the only local non-profit hospice in Limestone County. There are many ways to volunteer at HOLC, from daily activities to work at Camp Hope every summer. For more information, call 256-232-5017 or visit the Hospice of Limestone County website.

For more information, call 256.232.5017 or visit the HOLC website for volunteer opportunities, hospiceolc.org

Contact: Lacy Beth McMunn 256.232.5017 or visit the HOLC website

 
Boys and Girls Club
For information on how to volunteer for this organization.

Contact: 
PH:256.232.4298 or visit
Email: athensclub@bgcnal.com
Website: Boys and Girls Club website 

Where: 1017 West Washington Street, Athens, AL 35611
 
Embrace Alabama Kids 
(Methodist Children’s Home)
The White Christmas offering is one way our church supports this organization. Donations can also be made throughout the year to help with their various programs (Family Preservation, Foster Care, School readiness and Parenting Support, Residential programs for Teens, and Higher Education Scholarships). In addition, our donations help the staff with simple but special events for the children, such as sending children to summer camp, movie nights, and trips to the mall.  

Contact: 
PH: 800.239.3575
Website: embracealkids.org 
 

Salvation Army Angel Tree
Each Christmas season, our church sponsors over 100 children and senior citizens during this drive. The Angel Trees are found outside of the church office and in the lobby of the Beasley Center. After Thanksgiving, church families choose an angel to sponsor and purchase gifts.

When: Early December

Where: Church Office Foyer and Beasley Center Lobby

Needs: Purchase gifts for angel tree, work with Salvation Army prior to and on pick-up day

Contact: Church Office 
Disaster Flood Buckets
The warehouse in Decatur has periodic projects that receive our church's assistance. Volunteers are welcomed for various needs throughout the year.

When: As Needed

Where: Church

Needs: Families or individuals are asked to get a bucket, fill it with specifically listed items, and return it to the church office. Also, there is a need to deliver filled buckets to the Decatur Warehouse.

Contact: Church Office 


District Disaster Warehouse
The warehouse in Decatur has periodic projects that receive our church's assistance. Volunteers are welcomed for various needs throughout the year.

When: As Needed

Where: Buckets will be available for pick-up in the Church Office or Beasley Center Lobby

Needs: Volunteer To Serve If you or your church would like to volunteer at the U.M. Disaster Warehouse, please visit our Volunteer Page and sign up today. Or, you can always call them for more information.

Contact: 256-341-9961

Sign Up To Serve  


Disaster Relief
Athens First Methodist Church continues to provide ongoing relief as needed.

Contact: Church Office 

Faith Ministry
This ministry has several programs for serving northern Mexico in the cities of Reynosa, Naranjito, and Miguel Aleman. The homebuilding program is similar to Habitat for Humanity projects. Mission teams work on one or more houses during a week-long trip to Mexico. The teams also deliver food packages in the area of the churches, serve during the nutritional program, and play with the children who attend. Our children's department has packed and sent 'goody bags' containing crafts and treats the Mexican children always enjoy. Our youth department has written prayer cards, which are read to the family and put in the concrete blocks as the house is being constructed, surrounding the house in prayer.

On their trips, the youth held VBS for the local children and worked on house construction during their week there. Many of our church members sponsor children's education through scholarships.


When: A mission trip in the fall, donations throughout the year. Where: Faith Ministry church compound and clinic in Reynosa, Mexico.

Where: Faith Ministry Church Compound and clinic in Reynosa, Mexico

Needs: Missionaries for the annual trip, monetary donations for food distribution, nutritional programs, medical clinic supplies, formula, and vitamins, and sponsoring a student's education.

Contact: Anne Carter or Bill Dunnavant

Family Resource Center 
This is Limestone County's central source of resources for families and individuals looking to improve their lives. Debbie Wilson from our church has served on the board of directors for over 10 years and will be happy to let you know how you can help.

When: Monday - Friday, 9am -4 pm

Where: 406 South Jefferson Street, Athens, AL 35611

Needs: Gently used clothing, basic household items, and non-perishable food items; volunteers are needed to sort donations, mentor students, and assist people new to budgeting or the job search process.

Contact: Christi Smith is the Office Manager and can help find volunteer opportunities for individuals or small groups.

PH: 256.230.0880

Women’s Resource Center

The WRC supports local families through pregnancy and parenting-related services.  Donna Graham is the Director, and the center can use volunteers for various needs, including office work and donation organization.  A short video training video starts the process.

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, preferably in 4-hour shifts

Where:  727-D West Market Street, Athens, AL 35611

Needs: volunteers on site, battery-operated handheld thermometers, new or gently used girls and (mostly) boys' clothing sizes NB-2T, baby grooming kits (comb, brush, nail clippers), diapers, wipes.


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