Good Neighbor Food Program
The Good Neighbors food program has been providing meals to needy persons in the community for twenty-five years. Each Thursday afternoon, three teams (cooks, delivery drivers, and dessert makers) prepare and deliver 130 meals. There are four teams for each job so that volunteers work only one Thursday per month. Funding for the program is provided solely by memorials and other donations. Presently there are 74 people involved in this ministry. If you would like to be part of Good Neighbors, you may call the church office (931-473-4419) or Kate Alsbrook (931-273-4329) to find your place.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Formed in 2006, the Prayer Shawl Ministry is made up of a group of ladies, all ages with different backgrounds, and life situations, coming together as one. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 10:00am in the Ladies Sunday School Class located on the second floor of the church. The meetings are about 1½ hrs long. We begin with prayer, have a short devotional, then lift up names of those needing shawls and tell of those that have been given. We have given away 1190 prayer shawls as of January 18, 2016, not only in our community, but all over the USA and the mission fields of Africa.We pray, laugh, cry, plan, and yes we hug!!! After blessing the knitted and crocheted shawls brought in that month with prayer, we continue our fellowship by going to a local eatery for lunch. You are not required to know how to knit or crochet. We will teach you if you would like to learn. We even have several ladies who come just for fellowship. COME JOIN US!
The F.U.E.L. (Full Uv Emmaus Love) Program, sometimes referred to as a Backpack Program is a program to feed needy children over the weekend. This program was started by Gretchen Angus when she was here. When Gretchen was a Guidance Counselor at Bobby Ray Elementary, she saw that lots of children would come to school on Monday and look like they didn’t have much to eat over the weekend. She got First United Methodist to sponsor a program to pack bags of food that she could put into the backpacks of these children on Friday. She also worked until she had sponsors to put this program into every school in Warren County. Wink & Jane Tramel worked with Gretchen from the beginning and took over the leadership of the group, but they are having to retire in 2020 due to health issues. Several volunteers pack for Bobby Ray Elementary and right now we are packing 25 bags each week with 14 items. We try to include something from each food group plus some snacks. This is an expensive program and donations are greatly needed. We also support the F.U.E.L program at the Middle School under the direction of Missions Chair, Diane Stanley. The Interact Club does the packing at the Middle School. They are packing 35 bags per week with 16 items per bag.
BREAKFAST ROTARY MINISTRY
For the past 13 years, volunteers from First United Methodist Church have met in the fellowship hall on Tuesday mornings to cook breakfast and clean up for the McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club. Proceeds from this important ministry are returned to the church to help provide for unforeseen maintenance expense and educational materials for our historic 125 year old building. Volunteers are cheerfully needed and cherished. Call Dennis Kronlage at 808-9893 for information.