Experiencing Christ, Offering Christ to Others

Opportunities for Service

 Open Door Meal & Sing

The Open Door Meal & Sing is scheduled for every 5th Wednesday during the calendar year. The community is invited to come and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our church family and listen to music and an inspired devotional. Join us for our next Open Door Meal & Sing on the next 5th Wednesday. All are welcome!

 MISSIONS UPDATE: You are a member of the Missions Committee if you have ever participated or supported a mission project with FUMC or in your community. Contact Jenny Cox for the details and to get on the list for future meetings! 

MISSIONS COMMITTEE COLLECTING UMCOR HEALTH KITS:  1 hand towel 15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches; no kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels.  1 washcloth.  1 comb; Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long; No pocket combs or picks please; Rat-tail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth.  1 metal nail file or nail clippers No emery boards. 1 bath-size soap 3 oz. and larger sizes only; No Ivory/Jergens soap due to moisture content; Do not remove from original packaging.  1 toothbrush Adult size only; Do not remove from original packaging. 6 adhesive bandages ¾ inch to 1 inch-size; Common household Band-Aids. 1 plastic bag One-gallon size sealable bag only. $1.00 to purchase toothpaste Important Notes: All items must be new.

AFTERNOON GUILD COLLECTING SCHOOL KITS:  1 pair blunt scissors: Rounded tip only; Not plastic.  3 pads of paper: Spiral or top-bound pads; 150 sheets or less of loose-leaf paper can be substituted for 1 pad; Combination of spiral, top-bound, side-bound, or loose-leaf paper is acceptable; No composition books.  1 hand-held pencil sharpener Must be at least 1 inch long.  1 30-centimeter ruler Hard or flexible; Cartoon characters are acceptable; No advertisements please.  6 unsharpened pencils: No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols, please; Cartoon characters are acceptable.  1 2-inch or larger-size eraser; No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols, please; Cartoon characters are acceptable. 1 24-count box of crayons.  1 14x16 inch cloth bag Homemade or purchased bags are both acceptable; Heavy-duty fabric only, such as denim, corduroy, drapery fabric, etc.; No ads, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols, please; Closures are optional but must be buttons, snaps, or Velcro sewn in middle of opening, if used.

NIFTY NEEDLES KNIT FOR THE NEEDY: For eight years the Nifty Needles group has been knitting and crocheting warm, useful items for those in need. They knit year round in preparation for the cold weather. This group which meets at First United Methodist Church, Sylva has a mission to share God’s love and make winters warm and comfortable.

Nifty Needles distributes these items to those in Jackson County who are less fortunate. This season they will distribute over 300 such items. At one point, they gave to overseas missions, but now focus on the local community. Several years ago, over a two year period, they gave over 1,000 items to people in Bosnia.

When asked what type of items they knit, Anne Rhyne, the group leader, replied, “We make hats, scarves, gloves, stoles, and lap blankets and knee warmers for wheel chair bound patients in nursing homes. We love giving children matching hats, sweaters and turtle necks.” Many of the items are sold through the Christmas Store and others are distributed through referrals from school personnel and agencies. Items can also be picked up at the church office. These dedicated knitters do take requests from people and try to accommodate the request. Once they got a request to send a warm shrug and a lap robe to an elderly person in Alaska.

As a special Christmas gift, the knitters have made dish cloths which they will wrap with ribbons to give to the Meals on Wheels recipients.Vivian Wisdom, a longtime member, also leads a group of people called Crafty Needle Time at the Department of Aging.

 The group would welcome new people who want to help accomplish their mission. They already have supplies such as yarn and needles. If someone wants to learn the craft, they will be more than happy to give lessons. Anne Rhyne said, “We really enjoy being able to serve, and the Lord calls us to do this mission. We are just here for Him. We serve Him.”

Collecting coats and clothing for children: If you have children’s coats (any age) or clothing (up to age 6 years) that is in good condition that you wish to donate, please bring it to the church. Cash donations may be made also. In the "memo" section of your check, write "Coats."

Gift Bags for Veterans: The United Methodist Women will be collecting donated items to fill gift bags for homeless veterans. Items needed are: snacks (trail mix, pop tarts, granola bars, etc.), unscented wet wipes, foot powder, body powder, travel soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream and razors. Please place your donations in the box in the Asbury Room. Cash donations are accepted as well. In the "memo" section of your check, write "Gift Bags."

MISSION BUILDING TEAMS: interested in volunteering to go to a foreign country to build or renovate a school, church or parsonage. Teams usually leave the USA for locations around the world for 7-14 days. Yes, some building skills are needed; however, a willing heart and open hands are always welcomed. For more information on how you can participate; click on this link http://missionwncc.org/mission-teams/building-teams/. Cash donations are accepted for teams and individuals. In the "memo" section of your check, write "Building Teams."

UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES: Our church has supported, from the very beginning, the United Christian Ministries of Jackson County. Our Ramp Builders have helped to construct additional space for their ministry and several of our church members have and are serving on their board. In fact, our church can proudly say that we helped organize UMC and continue to support it with our financial resources. Want to learn more? Check out this pdf: United_Christian_Ministries-did_you_know.pdf.