“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35
Christian discipleship is not fully itself unless it is in mission to others. At First United Methodist Church, we endeavor to serve in mission to the needs of those in our community, our country, and in the world. To that end, we have a variety of mission groups who focus on different aspects of need. We attend to homeless families of Cheyenne while simultaneously working to help bring clean water to the Dominican Republic. We provide space for healing for those recovering from addiction while supporting our denomination’s quest to “Imagine No Malaria” http://www.umc.org/topics/imagine-no-malaria. Read more about how you can become a part of Christ’s mission to the world through ministry here at FUMC.
Our mission committee is the administrative arm wherein we organize and administrate local mission projects. Currently, the committee is examining ways in which it can address the shortage of affordable housing in Cheyenne and will work with other faith communities to mitigate that shortage.
In conjunction with Family Promise of Cheyenne http://www.familypromiseofcheyenne.org/, every six to seven weeks, FUMC hosts families without a home for one week as they try to get back onto their feet. The church becomes the home for the family providing meals, a place to sleep, shower, and do their laundry. This group is always looking for volunteers to meet those needs; so, please, come join us!
While the church is not directly involved in the following missions, we do have folks in the church that help out with these groups, and the church often provides space for them to hold events and meetings. Some of these groups include: Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, and Relay for Life.
In partnership with Pastor Juan, FUMC has been serving the community of Patualupe in Guatemala for over a decade. In 2017, the church donated and built latrines and will continue that project again in 2019. This is a mission that is open to all who want to get their hands dirty and work hard. Young. Old. It doesn’t matter. Come join God’s community in service to the world!
Wine to Water
This is a new partnership for the church. Wine to Water’s mission is to bring clean water to the world https://www.winetowater.org/, and our pub theology and young adult/family groups are leading the way to involve the church in this important ministry. We will be hosting our first fundraiser in November of this year. Come back to hear more soon.
United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR)
Our United Methodist denomination remains committed to mission in the broader world. To that end, it devotes an entire arm of the denominational body, UMCOR, to this work. UMCOR missions can be found on every continent of the planet (except Antarctica). UMCOR is supported by local Methodist churches (like FUMC) who donate 13% of their annual budgets to this work. Local members often also help in person, and we at FUMC are happy to assist those who feel a call to broader, world-wide mission through UMCOR.
Spiritual Care MIssions
“Wilt thou be made whole?” John 5:6
We live in a world that hasn’t much time for the spirit. In fact, at a time of unprecedented material wealth, the people of our culture express a profound sense of depression and anxiety. Of meaninglessness amongst so many devices. We are tackling that spiritual poverty head-on at FUMC. We endeavor to be a prayerful, spirited church for those who are poor in spirit. If you are in need—even if it is just a need to talk and be heard—come see us. We are here for you, and together, we can hear what God has in store for you.
This is a group of folks who like to knit and pray. They gather to make prayer shawls for both the grieving and the joyful. Through their shawls, they send a prayer for the newborn baby and the bereaved child. Come join them for prayerful fellowship at the knitting table!
Prayer and Care
This group meets weekly to pray over the concerns of the congregation. In addition, every day of the week, a member of this ministry is sent to the hospital to visit and pray with members of the church or to those who invite us in. Finally, this ministry also attends to the spirit of the bereaved. It is always looking for those with a call to prayer.
FUMC has a local chapter of Stephen Ministers who undergo rigorous training under the Stephen Ministries program https://www.stephenministries.org/default.cfm. These Stephen Ministers are trained to be with people in spiritual need whether a person is going through a divorce or mourning the loss of a loved one. They are the “with people.” If you are in need of a Stephen Minister or would like to be a Stephen Minister yourself, contact the church office for more information.
Serving the Church
We are a large church in need of a large body of volunteers to help administrate the needs of the church. To that end, we have various committees—Trustees, Finance, Administrative Council, etc.—that facilitate this administration. We are always looking for new folks who have a passion for God and church leadership. Sign-up or we’ll call you.
Stewardship and Giving
Your generosity allows FUMC to be in mission the world over. Lives change. People hear the Good News. Souls are saved for God’s glory. Please consider making a donation to help continue the work.