Outreach

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28:19

Outreach is a vital part of Faith United Methodist Church.
There are many options throughout the year to Share Christ's Love Through Faith.

outreach opportunities


DOGS” ON THE PORCH:  The new fellowship group at Faith UMC, Visions & Dreams, is holding their fourth event of the summer on Tuesday, September 27, beginning at 5:30 pm.  We will be eating hot dogs with various toppings (shredded cheddar cheese - onion - catsup - mustard - relish - chili - sauerkraut - jalapenos - hot sauce), baked beans, macaroni salad, and bagged chips with ice cream sandwiches for dessert on the porch and utilizing the fire pit.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will dine inside.  Bring a lawn chair if you plan to join us around the fire pit for laughter and s’mores.  Consider bringing a cushion or stadium chair for comfortable seating on the porch benches.  As always, name tags will be available to pick up on your way to join the gathering on the porch.  The deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 18th.  This allows Joy and Marcy to know how much food to prepare, and how much water, ice tea, and soda to provide. The sign-up sheet is on the Action Table in the Gathering Area.  Please direct any questions or desire to assist Joy or Marcy.

Consider donating one of these items to be packed in our college care boxes:  gum, instant soup, instant coffee, instant hot chocolate, single serving size macaroni & cheese, crackers, snack packs of jello or pudding, candy, ramen noodles, nuts, homemade cookies, markers, pencils, pens, post-it-notes.   Collection bin available in the gathering area.  Students attending college or trade schools are eligible to receive a care box.  Students commuting may pick up their care box at the church.  Addresses are needed by September 18th.  We will be packing the care boxes following the second service on September 25th.

 
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES:   Join Joy at 10AM on Thursday, September 29th to help set up fellowship hall for the “packing party”.
Our goal this year is to pack 240 quality filled shoeboxes following the second service on October 2.  Imagine the joy on a child’s face when they open their shoebox filled with an amazing assortment of toys.   May a child feel Jesus’ love in our shoeboxes.
 
Let’s help our neighbors in Kentucky.  Following the devastating flooding throughout Kentucky, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)  is in need of Cleaning Kits.  Please consider donating one or two items from the following list.  A more detailed list of additional items needed is on the Action Table.
Last day to donate these items is Sunday, October 2nd.
One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap
Five scouring pads (no stainless-steel pads with soap in them).
36-50 clothespins
One 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic line)
24 roll of heavy-duty trash bags (33-45-gallon sizes)
Two pairs kitchen gloves (durable for multiple uses)
One pair work gloves (cotton with leather palm or all leather)
One scrub brush (with or without handle)
Packaging will be removed at time of placement in the bucket.

SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS:  It’s never too early to start looking for crew socks for men, women and children.    Watch for sales!   Collecting in October will provide time to get the socks to those in need before the weather turns cold.  Collection bin available in the gathering area now.

OPERATION GRAB & GO:  Faith Church will be hosting a Westmoreland County Food Bank Operation GRAB & GO on Monday, October 10th.  Volunteers will be needed to direct traffic and distribute food.  A sign up sheet is available on the Action Table.  Volunteers will need to arrive by 2:45 pm.   This is an outdoor event so dress for the weather.

FELLOWSHIP AND SERVICE:  This group meets every Sunday in fellowship hall at 9 AM for fellowship and the opportunity to work on items to place in our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.  If crafts aren’t your thing, that’s okay, come join us for refreshments and fellowship.

OUTREACH AT A GLANCE
SEPTEMBER
College Care Box Items due by 9/25 (addresses due 9/18)
“Dogs” on the Porch 9/27 @ 5:30 pm (sign up by 9/18)
Help set up for the OCC Shoebox packing party (9/29 @ 10:00 am)
Donate items for UMCOR Cleaning Kits
OCTOBER
UMCOR Cleaning Kit items due by 10/2
OCC Shoebox Packing Party (10/2 @ 11:15 am)
WCFB Grab & Go Event (10/10 at 2:45 pm)
Christmas Breakfast Bags will be available
Donate socks for the homeless
 
NOVEMBER
Christmas Breakfast Bags (due by 12/4)

Faith is thankful for all the donations for the   UMCOR Hygiene kits for Ukraine refugees. 

Operation Fresh Express

Through the Westmoreland County Food Bank, Faith Church sponsors Operation Fresh Express Grab and Go, where members distribute an average of over 20,000 pounds of perishable food (frozen, dairy products, and fresh produce) directly to needy families.

Meals on Wheels Desserts

Every five months Faith Church members provide desserts for those clients receiving meals through Delmont’s Meals on Wheels.

College Care Boxes

In the fall and spring, members provide items that are packed in care boxes that are given to our students. Receiving encouragement from their church during this time can make a strong, lasting impression on a student, drawing them back to their faith in Jesus and reminding them what matters most.

Souper Bowl of Caring

On Super Bowl Sunday a second offering is taken. This offering is donated to the Mother of Sorrows Community Food Pantry and the Loaves and Fishes Emergency Food Pantry. Donations on Souper Bowl Sunday help to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children in our community who struggle to survive.

Loaves & Fishes

This food pantry located in the Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville provides a 3 day emergency food supply. Needed items are canned soups, canned vegetables, canned tuna fish, program cereal, pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, paper products, aluminum foil, hygiene products and pet food.

Friends Thrift Shop

Faith Church supports the Friends Thrift Shop in Export by donating gently-used items or clothes. This Thrift Shop accepts clothing, furniture, household goods, and children’s items in order to assist people, families and the communities of Murrysville, Export and Delmont.

Project Happy Feet

Project Happy Feet is a Greensburg District United Methodist Mission that provides shoes to children in low-income families. Faith Church participates in this project by donating a second offering to this program.

Sock Collection

Faith Church collects and donates warm, heavy crew socks for the homeless and less fortunate in Pittsburgh. These socks are donated to the First Food and Friends Program of the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh. This program provides a meal, Bible Study, and periodic medical checkups for the homeless and less fortunate of Pittsburgh.

Operation Christmas Child

Faith Church participates in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse is an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns the organization a hearing for the Gospel, which is the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Faith Church helps by packing shoeboxes.

Mother of Sorrows Food Pantry

Faith Church participates by:
  • Providing Christmas Breakfast Bags filled with breakfast items and donated to the food pantry.
  • Donating Laundry Detergent in the Spring so that each family does not need to choose between clean clothes or buying food for their family.
  • Volunteering at the food pantry.