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The Mission of the First United Methodist Church in Erie:Our church's core values:
 - We value our relationship with God through Jesus Christ
 
- We value our relationship with the people God has gathered into our church
 - We value all worship and music that connects people with God
 - We value downtown people, all of them
 - We value the next generations
 - We value our Methodist heritage and connection

Our vision for our church:
 - A church whose people have a contagious love for God and their neighbors

Our Church's Purpose:
 - The purpose of the people of the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Erie is to share our passion for Jesus Christ with Erie's next generations

Our Church's Slogan:
 
- A downtown church for downtown people
Missions News

SAVE THE DATE

Would you like to learn more about how church partnership with EUMA is ending homelessness for families with children, Veterans and others in our community?  Join EUMA, staff, former clients, homeless advocates, and other community stakeholders for a morning of fellowship and discovery at EUMA's Mission Tour 2016. 

The tour is scheduled on Wed, Apr 20th from 9AM to approximately noon.
FOURTH ANNUAL SHOE DRIVE
Erie United Methodist Alliance (EUMA) and All God's Children Ministries/Ramps of Hope are holding our Fourth Annual Shoe Drive. Through this shoe drive, we raise needed ministry funds, shoes are kept out of landfills, and micro-enterprise ventures are supported in developing countries.  Last year, our supporters helped to raise $19,696.80 for our two missions! Start your collections by gathering old, unwanted pairs of shoes (gently used, please); rubber band pairs together; and package 25 pairs per bag. Shoe collections can be brought to Annual Conference in June in Grove City.  For more information and a list of additional collection sites, please visit www.euma-erie.org.
Kids Club Volunteering Opportunity

Kids’ Club is an after school program run by the Kingsley UM Church in conjunction with the Second Harvest Food Bank.  The Club provides homework help, activities, and a hot meal five days a week.  Kingsley has been running the program for three years and needs more volunteers to handle the increasing volume of kids.  Our church is offering to provide three adult volunteers every Monday (3:30-5:30PM) during the school year plus six Mondays during the summer. We are seeking 6 to 8 volunteers to draw from. To be part of the volunteer pool please see Donna Parkinson who is our church’s Kids’ Club coordinator.  

Erie-Meadville UM District Mission Trip:  Guatemala - Oct 21-28th 2016

All God’s Children Ministries & the Erie Meadville District are planning an 8 day mission trip to Guatemala, Oct 21st - 28th. The outreach activities planned will give you an opportunity to interact directly with those we will be serving as you experience a culture that is very different from ours here in Northwestern PA. Our goal is to assemble a team of 12-14 persons for this trip. Our in country costs including materials and supplies, housing, food, transportation, etc. will be approximately $1400-$1600 per person plus air fare. We would like to pursue some fund raising activities to help defray costs as well. We are hoping to fill the team with folks from the Erie Meadville District but if all the spots on the team are not filled, we will open it up to others from around the Conference. The Erie-Meadville deadline for registration for the District (before opening it up to the Conference) is May 15. If you are interested please contact Debbie Hills (440-812-4624 or deacon.dhills@gmail.com) for more specific information or to reserve your spot on the team.

Missions Calendar 2016Last Thursday of each Month:  College Student Spagetti Dinners
Feb: ServErie
April: Underwear drive for EUMA Rainbow Connection
May:
Fundraising for Zimbabwe church
May / June:
Shoe drive to benefit EUMA
May:
ServErie
June:
Highmark Walk for EUMA
July: Brown Bag Sunday for Henderson UMC Food Pantry
Aug: UMCOR School Kit Drive
Aug:
Erie Gives Day
Aug:
ServErie
Sept: Ride for the Refuge
Sept: Church World Service: Crop Walk
Oct: ServErie
Nov: Brown Bag Sunday for Henderson UMC Food Pantry
Dec: Teddy Bear Sunday
All Year: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), for victims of natural disasters
ServErie 

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Your United Methodist Women’s Mission Dollars At Work

 

The start of United Methodist Women (UMW) in 1869 concentrated in mission to women, children and youth--the most vulnerable people in the world.  Today, the same purpose is still in the forefront of  UMW.  Outside of the US there are 136 mission sites and 97 in the US, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The UMW mission dollars also support all the missionaries and deaconesses/home missioners.  Our organization of UMW at FUMC provides funds to local missions in the Erie area.  Please do consider making a pledge to missions or a donation to the local organization to support missions.  If you would like to pray for the mission sites and missionaries, a Prayer Calendar is available in the Prayer Room (the Burton Room). 

Our dollars for mission are so very important.  Please give your pledge or donation to Marian Reim, the treasurer for the UMW.  If you write a check, please mark in the memo section that the check is for UMW missions--donation or pledge.

RECORD-BREAKING DAY FOR MISSION

Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, more than 880 projects and missionaries will receive a financial boost to help them meet their mission goals.  The denomination’s General Board of Global ministries announced that the first-ever UMC #Giving Tuesday generated a record $6.5 million online on December 3, 2013.  Nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts through “The Advance” to mission and ministries they believe in.  Global Ministries matched the first $500,000 received.

Building on the recent U.S. shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, UMC #Giving Tuesday offered an opportunity to start the Christmas season by GIVING instead of GETTING and at the same time supporting organizations that are transforming. 

“We were overwhelmed by this giving that went far beyond our dreams,” said Thomas Kemper, the head of Global Ministries.  “The people called Methodists once again have exceeded themselves in love and solidarity.”

brwn bagThanks to all who donated non-perishable food items to the Henderson United Methodist Church's Food Pantry.

Brown bags were gathered, filled with food for those in need, on Sunday, July 26th.
teddyTeddy Bear Sunday
The congregation brought along Teddy Bears to Sunday worship.  
These bears will be provided to children in need around the region. 
1/3 of the tedy bears collected went to the UM Alliance and 2/3 went to the Mercy Center for Women.  
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Hats, Mittens, and Underwear collection

First UMC collected these items for the cold weather. These were placed on the Christmas trees downstairs lobby near Fellowship Hall.

The items collected were provided to the Rainbow Connection and the International Institute to help local refugees who have located here from warmer climates.

Brown Bag Sunday

Thank you to everyone who donated food on Brown Bag Sunday, November 24th.  Many needy people in our area will benefit from all the food donated.  So far we have collected more than 48 bags!
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United Methodist AllianceThe United Methodist Alliance is an Erie region organization supported by the Western PA UM Conference, its churches, and the community.  EUMA Logo
UMCORThe United Methodist Committee on Relief is an international agency dedicated to serving all in need.  UMCOR Logo