“So, let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10 (MSG)

There are service and volunteer opportunities for people of any age, stage of life and skill level. Here are some upcoming opportunities to serve. To learn more or to sign up, contact Forrest White, Director of Mission Ministries, at fwhite@firstumc.org.

Food Drive
Our next collection day will be Sunday, October 11 from 1-4 pm at the Mission Depot on the Vistabula St side of the church. We are collecting for our migrant ministry partners – Mulberry UMC Food Pantry and Called to Serve Farmworkers.

We need servants to help with the collection and sorting of the food, a maximum of six for each shift: 12:45-2:30; 2:30-4:15. Social Distancing guidelines will be strictly observed. Email Forrest White, Director of Mission Ministries, to sign up (fwhite@firstumc.org)

Mobile Food Pantries

Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) – First United has long had a connection with this volunteer-run healthcare center, which provides free, high-quality medical care to those in need. Now, we are helping with their food distribution on the second and last Tuesday of each month, from 10:45 am-2:15 pm. Next opportunity to serve: September 29.

Salvation Army Lakeland – First and third Thursday, from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. First United was there from the beginning for this needed ministry in area once served by Kathleen UMC’s food pantry. Next opportunity to serve: October 1.

Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) – Second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 4-6:30 pm at 4441 Academy Drive, Mulberry, 33860. Next opportunity to serve: September 23.

*** Social distancing guidelines strictly observed at mobile food pantries. Please contact Forrest White, fwhite@firstumc.org, if you’re interested in serving.

You can also read the latest Missions Newsletter to learn about opportunities to serve.