MUMC offers a variety of Outreach opportunities. Some are available regularly and others rotate throughout the year. They include:
Food Pantry – a pantry open for anyone who requests food. Headed up by Vicky Johnson and five volunteers who take a day a week to meet and assist those who make an appointment to receive food. Walk-ins are helped with phone numbers and assistance as well.
Breaking Bread Community Dinner – an open Community Dinner at the Episcopal Church Richards Hall every Thursday evening 5:30-7:00 p.m. Teams from MUMC participate with other teams from the community in preparing a meal for anyone who would like to attend. Jan Hayes is the contact for MUMC.
The Giving Tree – an annual program that takes place between October and Novemeber and offers to help families during Christmas. The program is offered to children and/or siblings (18 or younger living at home) that qualify as low income families. In a public place, we have a Christmas tree filled with ornaments, and each ornament has a child’s wish, age, and gender on it. Generous individuals, families, or groups in the community pull one or more ornaments from our Giving Tree. They shop for items and return unwrapped gifts to the church. Volunteers then take an evening or two to wrap each gift and label it. Parents/Guardians of the children pick up their gifts at a set time – to enjoy by Christmas. Dawn Pozorski oversees this outreach each year.
Backpack Program – the Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need to get enough to eat on the weekends. Vicky Johnson also oversees this food program – where back packs are filled with prescribed items.
Operation Christmas Child (Shoebox Program) – a church effort to fill as many shoeboxes as possible with toys, socks, gloves, toiletries, and books to send to children in need all over the world. Chrys Sackett oversees this program.
Bike & Build – hosting a group who bikes across the United States to benefit affordable housing. We offer a place to sleep and two meals for their stay before the pedal to the next location. Stacy Hudelson is the contact for this program.