FUMC Missions team works with local agencies to meet the physical,
social, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of our community. We do
this through a variety of partnerships with other Faith Based
Organizations and social service agencies by raising money, building
awareness, and encouraging volunteerism to address issues of food
insecurity, basic needs assistance, access to resources and a variety of
This outreach seeks to collect canned goods in order to replenish the shelves of the Flint Hills Breadbasket. Our local efforts will be part of a united national effort to care for people in local communities who are hungry and in need. FUMC will collaborate with Boy
Scout Troop 75 each year to collect and transport all donations to the Breadbasket.
Wednesday Night & Saturday Night Community Meals
What is a community dinner? As part of the Common Table Community
Network, every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:00 pm a delicious community dinner is
served in Fellowship Hall. It is more than a free meal; it is where
those who want to connect, grow and serve can share a meal with friends,
neighbors, and strangers. You are invited to come serve and be served,
get to know others, and eat. Service and cash donations are asked from
all participants to help sustain the meal and to encourage their
Change the World
Our premier local service opportunity is the bi-annual Change the World community service event. Each
Spring and Fall we invite you, your families, and your neighbors to
participate as we strive to change the world through community service.
In the past we have done home improvements for several neighbors and
worked with local service agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, RSVP,
and the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc. We also do work at schools,
the Zoo and along Linear Trail among others. If you or your group is interested in serving together or if you know anyone who needs assistance please contact the office.
FIT (Families in Transition) Closet
will accept year round donations of school supplies and clothe to help families in need. We ask you donate new or
gently used clothing, appropriate for school aged students (K-12). We
would encourage youth, families, and all church members to help with
sorting and organizing the clothing donations. The FIT Closet is located at 1609 College Avenue in the “White House” behind College Avenue United Methodist Church. When school is in session, they are open Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 am-noon, and Wednesday & Thursday, 3:00-5:30 pm. Donations are welcome at that time. Call 785-320-6707 for more information or to volunteer.
The FIT Closet will be closed beginning Monday, May 22. This will be the last day for donations onsite. Beginning Wednesday, July 5, they will be open two days a week: Mondays, 9:00 am-noon, Wednesdays 3:00-5:30 pm, and Thursdays, 9:00 am-noon. The FIT Closet and Clothing Exchange will return to its regular schedule Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 am-noon and Wednesday and Thursday 3:00-5:30 pm Wednesday, August 2.
When the FIT Closet reopens, the most critical needs will be:
· Shoes for school, both tennis and leather (sizes kids 1-5)
· Socks: boys, men’s, women’s and girls.
· Toiletries-shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and brushes
· Boys pants sizes 5, 6, 7, & 8
Thrive! (Formerly Circles Manhattan)
Thrive! is a program designed to reduce poverty by building skills and relationships that strengthen families and individuals. The vision of Thrive! is to alleviate generational poverty in our community. This
educational peer support program educates people in poverty to take the
lead in their own situations and educates people not living in poverty
to be informed and supportive allies. Together the Leaders and
Allies work to bridge the gap between living dependent on others to
living lives of self-sufficient abundance together. For more information visit the Thrive! website.
An ecumenical outreach ministry of Manhattan housed in our Alan Lee
Center. For more information on how to contribute or volunteer, visit
their website, www.shepherdscrossing.info.
At the North entrance of the sanctuary you will find many collection
bins to which you are invited to contribute. Many ministries are funded
with your in-kind donations and would be happy to have you participate
with their work if you are feeling so inclined.