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Stories of Ministries During COVID-19:

Thanks to all of you for your creativity in engaging your community missionally during this time of social-distancing. Please continue to share your creative ideas and the ways you're adjusting during this time. We encourage you to post these on your social media with the hashtags: #leanintotheconnection and #flumc

Crawfordville UMC's food pantry has been giving out food three times a month and serves over 250+ families at each food give away. To learn more, check out crawfordville-umc.org 

Through their food pantry, Keystone UMC in Odessa is assisting 340 people each month. To learn more, check out keystoneunitedmethodist.com

Grace UMC in Lawtey partners with the local school to supply weekend meals to families in need. To learn more, contact pastor Sheron at sheronw@bellsouth.net

Edgewater UMC in Port Charlotte has reopened their bike ministry which helps repair and give bikes to those in need. To learn more, check out edgewaterchurch.com 

Trinity UMC in Arcadia has a Neighborhood Lunch bag lunch that is served on a drive-thru basis Mondays and Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. During the month of April they served 361 people. They also have an Emergency Food Pantry that is on a drive-thru basis on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. During the month of April they were able to provide food to over 274 people. To learn more, check out trinityarcadia.com 

New Horizon UMC in Southwest Ranches is a Broward County Public School designated Grab & Go lunch site Monday through Friday. They also have a Nourishing Lives program. This program offers family food boxes of shelf stable food on Tuesdays and Wednesdays which helps feed over 100 families. To learn more, check out newhorizonumc.com

Covenant UMC in Port Orange collects food twice a week for the food pantry at Halifax Urban Ministries. To learn more, check out jesusatcovenant.org

In addition to their Drive Up food pantry, Davie UMC has started a Drive Up student feeding program. To learn more, check out davieumc.com

Riverview UMC in Ormond Beach continues to help feed the hungry at Hope Place in Daytona Beach. To learn more, check out riverviewunitedmethodist.com

First UMC Pinellas Park has been collecting food donations for both their food pantry but also for other pantries in the Pinellas Park area. To learn more, check out fumcpp.org

First UMC in DeLand continues to serve "take-out" meals for the homeless and provides showers twice a week. To learn more, check out fumcdeland.org

Citrus Church in Winter Garden continues to reach out to local groups to see if anyone needs assistance. They have also contacted the Disney Cast Member Pantry to see how they might contribute financially. To learn more, check out citruschurch.org 

Freedom UMC in Waldo serves food weekly to their community. To learn more, contact Pastor Milford at mlgriner@yahoo.com

Hollywood Hills UMC has a Helping Souls food pantry that is open every other week to serve the needs of the community. To learn more, check out hollywoodhillsumc.org

First UMC Ft Lauderdale has been busy making masks for homeless shelter workers and homeless families at the Salvation Army. To learn more, check out fumcftl.nm-secure.com

First UMC Coral Springs partnered with the Big Red Bus to donate blood to community members in need. To learn more, check out welovefirst.church

College Park UMC in Orlando has been working with UP and One Heart for Woment and Children through fundraising. They also responded to a call for help from a local hospital that needed masks. To learn more, check out cpumc.org

Trenton UMC recently received a generous donation that they used to purchase and drop off food for elderly people and families with children in town. To learn more, check out trentonunitedmethodist.com

St Paul UMC in Jacksonville has been donating food and funds to the Arlington Community Services and also assisting family with gift cards to Publix and/or Racetrack. To learn more, check out stpauljax.org

Beach UMC in Ft Myers encouraged their congregation to give to community food banks and delivered food and cards to those who have lost loved ones during this time. To learn more, check out beachunitedmethodist.org

St Andrew's UMC in Brandon has a "Be a Blessing Campaign" where they take encouraging cards, along with gift cards from local restaurants, to healthcare workers from different hospitals. The last delivery contained enough notes and gift cards to bless 150 employees! To learn more, check out saumc.net

 

Deer Lake UMC in Tallahassee set up a "Virus Fund" to support their community. They have provided financial support to local families through the three local schools, provided meals for staff at two local hospitals and branch ER, worked with the Big Bend Coalition for the Homeless, and reached out to the Tallahassee Developmental Center whom they were able to provide meals and other support to both the residents and staff.

Morrison UMC in Leesburg loaned one of their parking lots to a local service club that hosted a food drive. They also have a medical equipment loan closet that is open to the community. To learn more, check out morrisonumc.org

Howe Memorial UMC in Crescent City is encouraging their congregation to donate to UMCOR’s COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund will help support food pantries in areas across the world where food prices are being inflated, especially where food insecurity is a major public health issue – even here in the US

Tallahassee Heights UMC has a food distribution every Wednesday from 4 – 6pm; rain or shine. To learn more, check out tallyheightsumc.com

The GO Team (missions and outreach) for First UMC Coral Springs continues to serve free hot meals on Saturdays. The assigned small team of volunteers distribute the meals on Saturdays at 3pm. As of May 6th First UMC Coral Springs raised $7,593 to support this program. To learn more, check out welovefirst.church

Harvest UMC in Bradenton has food drives on Mondays and Thursdays to benefit Samoset Elementary School. To learn more, check out welcometoharvest.org

Last month First UMC Ormond Beach went to the News-Journal Warehouse in Daytona Beach to sort and package food for a distribution. To learn more, check out firstunited.org

First UMC Clermont made cards for South Lake Hospital to celebrate their health care workers. To learn more, contact wecare@fumc-clermont.org

First Dunedin UMC was the winner of the Dunedin Cares Peanut Butter and Jelly Challenge Food Drive. To learn more, check out dunedinfumc.org

On Wednesday’s from 2-6 pm Shady Hills UMC hosts Celebration Kitchen which serves free meals. Shady Hills also has a partnership with the mobile medical unit from Metropolitan Ministries that provides mobile showers and a laundromat. To learn more, check out shadyhillsflumc.org

Fleming Island UMC holds food drives to help restock the food pantry at Green Cove Springs. To learn more, check out fiumc.org

Ochlockonee Bay UMC’s drive through food pantry is still going strong. To learn more contact Pastor John at johnq316@gmail.com

Everglades Community UMC in Pembroke Pines partners with A Place In Time Christian Ministries to help provide groceries to the community. To learn more, check out reachup.org

Grace UMC in Cape Coral serves food at the Suncoast Community Center in North Ft Myers on Mondays and Thursdays. To learn more, check out egracechurch.com

On Mondays First UMC Melbourne is the food distribution site for the InterFaith Alliance of Brevard and for Voluntary Organizations in Disaster. The drives are from 2-5pm and all guests receive a 10-pound box of food. To learn more, check out firstchurchmelbourne.org

On Thursdays and Fridays Faith UMC in Orlando is the largest distribution center for the Second Harvest Grab and Go meals for kids. They serve 275 kids each day. That’s 550 meals on Thursday and 1,650 on Friday. To learn more, check out faithumcorlando.org

First UMC Clearwater had 50 cars come through and donate food for their local food bank. To learn more, check out fumc-clw.com

New Covenant UMC – Lake Deaton Campus in The Villages collected laundry soap, diapers, wipes, and personal hygiene items for people in need. To learn more, check out ncumcfl.com

First UMC Green Cove Springs does weekly food drives every Tuesday to help restock their pantry. To learn more, check out fumcgcs.weebly.com

Grace UMC in Hosford has a farm share food distribution program where volunteers prepare a box of fruit, vegetables, and bread to give out to the community. To learn more, check out graceumchosford.com

Suntree UMC in Melbourne has donated diapers to foster families, feeding more than 400 families at the Evan's Center and providing for the needs of the Salvation army. They are making hundreds of masks and checking on their neighbors. SUMC has supported Family Promise of Brevard through a generous donation to ensure families are able to remain secure in this financial crisis. To learn more, check out suntreeunitedmethodist.org

East Naples UMC distributed 750 pounds of food and tennis shoes to the local community. To learn more, check out enaples.org

East Lake Church in Palm Harbor hosted a “Pop-the-Trunk” to help out their local food pantry. To learn more, check out myeastlake.church/events

Shade Tree Group an Outreach ministry of Killearn UMC in Tallahassee is passing out free lunches & making masks for the community. They also have a community garden where they have grown potatoes and plan to make salsa with the kids from the community. To learn more, check out shadetreegroup.org

Davie UMC has a Bread of Life food pantry every Friday morning at 9am. To learn more, check out davieumc.com/bread-of-life

Family of God UMC in Palmetto held a food drive for their food pantry. To learn more, check out fogumc.com

Covenant UMC in Port Orange is holding food drives for Halifax Urban Ministries. To learn more, check out jesusatcovenant.org

DeLeon Springs UMC has a dedicated group of mask makers who have made masks for the local hospital, Boggy Creek Center for Disabled Children, and the Florida Methodist Children’s home. To learn more contact dspumc@live.com

Clearview UMC in St Petersburg, in partnership with Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, loaded up food for Meals on Wheels. To learn more, check out clearviewumc.org

First UMC Zephyrhills supports a program called Food and Fellowship that provides bagged lunches Monday through Friday and serves hot meals (to-go) on Sundays. To learn more, check out fumczhills.org

First UMC Bunnell has a Care Cupboard Food Pantry that is open on Wednesdays for walk up and drive though style food pick up. To learn more, check out fumcbunnell.com

First UMC Monticello is doing a t-shirt fundraiser. More than half the cost of the shirt will go towards their Dollar Club Initiative to help those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. To learn more, check out monticellofumc.org

Cornerstone UMC in Miami is writing thank you cards for all 188 Community Workers at Encompass Health. To learn more contact Jackie at jdammann@cornertonemiami.org

Faith UMC in Ft Myers is collecting food and financial donations for the Gladiolus Food Pantry. To learn more, check out faithum.com

Coronado Community UMC in New Smyrna Beach has a group called Colors of Hunger – where their team continues to feed bag dinners every Monday at United Church of Christ. They are also distributing masks and sanitizers with the dinners. To learn more, check out coronadoumc.org

Asbury UMC in Maitland donated 15 $20 gift cards to Hungerford Elementary through their Red Bag program. To learn more, check out asburymaitland.org

Bay Hope Church in Lutz delivered masks, cards, and posters to St Joseph’s Hospital North. To learn more, check out bayhope.church

First UMC Ocala held a diaper drive to benefit Interfaith Emergency Services who has been vital to the community during COVID-19. To learn more, check out fumcocala.org

Emmanuel UMC in Palatka served over 300 families at their drive through food pantry in April. To learn more, contact eumc2@att.net

First UMC High Springs is creating a gift card fund to help support local businesses. They want to buy $100 gift cards of $10 from 10 local food-oriented businesses in High Springs. Once the gift cards are purchased, the church will hand them out with hand-written thank you notes to essential employees in the city. This way they can support local businesses and give back to essential employees. To learn more, check out fumchighsrpings.com

Christ UMC in Ft Lauderdale is serving those in need through the Blessings Food Pantry and Love in Action Pompano Beach by bagging groceries in advance and packaging meals for take-out. To learn more, check out christchurchfl.org

Bay Point UMC in Nokomis celebrated their first community food drive and are planning on keeping the momentum going with a food drive every Wednesday from 8-11am. To learn more, check out baypointchurch.com

A local police officer had this to say about Altoona UMC: "I just want to thank Altoona United Methodist Church for their thoughtfulness and kindness. They sent us an amazing spread from Jethro's tonight. You are an example of how supportive our community is to one another. Your generosity is very much appreciated and does not go unnoticed." To learn more, check out altoonaumc.org

Allendale UMC in St Petersburg has a COVID-19 Fund where they have been raising money to help pay rent and buy groceries for people who have lost their job and also to help local nonprofits deliver food. To learn more, check out allendaleumc.org

First UMC Dunnellon has a "Swing for Souls" group that makes face masks for the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Ocala, Florida. To learn more, check out fumcdunnellon.org

CroosRoad UMC in Jacksonville, in partnership with Mission BBQ, was able to feed hospital staff at Baptist's ER. To learn more, check out crossroad.church 

Deer Lake UMC in Tallahassee showed their appreciation to local healthcare heroes by delivering meals from The Hidden Garden Eatery to Capital Regional Medical Center and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. To learn more, check out deerlakeumc.org

Burton Memoiral UMC in Tavernier made signs to express thanks for the employees at the local Winn Dixie. Some posted their signs on the side of the building while others held signs in the parking lot and some went inside Winn Dixie. To learn more, check out bmumc.net

 

Forest Hills UMC in Tampa has partnered with a 5 star Cuban restaurant in Hillsborough county to offer free hot meals to those in need. To learn more, contact Pastor Tamara at tamara.isidore@gmail.com

First UMC Ft Lauderdale has been working in partnership with Hope South Florida. Through this partnership they have been able to double the amount of hot meals provided to teachers, families, and children in need. They have also helped deliver food and supplies to pantries and other helpful programs. To learn more, check out fumcftl.ne-secure.com

First UMC Coral Springs is launching a hot meal food distribution on Saturdays and are working with the city to distribute food on Mondays. To learn more, check out welovefirst.church

Sebastian UMC supports The Salvation Army by preparing and serving free (take-out) meals every Monday at noon. They also partner with Roseland to contribute to the Ecumenical Food Pantry. To learn more, check out sebastianumc.com 

First UMC Sanford, in partnership with two other non-profits and other local churches, normally hosts three hot meals a week. They  also have a voucher based client choice food pantry. Now, in the midst of the pandemic, meals have shifted to grocery distribution. Leaders have partnered with Second Harvest food bank to get food at a greatly reduced price to make a greater impact. They  distribute twice a week. To learn more, check out fumcsanford.org

Wildwood UMC, in partnership with New Covenant UMC in The Villages, have created 'care bands' that are reaching out to those who depend on senior centers for their meals and are no longer being served. Meals and groceries are being brought to their doorsteps. To learn more, contact Jill at jbeck0927@gmail.com

Avondale UMC in Jacksonville is putting together grocery bags and taking them to the parking lots of local hotel/motels. To learn more, contact Pastor Clare at clarewc@gmail.com  

Estero UMC in partnership with their local Domino's, New Horizons of SW Florida, and a local farmer were able to give away 200 pizzas and 200 watermelons at their Friday food pantry. To learn more, contact Pastor Tim at tcarson@esteroumc.com.

   

Faith UMC in East Orlando is serving the neighborhood through their food pantry. In one week they served more than 2100 meals to children under the age of 18 and the provided 122 families with bags of groceries. To learn more, check out faithumcorlando.org

Lake Panasoffkee UMC has expanded their food pantry to serve families four days a week. To learn more, contact Pastor Marguerite at mmatthews1056@embarqnail.com  

Ocala West UMC is serving 50-60 meals a week between their children's program and youth group. To learn more, check out ocalawestumc.com

Good Samaritan UMC in Tallahassee is providing grocery money so families can purchase food. To learn more, check out goodsamtally.org

Pine Island UMC is delivering 150 bags of groceries a week and holding drive-through grocery pick-up in cooperation with Community Cooperative once a month. This has been so successful that they have received 10,000 donations from outside sources. To learn more, check out pineislandmethodist.com

Kendall UMC in Miami is collecting non-perishable food items as well as cleaning supplies infront of their church and will distribute them weekly to CPHI, Branches, and the Migrant Ministry. To learn more, check out kendallchurch.org/coronavirus.php

First UMC Melbourne received thousands of pounds of produce to distribute to community members. To learn more, check out firstchurchmelbourne.org

Wesley Hispanic UMC, Coral Gables UMC, and North Hialeah Hispanic UMC have all offered their parking lots to be used as free COVID-19 testing sites. To learn more, contact Icel at irodriguez@flumc.org

Casa Vida UM Mision in Wahnetta reached out to 50 families in need through their "Bags of Love". To learn more, check out casavidawahneta.org

 

Saint Paul's UMC in Tallahassee is operating several food-related programs during this time. Soul Food provides meals to people experiencing homelessness around Lake Ella; Manna on Meridian provides grocery support for nearly 250 per month; and Mosaic Garden provides hundreds of pounds of fresh produce for those who normally wouldn't have access. To learn more, contact Pastor Kandace at kandace@stpaulsumc.org

Skycrest UMC in Clearwater is having a pop the trunk style food drive. The groceries donated will go toward helping community members in need. To learn more, check out skycrest.net  

Hope Miami Lakes UMC made the news! Click here to read the article.

First UMC Kissimmee is using proper safety guidelines to prepare and transport hot meals every Tuesday to the Salvation Army's Osceola Ministry Center. A ministry which the First UMC helped found many years ago. To learn more, contact Pastor Jose at jnieves@kissimmeefumc.org  

First UMC Parrish made the news! Click here to read the article.

Community UMC in Fruitland Park has a pantry where the continue to distribute food twice a week and have a community garden to help supply fresh produce. To learn more, check out communityumc.church

First UMC Winter Park is finding new ways to do ministry with their partners. One organization they work with is Family Promise which helps provide food and housing to people in need. Now that First UMC cannot provide meals they are instead providing gift cards to local grocery stores to help out. To learn more, check out fumcwp.org/covid19missionsresponse

First UMC Reddick is busy stocking up supplies for their backpack ministry partnership with Reddick-Collier Elementary School, and also partnering with Mt Zion UMC in Reddick for their combined dinner church.

First UMC Webster has been perfecting their Drive-Thru Food Pantry. To learn more, check out websterumcfl.com

First UMC Coral Springs' Dine with Jesus Team was working over the weekend to prepare food for those in need. To learn more, check out welovefirst.church

Tamiami UMC School Center gave away free breakfast and lunch food to their community. To learn more, check out tamiamischool.com

Ridge Manor Community UMC in Dade City is serving the hungry through their food pantry on the 1st & 3rd Monday's, but God provided 13,400 hot dogs that they are sharing their with all brothers and sisters in faith from the homeless to the home bound. To learn more, check out rmcumc.net

St. Luke's UMC in Orlando coordinated fresh produce and eggs distribution that helped more than 400 of their neighbors in East Winter Garden. They are working with the following local organizations to maximize their impact: Shepherd’s Hope, Society of St. Andrew, Circles Winter Garden, Poverty Solutions Group, UF IFSA Extension, America Heart Association, Fresh Point and Kalera Farms. To learn more check, out st.lukes.org 

Belleview UMC's food pantry is still safely at work. To learn more, check out belleviewumc.net/food-pantry

First UMC Auburndale is partnering with KidsPACK to provide backpack meals to local schoolchildren for the weekends. To learn more, contact Pastor Jim at pastorjim55@me.com

Lake Jackson UMC in Tallahassee was able to serve 175 families in the past month by partnering with local food distribution agencies . To learn more, contact Pastor Jill at jill.berquist@lake-jackson-umc.org

First UMC Land O Lakes is supporting Metropolitan Ministries by donating time and non-perishable goods. To learn more, contact Pastor Kevin at kevingrills7@gmail.com

First UMC Fort Lauderdale is providing volunteers for Hope South Florida, Feeding America, and the Salvation Army in Broward County. To learn more, contact Pastor Jill at jauman@fumcftl.org

First UMC Williston, in partnership with local business and other local churches , is creating a fund for residents who need help paying for gas or utilities. To learn more, contact Pastor Danny at revdlbennett@gmail.com

Hope UMC in Trinity and First UMC New Port Richey work together to hold a Pack A Sac program to serve 200 people in need of food every Wednesday. To learn more, contact Pastor Kelly at pastorkellywsmith@gmail.com

As of April 15th North Naples UMC has made over 1,100 handmade masks and donated them to local shelters, fire stations, food banks, and other social service organizations. To learn more, check out nnchurch.org 

 

Harvest UMC in Brandon made and distributed 150 masks in two weeks! To learn more, contact Diane at dmccoy@welcometoharvest.org

 

First UMC Chiefland is donating food and financial support to The Children's Table to help provide food and for the 2,500 people who receive food weekly. To learn more, contact Pastor Richard at richardbluejr@gmail.com 

Community UMC in Casselberry is encouraging their congregation to help financially support the Christian Sharing Center. The Center is hosting a "Good Samaritan" Campaign to help raise money for their food pantry which is the largest in Seminole County. To learn more, check out casselberrychurch.org.  

College Park UMC in Orlando is supporting their local hospital, Advent Health, by making and donating masks. To learn more, contact Wendy at wcarr@cpumc.org

First UMC Winter Park's Missions and Outreach ministry made their fourth trip to drop off food to United Against Poverty (UP Orlando). To learn more, check out fumcwp.org/covid19missionsresponse

St Paul UMC in Largo has reopened their food pantry, Open Arms, and has partnered with Feeding America, First UMC Palm Harbor, Pasadena Community Church, and Anona UMC in Largo to help package and distribute 27,000 meals through Meals of Hope.  

Asbury UMC in Maitland is partnering with Hungerford Elementary school to collect and distribute food to families in need. 

Grace UMC in Hosford is partnering with the Farm Share food program by maintaining a community garden and having members provide fresh caught fish to families experiencing food shortages.

First UMC Parrish has a food pantry with distributions twice a month. They are adapting and improving their drive-through style service in anticipation of serving 350-400 cars this weekend.

Three churches came together and donated food to To Serve Farmworkers, Inc. The founder recently posted "We have been helping 100-120 families a week for the past month. This has only happened through amazing support of the community --Thankful for all of the churches -- First United Methodist Lakeland, Mulberry Methodist, College Heights Methodist [Lakeland]."

First UMC Ocala collected food for those in need. In two hours they provided more donated food than the could measure! To learn more, checkout fumcocala.org

First UMC Sanford has transitioned all meals to grocery distribution in a streamlined effort. They are distributing groceries purchased through Second Harvest Food Bank and following all guidelines for safety. To learn more, check out fumcsanford.org

The United Methodist Women of Lighthouse UMC of Boca Grande presented Englewood Helping Hand with a gift of $25,000 to assist in their food bank efforts during the Pandemic. To learn more, contact Pastor Matthew at mwilliams@bglighthouseumc.com

First UMC Oviedo is partnering with several missions and ministries by collecting and donating food and hygiene items. They have a large bin outside the church where people can drive up and drop off their donations without coming into contact with other people. To learn more, check out fumcoviedo.com

First UMC Winter Park is reminding everyone that blood donations have drastically gone down since the start of COVID-19. They are encouraging anyone who is healthy and able to donate to local blood banks to help save lives. To learn more, check out fumcwp.org/covid19missionsresponse

Key West UMC served free picadillo and rice in to go containers for Easter dinner serving 135 people. To learn more, contact keywestumc@bellsouth.net

 

Lakeside UMC in Lake Worth had a "Drive By Easter Egg Extravaganza". They made 300 bagged sandwich lunches and Easter goody bags that contained Easter Eggs, candy, and printed games and fun activities. To learn more, check out lakesideumchurch.org

First UMC of Gulfport made Easter Packages with bread, juice, and Easter eggs, and passed them out thru a drive thru. Also included were instructions on how to do communion - or "love feast" - from home. The bread was lovingly made by a church member. To learn more, check out gulfportumc.org

ZOE Empowers in Kenya went to the streets of Maua to teach their peers simple ways to protect themselves from the coronavirus: the proper way of washing hands regularly with running water and soap, social distancing and how to take care of "men" (mouth eyes and nose). They also provided them with hand washing stations and soap. To learn more, contact Molly at mmcentire@flumc.org

Lakeside UMC in Sanford is supporting the Picnic Project in donating food and household items - like toilet paper - to those in the community who are in need. To learn more, check out lakesideumc.net

Orange City UMC is encouraging their congregation to reach out to those in their community who are vulnerable. They are encouraging people to call, send them cards, and offer to pick up prescriptions and groceries. To learn more check out ocumc.org

University Carillon UMC in Oviedo hosted a food drive for the local Community Pantry. To learn more, check out ucumc.net

First UMC Jupiter-Tequesta shared over 400 bags of food with local families. To learn more, check out jupitermethodist.org 

Community UMC in Fruitland Park replaced their Community Garden with veggies to help provide fresh food for their community. To learn more, contact Debbie at debbieallen.cumc@gmail.com

CROS Ministries in Lake Worth is gleaning leftover lettuce, zucchini, and squash to share in their community. To learn more, check out crosministries.org/gleaning

 

Wesley Memorial UMC in St Petersburg is continuing its food pantry with fresh produce available for all who come. To learn more, contact Pastor John at johnekers@yahoo.com

Trinity UMC in Gainesville is hosting a Bunnies and BBQ event where they will be giving out Easter Egg Hunt To-Go's and coordinating a local Sonny's BBQ truck to be on campus to deliver all pre-ordered meals. To learn more, visit www.trinitygnc.org  

 

At Camino de Fe in Sarasota church members are making face masks for local health care workers. To learn more, contact Pastor Edelis at caminodefeamo@gmail.com

First UMC Ormond Beach is having their children and youth make drawings and handwritten letters to send to their older congregants. To learn more, contact Caitlin at cbooth@firstunited.org 

  

Community Hope Center in Kissimmee recently opened up their Flood Buckets that they had been storing for hurricane relief. All the masks found in the buckets were then donated to local health care workers. To learn more, contact Rev. Mary at mary.downey@hope192.com 

First UMC Jupiter-Tequesta are making face masks for health care workers and have posited instructions on how to make them on their website under 'updates'. To learn more, go to www.jupitermethodist.org 

Hollywood Hills UMC handed out 58 bags of food to our community. The recipients called ahead to reserve a reserve a bag and then drove thru, popped their trunk, the volunteers placed the bags in the trunk, and they were able to drive off. To learn more, contact Pastor Kevin at kevin@hollywoodhillsumc.org

 

First UMC Lakeland created a COVID-19 Need Thread on Facebook for members to post if they need supplies like food, water, childcare, hand sanitizer, and or toilet paper. To learn more, contact Pastor Melissa at mstump@firstumc.org

We did at Mulberry UMC  did a “Love Train” drive through our mobile home parks and area around the church. Great fun! Will probably hit another area next week. To learn more contact, Pastor Valerie at valhattery@gmail.com

South Shore UMC in Riverview held a food drive benefiting First UMC Riverview's food pantry. To learn more, contact Pastor Sarah at revsarahbmiller@gmail.com

 

Saint Paul's UMC in Tallahassee is encouraging people to make or use maps of their neighborhoods, cities, or the world and pray over them. The idea is to use the map to pray for different places that people live or buildings that people use such as hospitals, churches, playgrounds, neighborhoods, schools, etc. To learn more, contact Pastor Becky at brokitowski@gmail.com

New Covenant UMC in Summerhill is Drive Thru Food Drive to help refill Wildwood food pantry. To learn more, contact Pastor Harold at hhendren@ncumcfl.com

Avondale UMC in Jacksonville is inviting everyone to hang palm branches in their homes the Friday before Palm Sunday. The pictures will be shared on the Sunday morning livestream as a palm procession. To learn more, contact Pastor Clare at clarewc@gmail.com

First Church in Melbourne is hosting a drive in movie in their church parking lot as a chance for families to - safely - get out of their house and enjoy time together. To learn more, contact Pastor Ryan at rbeavers@firstchurchmelbourne.org

First UMC Bartow is  putting together hygiene kits for the Service Center that serves the homeless in the area. They are also donating several boxes of gloves for the staff that prepares meals. For more information contact Pastor Armando at arodriguezjr@flumc.org

Grace on the Island UMC in Venice has a dozen women who are making masks for local healthcare workers. To learn more, contact Pastor Robin at revrobinhager@gmail.com

Florida A&M University Wesley Foundation in Tallahassee is using the Feelings Chart to do mental health checks with their students over Zoom. To learn more, contact Pastor Latricia at latricia.scriven@flumc.org

Quessua UMC in Quessua, Angola pastors and church leaders offer instruction to the villagers: No travel, social distance, and have provided a creative way for washing hands without running water. To learn more, contact Icel at irodriguez@flumc.org

At the Quessua Mission in Quessua, Angola boys from the Boarding House and missionaries make masks for the Quessua Hospital staff. Another missionary made handwashing buckets for the chapels/Wesleyan classes at every village around Quessua. To learn more, contact Icel at irodriguez@flumc.org

En Cristo Vida Abundante in Artemisa, Cuba are  making masks for the elderly and inmuno-compromised. To learn more, contact Icel at irodriguez@flumc.org.

 

Pasadena UMC in St. Petersburg is tirelessly helping the families of PAT+ and families that are food scarce right now! (all is being packed carefully with gloves and CDC sanitation guidelines). To learn more, contact Dorothy at mykeusa@yahoo.com

Mirimar UMC is partnering with a City Commissioner to provide food to the community. They packaged bags and boxes and put them in the trunk of people's cars making sure that everyone was keeping the six feet of social distancing. To learn more, contact Dr. Judith at jokegeo@aol.com 

River of Life UMC in Jacksonville is partnering with the local YMCA to host childcare for First Responders. To learn more, contact Pastor Perri at pastorperri@rolumc.com

Memorial UMC in Fernandina Beach is partnering with a culinary program at a local high school to help with Memorial's meal program. To learn more, contact Pastor Drew at drew.weseman@mumconline.com

Faith Primera Iglesia in Tampa is providing weekly supplies of rice, beans, pasta, chicken, etc., to neighbors in need. The leaders of the church have also taken on regular calls to the most vulnerable and the elderly in the congregation to do grocery shopping for them. To learn more, contact Pastor Ernesto at pastoremachado@yahoo.com

Anthony UMC in Anthony Florida and Pine UMC in Fort McCoy joined together to do a virtual potluck service. It reached out to elderly persons who are currently by themselves. Everyone was encouraged the day or two before to share their favorite recipes on the church Facebook pages and have their meals present during the chat so everyone could, in essence, be eating lunch together. Community members were also invited. To learn more, contact Pastor Kelly at pastorkellyeverling@gmail.com  

First UMC Williston is in communication with the High School to allow a small group of kids to use our Fellowship Hall and Youth House for a study hall. A few in our community have no internet access, giving them little to no chance to complete their schoolwork. We're talking no more than 6 or 7 kids in each space, well spaced out. To learn more, contact unitedmethodist1@embarqmail.com 

Community of Hope UMC in Loxahatchee, in partnership with Feeding South Florida, will be distributing food to families from Royal Palm Beach elementary and Loxahatchee Groves Elementary. To learn more, contact info@communityofhope.church

Trinity UMC in Palm Beach Gardens is bringing the Easter Egg Hunt to their families. On Easter morning a small team will hide Easter eggs in the front yards of their houses for the kids to find. To learn more, contact trinity@trinitypbg.org

We at Branches UMC in Florida City are giving out free, hot, to-go dinners every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 5:30pm. To learn more, contact Pastor Tony at tony@branchesumc.org

At New Horizon UMC in Southwest Ranches, Nourishing Lives Inc. is our Pack-A-Sack ministry feeding children in need when school is out --We have mobilized to make sure families and children in our community have food during COVID-19. Our contact info has been given to 150 School Social Workers and to local colleges ensuring our college students are covered as well. We have a pick up spot for families who need support as well as delivery through our church and community volunteers. To learn more, contact Pastor Peytyn at peyntynt@newhorizonumc.com


The youth at Village UMC in North Lauderdale packaged 143 bars of soap made by Pastor Andrea Byer-Thomas to be distributed to our neighbors. We're also making a donation of soaps to Parkway UMC in Pompano Beach for their shower ministry to the homeless. To learn more, contact Pastor Andrea at vilumc@bellsouth.net.

 

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