FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH FOOD BANK – This ministry has become a much needed resource for ever increasing numbers of people especially those with large families. The hours for the Food Bank are Monday and Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm.
GAINESVILLE DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN’S HOME – The purpose of this office is to provide financial aid, parenting classes, and counseling services for families with children. It is located in the New Holland United Methodist Church in Gainesville. The workers there screen families and provide a one-time assistance to them. The areas they serve in include the 11 county area around Hall County including Jackson and Banks. Examples of needs include blankets, clothing, particularly baby clothes and diapers, furniture, food, etc. The contact number is 770.531.3063.
OUR DAILY BREAD – Our Daily Bread is a monthly meal ministry where members of JFUMC prepare and serve a meal at the First Baptist Church in Athens. Approximately 120 persons are fed through this ministry. Contact the church office for more information, or if you’d like to volunteer.
RED BIRD MISSION – This is a Methodist supported work camp that provides varied services for the Appalachian people. Our church has had construction teams and dental groups provide help for the people over the past several years. This is a great mission trip for all ages: youth (with a parent), young adults, adults! There are many ways to serve at Red Bird. If you’d like to check them out, visit the link page. Save your Campbell Soup Labels as these are important to the Red Bird Mission. They are able to purchase many items with these labels including passenger vans.
BOOK BAG MINISTRY & BACK-TO-SCHOOL CLOTHING – Donations of backpacks and/or listed supplies are assembled for distribution to school children in Jackson County.
How to Serve:
- Donate Supplies
- crayons, markers, pens, #2 pencils, children’s scissors, lined notebook paper, pocket folders with prongs, colored pencils
- gently used clothing and uniform items
- Help with packing and set up
- Look for dates posted for set-up in mid-July 2019
- Help Distribute
- Distribution Day is usually a week before the Jefferson City Schools are back in session, late July 2019
NUTRITION ON WEEKENDS
Donate food items that are easily prepared or require no preparing (peanut butter, cracker packs, granola bars, individual apple sauce cups, easy mac cups, instant oatmeal or grit packets, etc.) and those items are packed in bookbags weekly for children who may not have food at home over the weekend. Bags are filled weekly during the school year for both Jefferson City and Jackson County school children.
The Ark meets at Jefferson Presbyterian Church weekly on Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 am.
PUMPKINS WITH A PURPOSE – The proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch help support our youth and children’s ministry programs throughout the year, and also introduces others in the community to JFUMC through visiting the “Patch”. All the pumpkins are grown in Northern New Mexico on land leased from the Navajo Indian Reservation by Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers. The crops are planted, cared for and harvested by the people in the Navajo community, providing employment that helps them support their families. Pumpkins are shipped all over the United States to churches and organizations with no up front payments. When the fundraiser is concluded and final sales are calculated, the church keeps a percentage based on the sales.
The JFUMC Pumpkin Patch will open for business during the first week of October 2019, and open daily through the month of October. The Pumpkin Patch is located at 87 Davis Street, across from Jefferson Elementary school and the train on Washington Street. More information will be posted soon with specific dates and times. The pumpkin patch proceeds support the youth and children’s ministries throughout the year with special projects, mission events and retreats.
THANKSGIVING MEAL MINISTRY – Every Thanksgiving Day, JFUMC members, and other volunteers, provide cooked turkey and sides, fill the meal boxes and deliver 300 – 400 meals to families in the surrounding community.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. Jefferson First members support Operation Christmas Child by packing shoeboxes and as a receiving center for the local area.
BEAR MINISTRY- God Loves You Beary Much! Donated 12″- 14” stuffed bears are collected and given to local police, firefighters and emergency responders to provide comfort to children in traumatic situations.
ANGEL TREE – Names on the JFUMC tree are received from both the Jackson County Family Connection and the Jackson County Solicitors Office. The Jackson County Family Connection list contains the names and gift wishes of selected children living in Jackson County. The Jackson County Solicitors Office list contains the names and gift wishes for children of inmates who are housed at the Jackson County Correctional Institute. The week before Christmas, the donated wrapped gifts are distributed to the children’s families.
CHRISTMAS MEAL MINISTRY – Every Christmas Day, JFUMC members, and other volunteers, provide cooked ham and sides, fill the meal boxes and deliver 300 – 400 meals to families in the surrounding community.