We are called, through our baptism, to continue Christ’s ministry of outreaching love in the world. We are called to be “complete” in showing love to all persons. Through our service to others we grow as individuals and as a community as disciples of Christ.
Below you will find a list of ministries we actively support through our budget and volunteers. Prayerfully consider how you might get involved. If you have questions about our Outreach Ministry, please contact the Director of Outreach and Missions, Carol Yarian, email@example.com.
College Care Ministry
As our high school students graduate, we strive for CUMC to maintain a connection with them. Care packages, filled with goodies and words of encouragement are sent out once a semester, at finals time, to these students. Care Packages are also sent to those in the military, as we support those serving our country. Volunteers are needed to update student addresses, collecting items to send and packing the boxes. A student or military person receiving a package from our church realizes we care and that they are still a very important part of CUMC.
Pack Away Hunger
Pack Away Hunger is a non – profit organization dedicated to greatly improve the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. In the battle against hunger the Nutri-Plenty meal focuses on the most nutritious meal possible.
In January 2018, Christ United Methodist Church hosted the Pack Away Hunger Event with over 250 volunteers packing 56,000 meals. Half of these meals went to Food Finders to be distributed in Tippecanoe County and the rest will go to the Guatemalan Highlands where an astonishing 50% of children under 5 face chronic malnutrition.
These powerful events are educational and fun! Participants often feel a sense of purpose, knowing the meals they pack with their own hands will meet a significant need for someone in their neighborhood or in a community around the world. Hunger steals quality of life.
Feed The People
Each Saturday a team of volunteers prepare and deliver lunches: a sandwich, chips, and a cookie to Lafayette Transitional Housing to feed those facing homeless. We have 5 volunteers prepare 15 lunches each week so that we can feed 75 people.
The Food Pantry serves clients who need a bag of groceries to help see them through the month. Volunteers are needed on 2 days, 5 times yearly, usually the second week of the month in January, March, April, June, and October, and work noon to 3pm. Volunteers fill a grocery bag or bags according to the size of the family.
We provide 20 families with Christmas assistance in the form of clothing, food boxes, cleaning baskets, new toys, blankets, ornaments, Bibles, cookie trays and many other items. The families are provided to us through Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM). There are many ways to volunteer from shopping, working at church, organizing items, baking cookies, hosting a family to wrapping gifts. Jubilee takes place in December at our church and planning starts months earlier. Volunteering can be one hour or it can be giving of many hours of your time and talents. The reward of seeing these families have a Christmas that would not otherwise happen is truly a blessing for all.
The Backpack Program
The Backpack Program provides food for students in need each weekend during the school year by packing, picking up and delivering backpacks. The staff at Edgelea Elementary recommends families for this program and we fulfill their needs. Funding for this program is provided by the generosity of our congregation and through monthly food donations. This ministry also helps to bring awareness to our congregation the needs many families in our community face. Many times it is our next door neighbor.
The Kids Kloset provides free clothing to anyone in the community. Volunteers are needed to sort and hang clothing when donations are brought in. We also need volunteers to be available to assist people on Tuesdays from 12:30pm – 3:00 pm when the Kids Kloset is open. You can make a difference in a child’s life.
We also support the following ministries:
United Methodist Children’s Home