One of the traditions of United Methodism is outreach into the community and the world. The Gaylord church donates money as well as many hours of volunteer time to a variety of causes.
Prayers and Squares
This group meets on Wednesdays at 6:00 to make quilts that are used for prayer quilts within our church as well as provide quilts for other groups.
The church participates in the annual community Crop Walk. Church members get pledges for walking and the proceeds go to help end hunger.
Many members of the congregation work at the local Food Pantry, as well as monies that are donated to this local charity.
Relay for Life
The church has for many years taken part in the annual Relay for Life. Monies pledged are used for cancer research. This last year, the youth walked all night to support this cause. Shelly Hildebrant is the chairman for this event.
FUMC and several other churches have joined to provide housing and food for the homeless of Gaylord. The program operates on a rotating basis, so the clients are housed at various churches. Contact Linda Ryan if you would like to volunteer for this outreach projcect
This home established for women recently released from incarceration has been the recipient of money as well as many donations of clothes and household goods. Jim Davis has been the liaison between the church and the Emmaus House.
Individuals from the church have embarked on mission trips. Claudia Woodhouse and Brenda Brummel have both been to Haiti recently. Claudia’s trip involved being out in the rural area, whereas Brenda’s trip was in Port Au Prince. More recently, Brenda and her daughter went to Africa on a mission trip.
UMCOR is the United Methodist Commitee on Relief.
This wing of the church is noted for using 100% of the money donated going to the project, since the overhead is absorbed by the national church. UMCOR is present throughout the world as well as in the United States. If you click on the logo, you can see some of the current projects being undertaken by UMCOR.