First United Methodist Church - La Grange, IL
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Local Outreach

In the church and our surrounding community, our church is involved in carrying forth our Christian responsibility to outreach through our support of a variety of community organizations and programs. 
 
B.E.D.S.  -  Building Ecumenical Discipleship through Sheltering (BEDS) assists the homeless of West Suburban Cook County by providing overnight shelter, meals, and access to community resources. BEDS unites faith communities and caring individuals in a spirit of compassion, hospitality and dignity. FUMC is the Thursday evening BEDS location. More information is available at http://www.bedsonline.org/.

Boy Scout Troop 14 
-  Troop 14 is a very active scout troop for boys ages 11 to 18.  Our scouts go on outings every month and high adventures every summer.  We meet every Tuesday evening at the First UMC of La Grange at 7:00 PM.  For more information please see our troop web site at http://troop14.info/
   
 
Blood Drive - each spring, Heartland Blood Center is welcome to our church for an afternoon & evening Blood Drive. Congregation members are invited to sign up to donate, but walk-in donors are encouraged, too!
 
ChildServ - Our congregation annually supports the ChildServ Holiday Gift-Giving Program that provides Christmas gifts for children in care. Donations are also collected to underwrite a holiday party where the gifts are distributed and there is time for fun and fellowship with the ChildServ staff, children and families.
   
 
CROP Hunger Walk  -  CROP Hunger Walk promotes hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service. See http://cwscrop.org/greatrivers/ for more information.

Cub Scout Pack 14  -  Pack 14 is a very active cub scout pack for boys ages 6 to 10.  These younger boys go on outings with there parents and have summer camp experiences as well.  The Pack meets at the First UMC of La Grange on Friday evenings once a month at 7:00 PM.  For more information please see our pack web site at www.lagrangepack14.org
    
Empty Bowl Project - Each spring, the LaGrange Park Village Potters coordinates our local Empty Bowl Project, designed to create & sell ceramic bowls to raise funds to support local soup kitchens. Our church participates by sending our youth groups to help make bowls, and setting up a table with food to give away the night of the event. 
 
Feed My Starving Children - FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children & adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. We send several teams teach year to pack meals. 
 
Interfaith Community Partners  -  helps older adults maintain their independence.  Volunteer opportunities include transportation, telephone calls, and visitation. 708.579.8929, www.interfaithcommunitypartners or email
interfaith@att.net
      
L.A.T.H.  -  LaGrange Area Transitional Housing (LATH) helps families facing homelessness. See http://www.pillarscommunity.org/ for more information.

Monthly Mission Projects - Our congregation is encouraged to bring specific items with them to church on Sunday mornings, to be donated to a different local organization each month. Click here for more information on this month's project.
 
Methodist Attic Rummage Sale - Members from our church organize a massive Rummage Sale each fall. Whether helping publicize the event in the community, dropping off donations, sorting and pricing donations, volunteering during the sale, or showing up to shop, this event is truly a church-wide effort. Proceeds go to support the various ministries & missions of the church. Click here for more information on this year's sale.
 
Salt Creek Clean-up  -  Youth & Families from our congregation volunteer once a year with the Salt Creek Watershed Network to help remove debris along and in the Salt Creek.
               
 
Stewardship of the Environment  -  Environmental Justice Committee of our church. Click here for more information.