Mission Projects

 Scrip Orders for First United Methodist Church

This program supports our church since the business transfers a % of the sale to us.   To participate, fill out the order form, and then place it and the payment [either cash or a check made out to FUMC] in the collection plate or by dropping it off in the office.    Orders are usually placed on the first Sunday of the month, and the gift cards will be available for distribution on the following Sunday, or in the church office.   Thank you for your participation.

Click here for the order form, you can print one or more pages...  Script Family Order Form 

From December 26, 2020 "The Lansing Journal" article; click here ... 

    FUMC adjusts Christmas Eve candlelight service

From December 19, 2020 "The Lansing Journal" article;  click here ...

     Food and Toy Drive

Our W.O.W. mission was in the news; click here ...

     2018 November article in United Methodist Northern Illinois Conference Reporter






For our March 2020 missions...

We are celebrating UMCOR Sunday (United Methodist Committee on Relief) http://www.umcor.org/ on March 22nd 

The Vision of UMCOR is: “As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR transforms and strengthens people and communities.”

UMCOR's Mission is: “Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.”

When you do make a financial donation to an UMCOR mission, you can be assured that every dollar will go to the programs you specify.

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 For our February 2020 missions...

This month's project is for the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). 

Here is a list of their needs:
Clothes, shoes, boots, socks, deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brushes, personal feminine products, combs, hair brushes & picks, diapers, jars of peanut butter, and jelly.

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For our January 2020 missions...


We are collecting cans of soup for the Lansing Food Pantry.  Give whatever brand of soup that you like.

Please place your donations in the UMCOR baskets in S Narthex or outside church office.

The final collection date is Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2020.

The 'Souper Bowl of Caring' works to mobilize those looking to fight hunger and poverty in their community.  It was started by a youth group in 1990.  Since then, it has grown all over the world. 

                Thank you!







For our December 2019 missions...

MITTEN TREE   MittenTreeCarmeliteHome

Please bring knit mittens, hats, scarfs, for the Carmelite Homes for Boys and Girls. located in East Chicago, IN  http://www.carmelitehome.org/

The items will be delivered the week of Christmas.





For November 2019 missionsImage result for harvest pictures

“Harvest Table”...   Please bring items to be donated to the Lansing Food Pantry to display at the front of our church. Any canned or boxed items will be appreciated.   Checks are also accepted.  We will deliver these supplies so that they may have the in time for Thanksgiving distribution.





For October 2019 missions


The current special mission project is an UMCOR response to Hurricane Dorian to help the Bahama Methodist churches and whatever east coast areas will be in need. Offerings will be taken for the next few weeks please make your checks out to UMCOR.


In conjunction with "The Blessing of the Animals" event, we will be collecting supplies and monetary donations for the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster.   http://www.hscalumet.org/


HCSA's vision statement is: "Working individually and in partnership with similar valued organizations we will create a humane community for all animals through educaiton, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion."

A partial "Wish List" -


  • bleach
  • paper towels
  • heavy-duty garbage bags
  • cat litter [non-clumping]
  • Lysol/ Disinfectant wipes
  • brooms
  • large towels
  • blankets
  • power-free latex gloves [medium & large]


  • buckle collar
  • leashes
  • dog & cat toys
  • cat condos
  • pet beds

If you decide to donate, please make out your check to FUMC and designate in memo it's for HSCA


 For our September 2019 missions..

Our current special mission project is an UMCOR response to Hurricane Doriean to help the Bahama Methodist churches and whatever the east coast areas will be in need.  Offerings will be taken for the next few weeks, please make your checks out to UMCOR.

The mission project for the month of September will be "Change the World" Bank.

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Our "Change the World" Bank is placed in the south narthex every Sunday this month. Please do not place any checks in the bank since it may be over a year before we empty it. If you want to write a check, place it in the offering and designate it for Change the World.


For our August 2019 missions...


"FILL THE ARK" for the Heifer Project www.heifer.org

It is a four-week, daily missions-giving "Fill the Ark" program that offers real-life solutions to world hunger and shows that one person, one faily, one congregation can make a difference in today's world.  Half of the funds will go to Heifer and the other to our apportionments.

The coins you donate to your ark wll provide an animal to a family in need.

Please pick up your calendar and box.


Heifer helps to empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products, i.e., milk, eggs and honey which can be traded or sold at market.

         When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

         The core of their model is "Passing on the Gift."  This means families share the training their receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family.  This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.

For July 2019 missions...

Here's the list of supplies we are collecting  for UMCOR    Supplies_needed_for_UMCOR_kits.pdf

We are going to focus on gathering School Supplies for those in our community who can't afford them.  Drop off the supplies in the UMCOR donation baskets or in the Activity Center in the Education Building.  Thank you.

  • Pencils [unsharpened]                                                                 UMCOR cloud image
  • hand-held pencil sharpener
  • erasers
  • crayons
  • glue & glue sticks
  • ruler
  • notebook paper
  • round tipped scissors
  • folders
  • markers
  • spiral notebooks


For June 2019 missions...

Our 10th Annual Summertime Drive for Lansing Food Pantry


Items needed as we focus on the needs of our community...

  •      Kool Aid
  •      cereal
  •      Soap, shampoo, toothpaste
  •      sugar
  •      salt
  •      single-serving soup
  •      Not Wanted -  beans, cranberries, pumpkin, sweet potatoe. mac & cheese

For our May 2019 missions...

This year's Annual Conference Mission Challenge invites each district to participate by giving supplies for personal dignity kits for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL.  http://midwestmissiondc.org/Midwest Mission icon


   Our district has been asked to supply 1) combs, 2) fingernail / toe clippers.  All items mut be new. 

   Please deposit your donations in the UMCOR donation receptables near the church office or in the south Narthex.

   Those attending the Annual Conference from our church will deliver the items collected on June 2, 2019.



For our April 2019 missions...Image result for imagine no malaria

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Donations will be divided between...

1. "Imagine No Malaria" http://imaginenomalaria.org/ is a comprehensive approach not only to prevent the disease by providing nets, but also concentrating efforts on treatment education, and comminication.

      We will hang our mosquito net again in the north narthex as a reminder for the prevention aspect.  For every $10 donated [envelopes [provided] , we will place a mosquito on the outside of the net.

2. Apportionments which are our gifts to support the United Methodist Church's mission and ministry throughout the world.  This is "a portion meant" for others.

3. Our third outreach is Rebel Rooftop Reachout RebelRooftop.pdf


 Join us on Monday April 1, 2019 for baseball game against TFN starting at 4:30pm.

 Door # 8  opens at 3:30pm

 Rain date is Monday, April 8 against Tinley Park

  We invite the local high school students, faculty, band and booster club to watch the Varsity baseball games in the spring from our 1,000 square foot rooftop that provides an excellent view of the baseball diamond,  or from the "Skybox" a convereted classroom with the game telecast on closed circuit TV.

 Free hot dogs, popcorn, & drinks [hot chocolate, lemonade, coffee] are offered.

  Games like bean bag toss, ping pong, and foosball are available. 

 Lansing dignitaries are expected to attend.  The baseball team will stop over for a "meet and Greet" following the game.
 Our first goal is to build on our foundation of being a “good neighbor” to the local high school and students.
 Our second goal is to get them to attend a service, join our youth group, or to join a small groups.

Click here to view "The Lansing Journal" article dated March 17, 2019


For our February 2019 missions...


For this month's campaign, we are collecting donations for 4 local missions...

 Meals on Wheels

Hospice of the Calumet Area

Al God's Children Preschool

These 4 missions will receive half, the other half will go towards our apportionments which help support the mission and ministry of the United Methodist Church at the conference and worldwide level.  It is "A portion meant" for others.  Each church is asked to give their fair share.




One Great Hour of Sharing

For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special "One Great Hour of Sharing offering," laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.

Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover our costs of doing business. Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects our donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.

UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without your offerings, UMCOR would not exist.

Because we keep operating costs under 10% of our total budget, undesignated gifts may actually exceed UMCOR’s administrative needs. When that happens, your support is channeled to under-funded programs, where they’re most needed. They also may be used to allow UMCOR to respond to disasters immediately after an event and before funds can be raised.

Most congregations celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on the fourth Sunday of Lent. If this conflicts with other events, local churches are encouraged to choose other dates that work for them. we're ready to respond in times of crisis.

Resources such as bulletin inserts, posters, and more are available here: http://www.umcgiving.org/pastors/resources?category=2747

Because of your donations [please click here http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Programs/One-Great-Hour-of-Sharing ] we're ready to respond in times of crisis.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center trip

We have a group that is going to Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL. http://www.midwestmissiondc.org/  Monday through Friday.  We stay for about 5 days in their dorm.  Upcoming stays...


For more info, view the Volunteer booklet http://www.midwestmissiondc.net/Volunteer/volunteerbookletcolorb.pdf

While there, we put together UMCOR kits http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies ; desks & repair items i.e. bikes, sewing machines, etc.

The cost is about $110 with $55 in advance for registration. 

However, we are paying $70 a person due to a grant.

If you are interested, please see...

  • Barb Marstellar - coordinator
  • Grant Oppenhuis
  • Gretchen Combs
  • Ellen-Marie Allen
  • Mary Pierce
  • Pam Lancy

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