First United Methodist Church of Watauga
Serving the Local Community and the World in Outreach
Local Outreach Events
Shepherd Shop – Our Shepherd Shop is a thrift store. Money made through the Shepherd Shop goes toward paying Apportionments. Our ladies are careful to make sure that people are able to obtain what they need. Prices are lower than Salvation Army and Goodwill. If we sense or specifically know of a need, we give items away. The shop is open on Fridays and Saturdays. It has been in operation for more than 18 years. We hand out material on the church and its ministries.
Back 2 School Backpack Rally – We partner with 3 other churches and with businesses in the city of Watauga in this event, which is held in August. 700 – 800 backpacks full of school supplies are given away. Haircuts and eye exams are provided at no cost. One of the churches has a praise band and puts on a show which includes a gospel message. Bibles are handed out. Children register for the backpacks. We follow up with visitation. The event has a carnival atmosphere with hot dogs and pizza provided. The Fire Department and Police Department support this event as well. Our church raised $750 in donations to help pay for the school supplies. We volunteered on site at First Baptist Church of Watauga along with the other churches and businesses the day of the event. We handed out material on the church and its ministries.
Sharing Christmas – We partner with First Baptist Church of Watauga and with Christmas Providers of Northeast Tarrant County in this event. We served about 39 families in our local community last year, including about 140 children. The families were identified through the local school counselors. We donated 10 turkeys as well as purchased the Christmas presents for 50 children. On the day of distribution we provided volunteers to help deliver food and Christmas presents to the families. While at family homes, we talked about the Christmas story, prayed for special requests, and were blessed immensely. We handed out material on the church and its ministries.
Thanksgiving Baskets – The congregation donated food items, turkey and all the fixings, for 6 families. The families were identified by local school counselors. Our youths assembled the food baskets / boxes and delivered them to the families.
Vacation Bible School – Our VBS took place in July last year. We began on a Sunday evening and celebrated the week with a family style meal on Friday evening. The children sang in worship on the following Sunday morning. We celebrated VBS with about 50 children (on average 35 / night). We handed out material on the church and its ministries.
WOW Sunday – In May of 2013, on a Sunday afternoon, we provided worship outside the walls day at the Park Vista Townhomes, a local federally subsidized low-cost apartment complex here in Watauga. We took grills, cooked hotdogs, played games with the children, and sang & danced to Christian contemporary music. We handed out material on the church and its ministries.
Trunk or Treat – In October, on the Sunday before Halloween, we hosted a Trunk or Treat event on our church parking lot. We had cars decorated, members in costumes, and games & a bounce house. We gave out hotdogs and candy. We had music and dancing. We had a good number of children from the neighborhood visit. We handed out material on the church and its ministries.
Fall Festival – Our Fall Festival included a yard sale on the day before and the morning of our Fall Festival. We gave away coupons for parents and children to come back and use in games the afternoon of the festival. We had dunk-tank, food trucks, games, frozen casseroles, bake sale, and the traditional auctions. We handed out material on the church and its ministries.
Sandwiches for Presbyterian Night Shelter – On the first Monday of every month, we make sandwiches for the people of Presbyterian Night Shelter. The local Mrs. Baird’s outlet store donates about 30 loaves of bread. Our members donate meat and cheese. We supply a scripture with each sandwich. We gather about 4 – 8 people and make about 250 - 300 sandwiches. Then one of us takes them to PNS that evening.
North East Emergency Distribution (N.E.E.D.) - We have a continual collection emphasis for N.E.E.D. and deliver non-perishable food items to this storehouse. We highlight this ministry periodically to re-cast its vision. This is typically done through announcements in the bulletin that are pointed out during our announcement phase leading into worship.
Bread Ministry - We support Ron McLeroy by paying for his gas. Ron has over 100 clients that he visits on a periodic basis, delivering bread that he picks up from two local Albertson stores. A couple times a year, we have a love offering to defer the gasoline costs for Ron.
Voucher Ministry - We partner with a local gasoline station / restaurant in this ministry. Walk-ins are provided with $10 gasoline vouchers and / or meal vouchers. We allocate a portion of our budget to this ministry. We keep track of the people who come in and often pray with them before they leave.
Outreach Around the World CTCYM – We sent out two CTCYM teams last year. The Senior High included 12 youths and 4 adults as we traveled to Muskogee, Oklahoma. We sent 4 youths and 3 adults on the Junior High trip to Cedar Park, Texas. The youths had fund raisers throughout the year that covered costs of transportation. We prayed and wrote letters to the teams in mission.
Belize – We supported 4 adults last year as they traveled to Belize along with a team from Alliance United Methodist Church. While on site, they worked in the building of a High School, delivered food to families in need, and delivered baby bonnets to new born children in the local hospital. The church raised about $1000 in donations to support these adults in their travel. We prayed and wrote letters of support for the four in mission.
United Methodist Women – The UMW led the charge in our support of the Belize mission team. The church followed their lead. And of course, they supported mission work through UMW areas.
Waco Methodist Children’s Home – We provided financial gifts to the Children’s Home this past year. We invited the Children’s Home to worship with us during Children’s Sabbath this past year.