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The world needs to hear the good news of Jesus and he has given us the joy and responsibility to go and make disciples.  We are sent out to our own spheres of influence: homes, schools, offices, neighborhoods, and to the ends of the earth.


Interested in getting involved in serving others and being sent? 


SEND: LOCAL OUTREACH – To discuss service opportunities in our local area, contact our Outreach Team leaders Barry Haigh (barryhaigh01@gmail.com, 513-965-1101), Mary Anne Wenner maryanneoh@columbus.rr.com), or Kathy Reiff (kackylace@yahoo.com).

 

SEND: MISSIONS – To discuss service opportunities beyond our immediate community, contact the Missions Team through Pastor Nathan (nathan@marysvillefirstumc.org, 937-642-4712).


SEND: YOUTH MINISTRY - To discuss opportunities for students and adult leaders to serve internationally, domestically, and locally, please contact Mark Confer (mark@marsyvillefumc.org, 937-642-4712). 

FOOD COLLECTION at the BFLC entryway

Food collections have begun again! 


Food can be dropped off in the entryway of the BFLC. 


Donated items to support our local food pantries at Marysville Food Pantry & Hope Center!  


Thank you for your beautiful giving heart church!

Ways to serve at the Hope Center


The Hope Center provides a variety of services for people around Marysville in one centralized location. If you have ever visited the Hope Center, you understand it takes many hands to keep the facilities and programs running. There are many opportunities to serve, especially for retired persons/couples. If you love God and all people, you can do this! No special skills required! Here are just a few of the more challenging positions for the Hope Center to fill: 


 Furniture Bank: 


M/W 10-2; Someone with a truck or access to one and can do some lifting. Several persons are needed for this position. 


 Teen Mentors: 


Do you have a desire to help teens in our community? There are several opportunities (11 kids have been on a waiting list for over almost a year!) open to help mentor these kids. There is a training program to help you with this role. 


 Donation Intake Person: 


Probably one of the more challenging areas at the Hope Center to keep up with! Can you serve 2 hour shifts to help process donations that are brought in to help others? 


 Safety/Security:


Great opportunity for a retire person – the biggest need is during the day. Someone to occasionally walk through the building and watch the security cameras. 


If you are interested or have questions, please contact Mary Anne Wenner 937-578-8527 or email at maryanneoh@columbus.rr.com. 



More about The Hope Center

The Hope Center of Union County is a ministry of the Marysville Area Ministerial Association that is a community-based, faith-based, multi-service organization that strives to "serve the whole person to transform the whole community". It is located at 212 Chestnut Street, Marysville, Ohio, 43040,  937-303-4209, in the former East Elementary building. Some of the agencies located at Hope Center include the Personal Needs Pantry, the Clothes Closet, the Youth Center, Union County Outreach Taskforce (on-site meals and off-site housing assistance), the Esperanza Cafe, Aglow, Union County Emergency Assistance Program and Here 4 Hope.



The Hope Center needs volunteers in several areas, including receptionists, the Community Kitchen (assistant manager), and in their newly renovated clothes closet called Restored 61.  If you would like more information or to volunteer, please contact Tisha Miller at volunteer@hopecenterohio.org. Additional information, see www.HopeCenterOhio.org.


Ways You Can Serve in Our Local Community

BUOY - Building Up Our Youth

Do you have a heart for Jesus and our area youth?  Do you have 2-4 hours a month to invest in the life of a young person?  The Hope Center has launched a new faith-based ministry called B.U.O.Y. (Building Up Our Youth) to partner adult mentors with area youth.  Through B.U.O.Y., mentors will become an encouraging friend to students through one-on-one activities, texts, calls, or notes of encouragement.  A buoy is used to keep someone or something afloat. Are you being called to do just that?  “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”  Matt 9:37.  The need for male mentors is especially great!   For more information, contact Linda Schwyn by email at mentoring@hopecenterohio.org or by leaving a message at the Hope Center 937.303.4209.


Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The Community Thanksgiving Dinner has become an annual way to reach out to those who would not otherwise have such a feast on Thanksgiving Day.  The meal is provided for our county’s seniors, shut-ins, and those families who are struggling this season.  In past years, more than 800 meals were provided to our neighbors.  We also serve lunches in the Cornerstone Cafe for anyone interested.

This community outreach cannot happen without people like you!  Here are some ways in which you can help:

- Send a monetary donation                     

- Food donation (pies, cakes, rolls)        

- Drivers to deliver meals

- Volunteers—cooks, set-up servers, food preparation, clean-up on Friday morning


Prison MInistry

The Prison Ministries of Kairos, Epiphany and Embark offer the redeeming love of Christ to the incarcerated through weekend spiritual retreats and providing transitional support from prison back into the community.

The ministries of Kairos, Epiphany and Embark serve a powerful purpose in offering the redeeming love of Christ to those our society would term "the least of these".  Many in our church are active in prison ministry through these ministries as well as weekly Bible studies in the prisons.

Financial contributions to these ministries make it possible for individuals in our church to serve on spiritual weekends through Kairos and Epiphany.  Contributions also help Embark to provide the necessary resources for their reentry program, including: curriculum, transitional housing, food, clothing, bus passes and more.

To find out more about how you can get involved in with these ministries you can contact Bill Foreman, Mike Belli, Kent Money or Linda Brown or calling the church office at 937-642-4712. 




Serving Beyond Our Community

Case De Misericordia Orphanage

Piedras Negras, Mexico is a border town of countless orphans.  Parents attempting to cross the border leave their children in the city with no means of support. Many of the children become homeless without a family to provide food and shelter.  James 1:27 calls us as Christians to minister to the orphans and widows.  The House of Mercy (Casa de Misericordia) is designed to provide this care both physically and spiritually.  The House of Mercy will provide temporary housing for 106 children, Food, Clothing, and Christian Education.


Cuba Partnership

In November of 2017, the paperwork got completed and the purchase of the house for the church was completed. In early 2019 there will be a small team headed down to Cuba to visit our partners in ministry, our sister church! 


ECHO

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) in Athens, Ohio:

Approximately 925 million people in the world are hungry. ECHO empowers small-scale farmers to increase their harvests, and the nutritional diversity of their crops. We educate, equip and share sustainable solutions to hunger!


Good Works, Athens, OH

The vision of Good Works is to create a COMMUNITY OF HOPE with and for people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness in rural Appalachia. As a Christian community, we are seeking to grow in our love for God and for our neighbor. We offer contexts through which people in need can experience biblical hospitality, access practical assistance, and share their gifts with others. In doing so, we facilitate ways for people from all walks of life to build relationships of love and service with their neighbors.

  • Empowering and transforming lives
  • Providing shelter for people experiencing homelessness
  • Offering life-changing opportunities to love our neighbors

Good Works exists to connect people from all walks of life with people in poverty so that the kingdom of God can be experienced.  


Operation Christmas Child

We collect all year round for Operation Christmas Child. Donation bin is located in the BFLC entrance or coat closet. The list below is a suggestion; please feel free to donate any other items you would like. However, no candy, gum, or toothpaste is allowed.

JanuaryToys
FebruaryCombs, brushes and hair accessories
MarchHats, scarfs and gloves
AprilDeodorant and bar soap
MayRaisins, animal crackers, cheese crackers (NO CANDY OR GUM)
JuneColoring books, activity books, journals
JulyFlip Flops, socks, sun glasses
AugustSchool supplies
SeptemberCrayons, markers, colored pencils
OctoberChap stick, small package of Kleenex

For questions, contact Contact Kathy Titmuss-Smith (937) 243-0192.