Current Local Service Opportunities:
FUMCE is partnered with our local elementary school to provide financial assistance, food, and school supplies for students in need and to provide weekly tutoring.
First UMC of Eustis has partnered with Alee Academy, an alternative school for students who are at high risk for not graduating. Students at Alee are from all over Lake County and 90% come from low income families. We help provide necessary items such as school supplies and food to students including:
cereal, pudding cups, canned chicken, jelly, cereal bars, PB/crackers, juice drinks, soups, fruit cups, canned tuna, peanut butter, Cup-a Soup Noodles
Our TRACK Team (started in 2015) is designed to provide "Totally Random Acts of Christian Kindness" to our local community and those in need. In the Fall of 2015, members of the church converged on the property of two Eustis residents to help the elderly couple with much-needed yard work. The property received a very thorough "grooming". The couple was very grateful and the resulting pile of cuttings placed by the road for the city to collect was four feet high and over forty feet long.
Our TRACK team is continually seeking new opportunities to provide "Acts of Christian Kindness" to others in the neighborhood and always open to adding to their team. If you know of a need or would like to join the TRACK team, contact our church office (352-357-5830) for more information.
Our church has worked hard throughout the years to support the Florida United Methodist Children's Home. In 2016, we reached our goal of donating $12 per each member of the church to the Children's Home.
It’s our privilege to love and support the kids at the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home through prayer, financial support, and a yearly day of service on their campus.
For more information about the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, visit their website: www.fumch.org
Forward Paths Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide support to Lake County’s most vulnerable youths as they strive to live independently as successful adults. Forward Paths is the only organization that is working to address homelessness among young people in Lake County. The young people include youth who have become homeless because of dysfunctional family situations, those who have aged out of foster care or are otherwise without basic resources to take care of themselves and pursue a pathway to personal independence.
The goal of Forward Paths is to build a tiny home community in Eustis to provide temporary housing. This program will be supervised by Resident Managers to ensure a safe environment for those pursuing their educational job training goals.
The community will be built on the donation of the land just north of the FUMCE main campus. Mentoring will be provided in the critical skills that employers are looking for such as being organized, dependable, having a positive attitude, waring multiple hats, making a strong commitment, being willing to go the extra mile, decision making and communication. The youths will receive assistance in finding part-time employment and applying for either college of vocational training. For more information, call 352-408-2307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FUMCE is ready to deepen our connection with a new local mission - “The Open Door” - a resource center sponsored by Life Stream to assist homeless clients with a variety of resources. The center doesn’t provide overnight shelter, but provides what is necessary to get a homeless visitor through the day and hopefully back on his or her feet. Guests to the Open Door can shower, do laundry, have a snack and store belongings in lockers. They can look for jobs and research benefits using the center’s computer or simply have a place to rest. Volunteers and staff refer homeless clients to the proper agencies to get ID’s, housing, food, clothing, shelter and mental or medical help. Guests can also receive mail at the center.
Our mission at FUMCE is to assist Open Door through various means including: providing volunteers a few hours per week, assisting with snacks or sandwiches for meals, and purchasing and donating various items to meet their daily needs. If you would like to assist as a volunteer; please contact Katie Roberts (assistant) at (352-589-8157).
In April 2015, FUMCE partnered with other churches, organizations, and local businesses to participate in the nation-wide efforts of Relay for Life to help raise awareness and funds to support cancer research. Members of our team stayed up all night walking the track, selling baked goods to support the cause, and spending time together helping support those who have been affected by cancer. The theme of this Relay was "There is always HOPE in fairy-tales" and our team, decorated as Beauty and the Beast, worked hard to bring hope to our community.
For the past 3 years FUMCE has participated in Relay for Life to help eradicate cancer and improve cancer research. For more information about this organization, visit www.relayforlife.org.
C's for Cancer is a local outreach ministry that uses crafts, cruises, and other "C" items to raise money to support cancer research and support families affected by cancer. For more information about Cs for cancer, email email@example.com.
Current International Service Opportunities
First UMC of Eustis supports the Joshua House Life Centers (JHLC) in Ukraine led by missionaries Jim and Sandy McCann. For the past twenty years they have been in ministry caring for orphans as their own children, who had nowhere else to turn. JHLC ministers to the poor, impoverished, widows and orphans, demonstrating the Gospel by bringing deliverance to those who are oppressed.
For more information, visit www.joshuahouselifecenters.org
FUMCE has participated in the Operation Christmas Child Shoe box Ministry for the past few years. We help collect items to be placed in shoe boxes and distributed to children around the world. For more information about this ministry, check out their website: www.samaritanspurse.org