The Outreach Committee works on a number of projects, from putting together flood buckets for disaster areas to repairing houses for Rebuilding Together. It also coordinates our church’s support of the missionaries Jonathan and Donna Baker, who serve in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Food Pantry at CUMC is open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. We welcome donations of non-perishable food (within their expiration dates). Monetary donations are also appreciated. Help us support the hungry in our community!
CUMC partners with other local churches to support Haven Ministries, an organization that provides hope through shelter, food, clothing, and support to those in need. Haven Ministries operates a food pantry, a cold-weather shelter, and a thrift shop, Our Daily Thread. Recently opened is a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which offers referral and case management services to residents of Queen Anne’s County. Learn more…
Warmer. Safer. Drier. That’s the mission of the Appalachian Service Project, a Christian ministry that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. Each summer since 2005, our church has sent teams of youth and adults to Appalachia to work on the houses of those in need. It’s a powerful and often life-changing experience. Talk to Don Wilson or contact the church office if you’d like to participate.
Backpacks for Kids
For many children in our community, school breakfast and lunch are their only source of adequate nutrition; some go hungry over the weekend. CUMC partners with local elementary schools to provide these students with backpacks containing four meals every Friday. This program needs donations of food (or money) and volunteers to fill the backpacks each week.
Sometimes members of our church need a helping hand to get through a difficult time. This might mean cooking meals while a family member is in the hospital, or driving someone to a doctor’s appointment. Pastor Robyn coordinates these volunteers; let her know if you’d be willing to help out on occasion, or if you or someone you know in the church needs help.
Do you have a child who is either in college or getting ready to start? Guardian Angels ensure our young adults aren’t forgotten even though many of them are living away from home while in college. “Adopt” a college student and send them a note or small care package to let them know we miss them and are praying for them.
Visitations are an integral part of CUMC’s ministries and outreach. We regularly visit church members who are not physically able to attend church whether due to advancing age, illness, or other circumstance. Visits can occur in homes, nursing homes, hospitals, or hospice. The purpose of the visit is simple – to bring fellowship and a smile while spending time in conversation and prayer. If you know of someone who might need a visit, contact our Associate Pastor, Robyn Brown.
Our HeBrews ministry provides coffee and light refreshments before the 8:40 AM service and the 11:00 AM service. We’re in need food donations each week, talk to Bernadette Alderson if you’re interested in helping.
Angels for Animals
At CUMC we help all of God’s creatures in need. For the past five years we have regularly collected donations to deliver to our local animal shelter. Our Sunday school classes as well as adults have gotten involved in this wonderful outreach program.
Our church has a special fund to assist those in our community who come to us for help. Your contribution to the Samaritan fund might purchase heating oil on a cold night, buy clothes for a family devastated by fire, or keep the lights on in a child’s home. If you would like to support this ministry, make a note on your check or designate the fund on our electronic giving site.
And many more...
There are many more service opportunities at CUMC. You might become an acolyte, donate a teddy bear for our bear ministry, or serve on a committee. Everyone has God-given gifts; talk to us and we’ll help you find a way to use them.