The work area on missions is responsible for the year round program of mission education, to discover the needs of the community and engage the congregation in missions and service projects which address these needs, to be aware of opportunities for mission service through the church, and to expand the benevolence budget of the church. To this end, the work area has actively engaged in many church-wide and community projects.

Among these projects are:


 

  • The Society of St. AndrewPotato Project:
    Each fall, typically after the second service on one Sunday in September, we have a potato luncheon. This meal consists of a salad, a baked potato with an assortment of toppings, and a slice of sweet potato pie. It is solely funded by donations. The money raised by the event are then contributed to the Society of St. Andrew to help with the cost of getting gleaned and contributed food products to where they are needed to help feed the hungry.

 


 

  • Thanksgiving Food Boxes
    Each fall we take boxes and fill them with food and deliver them to the needy. We receive a list of fifty families from Social Services and contributions of food from the congregation and community are solicited. Church volunteers pack the boxes with enough food to feed each of the fifty families for a week. Other volunteers then deliver the boxes to each of the families on the list.

 


 

  • Project Link
    We support LINK’s Port project which provides housing and food to the homeless in the winter months, we send food to LINK’s food pantry, and we make soup monthly to send to the soup kitchen.

 


 

  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
    The First United Methodist Church of Newport News supports UMCOR in their efforts to provide disaster relief around the world.