Local Missions


Aflame for Kids - Mentoring Program

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The mentoring program is a partnership with W. E. Cherry Elementary School.  The school has children who need a caring adult to spend one hour, one day per week, with one child at the school through May.  The hour includes: tutoring with material given by the teacher, some general sharing time with the student, perhaps some "work-off steam" time, and additional reading.  Mentors are given training and a bag of materials to aid in planning the hour.  Applications are in the church office or from Mary Cook at 215-2915 or marycook1840@comcast.net.  

 

Summer Mission Teams
Each summer we sponser a Youth Work Team that includes both Youth and Adults from OPUMC.  In 2012 we will head to help the people of South Carolina in the area of Johns Island.  For more information on this trip please contact Todd Harris at tharris@opumc.net.


Children's Home

The Florida Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise, Florida is supported every fifth Sunday in our congregation. Contact Carol Kenney for more information.


Clothes Closet of Clay County

1010 Fromhart St.
Orange Park, FL 32073
(904) 264-5239

Services: Emergency clothing, household items, food, & financial aid.

The Clothes Closet was organized in the early 1950s by Madeline Moore, a member of Orange Park United Methodist Church. It provides clothing, food and household items for needy families and emergency help for payment of rent, utilities, medical and other special needs. Contact Mrs. Terry Rollen at 269-5491 for more information.


Walk to Emmaus

The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program's approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servanthood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all." The Coordinator for Emmaus is Debbie Frendahl. CLICK HERE to find more Emmaus information.


Good Samaritan Ministry

The Good Samaritan Ministry was established in 1986 by the Administrative Board to help meet the needs of the elderly and families in financial crisis. Contact Pastor Pearl Boles at 264-2241, ext. 229 for more information.

Good Samaritan Ministry  ~  November 2010 Update

During the month of November 104 families were served; of these families, 17 were homeless, and 2 of the 17 are enrolled in Family Promise.  35 of the families received financial assistance, and 69 families (268 individuals) received food.

-- Monies disbursed for financial assistance 5,536.09

-- Monies disbursed for food 246.27

-- Total 5,782.36

-- Total Money expended from January - November $93,452.00

Our church participates in The Homeless Initiative of Clay County and Family Promise. One family graduated from the program in October and is self-supporting.  As of November 30, there are four families enrolled in Family Promise.  The next meeting of the homeless initiative is Thursday, December 9, 7 PM at Orange Cove Seventh Day Adventist Church,  4501 US Hwy 17, Fleming Island.  Paul Frendahl, of our congregation, serves as the unpaid CEO for the organization.  Please join us in planning services for the homeless.

We were unable to service approximately 100 families this month, as most of the churches had no funds and we were receiving all the referrals from agencies, and telephone calls from the families.

Donations of food are needed weekly.  Please bring to the church office, or leave in a box in the narthex, Family Life Center, or Sunday School classrooms.

Food Pantry Needs

Canned meats including, tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage, spam/luncheon meat, canned vegetables, fruits, soups, ravioli, spaghetti & sauce, pop-top canned food and fruit drinks for homeless, cereal and cereal bars, peanut butter & jelly, salt & pepper, condiments; dried milk or boxed milk.

 


Habitat for Humanity

Our church provides gifts of prayers, talents, and service to Habitat for Humanity. Homes are constructed for hardworking families with the financial and physical help of this group. Contact Terry Rollen for more information.


James Boys

This group of men puts into action the scripture James 1:22 "Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only." The James Boys make repairs and remodels facilities at our church and for those in need in our community. They also participate in Habitat for Humanity and a yearlong bicycle repair project which provides bicycles for needy children at Christmas. Contact Wayne Scott for more information.


Kairos Prison Ministry

Visiting those in prison and sharing Christ's love with them is the mission of this group coordinated by Ridge Corbin.


Quigley House

Quigley House provides shelter and care for abused women and their children.


Soul Food

Funds for purchase of food to be prepared for families during difficult times.


Stephen Ministry

Christ Caring For People Through People

A Stephen Minister is a trained lay member of the congregation who will visit with you weekly (or as needed), listen, offer resources and referrals if needed, pray with and for you, and offer Christian love and support with complete confidentiality.

Stephen Ministers have studied extensively about dealing with feelings, crisis intervention, asserting oneself with gentleness and firmness, and many other aspects of helping individuals through problems and changes. They are caring supportive Christian people, who have a desire to be with you in time of need.

Whom Do I Call?

If you are in need of a Stephen Minister or know someone who is, or if you would like to know more about the program, you can reach one of the Stephen lay leaders by calling the Orange Park United Methodist Church office (904)264-2241.


United Methodist Men

 The goal of United Methodist Men is to provide a supportive fellowship for men who seek to know Jesus Christ, to grow spiritually, and to seek His will daily. This active group is heavily involved in the church and sponsors an annual Garage Sale on the third Saturday of March each year, an annual Bar-B-Q in May and a Fish Fry in November. Through these activities, they support many local and world-wide missions. The men meet for breakfast and a program every 3rd Saturday morning in the Family Life Center at 7:30 a.m. For more information contact John Roberson mailto:jroberson@comcast.net


United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women (UMW) is open to every woman in the church and focuses on education, Christian service and fellowship. The UMW is divided into smaller groups, or circles, which hold monthly meetings as listed below:

Circle   Meeting Day    Time Chair
Deborah    3rd Tuesday    7:00 p.m. Deanna Graham
Elizabeth   3rd Thursday    9:30 a.m. Mary Lou Pickell
Lydia   3rd Wednesday    10:00 a.m. Eula Rodriguez
Mary   3rd Wednesday    10:00 a.m. Joyce Beauchamp
Susanna Wesley   2nd Monday
unless otherwise noted in the Flame
  10:00 a.m. Carol Rykalsky

General meetings for all UMW members are held periodically to hear speakers and plan projects that are larger in scope. For information on the UMW, please contact Joan Bradley aussie13@bellsouth.net.


Other Missions

Our church sponsors Boy and Girl Scout troops, provides scholarships for seminarians, and supports the Lighthouse Learning Center for children with disabilities.