"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, and I was in prison and you came to me...
Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me."
The Mission Commission is actively involved in responding in love to our neighbors in Christ, down the street and across the globe, who might be enduring physical, emotional, or spiritual distress.
It is our mission to raise awareness and provide opportunities for Christian service through our congregatation to those less fortunate.
Our congregation gives lovingly of our time, talent, and monetary support to many local and world-wide missions. Call the office for more details or to volunteer.
For Those who are hungry
We support the Open Door food pantry in Freehold in their mission to feed the poor and hungry by collecting non-perishable food every Sunday. We also collect a donation of small change in "mission pots" on multiple Sundays throughout the year. More information about Open Door can be found here.
For Those whose lives are devastated
When people have suffered the ravages of war, drought, floods, fire, earthquake, tsunamis, famine, etc. - they are devastated! It is then that the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is ready immediateily to send tangible help to the devastated area, whether here in the USA or overseas. In those times we take special cash collections throughout our denomination.
For more information about Presbyterian Disaster Assistance visit their website here.
For Those who are Left out in the cold
During the winter months, when unskilled work is scarce, we give hands-on support to the Sanctuary Program under the auspices of the Latino Coalition of Monmouth County to provide breakfast and lunch every Saturday and a breakfast every Friday for the working poor and homeless. People come in out of the cold, sit down, and get a warm meal and enjoy a little fellowship. The Sanctuary Program operates out of the First United Methodist Church's facility.
It is also a place where volunteers from our church meet other compassionate souls of all ages from other faiths and congregations in the community. It's truly a place to grow in Christ's love. We cook, serve, clean up, and have fun!
For Those Suffering Anguish
We knit and crochet Prayer Shawls which are given to various people going through hard times either physically, emotionally, or spiritually, like sickness or the loss of a loved one. The maker of the shawls prays as she makes it and the shawls are then consecrated with prayer during worship services.
For The suffering poor
At Christmas, we decorate our Christmas Giving Tree with the names of those in the community who wouldn't receive any Christmas gifts because their families are too poor. It's a great joy to our congregation to be able to provide the basic clothing requested, as well as some books and toys for our smallest neighbors and even a Bible for their parents. We give to others at this special time of year, just as God gave us His Son, Jesus, the greatest gift of all!