Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Orems United Methodist Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Orems UMC members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as helping to prepare church bulletins.

 

Mission Outreach

One purpose of being United Methodist as preached by John Wesley is to serve others in need. The people of Orems United Methodist Church are very loving and generous in giving their time, finance, and items to our missions. Truly the missions would not survive without their support and generosity. Below are several of the missions we offer.

 

Disciples of Yarn

The ladies of the church knit and/or crochet prayer shawls for folks in
crisis, plus preemie hats for premature babies. We started in March 2006 and to date have made hundreds. They are prayed into while being made and then blessed in worship by Pastor and the church family. They are then distributed to church members and their friends or family undergoing life crises. The items made by this group touch and bless many lives. To find out more, contact the church office at 410-687-9483. This mission is maintained by Dottie Daiger.

 

Food Pantry

This mission provides emergency food to families in crisis. The requests come through the school system or personal calls to the church office. We have food available throughout the year with special baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We service 8-10 families at each holiday. The church is very supportive to bring in food to keep the
pantry supplied. This mission is maintained by Pixie Faulkner.

 

 

Homeless Mission

In years past this mission took casseroles and other items to the homeless shelter in our area. Over the last couple of years we have connected with the Churches for Streets of Hope,  serving the men housed in their facility.  We have provided meals, bottled water, new men’s underwear and socks and toiletry kits to the shelter.  We look forward to another season of helping with this organization.  

 

Little Feet

This mission donates shoes, socks, and underwear to four local elementary schools, as well as jackets, backpacks, and other special items throughout the year that the school staff may request for an individual child. This mission is managed by Kathy Cunningham.

 

Samaritan’s Purse -Operation Shoe Box

This is a Christmas project started and maintained by the Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse Foundation nationwide. Shoe boxes are filled with different items to be sent to children in need throughout the world. Our church fills 85 to 125 boxes annually. 

 

 Angel Tree
This mission purchases Christmas gifts for children in the four local elementary schools selected by their school social worker, as well as their siblings. Lists of children and their gift request (toys and clothing) are placed on a tree in the church so that church members and friends can take names and purchase the items. We handle 30 to 35 children each Christmas. This mission is managed by Vicki Borreson.

 

Thrift Shop “The Hall Closet”

Open first Saturday of every month unless the first Saturday is a holiday (then it’s the second Saturday). Open 8:30 AM-Noon. We sell house wares, clothing for children, men, and women, jewelry, toys,puzzles, books, phonograph records, cassettes, videos, fabrics, and more at bargain prices! Come shop or browse! All proceeds benefit the church.

 

Small Group

Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, Orems UMC has small bible studies held in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to twelve. At a time, designated by your group, you can participate in the small group study.

 

Sunday School classes 

Each Sunday morning, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn.  Our teachers not only instruct our students but enjoy learning more about their faith as they share the Gospel with our children.  We also have an adult class – Seekers. 

United Methodist Women    Our Women meet for their main meeting the first Wednesday of every month from September to June. They provide funding for several projects in the church and in missions.  Orems UMC Women’s Circles gives the ladies in our church family special times of interaction with Bible study, prayer (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church.

Keenagers

Once you get past fifty, the fun has just begin. Whether retired, just plain tired, or active as ever, the over-50 group of Orems UMC provides refreshment, ministry, and times of valuable interaction. A mentoring ministry gives older believers a chance to meet with and help younger believers grow in Christ. The Keenagers meet the first Thursday of each month in the Fellowship hall.