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The First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden serves the community in many ways. 

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Matthew 25:  40:  ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Matthew's Hope is a relatively new organization; it was founded in early 2010.  It began as a freeze shelter where local men, women and children who lived in the woods could seek refuge from the night-time cold. Now, it's a full-time, not-for-profit organization with about hundreds of clients. At Matthew's Hope, the homeless can get groceries, clothing and health care. People can also tend an organic garden and get help finding jobs. This local ministry has a detailed accountability system that allows people who work there to earn "pastor bucks" that are exchanged for supplies, such as a sleeping bag.

Matthew’s Hope is supported by volunteers from many community and faith-based organizations, including First United Methodist Church Winter Garden. Our church members donate items, serve meals and provide transportation.  Contact the church office to join a team!

 

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Finding the Lost Sheep Street Ministry is a faith-based, non-profit ministry dedicated to providing hope and new opportunities to people in Winter Garden who are caught in the web of drugs, violence, gambling and prostitution. Its purpose is to bring individuals to an authentic relationship with God by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has outreach programs for men, women and children, including a Vacation Bible School, Mission Fair, Supper Nights and Christmas Outreach. We assist this ministry through donations, such as new toys for its Christmas Outreach program, as well as other forms of support. Contact the church office to find out how you can serve.

 

 

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First United Methodist Church Winter Garden is partnered with a sister Methodist Church in Velasco, Cuba. We send a mission team to Cuba each year to learn about the customs and lives of our Cuban brothers and sisters and to witness the tremendous growth of Methodism in Cuba. We have also hosted visitors from Cuba. Through these visits, we have built life-changing Christian relationships with our Cuban brothers and sisters.  We actively support and encourage each other to grow in faith and ministry. We have supported the training of pastors and lay people for the equipping of Cuban disciples, as well as providing concrete help (e.g., donations to help renovate the church kitchen!)

Our sister church is a source of inspiring faith and witness for us.  Their worship and prayer life is powerful −  go to Cuba and see for yourself!  The only requirements to visit Cuba are a valid passport and a heart for missions.  Contact the church office to join our mission team on its next trip.

Our partnership with the Methodist Church in Velasco is part of the Global Mission Program of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Through the Florida Conference, our church members have also served on mission teams in Haiti and Africa. Closer to home, individual church members have volunteered with disaster recovery teams in many locations throughout the United States. There are church mission trips for youth, as well as adults. 

These many opportunities to serve in mission are one of the great strengths of the United Methodist Church.  Join us!

 
FUMCfoodpantry The FUMC Food Pantry relies on your donations to make this ministry possible. Donation boxes are located in the sanctuary. We are also always in need of volunteers to serve and pray with our guests. For information, call the church office at (407) 656-1135.
 

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The mission of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida is to transform the lives of homeless men, women and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness. It is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida. The Coalition provides food, shelter, education, job skills training, after-school programs and community housing to thousands of people in need at its downtown Orlando location.  Twenty five percent of the people it serves are children – and it is one of the few organizations that can keep families together. 

Our church has four teams that visit the Coalition for the Homeless on a rotating basis. Our church members cook and serve meals to women and children on the first Sunday of EVERY month. First United Methodist Food Winter Garden has supported the Coalition for the Homeless for twenty years.  Parents and youth often serve together; this experience has been an important stepping stone for our youth on their faith journey.  You can volunteer for one or more Sundays (it's very flexible!). We meet at the church at 4pm to go to the Coalition, and we are done by 7:15pm. Three to four people are needed each Sunday that we serve. Contact the church office to join a team.


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