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Hat, Gloves, Socks: Mission Project

Service for the community is at the heart of the United Methodist faith! Join us as we reach out to our community through HATS-GLOVES-SOCKS. Starting Sunday, November 19, and going through March all are invited to donate new or like-new hats, mittens or gloves and new socks. The hope is that you would not just donate. There is a station set up outside the Chapel where items can be bagged and placed in a bin for the clothes line outside on Portage Trail. Please make time to spend with family bagging items! The third way to participate is to hang items on the line. Please support the Missions Committee as we reach out to community.



First Church supports many organizations and causes through our Missions and Christian Involvement Ministry including the following:

  • Battered Women's Shelter
  • Family Promise
  • Good Neighbors
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Haven of Rest
  • Kairos
  • Methodist Christian Home - Havana
  • OPEN M
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Project Linus
  • Refugee Assistance
  • UMCOR - United Methodist Committee on Relief

First Church also gives support to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky.  This includes a week-long mission trip each summer to Henderson Settlement, where First Church youth with adult counselors faithfully donate their time, labor and construction materials, in order to make life better for this Appalachian community. 

Please see below for details on some of our projects/groups.  Special short-term missions projects may be found on the Events page.

We believe in Jesus' great commission:  "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...and lo, I am with you always."  (Matthew 28:20)

General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church


Prayer Shawl Ministry

This ministry is made up of women of faith who know how to crochet or knit, or would like to learn.  Shawls are created and given to individuals who have been seriously ill, have suffered through many trials, or who are shut in and need a reminder that they are remembered and loved by the church.  Each shawl is special because it has been faithfully prayed over as it is being created.

  Good Neighbors

We support Good Neighbors in several ways. We have a permanent box in the hallway beneath the breezeway where clothing, school supplies or other items may be place throughout the year. We also participate in their food and school drives at different times of the year.

                       OPEN M

Every 3 months members of our congregation serve lunch at OPEN M, a local non-profit neighborhood-based, comprehensive ministry working in the community of South Akron.   As part of the lunch, church members bake and donate 25 or more dozen cookies. We also help keep their food pantry continuously supplied with boxes of macaroni and cheese and soup. On the 4th Sunday of each month, we collect "Loose Change" in the offering which also goes toward the OPEN M lunch program.

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