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Missions Ministry

Mission Outreach

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
  • OPEN M
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Soup's On
  • 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.  For more specific information about any of the above projects, please click here

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




 A Congregational Mission Project

Remember to bring in new or like-new and clean hats, mittens, scarves and new socks for any age or gender and them to a marked bin in the Parlor from now through March 13 .After each service, all members are encouraged to pack up several items, each into their own plastic bag and label the bags with size and gender.there, bagged items can be taken outside to a prepared hanging space on the Portage Trail side of the church or taken to a destination chosen by the member -either to a charity or another location for their dispersal.




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. Anyone can participate in this fulfilling ministry - just come to a meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 pm in the church parlor from September-May.

If you are aware of anyone who would benefit from a prayer shawl, please fill out the form below.

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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 placed throughout the year. We also participate in their food and school drives at different times of the year.




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 last Sunday of each month any loose change in the offering plates (or anything specifically designated) also goes toward the OPEN M lunch program.



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