The Congregation at First United Methodist Church of Auburndale, and Mission Team, is very committed to our church, community, and to our school partnerships.
Matthew 25:31-40 says -- “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
The Mission Team seeks to follow God's Vision for our church to love Jesus, love others, and serve others by reaching out to the least of these.
Pumpkin Patch set up Oct. 9th 6:00
KidsPACK: During the school year, we pack once a month and deliver weekly to 4 elementary schools which we have been assigned in the Polk County area through the kidsPACK food program.
Project Prom/Homecoming: Spring 2019 was the first time we hosted this event. We collected prom clothes/shoes/jewelry and along with others, the Project Prom organization brought supplied outfits for 22 students, male and female, from 5 of the 7 high schools in our area. We are hoping to get established as a collection and shopping site for both Homecoming and Prom for these schools.
No Hungry Hounds: This outreach was also new in 2019 in coordination with the Auburndale High School football coach. Our congregation collects Peanut Butter and Jelly each week and donates to the football team so that they can be fed between school and practice, practices in the summer, etc..
Fifth Quarter: Time of Food, Fun, and Fellowship after every AHS home football game (except homecoming game) until midnight in our Fellowship Hall. Middle-School and High-Students only (ID required). Secure environment.
Feed the Teams/Band Program: We will occasionally prepare and serve a meal to one of the athletic teams or the band at AHS.
Uniform Closet: We began this new project this year to provide clothes and shoes to elementary students at a school in the Auburndale area. We are hoping to expand as we can to include more schools.
Pumpkin Patch: Our Mission Team and Youth Group sponsor our yearly pumpkin patch. The pumpkins are usually delivered the middle of October, so the patch is open from the day we receive them to October 31. We have church members, Mission Team members and our Youth, who sells in the patch at different days and times. We advertise the patch around town, and have reached our financial goal every year. The proceeds support both mission projects and youth ministry projects.
Party at the Patch: In coordination with the Pumpkin Patch, we have a “Party at the Patch” on one Saturday every October. We have games of all kinds, crafts, live music, food and fun! We advertise this event throughout the community and usually have a great crowd. Many families from our area attends.
Blessing Baskets: Our Mission Team collects different food items throughout the entire year, in order to have our “Blessing Baskets” to help underprivileged people and their families in our community. We advertise in our weekly bulletin which items we are collecting that month. Out of the goodness of their hearts, our church members bring in canned goods, boxed items, personal hygiene and staples each month, and at Thanksgiving time, we give a basket to those who call and sign up for one. We have been feeding over 50 families each year. This event is such a blessing to these families, and to us, to be able to help them!
Red Bird Mission Trip: Our Mission Team goes on a mission trip out of state to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky to help those who are less fortunate, or have damage through personal disasters. They will stay a week or longer, rebuilding homes, putting on roofs, adding wheelchair ramps, windows, and the list goes on. This is not only rewarding to those who receive this service, but to our team who goes and helps rebuild not their homes, but their lives, and a chance to tell them about the love of Jesus! What a blessing we receive!
Live Nativity: Each Christmas, our Mission Team puts a “live” Nativity scene on the “hill” overlooking Lake Ariana. This gives our community the chance to come and experience the night Jesus was born, to know what it would have been like to be there!