Beaverton First United Methodist Church
Friday, April 28, 2017
Thinking . Loving . Praying
Serving at Beaverton First UMC
We are called to love God and to love our neighbor. Here at Beaverton First there are lots of ways for you to do both right here at church…
Be a Sunday Greeter - Stand in the Church lobby and greet new-comers and long-time friends to Sunday Services. Contact Charlotte Jackson to sign up
Be an Usher - Give folks a second welcome, a bulletin, a hand finding a seat and a warm smile. Contact Michael Wild to sign up
Be an Office Volunteer - Help out in our busy office. Call 503-646-7107 if you can volunteer.
We partner with Merlo Station High School, a local school in the Beaverton School District, to serve the needs of youth who are at risk for homelessness. We sponsor a Teen Food Pantry where homeless students who attend Merlo High can go to get food whenever they are hungry or when they are headed off for the weekend. We also partner with HomePlate Youth Services to serve a hot meal to homeless youth once a quarter, also at Merlo Station. You can help. Here are the details on those mission and others.
Merlo Station Teen Food Pantry – Twice a month we fill bags here at the church and deliver them to the high school.
HomePlate Youth Services Meal Ministry – about once a quarter we plan, cook and serve a hot meal to the homeless youth who gather at Merlo Station High School in partnership with HomePlate Youth Services. There are always two shifts – cook and prepare at the church then deliver and serve at the school. Contact Roxanne Ushman for more information
Meals on Wheels – In partnership with the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, members of our church drive meals to seniors who are homebound and in need of help with food security. Call 503-646-7107 for more information.
Outstretched Arms – Avamere Rehabilitation Center is a local rehab facility for both long and short term patients. Members of our congregation visit on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis to read, play games and talk with the residents, especially those who don’t often receive visitors.
As part of the larger, connectional United Methodist Church, we participate in Global Ministries that fund missionaries, support campaigns to end Malaria and through our partnership with Good Samaritan Ministries, funds an orphanage in India. Here’s how.
UMCOR – The United Methodist Committee on Relief is present whenever and wherever disaster occurs. Once a year on “One Great Hour of Sharing” Sunday all United Methodist Churches take an offering to support the administrative work of UMCOR so you can be completely assured that that 100% of your gift to any of the relief work done by this tireless organization goes to the people in need. Visit www.umcor.org.
Good Samaritan Ministries India Satellite Orphanage – For more than 20 years Good Samaritan Ministries, based in Portland, Oregon and Rev. Dr. P. Yesu Ratnam, international director for GSM in India, have partnered to build and maintain an orphanage and school in the farming area near Kainada, India.
About twenty children, both boys and girls, stay every night at the orphanage in the two-story building that was built with internationally raised money about 10 years ago. Another 20 children live at the orphanage during the agricultural seasons while their parents work in the fields. Two couples, members of Beaverton First UMC, the Wilds and the Nilsens, were instrumental in the building and manitanance of the GSM India Satellite Orphanage and every year BFUMC hosts “India Night!” the yearly fundraising dinner featuring authentic Indian food and entertainment!