Jesus calls us to share the Good News with the Greater Melbourne/Palm Bay community and beyond. We participate in larger community events to connect with all people. Relieving suffering is God's love made real. Local mission and domestic and international opportunities in Cuba and Haiti help us live into the call on our lives to reach out to the least, the lost, and the lonely.
Below is a list of local and global mission areas that First Church Melbourne supports financially and/or with donated items. Volunteers from First Church Melbourne also support many areas. If you have any questions about these mission areas or want to get involved, please contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 321.723.6761.
2014 Local Missions Emphasis:
Family Promise of Brevard - We hosted our first families in February 2014. We were so blessed to be able to assist these families in need! Our next host week is June 1 - 8, 2014. Volunteer opportunities will be posted soon.
Habitat for Humanity - Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County has been working with our community to eliminate substandard housing. This has been done through a joint effort with their homeowner partners, faith communities and business partners. To keep increasing this effort, Brevard Habitat does workshops to inform, engage, increase awareness and educate the community. You will learn about who qualifies for a Habitat House, how someone applies for a Habitat House, how you can get involved, what you can do if you can't swing a hammer and more! Above are photos from the current Apostles' Build.
University Park Elementary - During Celebrate Jesus in July 2012, Pastor Dionne challenged our congregration to reach out to our local school, University Park Elementary School. Through the Missions and Outreach Teams and other small groups, the journey began. In July, the student ministry and a group of adults cleaned and weeded the school campus. In August, First Church filled 55 student bags with supplies using teacher recommended lists. These supplies were given to children in need for school. This year, the effort continues. The teacher conference room was painted, a luncheon was provided for the entire staff, including gift ornaments for each person from the First Church congregation. In February, the Outreach Team organized another campus cleanup. A group of eleven from First Church currently help first grade students with the Accelerated Reader Program. Because of our efforts, First Church was named Universtiy Park's Business Partner of the Year for 2012-2013.
Community of Hope - Community of Hope is a transitional housing ministry which provides homes and counseling for homeless families with children. God has provided First Church with a property that will enable Community of Hope to expand their ministry.
Special Gathering - Special Gathering is a blessed ministry that serves the mentally challenged in our community. Weekly, First Church supports this ministry by providing space for Bible study and worship, financial contributions and prayer. Linda Howard is the Director of Special Gathering.
Other Local Missions Supported by First Church:
Promise of Brevard
South Brevard Sharing Center and I CAN
The Daily Bread
Florida United Methodist Children's Home
Pastors' Caring Fund
The Children's Hunger Project
The Master's Workshop
Caps of Love
The Karen Latta Preschool Scholarship Fund
Camp Scholarships for children and youth to attend Warren Willis Camp
Stop Hunger Now
2014 Global Missions Emphasis:
Cuba Covenant - Under Communist rule, the people of Cuba suffered greatly under this oppressive structure. First Church and Gibara United Methodist Church are in a covenant relationship as sister congregations serving God. Through mission trips, prayer, and financial contributions we seek to partner with our sisters and brothers in Gibara. We are excited to see how God will continue to knit our relationship long into the future.
Haiti Relief - After the earthquake of 2010, our hearts were moved at First Church to be vitally involved in partnered ministry in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. First Church supports two vital ministries in Haiti through mission trips, prayer, financial contributions, and medicine/vitamin/clothing collections. A mission trip is being planned for March 2014.