Mission & Service​

Care Connections
This service group coordinate meals for people having surgery, welcoming a new baby, recovering from injury, having difficulties of whatever kind. They use the web site “Take Them a Meal.” The network coordinator, Barb Doppelt, receives the initial request and gets all the information from the recipient. Then she sends a group email to all the volunteers -- each person can use the link to the web site to view the calendar and sign up for a date to bring a meal. If you would like to participate in this ministry or are in need of this ministry, please contact Barb Doppelt (bdoppelt@wowway.com) or the Church Office (office@geumc.org)
in order to volunteer or to request meal assistance.

Worship for the Soul
Contact: Julie Moore (juliebmoore1@gmail.com)
Location: Sanctuary & Dining Room
When: Third Wednesday each month, 10:30 a.m.
Our seniors with memory disorders are God’s children and people of faith just as they have always been. Worship for the Soul is specifically designed for individuals with memory disorders. On the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. anywhere from 10 to 50 individuals join us for a brief worship service and fellowship afterwards. Old familiar songs, a short message from the pastor, and prayer touch the deep parts of all our memories reminding us we are people of faith and children of God.
Volunteers are needed to assist with this ministry of First Church. We have a dedicated core of volunteers but we always welcome more volunteers.

The Welcome Center
Contacts: Martha Blumer (mlblumber@yahoo.com)
Location: Great Hall
When: Sunday afternoons until 6pm November through March
November to the end of March, First Church offers a place of warmth and welcome to anyone who walks through our doors on Sunday afternoon. Working with volunteers from other congregations, we wel-come those who come with warm food and by being hospitable hosts. The majority of our guests are homeless. Volunteers are needed to help with food and hospitality. We begin the volunteer sign-up pro-cess soon after Labor Day each Fall. Volunteers are needed in order to continue to this ministry.

UMW Sewing for a Mission
Contact: Jackie Anderson (jacleigh@comcast.net)
Everyone is welcome to join the fun for mornings of sewing and fellowship. This group meets as an-nounced for various simple sewing projects to assist in mission support. Items such as simple school bags for children in mission settings is one of the type projects this group makes. Please bring your sew-ing machine, or help with other parts of a project like cutting and measuring. All hands are welcome and needed.

Local Mission & Service Projects We Support

Glen Ellyn Walk-in Ministry
The Glen Ellyn Walk-in Ministry is an ecumenical partnership of 15 congregations whose purpose is to assist other Glen Ellyn residents in financial crisis. The Glen Ellyn Walk-in Ministry was begun by a pastor from First Church many years ago. First Church continues to participate in this ministry by being the host site congregation, supporting it financially, in prayer, and with volunteers. Please contact the Church Office for further information. GEWIM coordinates their own volunteers.


PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) provides overnight shelter and meals for people who are home-less. Community Partners (churches/ congregations) provide night sites and teams of volunteers, Octo-ber to April. We volunteer as a congregation to support our local individuals and families who are home-less. We support volunteers from our congregation being present at the PADS location. PADS coordi-nates their own volunteers.

Phil’s Friends
Phil’s Friends is a group dedicated to providing support and hope to those effected by cancer. We volun-teer our time to serve these individuals and their families. Volunteer opportunities are available. Phil’s Friends coordinates their own volunteers.

World Relief DuPage/Aurora
World Relief DuPage/Aurora is fostering a movement among local churches to create welcoming com-munities where refugees and immigrants thrive. Our congregation volunteers with World Relief. World Relief coordinates their own volunteers.

People’s Resource Center
Since 1975, People's Resource Center (PRC) has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County. We participate by volunteering our time. The People’s Resource Center coordinates their own volunteers.